Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter

The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, January 31, 2001


The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club will hold its regular membership meeting Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the regular business meeting, plans will be discussed for the Annual Gun and Knife Show scheduled for March 9 and 10.

Ron Haka, Gun Show Chairman, has a few tables left for rent. Anyone with guns, knives or sports related equipment or items for sale or display is welcome to show their wares. Ron can be contacted at 353-6383 for details on table rentals and times of the show.

Resolutions will again be on the agenda. As the OSC has many new members, it should be explained that the Club presents various resolutions to the Michigan United Conservation Clubs at their Upper Peninsula Region I Convention.

These resolutions deal with rights as sportsmen to use, promote and preserve our natural resources. In the past, many of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club resolutions have been adopted into law.

Before presenting these resolutions in final form to the MUCC, they are presented by individual members to OSC membership for discussion and fine-tuning. Several resolutions were presented at last n^onths meeting and the completion of "resolutions" was tabled until this month so that further resolutions could be proposed.

This year's Region I Michigan United Conservation Clubs Convention will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Bonanza Restaurant in Marquette. OSC Club President Russ Weisinger, encourages members' attendance at this convention to show support for the resolutions presented on behalf of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club, an affiliate member of the MUCC.

Weisinger is also signing up volunteers for Club Committees. The lengthy list of committees consists of: Indoor/Outdoor Range, Trap Range, Building, Resolutions, Kitchen, Forestry, Grounds, Fish, Courtney Lake, 2nd Amendment, Wildlife, Turkey Shoot, Endowment, Youth Shooting Sports and Publicity. Anyone with an interest in joining one of these committees should give Russ a call or sign up at the meeting.

OSC members conducting a six week BB Gun Class for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students at the Baraga Elementary School. Seventeen young people are learning marksmanship and basic gun safety under the expert instruction of Range Master Ron Granroth and Range Officers Mike Harkonen, Ron Haka and Jim Hulkonen. These men who are giving so freely of their time and knowledge are all members of the Youth Shooting Sports Committee.

This BB Gun Class is just one way in which the Ottawa Sportsmen contribute to helping area youth. The Sportsmen also provide scholarships to college-bound students with an interest in a conservation oriented career, supply area schools with a classroom Subscription to "Tracks", a youth oriented conservation magazine purchase library books for area schools so that children can learn about wildlife and our great outdoors, provide small grants for classroom conservation oriented projects and will, once again, this year, conduct a week long Junior Shooting Sports Camp for young adults in this area. OSC also provides free use of its club facilities to area Boy Scouts of America and for youth Hunter Safety Classes.

As always, the OSC regular meetings are open to the public. Members are encouraged to attend and guests and new members are welcome.

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