The Laconia Rotary Club

 

Proudly Presents

 

The 32nd Annual Winni Derby

 

 

May 16th - 18th, 2014


Thank you!

The Winni Derby committee and the Laconia Rotary Club would like to sincerely thank all the people that helped make the 32nd Annual Winni Derby a great success.


Will Fay of the Laconia Ice Arena

The City of Laconia for the event permits issued for the Weigh Station.

The Dept of Safety Marine Division

NH Fish and Game Dept with Don Miller,  Ben Nugent, and John Vair, Biologists


A Special thanks to all of our sponsors


A Special thanks to ALL of our advertisers and supporters


To the people that put the derby together:

From the Laconia Rotary, Diane LaBrie, Rob Stewart, Craig Sikoski, jon Nivus, Ed Engler, Charlie Bullerwell, President,  and our many volunteers who helped throughout the event.

From the ticket agencies: Alan Nute from A.J’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith, Bruce from Martel’s Sport Shop, John from Wildlife Taxidermy,  and Stafford Co for the Alton Circle Store.


A special recognition to the Davis Family:

Original derby members Dianne Davis, Glenn and Kathy Davis, Leslie Sturgeon and Ken Canaway – thank you for joining us and helping present the 3rd Annual Rick Davis Award.

 

WE would especially like to thank all the anglers who participated! Without you folks supporting the efforts we strive to achieve – we are able to continue to support the NH fisheries and continue the education of Best fishing practices! 


Mark your calendars now – for the 33rd Annual Winni Derby to be scheduled for MAy 15th, 16th and 17th, 2015.


We look forward to seeing everyone again!


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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