Derby is an annual event held every summer. Participants compete
for prizes that are donated by local businesses, organizations,
and individuals, and the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. Participants
that catch fish that are not heavy enough to compete for prizes
are encouraged to turn these fish in at weigh-in stations. All fish
received are sold. The net proceeds provide college and vocational
scholarships for local young people. There are a number of volunteers
that come back every year. These folks provide continuity and "
show the ropes" to new volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers
to help invest in our young people.
Before The Derby
Working with the guidance of the Prize Committee Chair, volunteers
contact potential prize donors by telephone and/or personal visits.
Most of this work can be done on your own schedule and occurs in
March, April and May. Congeniality and enjoying working with people
definitely a plus.
During the Derby
Handling and weighing slimy fish and working in a hectic environment
are a part of the job. So is a lot of camaraderie and good food.
Validating tickets, tying up boats, receiving fish from participants,
weighing fish, placing fish in totes and filling out weigh-in slips
are included in the job. Fish cleaning is NOT. Good rain gear is
Volunteers must have a boat that meets all applicable federal and
state requirements. Job is to patrol during Derby and note any boats
that are not complying with Derby rules including speeding in reduced
speed zones, fishing outside the boundaries, and monitoring the
finish lines at the end of the Derby.
Statistics/Digital Derby Data System
Assist the Derby Statistician in compiling the data. Job is 2-3
hours at the end of fishing day. If you have a laptop computer with
Microsoft Excel and the ability to send email, we can really use
your help in developing the new Digital Derby Data System.
collection and Ice Distribution
Involves loading of fish totes at Amalga Harbor and transporting
to fish processor. Also involves unloading totes of ice. Mechanical
aids help make the job less physically demanding but a strong back
still a plus.
Occurs Thursday evening after Derby. Set up stations and distribute
the various prizes won by participants.
here if you would like to
volunteer for any of these activities and help our young people.
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