“Dan goes out of his way to insure unparalleled success. This effort has allowed us to pull together a tremendous group of conservationist, educators, and children from 2 to 92 to keep our world and waters fresh, exciting and peaceful. Just take a look at the organizations on our website who were so excited by what we were doing that they too joined us. He provided the much needed volunteers and funds over the years, attended every event himself, and loaned equipment whenever it was needed” said Beers, one of the Co-Directors of the Organization. “Dan and NTS just made our growth that much grander and he has been key to our success each year.” Pekin Mayor-elect Laurie Barra recently presented Dan with his award.
The second local award recipient was
for the inspirational YOUTH Award. PCHS was the first High School in the state to make Bass Fishing a sanctioned sport. Not only did they put a bass fishing sport team together, but the kids placed wins in the first Annual State Sanctioned event. Most kids on this sports team have ambitions of bringing others into the sport and some even plan to go into a career in conservation. Particularly exciting is that this High School set trends for building up the momentum across the state for a sport that truly helps us populate conservationists at such a young age. No other "Sport" works in conjunction with keeping our waters, lands and outdoors safe. Coach Steve Graves has joined as a volunteer for the Larry’s Casting Kids Bass Tournament and The Peoria Sportsman’s club furthers the conservation efforts by supporting the Annual tournaments at Spring Lake in Manito, Illinois. Cathy Beers presented the award to the PCHS team and coach at a recent ceremony. Pekin Community High School