In the fall of 2013 we discussed organizing a goose hunt for Disabled Veterans – In January 2014 the planning and fundraising began and in September we had a very successful hunt with 20 Disabled Veterans and we soon started the planning for the next years hunt.
In 2015 a Board of Directors was organized and the official name “Middle River Disabled Veterans Goose Hunt” began. We again had a very successful hunt with 27 Disabled Veterans participating. The local community financial & volunteer support was tremendous.
In 2016 we decided to serve, in addition to our signature event, “The Disabled Veterans Goose Hunt”, any, and all Veterans with outdoor recreation opportunities. To that end, the official name “Middle River Veterans Outdoors” was incorporated in the state of Minnesota and a legal 501(c) (3) non-profit status was obtained. We initiated the process of designing a logo/letterhead and a brochure for distribution throughout the state, along with that a website is in the works.
Also in 2016 our fundraising has allowed us to purchase two small enclosed trailers to transport decoys and blinds to the fields. We had outstanding support from local manufacturing companies and businesses and the “Disabled Veterans Goose Hunt” went very well considering the wet conditions and mud in the fields.
In 2017 we have been working very hard on organizing events, putting together our brochure, getting a website built, fundraising plan to support our expanded organization, and planning for building a storage shed for our equipment.
On March 13th, 2017 we did a trial run on an ice fishing trip to Lake of The Woods, we had 11 Veterans participate along with 5 board members. The comraderie was great, all our guests were very appreciative and we gained some insight to help us plan future events.
The officers of this organization are;
Chairman & CEO: Jason Cervantes, Ph 218-686-0889
Vice Chairman: David Myhrer, Ph 218-449-3865
Finance Officer: Elroy Aune Ph 218-459-3378
Secretary: Wayne Kilen Ph 218-686-9114
Our e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org