Outdoors notebook

Johnston County students hold own Ducks Unlimited banquet

CorrespondentMay 14, 2014 

High school students are looking ahead to graduations, colleges and careers. And one group in Johnston County adds looking ahead to the future beyond their own.

Corinth Holders High School’s Ducks Unlimited Club looks to the future of wetlands and other crucial waterfowl habitat. The students will host their fourth DU fundraising banquet Saturday night to support the international organization’s conservation programs.

“It’s like a lot of work, but it’s so much fun,” said Caitlynn Goff of Clayton, a senior who is the club president. “It’s worth every amount of time we put into it, and it’s for a good cause.”

The banquet, with a variety of games, auctions and raffles and food from the Backyard Bistro in Raleigh, will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the school at 6875 Applewhite Road in Wendell. Tickets cost $20 for ages 17 and younger, $35 for adults and $50 per couple. Go to http://on.fb.me/1oNqqA4.

“The students themselves organize the event, sell tickets and get sponsors, who give cash sponsorships as well as donate items for fundraising. We partner with the school,” said Ed Goff, Caitlynn’s father and Ducks Unlimited’s Central North Carolina vice chairman.

The Goffs credit faculty adviser Courtneay Overbee with helping the student chapter’s nearly 40 members succeed.

“She’s helped us organize everything,” said Caitlynn Goff, who also said she enjoys the process of coordinating the work with her father.

“I just started helping him out when I was a little girl,” she said. “It was a fun thing for me and him to do together.”

Now, she said, she gets to help “spread awareness of wetlands conservation to the younger generation to get more people aware and involved.”

Greenwing event in June: The Wake County Greenwing Ducks Unlimited Chapter will hold its inaugural Outdoor Fun and Conservation Day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7 at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh.

The free outdoor event for ages 8-12 will include games, activities, retriever demonstrations, silent auction, a BB gun tent and more. Learn more at http://nc126.nc-du.org/NC_Greenwings/Home.html.

Safe boating reminder: With the Memorial Day holiday weekend bringing the traditional start of the summer boating season, organizations nationwide remind boaters to be safe. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working with the National Safe Boating Council in promoting National Safe Boating Week May 17-23.

Go to www.ncwildlife.org/boating to find a safety checklist and rules.

Meeting scheduled: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. May 22 at commission headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. A live audio webcast will be available at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices and Pending Rules.

Fisheries commission to meet: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 21-23 at the Clam Digger Inn in Atlantic Beach.

Wednesday night’s public comment period starts with a question-and-answer session at 6 p.m.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. May 22 and at 8:30 a.m. May 23. Learn more at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings.

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