The Laconia Rotary Club

 

Proudly Presents

 

The 33rd Annual Winni Derby

 

 

May 15th - 17th, 2015


On May 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2015 the Winni Derby will be
hosting NH's leading annual Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout derby with over $50,000 in Daily and Major Prizes! As always, the fishing is on Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire.

 As a non-profit organization, the Winni Derby looks to maintain our support the local community, and as always, is committed to the preservation of the salmon fishery on the “big” lake.


With the 32nd Annual Derby concluded – we enjoyed a decent turnout, some nice fishing weather, and saw some award worthy fish registered at the weigh station. We appreciate your patronage as Laconia Rotary works to continually expand this exciting affair. This derby will continue to be promoted as a family event, offering adult and junior prize divisions in Salmon and a Mixed Lake Trout (Adult and Junior) Division. Grand prizes have now been converted to ALL CASH. We also continue to give away daily cash/product prizes and ticket holder cash prizes.

As in the past, we continue to work in partnership with the NH Fish and Game Department, as they are directly responsible for the fishery we use. We are working to extend our support with a pledge to assist Fish and Game with the upgrade of better feed for the hatchery. This past year we were able to donate another $2,000 towards the special Bio-Oregon fish food for the salmon. This will continue to allow for a better quality of fish to be stocked in the lake each year. And we continue to help raise awareness about the Landlocked Salmon Angler’s Pledge initiative.

True Sportsmanship!
AS we always say - you must be present to win! Today we handed out our Sunday Daily prizes and our grand prizes...and it was rewarding to see everyone happy, receiving their prizes and thanking us for holding this event.
I always love to see the Juniors and how excited they are as we call their name and they come up for their award!

Today I had a very humbling experience that I want to share with you.

As we handed out the Daily prizes - there was one Junior who was not present at the time we called his name. We announced his name three times, and then moved on to the next entry. I always hate to see when a child does not get what he/she earned.....

After the awards ceremony, the father of the child who missed the award ask to speak with me. As he started to say that they had arrived late and missed the calling of the name...I started to feel bad. But then I heard this:

The boy who won the next prize down - Ethan Kinney from Hancock, NH - heard that Adam had arrived too late to receive his prize. Ethan made the surprising choice to give his award to Adam since Adam had earned it! I was so moved! I was able to thank Ethan, give him a hug - and have to say that I am so proud of him!

Rotary has a motto - "service above self".....and I truly believe that Ethan went above and beyond for his fellow fisherman!

Thank you Ethan for being an inspiration to us all about Good Sportsmanship! I can't wait to see you next year - and hope that you catch a great fish! 

To all our participants - please have a great year - and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Diane LaBrie
Chairperson - Winni Derby
Laconia Rotary Member
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