This special issue of the O.S.C. Web Newsletter is the seventh written especially for our website since we began to develop it just a few short months ago. We wanted to break with the "once a month" club news tradition we've established so that we can share the beauty of the club's Christmas tree with you and also send you our very best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
The Christmas Faeries, "Tink and Belle", received help from some lovely ladies on December 9th so that the meeting and social gathering area of the clubhouse could be dressed appropriately for the holiday season. Our tree is magnificent, laden with sparkling glass balls, golden garlands and glimmering silver tinsel. The rich wooden interior of the club has taken on a mellow and welcoming hue due to the many strings of colored lights and green garlands that festoon the walls and windows.
A special thanks is given to Phyllis Adams, Sue Dyke, Karen Klobucher, Aloyse Tober and Carole Williams for capturing some of the magic of the season. Their spouses Paul, Joe, John, Don and Mike, along with Club President Emil Filpus, Ray Juntunen, Frank Zeits and guests Matt and Tom Dyke and Bob Lemieux and his son, Scott, were also on hand to offer advice and join in a chorus of appropriate ooohs & aaahs once the off switch was flipped on the bright overhead lights. It seemed as though the room was aglow with pixie dust and faerie lights…
STUDENTS SEND THANKS
Thanks for Courtney Lake Trip and Library Books
Thanks for MUCC Tracks Magazine!
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Thanks for Tracks Magazine
With Christmas come thoughts of giving and receiving and this was no exception at the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club this holiday season. We have placed a very large banner presented to us by the L'Anse Middle School Sixth Graders above the entry to the dining hall. This banner was the students' way of saying thank you for our gift of 30 pair of snowshoes for use in nature fieldwork winter studies.
Along with this banner, we have displayed many personal thank you cards in the form of colorful cut out creatures received from each of the L'Anse Middle School Sixth Graders. Each of these cards express the student's personal appreciation to the club for providing classroom subscriptions to "TRACKS MAGAZINE", a monthly publication of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs devoted to teaching youth about nature and conservation issues. In addition to the student thank you cards is also a note from teacher Heather Grentz, echoing their appreciation.
Another letter has also been received from Mrs. Ramsey, 5th & 6th Grade teacher for the White Pine School District, whose class is also a recipient of our club's sponsorship for a classroom subscription to "Tracks". She writes that she believes the monthly magazine will be a wonderful enrichment resource to the curriculum and expresses her appreciation for our kindness and generosity. With her letter came many personal thank you letters from individual students, some of which can be viewed on this web site.
Gail Juntunen, Principal of Sacred Heart School in L'Anse, also wrote a letter on behalf of the students and staff expressing their appreciation for the Ottawa Sportsmen's $500.00 donation, which our members gave to their library. She indicated that, through the club's generosity, the school has been able to supplement their library with the start of a fine collection of children's literature and media emphasizing ecological conservation.
Yet another letter of thanks was received from the 6th Grade at L'Anse Middle School for the free use of our property at Courtney Lake as well as our clubhouse and grounds. This letter was signed by each of the students and states that their field trips to our facilities were wonderful experiences. It expressed words of thanks for the generosity of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club and told of the student's appreciation for our support of their forest ecology program.
This is but a sampling of the good works The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club does for area youth by working through and with the various school systems. It's really heartwarming to realize how much our efforts are appreciated by these young people, not just at Christmas, but all year through.
CHRISTMAS GATHERING AT O.S.C. Friday, December 21st
So that all members and their guests can enjoy the club's Christmas decorations and have a chance to socialize with one another during the holidays, those who "decked the halls" would like to host an informal Christmas party at the clubhouse on Friday, December 21st.
We apologize for not having planned this gathering far enough in advance to announce it at the membership meeting or to have included it in the monthly news article published in the L'Anse Sentinel. It was a spontaneous idea that seemed like a good thing to do as we all sat admiring the sparkling tree and pretty decorations after the work was done.
Activities will get underway anytime after 5:00 p.m. and those wishing to participate in a gift exchange should bring a wrapped present, not to exceed $5.00. Gents are to select a gift for a man and mark it as such. Ladies will do the same by selecting something appropriate for a woman and labeling it accordingly.
Good conversation as well as card tables will be available and snacks or hors d'oeuvres will be greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!
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