Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club
Community Involvement

Dedicated to doing what is good for the community through unselfishness and a desire to help others, the Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club is involved on the island in a positive manner and has developed a consistent community relations program.

A Great(?) Fishing Day
A tradition since the 1980's, the club plans and conducts a one-day fishing event in August for all of the campers at Camp Jabberwocky. This is a special afternoon with these children who are mentally and physically challenged with cerebral palsy. It's a day of laughter, fun, love, support and inspiration with volunteers helping the kids make strides toward self-actualization.

The Winner
Since the 1970's, the club has put on this eagerly awaited one-day Trout Fishing Tournament in May for the children of Martha's Vineyard. The club purchases hundreds of trout and the volunteers stock Duarte's Pond. After enjoying a delicious hot breakfast under the tent beside the pond, the kids are presented awards and prizes. Many of the club's current members fished in this tournament as children. Now their kids are baiting the hooks.

Fun at Camp
Since the 1940's, the club has sent two island teenagers every year in August to the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp. This camp is a unique outdoor leadership school offering the island's future sportsmen a balanced program of conservation, education and instruction. The youths are introduced to the ethical concepts and knowledge essential to a lifetime of properly enjoying our natural resources and the leisure activities that depend on their careful stewardship.

This is an annual event in the late summer on the club's property overlooking Sengekontacket Pond. The club hosts this delicious dining experience under a large tent and club volunteers provide warm companionship and conversation for over one hundred of the island's senior citizens. It's a rich afternoon that warms the heart and soul.

Charitable Participation
Many of the members donate their skills, products and services to help other island charities and non-profit organizations including Hospice, The Vineyard Playhouse, Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Martha's Vineyard Camp Jabberwocky Cerebral Palsy Camp, The Edgartown Council on Aging, Friends of Sengekontacket, Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and The Yard.

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