The Elkhart Conservation Club, 55515 Riviera Drive, Elkhart IN 46514
(574) 295-5896; firstname.lastname@example.org
President David Douglas Treasurer Charles Horswell Secretary Suzan Stuckman Programs Carol Roach
Newsletter Judy Wenig-Horswell
Beginning in 1929 and first calling themselves the Elkhart Fish and Game Club, a membership was formed to preserve the heritage of hunting, fishing and appreciation of the wild outdoors for future generations. The first focus was on raising fish and pheasants to be caught and hunted at the club. The decision to incorporate came in 1934 and the growing organization became the Elkhart Conservation Club. At the present time a brown trout hatchery is supported by members dues, a candy-making fundraiser, volunteer time and donations from other fishing groups.
The motto of the Elkhart Conservation Club is this:
I GIVE MY PLEDGE AS AN AMERICAN TO SAVE AND FAITHFULLY TO DEFEND FROM WASTE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF MY COUNTRY – ITS SOIL AND MINERALS, ITS FORESTS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE.
Some of this year’s fish have been released and are swimming in area creeks and rivers. Fishing at the Conservation Club is catch and release only. In November aerators for the tanks went out. Luckily people from the Bodine Hatchery were there for a tour and were able to help bucket the remaining fish into the Creek. Only a few were lost before the trouble was discovered.
When the original cabin became insufficient to meet the needs of the membership, a larger cabin was built above the woodland preserve. Rentals of the cabin are available on a daily basis. The space provides a relaxing setting for parties, reunions, meetings and the like.
Information and reservations are available by calling David (574) 295-5896.
The smaller cabin is still used as a base for Scout troop 747 meetings and activities. It can be used for River Watch training because of its proximity to the creek.