Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter

The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Request for Pictures of Club History

The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club will hold their July Membership Meeting on Monday, July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The charcoal grill will be ready at six for members and guests who would like to have dinner at the club. Ron Moilanen will have plenty of steaks available at a nominal cost.

The business agenda will include discussions on the Annual Family Picnic to be held at the Courtney Lake O.S.C. Campgrounds later this summer as well as the Turkey Shoot scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd. In addition to this, several committee reports will be heard on the progress of many summer projects.

Club member Ron Stiebe, an Upper Peninsula District 19 Director for The Michigan United Conservation Clubs, is expected to give a report on his presentation of the O.S.C.'s resolution regarding the use of the cross bow during hunting season. Stiebe, who attended the M.U.C.C.'s 64th Annual Convention held recently in Lansing, spoke in favor of the O.S.C.'s resolution for the use of the cross bow for the entire deer hunting season in Michigan.

President Russ Weisinger has selected Friday, July 13th as Summer Road Side Clean-Up for the club's adopted portion of the state's highways. A sign up sheet for volunteers will be posted at the July meeting. Russ will also have Turkey Shoot Raffle Tickets for 2001 available at the club for distribution to members who would like to begin sales.

At the June meeting, the membership voted in support of the development of an Ottawa Sportsmen's Club Web Site. Web Master, Mike Mickus, reports that progress is being made and it is believed that the membership as well as the public will find this future site very useful and informative. Sneak previews of the O.S.C. Site have already generated a lot of enthusiasm and as more information becomes available, it will be published in a later edition of the L'Anse Sentinel.

Mickus and the Web Committee are seeking additional information on club history, especially the history prior to the merger of the Laird Conservation Club and the Wolverine Sportsmen's Club on September 14, 1961, which resulted in the formation of the present Ottawa Sportsmen's Club. Club records and pictures were destroyed in a 1981 fire and a "Picture Hunt" is in progress for snapshots of the following:

Arnold Abrahmson, Arvo Kananen, Waino Kirhonen, Laurie Kiviranta, Uno Lepisto, William Mili, Mike Jylha, Jalmer Rahkola, Jim O'Meara, M.J. Fox, John Jacobson, Waino Pirhonen, William Pirhonen, Waino Matero, Ed Gillstrom, Arthur Juntunen, Ralph Haiko, John Holms, Fred Miron, Ted Otto, Chet Kuszmar, Willliam Rouna, Onni Usitalo, Ralph Jokipii, Rudy Holms, Dorothy Salbashian, Elvi Harkonen, Reino Kinnunen, Albin Jacobson, Charlie Roberts, Joe Drake, the Laird Conservation Club, the Courtney Lake Clubhouse, the Grandville Tavern Shoot, and "The Palisade" at Courtney Lake.

Thanks to the "Computer Age", pictures can be scanned and then returned to their contributors, if requested. Pictures donated to the club will be included in the pages of an O.S.C. photo album. Anyone with snapshots to share or written bits of club history may send them to Carole Williams, P.O. Box 98, Pelkie, 49958 or forward this information through E Mail to Information may also be sent to Mike Mickus at P.O. Box 511, Hubbell, 49934 or E Mailed to

The public as well as club members are reminded that the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club offers its Trap Range to shooters each Wednesday evening at 6:30. Ammunition is available and instructors are on hand to help anyone who would like advice on how to improve their marksmanship. The Pistol Range is also open each Tuesday night for Bulls-Eye Shooting. Instructors for the Junior Shooting Sports Camp are supervising this and will be glad to offer help with shooting skills if asked to do so.

As always, the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome to attend.

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