August 31st brought about the Annual Veterans outing hosted by Chapter 35 on Pewaukee Lake. This event was spearheaded by Gene Pokora with assistance from his wife Mary and son Mike. Sign up was at 0700 with coffee and droughts served. This year saw 10 different veterans team up with 11 of our chapter member boats on Pewaukee Lake. Fishing was reported to be slow with few follows sighted by most. Geoff Verges reported moving several fish, with a few bites and his partner having a two muskies coming unpinned.
Craig Ader stuck a 34” Northern and two casts later got a 42” Muskie. Veteran John McCaffey boated a 35” Muskie, and Veteran Jack Mueller boated a nice large mouth and a 30” Muskie. Fishing was followed with a banquet at Post 449 of the American Legion Hall at 124th and Burleigh in Brookfield. A donation of $232 was made to the Fisher House Foundation in Ralph Anderson’s name as a result of donations and raffles from the event. The Fisher House Foundation works to provide “a home away from home” for military families to be close to their loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. In the end, a great time was had by all, and a great way to say “Thanks” to some Veterans for serving our country. Gene states that he is looking at moving this annual event from Labor Day weekend to later in September, and expresses his sincerest thanks to all the members that donated their time. If you would like to volunteer your time to take a vet out next year, please contact Gene Pokora.