Pilot Club announces winner of gun raffle

Pilot Club President Amy Waide, Sandra Cox, Jeannie Johnson, Gary's Pawn and Gun representative, Jeremy Hathcock, Michelle Estes and Sharon Salmon were at Gary's Pawn and Gun and Hathcock pulled the winning raffle ticket for the Winchester semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun with a 25" barrel, in Mossy Oak Bottom Land Camo.
Staff Writer

The Pilot Club of West Point were selling raffle tickets for a Winchester semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun with a 25" barrel, in Mossy Oak Bottom Land Camo, as a fundraiser. The drawing took place Thursday, March 1, just in time for Turkey Season.

"Jeremy Hathcock at Gary's Pawn and Gun, drew the winning ticket," Amy Waide, president of the Pilot Club, said. "He drew the name of Dennis Presley. We called Dennis and then met with him to present him with the gun. A big thank you to everyone for selling the tickets. We raised $1,430."

Waide also wished to thank the members of the club for their part in the Valentine Social at the Henry Clay in February.

"There is still time to register for the Pilot International Convention in Nashville," Waide said. "There is a block of rooms reserved at The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott for those attending the convention, Everyone who is going needs to register and we'll get together on transportation."

Michelle Estes, Michelle Ponds and Judy Ashmore were chosen as delegates to attend the PI District Convention in Tupelo.

Waide had been in contact with Dawn Richardson, children's librarian at the Bryan Public Library to let the club know the end of the Summer Reading Program is July 26. The Pilot Club provides ice pops and cookies during the final day.

"April 10, is our joint meeting with the Oak Hill Academy Anchor Club," Waide said. "It will be at Jeannie Johnson's. We'll recognize the graduating seniors and welcome the incoming freshmen who are joining the Anchor Club."

Nina Coleman said 13 graduating seniors would be honored and given a gift from the Pilot Club.

"We ask that each member donate $6 toward food," Waide said. "And that members will bring desserts. That way the bulk of the cost doesn't fall on one person. It is in the budget for the gifts, But we can all contribute toward the food costs."

Cathy McKinney announced the next project will be to collect personal hygiene products for the Sally Kate Winters Family Services. The club is still accepting canned food donations for the Project Homestead Food Pantry through the month of March.

The club members are considering a gift card raffle or some sort of raffle item during the month of May. The gun raffle was extremely successful and they hoped to continue fundraising for community projects.
"We need to invite prospective members to our meetings," Judy Ashmore, club treasurer, said. "It isn't just us, most clubs are falling back on membership. But we all know people who are active in the community and would be an asset to this club."