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Here is a rundown of one of the busiest years the club has had in the 30 years that I have been there. It has been stressful to say the least, but also very rewarding. We started the year with our annual awards night and banquet in February. From there we went to an archery shoot in April, also, we started our trapshooting season as soon as the snow was gone. In between these activities we taught 13 full gun courses and quite a number of challenge courses. We also work bingos twice a month and a casino in July. We had two kids camps this summer where we also taught hunter education courses. We were not through yet, as we still had our rifleman’s rodeo.
We have some events coming up which I will tell you about. Next, we have our annual horn measuring, at the Fish and Game clubhouse on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. This will be a great night as we have a raffle for a $600 range finder and also a $100 gift certificate from Back Country Sports of Red Deer as a second prize. We will have other things going on that night as well.
For those who can not make it to the horn measuring on Dec. 1 there will be a short session on Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. As I related to you in our last newsletter, there will no turkey shoot this year, therefore, it is important that you bring your horns on one of the afore mentioned dates. Our interclub measuring will be on Jan. 11 but that only involves the club winners for 2008. Memberships will be on sale also. We had to increase the membership fee for 2009 as we have had no increase for the past five years and the price to belong to Alberta Fish and Game has increased to the point that the present price we were charging left us on the short end of the stick. The new price for a membership for 2009 will be $55 for a single membership and $75 for a family. That is still cheap for what you get for your money. Lots of the clubs charge more than we do.
Our annual general meeting will be on Jan. 8. Nominations for officers, for 2009, will be on Dec. 4 at our monthly meeting, so if you are interested in running for an executive position for the coming year—come to the meeting on Dec. 4.
Our banquet and awards night will be on Feb. 7, 2009 at the Recreation Centre. Music will be played by Extreme deejay services of Bentley, Alberta. We will have our silent auction and a couple of raffles, as usual, also some paintings that many of you will be interested in. We will have our usual savory dishes of those creatures of the wild. So don’t miss out on this. See you there. For tickets, phone Robert at 403-783-2256 or Steve at 403-783-6158. Uncle Elmer’s Bike and Tackle Shop will also have tickets on sale, call 403-783-3022.
As I was writing this letter we got another call requesting a gun safety course for 15 people so that will make 14 courses this year. As the saying goes—“no rest for the weary”.
Yours in conservation.