The Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is the little chapter that could.
Formed in the early ‘90s, the Little Shepherd Chapter has charted a course of good in Letcher County. Although not as well known as maybe the Mountain Heritage Committee or Kids Days Committee, it has stayed the course and has helped the people and kids of our area.
The first president I remember, and the friend that got me to join, was Stanley Perry, although I’ve been told there was one before him. We started meeting in Wendell Brown’s old sporting goods store.
The chapter, which now numbers around 50 members, now meets the first Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Dairy Queen. Some of the things it does to make life a little better in Letcher County are not noticed but very much needed.
The members are active on the Kids Days Committee, give out college money each year for kids going to college, fix food baskets during the holidays, give to the Tree of Hope project, have the Youth Rabbit Hunt, and work with the Wheeling Sportsman program.
The president, Richard Brown, and vice president, Raymond Brown, are first day members, and their lights have never burned out.
On March 6 at the Pine Mountain Grill, the chapter will be having its annual dinner to raise money for its projects. Please attend. There is always plenty to do, cool things to bid on and buy, and lots of good food. The doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Come early and stay late. The price of tickets is $35, which includes a year’s membership in the chapter.
The worst move this chapter ever made was to elect me president one time, the best move was when it got rid of me.
Till next time, hug a child and an old person. Show them someone cares.