September 2015 Newsletter


September 2015

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

PHONE 387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

         Next Club Meeting: Friday October 9th. (BOD mtg starts at 6:30 followed by regular meeting a 8:00)

                   Workday Book will be picked up November 1st.

MEETING: The meeting was called to order by Dave Dano at 8:10. A moment of silence was held in remembrance of the 9/11 attack.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: Jason Jenkins sponsor Mike Rodenbaugh, Tim Kettenburg sponsor Mike Rodenbaugh, Brad Rombough sponsor Paul Zemotel, Bill Palmer sponsor Pat Meneo, Michael Anderson sponsor Bruce Mitchell, and John Polawski sponsor Bruce Mitchell.

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Arthur Steinbreher sponsor Gaius Fox, Michael Demko sponsor Robert Shelmindine, Rick Revoir sponsor John Mutter, Ed Eldridge sponsor James Leana, Greg Kibe sponsor Rachel Pitkin, Craig Chesbro sponsor Joe Campbell, Norman Draper Jr. sponsor Mike Akin, Christopher Manning sponsor Lou McNett, Justin Chvala sponsor Lou McNett, Patrick Derr sponsor Ralph Gregory Sr., Scott Watson sponsor Ralph Gregory Sr. , Mike Lewellyn sponsor Francis Peake.




Scott Barnaskey’s wife is undergoing testing and he will keep us informed

Harold Zents is in the hospital

It was reported that Larry Yerdon had surgery.


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


PROPOSED BLAWS CHANGES: The following bylaws changes were proposed to the board and general meeting. Please read the changes and provide any feedback to the board.


The club would like to add two new positions. These positions will be paid dues positions.


1st:     Assistant Treasurer

The Assistant Treasurer shall perform all duties of the Club Treasurer when called upon by the Club Treasurer, the Club President or the Board of Directors. They will maintain a close working relationship with the Treasurer so as to maintain continuity in the Club Financial affairs in the event of the absence of the Treasurer.


2nd :   Assistant Financial Secretary


The Assistant Financial Secretary shall have the powers of the Financial Secretary and shall be under the direction of the Club Financial Secretary. They shall perform duties of the office when called upon by the Club Financial Secretary, the Club President or the Board of Directors.


This is considered the SECOND reading of the bylaws change in accordance with our bylaws.


2016 MRC Budget: The budget was reviewed and accepted by the club members. The major changes were the increases in both the yearly dues and camp dues. The yearly dues went up by $25 and the campsite dues went up 100%. Therefore the yearly dues will now be $325.00 per year plus a workday, and campsite fees will now be $100.00 a year for a campsite, and $200.00 a year for a hard sided camp. These increases were a direct result of the increases in land leases.


Rules and Regulation changes: The rules and regulations were changes to reflect the increases in both yearly dues and campsite dues changes. The membership was presented with the changes of a $25.00 a year dues changes and an increase in camping dues to $100.00 per year campsite and $200.00 per year for hard sided campsite. The membership accepted these changes per votes.


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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dick Palmer, workday chairman, said he will picking up the workday book on November 1st. So if you haven’t gotten your workday in yet, then please contact a committee chairman and schedule a workday. Remember, hunting season starts in late October so the workdays will be scarce. ALSO Dick Palmer is stepping down as workday chairman. So the club is looking for a volunteer to take over this spot.


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


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.


READ AND HEED all new signs. Yours and the clubs ATV privileges are at stake


A member at the last meeting told of how he stopped a member at the gate who had 15 wheelers with them. We are continuing to see violations of our club rules regarding ATV usage. People are handing out the combos, going around the gates and so on. We will lose our ATV privileges if we don’t stop this behavior. Please, as a club member feel free to challenge one another for membership card.





1.) NOTICE: DO NOT cut any standing timber on club property. Even if the tree is dead. You can cut wood that has fallen to the ground but no standing timber. We have had a couple of incidents that have caused the new owners to raise concerns. Please, lets respect the landowners wishes.


2.) From the landowners: DO NOT ride in any gravel pits, or cross streams that do not have either a bridge or the crushed limestone.


3.) Please do not contact the new landowners directly. If you have questions or concerns about our lease lands, please bring them to the club meeting or contact Dave Dano. He will forward the questions to the landowners if he cannot answer them.


4.) Make sure you have ID on you when on club property. Please show your ID when asked and ask for ID. This is our club.


Sportsman’s Federation Report:

Per Chuck Parker, the ATV/UTV Bills did not get passed. WE need to start writing our representatives to let them know they need to represent us.

Suggested emails you can sign up for:

NYS DEC Field Notes

Is an Email Subscription you sign up for that is “Noteworthy News from the NYS DEC Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources”

The New York State Register
Sign up for this service and receive email notifications and receive notifications of proposed and actual rule changes in New York.  It is broke down by subject matter so it is easy to follow activity pertaining Environmental Conservation
Click Here

Questions or need more information contact Chuck Parker at or 963-8413







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.


Flickenstein Property: Note from Gary Crawford, I spoke with Larry Fleckenstein yesterday, He asked I pass along that his property may be logged by Gutches this fall – he wasn’t sure if it would be completed by hunting season. He asked that we be careful if the process is happening when members are hunting. Also to take note of the fences he has up and to leave the gates as you find them. He will give me notice if the logger contacts him with a date.


Fall Hunting Classic:

NYS Conservation Council 2015 Fall Classic, fall hunting, fishing and ice fishing show, free parking at the On Center Parking Garage, admission is low $5.00 bucks. The event is being held at the On Center.


Ice Fishing Chairman: Lou Box is stepping down as Ice fishing chairman. If interested in chairing this event please let someone on the board know.              


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) will be needing help moving camp #15 to a new spot. Apparently there is a mess at the old site that needs to be cleaned up.

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


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.



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.


HUNTER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS : Dave Dano asked for volunteers to become hunter safety instructors during the upcoming year. There is a real need for new instructors as the hunter safety courses are filling fast and there are not enough instructors.

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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