February 2017 Newsletter


February 2017

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

PHONE 315-387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

                             Next Club Meeting: Friday, March 10th.

                              Venison Dinner will be held the night of the March meeting

                             Bow safety course at the clubhouse on April 1st

                             April general meeting is being rescheduled- see below for details, remember this is

                             election night for club officers

                             Annual Awards Banquet will be Saturday, May 6th

                             Annual 4-Wheeler weekend will be August 19th.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Mike Mariano and Vincent Mariano both sponsored by Rick Revoir

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: John Macklen sponsor Dale Maclen, Mark Macklen sponsor Dale Maclen, Chad McCarty sponsor Scott Monnat and Brandon Harmyeh sponsor Toby Montgomery.




Rick Cassavaugh is having liver problems

John Merrill had a motorbike fall on his leg and he needed surgery


Roberta Stillman died and was related to Bob Shelmidine


Lori Dano, wife of Brian Dano, had brain surgery.

Dave Detlor is recovering from pneumonia


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.


Venison Dinner: The annual venison dinner will be held at the March general meeting (March 10th). John Keach is chairman of this event. John said the dinner will start at 6:00pm and venison stew and salad will be supplied. He has asked that everyone bring a dish to pass. (dessert would be great) You can contact John at 315-925-3158 if you can help out. This is a good opportunity for a workday.



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



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.


Deer Report: There was very little deer report given at this past meeting. All members need to be aware that our lease land prices have gone up considerably. At some point we may have to make some hard decisions regarding what lands to keep. This would be a lot easier if people would speak up and let the club know which lands are the best for hunting and fishing.


EDITORIAL: As newsletter editor I am beginning my request to all members to go paperless on the newsletter. I am shooting for January1st, 2018 to stop sending out the newsletter. I would very much like to see everyone use the website. The website contains a lot of club information along with the newsletters. Please note that the newsletters are archived on the website. If we were to go paperless this would save the club approximately $1000.00 a year in postage cost. I understand some people have reservations about using a computer but we need to make an effort to change. Remember the webpage is:








NYSCC REPORT: Chuck Parker gave us an update on the Kendall Tract land that was part of the
Stave Mills Sportsman’s Club. Chuck described how this land had changed hands several times over the years and, as one of our long term members pointed out, without the knowledge of the Stave Mills club. Luckily for the Stave Mills club they were able to keep their clubhouse and purchase 5 acres around the clubhouse. Chuck Parker pointed out that it took considerable effort to keep this club alive. Chuck has consistently asked people to stay informed and get involved, even if its just writing to your representatives. Make no mistake; we could lose our lease lands. Chuck urged people to subscribe to the Grass Roots News so people can stay informed. For more information you can go to and use PayPal to join or you can get a copy of the Grass Roots News for an application.


MRC Elections: This is a reminder that the club elections are coming up at the April 7th general meeting. There are many positions that need to be filled. We have 3 board positions open and many officers want to step down. Nominations for these positions will close at the March meeting. Please get involved. This is a great way to learn how this club operates and to help keep it going.







It’s a new year and there will be plenty of opportunities to get in a workday this year. Dale Maclen (Build & ground chair) said there would be plenty of work to go around. As workdays are set up, the workday chairman can contact Dennis Kammers at: or they can text them to me at 315-437-0430

Reminder to all members to contact a committee chairman to set up workdays so you can have them make sure you get credit for the workday.


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 said he has 7 kids set up for this year’s Camp for Kids, but needs people to send in their applications for next year. The applications are excepted as first come first served so please get your applications in early. DEC camp for kids applications are posted on the website under “applications”. He has asked that people interested in this great opportunity, fill it out and send it to him. You can call Darien Brock at: 315-778-2680. His address is: 921 Franklin Street, Watertown, NY 13601


MRC Camping: Bills will be going out soon for the camps.

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:



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 Dale Macklen 315-387-5365, 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;,,,








































































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