Story last updated at 1/21/2009 - 11:45 am
JUNEAU - The 2009 Golden North Salmon Derby may not take place unless a number of key volunteer positions are filled.
Territorial Sportsman International (TSI) has sponsored the derby for the past 62 years, but the Derby is conducted entirely by volunteers and TSI has not been able to find volunteers to chair key committees and provide support during the derby. The vacant committee chairs are Derby Co-Chair, Prize Chair, and Dock Chair.
Many of long-term volunteers that have made the Derby a success in the past are unable to continue for a variety of reasons.
TSI has used proceeds from the Derby to provide college scholarships to Juneau High School graduates since 1953. To date, 254 scholarships have been awarded totaling $1.4 million dollars. Currently, the scholarship is for $12,000 and normally 4 to 6 scholarships are provided each year. The future of the scholarship program is uncertain if the derby does not continue, according to a press release.
Those interested in helping with the derby are asked to call Wayne Regelin at 790-2920 by Jan. 30. If TSI is not successful in finding volunteers, the 2009 derby will not be held and they will try to continue the derby in 2010.