"Sight In Days"
Ron Haka reported that the club will hold "Sight In Days" on November 12th, 13th and 14th from early morning until dusk for area hunters or those just passing through. This service is offered to the public as well as members, but the Sportsmen request that range users please register in the clubhouse during Sight-In Days.
Qualified range personnel will be on hand to supervise, offer advise, and assist those who have problems getting their rifles "on target". The club's bore sight will be available inside the clubhouse with experienced bore sighter, John Parkila, on hand to help those who would like to use this tool. Hot coffee, doughnuts and deer hunting tales from years past will also be in the offering.
Ron Moilanen announced that the club would hold its O.S.C. Buck Contest once again this year. Contest forms are now available and will also be offered at "Sight-In-Days". Bucks must be weighed on certified scales and Ron advised that these are available in the immediate area at Karvakko's Market in Tapiola and at Sullivan's Meat Processing, M-38 Nissula. $100.00 will be awarded to the hunter with the biggest buck and $75.00 will go to one of those who claim an "average" buck. A "smallest buck" prize of $50.00 will also be awarded, with an additional consolation prize of $20.00 going to one of the other entrants.
The Range Committee has been given approval to arrange for the fabrication of a moving target device for use in the indoor range in order to save set-up time for the "Kid's Targets" Event at future Turkey Shoots. Club members will also be able to use it year round.
World Wide Web
The O.S.C. Web Master has also been given approval to make arrangements with U.P. Net to double the amount of space available at the club's website, www.ottawasportsmen.org.
A commemorative plate, made of wood harvested from Bob Hietikko's timber stand and hand turned by Ron Haka, was displayed to the members. Joe Dyke wood burned an engraving of a picture of the Ottawa Sportsmen's clubhouse as it looked in 1946. This plate, which can be seen at the club or on the website under the October 7th Newsletter, will be offered to members only through a drawing to be held during the December 2003 meeting. Drawing slips are now available at the club.
Sue Dyke reported that tables are still available to members and the public for the O.S.C. Craft Show to be held Saturday, November 9th from 10 until 4 p.m. Anyone with homemade wares to sell should give Sue a call at 353-8505 or get in contact with Brenda Harkonen at 353-7268.
New members welcomed in October were Dawn (Dirk) Bartley from Kalamazoo who was sponsored by her father Wayne Heikkinen, David Wuori of St. Charles, Missouri also sponsored by his father Jim Wuori, and Paul (Nathalie) Brandes who lives in Calumet and was sponsored by Joe Dyke. Both of the Brandes are students at Michigan Tech studying for a Master's Degree and Doctorate, respectively, in Geology.
Those who join the Ottawa Sportsmen are also given a membership to the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, which is conducting a membership drive through December 31st. During this drive new members will qualify for a chance to fish or hunt with the crew from the Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine and those who sponsor new OSC memberships also now qualify for one of many nice membership drive prizes.
It takes two new member sponsorships to win a MUCC cap, five for a denim shirt and ten to be able to warm up in a nice new jacket. Those who have met the qualifications for the shirt and are now moving up to win a jacket are:
Many others have qualified for a cap.
The Well Dressed Member
The Ottawa Sportsmen also have club logo caps in many colors, including Hunter Orange Camo, available at the club for $8.00. Club tee shirts, on hand and available in many colors, sell for $8.00. Sweatshirts must be ordered and sell from $15.00 to $16.00 depending on size. Club jackets are also special order items and are available in two fabric choices in forest green only.
The next monthly membership meeting will be held Monday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. Plans for the 3rd Annual Venison Booyaw to be held Saturday, December 7th and Nomination of Officers, which will be held at the December 2nd meeting, will be discussed. Meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in joining the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club is welcome to attend. For more information about the club and events, please call public relations at 338-2507.
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