High Plains Chapter #278 annual dinner is March 1 at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased online until 12 p.m. March 1; also available at the door.

SIDNEY -- This year Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is recognizing its first "Volunteer of the Year.

Pheasants Forever chose eight finalists for the award, including Sandra Bybee of the High Plains Chapter. In an interview with Pheasants Forever, Bybee said she is not a hunter, but recognizes the good the High Plains Chapter does. She began her Pheasants Forever experience when her employer asked her to volunteer at the banquet. She has remained with the chapter since then.

"I'm very honored to have been nominated by my peers, as they work just as hard as I do to make our chapter the best in the state and nationally," Bybee said in an interview with Pheasants Forever.

"I’ve held every office except vice president in my years of service, and currently hold the office of president. Our chapter continues to bring in the support of the community, which allows us to keep putting on the programs we have been doing for years. I have been in the Sidney area for almost 30 years and we have such a great team that I’m not ready to move on," she said.

She said the community support helps the High Plains Chapter to do projects and work with students.

"We have great community support and without the team I work with, none of this would get accomplished. This year we’ve partnered with a local 3/4th grade class for Milkweed in the Classroom, and have also partnered with the Sidney AG class on the same project. Youth outreach is one of our biggest priorities, and this year we once again hosted our annual youth hunt on youth opening weekend. We also host a veterans hunt, partnering with American Heroes in Action to bring up to six vets out into the field for some much needed outdoor therapy," she said in the Pheasants Forever interview.

As a chapter, it’s important to decide where money is spent. The High Plains Chapter is dedicated to building habitat, continuing youth education and getting youth outdoors. The kid’s smiles are the highlight, both in the classroom and out in the field. But the vet hunt is Bybee's favorite; The experience of bringing together a great group for some outdoor therapy, wild bird hunting and camaraderie.

The High Plains Chapter annual dinner and auction will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased in advance by using the online system: https://pfqf.myeventscenter.com/.../High-Plains-Annual-Pf...

Ticket Sales will be closing at 12 p.m. noon  Friday March 1. Tickets can still be purchased at the door.