Here we are with another Winter come and gone. Thankfully it was the mildest Winter I can remember. For those that still enjoy the Winter sports, my apologies, but I guess I’ve just gotten too old to enjoy most of those activities. No matter what you love to do, I think we all look forward to Spring. A few short weeks and we’ll be fishing in our pond. Our Winter leagues are over and although participation isn’t what it was in the past, everyone had fun and we kept it safe. We pushed the clocks ahead recently, so hopefully the warm weather is just around the bend.
For our large capital expenditure this year, we purchased 16 new MEC trap machines to refresh our Sporting Clays course. You can read more about this elsewhere in this Newsletter but in a nutshell, the Club is now a member of the National Sporting Clays Association and is a registered site for 3 upcoming shoots. We’ve made a significant investment but expect this to be a self-sustaining program with a return on investment within 3 years.
I am very happy to announce that we have a new Dog Training Chairman on staff at BF&G. Please join me in welcoming Geoff English! Geoff is a longtime member that has serious cred in the Northeast as a trainer for obedience, hunt readiness, hunt testing and also runs a kennel plus is the founder and editor-in-chief of Gundogsonline.com. He has some big plans for our State regulated training area and our hunting fields as well. Please do what you can to support this new program and give Geoff a hand.
I am also very happy to announce that we’ve also established a new Committee for Women’s Events at BF&G! The committee is headed up by Lisa Roberge. We will be starting off by running two events this year and expanding the program out over time. We know that in order for the Club to survive into the future we need to host more family-friendly events and need to attract new members. Lisa has some great ideas and has already begun the hard work of lining up events, participants and vendor support. Please join me in supporting this initiative!
Membership numbers seem to be holding steady. This is great news! The new members you’re bringing in are making up for the members we lose to attrition. I’d like to personally thank you for sponsoring the new guys and gals.
It really does help us keep club costs in check. Keep up the good work!!
Renewals will again be going out the last week of July so you’ll have over 60 days to remit your dues payment. If you have a problem with your dues, I’ll do what I can to assist. There’s quite a bit I can do before the October 1st deadline. After the 1st, not so much. Reach out to me if there’s a problem. PLEASE CONTACT THE CLUB IF YOU DON’T RECEIVE YOUR RENEWAL FORM OR SIMPLY SEND YOUR CHECK IN WITH A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CARD AND WE’LL TAKE CARE OF IT.
As the climate around Outdoor Sports is changing, we really need to pull together and support each other. Please get a friend involved or your kids or grandkids. The median age of the club keeps getting older and if we don’t get some new, younger members, all that we have and have worked for will eventually disappear.
That’s it for now. As always, the door is always open and if you have any questions or concerns please let me know. We can’t fix it if we don’t know it’s broken.