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Greetings YCFGA Members!    Here is what’s happening:

Next general meeting is Thursday January 31, 7:00pm in our lodge.

“Kids’ Only” Ice Fishing Derby: Mark your calendars, our 3nd Annual “Kids’ Only” Ice Fishing Derby is being planned for Saturday January 26, 2019, 7:30am–11:30am at our own Round Pond & Stickney Lodge. This is a FREE event for children under 16. Prizes will be awarded for a number of different categories, food will be available from our Entertainment Committee. Also, we’re asking all of our members to consider helping with prizes. Please consider donating a jigging rod or other fishing items (ice or fresh water) for this upcoming ice fishing derby. Feel free to drop them off at the President’s Club during Sunday Shoots. FYI contact Marc Gilbert at gilbertphvac@gmail.com or 207-423-5177. Thanks in advance!

Regarding the upcoming “Kid’s Fishing Derby”The fishing Committee will be holding two planning and setup meetings. One will be on the Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM in the lodge and the other will be on Saturday January 19th in the lodge at 9:00 AM. Marc is asking for volunteers to put jigging polls and ice fishing traps together to be given out to the kids as prizes and raffles. He can also use volunteers to set up signage and tables in the lodge on the afternoon of the January 25th and plenty of volunteers to help with general guidance on the our Round Pond the day of the Derby which is January 26th. It will run from 7:00 to 11:00 AM. This is a great opportunity to get into the outdoors and help kids have a good time fishing. So show up and see what a great time you can have by lending a hand. This is one of the club’s premier winter events. And we are always accepting additional gear to give away to the kids. So if you can pick up a pole or gear to donate, that would be great too! All volunteer time for new 2018 members is eligible to be applied as ‘work discount’ for your subsequent year’s renewal.

And don’t forget the Kennebunk Pond Fishing Derby sponsored by the Goodwins Mills Fire Department where we will host our “free coffee and hot chocolate” table on February 9th. We usually meet at the club the night before to grab equipment and set up a fire on the ice around 5:00 AM the next morning. It’s also a good time to hang with club members and explain our club’s activities to participants of that Derby.. For more information contact Marc Gilbert at gilbertphvac@gmail.com or text 207-423-5177.

SNOWSHOEING BEYOND ROUND POND – Have your own snowshoes? Have you had any adventures yet? Join Katherine on February 16th at 10am for a guided snowshoe of YCFGA property. We will be snowshoeing about 1-2 miles, with anticipated completion time of 1-2 hours. This event is free and open to the public. The group will meet inside Stickney lodge for an introduction to YCFGA and a short briefing. We will have coffee, hot chocolate and donuts on sale that day as well! Please note that you will need to supply your own gear. Snowshoes required, trekking poles recommended. Remember to layer your clothing for the weather and be prepared. Because this is our first snowshoe event, we ask that you leave your furry companions(dogs) at home, the exception being service dogs. We reserve the right to postpone this event based on weather conditions. Any questions on this event can be directed to Katherine via Messenger or emailing katierstover@gmail.com.

Atlantic Salmon Restoration: The Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance www.sacosalmon.com has reached out to YCFGA again this year asking for volunteers interested in helping them stock local brooks with salmon eggs as part of the annual restoration efforts to reintroduce and increase Atlantic Salmon in our local waters. Specifically those people having snowmobiles and/or ATVs to help transport eggs are being requested, although additional volunteers are equally welcome. Those interested can contact Rick LaRiviere (603-915-0651) for more information.

Winter Indoor Archery Continues weekly until Spring on Wednesdays from 6-8pm in the lower level of Stickney Lodge. There is a $5 participant fee, YCFGA has equipment available to use for those new to archery or wishing to try it out. As this is conducted in the lodge basement safety is of paramount importance and will be strictly enforced (similar to anywhere on our club grounds and facilities). Ryan Daigle RYAN.DAIGLE87@GMAIL.COM , 207-841-1513 can be contacted for further information or with questions.

2019 YCFGA OFFICER ELECTIONS – It’s that time of the year to start thinking about election of club officers at our annual meeting on January 31, 2019. Officer positions up for election are: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant at arms. All members are strongly encouraged to consider becoming a club officer, position descriptions and responsibilities are published in our by-laws, take a look: http://ycfga.org/members

WANTED – Membership Chair  YCFGA is seeking a new membership chair-person as our present chairman (Dan Strycharz) has asked to be replaced after 3 years so he may consider other active roles in YCFGA. Dan will continue as chairman through the present renewal period and will mentor the incoming chair-person as much as needed, all current records and processes will be explained and transitioned to the new chair-person. This can easily be a multiple person position, depending how the new chair-person wants to handle this position. Time commitment is generally a few hours per month, but more during renewal season (Oct-Jan). You can review the By-Laws for specifics on membership activities or contact Dan (dstrycharz@roadrunner.com, or 207-351-6314) for more information. A great opportunity for all members!

2019 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION: Where has the time gone, membership renewal season is already upon us beginning October 1. As stated throughout prior years via our newsletters and meetings, membership renewal forms will not be mailed out as they ARE AVAILABLE on our website: http://ycfga.org/members and in the lodge and President’s Club buildings beginning October 1. For your convenience, the 2019 Renewal from is included within this note.

To obtain the renewal form from our website, similar to prior years, your ‘full’ 2018 YCFGA gate pass-code (i.e. YY-XXXX (check your badge sticker)) is the password and will be needed to access the online form, which can then be downloaded, printed, completed and mailed, or hand delivered to Dan Strycharz (membership chairman) at any of the monthly general meetings. Acceptable payment can be made via cash, check, and money order (made out to: YCFGA). Upon renewal, you will be sent your 2019 sticker with new lock combination to affix to your ID badge – it will come in a small envelope with a return address from YCFGA, generally a couple weeks after receiving your renewal form. All renewing members are requested to return a completed renewal form, purpose being to ensure our records are accurate with: name, address, phone, email, and NEW this year we are asking if you would please let us know any skills/talents you have which would help YCFGA in the future (i.e. bookkeeping, typing, carpentry, landscaping, construction, etc.). THANK YOU!

Mail completed renewal forms to:

York County Fish & Game Association
ATTN: RENEWAL
600 Goodwins Mills Rd
Lyman, ME 04002

PLEASE NOTE: Per YCFGA By-Laws, dues are payable on or before January 1. For 2019 we will allow a “limited grace period” without penalty if payments are received prior to January 30, 2019. Gate pass-codes will be changed effective February 1, 2019 – you’ll need your new pass-code sticker to enter the ranges – so renew early! Memberships become ‘delinquent’ if received after January 31. A delinquent account means your membership is forfeited starting February 1 of the current year as long as fees remain unpaid. For renewal submissions/payment made after January 31 (February 1 through June 30), a $25.00 reinstatement fee will be assessed in addition to the applicable renewal dues to reinstate membership (i.e. Adult membership = $100 + $25 Reinstatement fee = $125).   For renewal submissions/payment made after June 30 (July 1 through December 30), the reinstatement fee is $50.00 plus applicable membership renewal fees. Any member delinquent for the year (January 1 to December 31) will need to reapply as a new members which includes assessment of the initiation fee and membership vote. Questions can be directed to Dan Strycharz (dstrycharz@roadrunner.com).

DID YOU KNOW: OUR Stickney LODGE IS AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR FUNCTIONS. Lodge rentals are available to members and non-members. For more information please contact our Lodge Facilitator, Judy Gibbs, at Gibbsj@metrocast.net         Here’s a picture of what the lodge has been transformed into for a member’s wedding – STUNNING!

YCFGA Apparel/Clothing: You can now get YCFGA logo apparel to wear at the range, or any day, or anywhere. Those interested in ordering YCFGA Logo clothing (T-shirts, Polos, Sweat Shirts, Hoodies) in a variety of colors and sizes should contact Adam Truesdale adamtruesdale@yahoo.com He will provide pricing and order details.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Skeet, Trap, and Shotgun: Weekly shoots continue on Sunday’s beginning at “high” Noon. Participant fee is $5 per round for non-members, $3 for members.
SKEET FIELD #2 (closest to the pistol range and road) continues to be CLOSED for general use until further notice. Please use only the Trap Field (the furthest field from the gate) for all non-scheduled use. This includes patterning, use of your own clay thrower, etc. The Skeet Field (closest to the gate) will only be used on Sundays during regularly scheduled shoots under the direction of the Skeet Range (Shotgun) Chairs and Co-chairs.

Brass Cartridge – Pistol & Rifle: Weekly shoots continue year round, check our website or Facebook page for details. Participant fee is $5 per shooter, FREE for first time participants. The latest schedule is below and on our website.

For more activity details always check our YCFGA Website:

www.ycfga.org

or our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/ycfga

Safety First, Safety Last, Safety Always!!

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