Club Meeting for April 17, 2014 

Meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. and the flag was saluted. 

The annual wild game dinner preceded our meeting.  Rhonda thanked everyone for all the work and wonderful dishes brought in.  Everything was delicious.  Besides being the wild game night, it was also awards night, and the following awards were given out. 

The Unsung Hero awards went to Maria Robshaw and Vinal Coffin, Rookie of the Year award went to Sue Carlisle, and the President’s award went to Isaac Dorr.  Congratulations to all of you and thank you so very much for your dedication and service to our club.  Dylan Bunker, who is the young Eagle Scout whom we met last fall, helped Rhonda present a very special award to Don Loncto.  Don earned his Eagle Scout merit 50 years ago, and he was presented with a plaque and a cake which we all enjoyed.  Congratulations Don!! 

Secretary’s report was accepted as read.  Treasurer’s report was accepted as read with total club funds of $20,764.71.  

Committee Reports: 

Archery report:  The first shoot will be the first Sunday in June. Alton will need help setting up targets.  Volunteers are needed for setting up, helping with the food shack and clean up.  Please contact Alton Ames if you would like to help. 

Coyote Contest:  Six coyotes so far. 

Hunter/Bow Hunter Safety report:  There will be a Bow Hunter safety course beginning on Friday, May 23 from 6 – 9, and ending on Saturday, May 31 from 9 – 4.  There will also be a Hunter Safety course beginning on Friday, August 15 from 6 – 9, and ending on Sunday, August 24 from 9 – 4.  Lunch will be served for these courses on May 31 and August 24 and the fee is $5.00 per course.  Contact Ed Davis for more info and to reserve your spot. 

Eastern Area On Aging Agency report: There are currently 16 to 20 people for meals. 

Finance Committee:  A motion was made and accepted to donate $150 for the Little League fund again this year.  The scholarships for this year’s graduation will be decided on in May. 

GPMCT:  In 15 months the organization raised $765,000 (the goal was $750,000).  The money was needed to buy the remaining land on the top part of the mountain.  The purchase is complete, adding apx. 600+ acres to their trust. 

Kitchen:  Floyd replaced the heating element in the oven.

Gun Show:  The annual gun show will be held on the weekend of May 3 – 4 at the Orland Community Center (the old elementary school). We still need a few more people to help with security.  They need to have flashlights and will be using portable radios.  The set-up crew will be meeting at 2 on Friday, May 2 to move tables to Orland.  Individually wrapped sweets will be needed to sell in the kitchen.  Tickets are available for the gun raffle – see Isaac for these.  The drawing will be held on May 22. 

Members sick or in need:  John Evans is not well.  We passed the hat for Billy O’Donnell to gather donations toward expenses after his daughter recently passed away.  There is a matching grant through the Maine Education Association to help with these expenses as well.

The IF&W is looking for nominations for Maine land owners of the year. 

We would like to welcome new members Philip and Beverly Kelley who were voted in this month, and were sworn in along with Dylan Bunker who joined last month. 

Update on the bear referendum:  our opponents are raising lots of money!  Our politicians are supportive, so be sure to thank them when you see them. 

New Business: 

Cleaning – A motion was made and accepted to meet at the club on Saturday, May 10 from 9 to 3 for cleaning and painting. Volunteers were Isaac, Everett, Vinal, Ed Newbegin, Betty, Barry, Ed Davis, Rhonda, Philip, Beverly, Sue, Floyd, Billy and Cathy.  Anyone else interested in joining up and helping out on that day, don’t hesitate to come right over.  Many hands make light work. 

The annual Wardens Night will be held on Friday, May 16.  There will be an open bar from 5 – 6 for happy hour, and dinner will be served at 6.  We will be enjoying our usual prime rib dinner and it will be a pot-luck dessert, so members are asked to bring a dessert to share.  The cost is $12 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under.  Members are welcome to bring a guest. 

The Maine Trappers Association has donated apx. $50,000 towards the bear referendum.  They are looking to increase their membership, so any licensed trappers are urged to join. 

There was one last mincemeat pie left from dinner and it was auctioned off to Jackie for $8.00 (and it was delicious). 

50/50 raffle winner – Cathy Ames $56. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:17.  Respectfully submitted by Jackie Saunders, Secretary