By Marv Kohlbeck
The bumper sticker on my car states, “It’s great to be a Lion. We serve.”
And serve we will on Feb. 5 when Pittsville Lions will be conducting their 43rd annual ice fisheree on Lake Dexter, located 5 miles south of Pittsville on Highway 80.
This annual fundraiser consists of an ice fishing contest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cash prizes paid for the lengthiest winning fish in all designated categories.
Besides serving food and refreshments in the Wood County Park shelter house, members will be selling raffle tickets that offer the best prize of all: cash.
The Lions will offer $500 for the top raffle prize followed by business cash prizes of $150, five additional $100 prizes, and 16 prizes of $50 each. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Besides that, numerous other business donor prizes will be awarded throughout the day, but in those instances, winners need to be present.
A noted accomplishment is that Bob Wolff has been a Pittsville Lion since he came to town as a teacher in 1964 and has not missed announcing events on the public address system at the fisheree since its inception in 1974, 42 years ago.
A variety of music will be played throughout the day. The thickness of the ice will enable participants to drive out onto the lake and be able to drop their lines in drilled holes anywhere. Snowmobilers and four-wheelers are allowed to travel around the contest area but are asked to be courteous and mindful of fishing contestants’ equipment and designated fishing areas. Ice holes will be drilled free, upon request.
As a result of the continued support of area businesses and outdoor enthusiasts who wish to cure cabin fever or to mingle with new or old friends, it enables the Lions Club to generate funds to support budgeted requests.
Over the past 42 years more than $100,000 has been raised, reason enough for Lions to be proud of their motto, “We serve.”