2003 CLUB OFFICERS:
|Pres: Emil Filpus||VP: Joe Dyke|
|Sec: Ron Kamarainen||Treas: Mike Faucher|
|Sargent at Arms: Jack Lehto|
|Ed Fugenschuh||Russ Weisinger||John Stenvig|
|Irv Santti||Charlie Beck||Ron Moilanen|
|Dick Hiltunen||Mike Williams||Mike Harkonen|
The Ottawa Sportsmen met Monday, December 2nd to elect Officers and three Directors for the year 2003. President Emil Filpus and Vice President Joe Dyke were reelected to fill a second term. Secretary Ron Kamarainen and Treasurer Mike Faucher were also reelected and will continue to serve the club as they have done so ably in the past many years. Jack Lehto will also return as Sergeant at Arms, warding off potential unruliness during impassioned debate.
The expiring three-year terms of Board of Directors members Ed Fugenschuh, Ron Haka, and Bob Hietikko also needed to be filled. Ed successfully tossed his name back in the hat for reelection. John Stenvig who also brings experience to the leadership, having served as a Director in the past, was elected to fill the second open seat. Charlie Beck, who joined the club on October 6, 1997 under the sponsorship of Ron Kamarainen, was elected to the remaining open seat. These three men will complete the nine-member Board of Directors and will join Mike Harkonen, Dick Hiltunen, Ron Moilanen, Irving Santti, Russ Weisinger, and Mike Williams at the December 30th Director's meeting to be chaired by President Filpus.
December Meeting Notes:
Twenty-nine members who braved inclement weather to attend the December monthly membership meeting were called to order by Vice President Dyke. In old business, Russ Weisinger informed members that contrary to information previously given by DNR personnel at last month's meeting, ORVs are not restricted on existing trails on Mead property.
OSC Community Service
Several of the many thank you cards were read from the 4th Grade students in Heather Grentz's C.J. Sullivan classroom at L'Anse Area Schools. The children made their cards as colorful paper cut outs of woodland creatures and penned their thoughts imaginatively and creatively as a way of thanking the Sportsmen for their donation of a classroom subscription to the Michigan United Conservations Clubs' "Tracks" magazine. This publication, which the OSC also donates to other area schools, has taken on a terrific new format that the children really seem to enjoy. Copies are available at the club for anyone interested in taking a look at what all the fuss is about and single, rather than classroom, subscriptions can be had for $6.00 annually by contacting Paula Robison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are forwarding these thank you cards to the editors of "Tracks" so that they can enjoy some of the student's comments and learn what these youngsters would like to read about in future issues.
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Sue Dyke gave a report on the Craft Sale she co-chaired with Brenda Harkonen. The response from the public was so enthusiatic that these ladies are hoping to host another craft show and sale in the spring.
John Parkila also reported that 200 hunters took good advantage of the club's shooting range and hospitality at the OSC Sight-In Days November 12th through the 14th. Winners of the door prize drawings were Bill Haag of downstate Hemlock who is now the owner of a nylon camouflage blind; Ken Brusseau, a hunting companion of member Jim Wouri from Rochester, Michigan, whose name was drawn for a buck knife; and Paul Maki from the Alston area who won a compass to use in finding his way around Hazel Swamp. Donations given during Sight-In Days go toward OSC shooting range improvements.
Contest Chairman, Ron Moilanen, announced the winners of the OSC 2002 Buck Contest. Taking top prize of $100.00 for the biggest buck was Jesse Kedzior from Pelkie. John McMullin of L'Anse bagged himself an average buck and a prize of $75.00. John Parkila of Alston won $50.00 for bringing in the lightest weight buck and Hancock resident Eric Bush received $20.00 as a consolation prize.
The next membership meeting is slated for Monday, January 6, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. Resolutions will be the order of the evening. New members should note that this is when we begin to formulate club resolutions regarding all aspects of our natural resources and our right to use them, which we hope will be eventually passed in to law. In the past, the OSC has had numerous success stories in seeing their resolutions make a difference in legislative decisions regarding sportsmen's rights. More information on Resolutions Night at the OSC can be found in the December 2001 and January 2002 issues of the Ottawa Sportmen's Webletter.
Welcomed at the December meeting were:
3rd Annual Venison Booyaw:
The delicious aroma of Mike Mickus' homemade venison stew and John Stenvig's fresh baked sour dough biscuits filled the air as a crowd of approximately 75 members and guests turned out Saturday, December 7th for the Ottawa Sportsmen's 3rd Annual Booyaw and Appreciation Night.
The Booyaw has taken on the tradition of being the Sportsmen's way of saying thank you to the businesses that contribute to our annual Turkey Shoots. Those businessmen or their representatives who joined us for dinner this year really seemed to enjoy themselves and two from Ontonagon had such a good time, they decided to join the club and will be welcomed as new members at the January meeting.
Vice President Joe Dyke hosted the after dinner program of appreciation, entertaining the crowd with his tale of hunting a ferocious bruin whom he finally managed to outwit. A nice assortment of door prizes was awarded to many of the guests.
Heartfelt thanks to our venison guru Mike Mickus and to John "Sourdough" Stenvig, who spent lots of hours in the kitchen. And more thanks to all the people behind the scenes on Friday and Saturday who helped to create such an enjoyable evening for members and guests.
Friday Night Gatherings will resume on December 13th. All members and their invited guests are welcome to stop by in the late afternoon for conversation, companionship, cards, and creative cuisine.
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