Did you know that East Cobb has a population of wild turkeys? Well, we do, especially along the Chattahoochee River, Sope Creek and various tributaries. Ben Franklin thought the wild turkey was a more appropriate symbol than the bald eagle, writing to his daughter that: “For the truth, the turkey is in comparison, a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.” The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable and conservation organization that was founded in 1973. The NWTF has worked to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million to nearly 7 million today. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. NWTF’s volunteers raise funds for: biology research; providing outdoor education to men, women and children; projects to manage and improve critical wildlife habitat; and increasing awareness and providing access to public lands.
Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $412 million to conserve 17 million acres of essential habitat for all types of wildlife. Since 1985, over $4 million dollars have been raised and spent by Georgia chapters on projects within this state. The NWTF and its members raise banquet money through ticket sales, silent auctions, live auctions, donations and raffles. With partner support, the NWTF turned every net dollar raised at your local banquet last year into 4 dollars!
Enjoy food, fun, fellowship and fundraising at the annual banquet for The Chattahoochee River Chapter of the NWTF (“The River Roosters”). Come join us on Wednesday, November 28, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come relax and enjoy social hour before sitting down for a delicious mixed grill meal catered by Ferguson’s Meat Market. Tickets to the Chapter’s banquet cost $60 for singles, $100 for couples, and $20 for children 17 and younger. All banquet attendees receive an annual NWTF membership, including a subscription to Turkey Country. For only $275, banquet attendees can become Sponsor Members and receive the 2012 NWTF sponsor gift. Reserve a corporate table that seats eight people for only $500. This price includes one sponsor membership and seven regular memberships. Corporate Banquet Sponsorships range from $700 to $900, and include special gifts and recognition.
If you are interested in attending the banquet or joining NWTF, call Margueritte Milhollin at 404-202-9264. For more information about the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.
(Reprinted from the November 2012 issue of EAST COBBER.)