Joe Dyke

Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

January 1st, 2005

Joe Dyke, OSC President

Dues and News Letter 2005

2004 In Review

The past year has been an active one at the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club and the willingness of the members to volunteer for the many scheduled and unscheduled events is remarkable and most appreciated. Following is a review of events and programs approved by the membership:

A Library Fund of $250.00 each to LíAnse, Baraga, and Sacred Heart Schools for four years and a one-time payment of $250 to the Arvon School in Skanee was approved. The schools use these funds for the purchase of books and magazines relating to conservation.

The club provides Tracks Magazine to 455 fifth and sixth graders in the Baraga, LíAnse, Sacred Heart, and Ontonagon Schools; the Elm River Township school district was added this year. These are very popular with the students as noted from their thank-you letters to the club.

A sidewalk on the range was completed to make the range handicap accessible; a concrete floor was installed in the storage room for range targets; and the trap range building was partitioned to add a service counter.

The club is responsible for roadside cleanup on two miles of M-38 adjacent to the club. Volunteers turned out in May, July and September to pick up trash along the road and were treated to lunch provided by Sue Dyke after each session.

In April, the Wild Game Dinner, chaired by Ron Moilanen, was attended by over 90 hungry people who dined on deer, moose, beaver, elk, bear, Russian boar, mashed potatoes, green beans and sourdough biscuits. It was a great success and ran out of food as usual.

Also in April, Ron Haka chaired the annual Gun & Knife Show. Twenty-three tables were rented and over 200 customers came and pored over the many items the dealers displayed and had for sale. The club provided a table for members to display and sell their guns and knives and other sports related items.

The rental activity begins in May and runs through August for graduation parties, receptions, reunions, picnics and training sessions. Sue Dyke, rental agent, reported that 20 events were scheduled in 2004.

On May 15 Coach Ron Granroth and the Junior Pistol Team held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their trip to the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, in July to defend their National Championship title.

In June sixteen students participated in the Junior Shooting Camp that is taught by Ron Granroth. The Shooting Camp is a week-long course featuring NRA-style targets. Shooters with potential are identified, recruited and trained for the Junior Pistol Team.

The Ottawa Sportsmenís Club Junior Pistol Team (Calvin Gardner, Sam Gardner, Ben Granroth, Team Capt. Patrick Miller, Kurt Szyszkoski, and Jeff Tuomi) defended their National Junior Championship title at the National Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio, in July and won the National Junior Championship for the second year in a row. The team competed as individuals in .22 rimfire, centerfire, and .45 caliber matches. The OSC Junior Pistol Teamís aggregate score beat 18 Sharpshooter teams, 25 Master Class teams and one Master Class team. The team finished first among Sharpshooter teams competing against all age groups. The OSC Junior Pistol Team was on stage to accept awards four times. Bob Gardner and Ron Granroth are the coaches. (Lee Artenís article about the team, published in the September issue of Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine, can be found on the OSC Website

As was planned in 2003 for the club to provide the leadership for the annual Hunter Safety Program, eight members were trained and qualified to teach Hunter Safety to teenagers. Forty-nine students signed up for the 2004 class and we hope to continue it in 2005.

Black powder shoots were held the first Saturday of February, March, April and May, with a woods walk in June. The U.P. Muzzle Loader Association held a three-day rendezvous in July. These events are very popular and held regardless of weather conditions. Jon Henkel heads up the Saturday shoots.

The Trap Range is open on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning in May and running through September. Chairperson Mike Harkonen reported that there were 15-20 shooters per session this year.

The annual member picnic was held on August 1 at the clubís campground at Courtney Lake. Seventy-five to eighty members attended and enjoyed Mike and Ron Mitchellsí roast turkey and prime rib meal that was accompanied by casserole dishes, salads, breads~ and desserts provided by the members. The club furnished the beverages. A good time was had by all and the weather cooperated with a beautiful day.

As was planned, electricity was run to the clubís campground and campsites. The campsites were fully occupied throughout the summer and rental fees paid for the cost of electricity this past camping season.

The 43rd annual Turkey Shoot was held on September 26; the weather was super and a large crowd attended. This is the clubís biggest fund raiser and the members and area businesses really come together for a fun day. The many outdoor shooting programs have grown to become a real drawing card for the event. For example, 209 youngsters participated in target shooting in the indoor range where they were supervised for safe shooting, and where everyone won a prize. The 400-yard gong along with the cannon blast, milk jug blast, and other shooting games attracted many contestants. The tomahawk/knife throwing contest drew a crowd as well. A total of sixty-two frozen turkeys and chickens were given away to the sharpshooters during the day. The ten-cent raffle was held inside the clubhouse where prizes donated by the area businesses were raffled off at lightning-speed. A grand raffle with a top prize of $1,000 and three raffles for a shotgun, a rifle, and a truckload of cut and split firewood were also held inside the clubhouse. If you havenít attended a turkey shoot please make plans to do so in 2005. The event is always held the last Sunday of September.

A venison processing seminar was conducted by Dave Firnett of D&R Processing, Wallace, MI in early November. He started with a whole, skinned, deer and demonstrated the correct way to cut it up. His method is to use only a knife as he bones the meat out right down to removing the meat from the ribs. What is left is a bare-bones skeleton. He then makes roasts, chops, stew meat and ground venison and gives these away by a drawing. This is the second year that he led a seminar at the club and we hope to schedule him again in 2005. His program is educational and he makes it fun too.

Ron Haka and his range crew conducted the annual Sight-in Days on November 12, 13, and 14. This year 164 shooters registered to sight in their rifles. Some also came in and had their rifles bore-sighted. Chili and other goodies were available to warm up the shooters. A raffle was held at the end of the third day with Steve Lishinski winning a knife, Jim Wuori winning a limited edition print, and Al Usimaki winning a blind.

As part of Sight-in Days prizes are awarded at the end of deer season for the biggest buck, average buck, and smallest buck. This year these were awarded to Matt Dyke, $100 for the biggest buck (171 lbs); Mike Mitchell, $75 for the average buck (136 lbs); and Matt Lusk, $50 for the smallest buck (111 lbs). There were 64 entries with eight bucks in the final.

The end-of-the-year event held December 4 was the Venison Booyaw dinner that was prepared by Mike Mickus and his kitchen crew. Three types of coleslaw, sourdough biscuits, and rieska accompanied the booyaw and the meal was topped off with a variety of desserts brought by the ladies. Approximately 90 people attended the dinner. The event is held yearly to say thank you to our members for the many hours of volunteering for various club events and to thank the many sponsors who help make the Turkey Shoot a success. A slide show on backwoods deer hunting, with a few humorous slides of our members added, was shown at the end of the meal. It was a lot of fun, good food, good people and a lot of laughs.

Happy New Year

Please remember the importance of supporting your interest in outdoor sports and the protection of our natural resources by continuing your membership and support of the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club. Thank you.

2005 Officers and Directors


Board of Directors:

Ron Kamarainen, after many years as Secretary, resigned due to ill health. John Stenvig was elected to take this post.

Dates to Remember

The membership meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month except August when the club picnic is held at Courtney Lake on the first Sunday. The Board of Directors meets the last Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. There is a steak cookout before each membership meeting from May through September. Steaks can be purchased at the club and all other meal items are furnished. All members are welcome. A small donation may be asked.

Club Events for 2005:

Check the Website for actual dates.

Weekly, May - Sept:

Club Dues 2005:

                                   2005 DUES NOTICE
             Complete, Clip, & Return To The Membership Secretary by April 1st

Dues in the amount of $25.00 for the year 2005 are being paid by:

Name____________________________ Address_____________________________________________________

Phone___________________________ E-Mail___________________________ Birthdate_________________

Occupation___________________________________ Spouse's First Name:___________________________

Comments or Suggestions: ____________________________________________________________________


Please make your check payable to the "Ottawa Sportsmens Club" and mail it with this form to:
Carol Laski, Membership Secretary, 15890 Torro Rd.,Chassell, MI 49916. 
If you have questions concerning your membership status, please e-mail Carol at or phone (906)523-6135. Dues may also be dropped off at the Club.

______ Yes, please contact me to help with one of our events or activities.

Each member will receive this newsletter and if your dues have already been remitted, the above form will be marked paid. However, please use it to complete the other requested information. Thank you.

Additional information regarding Life Membership: We are in the process of compiling a list of Life Members of the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club and ask if you will provide the month and year that you joined the Club and if you have maintained continuous membership. We will use this information, along with your birth date to maintain this list. The guidelines for Life Members are quoted from the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club Constitution and Bylaws as follows:

Article 3 - Membership Section 3. Life members of the two merged clubs presently on the roster are declared Paid-up Lifetime Members, with all membership privileges, including publications furnished by the Club. Any member attaining the age of 65 with 30 years membership in good standing, and any member attaining the age of 70 with 25 years in good standing, will automatically receive Paid-up Lifetime Member- ship status.

The Constitution and Bylaws may be found at the Clubís Website:

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