Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter


Volume 2002 - Issue 2 - February 8, 2002

Feb 2 Black Powder Shoot


President Emil Filpus called the February membership meeting to order with forty-one Ottawa Sportsmen in attendence.

Many committee reports were heard beginning with the Kitchen. Chairlady, Sue Dyke told members that although the committee had not met yet, she had begun to reorganize and had taken an inventory of supplies. She estimated that at least $350.00 would be required to begin purchasing items immediately necessary for the preparation of quantity dinners such as the Wild Game Feed. She stated that other things are needed, but she had begun her list with the most critical necessities.

She also pointed out that the large commercial refrigerator has been moved out of the storage room and nearer the kitchen to make it more accessible. She thanked Emil, hubby Joe, Mike Harkonen and Ron Haka for their help with the relocation. Sue indicated that she would call a meeting of the committee when she returns from sunny Florida in March.

Ron Haka, Chairman of the Indoor/Outdoor Range Committee, stated that the Indoor Pistol Range roof is in need of replacement and estimates indicate that $7,5000.00 will be needed for materials. Labor would need to be donated by members for this roof project. Ron also said that other indoor work should be done on the range building as well. No action has been taken on these needs as yet.

Endowment Committee member, Russ Weisinger, presented a committee report and stated that a total of $3,000.00 in scholarships and grants had been endowed through the fund during the years 2000 and 2001. It was also reported that the committee had met and had voted that no monies would be endowed from the fund during 2002.

Ron Mitchell, Chairman of the Courtney Lake Committee, called for a meeting after adjournment and invited all persons interested in working on improvements at the club's picnic and campground to attend. $11,000.00 from Courtney Lake timber sales has been designated for use by the committee and more is sure to be heard about some terrific expected improvements in the near future.

Membership Secretary, Mike Williams, informed the group that annual dues are coming in at a steady pace and that many favorable comments have been written in the remarks section of the dues notices being returned with payments. Most who wrote said to keep up the good work and complimented the club on the good work done last year. Mike read a short personal note included in the comments section addressed to all club members from Tom Hiltunen, who is wintering in Sacramento.

Speaking as a general member and not as a committee person, Carole Williams praised Jon and Sandy Henkel for their excellent effort in presenting the Ottawa Sportsmen's first Black Powder Shoot on February 2nd. She noted that they are new members of the club who did not hesitate to become involved in taking on a new event. The Henkels, who received a resounding hand of applause, will conduct the second Black Powder Shoot on March 2nd.

In old business, Mike Mickus posed a question as to the status of adding Sporting Clays to the shooting range activities. Ed Fugenschuh, member of the Indoor/Outdoor Range Committee and one of the spark plugs behind range improvements, indicated that this was still up in the air. Those with an interest in Sporting Clays and time to spare should contact Jim Hulkonen at 524-7189 to become involved with planning and setting up a program.

Vice President Joe Dyke reported on the M.U.C.C. Leadership Conference in Grayling, which he had attended with Emil Filpus, and said he was pleased that he had the opportunity to participate. He felt this was a very beneficial experience for him personally and in terms of both his and Emil's ability to lead the club well. He felt they had gained much information and would be better able to serve the O.S.C. He recommended that the membership support the attendance of qualifying club members in the future.

Ron Moilanen spoke to the group about the Photography Contest he will run for the club. Only club members may enter this contest with up to three entries per person being accepted.

The deadline for submitted photos or slides will be October 1st and up to 10 points each will be awarded for subject matter, quality of photography and background. Persons not affiliated with the O.S.C will judge the best of the entries to determine winners.

Subject matter should be related to nature, outdoor activities, hunting and fishing, wildlife, scenery, etc. Honors will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners with the 1st place-winning pictures framed and placed on display at the club. It was undecided yet if monetary prizes will also be awarded. Ron indicated that it would be preferable if negatives of winning entries were available for reprinting. For more information, give him a call at 353-7479.

When new business was called for, Irving Santti rose to put a motion before the membership to donate $100.00 to the N.R.A. to help nationally televise their program titled "The Armed Citizen". This program will be a factual presentation of how those who have a Conceal/Carry Permit have been able to save their lives and/or the lives of their loved ones. There was a favorable vote and if we hear when this will be aired, we'll let the membership know.

Russ Weisinger also rose to pose a motion that from $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 be given to the Endowment Fund. This motion, seconded by Ron Stiebe, drew much discussion and the matter was tabled until the Finance Committee could meet and make a recommendation to the membership. This committee did meet after adjournment with all members present and it's expected that this matter will be brought for a decision at the March meeting.

Mike Mickus took the floor to state that, considering the rate of growth the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club is experiencing through new memberships and enthusiastic interest, some forethought should be given to the direction it's members might want to take in planning for the future.

He suggested that a forward thinking plan be developed based on the club's purposes and that this plan give structure to what the membership wants to set as goals and the methods and tools needed to be used to achieve them.

Although no immediate action was taken on this proposal, Mike's words certainly left many members with food for thought.

Two members proposed resolutions to be presented to The Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Ron Mitchell called for a reversal of the rules governing the requirement of snowmobile trail stickers for those who do not use these recreational trails. Irving Santti called for a resolution to allow the use of the cross bow for the entire deer hunting season.

Ron Stiebe, club member and a Director of M.U.C.C.'s Region I, District 19, stated that he had presented these resolutions at the M.U.C.C. Convention before, but as the membership wanted them pursued, he would do so on behalf of the club. He called for rewording of the crossbow resolution and it was decided to alter the language to include allowing the use of the cross bow for hunting purposes from October 1st to January 2nd.

Stiebe called for support of these resolutions by attendance of the O.S.C. members at the M.U.C.C. convention to be held June 21st through June 23rd in downstate Midland. More on this will be heard at a later date or those interested in attending can call Ron at 524-7988 for more information.

The Board of Directors will convene at 7:30 on February 25th. The next regular membership meeting will be held at 7:30 on March 4th. As many important issues will be discussed and voted upon, all members are encouraged to attend.

Let's Mosey On Down To The Knife & Gun Show

March 8th and 9th have been set for the annual O.S.C. Knife & Gun Show. Doors will be open from 4 til 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. on Saturday. An admission fee of $2.00 will be charged for those who are age 12 and over. The O.S.C. lunch counter will be open for tasty lunch items.

Vendors will come from many areas of the Upper Peninsula and fill all available tables with their wares. Those interested in buying a new or used gun or knife or perhaps in selling or trading one are encouraged to strike their best deal. Those just interested in browsing will also find much to see and talk about during the show times.

A trophy scoring session will also be offered again this year at no charge. Certified measurers will be on hand to score deer, bear, elk, and turkey. Antlers and bear skulls, no matter how old they are, may be brought in for measurement taking.

Event Chairmen who can be contacted for more information are Ron Haka at 353-6383, John Parkila at 338-2930 and Leonard Pelto at 483-4951.

Something new that's been added to this year's event at the suggestion of Sam Kangas is an "O.S.C. Member's Table". Those with gun or knife related items to sell should make arrangements with Sam to have their wares put up for sale by calling him at 353-6971 or by bringing them to the club table early on the days of the show. Joe Dyke is also helping with this table and can be contacted at 353-8505.

Show chairmen stress, however, that this Member's Table will not be a "flea market" table and that all merchandise should be of good quality and of use to potential buyers.

As Sam will be helping to stand guard duty overnight on Friday, he will need volunteers to take turns at the table on Saturday during the show. Those interested in lending a hand on either day can let Sam or Joe know what time they can help out.

4th graders get data 4th graders graph data

What In The World Is W.U.P.C.F.S.M.E.E.?

Having stopped by the clubhouse on the sunny afternoon of Thursday, February 7th, this reporter found several children clamoring over snow banks on snowshoes out behind the clubhouse. Further investigation showed that these 4th Grade students from the L'Anse Elementary School were not playing hooky, but instead were learning how to test the ability of different materials to insulate under wet or dry conditions.

Wow! Pretty heady stuff for fourth graders you might be thinking, eh? Actually, it was a pretty cool hands on way to learn and it's most likely that more education was absorbed and retained through doing an actual scientific study rather than through just reading about it in a classroom.

What would your prediction be as to which would insulate better: a wet sock made of wool, cotton, fleece or quilted material? How about a dry sock of the same materials? Would a wet wool sock insulate better than a dry cotton one? How did you arrive at your conclusion? Did you take into consideration the sky conditions, the outdoor temperature, and the type of precipitation, if any?

This "Stocking Stuffer" study is one of two themes available to fourth graders and was presented by Michael Buenzli who is on staff with the Western Upper Peninsula Center For Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. The center is a partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University. The second theme, "Think Small" offered the opportunity to snowshoe through the O.S.C. wooded grounds to look for mammal tracks and study small critter winter micro-sites.

This program, which also incorporates language arts and ecological education into a learning experience involving science and math and its relevance in understanding our environment, is primarily funded through a grant from the Michigan Department of Education and The Wege Foundation.

Similar programs are offered for grades 3, 5 and 6 in five western Upper Peninsula Counties with two themes for each age group, all of which sound like a fun way to learn. For instance there's "A Bug's Other Life", "For The Birds", "Snowshoe Math", and "It's Snow Good". There's also math-intensive "Chill Out" or "Track and Tale", which incorporates imagination and language arts. The center even has snowshoes that can be borrowed and its programs reached 13,547 students in the 2000-2001 school year.

Taking some time out to talk with the youngsters, this reporter who had no snowshoes, learned that the part most liked best was the walk in the woods looking for "things".

However, watching them on their bellies in the snow paying close attention to bottles stuffed into wet and dry socks of every type cloth and then topped with a thermometer looking somewhat like a strange candle on a funny looking cake, showed that they also were really into this scientific study. They would take temperature readings and then record them. "Wow, look at this!" was heard more than once.

When it came time for Michael Buenzli to graph the results of their findings, these youngsters sat in rapt attention to the questions he asked and were quick to respond with answers as to why they thought this was so and that was so and how that could possibly be true. Student's pictures will be added to this site as soon as we get them developed!

The Ottawa Sportsmen are proud to donate their clubhouse and other facilities to become a part of programs like these that give the students hands on experience in learning.

Anyone who would like to learn more about what the Western Upper Peninsula Center For Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education has to offer can check out Michael can be reached at 906-487-3341 or through e-mail at

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