The club was organized in 1966. During nearly 50 years of existence the club has evolved to continually meet the needs of a growing suburban community. When first organized members enjoyed the meeting fellowship, playing cards, having dinner, and visiting. Most members at the time were neighbors, relatives, and friends. Activities centered on Prior Lake, insuring that the lake was stocked for ample fishing opportunities.
Today, the club membership stands at around thirty. We have diversified greatly. Only a few members have grown up in the community. Most are people who have moved here from other parts of Minnesota or other states. Our membership consists of men and women. Our ages vary from retirement to teenagers. In the past two years, we have added six new members.
The club continues, as it has for over 35 years to provide youth firearms safety programs in Prior Lake. Three of the instructors have been recognized by the DNR for over 25 years of volunteering as instructors. To date, we estimate that over 3000 young people have benefitted from the firearms safety program in Prior Lake.
For over 15 years, the club has sponsored a handicap fishing outing of Prior Lake. This event is done in coordination with Minnesota's Capable Partners Program. Through the help of club members, community partners, and family the PLSC has hosted about 25-30 people each year for a morning of fishing followed by a picnic. Club members clean and bag the day's catch for the participants to take home.
The Prior Lake Sportsmen's Club has had an active presence within the Minnesota Conservation Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. Gordy Meyer, Fred Prindle, Dave Moran, and Barb Prindle have all served as Presidents of the MCF, on the board of Directors for the MCF and as delegates to National Wildlife Federation. Joan Moore served as treasurer for the Federation. In addition, the Prior Lake club has been a proud sponsor the MCF regional banquet since its beginning over 25 years ago. For all of those twenty five years either Gordy Meyer, Barb Prindle, Fred Prindle, and Joan Moore have served on the MCF fundraising committee and chaired the banquet committee.
The club has been a proud supporter of Walk on the Wildside since its beginning in 1996. Although the club has not sponsored a school, the club has made continual donations to the MCF in support of Walk on the Wildside.
Finally, the Prior Lake Sportsmen's Club participates annually in the following community opportunities: