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WNY clubs sponsoring license draws for youths

Holiday gift-giving will arrive early for fortunate youths in Erie and Chautauqua Counties.

Federations in both counties will hold drawings in early December during their regular monthly meetings and the lucky county youths under age 16 will receive lifetime sporting licenses.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs has set a Dec. 1 deadline date for a parent’s or guardian’s submission of one entry per Erie County resident youth. Applicants must be under the age of 16 by March 31, 2015. Drawing officials plan to present at least eight licenses to the youths whose names are drawn.

Winning entrants will be contacted after the drawing and prior to the holiday. Recipients will receive their lifetime licenses during the EFCSC annual banquet on March 7, 2015. This year the federation’s program was formally named the Joe Jemiolo Jr. Memorial Lifetime License Drawing to honor Jemiolo, who founded this program, established a solid base of sponsors and passed away on Sept. 26.

In summarizing the program’s projects and outcomes, Jemiolo wrote: “If every NYS county federation adopted this program, we could add huge numbers to our outdoors folks fraternity. The Erie County Federation will help any federation contemplating starting a similar program. The smiles on the lucky youth winners’ faces and their parents are worth a million times more than the efforts and time furnished to run this program.”

For details on this drawing, email Chuck Godfrey at steelheader03@hotmail.com or visit eriectyfs.org.

Many Western New York county federations have given the program some thought. The Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs began a similar program and held a successful drawing in 2013.

Chautauqua County youths who reside in the county at drawing time and are under the age of 16 by April 30, 2015 are eligible to enter the drawing. This year, federation president Zen Olow announced that winning recipients will be given a Sportsmen License, not one specific type of Lifetime License.

Olow noted that the federation has at least eight licenses for the drawing and could present nine or 10 at drawing time, depending on sponsorship support. Parents and guardians can submit applications prior to the federation meeting on Dec. 10. Licenses will be awarded during the federation banquet in April.

For more information on the program and an application, call Olow at 640-2776 or write to: Chautauqua County Federation, P.O. Box 752, Sinclairville, NY 14782.

Katelynn Dorr, first-born of Adam and Kerry Dorr of the City of Tonawanda, was born on Oct. 3. Five days later dad posed with her to show the world Katelynn’s New York State Lifetime Sporting License dad obtained for her earlier that day.

Won or purchased, a lifetime license might provide a lifelong family bonding that few other holiday gifts can offer. For details on license options, visit dec.ny.gov/permits/6099 and scroll to “Available Sporting Lifetime Licenses and Fees”.

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