Hudson holiday tradition canceled

Fish & Game Club’s Thanksgiving Meal Program will come back in 2018

HUDSON – The Hudson Fish & Game Club’s signature Thanksgiving Meal Program has been canceled this year, but it will be back and stronger than ever in 2018.

With five weeks notice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hudson Fish and Game Club Tom Gilbert said, “We’re very grateful to the group who helped us out and we hope to see them again.”

He said he doesn’t know why they aren’t able to participate this year, but he said he hopesg everything is well with them.

“We owe so much to them for their time and energy,” Gilbert said.

For more than 25 years, the club has partnered with organizers who helped work out the logistics such as organizing, separating all the meals and collecting orders from those calling in. Looking toward the future, the club hopes to get the organizers’ database of resources and volunteers so they can begin taking calls next August for the 2018 program.

Gilbert said the club would put together anywhere from 1,100 to 1,400 meals each year.

They’ve been able to provide this service to local communities with the help and hard work from club members, the organizers, businesses and individuals, members of the local club

and Girl Scouts and community volunteers.

However, with such short notice, the club officials feel they don’t have adequate time to organize the event for this year.

Gilbert said the program turned into something where people who volunteered in the past began bringing their kids years later. He said kids would peel vegetables and get exposed to community service.

Although there will be a gap in this annual tradition, Gilbert said, “The committee thought it was best to break clean and be back next year.”

He said a member of the club already have stepped up and plan to get the needed lists to bring the program back.

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