Every third Tuesday of the month, you can find a group of men gathered in the backroom of the Tumbleweed Bar & Grill in Lincoln, ND. These men make up the Lincoln Sportsmans Club – a club organized in 1987 for the betterment of the community and the children within the community. Sportsmans Club President Scott Moch notes that the majority of events, functions, sponsorships of their own involves trying to improve the quality of life for the town’s children.
Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T) partners with the sportsmans club for many of their various events to help show their support. “Dakota Community Bank & Trust helps with a lot of stuff that the Lincoln Sportsmans Club puts on,” says Moch. Those annually sponsored events include Santa Comes to Lincoln, Big Buck Contest, Kids Fishing Day and more. “If I remember right, I think we had 176 kids that got goodie bags from Dakota Community Bank,” mentions Moch of 2019’s Santa Comes to Lincoln event.
The Lincoln Sportsmans Club’s Annual Kids Fishing Day is held each September at the McDowell Dam usually resulting in 50-80 children in attendance depending on the weather.
The Annual Big Buck Contest held in December was started 15 years ago as sportsmans who wanted to show off what they accomplished during their deer hunting season. It is open to all ages who are able to hunt. Children up to age 14 who enter the contest get to a free beanie and can register for a free sponsored prize. Moch boasts, “The best part about our contest is they can come into the backroom of the Tumbleweed to participate with their parent or just to see the show and how it is run.”
In conjunction with the Tumbleweed Bar & Grills Fishing Tournament, each year the sportsmans club has a hog roast fundraiser. Moch states, “If it wasn’t for Dakota Community Bank, I don’t think it would be done.” DCB&T hauls out their portable commercial grill as well as bank employees to volunteer their time to assist in grilling 500 pounds of pork butts. “Thank you to Dakota Community Bank and the guys that come and donate their time and effort that day, because, like I said, I don’t think we would be able to get that done on our own. They are always there willing to help.”
The hog roast and the big buck contest are their biggest fundraisers each year. These funds give the club the means to give back to the citizens of Lincoln. “We like to give back to the community, especially to be able to get kids involved with various functions. Not only sporting, but we’ve donated to local Lincoln kids for band trips too. They needed a little bit of money and so we donated some to make their trip possible,” recalls Moch. He states that if local youth ever need any type of sponsorship donation, that the club gladly accepts presentation and requests at their meetings. The club then votes on where their funds go to help the area youth in many different ways.
Today, the club is made up of Lincoln area men, four of which are founding members from 1987. Moch, who has been a member since he turned 21 and could go to the meetings at the Tumbleweed, proudly notes, that along with helping the local youth, “You meet so many different people from all walks of life. You get to visit and hang out with people of all ages.” If you are over the age of 21, male, and have an interest in joining the club, you can simply show up on the Tumbleweed Bar & Grill on the third Tuesday of the month, or contact their Facebook page.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director