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 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.
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.
Since the 1940's, the club has sent two island teenagers every year in August to
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.