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The Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America is a New Hampshire non-profit organization that promotes and supports Scouting’s character-building youth programs in the Granite State. The aims of Scouting are to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness in young people. One of the methods used to achieve these aims is outdoor programming. Scouting uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youth the life skills they need to develop confidence, work with others, assume leadership roles, and set and achieve goals. Service to others, respect for the outdoors, and a pledge to be “conservation-minded” are key parts of the Scouting program, so it was a natural fit for Daniel Webster Council to step up to help bring back the Winni Derby for its 34th year.

With a small team of full-time employees and a base of dedicated volunteers, the Daniel Webster Council has committed itself to keeping the tradition of the Winni Derby going. By organizing volunteers and securing tournament sponsors, the Daniel Webster Council has created a model that will make the tournament exciting for anglers, beneficial to New Hampshire Fish & Game’s conservation efforts, and supportive of Scouting’s mission. A portion of proceeds from the Winni Derby will be used for material donations to New Hampshire Fish & Game for fishery management while the balance will go to support youth Scouting programs in New Hampshire.

Rotary is a global network of concerned citizens who come together to make positive, lasting changes in the community. Rotary’s guiding principles of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership, along with a desire to help grow local economies, led the Laconia Rotary Club to take over management of the Winni Derby from founder Rick Davis, and the Lakes Region Inland Fishing Association he created, shortly before his death in 2011.

The Laconia Rotary Club ran the Winni Derby for 5 years before having to cancel the 2016 tournament due to extenuating circumstances and announce that they were looking for partners to assist in organizing and staffing the Derby in 2017. This opened the door for the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America to come to become lead producer of the tournament, with the Laconia Rotary Club sharing their experience and supporting the 2017 Winni Derby in an advisory capacity.

A Little about the Founder of the Winni Derby….

200_rick-davis-04Richard Lindsey Davis (Rick), age 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 17, 2011.

Rick, a lifelong resident of Moultonborough, NH, was born on July 27, 1941 at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH. He was the son of Richard L. Davis and Melba M. Davis and attended Moultonborough Central School and Laconia High School before serving his country overseas in the U.S. Army.

Rick was a devoted sportsman with a passion for hunting in the NH, Maine, and Canadian woods and fishing his beloved Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Ontario in New York, as well as the Canadian waters. Early in his career Rick was a meat cutter, graduating from the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH, and attended Northeastern University studying retail management. Rick and his wife Dianne owned Paugus Bay Sporting Goods in Laconia, NH for 20 years followed by Wilderness Pursuits, a Canadian sports travel business, which he ran for 10 years.

Rick was a devoted sportsman with a passion for hunting in the NH, Maine, and Canadian woods and fishing his beloved Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Ontario in New York, as well as the Canadian waters. Early in his career Rick was a meat cutter, graduating from the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH, and attended Northeastern University studying retail management. Rick and his wife Dianne owned Paugus Bay Sporting Goods in Laconia, NH for 20 years followed by Wilderness Pursuits, a Canadian sports travel business, which he ran for 10 years.

The Lakes Region Inland Fishing Association, also known as the Winni Derby, was founded by Rick 30 years ago. Recognized as the largest Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout tournament in the Northeast, it brought thousands of anglers to Lake Winnipesaukee for a 3-day tournament annually. Rick co-founded the Winnipesaukee Sportsmen’s Club of Moultonborough, NH, was an honorary member of the NH Conservation Officer’s Relief Association, served as a member of NH Governor Meldrim Thomson’s Sportsmen’s Advisory Committee, and was a member of the NH State Rifle & Pistol Association. Additionally, Rick was a Hunter Safety Instructor, Aquatic Resource Instructor, and Let’s Go Fishing Program Supporter. In collaboration with the NH Fish & Game Department’s Inland Fishing Division, Rick initiated a smelt transfer effort to enhance the sustainability of the Salmon fisheries in major NH Salmon lakes. Rick is one of the Master Anglers featured in Dr. Hal Lyons’ book, Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit, and also was a NH State Police Auxiliary Trooper, life member of the North American Hunting Club, and life member of the NRA and the NRA Business Alliance.

He is predeceased by his parents, sisters Bette G. Swett and Beverly F. Parker, and brother James O. Davis.Rick is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Dianne (Fuller) Davis; his son and daughter-in-law, Glenn M. Davis and Kathryn Davis, of Moultonborough, NH; his daughter and her partner, Leslie (Davis) Sturgeon and Ken Canaway, of Bristol, NH; his sister, Brenda J. Lowry of Laconia, NH; brother, Steven R. Davis and his wife Stormy, of Waterville Valley, NH; sister-in-law, Sandra Davis of Bradenton, FL; brother-in-law, Robert Swett, of Meredith, NH; his  grandchildren, Evan R. Davis and Scott Knapp of Moultonborough, NH and Michelle Cote and her husband Peter of West Newfield, ME; great-grandchildren, Peter (PJ) Cote and Lillie Knapp; several nieces and nephews; his close friend and former son-in-law Christopher Sturgeon, of Moultonborough, NH, as well as his loving Yellow Lab Maggie.

 

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