Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A 501 C (3) not for profit organization)





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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270



On August 5th 117 dedicated SONS of Lake Erie volunteers took some time off to enjoy our annual volunteers’ picnic at Shade’s Beach to celebrate a year’s worth of service to our club. As we posted in our July Bucket, - “Since July 2018, our super team of volunteers has generously donated their time and hard work on at least 55 different occasions.  166 different individuals volunteered at least once during that 12 month period working over 5000 hours at family fishing events, hatchery operations, shows, habitat building, kids’ events and more.” Alist of those individuals who were invited to attend was also listed in our July issue.

Sadly not all of the eligible volunteers attended the picnic. They missed a great event thanks to the expert preparation by SONS Director, Ron Lubak and his family including his wife Audrey, son Kevin and his wife Leslie and several Lubak granddaughters.” Team Lubak” as we like to call them has provided us with great picnics for so long I can’t remember. They hired Trawka’s market to furnish the food and as usual it was outstanding and there were plenty of beverages to wash it down.. 

Amongst all of our volunteers there are some that go above and beyond. This year we would like to declare that SONS Director Joe Springer was our most active volunteer this year. He responded 151 times to our request for volunteers. Thanks Joe! Director Bob Zawadzki came in second logging in with 139 events. Following these two outstanding individuals was another group that volunteered on 50 or more occasions. We like to call them our 50+ club. Including Joe  and Bob they are: Jack Bock, Ron Moorow, Don Tombaugh, Rich Brine, Ralph Friend, Rich Smith, Jack Hartman, Larry Lipinski, Chuck Miller, John Krupinski, Mike Felege, Bill Henderson, Jack Klapthor, Bill Stewart, Ed Kissell, Ron Lubak, Terry Pfeffer and Jerry Skrypzak. Each member of the 50+ Club were presented with a specially engraved flashlight as a token of the club’s gratitude. There were 66 members who volunteered more than 8 times. They were given a gift of a sweat shirt.
All of the men who attended were given a special commemorative multi tool. All of the lady guests received a Tim Horton’s gift card.

The weather was perfect, the company was outstanding, the food was great and we had a great time.  

Our member volunteers are the greatest bunch of people that I have had the privilege to work with. I am so proud of what we have accomplished thanks to them and the rest of our membership.

Scroll down to see photos taken at the picnic by Tom Pruzenski