Pilot Club has annual Christmas party

(Left) Pilot Club member Sandra Cox, Sunflower cashier Morgan Kelly, Sunflower manager Shane Alpe, Grocery Grab winner Richard Coggins, Pilot Club members Jeannie Johnson and Mary Ann Shows, after Coggins grabbed $250 worth of groceries as the Grocery Grab winner at Sunflower on Nov. 18.
Staff Writer

The Pilot Club of West Point held its annual Christmas part at the home of Jeannie Johnson.

After indulging in four different soups and several types of cornbread, the Pilots played "Stingy Santa."

"We asked that everyone bring a wrapped gift," said Amy Waide, president of the club. "And we'll draw numbers and if someone has opened a gift you want, it can change hands three times and then it stays with its owner."

The Pilot Club had held a raffle for a Northstar Polaris Cooler at the start of college football season, which proved successful.

"The ‘Grocery Grab' winner was Richard Coggins, Waide said. "That is our most successful fundraiser of the year. that's the one everyone is always asking about." Johnson spoke to the club after the festivities about doing something different as a fundraiser going into the new year.

"We are going to do a different type of fundraiser," Johnson said. "We've always had raffles for things that may appeal more to ladies than men. We're about to do something different."

Johnson said her husband suggested the Pilot's sponsor a raffle for a gun, with all proceeds going into the community projects that the Pilot Club sponsors.

"We make donations to Sally Kate Winters Family Services," Johnson said. "We work with the East Side Kindergarten and other agencies here in West Point. When we have fundraisers, the money goes back into the community."

The gun being raffled is a Winchester semi-automatic shotgun with a 25" barrel, in Mossy Oak Bottom Land Camo, it shoots 3.5 shells.

"The tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20," Johnson said. "Any member of the Pilot Club has tickets and will be glad to sell them. The person who wins must be at least 18 years old."

Johnson said this is a nice gun that retails for more than $900. She said it is a great turkey gun with spring turkey season running March 15 through May 1, 2018. "The drawing will be held May 1, at Gary's Pawn and Gun in West Point," Johnson said. "Just in time for turkey season. This is a great gun for a man or a woman, or would make a very nice gift."

Members of the Pilot Club are sharing photos and information about the gun raffle on their personal Facebook pages, asking people to share with their friends to get the word out.