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Fellow Members,

SSC was fortunate in being chosen as the site for the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation's tribute to retiring Chairman of the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board, George "Gige" Darey.  Gige served on the board for 38 years, and the last 35 as Chairman.   On Saturday, May 13th, our banquet hall was filled with a virtual "who's who" of those involved over the past quarter century in conservation and wildlife protection of our natural environment.   The afternoon was filled with great stories from Gige's past, anecdotes from ranking political leaders, and a surprise visit from our Governor Charlie Baker and our Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  The half dozen club members who joined approximately 175 attendees who all enjoyed another of club manager Peter DelGrande's fine meals.  We received many, many compliments from the speakers, especially Lieutenant Governor Polito, who raved about our club, our work with the youth, and our 400 memberships out here in the sparsely populated Berkshires.  We hope to have photos from this event posted on our website shortly.  It was a great tribute to our longtime members, Gige and Ginny, who were instrumental in many aspects of the success of SSC.

Early that morning, about 20 kids showed up at Tim and Nancy Minkler's pond for the Kid's Fishing Derby.  The rain that threatened all morning held off until it was time to go under cover for the hot dogs and sodas.  Many of the youngsters seemed to be having the time of their lives and parents were also very involved and happy with the morning events.  Thanks again to Tim and Nancy for providing this annual special day for the member's children.  Tim reports that although many fish were caught by the kids, there are still at least 100 unaccounted for. Since they probably won't make it through the summer in his pond, all members are invited to stop by and drop a line at their convenience. 

On Friday night, our 120 Members Raffle Club held the semi-annual session ending prime rib dinner.  194 attended and enjoyed the delicious dinner prepared by Peter and his staff.  Club members Amy Wang and Susie Nadorff went home happier than most!  The next session is scheduled to start on July 11th.  Call Gary Johnston at 413-298-3623 for more.

Archery co-chairman, John Mange, reported that the Outdoor Summer Archery League will be starting June 4th when sign-up will be held from 10 AM until Noon.  If you can't make the sign-up time, you may call either Neil Vreeland at 413-446-0491 or John Mange at 518-265-1872.  The league will last 10 weeks, with a shoot off held the last week of the league and an award banquet the following week. 

The Horseshoe League is up and running at full capacity with 20 pitchers signed up.  There is a horseshoe tournament in memory of recently departed Charles "Chucky" Bragdon on Saturday, June 17th.   Check our website for more details. 

The 2017 Firearm-A-Day Sweepstakes tickets will be available for the June Board Meeting when they will be fully distributed to all volunteer sales people.  Please remember that the cost has gone up to $25 per ticket, as a result of the decision to award all firearms, rather than the few merchandise items that were previously mixed in. 

At the Annual Meeting held in April, the following officers were elected for the 2017-2018 session: President - Rob McDermott, First Vice President - Wayne Myers, Second Vice President - John Mange, Treasurer - Bonnie Buffoni, Secretary - David St. Peter, and the following board members for the current year: John Cardillo, Tim Minkler, Jason St. Peter, Mike Buffoni, and Marc Fadding.  Heartfelt thanks go to retiring president, Wayne Slosek, for his 14 years of dedicated service to the club and congratulations on being elected to the Stockbridge Planning Board.

President Rob McDermott reported on the NRA Range inspection recently.  We are going to do our best to implement their suggestions and during our upcoming range renovations. Safety, as always, will be our prime concern. 

Finally, the skeet committee will be holding novice evenings for women, youth, and truly novice men coming up starting with women on Wednesday, May 31st with the youth the following Wednesday, June 7th, and novice men on June 14th.  Instruction will be free, shotguns will be provided, and ammo will be available while it lasts. 

Gary Johnston
Newsletter Editor