April 2016 Newsletter


APRIL 2016

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

       Next Club Meeting: Friday May 13th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 and general mtg starts at 8:00)

                             Friends of the NRA banquet is Friday, April 22. See details in newsletter

                               Kids Trout Fishing Derby will be held the 25th of June

                             Archery Shoot Fish Dinner: will be held Friday, July 29th from 5-7 pm.

                             MRC 3D Archery Shoot will be the weekend of July 30th. See newsletter for details

                             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: John Kent sponsor Robert Shelmidine

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Tobi Montgomery sponsor Bill Gould, Andrew Fults sponsor Tim Ridgeway, Stanley Wuest sponsor Brian Walton, Ben Thomas sponsor Bill Russell, and Larry Thomas sponsor Dave Cleveland.




Bob Shelmidine had knee replacement surgery


Gary Diriwachter is battling prostrate cancer


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.


Chance for a workday: Tim Howell put out at the meeting that a roads and trails workday would be held on May 7th. He is asking for people to meet at the main bridge by 9:00 am. Tim says to bring a chainsaw, as there are a lot of limbs over our trails. If you have any questions please call Tim at 315-963-7330.



ICE Fishing Derby: Only one child showed up but we had a few adults. Overall we were able to make some money due mainly to raffle tickets. The weather and potential for soft ice kept people away.


Kids Trout Fishing Derby: The derby will be held on Saturday June 25th. You can start fishing any time in the morning but be sure you bring your fish back to the clubhouse by noon. The club will provide some food and there will be prizes awarded to the children who participate. If you want more information please contact Joe Iauco at 315-487-7193


MRC Annual Elections: The MRC members voted on the following people for the assigned positions. There were no challengers to the positions so one vote was cast and the members voted to approve all people for their respective positions.



President: Dave Dano                                               3 yr Board of Director Positions:

1st Vice President: Kent Taber                                         Chris Conway

2nd Vice President: Dick Palmer                                     Ralph Gregory

Finaincial Secretary: Rachel Pitkin                                 Bob Shelmindine

Assistant Finacial Secretary: Ron McNitt

Treasurer: Brandon Hines                                         2 yr Board of Director Positions:

Assistant Treasurer: Will Milton                                     Gary Daniels

Recording Secretary: Mark Bishop                                Jeff Moshier

Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen                                     Gary Crawford

Assistant Newsletter Editor: Todd Brown

                                                                                   1 yr Board of Director Positions:

Frank Hilliker

Larry Yerdon

Brian Dano



ANNUAL 4 WHEELER WEEKEND: This event will be held the weekend of August 20th. As in years past it will be held on Camp Road 1 with a chicken dinner, with people bringing dishes to pass. This is a great event for the club. As more information becomes available I will update this message.


Ken and Gerry Burd Environmental Studies Scholarship


Burd scholarship winner- Jarrett Temple, Minoa NY  Currently a Junior at SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, NY. His Major is Natural Resources Management.


YOUR ATV privileges ARE IN jeopardy


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.



MEMBERSHIP BUTTONS-We, Ken Burd and friends, are looking for ex club members and current club members to donate old membership and guest badges. We want to get one of each year as far back as we can. The older ones will be the challenge of course. If you know a deceased members family and could contact them so see if they had any of the older badges that would be a great help. If you would like me to contact the family give me a call at 315-652-7095 or e-mail

I can pick up any donations at club meetings or contact me and I will make arrangements to pick up badges. Once we collect enough of the badges we will display them at the clubhouse in shadow boxes. Thanks for the help.


Annual Gun Raffle: Mark Bishop said the gun raffle would be held the month of September. He will start with tickets in June. As I get updates from Mark I will update this post. ALSO Mark is stepping down as gun raffle chairman after this year. We would like to have a volunteer step forward to run this event. This is a huge money making event for the club and we would like to continue this event.


Federation Report: The Oswego County Fair will be held from August 10th through the 14th. This is a good chance to get in a workday. Please contact Chuck Parker at (315) 963-8413 if you can help.


Guest – Erica Shriner Oswego County Soil and Water- 5000 trees given to K thru 5th grade for planting

High School Envirothon May 5th – Oswego County Federation presents winning team of 5 with a $100.00 each.


Walleye hatchery in Constania met it’s quota of eggs.


34 Students are participating in the DEC Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers school in Pulaski, NY


Lifetime license sales were down 17% last year.


Friends of the NRA Dinner: The 24th Annual Banquet will be held on Friday, April 22 at Traditions at the Links. The Links is located at 5995N. Burdick Drive, East Syracuse, NY. Doors open at 5:30 pm and tickets start at $45.00 . For more ticket information contact: or call (315) 695-3981


Annual 3D MRC Archery Shoot: This shoot is a 40-target Modified IBO shoot. The dates are Saturday and Sunday July 30th and 31st. There is a Friday night fish fry on July 29th that starts at 5pm and goes to 7pm. The shoot is open to the public and entry fees range from $20.00 for teens and adults, to $5.00 for cubs. Registration for both days goes from 8 am to 10 am. There will be food, raffles and drawings each day. Also, vendors will be setting up on site. For further information you can contact Bill Killam at (315) 387-3350


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.


Pictures: I encourage people to send me pictures of various club events so I can get them posted on the webpage.


Archery Fund Raiser: Bill Kiliam has expressed a need for help selling ad space in the newspaper. He said he needs this help to help raise money for the archery event this summer. This event is a well attended event and brought in a substantial amount of money for the club. Please call Bill Kiliam (number at the bottom of the newsletter) if you can help.


MRC Trap Club: The club has a nice new trap house that was built last year. The club voted to buy a professional grade trap thrower for the club with the intent of starting a trap-shooting league. The club is also looking to sponsor local schools, which are starting trap-shooting leagues. This is a great opportunity for the club to enhance the shooting sports and provide more enjoyment to club members. The club is looking for volunteers to act as a committee to get this all rolling.




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: Starting May 1st members can begin signing up for security posts. Mike Lane put out that if you want to do a security workday then you need to call him or John Malinowski before Thursday of that week to make arrangements. Their numbers are at the bottom of the newsletter. They do not want any last minute calls on Friday nights for security workdays.


REMINDER: Absolutely no vehicles are allowed on club property until May 1st. You can park outside the gates and walk in but no vehicles.


Hunter Safety Course Instructors: We are looking for volunteers to become hunter safety instructors. If you are interested please contact Dave Dano at (315) 625-7331


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.


Workdays: It was put out that we have many chances of getting in a workday:




Kevin Irwin (bldg and grnds chair) needs help with painting and general up keep

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) asked for help selling ads starting in January.


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: Here is an up to date update for kids to camp 2016


As of 6:45pm on 1/11/16 I am sitting in great shape for kids to camp 2016.  We have 7 kids all set to go this year.  I want to continue to make a waiting list for 2017.  So please keep the names coming of a child age 11-17 for next year.  Tell them to give me a call anytime 315-778-2680.

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:

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 cialis online no prescription. Call 387-3871 for more details.

Shawn Allen has a 2011 Outback Trailer for sale. It is a 31 foot bunkhouse with outdoor kitchen and plenty of room for 6 to 8 people. I have posted a picture on the webpage under classifieds. Call 315-343-2546 for further information. Price is $17.400

Polaris Sportsman 550 for sale: Fran Taplin is selling a 2012 Polaris Sportsman 550 4 wheeler. It has power steering, winch, trailer hitch, 2 up seat and less than 200 miles. It has never been in the woods. They are asking $7900.00 or best offer. You can call 298-4138 or 409-6270. Picture of wheeler will be posted on the club website.


Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen 343-2546 (591-3005) email, 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

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