September 2017

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

PHONE 315-387-5788

                                 CALENDAR 0F UPCOMING EVENTS:

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


                                             Windmill Project Open House September 20 and 21st. (see info below)

GENERAL MTG: Meeting was called to order by Dave Dano at 8:01 pm.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP: The following individuals were placed on the 30-day review list: John Quinn sponsor Greg Maselli and Joseph Fleming sponsor Bill Demass

The following individuals are moving to the permanent waiting list: Len Leclair sponsor Ken Creech, Matt Rockefeller sponsor Stan Shelmidine




John Wilk is still at St. Lukes waiting to go home.


Doug Runions is in early stages of Alzheimer’s.


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.


HOT TOPIC FOR THE CLUB: The club discussed the possibility of dropping both the Williamstown property and the Lafayette property. The reasons had to do with price of the lease and the hunting value of the land. The Lafayette property has some neighbors that are attempting to put in a race track just to the north of the property. Along with this the landowner has put up some buildings and has fenced off some of the land which makes it somewhat hard to hunt. There were some members at the meeting that felt strongly that the Williamstown property was not worth the price we are paying. So at the October meeting the club will vote on these properties. Please note that a separate mailing is going out to make sure all members are made aware of these potential changes.



BYLAWS CHANGE: The following bylaws change was presented to the membership:


4A.     BUDGET


  1. Financial Committee shall present a financial budget to the membership at the September general meeting.


  1. The president has access up to $1500.00 each fiscal year for emergency funding to pay for club business. The Club Officers and Board Members must be notified immediately of the expense.


Motion was made and accepted to pass the Bylaw change as written.


STATUS CHANGE FOR THE NEWSLETTER : A motion was made to make the MRC Newsletter the official publication of the Mad River Club. The motion was approved and voted to approve this motion. This means that for club news and updates, members will need to read the newsletter. As a reminder, the newsletter will go paperless in January. This is being done for monetary purposes and convenience of the membership. As the newsletter editor gets news between meetings, the updates can be posted to the website. So please take a minute to check the website and look at the information there.


AVANGRID Open House: There will be two open houses to discuss the windmill project. The first one is Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm located at the Lorraine Fire Hall, which is located at 20876 County Route 189

The second open house is Thursday, September 21st, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm which will is located at the Redfield Fire Hall which is located at 4879 County Route 17.


The clubs future could be impacted by the outcome of this project so we need to have a good MRC membership showing. Thanks


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.


Budget for 2018: The budget was approved for 2018. The membership will increase from 275 full dues members to 300 full dues members. After some discussion, it was voted and approved to increase the number from 275 to 300 members for a three-year period. After three years the club will decide via member vote to stay at 300 or reduce back to 275. The reduction would be done through normal attrition. The club tends to lose between 20 to 30 members each year so we would not be bringing in new members to maintain the 300 level.


NOTICE OF LAND OWNER REQUESTS: The landowners are insisting that 4 wheelers use the bridge over Cold Brook (on Glan ave) instead of going through the water. Apparently some people are going full speed through the brook causing some damage. Trucks can pass through the stream because they are going much slower. Also, apparently someone let a DEC officer on the club land. The landowners DO NOT want anyone letting DEC on the property. If you are approached by a DEC officer please contact Dave Dano, Dick Palmer or Gary Crawford and they will contact the landowners.


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:


ANNUAL GUN RAFFLE: The drawing is underway for the raffle. Greg Maselli said 999 tickets were sold. Justin Maselli sold 90 tickets and was awarded the $250.00 gift card to Sharpshooters. The winner of the gun is Harry Crowell.

You can call Greg Masselli at 315-952-1624 or email with any questions.


A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS: The members listed below have taken charge of a club event and made them into a successful and fun event. These events take a large amount of time and energy to make happen. I know there are others out there that have contributed to the club on a large scale. If other members know of someone that should be recognized please forward the newsletter editor an email or call and that person will be recognized.


BILL KILLAM: Bill is in charge of the Archery event each year and it seems that the event gets bigger each year. Bill works throughout the year to make this event happen. This year the event brought in over $9000.00 to the club. Bill made it a point to thank all those who helped him make this event happen but without Bill’s dedication this event would not occur.


STEVE CORSETTE: Steve puts on the 4-wheeler event. He cooks the chickens and his helpers get the tables and awnings up to allow us to have quite a party on the club. This takes a considerable amount of work and Steve has made this event one of the best attended events.


GREG MASELLI: Greg has been running the gun raffle. This is a daunting task as it involves getting the guns, getting the lottery tickets ready calling people who win, keeping track of a 1000 tickets and other things. This is a major moneymaker for the club, which helps keep our dues low.


DARIEN BROCK: Darien took on the task of setting up the family picnic this year. We have not had one in several years so this was a great event for the club. It was well attended by over 100 people and the food was outstanding. Everyone seemed to have a great time and went away well fed and happy. Darien is also the Camp For Kids chairman.


JOE IAUCO: Joe has run the Kids Trout Fishing Derby for years. This has been a great opportunity for the kids and their families get together outdoors and enjoy some fishing and good food at the club.


Gary Granger: Gary has stepped up to help organize the traphouse and get a league together. Gary has given out reports each meeting on the status of our traphouse and the requirements we have to join a league. There remains much to do and Gary is moving things along to get us into a league.






Oswego County Federation report: Ken Burd is stepping down from the Federation board. If anyone is interested in becoming part of the Federation board please contact Chuck Parker.







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

There is still some painting to do and fire wood to cut.


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



Trap house: Gary Granger said there are 5 people so far on the trap committee. So far things are moving ahead to start a trap league next year. UPDATE: The voice activation system is up and running. Gary reports that it is running good.


Security : If you want to set up a security workday please contact John Malinowski 315-657-7780 or Mike Lane 315-558-0888.

Security said we continue to have problems with trespassers. If you identify someone trespassing please get the license plate number or name.


REMINDER: After Labor Day club usage goes back to one member one guest. Hunting season is opening soon so please be aware that people will be out hunting.


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. So far he has 4 kids on the waiting list for 2018. 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

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 315-559-4174; Treasurer Brendan Hind 575-9285; Secretary Lori Venzendy 315-298-5804; Financial Secretary Rachael Pitkin 315-783-5455, 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, , Ralph Gregory 298-5171, Tim Howell 963-7330, Norm Draper 315-775-7218, Ken Creech 732-431-1631.

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, Traphouse: Dennis Gardner 315-339-3426

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