December 2015 Newsletter


December 2015

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

PHONE 387-5788


                                  CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

        Next Club Meeting: Friday January 8th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 followed by regular meeting a 8:00)

                              ICE Fishing Derby will be February 6th (one day event) details below

                              ANNUAL DUES REQUIRED BY JAN 1st


MEETING: The meeting was the Christmas Party and it was a great time.


ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Robert Seeley sponsor Joe Iauco, George Muller sponsor Joe Iauco, Matthew Cooper sponsor Mel Reid, and Eric Jones sponsor Ken Burd.

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Curtis Conklin sponsor Eric Guenther, Shawn Fleury sponsor Doug Carr, Brandon Mutter sponsor John Mutter, James English sponsor Kevin Irwin, Anthony Augustino sponsor Cliff Keil, and Robert Genant sponsor Bill Killam, Wendell Rowell sponsor Bill Rowell. 




Francis Adam’s wife Sylvia passed away

Ronald Blair’s son (Stormy) passed away

Stan Holland’s wife, Ida fell and broke her neck

Dick Palmer was in the hospital with chest pains, lucky no heart attack

Bob Shelmindine had knee surgery and is home recovering.


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


NOTCE ABOUT ATV’S: The club is aware that members may want to take advantage of this warm weather and get in a last ATV ride on the club. It was put out at the meeting that until the first snow, we can use our ATV’s on the property. But, we as members need to be aware of how wet the trails are. Please stay on the main roads such as Camp 1 and 2 roads, Glan ave and Earls trails. Please stay out of the woods trails as they are very wet and we could tear them up pretty bad if we have excessive traffic. Thanks for your understanding.


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY: This event was well attended with over 100 people. Santa made a visit and the kids seemed to really like this. The food was amazing and the party was a major success. The club gives a big thank you to Kent and Linda Taber for putting on this amazing party. Also, I would like to thank Kevin Irwin and his kitchen staff for all there help. There were others that put in many hours to help and we give them a big thank you. This is the type of event that keeps our club strong.  Again, a big thanks to all who made this happen.



Annual Club Dues: The dues notices are going out. Please be aware the dues are required by January 1st and will be considered late after January 31st. If you have a hardship please submit your request to the MRC Board by January 31st for review. If you have any questions please contact any board member.


ICE FISHING DERBY: This derby will be held on Saturday, February 6th. Registration starts at 6:00 am Saturday morning. The event will be held at the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Association Clubhouse at Sandy Pond. Every kid that registers and has a fish will receive a prize. Breakfast and lunch will be available.


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


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 you for the help.


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.






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.


DEER TAKE: As the cost of our leases continue to rise, the club is going to have to make some hard decisions on which properties to keep and which ones to let go next year. The Deer Take report will help us make decisions based on property worth a far as hunting success is concerned. The club is not interested in the location of your stand but what property you were on when you got the deer. Please either fill out a deer take report located at the clubhouse or let someone on the board know so we can get a good count. Thanks.


ATV Course : One of our members is looking into a proposed ATV course for the kids to happen at the club next summer. He is checking into availability of people to do this course and if it will count as a NY State certification for young riders. I will keep the membership informed as I learn more about this course.


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: The new chairman for Camp for kids is Darien Brock. He has asked that people interested in sending a kid to camp to please call him at 315-778-2680. The youth camp age limit is now 11 to 13 years old and Teen Ecology Camp is 14 to 17 years old. If interested please call Darien and get on the waiting list for next year. Darien said he is looking for 2 more kids to go, but he needs the names by January.



A potentially deadly disease carried by the “kissing bug” has made its way into more than half of the United States. The inch-long triatomine bug is called the “kissing bug” because it has a habit of feeding on blood by biting around the lips and faces of people while they sleep, CNN reported.

It’s not the bite that’s deadly, but rather the bug’s other unfortunate habit of defecating on the bite afterward. Some kissing bugs are infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which can be transmitted in the fecal material, and cause the potentially deadly Chagas disease.

Chagas disease most often causes flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches and vomiting. However, 20-30 percent of those infected with the disease can contract chronic conditions, including difficulty breathing, chest pains and sudden death. WECT-TV reports that these symptoms can remain dormant for up to 20 years.

The disease can also be contracted by dogs. It cannot be transmitted human to human, but the Irish Independent reports that it can be contracted if an infected kissing bug defecates on uncooked food which a human then consumes. Chagas is endemic in Latin America, where there are about 8 million cases of the disease. But the infection, and the bugs that carry it, are moving north. They have been as far north as Pennsylvania . For a picture of the bug please go to the MRC website or you can search it on the internet.


Trap house: The trap house has been rebuilt and looks great. The club will be looking into purchasing a commercial grade trap thrower next year. The club will be looking for volunteers to be a trap master and help run a trap league. Other clubs are hoping we will start up a trapshooting club. Please congratulate Kevin Irwin on having the trap house dedicated to him. He regularly puts in over 400 hours a year for workdays. Kevin and two other members did all the work to get the trap house done.

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. 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 $19,000.00.

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; Secretary Mark Bishop 288-4248; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 783-5455

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 677-5332

Committee Chairman: Building and Grounds Kevin Irwin 921-9500, Camping Steve Casselbury 315-481-1496, Trails Tim Howell 963-7330 Work Day Dick Palmer 882-3295, 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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