January 2019 Newsletter


January 2019

P.O BOX 171 PULASKI, NEW YORK 13142-0171

PHONE 315-387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

                             Next Club Meeting: Friday, February 8th ( BOD mtg at 6:30, general mtg at 8:00)

                             Ice Fishing Derby: Saturday, January 26th 2019.

                             Venison Dinner: March General Meeting: see details below

                               Federation Dinner: April 6th (details below)

                               Annual Trout Derby: Saturday, June 29th

                             Annual MRC Family Picnic/ Awards Banquet: Sunday, July 28th

                             Annual Bowshoot: August 3rd and 4th



GENERAL MTG: Dick Palmer called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: John Grady sponsor Shawn Allen, Dustin Robinson sponsor Darien Brock, Travis Filson sponsor James Lewis, Aaron Muckey sponsor Walter Butler Scott Houppert sponsor Mike Sparcico

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Matthew Smith sponsor Bruce Mitchell, Charles Skellen sponsor Mike Akin, Ward Seymour Jr. sponsor Bruce Mitchell, Rocco Giacolone sponsor Mike McElwain, Russell Weller sponsor Scott Monnat, Leon Worthington sponsor Kent Taber, Leon Sterling sponsor Steve Corsette, Michael Sauillace sponsor Eric Martin, Mark Garvin sponsor Tim Ridgeway





Lou McNitt is undergoing surgery

Richard Brock is back in the hospital


The club recently learned of the passing of Doug Runions who was a long time member of the club and a past president of the club. The club held a moment of silence for him. Everyone who knew Doug spoke of his outstanding character and how much he enjoyed the club. The club sent a donation to the Alzheimer Association of Syracuse and a plaque will be placed in the clubhouse in his honor.



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

Or: E-mail

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.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED: I am stepping down as newsletter editor this year. If anyone is interested in taking over this position please contact me (Shawn Allen) or anyone on the board.


ICE FISHING DERBY: The derby is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Club. Registration will begin at 6:00 am at the clubhouse. There will be two divisions for the derby: a kids perch and pike division and an adult perch and pike division. For a fee, breakfast and lunch will be available at the clubhouse. For questions or if you are willing to help for a workday, please contact Nate Ellers at 315-561-1122.


VENISON DINNER: At the general meeting on March 8th, the annual venison dinner will take place. John Keech is looking for people to donate some venison to the dinner. If you are willing to donate some venison or help out in the kitchen please contact John Keech at 315-699-3843.


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.


Future new members: To help alleviate some of the problems regarding rules violations the BOD’s have decided that after January 1st new members are to come to the board meeting at 7:30 on the night they are to receive their membership. This is to allow the board to explain some of the rules and expectations that come with club membership. This is meant to be a meet and greet with a chance for the new members to ask questions and meet the board.


Trap house:

Trap House: Shooting is done for the year (2018), No shoot before Dec, Jan, Feb, or March meetings. When a schedule for 2019 is available it will be posted here and also on Facebook. Please see ‘The Traphouse’ tap for more info on using the trap house or joining us for scheduled shoots. Impromptu shoots will be announced on Facebook page. Yes, The Mad River Club Trap Team has a Facebook page! Please look there for up to date news, when we are shooting, and other info on the progress of the Trap Team. Like/follow page and you will be informed of updates as they happen. If you are on Facebook search for ‘Mad River Club Trap Team’



Gary Granger


Bow hunter courses: Gary Crawford said there would be courses for bow hunting happening in March and April. Please check the DEC webpage for dates and times.


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.



Ken and Gerry Burd Environmental Studies Scholarship




The extended family of Ken and Gerry Burd has instituted a scholarship fund, in their name, in the amount of $500.00 to be awarded yearly. This year we would like to invite any member , member’s child or grandchild contemplating an Environmental degree, to apply.


The recipient must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student, pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Law Enforcement, Agricultural Engineering or other closely related Environmental field.


The Selection Committee will award the scholarship based on academic performance, school and community activities/involvement, 2 letters of recommendation and

a short essay regarding their choice of profession.


Applications are available by contacting Ken or Gerry at 315-652-7095,, or at the address below.


All requested information must be postmarked no later than April 1st. of the current year.


Please complete and return the application to:


Ken & Gerry Burd

8149 Morgan Rd.

Clay, NY 13041


FEDERATION DINNER: Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is holding their Annual Banquet on April 6th at Greenview Country Club, 20 Whig Hill Rd., West Monroe, NY.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm, with a Prime rib dinner following at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $25.00 per adult, $12.00 per child 12 and under. As usual there will be raffles for a muzzle loader, 50/50, quilt, can drawings and a Silent Auction.


Tickets are available from Ken Burd, contact or call 315-652-7095.


This is a great meal, great time – come join us!!



WORKDAY ISSUES: It was brought out at the meeting that some people were being given workday fines even though they had done a workday. If you are having this issue please contact either the workday chairman for whom you worked or Dick Palmer to get this worked out. Thank you.


NOTICE: The badges for this year are purple with white letters, but have 2018 on them. Please understand that we know this is a mistake and as long as you are wearing your purple badge then you are in compliance. We apologize for the mix up. Also, due to the high cost of postage, we are requesting members come to a meeting to pick up their badges.


HELP NEEDED: The club needs volunteers to step forward to fill various positions: we need a posting committee chair, nominating committee chair, newsletter editor


NOTICE: It was brought out at the club meeting that some MRC members have been crossing the Mad River on the south end and going left on the trail instead of bearing right up the logging road. IF you go left you are entering OTTO MILLS CLUB land so you will be trespassing. Apparently there were some problems this past hunting season with our members getting onto OTTO MILLS CLUB LAND. Please look at the maps and familiarize yourselves with our land boundaries.


NEW ROADS AND TRAILS CHAIRMAN: Jacob Halsey has taken over as the new roads and trails chairman. Please give him your support this year when we get back on the trails.


DEC CAMP FOR KIDS: Darien Brock reported that 4 kids are scheduled to go to camp this year. He is looking for applications for next year. Applications can be found on the website.




Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen 315-343-2546, 315-591-3005 email, Assistant Newsletter Editor vacant

Club Officers: President Dick Palmer 315-882-3295; 1st VP Gary Crawford 315-559-4174, 2nd V.P. Lloyd Perkins; Treasurer Lori Venzendy 315-298-5804; Assist Treasurer Bruce Hahn 315-469-9349, Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 315-783-5455, Assistant Financial Secretary Justin Maselli


Board Members: Jeffery Mosier 846-5612, Frank Hilliker 298-3004, Larry Yerdon 387-5140, Darien Brock 315-778-2680, Gary Daniels 488-5575, Mike Lane 315-558-0888, Tim Howell 963-7330, Norm Draper 315-775-7218, Ken Creech 732-431-1631.

Committee Chairman: Building and Grounds Dale Macklen 315-387-5365, Camping Steve Casselbury 315-481-1496, Trails Tim Howell 963-7330 Work Day Dennis Kammers 315-437-0430, Security Mike Lane 315-558-0888, Entertainment Committee Lou McNett 387-5339

Archery Committee: Bill Killam 387-3350, Traphouse: Gary Granger 315-427-1162


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