The Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery met Thursday, Aug. 16, with a busy agenda. The group voted to purchase two steel storage racks for fishing rods and reels and 150 rods and reels for a group in Kansas City. This group holds several fishing events for mostly underprivileged children. Money donated by Boeing Aircraft will be used for the purchase of the equipment and gear. The storage racks will be purchased from K&S Wire in Neosho.

The Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery met Thursday, Aug. 16, with a busy agenda. The group voted to purchase two steel storage racks for fishing rods and reels and 150 rods and reels for a group in Kansas City. This group holds several fishing events for mostly underprivileged children. Money donated by Boeing Aircraft will be used for the purchase of the equipment and gear. The storage racks will be purchased from K&S Wire in Neosho.
For several years, the Friends have supported this group in Kansas City and attendance there is growing. Rod May, Neosho's hatchery manager, said the manager of the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge south of Kansas City has asked to be involved with the event. And, of course, they will be welcome to lock arms with us and the Kansas City group.
One of the missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to encourage children to explore and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, one of the missions of the local Friends group is to help the local hatchery with that program.
Nathan Eckert, the new assistant manager, was introduced to the group, and Jeff Messens was given recognition for his 35 years of service to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Of those 35 years, 33 were spent at the Neosho hatchery.