The Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday January 20th was canceled due to weather.
The Annual Meeting will now be held on Sunday February 17th, our next regular monthly meeting. The program will be the same; shooting from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Potluck lunch at Noon and the Annual Meeting beginning at about 1:00 pm.
ARNOLD TRAIL SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION
END OF THE YEAR NEWSLETTER
I want to start by thank everyone who showed up for the December monthly meeting and Christmas celebration – counting officers and members we had about 28 people plus two guests – this is the largest turnout in a long time for a meeting. I also want to thank the many members who supported the club’s Christmas Giving Tree and monetary gift to the Sidney Rescue. Thanks to your generosity we put a smile on 12 Sidney children by fulfilling their individual requests and we present the Sidney Rescue with a check for $600 to be used for training and equipment for cold water rescue. Thank you, job well done!!!!
Well, 2018 will soon be history! It has been a good year for Arnold Trail and as it comes to a close it is time to begin planning for 2019. On Sunday, January 20th we plan to shoot from 10 to 12, enjoy a potluck lunch at noon and hold our Monthly/Annual Meeting around 1 o’clock. I hope you will plan to bring a dish, enjoy the fellowship and stay for the meeting. At the meeting the nominating committee (Dick Perkins and Bob Paradis) will present the 2019 slate of officers and the names of two members to serve as directors for the membership to vote on. If you are interested in serving as an officer or director you should contact Dick (213-4177) or Bob (649-8594) by January 8th. This annual meeting is your opportunity to have direct input into those who govern A.T., our proposed tentative shoot schedule and needed work projects for 2019. The newly elected officers and directors want to hear just what the membership would like for activities in the coming year.
January is also that time of year to renew your membership in Arnold Trail. A couple dozen members have already renewed and the 2019 membership cards have gone out by “snail mail”. If you have paid your dues but not received the new membership card by the end of next week, let me know because I may have missed it – I’m getting old, you know! Around the first of February, the combination of the locks will be changed and I will start using the 2019 mailing list so ………..if you want to stay on the club mailing list and continue to have access to the grounds and facilities, better pay your 2019 dues! If any of your personal contact information has changed please fill out a new application so I can keep my records up to date. Individual dues are $40 and family is $60, any questions give me a call. I don’t send out dues bills, belonging to Arnold Trail is your personal decision.
At the December monthly meeting Dave Allen asked if another organization – Trout Unlimited – could use the club house for a place to get together on some Sunday afternoons to tie flies. He also said that if some of the A.T. members would like to learn to tie flies T.U. would be happy to make it a teaching opportunity. The A.T. members present thought it would be a good use of the club house so Dave said he would bring it up at the next T.U. meeting and get back to us. If interested, stay tuned!
Hope to see you on January 20th at our Potluck luncheon and Annual meeting.
Happy New Year! Jim McMullen, Secretary
Greetings, I trust you all had a good Thanksgiving! With that behind us, it is time to look forward to December. At our November monthly meeting it was voted to continue our annual Christmas Giving Tree for twelve needy children in Sidney and to collect money to support the Sidney Rescue. Last year we brought a smile to twelve children in Sidney by fulfilling their Christmas requests and we gave Sidney Rescue $300.
I received the following letter from Sidney Rescue:
November 5, 2018 RE: Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Donation
We wanted to thank the Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Association for their donation earlier this year. When we received your donation earlier this year, we decided to take the opportunity to send two people to Kennebunk for a day in September to become certified as Water Rescue Technicians. The training covered methods for saving a drowning person to stabilizing injured people in the water. The training was found to be so valuable that we will be sending two people this winter to become certified in Ice Rescue as well.
Thank you again for your donation!
Sincerely, Sidney Rescue
By the end of this week I will have a Christmas tree in the club house with twelve tags requesting certain gifts for twelve children in the Sidney area. I’m getting these requests from the Principal at the Bean School in Sidney. As in the past, we hope individual members will take a tag and help fill a Christmas wish for a child in Sidney. We would like to have all gifts wrapped and returned by our December Monthly meeting on the 16th. If you’re not a shopper but would like to donate to the cause, I will have a money envelope next to the signup list on the front table near the tree for your donation or you can mail it directly to me at 157 Middle Road, Oakland, ME 04963. We choose to do this each year to show that our association is more than just a bunch of “noise makers” every Sunday morning; we like to show we’re a good neighbor and a positive asset to the town of Sidney.
At our monthly meeting on Sunday, December 16th we will have a Christmas party with refreshments so I hope you will plan to come to the meeting (at 9 a.m.) and join our holiday celebration throughout the morning and make “a little noise”.
Happy Columbus Day! A holiday for many of you working members but for all us retirees it is just another great day! Hope you are enjoying the hunting season and all the yearly wing shooting done at A.T. is paying off.
I’m writing to remind you of the upcoming “Annual Turkey Shoot” to be held on Sunday, Oct. 21st following our monthly meeting at 9 a.m. As in past years we’ll have Trap, Skeet and Sporting setups to test your skills. We’ll also have the “Duck Flurry” setup. This year we will have a few $10 gift cards from Hannaford’s to give to the winner of each round of 10 targets or we will payout $5 to the winner and $5 to the lucky draw winner like we did at our last shoot. We’ll also have that elusive black target mixed in, if you get it and break it you’ll win two lobsters compliments of Kirby’s Lobster Shack!
The lunch menu will be pulled pork, sloppy joe’s, or pulled chicken on hamburger buns, chips, water or soda and dessert for $5. It will be setup buffet still – help yourself at any time!
We hope for good weather and a good turnout for this our last organized shoot for 2018.
See you at the Range,
I don’t want to say goodbye to summer yet, but cool nights and shorter days are telling me fall is fast approaching. And that means HUNTING season. Now is a great time to come out to Arnold Trail and dust off that old or new shotgun and sharpen-up your wing shooting ability.
On September 16th Captain Bill Kirby will once again put on his Lobster Clam Boil and Grilled Chicken meal with all the fixings. This is the 7th year Bill has done this for the club and this is a meal not to miss! Bill serves up a shore dinner with lobster, clams, potatoes, corn and a few other things he puts in the pot. The day will begin with our monthly meeting at 9 a.m., followed by shooting skeet, trap and sporting around 10. The format for each shooting activity will be 10 shots for $5 with the winner of each round getting their $5 back and the lucky draw of the round will also get $5 back. For each event you participate in you will receive a ticket for the many door prizes we have to give away. Following the meal, which will be served around 1, we will draw six numbers, each winning a flat (10 boxes) of shotgun shells – we have 3 20 gauge and 3 12 gauge flats – the seventh number wins a handgun safe and the final number drawn will win a shadow box with twelve beautiful streamer flies tied and donated by Terry Kenniston. All the raffle prizes have been donated by different members. We’ll also draw for the door prizes, the more you shoot the better your chances are to win door prizes. The cost for the meal is $23 for lobster or $15 for Barbecued chicken and raffle tickets are $10 a piece or 3 for $20. See or contact Jim McMullen for your meal ticket and lucky raffle numbers. This fun day is open to all, so plan to bring your family and friends for a fun day and a great meal. We’ll need a head count for the meal by Thursday, Sept. 13th so Bill will know how many to feed. I hope you will mark this on your calendar and plan to attend.
On Sunday, August 12th, Philip Allen shot his first 25 straight in Skeet. Congratulations, Philip!
The team of Jim McMullen, John Clark and Bill Kirby won the Shooting and Golf Outing and enjoyed a fine dinner at Joseph’s Steak House courtesy of their fellow competitors.
2018 Modern Skeet Championship – was held on April 29th. Shooters were divided into two groups based upon known ability. Overall winner was Pentti Penttila with 47 out of 50, Runner-up was Dave Bernier with 46 out of 50. In Division 2 Jim Daniels was high score with 39 out of 50 and runner-up was Alex Wall with 37 out of 50.