Jonathan Free, a Texas transplant who moved to Delta County a year and a half ago, brought with him a chapter of Legacy Outfitters.
The focus of the nonprofit organization, he said, is to help men be better leaders at home and in the community. While it's spiritually based, it is not affiliated with any specific church denomination. Membership is open to all outdoorsmen who are looking to combine their passion for hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor sports with fellowship and camaraderie.
"Legacy Outfitters is a good fit because most men in this area love the outdoors," Free said. "We use the outdoors as a platform to talk about issues that concern men, in terms of the values they pursue and the relationships they have with family, friends and co-workers. It's all about bringing men together to help each other be better husbands and fathers, and ultimately the men God calls us to be through faith in Jesus."
The chapter has already experienced remarkable growth, Free said. Since the chapter was established in November, participation has grown from about eight to over 50.
Meetings are held the second Monday of most months at the Delta Trap Club. Meetings feature a meal the cook team prepares from scratch, as well as some lighthearted outdoor-related entertainment, a short inspirational message, and a guest speaker. The April meeting focused on fly-fishing and featured Del Canty, a local renowned fisherman and conservationist.
The next meeting is Monday, May 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is no charge for the meal or the program, and because the chapter is funded by donations, there are no dues either.
In addition to monthly meetings, men have a chance to get outdoors through group events with a focus on archery, hunting or fishing. With warmer weather, father-children camping trips will be incorporated into the outdoor activities.
As the chapter grows, Free looks forward to participating in community projects, such as habitat improvement with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
All adult men are welcome to become Legacy brothers. All meetings and activities are alcohol-free, with no preaching or judgment. By using the outdoors as the setting for spiritual growth, Free said he's already seeing men who are spending more time and pursuing more meaningful relationships with their children.
For more information, visit www.LegacyOutfitters.org, or contact Jonathan Free at 970-463-7355 or delta-montroselegacyoutfitters@org.