August 2016 Newsletter
MAD RIVER CLUB’S NEWSLETTER
P.O BOX 171 PULASKI, NEW YORK 13142-0171
CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:
Next Club Meeting: Friday September 9th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 and general mtg starts at 8:00)
4 Wheeler Weekend will be the weekend of the 20th of August
Archery Shoot (one day event) scheduled for August 28th.
MEETING: The meeting was called to order by Dave Dano at 8:00.
ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Todd Bremner
The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Andrew Green sponsor Verne Green, Jacob Rombough sponsor Brad Rombough, Lawrence Hudson sponsor Charlie Knauf and Ricky Carr sponsor Daniel Splane.
SICK AND AILING:
Lamont Hahn had back surgery
Brantley Brock, Darien Brock’s 2 yr old son was hospitalized for a high fever with roseola.
Mary Cole passed away. She was the sister of Dennis Kammers
Magan Iauco, David’s wife had pneumonia
Cindy Shelmindine broke her ankle
As a member learns of someone who is sick or someone has passed, please contact the following:
Brian Dano at 315-243-1994
Or: Leave message at 625-7331 with Charlene
Or: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Or: E-mail email@example.com
Also, if any member knows of a deceased member from last year, please let the board know so we can get there names on the plaque in the clubhouse. Thank you.
ANNUAL 4 WHEELER WEEKEND: This event will be held the weekend of August 20th. This event is an opportunity for everyone to come together, ride ATVs and enjoy the club. Steve Corsette is running this event and will be serving a chicken BBQ at 5:00pm on Camp Road 1. The chicken dinner will cost $5.00 apiece this year and Steve is asking everyone to make reservations before August 10th. Steve is asking everyone to bring a dish to pass and you must supply your own beverage. For reservations please call Steve at 623-9429
IMPORTANT NOTICE : The club members voted to keep the Tsueda Property. The lease land committee is continuing to look for more southern tier property.
YOUR ATV privileges ARE IN jeopardy
Recent issues with atvs on the club:
A member recently had 11 4 wheelers on the club with them. As a member you are only allowed 5 machines with you. This is clearly in the rules.
People have torn down the red fencing around the gravel pits and taken down the sign. The gravel pits are off limits for riding per the landowner.
People have given attitude when challenged to provide proof of membership. This should not even be an issue. We all need to show proof and use this as a chance to meet other members.
The landowners have expressed a concern that we are abusing our ATV privileges on club property. Apparently people have been using excessive speed, (cutting “rooster” tails on the roads), cutting new trails though the woods, or around large mud holes. People are cutting trails to their tree stands. There are still people driving through the rivers and streams where there is no limestone laid down. Please do not underestimate the landowner’s displeasure with the club.
So our Club Rules as well as the landowner’s rules are as follows:
25mph is the speed limit on the club. DO NOT cut up the road by doing “doughnuts” or making “rooster tails”
No trails to tree stands. Also, loosen tree stand straps at the end of the season or take the stands down.
NO NOT ride through any streams or rivers unless there is limestone laid down for the crossing.
If you can’t ride through a mud hole then turn around and go back. DO NOT GO AROUND THEM.
Bobs trail is closed
I cannot stress enough the importance of using good land stewardship while riding on the MRC lease lands. Riding ATVs on lease lands is a privilege not a right. New signs are going up to help ensure we conform to the landowner’s wishes.
Annual Gun Raffle: If you have any unsold tickets please contact Mark Bishop so they can get sold.
CONTACT Mark Bishop at 288-4248 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets if you can’t make the July meeting.
A CALL TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE MAD RIVER CLUB: We have several board positions that will be vacated next year. Along with this, several of our annual event chairmen are stepping down such as the annual awards banquet, Christmas dinner, gun raffle and archery shoot. The people doing these jobs now have been doing these jobs for many years and want to take a much-needed break. I have noted over the last several years there have been little or no challenges to board positions or committee chairman during the annual elections. We no longer have an annual MRC picnic because we cannot get anyone to chair it. It is a constant struggle by the board to fill positions on the board to keep this club moving. I know people really enjoy the club and all it has to offer, but the reason it has so much to offer is due to the tireless work of a relatively few people. The club needs its members to step to the plate and help out. Make no mistake; we can lose this club to apathy and a lack of participation. I challenge anyone to find a club that offers so much for so little club dues. So, please take a moment to see where you can help out.
Important DEC Hunting Course Information: All the hunting classes will be posted on the DEC website. Also, a new program will be homework for the hunting classes prior to participation. Due to the amount of material covered at the hunter safety classes, the DEC felt it would be helpful to have class participants complete an online homework assignment prior to attending the hunter safety class. This homework will be posted on the DEC website and will be required to be completed prior to attending a class. Gary Crawford, said an instructor could refuse attendance if the homework in not completed.
MRC WEBPAGE: A reminder to club members to subscribe to the webpage. There are no subscription fees. As a subscriber to the website you will automatically be sent an update message so you can be made aware of any club news updates. As I get information from the board between meetings I post it to the webpage. IF POSSIBLE PLEASE START REFERING TO THE WEBPAGE FOR NEWSLETTERS AND INFORMATION. PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ASK FOR NEWSLETTERS SENT TO THEM. I WOULD LIKE FOR EVERYONE TO AT LEAST TRY THE WEBPAGE. IF WE COULD GET EVERYONE TO USE THE WEBPAGE AND GET RID OF MAILING THE NEWSLETTER WE COULD SAVE THE CLUB ABOUT $1000.00 A YEAR.
Pictures: I encourage people to send me pictures of various club events so I can get them posted on the webpage.
MRC Trap Club The club needs a trap chairman to take over the use of the traphouse. The club has spent a lot of money getting this up and running. So far people who have used the traphouse really enjoy it. If anyone is interested in being a chairman please let a board member know. A committee will be formed and the club expects that local schools will be using our range and that we will form an MRC team to shoot against other clubs.
ITEMS OF INTEREST:
Landowner Request: the landowners are asking for our help in keeping the culverts open on the Worth Property. It was put out that the River Buck club will keep the first culvert open and the Mad River Club has agreed to keep the second culvert open. If you are on club property and see a culvert starting to clog up please take a rake or whatever tool you have and keep the culvert open.
SECURTIY: The security chairman discussed the continued problem of trespassers on our club. They are going around our gates and using our land. We need to wear our badges when on the property and to challenge each other on our membership status. Please do this respectfully and use it as a chance to meet new members. Also, do not get into a confrontation with people even if they are trespassing. Just get a name if possible or record the license plate number and give it to security.
Campsite Tree Cutting: If you need a tree cut down around your campsite please contact Dave Dano. Standing trees cannot be cut down by the members. Dave will contact the individual that is allowed to cut trees for the club to get your tree cut down.
Club usage log: I have the dates for when the clubhouse is being used. I am posting this information on the website under the club usage log. Please see this list when making arrangements for club use. You can call Kevin Irwin at 315- 921-9500 to reserve the clubhouse or pavilion.
TO ALL MEMBERS: TO GET CREDIT FOR YOUR WORKDAY THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MUST SIGN YOU INTO THE WORKDAY BOOK. MAKE SURE YOU LET THEM KNOW WHEN YOU ARE DOING A WORKDAY. REMINDER: A WORKDAY IS 8 HOURS OF WORK FOR THE CLUB.
Bob Shelmindine has several hundred posted signs that need to go up.
Mike Lane and/or John Malinowski (security chairs) said to call them for security details.
Steve Casselbury ( camping chair)
Lawn Mowing: Call Ralph Gregory if you would like to help mow the clubs lawn.
Tim Howell (roads and trails chair) Tim has many projects for our roads and trails following this winter
Bill Killam (archery chairman) is looking for people the first week of July to clear trails for the archery shoot
The phone numbers for the chairmen listed above can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.
As I get word of a workday I will post it in the newsletter and on the website.
Bill Killam (archery chairman) asked for help selling ads starting in January.
Change of Address: If you have a change of address, phone number, or email please let the club know. You can contact the newsletter editor Shawn Allen or the Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin. We have been having problems with being able to contact people.
Camp for Kids: Darien Brock has submitted a new application form for camp for kids. I am trying to get it on the webpage so people can download it and fill it out and send it to Darien.
Old MRC membership buttons: Ken Burd is asking for the following buttons: 2009guest, 2014 guest,2015 member and guest, 2016 member and guest, 1980 guest, 1981 guest, 1982 guest , 1999 member, 1960 member and any 1950’s and older. Contact Ken at (315) 652-7095
Classifieds: The new website will allow me to post pictures of your items for sale. So if you want to post something, if possible send me a digital picture and I will post it on the website. (Shawn Allen email: email@example.com
Kent Taber has a 2000 Magnatrac Hydro 5000C Bulldozer with 6 way blade and backhoe for sale. It’s perfect for clearing campsites, building roads/driveways, digging and moving earth. Great condition-asking $9,000.00 or B.O. Call 387-3871 for more details.
Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen 343-2546 (591-3005) email firstname.lastname@example.org, Assistant Newsletter Editor Todd Brown 480-5193
Club Officers: President Dave Dano 625-7331; 1st VP Kent Taber 387-3871, 2nd V.P. Dick Palmer 882-3295; Treasurer Brendan Hind 575-9285; Assistant Treasurer William Milton 315-782-9502, Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 783-5455, Assistant Financial Secretary Ron McNitt 315-486-0525
Board Members: Jeffery Mosier 846-5612, Chris Conway 783-1888, Frank Hilliker 298-3004, Larry Yerdon 387-5140, Brian Dano 625-7331 cell 243-1994, Gary Daniels 488-5575, Bob Shelmidine 846-5054, Ralph Gregory 298-5171, Gary Crawford 315-575-7851
Committee Chairman: Building and Grounds Kevin Irwin 921-9500, Camping Steve Casselbury 315-481-1496, Trails Tim Howell 963-7330 Work Day Dennis Kammers 315-437-0430, Security John Malinowski 315-657-7780 or Mike Lane 315-558-0888, Entertainment Committee Lou McNett 387-5339
Archery Committee: Bill Killam 387-3350
Website of interest to MRC members; www.madriverclub.com, www.oswegocountyfederation.com, www.oswegcountysportsmensfoundation.com, www.nyscc.com
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