Thursday, December 7 marks the date of this year’s Kiap-TU-Wish Holiday Conservation Banquet. Last year the banquet finally achieved its long-sought goal of being the chapter’s biggest fundraising event. To continue that history, we need you in attendance. The cost of this year’s soirée is $49 and we are absolutely positive you’ll have a great time. The venue is the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center, 3712 Layton Ave. Lake Elmo, MN. The dance card is filling up but there’s still time to register, and you can do so right now in one of two ways: by phone at the Alwin residence (651.739.3150) or Lund’s Fly Shop (715.425.2415), or on-line at

When you register, give us your choice of entree: braised short ribs on a bed of polenta, salmon ravida with fresh herbs, or Montrachet Chicken stuffed with asparagus, roasted tomato and goat cheese with a red pepper cream sauce. Your dinner will include forest blend salad, sautéed vegetable medley and rosemary roasted red potatoes. Check-in and happy hour begin at 5:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm and the featured speaker will be introduced at 8:15pm. This year we are honored to have Dean Hansen, PhD, present one of his patented and delightful programs on aquatic invertebrates. Dean is a very enthusiastic and skilled teacher and we are dead certain you’re going to be amazed.

The Banquet Committee is dedicated to showing you a good time; we’re having a party, People! So have a glass of wine (the bar is very good), strike up a conversation with another party-goer, buy a few raffle tickets and take a crack at that Yeti cooler or this year’s edition of a Dave Norling cane rod. Peruse the items in our silent auction where you will find artworks, tackle, pottery, jewelry, books, fly tying materials and so much more (go ahead and bid on something) and the surprising two-tiered bucket raffles. Visualize yourself the winner of one of several exclusive fishing trips. Buy some cookies for dessert.

Our banquet started life as a silent auction/tackle swap years ago at the suggestion of Jean Mitchell. It has grown to its current proportions through the generosity and vision of our members. Yes, we are delighted to accept your donations to the silent auction. Clean ‘em up and bring us those gently used cast-offs, those shaggy dogs of a bygone era. You may be surprised at what they’ll fetch in the silent auction and the chapter could definitely use your support. We are particularly interested in items of tackle, and fly tying tools and materials. Your much-appreciated donations may be dropped off immediately and up until December 2nd at Lund’s Fly Shop in River Falls, Mend Provisions in Minneapolis, or Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in St. Paul.

Because we are a small chapter, it’s difficult to raise the money for our many projects. However, with the proceeds from this banquet and partnerships with Fairmont Santrol, our grant writers, Greg Meyer, Maria Manion, Loren Haas, Gary Horvath and Tom Henderson, are able to leverage those dollars into significant projects on the Trimbelle, Eau Galle and Kinnickinnic. That would not be possible without the generosity you show at the annual Kiap-TU-Wish Holiday Conservation Banquet. We’ll see you on December 7.

WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30pm Social Hour
7:00pm Dinner & Program
8:15pm Dean Hansen
9:15pm Final Bidding

WHERE: Lake Elmo Event Center
3712 Layton Ave, Lake Elmo MN

MENU: *Forest Blend Salad: mesclun greens, blueberries, apricots, candied walnuts, maple vinaigrette
*Entree Choices: braised short ribs on a bed of polenta; salmon ravida with fresh herbs; or MontrachetChicken stuffed with asparagus,roasted tomato and goat cheesewith a red pepper cream sauce
*Sautéed vegetable medley*Rosemary roasted red potatoes

PRICE: $49 per person

Monday, December 4, 5:00 PM
Register by phone:
Lund’s Fly Shop: 715-425-2415
Alwin Residence: 651-739-3150
Register on-line:

Note that if you register for more than yourself online be sure to scroll to bottom of registration and follow the simple prompts to register a guest or guests.

The Banquet Committee

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