April 2017 Newsletter


APRIL 2017

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

PHONE 315-387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

                             Next Club Meeting: Friday, May 12th (BOD starts at 6:30, general mtg at 8:00).

                             Annual Awards Banquet will be Saturday, May 6th

                                             Trout Derby will be held Saturday, June 24th

                                             Annual MRC Archery Shoot will be July 22 and 23rd

                                             MRC Family Picnic will be July 30th.

                             Annual 4-Wheeler weekend will be August 19th.

                             MRC August Archery Shoot will be August 26 and 27th

GENERAL MTG: Meeting was called to order by Dave Dano at 8:04.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Nathan Crossett sponsor Mike Demnko, James Johnson sponsor Jim Johnson, Paul Bartlett sponsor Danny Robbins, and Gary Granger sponsor Dave Dano.

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Andy and Fawn Fulton sponsor Bill Demass, and Lori Venzendy sponsor Dave Dano




Jeanne Barnaskey wife of Scott Barnaskey passed away on 3/21/2017, the club made a $50.00 donation to the SPCA


William McBride, son of William McBride Sr. passed away. A donation of $50 was made to the American Cancer Society.


Dick Brock had to undergo test for respiratory issues.


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.




ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET: The awards banquet will be on Saturday, May 6th. The banquet will start with a cocktail hour at 5:00 with dinner being served at 6:00. Wine will be available along with some soft drinks but people can BYOB. This year Chris Manning who is a professional chef and a new club member is preparing the dinner. Ken Burd will be handing out the awards. The committee for this event is asking for the following: Door prizes and they are asking people to bring a desert to pass.


Reservations are required to allow us to know how much food to prepare. Please make your reservations by May 3rd by contacting Ken Burd at 315-652-7095 or email at or call Dave Dano at 315-625-7331.




FAMILY PICNIC: Darien Brock has stepped forward to chair the MRC family picnic. We have not had a family picnic in several years. Darien has scheduled this for July 29th and 30th. The 29th will be a workday and the 30th will be the picnic. Darien is asking for help with manning the trap shoot scheduled for Sunday morning. He also needs help with the cooking. George Lane is helping with games but he could always use some help. ALSO Darien is asking for donations of door prizes or raffle items.

You can call Darien Brock at: 315-778-2680. His address is: 921 Franklin Street, Watertown, NY 13601

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

Clay, NY 13041



NOTICE OF PROPOSED BY-LAWS CHANGE: Page 12 of the current bylaws of the Madriver Club INC. Section C reads as follows: PLEASE NOTE THIS MONTH IS THE SECOND READING OF CHANGE:


Regular members meeting shall be held on the second Friday of each month at 8pm, except in November when no meeting will occur.


The proposed change will read as follows:


Regular members meeting shall be held on the second Friday of each month at 8pm.


This eliminates the November clause, meaning a November meeting will be held.

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.



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:


MRC Elections: The elections results are as follows:


All club officers ran unopposed as listed below. One ballot was cast for these positions and the motion was made and 2nd to vote these people in. The vote carried.


President: Dave Dano                                                     Newsletter Editor: Shawn Allen

1st V.P   : Dick Palmer                                       Assistant Newsletter Editor: Todd Brown

2nd V.P   : Gary Crawford

Financial Secretary: Rachel Pitkin:                     Votes were cast for the following individuals for the

Assistant Financial Secretary: vacant                   position of 3 yr board of directors:

Treasurer: Brendan Hind                                       Chris Conway       25 votes

Assistant Treasurer: vacant                                  Norm Draper         34 votes

Recording Secretary: Lori Venzendy                   Ken Creech           36 votes

Tim Howell           37 votes

Ralph Gregory       29 votes

This is the 2017 list for Board of Director’s:


1 yr                                               2 yr                                     3yr

Brian Dano                               Gary Daniels                       Norm Draper

Frank Hilliker                           Jeff Mosier                           Ken Creech

Larry Yerdon                            Tim Howell                         Ralph Gregory








Dale Macklen (Build & ground chair) has sent out the following list of upcoming projects:

Painting: Front and rear porches, handicap ramp, shooting benches, and archery tower.

Building behind the garage needs to made weather tight to allow us to store clay targets.

Picnic tables need to be put out in the pavilion and checked for loose parts.



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. or they can text them to me at 315-437-0430



PLEASE NOTE: Ralph Gregory is stepping down from lawn mowing duties so the club needs someone to take over to keep the grounds looking as good as it does. Please contact someone on the board if you can help with this duty.


Traphouse: Gary Granger presented some issues we have to address to start a trap team. I am putting some of his discussion on the webpage under The Traphouse section.


Security : If you want to set up a security workday please contact John Malinowski 315-657-7780 or Mike Lane 315-558-0888. Please follow the website as it will be posted when the gates are open for vehicle traffic. May 1st is the target date but we need landowner permission before we open the gates to all traffic.


Please contact Bill Killam if you can help selling ad space. This helps to provide funds for the archery shoot.


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


Reminder: As snowmobile season comes to an end, the gates will be locked. After that there will be no vehicle traffic on club lease land until May 1st following landowners go ahead.

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 315-343-2546 (315-591-3005) email, Assistant Newsletter Editor Todd Brown 480-5193

Club Officers: President Dave Dano 625-7331; 1st VP Dick Palmer 882-3295, 2nd V.P. Gary Crawford 315-575-7851; Treasurer Brendan Hind 575-9285; Secretary Lori Venzendy; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 783-5455, Assistant Financial Secretary Ron McNitt 315-486-0525


Board Members: Jeffery Mosier 846-5612, 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, Tim Howell 963-7330, Norm Draper, Ken Creech.

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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