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Last month's minutes {edited}:

August 2016

Meeting called to order on 8/1/16 by President LInda Rasmus at 7:25pm. Members present 12.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the July 11th meeting was read by Russ B. A correction was made by Linda as to the date of the Granary Living History Event, it should read Sept 24th not the 22nd. It runs from 10 am. – 4 pm. We need to be there at 9 am. In primitive dress. With no other corrections a motion to accept was made by Mike H. and a second by Jerry S. Motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2730.55; Cash box: $54.00. Postage due, $47.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: We had a Shoot July 31st. There were 3 pistol events, shoot #1 1st place Bob, shoot #2 1st place Jerry, shoot #3 1st Place Cole. There were 3 Rifle events, Shoot #1 1st place Alli, shoot #2 1st place Bob, shoot #3 1st place Jerry.

Old Business:
Youth SportsFest: We talked about the Brown County Sportsman Club Upcoming Youth fest. At meeting time there was not enough signed up but after wards Dan Opp called me and said it was a “GO” so we will work the Black powder station on Saturday Aug. 6.
NEW Range: We discussed a meet with Mike T at his homestead. We will go over what we have in mind for placement of various things such as the range, cabin, hooters, camping areas and parking. This will take place on Labor Day weekend. We still need to move the RR ties and other lumber from the Fischbach land. Also some range material needs to get moved to the new site. We talked about the hooters being in need of new holes dug or drilled at Sweetwater, this was tabled until a later date.

Other Old Business:
Age Limits We once again discussed the ideas of when a kid makes the move from shooting as a kid to shooting as an adult. There were a few scenarios brought up and discussed, then we brought it to a vote of the 12 members present, it was 6 to 5 in favor of the following rule we will go by from this point forward. At our camps only, Kids being 14 years and under, once they make the move to shoot as an adult, they cannot go back to shooting in the kid’s events.
Sweetwater: Sweetwater is Sept. 9-11th we will have the Chili feed on Friday evening at 6 pm. Bring chili or whatever you wish to the meal, cornbread or stew is fine. As is crackers or desserts. It’s ALL good! We will have Breakfast on Sat. morning, French toast, Scrambled eggs and link sausage. There will only be one water wagon at SW this year so you may want to bring water to camp from home. Rendezvous starts at noon on Friday sept. 9. You will need to be in primitive dress. Shoots start at 1:00 pm Fri. There will be a frying pan toss on Sat. We decided for a camp prize to give free camping at next year’s SW along with a DTML flag. A thank you to the cleanup crew, Jerry, Alli, Linda, Jess, & Zack, Dan O, Bob & Diane and Mike & Birdie. There were 4 camps.

New Business:
Next Event: Meet at new range, September 4.

Other New Business:
Calendar: August 12-14, Benton Freemont days. August 25-28, Hugh Glass. September 9-11, Sweetwater. September 22, Granary Living History fair.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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July 2016

Meeting called to order on 7/11/16 by President LInda Rasmus at 7:30pm. Members present 11.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2704.88; Cash box: $54.00. Paid insurance, $698.11. We received a $25.67 refund from our Ins. When we dropped the old DG site from the policy.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: There were 16 camps at Drifting Goose, Diane sold 11 bowls, one was given to Alice Bartell. With items sold and camp fees we brought in $729. The Thelen Family donated $500. Expenses for D.G. came to $332. Mike Thelen held a raffle for John’s 58 cal and shooting supplies, half was given to 4-Moons and half to DTML. We received $335.00 From Mike for that we give Mike a BIG thank you!
NEW Range: The cabin was moved from the old site to the Thelen homestead on 7-7-16, Thanks to all who was involved with that. We need to get the RR ties and lumber removed from the Fischbach land. Also there is cleaning to be done at the new site. There is some range shooting material that needs to be moved to the new site. We will need to build 3 or so new hooters at the DG site. And Sweetwater hooters are FULL so they will need to be moved also. Watch for notices for work days. Mike Thelen and Michelle (Thelen) Patterson will have a 25-year membership per agreement of the contract. We will have a 25-year lease, with the $1 per month rent being waived with the membership agreement, ending July 2041 and month by month after that. Mike and Michelle being the Landlords.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Sweetwater: Mike H. has said he will be making the Sweetwater tokens. Russ will make up the shoot schedule for SW, let me know if you want to put on a shoot (cell 715-5225, home 226-2254) otherwise the schedule will be posted on the hooter nearest the range. We talked of bringing back the skillet toss on Saturday. Money prizes went well, we will stay with meat and cheese prizes for the kids.
Next Event: Meeting, August 1 at the Millstone.

Other New Business:
Calendar: August 6, Brown Cty Youth Sports Fest. July 30-31, Sweetwater clean-up and club shoot. August 12-14, Benton Freemont days. September 9-11, Sweetwater. September 22, Granary Living History fair.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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May 2016

Meeting called to order on 5/2/16 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. Members present 6.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2726.45; Cash box: $124.00. Paid insurance, $698.11.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: DRIFTING GOOSE WILL BE AT SWEETWATER SITE!!! May 27-30 2016. Sorry for all the confusion of new sites, please spread the word we will be at SWEETWATER SITE this year. Thanks. We discussed shoot prizes and decided to have cash payouts, 1st place $7. 2nd place $5. And 3rd place $3. Keep in mind that this payout is for single shooters and group shoots, let’s say you have a shoot with 3 man teams the 1st place team would split the $7 prize 2nd place would split $5 and the same for 3rd. Kid’s prizes will be Meat sticks and cheese 1st and 2nd places respectively. If you want to put on a shoot let me know (Russ) by e-mail, rbrandt@nvc.net or shoot schedules will be posted on the hooter door nearest the range. Also we have 15 shoots scheduled, if you are planning an extra shoot (outside of our regular ones) let Diane know ahead of time so she can have prize $$$ ready. Joe will have a tent set up for a POKER PALACE so bring quarters, dollars or whatever. We WILL have Drifting Goose/Sweetwater bowls for sale, One per camp until after Sweetwater in Sept. There will also be a limited number of utensil drainers for sale. Club Flags will also be available. $25. If you want a 2 sided flag, contact Mike H. $50. As always if you have anything you want to donate for camp prizes please bring them to Diane when you register.
Clean-up/Shoot: Clean-up will be NEXT WEEKEND!! May 7th. Some are camping on Saturday night, if you want to join them bring your own water, food and whatever you may need. A shoot will be held on Sunday May 8th at 1:00 pm.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
None: Next Event: May 7th & 8th Site clean up and shoot.

Other New Business:
Calendar: May 27-30, Drifting Goose AT SWEETWATER. June 3-5, Fr. Sisseton. June 19-25, High Plains (Nebraska). June 30-July 4, 4-Moons.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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April 2016

Meeting called to order on 3/5/16 by President Linda Rasmus at 7:30pm. Members present not recorded.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $3450.38; Cash box: $99.00. Liability insurance is due, approximately $500.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Range Update: We started to move onto our new site last month, there were some problems that arose. So we are now checking on another new site, this site is 5 mi North of Brentford and .5 mi east. Or from the north it is 395th ave. (Bath rd) 16 mi south .5 east Several of us are going to check the site out on April 17, that’s a Sunday at 1 pm. Anyone is welcome to meet us there. With this in mind, I called Alice Bartell and the Bartell family has given us their blessings to use the Sweetwater site for Drifting Goose again this year. We thank them for that.
Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever brought in: ($1) door prize $16, silent auction $332, ($1) draw $194, Member dues $90, Total $632. Our cost meat prizes $74.08, Cheese prizes $58.29.
Drifting Goose: Bob Carda will make the Drifting Goose tokens.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
None: Next Event: April 17th 1:00 pm DTML check out new site. May 7th & 8th Sweetwater clean up.

Other New Business:
Calendar: April 23rd Four Moons clean up.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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March 2016

Meeting called to order on 3/5/16 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 21 members present (Cabin Fever).

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,783.38; Cash box: $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Range Update: We are still working on getting our stuff moved from the old Range. Weather permitting, we will try to start in April or May, sooner is better. Watch for e-mails on work dates.
Pottery: Mike H. is having DG/SW bowls made, we will order 30 bowls at a cost of $30 per bowl, we will sell them for $32. At Drifting Goose and Sweetwater.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Elections: President: Linda R., Vice President: Alley C., Secretary: Russell B., Treasurer: Diane C. DTML Board of Directors: Four new positions as follows: Mike H. Todd S. Joe C. Jerry S. All were unopposed and elected by unanimous consent.
Club Flags: Mike H. brought a sample club flag, it looks good, we will have a few changes done to it and they will be selling for $30. If you want a 2 sided flag you will need to buy 2 flags and they will sew them together.
Drifting Goose: I sent information to The Powder Horn News on the Drifting Goose Rendezvous, it’s in the latest publication but they only mentioned the Location change and didn’t include the new directions. I am contacting them to correct this mistake.
Next Event: Cabin Fever at the Township Hall, March 5, 5:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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February 2016

Meeting called to order on 2/1/16 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,990.75; Cash box: $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Shoot Prizes: Discussion was had and we decided to make a change to prizes for our Rendezvous shoots. Instead of the Meat and Cheese prizes we will try a cash payout (amounts to be determined later). The kid’s prizes will be Meat sticks.
Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever will be held March 5th, that’s a Saturday, it will be at the Rural Township Fire hall, on south 5th St. Aberdeen SD. Russ will have the door open at 5:30 pm. This is a potluck event, bring a dish to pass and your own plates, silverware and drinks. Coffee will be provided by the club. You also need to bring silent auction items. Mike Thelen may be bring some of John and Toye’s camp items. Another note, bring lots of $1 dollar bills for raffles. We are also going to contact Nick to see if he has any wood items we could purchase for a door prize at Cabin Fever.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Pottery: Mike H is having silverware drainers made with the Drifting Goose logo on one side and The Sweetwater logo on the other side. He is limiting his order to 5 at this time, if they sell he will order 5 more for Sweetwater. Diane brought up the idea of selling bowls with the two logos and 2016 on the side, these will be like a cereal bowl. We discussed it and she will order 35 to sell at Drifting Goose (1 per camp site) and Sweetwater, after everyone has had a chance to buy one she will sell seconds at Sweetwater.
Drifting Goose New Site: We will have Drifting Goose at the new site (3m. E. of Hwy 281 and Hwy 20 Mansfield rd. 1/2m S.) Russ will contact Powder Horn News and get it in their publication.
Next Event: Cabin Fever at the Township Hall, March 5, 5:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: February 5-6, Living History Fair in Watertown Friday. Fargo Trade Fair, February 27 (new location), and New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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January 2016

Meeting called to order on 1/4/16 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 8 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,980.75; Cash box: $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Range Updates: Several of us met with Vic Fischbach at the new Drifting Goose site (3m. E. of Hwy 281 & Mansfield Rd, ˝ m. S) We walked the area and discussed the placement of the range and the cabin. Along with camp sites. We have a lot of work ahead of us to have the site ready for Drifting Goose this year. A lot of what we can do is weather permitting, the Cabin needs to be brought over, Hooters built, tree branches cleared away, develop the range, the list goes on so we will be calling for help more than one weekend in the coming months. Any help you can give is much appreciated.
Cabin Fever: We do not have a date nailed down for cabin fever yet, we will be shooting for March 5th or 12th, I will contact the Fire hall to see which date will work. We ask everyone to bring items for the auction, it will also be a potluck so bring something yummy.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Founder Passing: As most of you know the last of our active Founding members John Thelen has passed on Dec, 18 2015. John was the heart of the Drifting Goose Rendezvous and he had his hand in many of the things the club has done over the years. He will be missed. Personally when I joined the club a few years back John sold me my first fire grate and some cast iron and a coffee pot, now those items will hold special memories for me. With that thought in mind, Mike Thelen will be bringing some of John and Toye’s camp items to the Cabin Fever silent auction. John T was on our Board of Directors so Mike H has offered to fill his position until Cabin Fever when we have our Officer elections, a motion was made by Diane C and 2nd by Bob C to accept his offer, motion carried.
Shoot Prizes: we discussed Shoot prizes, do we want to continue with meat and cheese as 1st and 2nd place or go to a cash prize and pay 1st,2ndand 3rd place? Possible payouts could be $7 for 1st, $5 for 2nd and $3 for 3rd. maybe have one of the shoots a $$$ shoot, with only 8 of us present we tabled this discussion until next meeting so everyone could have their opinion heard, so if you want to weigh in on this be at the February meeting.
Camp Tokens: Tokens for DG will possibly be done by Alison C. Bob C said he will make the tokens for SW. 2016.
Next Event: Meeting at the Millstone, February 1, 7:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Kearney trade fair, January 16-17. February 5-6, Living History Fair in Watertown Friday. February 5 is kids day and Saturday February 6 is for the public 9-5 at the Ramkota. Fargo Trade Fair, February 27, and New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13. Dacotah Territory Gun Collectors Assn. gun show, February 6-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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December 2015

Meeting called to order on 12/7/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 12 members and 1 guest present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,980.75; Cash box: $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: None.

Old Business:
Range Updates: Vic Fischbach was in attendance he will be our new landowner, we talked over what he had in mind and what our needs were for the land. We decided to meet with him at the site on December 20 to walk through the area first hand.
Christmas Party: We discussed the Christmas party with a possible location of The Brown County Sportsman Club, Dan Opp will check into that and let us know.
Cabin Fever: We will need to wait until January to contact the Fire hall and see what dates will work, we will try for early March. We could use items for the silent auction, and ideas for a door prize.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
none
Next Event: Christmas Party - to be announced. Meeting at the Millstone, January 4, 7:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Kearney trade fair, January 16-17. February 5-6, Living History Fair in Watertown Friday. February 5 is kids day and Saturday February 6 is for the public 9-5 at the Ramkota. Fargo and New Ulm tbd

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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November 2015

Meeting called to order on 11/2/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Russ. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,980.75; Cash box: $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: site hits; 725 links 1414.

Range Officer's Report: None - No shoots in October/November.

Old Business:
Range Updates: : Our new site is 3 miles E from Mansfield corner (281) and Ľ mile S. Bob C and John T will set up a meeting with landowner Vic Fischbach to discus the new site.

Other Old Business:
Pottery Mike H. says Dave will be making silverware holders with our logos.

New Business:
Gun Shows: The club decided not to have tables at either the Redfield or Aberdeen gun shows this year.
Christmas Party: it will be a potluck party at the Sweetwater site. December 13th, weather permitting. We will have a shoot and snacks, Jerry will bring his toy hauler so we can get out of the weather. This will start at 12:30 pm.
Cabin Fever: tentatively set for February 20th or 27th. More on this when we get closer.
Next Event: Meeting at the Millstone, December 7, 7:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Kearney trade fair, January 16-17. February 5-6, Living History Fair in Watertown Friday. February 5 is kids day and Saturday February 6 is for the public 9-5 at the Ramkota. Fargo and New Ulm tbd

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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October 2015

Meeting called to order on 10/5/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the last Meeting were read by Linda Rasmus. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank: $2,980; Cash box: $99.00. $98 paid for PO Box. The Sweetwater quilt brought in $261.00. After Sweetwater, $1,285 was deposited.

Webmaster's Report: None.

Range Officer's Report: None - No shoots in October/November.

Old Business:
Range Updates: Mike T is continuing talks with Vic Fischbach for the possible new range. We would have access to the south 1/3-1/2. They also want to use the area for cattle grazing and hunting. We would limit area and frequency of mowing. We would also make the cabin available for their use. They are interested in placing railroad ties at the end of the range for their possible High-Powered use/hunting.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
2016 Rendezvous items: Mike H is going to check into having a few silverware holders made. We did discuss why we gave 2 prizes instead of 3 this past year. We discussed if we want to continue with cheese and meats for prizes. This was tabled. We touched on age for kids participants. This was Tabled.
Redfield Gun Show: The Redfield gun show is November 7-9th. It was decided not to have a table there this year.
Next Event: Meeting at the Millstone, November 2, 7:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: October 10, at Fort Session 1-4 Haunted Fort for children (not scary) and 5-7 if for the older kids and will be scary. February 5-6, Living History Fair in Watertown Friday. February 5 is kids day and Saturday February 6 is for the public 9-5 at the Ramkota.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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September 2015

Meeting called to order at Sweetwater Rendezvous by President Scheri Smith.

Secretary's Report: No minutes read.

Treasurer's Report: No Treasurer's report given.

Webmaster's Report: None.

Range Officer's Report: None.

MODIFIED MINUTES:
A short business discussion was held as far as defining ages of shooters IE, kids, juniors and adults. Some good points were brought up. We tabled discussion until a later date.
Sweetwater Shoot Results:
Friday 9/11/2015
1st Rifle shoot; 1st Mark, 2nd Bob
2nd Rifle shoot 1st Mason 2nd Jerry, yes I said Jerry

Saturday 9/12/2015
1st Rifle shoot; 1st Mark 2nd John G
2nd Rifle shoot 1st Gene 2nd Mark
Archery 1st Trent 2nd Mark
Kid's Archery 1st Spud 2nd Brenna
Hawk 1st Russ 2nd Leon
Knife 1st Dave 2nd Gene
Kid's Hawk 1st Luke 2nd Spud 3rd Alex
3rd Rifle shoot 1st Mark 2nd John G
Shot Gun 1st Carter 2nd Trent
4th Rifle shoot 1st John G 2nd Ralph
Pistol shoot 1st Trent/Carter 2nd Mike H/Mason

Sweetwater Rendezvous: There were 33 camps this year and you couldn't ask for better weather. A great time was had by all who attended. Alice Bartell once again made a beautiful quilt which we had a Chinese auction for, the winner was a Sweetwater newbie Dave from Nebraska. Thank you for the quilt Alice.
Next Event: October meeting at the Millstone, October 5, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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August 2015

Meeting called to order on 8/2/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the July Meeting were read by Secretary Russell Brandt. Motion made and approved to accept minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2177.72, Cash box; $99.00.

Webmaster's Report: website hits; 923 Links hits; 887.

Range Officer's Report: We had a shoot at Sweetwater on July 19th 8 people attended.

Old Business:
Range Updates: We had a clean-up day at the old range on July 18th, we took down the fire wood shed and the two hooters near the cabin, we dismantled the shooting range cable, buffalo board stands, etc. We would like to thank everyone that was there to help, Dan, Bob, Diane, Jerry, Brenan, Caiden and I was there for the am, til I was called away. I hope I didn't forget anyone that may have showed up after I left [Russ]. Diane thinks we should keep the east end hooter at Drifting Goose and do repairs on it.
NRA Youth Sportsfest: We had a station at the Brown County Sportsman's Club Youth fest, on Saturday August 1st, the kids 8 to 15 years of age came to our station and Dan Opp gave them a history of Black Powder guns and then they got the chance to shoot and load 50 cal. rifles several times before moving on to other stations. According to the Aberdeen American News the next day, the Black Powder station was very popular. We would like to thank Dan, Diane, Bob, Linda, John, Sue and Russ for their time spent doing that.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Sweetwater: Tokens for Sweetwater are done, thanks Dan Opp. For that. Sweetwater clean-up is slated for the weekend of August 22nd-23rd. We will need to mow for sure, possibly set out hawk blocks and target stands. Maybe paint inside hooters. Mowing will be the biggest thing. Firewood is done, thanks Bob and Diane for that. Joe will get water set up at a later date. We discussed having a chili feed at Sweetwater on Friday evening, bring chili if you can or if not we also need cheese and crackers or maybe a cornbread. We also discussed breakfast on Saturday at Sweetwater: sausage links, eggs, pancakes & coffee. Other Sweetwater topics were prizes: we have a wooden stool for door prize, Meat and Cheese prizes for shoots, Jerky and Beef sticks for kids. John T motions we keep our mower for use at Sweetwater. Motion carried. Diane will send a copy of the shoots list to me, and I will fill in the shoots as I receive them. So, if you want to put on a shoot at Sweetwater e mail me rbrandt@nvc.net or call me home 605 226-2254 cell 605 715-5225 time slots will be 9:30. 10:30, 11:30 in the A.M. And 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 in the P.M. We will need to fill in Knife/Hawk, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and afternoon Ladies Tea. I would like to have a list put together by next meeting so get a hold of me if you are interested. (otherwise I may just fill in names as I see fit).
Memorial: John motions we send a $100 donation to 4 Moons in honor of Toye Thelen. Second by Sue Graves. Motion carried.
Next Event: Sweetwater clean-up August 22nd/23rd.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Wild West Rendezvous, Lake Benton MN. August 7th/9th; 1st annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous, Lemmon SD. August 27th/30th; Four Moons, September 4th/7th; Sweetwater, September 11th/14th.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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July 2015

Meeting called to order on 7/6/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 12 members and 2 guests present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes from the Drifting Goose meeting were read by Secretary Russell Brandt, minutes were approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2207.72 in account and $66.00 in cash box. New members Clyde and Rene Thrift. Drifting Goose expenses: $55.00-wooden cooler, Kessler's-$?, Mugs $344.70, Texas Hold'em $?, Camp fees $280.00.

Webmaster's Report: There were 332 hits on the site and 717 hits on links.

Range Officer's Report: Sweetwater range clean up is set for Saturday July 18th, @ 9 am. We will be having a monthly shoot at Sweetwater on Sunday July 19th. You can come for the clean up on Sat. and camp over night to shoot on Sunday. Bring Water, beverages, food, tools etc.

Old Business:
Range Updates: We are still on the look out for a permanent site for our range.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
NRA Youth Sportsfest: The Brown County Sportsman club is having their annual Sports fest for kids age 8-15. we need volunteers to help out at the muzzle loader station. This will be Saturday August 1st. From 8am-4pm.
Next Event: Sweetwater clean-up/monthly shoot July 18th/19th , clean-up 9 am Shoot @ 1:30 pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Sweetwater clean-up/monthly shoot July 18th/19th , clean-up 9 am Shoot @ 1:30 pm; Love of the land Rendezvous, Pipestone MN. July 24th/26th; Wild West Rendezvous, Lake Benton MN. August 7th/9th; 1st annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous, Lemmon SD. August 27th/30th; Four Moons, September 4th/7th; Sweetwater, September 11th/14th.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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June 2015

Meeting called to order on 5/24/15 at Drifting Goose by President Scheri Smith at 5:30pm. 14 camps and 3 walk-in families present.

Secretary's Report: n/a.

Treasurer's Report: New club members Gene Klug (Tate Arbach).

Webmaster's Report: n/a.

Range Officer's Report: n/a.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: We had 9 shoots, Archery 2 days, 1 kids Archery, 2 kids Hawk and 1 adult Hawk. We spent $150.00 on meat and cheese for first and second prizes. The Traveling Quilt was taken over this year by Julup. In other drawings; the Door prize, a stool, was won by Mike Thelen. The drawing for the camp cooler was won by Tyler Carda. Although rain was predicted for the weekend we stayed dry until Sunday evening about meeting time. On a sad note Dale lost his dog on Thursday night, he just walked away. On Sunday evening a neighbor came by with news of a dog found about six miles away down on the flatlands. After a few phone calls Dale and EZ were once again reunited. I just love a happy ending.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Sweetwater: we discussed having canoe races at Sweetwater. We will ask the Bartells where the best place on the lake would be for the races.
Hugh Glass Rendezvous: Hugh Glass event is making a return. Find more info here: 1st annual rendezvous in Lemmon SD, http://www.hughglassrendezvous.com/
Brown's Valley 150th: Brown's Valley MN is planning their 150th Celebration next year 2016 on June 23-26. They want a rendezvous camp set up for that event. They already have some tipis and Native Americans coming. They wanted to know if the Brookings Renegades wanted to set up there. Are we interested in this as a club or individuals? If so, go to www.facebook.com/BVCelebrate or bvcelebrate@gmail.com or phone 320-695-2110.
Next Event: July club meeting at the Millstone.

Other New Business:
Calendar: HPRR June 13-21, Gary SD; 4-Moons, Sept 4-7, Gary, SD; Sweetwater, Sept 11-13.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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May 2015

Meeting called to order on 5/4/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm. 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the April 16th meeting were read, there was an amendment to the NRA ins. It was reported $526.00 was paid. It should read $526.25 was paid in addition to $252.00 which was already paid. After the amendment the minutes were approved.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $1875.80 in account, $66.00 cash box.

Webmaster's Report: The website is seeing some action, web hits are at 120, up from 42 last month. Links are at 1327 up from 79 hits last month.

Range Officer's Report: n/a.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: We discussed the dry conditions and elected Jerry to bring the water wagon over to the Sweetwater site, Joe will bring the big water wagon over to the site. Possibly having a water bucket at each campsite with a fire pit. With the lack of rain mowing is not an issue. The hawk block needs to be moved into place along with other task. Clean-up for the Sweetwater site is scheduled for Saturday May 16th at 0900 am. Bring tools, lunch, water, camping is OK. We will have Shoots posted on the Hooters. First prize-Meat second prize-cheese.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Club PR: We will have mugs available for $15.00, the have the Sweetwater logo on one side and the Drifting Goose with a feather logo on the other. These mugs will be sold at each event (DG & SW) we will sell one per camp to be sure everyone gets one.
Range Options: Alice and Mike Bartell were present at the meeting and they stated that the Sweetwater range can be available for monthly shoots. We will start monthly shoots in August, third Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Next Event: Drifting Goose at the Sweetwater site.

Other New Business:
Calendar: HPRR June 13-21, Gary SD; Fort Sisseton, 6-7 June.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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April 2015

Meeting called to order on 4/6/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:25pm. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $1795.80, cash box $51.00. We paid for NRA Ins. $526.00. Increasing our coverage from $250,000. to $1,000,000. Diane paid Dave $374.00 for mugs for DG & Sweetwater, 30 count @ 28-30 oz. John Thelen donated $100. for Insurance.

Webmaster's Report: Mike Thelen has been working with the website and the hits have been reset, they are website 42, Links 79 hits.

Range Officer's Report: We had a Fun Shoot, 8 or 9 attended, It was a bucketful day at the range and we had snacks.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: We decided to get Meat and Cheese from Frohling's for Drifting Goose prizes. Meat 1st prize Cheese 2nd prize. Byron said he will provide arrowhead necklaces and wooden tops for the kids. We are looking for a camp prize in the area of $40-$50. We need people to organize shoots. It went very well at Sweetwater when shoots were organized ahead of time and posted on the hooters. We are also looking for a new site for our range, Drifting Goose will be held as Sweetwater this year. Please pass along this information. We will talk about D.G. Clean-up at our next meeting at the Millstone May 4th 7:30pm.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Club PR: Mike Herrig donated 16 small trailer stickers.
Next Event: DTML March Meeting, Millstone Restaurant, May 4th 7:30pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: 8th annual Drifting Goose, May 22-25 2015. LOCATION CHANGE TO SWEETWATER!!!; HPRR June 13-21, Gary, S.D. There will be no Monthly shoots until further notice.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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March 2015

Meeting called to order on 2/21/15 at Cabin Fever by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm.

Secretary's Report: Minutes from the December meeting were read. A motion was made to approve the minutes as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2379.13 cash box 96.00. Prizes for Cabin fever ; Meat 65.39 – Cheese 35.09. $10.00 was paid to Pierre for Non profit status.

Webmaster's Report: Web site hits 018304, Links page 29798.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in January.

Old Business:
Range Updates: Wood cutting is tentatively set for March 28, at Loy's Truck World, and that is 4 miles west of Ferney (hwy 37) or 6-8 miles east of Stratford. We will plan on a 9 am start bring your own tools, trucks are needed. I will send out an e-mail about a week ahead of this time as a reminder or with any changes.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Website: Linda R moved that Diane may pay the bill for the website when it comes due. Motion seconded and approved.
Officer Election: New Board Member, John Thelen; President, Scheri Smith; Vice President, Linda Rasmus; Secretary, Russell Brandt, Treasure, Diane Carda.
Next Event: DTML March Meeting, Millstone Restaurant, April 6, 7:30 pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: 34th Annual New Ulm Trade Fair and living history event. Turner Hall. March 14th & 15th. Watertown Gun Show, March 21-22.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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February 2015

Meeting called to order on 2/2/15 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: The January meeting was canceled due to weather so December Minutes were read, and approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2540.61, cash box $71.00.

Webmaster's Report: Web site hits 018304, Links page 29798.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in January.

Old Business:
Aberdeen Gun Show: Aberdeen Gun Show is February 7th and 8th, Starting time Saturday is 9 am. If you are going to bring anything to put out on our table be there early ( 7am or 8am ).
Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever is February 21st. This is potluck, bring your own plates, silverware, and drinks. Also bring anything you may have for a silent auction. And one other thing, election of Officers will be done at Cabin Fever.
Range Updates: We decided to cut wood for Drifting Goose on March 21st. We can use helpers and pickups for this project. We plan to start at 9 am at Loy's (truck world) 4 or 5 miles east of Stratford. Bring a lunch, water and any tools you may need.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Powderhorn News: Diane has sent in a renewal for The Powderhorn News, she did a 2 year renewal. Russ will send dates for Drifting Goose and Sweetwater to Powerderhorn.
Club Rendezvous: Be thinking of a door prize for Drifting Goose.
Next Event: DTML March Meeting, Millstone Restaurant, March 2nd 7:30 pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: 34th Annual New Ulm Trade Fair and living history event. Turner Hall. March 14th & 15th; DTML Meeting Jan 5th Millstone Restaurant, 7:30 pm; Grainary Living History Event, Sept 12 2015.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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December 2014

Meeting called to order on 12/1/14 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm, 8 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2540.61. Cash box $71.00.

Webmaster's Report: Web site hits 18134, Links 29423.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in November. Christmas party and Shoot at Range December 14th.

Old Business:
Aberdeen Gun Show: Table is reserved.
Christmas Party: Christmas party at the range; December 14th, Potluck, starts at 1:00 pm. You can shoot first then eat, or eat first then shoot, or just eat.
Cabin Fever: We still need to think about Door prizes for Cabin Fever. We decided on 9 meat and cheeses for Door prizes.
Range Updates: Joe reports that Loy has wood pile and trees to cut and use of a payloader. No date set on that as yet.

Other Old Business:
Granary Living History Event: The Living History event at The Grainery is scheduled for the same weekend as SweetWater next year so we will not attend the event.

New Business:
2015 Club Rendezvous: We will order Mugs from Dakota Pottery and have them stamped for both Drifting Goose and SweetWater 2015. Camp Tokens for Drifting Goose 2015 will be made by Russell Brandt.
Next Shoot: December 14.

Other New Business:
Calendar: DTML Christmas Party & Shoot Dec. 14th at the range 1:00 pm; 35th anniversary of the United Muzzleloaders Ass. Convention, Ramada Inn, Kearney Neb. Jan. 16; Living History, Watertown, Jan 30th & 31st. Codington Co. Expo; 34th Annual New Ulm Trade Fair and living history event. Turner Hall. March 14th & 15th; DTML Meeting Jan 5th Millstone Restaurant, 7:30 pm; Grainary Living History Event, Sept 12 2015.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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November 2014

Meeting called to order on 11/3/14 by President Scheri Smith at 7:25pm, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,515.61. Cash box $71.00.

Webmaster's Report: Web page hits 018055, There are currently 712 links on this page.

Range Officer's Report: Shoot for October is cancelled for pheasant opening day.

Old Business:
Christmas Party: Christmas party at the range; December 14th, Potluck, starts at 1:00 pm. You can shoot first then eat, or eat first then shoot, or just eat.
Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever; February 21st we need to come up with door prizes.
Granary Living History Event: Dakota Prairie Museum has contacted John Graves, and next years “Living History Event” at the Granary may have to change it's date due to other scheduling. We will have more on this at a later date.
Range Updates: We will need to find a date to cut wood to refill our wood pile at Drifting Goose, This should happen sometime in January or February, We also need to hang a new Hawk Block and fix on the Hooter at D.G.

Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
Aberdeen Gun Show: Aberdeen Gun Show: Will be February 7th & 8th, Joe Carda will secure a table for DTML.
Next Shoot: December 14.

Other New Business:
Calendar: December 14 Shoot and Christmas party at the range. 1pm. Pot luck. February 7 and 8 Aberdeen Gun Show. February 21 Cabin Fever.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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October 2014

Meeting called to order on 10/6/14 by President Scheri Smith at 7:25pm, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,579.91. Cash box $41.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Shoot for October is cancelled for pheasant opening day.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Joe Carda, Mike Herrig, Linda Rasmus, and Jessicha Mazala cleaned up the Sweetwater site, drained and stored the water tanks. We had 22 camps.
Range Updates: Diane painted the spool at the range. Suggested we let the wood on the new building age until Spring before painting it.
Granary Living History Event: The living history event at the Granary went well this year. We will want to do it again next year.

Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
Redfield Gun Show: November 1.
Frontier Christmas: At Fort Sisseton is December 13, 10am to 5pm.
Christmas Party: Will be held at the range, weather permitting, Sunday, December 14th.
Aberdeen Gun Show: February 7 & 8, 2015.
Cabin Fever: Tentatively set for February 21, 2015.
Position Vacancy: The Vogler family has had a job transfer to Idaho and will be moving. Thank you to the club for welcoming us and making our start into Rendezvousing such a wonderful experience. We will miss all of you. Russel Brandt has volunteered to fill in as interim Secretary for Tara Vogler.
Next Shoot: August 16 and 17. Cleanup and shoot at Sweetwater site. Shoot will be held 1pm Sunday afternoon.

Other New Business:
Calendar: November 1 Redfield Gun Show at the National Guard Armory. Please come in dress and bring items to display. December 14 Shoot and Christmas party at the range. 1pm. Pot luck. February 7 and 8 Aberdeen Gun Show. February 21 Cabin Fever.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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September 2014

Meeting called to order on 9/7/14 by President Scheri Smith at Sweetwater Rendezvous.

Secretary's Report: none.

Treasurer's Report: none.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Thank you to all who helped with clean up. Thank you to Alice Bartell for the wonderful site, Sweetwater, and the beautiful quilt for the Chinese auction. Thank you to Elton Davis for the donation of a number of beautiful powder horns and leather bags. Thank you to the Thelen family for the new water tank for the Sweetwater site. Thank you to Rick Wattier for bailing the hay on site. Thank you to Bob and Diane Carda for the donation of a pewter bowl as a camp prize. So many people contribute to making this event a success. Thanks to everyone for making it an enjoyable, welcoming, and wonderful gathering.

Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
Granary Rural Cultural Event: September 27. History Fall Festival at the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton. Set up time is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the morning. The event opens to the public at 10 a.m. Tear down begins at 4:00 p.m. when the festival closes. Please come in dress. You can also bring items to show and/or a skill to demonstrate.
Next Event: Club meeting, October 6, 7:30 at the Millstone Restaurant in Aberdeen.

Other New Business:
Calendar: History Fall Festival at the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton, September 27; Cabin Fever, TBA.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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August 2014

Meeting called to order on 8/4/14 by President Scheri Smith at 7:35pm, 8 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,324.41. Cash box $41.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot. Some cleanup was done. It was a very hot day. The work that got done was mowing, weed eating, and set up one spool. Thank you to Jerry, Russ, John, Mike, Ralph and Hunter for the help.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Cleanup September 16 and 17. Clean up starts at 9am. Shoot will be at 1:00pm on the 17th. Bring a sack lunch and water. There will be no water available. Jobs to be done are mowing, weed eating, two steps to be added by the east hooter, fill any possible holes, notch and paint spools that Joe is bringing. Bob Carda is checking with John Thelen regarding the water wagon and tank for the site. Mike Bartell has a pigeon thrower at the site. Bob Carda will bring his also. Hawkblock is done. No firewood needed. Sign up sheet for shoots was passed around. These slots are still open. Feel free to send an email to Tara and get on the schedule.
Open Events
Friday: Rifle 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Open 4:00pm
Saturday: Rifle 10:30am
Kids Archery 11:00am
Archery 11:30am
Hawk and Knife 1:00 to 3:00pm
Kids Hawk 5:00pm
Pistol 5:00pm
Camp Meeting 6:30pm
Diane will bring rolling pins for women's games

Other Old Business:
DTML Flags: Russ looked into having flags made for DTML. Largest size would be 14x16. $50 to $75 for embroidering with the frame. $35.00 for embroidering the buffalo and type. There would be a discount for ordering more. Tabled for discussion at next meeting.

New Business:
NRA Dues: Dues is paid through May 2019.
Granary Rural Cultural Center: Living History Fall Festival at the Granary Rural Cultural Center is Sept. 27. Come in dress and bring items to show. Guns, hides, knives, fire starting, etc. It would be helpful to have a head count of those who can attend and help with this event. Please email Tara Vogler.
Next Shoot: August 16 and 17. Cleanup and shoot at Sweetwater site. Shoot will be held 1pm Sunday afternoon.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Sweetwater, September 5-7; History Fall Festival at the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton, September 27.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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July 2014

Meeting called to order on 7/7/14 by President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm, 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,363.41. Cash box $41.00.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Arrows and hawks have been bought for kid's prizes at Sweetwater Rendezvous. Pewter plates and bowl for camp door prizes will be ordered. 39 meats and cheeses needed for prizes. Tumblers have been ordered. Need details on size from John Thelen to determine the price for them. Donations for camp prizes are needed if anyone has items they would like to donate. A water wagon is needed. Need to talk to Mike Thelen regarding the tanks and trailer he has offered. Todd Schaffer will do camp tokens. Russ Brandt will look into cost for having some DTML flags made. Place notice for Sweetwater Rendezvous in American News and newspapers in Groton and Conde. Bob Carda will make 2 new road signs, bring posts and rope to mark off parking lot, clay pigeon thrower and clays and pick up meat prizes including meat sticks and/or jerky. Jerry Smith will move buffalo board to Sweetwater site. Diane Carda will pick up supplies for camp breakfast, cheese for prizes, and lime for hooters. Sweetwater Rendezvous free meals:
• Free chili feed Friday night 6pm until it's gone. Bring a bowl or mug and a spoon. Feel free to bring a pot of your favorite chili to share.
• Camp Breakfast Saturday morning. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and coffee.
Diane and Joe will do pancakes. Volunteers needed for cooking and serving. Hawk block needs to be put up. Fire wood and spools are needed. Will decide at July shoot if the two new spools at Drifting Goose need to be moved to the Sweetwater site.

Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
Camp Definitions: A camp consists of two pieces of canvas. Two adults and children. Each additional piece of canvas will be charged $5. Each additional adult will pay their own camp fee. Must be present to collect camp drawing prizes. Raffle drawing and shoot prizes do not need to be present to collect prizes.
DTML Stickers: Diane is looking into having stickers of the DTML logo made. They will look just like that patch. They would be roughly 10 inches by 12 inches and would cost $10. If you would be interested, please call or email Tara Vogler. Next Shoot: July 20 at 1pm. Shoot, pot luck and clean up at Drifting Goose site. Shoot at 1:30, pot luck at 5:00. Saturday and Sunday August 16 and 17 - Shoot and cleanup at Sweetwater site. Shoot will be held Sunday afternoon.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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June 2014

Meeting called to order on 5/25/14 by President Joe Carda at Drifting Goose Rendezvous.

Secretary's Report: none.

Treasurer's Report: none.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: Special thanks to the family of Jimmy Diestal for the donation of the auction items. All proceeds go to the club.
Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
New Officers: New officers were introduced.
Water Wagon: The issue of needing either a bigger water tank or a second water tank was brought up. Mike Thelen is going to check into some tanks and a trailer he has that may work for the club.

Other New Business:
Calendar: June 14th to 21st High plains regional Rendezvous 7 miles south of Fargo; July 2nd to 6th Four Moons Rendezvous at Gary; July 7th DTML meeting; Sept. 5th to 7th Sweetwater Rendezvous.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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May 2014

Meeting called to order on 5/5/14 by Vice President Scheri Smith at 7:30pm, 8 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,176.38. Cash box $61.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: John T will pick up the meat/cheese prizes from Frohlings.
Range Updates: Jerry S, Scott V and Russ B were able to build the lean-to for wood. No one else was able to make it, so the following still needs to be done: hooters, target stands, spool cutting, and purchasing clay pigeons; as well as the west side of the shed needs to be cleaned up.

Other Old Business:
none:

New Business:
Next Shoot: June 15 at 1pm. July shoot is July 20, some will be camping with a 1:30pm shoot, then potluck.
4-Moons: Toye is still taking pre-registrations. You can pay at Drifting Goose.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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April 2014

Meeting called to order on 4/7/14 by President Joe Carda at 7:32pm, 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,467.82. Cash box $51.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: There will be 15 shoots, we'll need 45 prizes - half meat and half cheese. Mike T is checking on a door prize. Linda has the tokens done.
Range Updates: Clean-up weekend is first weekend of May - at 9am Saturday. Bring your tools. John T will see about getting the road bladed. We need to fix a hooter, pump the hooters, repair target stands and cut spools. Diane will pick up some white and some brown paint. Someone will need to get clay pigeons.

Other Old Business:
Cabin Fever: Cleared 205.71, grossed 542.00.

New Business:
Next Shoot: April 13 at 1pm.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Range Clean-up, May 3; Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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March 2014

Meeting called to order on 3/1/14 by President Joe Carda at the Cabin Fever Party, 21 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2,386.35. Cash box to be updated after Cabin Fever.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: Joe C. asked what needed to be done prior to Drifting Goose discussion as follows: Need to build 2 new target stands. Need to fix target stands. Need to get spools and fix them up. Hooters need to be pumped and one fixed. Wood at John T. needs to be moved to the range. Work on storage shed. Service lawn mower (Bob C.). Drifting Goose door prize – Mike T. is looking into a Queen size blanket. Linda R. is doing Drifting Goose tokens. Tin tumblers have been ordered by John T. Need to set up shoot schedule of events next meeting, and sign up for shoots. Clean up weekend set for the first weekend in May Sat. & Sun. starting at 9 a.m.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Elections: Election of officers to take office in June of 2014- President – Scheri Smith, Vice President- Crystal Schaffer, Secretary – Tara Vogler, Treasurer – Diane Carda, Board of Directors – Linda Rasmus (replaced Sue Graves).

Other New Business:
Calendar: New Ulm Trade Fair, March 8-9 at Turner Hall in New Ulm, MN; Club Shoot, March 16; Club meeting, April 7; Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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February 2014

Meeting called to order on 2/3/14 by Vice President Scheri Smith at 7:26pm, 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2525.20. Cash box $159.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever: March 1. Pot Luck, bring items for silent auction. Bring your own plates, utensils and drinks. Meat and cheese prizes. Two stools for Door Prizes. Don't forget $1's for raffles. ELECTION OF OFFICERS will be at Cabin Fever. Fire Hall address: 2422 S 5th St, Aberdeen, SD (Brown Co. Rd #10)

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Elections: Will be conducted at Cabin Fever Memorial: Club approved sending lifetime membership to Jo Diestel, Jimmy's wife. Club Financials: The following bills are due: Non-Profit, NRA Membership, and Insurance.
Other New Business:
Calendar: Cabin Fever, Mar 1 @ 6:00pm; New Ulm Trade Fair, March 8-9 at Turner Hall in New Ulm, MN; Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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January 2014

Meeting called to order on 1/6/14 by Treasurer Diane Carda at 7:20pm, 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2525.20. Cash box $159.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: 9 members did attend Christmas party, with shooting for fun.

Old Business:
Range Updates: We need two target stands for new targets and two more spool reloading tables. Building materials are stored at John T's farm. The east hooter will need to be repaired prior to Drifting Goose.
Cabin Fever: Date to be set at next meeting. Sue moved to donate $25 to the Aberdeen Rural Fire Hall for Cabin Fever. Seconded and approved. John G moved to have meet and cheese prizes for dollar draw (10 each). Seconded and approved. John G moved to have a silent auction again this year. Seconded and approved. Please feel free to bring donation items! John T moved to purchase a wooden table for a door prize. Seconded. Discussion ensued. Motion died, with new motion by Bob to purchase two stools. Seconded and approved. Bob will contact Nick H and place an order. ELECTION OF OFFICERS will be at Cabin Fever.
Drifting Goose: Linda R is making the camp tokens. John T is ordering 30 tin tumblers.
Sweetwater: Bob C is making three more road signs.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Dates are February 1-2. Joe will call Roger K and reserve a table, asking for the same location as last year - by the doors. Please come in primitive dress, bring items for public viewing and have a good time.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Other New Business:
Calendar: UNMLA Convention, Jan 17-19 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, NE; Living History Fair, Jan 31-Feb 1 at the Codington Co Expo Building in Watertown; Club Shoot, January 19; Aberdeen Gun Show, February 1-2; Club Meeting, Feb 3; New Ulm Trade Fair, March 8-9 at Turner Hall in New Ulm, MN; Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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December 2013

Meeting called to order on 12/2/13 by President Joe Carda, 12 members and newcomers present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2525.20. Cash box $139.25.

Webmaster's Report: 16713 hits main page, 26993 on links.

Range Officer's Report: No November shoot. 5 members did attend.

Old Business:
Redfield Gun Show: Slow this year, but club will continue to participate.
Range Updates: We need to make two target stands for new targets and need to make two more large spool reloading tables with notches for guns and holes for ram rods. Garbage pots for the center of each spool are being made by Loy. Building materials from the grant money are being stored at John T's.
Cabin Fever: John T will check on the Fire Hall for Cabin Fever. Tentative dates are February 22 or March 1, 2014.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Joe will check on dates for the Aberdeen Gun Show.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Sweetwater Rendezvous, 2014: Byron is checking into an awning for the shooting area at Sweetwater. Linda has made camp tokens and will bring one to the next meeting. The East hooter needs to be repaired. Bob is making three more signs for Sweetwater.
Drifting Goose, 2014: John T is ordering 30 tin tumblers for Drifting Goose, 2014. Only 1 per camp will be sold at registration. Leftover tumblers will be sold after camps are checked in.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Frontier Christmas, Dec 14 at Ft. Sisseton; Christmas Party, Dec 15 at the Range; UNMLA Convention, Jan 17-19 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, NE; Living History Fair, Jan 31-Feb 1 at the Codington Co Expo Building in Watertown; New Ulm Trade Fair, March 8-9 at Turner Hall in New Ulm, MN; Drifting Goose, May 23-26; High Plains (7 miles south of Fargo, June 14-21; Four Moons, July 2-6; and Sweetwater, September 5-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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November 2013

Meeting called to order on 11/4/13 by Vice-President Scheri Smith, 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: none.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: No October shoot - only 2 members present.

Old Business:
Redfield Gun Show: 5 members were present at the table on Saturday.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Christmas Party At the range December 15 if the road is open. 1:00pm shoot with potluck.
Next Event Shoot November 17.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Aberdeen Gun Show February (need people to help at the table); Cabin Fever (TBD); Drifting Goose May 23-26, 2014; Sweetwater September 5-7, 2014.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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October 2013

Meeting called to order on 10/7/13 by President Joe Carda, 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $3852.76, cash box $59.25

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Sweetwater was September shoot.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Sweetwater was a success, Chili was a success. Sweetwater work to be done - need to put more steps at East hooter.
Range updates: Targets have been bought with grant money. We will need to get the building supplies, will do the work in the spring. Hooter need some work. A group will be using the range for a Halloween Party but they will not be able to use the club house.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Lost and found A tin cup was found at Sweetwater.
Next Event Shoot October 20.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Redfield Gun Show November 2-3 (need people to help at the table); Drifting Goose May 23-26, 2014; Sweetwater September 5-7, 2014.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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August 2013

Meeting called to order on 8/5/13 by President Joe Carda, 13 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved with one correction.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $4241.04, cash box $54.25

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Clean up August 24th Aug, starting at 9 AM (bring your own food and water). The water wagon has to be moved, wood needs to be moved to Sweetwater, mowing needs to be done, and steps need to be made to hooter. Anyone who wants to bring chili for Sweetwater for Friday night (Sept. 6th) please do so. There will be a free breakfast on Saturday.
Range updates: The items approved from the grant (Great Plains Outdoorsmen) are starting to be ordered. Jerry mowed the range it is ready for shooting - Thank You Jerry!

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Gear for Sale Lance and Barb Koch are going to have an auction on 31 Aug. there will be lots of camping items. 2920 392nd Ave. N. Aberdeen, S.D. Ishmael Antar of 711 18th Ave N.E. in Aberdeen is selling all his black powder stuff. He can be reached at 229-5274. He has 1- 54 cal., 2- 50 cal, 44 pistol, and shooting supplies.
New Members Welcome the new members Michael & Sharon Elsberry family from Langford.
T-Shirts Club T shirts are being ordered - 8 med, 8 large, 8 2x, and 8 3x in gray or tan.
Next Event September club shoot at Sweetwater. Next meeting September 7 at Sweetwater.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Sweetwater Rendezvous Sept. 6-8, Living History Fall Festival at the Granary 28th Sept.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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July 2013

Meeting called to order on 7/1/13 by President Joe Carda, 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $4241.02, cash box $39.25

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Two shooters, no shoot.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Sweetwater clean up, mowing, etc - Aug. 3rd–4th. Please bring your own lunch and drink. You will also need to bring your own tools for making the steps to the hooter. We will need to get buffalo board and 2x4's before Sweetwater. Door prize for Sweetwater Rendezvous was talked about. Diane will look for something unique at the Western Rendezvous priced between $40 to $60 dollars.
Range updates: We will need to get the things picked up and ordered with grant money.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Schedule Please note that clean up for Sweetwater and Youth Sports Fest are the same date. Will need to talk about that. Feel free to give any input as to when clean up at Sweetwater should be.

Other New Business:
Calendar: 4 Moons Rising Rendezvous July 3-7, Youth Fest (Aberdeen gun Club) 3 Aug., Sweetwater Rendezvous Sept. 6-8, Living History Fall Festival at the Granary 28th Sept.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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June 2013

Meeting called to order on 5/26/13 at Drifting Goose Rendezvous by President Joe Carda, 31 members and guests present. [Note - meeting was abbreviated since conducted at the rendezvous.]

Secretary's Report: none.

Treasurer's Report: none.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: none.

Old Business:
Drifting Goose: Wal-mart, TSC, and Sodak Sport and Bait made donations to the Club.
June Shoot: will be at Sweetwater with clean up (Clean up Saturday with Shoot Sunday).
Range updates: We purchased a lawn mow from Mike Gross last fall. A BIG thank you to the Land owner for the use of their land for both range and Drifting Goose!

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
none

Other New Business:
Calendar: Shoot, July 21st; Meeting August 5th; 4 Moons Rising Rendezvous July 3-7, Youth Fest (Aberdeen gun Club) 3 Aug., Sweetwater Rendezvous Sept. 6-8, Living History Fall Festival at the Granary 28th Sept.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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May 2013

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 5/6/13 by Vice President Scheri Smith, 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $1710.77 cash box $57.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: 7 shooters with 2 shoots for April.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever: 20 paid adults ($1.00 each at the door), $35.00 collected in dues, and $160.00 at the silent auction.
Grants: DTML will receive $2000.00 from The Foundation For Youth Firearms Safety, Inc. this is through the Great Plains Outdoorsmen. A thank you to Joe for doing the grant budget spread sheet. The grant was not approved for any archery targets.
Drifting Goose: The road to Drifting Goose will be bladed before the rendezvous.
Range Clean-Up: May 11th at 9:30am. Bring your own food and drink. We will be hauling fire wood, working on hooters, and general clean up.
Sweetwater: Tin tumblers were ordered (24 total). Labels have been made and will be put on once received.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Meeting changes: The next meeting will be held Drifting Goose. DTML will not be having a July meeting.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Drifting Goose clean up May 11th at 9:30am, Drifting Goose Rendezvous May 24th-27th, Ft. Sisseton June 7th-9th , High Plains Regional Rendezvous June 15th-22nd, 4-Moons Rising Rendezvous July 3rd-7th, Youth Sports Fest (Aberdeen gun club) Aug. 3rd , Sweetwater Rendezvous Sept. 6th-8th.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
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April 2013

Meeting called to order at 7:31pm, 4/1/13 by President Joe Carda, 14 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $1710.77 cash box $57.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot - road is blocked.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever: 20 paid adults ($1.00 each at the door), $35.00 collected in dues, and $160.00 at the silent auction.
wood Splitting: 10 people were there, four+ cords of wood split.
Drifting Goose: we will need to pick up 54 meat and cheese prizes, candy for cannon, and hooter supplies. Dunham Sports and Wal-Mart have been contacted for prizes. The time for women’s games will be set at the next meeting. There will be a memorial service Saturday night at 6:30 pm for George and Frank (May 25th).
Range Clean-Up: Clean up May 11th. 9:30 am., meet at the range. We will move the split wood from John T. to the range. Bring your own food and water. We will need to pump the hooters and do hooter repairs.
Sweetwater: Club approved the purchase of 20, 20oz tin cups.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Grants: A decision was made to filling out an application for a grant. The grant application is from “The Foundation for Youth Firearms Safety, Inc.” through the Great Plains Outdoorsmen. Many items were discussed such as archery targets, rifle targets, wood storage shed, and repairs. Joe will get prices and Diane will submit the grant form.
Range Storage Needs: A lean-to will be built on the small shed at the range for wood storage. The shed will be modified so that the mower can be kept in the shed. No gas can will be kept at the range, so if you mow bring your own gas.
Redfield School: A group of club members will be putting on talks for the 5th and 6th graders at the Redfield School on April 11th. The group will be in primitive dress and have items for show.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Next Shoot April 21, Next meeting May 6, Clean Up at Drifting Goose May 11, Drifting Goose Rendezvous May 24-27, Ft. Sisseton June 7-9, High Plains Regional Rendezvous June 15-22, 4-Moons 2Rising Rendezvous July 3-7, Youth Sports Fest (Aberdeen gun club) Aug. 3, Sweetwater Rendezvous Sept. 6-8.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm.
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March 2013

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 3/2/13 by President Joe Carda, 20 members present.

Secretary's Report: Abbreviated report read and approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2189.84 cash box $96.25. Club insurance expense approved.

Webmaster's Report: 100+ hits main page, traffic as normal. Some problems with club e-mail and spam filter.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot - road is blocked.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
wood Cutting: Went well. We have a gravel truck full of wood. 4 hawk blocks were cut but need to be trued. There will be a wood splitting day on Mar. 23 at John Thelen's place. One spool has been completed and there are more to do.
Drifting Goose: Diane Carda was OK’d to be paid the $260 she paid for the spice tins. No tins will be sold before Drifting Goose, and there will be only one per camp fee, they will be sold for $10.00 each. Diane will make cards for inside the tins.
Sweetwater: Sweetwater CORRECTED DATE - SEPTEMBER 6-8.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Powder Horn News: Has been ordered for another year. Dick the husband passed away but the paper will continue. Jessicha will be writing and article for the Powder Horn News and Mike T. will help her with it.
State Outdoor Expo: We were asked to set up at the state fair ground on June 7th and 8th, there would be no compensation for this. A vote was taken and it was voted down.
Website Pictures: Linda and Shelly will work on updating our picture files and sending them to Mike T.
Elections: Elections were held: President- Joe Carda, Vice President - Sherri Smith, Treasurer- Diane Carda, Secretary - Byron Gross, Board of Directors: Sheldon Smith, John Thelen, Sue Graves, and Jerry Smith.

Other New Business:
Calendar: Next shoot - 17 March, Watertown Gun Show - Mar 16 & 17, New Ulm trade fair& living history event - Mar. 9 & 10, Drifting Goose - May 24 – 27, Fort Sisseton - June 7 – 9, High Plains Regional Rendezvous - June 15 - 22 4-Moons Rising - July 3 - 7, Sweetwater Sept. 6-8.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.
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February 2013

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 2/4/13 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2209.84 cash box $61.25.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Four people made it to the range, no shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Aberdeen Gun Show: Went well. Sunday was a little slower day. Thank you to all members who helped at the show.
Cabin Fever Party: John T was able to contact the Rural Fire Hall and the Cabin Fever date is set for Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00pm. We are looking for Silent Auction items. If you have something, please bring it. There will be the usual $1.00 raffles. It is pot-luck, so please bring a dish to pass and any eating utensils you will need. You will also have to provide your own drink. John G will bring coffee for all. The March meeting will be held at Cabin Fever as well. Joe C will pick up meat and cheese prises. An 8qt dutch oven will be the grand prize. Bob C moved to provide a $25 donation for use of the fire hall. Motion seconded and approved.

Township Address
Aberdeen Rural Fire Hall
2422 South 5th Street
Aberdeen, S.D.
(Brown Co. Rd. #10)

Sweetwater: The hooter on the north side will need to have steps made to get up the hill or it will need to be moved. Several hooters will need 'front steps'. **NOTE** the dates for Sweetwater in 2013 will be the second FULL weekend of September - 13th-15th. NOT the first weekend after Labor Day.
Range Projects: A discussion was held on making a mower shelter at the range. Two ideas were presented (1) make the door bigger on the wood shed (2) adding a lean onto one of the sides of the wood shed.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Drifting Goose: John G provided an idea for camp tokens. Two samples were passed around. All agreed to have John make the tokens. Discussion ensued about placing a porta-potty on teh east end of the range for Drifting Goose. Joe asked for ideas for the 'sell' item for 2013. Two ideas were brought forth: Spice Tin with six spices and Pottery. Diane C moved to select the spice tin. Motion seconded and approved. John G moved to order 30. Motion seconded and approved. Linda R suggested that we save the pottery idea for Sweetwater 2013. The hawk block at the range will need to e replaced before Drifting Goose. We will also need to cut wood for Drifting Goose. A wood cutting day is planned for Saturday, February 16 at 9am at Truck World - 4 miles west of Ferney or 7 miles east of Stratford. Loy Stange has some trees that can be cut and a truck for hauling. Please come with saws, gloves, or just come and help! Loy also has some spools from the electric company that can be made into gun rests. Hope to see you all at Truck World on the 16th!

Other New Business:
Calendar: Wood-cutting day February 16, 9am at Truck World; next shoot, February 17 at 1:30pm; Cabin Fever March 2, with pot-luck and meeting, Aberdeen Rural Fire Hall; Sioux Falls gun show, February 9-10; Watertown Gun Show, March 16-17; 20th Big Island Historical Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN, February 9-10; 32nd New Ulm Trade Fair, March 9-10; Drifting Goose Rendezvous, club range, May 24-27; Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, Lake City, SD, June 7-9; High Plains Regional Rendezvous, Kansas, June 15-22; 4-Moons Rising Rendezvous, Gary, SD, July 3-7.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:23pm.
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January 2013

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 1/7/13 by President Joe Carda, 14 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Byron and accepted with one correction.

Treasurer's Report: Bank $2273.83 cash box $61.25.

Webmaster's Report: Main Page 15348 Links 23889.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Memorials: Donation sent to SD Bow Hunters Association for $50 in Frank's memory.
Christmas Party: Party went well. Everyone feels we should do this again next year.
Aberdeen Gun Show: February 2 & 3. Mark your calendars and come out to the booth!
Cabin Fever Party: 1st weekend in March. Main prize will be a dutch oven in the range of $30 to $40. 12 meat and 12 cheese prizes will be purchased. It will continue to be a potluck. Donations for prizes will be excepted. Check your treasure chests for 'excess'! Thank You! There will be a silent auction. Please bring your own utensils. The monthly meeting will be held at this time as well. Location - Rural fire station on south 5th st.
Range Projects: Jerry S was able to get the range road mowed to cut down on snow build-up.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Memorial Plaque: The plaque is being updated with our recent lost members.

Other New Business:
New Members: Mike T has been going to auctions down in Iowa and has been picking up enamel, silverware and platters, and some cast iron. He is planning on having a blanket out at Drifting Goose. The items will be fairly priced and he will try doing as much as he can for new people on prices.
Calendar: Next Shoot January 20; Cabin Fever first weekend of March; Aberdeen Gun Show February 2-3; New Ulm trade fair March 9-10 and Drifting Goose Rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.
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December 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 12/3/12 by President Joe Carda, 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Byron and accepted with one correction.

Treasurer's Report: $2,273.84 in checking. Cash Box $61.25.

Webmaster's Report: 15000 visits on main page, 23000 on links. Traffic holding.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2013): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2013): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2013): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2013): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2013): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2013): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Redfield Gun Show: Traffic was slow, but worth publicity, should do again next year.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Motion was made and approved to pay for both at the show ($25 table expense). Roger Krumm will be contacted at (h)701-336-7533) or (c)701-851-0129 to get registered..
Cabin Fever Party: Will begin working on dates and availability in January. The address of the chosen location will be included in the January newsletter.
Range Projects: Mower was purchased for $650.00. John T and Byron each added $25 to keep cost at $600.00 for club. Mower has only 64 hours and came with attachments. Building a lean-to was discussed as a place to store the mower. John T and Jerry S will work on mowing the range road to cut down on snow build-up.
Free Port-a-Potties: Pots picked up, a thank-you will be sent to Mike Gross for the pots and the reasonable price on the mower (Mike Gross, 106 Sandstone Ave #4, Brandon, SD 57005).

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
General Club Activity Update: The suggestion of a pot-luck on Saturday night of Drifting Goose was discussed.
Memorials: The club will attend Frank Zahn's funeral in costume. A donation will be made to SD Bow Hunters Association for $50 in Frank's memory. Life memberships will be given to Dee and Alice Bartell as has been done for spouses of other departed club members.

Other New Business:
New Members: We have a new family who is just starting out - they have four children. If anyone has anything to donate to help them get started, please contact any of the club officers.
Calendar: Next meeting January 7 at the Millstone; Next Shoot December 16 with pot-luck to follow; Cabin Fever likely in February; Aberdeen Gun Show (February); New Ulm trade fair March 9-10 and Drifting Goose Rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
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November 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 11/5/12 by Vice President Scheri Smith, 7 members and 2 guests present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Byron and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,858.84 in checking. Cash Box $46.25.

Webmaster's Report: No update.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
PO Box: Move the PO Box to Mansfield was discussed, as the cost in Aberdeen is $90, but only $45 there. Motion made, seconded and approved.
Christmas Party: There will be a Christmas party at the range after the shoot, pot-luck.
4-Moons Cleanup: 4-Moons cleanup was the last weekend in October, several members attended.
Aberdeen Gun Show: We are checking on contact information for the Aberdeen Gun Show (usually the first weekend of February).
Cabin Fever Party: Will begin working on dates and availability in January. The address of the chosen location will be included in the January newsletter.
Range Projects: Motion was made by Byron to spend up to $600.00 for a mower for the club. Motion seconded and approved. The weeds on both the north and south side of the road need to be removed at the range.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Free Port-a-Potties: John, Byron and John will go to Sioux Falls to pick up six free port-a-potties from Mike Gross.
General Club Activity Update: We are working on tokens for Drifting Goose and Sweetwater for 2013. John Graves has powder for sale. John Thelen has a wood splitter the club can use for both sites. Sweetwater will continue on the first weekend after Labor Day for 2013.

Other New Business:
New Members: Welcome Scott and Karen Vogler to the club. They are new to rendezvousing, so if you have anything to ehlpe them out, it would be appreciated!
Calendar: Next meeting December 3rd; Next Shoot DECEMBER - NO SHOOT IN NOVEMBER; Christmas at the Fort; Aberdeen Gun Show (February) and Drifting Goose Rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16pm.
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October 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:26pm, 10/1/12 by President Joe Carda, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane Carda and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,988.14 in checking. Cash Box $26.25. Breakdown of Sweetwater expenses was provided. Club paid for PO box for 1 year ($70)

Webmaster's Report: The main page has 15,010 hits and Links has 23,202 hits.

Range Officer's Report: Sweetwater was the September shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Granary Event The Living History Fall Festival at the Granary Sept. 29th went great. We had 2 eight foot tables filled with a large variety of items. John Graves set up a big sun shade which looked like a trade tent with all the trimmings. People of all ages came, ask questions, looked at all the items and had a good time. The music was good and every one had fun. We talked about going again next year if asked.
Sweetwater: The Rendezvous went well, all agreed. We will all think about an item (cup, spoon, etc...) to sell at Sweetwater Rendezvous next year with the year on it. Joe asked everyone to think about when we could get together and work on the site for next year. We will need to go early and pick up wood and brush from the trees that went down. We will need to check if the hooters need new holes. One or two hooters will need a new step in front by the door. The hooter on the north side will need steps up the hill or will need to be moved. One sign will need to be replaced by Crandall.
Meetings: Changing the meeting structure was discussed. The club is considering changing the summer meetings (May-September) from the Millstone to the range. This would occur the first Sunday afternoon of each month and include a shoot, giving club members two shoots per month (the regular 3rd Sunday shoot would continue. The discussion was tabled until the Cabin Fever party.
PO Box: Changing the PO box location to Mansfield has been tabled until closer to the next renewal date.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Cabin Fever party: Cabin Fever will be at the Rural Fire Hall in Aberdeen if we can get it again this year. The date for Cabin Fever will need to be set after the first of the year. We will call and see what dates are open for the end of Febuary or first of March.
Christmas Party: John Graves ask if we were going to have a Christmas party at the range again this year. YES, the Christmas party at the range will be on December 16th. Shoot at 1:00pm with a pot-luck following in the cabin.
Redfield Gun Show: will be on Sat. November 3rd 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun. 4th 9:00am to 3:00pm in the National Guard Armory. Our club will again have one table and we will ask for the same spot as last year. Please bring items to place on the table and come have a good time. John Thelen will ask Mike if he is going to make posters for Drifting Goose and Sweetwater 2013 so that some may be placed on the table.
Aberdeen Gun Show: The club will need to check into when the Aberdeen Gun Show is going to be held.

Other New Business:
Calendar: No October shoot due to hunting season, next shoot November 18; Next club meeting, November 5 at the Millstone; Redfield Gun Show, November 3-4; Clean up at Four Moons 4th weekend of October; club Christmas party, December 16 after the shoot at the range.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
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September 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:32pm, 9/3/12 by President Joe Carda, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane Carda and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,837.86 in checking. Cash Box $67.25.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: 6 shooters at the Sweetwater range on clean-up weekend.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): The mower Richard Underwood was looking at for the range went to high at the sale, so we do not have one.
Granary Event John G will bring a sun shade. We will have 2 tables with blankets on them to put items that people bring for showing. Come and have some fun and bring items to place on the tables as we do at the gun shows. You will need to bring your own chair for the day. We will start setting up at 8:30 am in area #7. The Living History Fall Festivl is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch stands and water will be available that day. You may park vehicles toward the South end of the parking lot after unloading for the day. Diane will bring a coffee pot for workers and some wood for a fire.
Grant Funds: A Thank You was sent to the Great Plains Outdoorsmen for the grant of $500.00. A report and receipts of how the grant money was used will be sent by December 15, 2012 as requested.
Sweetwater: Tokens (#30) are made and ready for Sweetwater. Jerry Smith will bring 2 small shooting stands and the buffalo board for the shoots. The schedule of events will be posted at the registration tent. John Thelen and Joe Carda will make chilli again on Friday pm at Sweetwater. Joe Carda and Bob Carda will each bring 8 pounds of burger for the chili, John Thelen will bring all the other things to put into the chili. We will be needing 3 more signs for roads to Sweetwater camp. Toye Thelen will be making a cross as a memorial for George Bartell. Byron Gross has donated some prizes for Sweetwater, John Graves will pick them up and bring them to the rendezvous. Alice Bartell has a quilt ready for Sweet Water and will bring it to camp.
Meetings: We talked about having club meetings on Sunday afternoon with a shoot the 1st weekend of each month May-September and the regular monthly shoot on the 3ed Sunday as we do now. This would give the club 2 shoots a month. This will be voted on later after Sweetwater rendezvous.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Elections: Byron Gross resigned as club secretary.

Other New Business:
Expenses to review: Bob Carda made a motion to pay Mike Thelen $350.00 coast of web site for next 5 years, seconded by Richard Underwood. Club P.O. Box will coast $70.00 for 1 year renewal. John Thelen made a motion to pay the $70.00 for renewal of P.O. Box, seconded by Bob Carda all approved.
Calendar: Next meeting October 1st; Next Shoot October 21st; Living History Fall Festival at the Granary Sept. 29th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (set up at 8:30 am); 25th Anniversary Big Island Rendezvous October 6th-7th Albert Lea Mn.; Clean up at Four Moons 4th weekend of October.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
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August 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:35pm, 8/6/12 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane Carda and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,837.86 in checking. Cash Box $53.26, The club purchased two prizes at Four Moons at $45.00 each (for SW or DG - to be determined) and paid a $24.60 bill.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: 4 shooters First shoot:Jerry Smith 1st, Bob Carda 2nd, and Richard Underwood 3rd. Second shoot: Jerry Smith 1st, Richard Underwood 2nd, and Ralph Jescke 3rd. Fun was had by all!! (Did a little Archery and a little Hawk).

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): The mower Richard Underwood was looking at for the range went to high at the sale, so we do not have one.
Granary Event John & Sue Graves talked with Lora Schaunaman regarding the Living History Fall Festival on Sept. 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. They checked out the site (area #7) and it looks good. We will set up a sun shade and put 2 tables under it with wool blankets, as at the gun shows. Club members are to be in primitive dress and please bring items to put on the tables (more is better). People will walk through and ask questions and look at all the items. We may put on demonstrations like fire starting, Etc. Please feel free to help or to put on a demonstration, come have fun. We may have a fire pit, need to bring our own wood. Water will be available, lunch from stands or bring your own. John Graves can play his fiddle and walk around with it.
Grant Funds: A Thank You was sent to the Great Plains Outdoorsmen for the grant of $500.00. A report and receipts of how the grant money was used will be sent by December 15, 2012 as requested.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Elections: Byron Gross resigned as club secretary.

Other New Business:
Meetings: Richard Underwood made a suggestion that we have our meetings at the range May - Sept. with a shoot also, and then keep the monthly shoot as is the 3rd Sunday. This would give the club 2 shoot a month for the summer. What do you all think?? Let us know!
Sweetwater: Scheri Smith and Diane Carda will work on tokens for Sweetwater. Sue Graves has come up with some kid games and we will all work on that. FREE CHILI on Friday pm Sept. 7th at Sweetwater again this year, and Sue Graves will be making potato or cheese soup also for the people who do not like chili. FREE BREAKFAST Saturday Sept. 8th. Sweetwater looks to be lots of fun hope you can all make it. Events will start Friday at noon with a rifle shoot.
Clean up at Sweetwater will be on Aug. 18th starting at 9:00am until done. Bring your water and what you want to eat we will have a fire grate if you want to cook. Smiths and Cardas are talking of staying the night. Sunday we will clean and do the monthly shoot at 1:30 pm.
Calendar: Next meeting September 3rd, Sweetwater clean-up on August 18th and 19th with the August shoot on the 19th at Sweetwater; Benton-Fremont Days Te Tonka Rendezvous August 10th- 12th Lake Benton MN; Sweetwater 31st Annual Rendezvous September 7-9th; Living History Fall Festival at the Granary Sept. 29th 10:00am to 4:00 pm (set up at 8:30 am); 25th Anniversary Big Island Rendezvous October 6th-7th Albert Lea MN.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.
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July 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:34pm, 7/2/12 by President Joe Carda, 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Byron Gross and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,567.61 in checking. Cash Box $18.00.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: No June shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Richard Underwood will price a mower at a sale if it goes for around $500.00 he will get it for the range.
Granary Event The living history event at the Granary is on September 29th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm more information to come. Our club will be helping with this event.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Grant Funds: We received the grant money of $500.00 from the Great Plains Outdoorsmen. John and Sue Graves represented the club in receiving the check. A BIG thank you to all who helped fill out the papers for this.

Other New Business:
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): NRA Youth Sports Fest Camp will be on August 5th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sportsman's Club of Brown County Rigle Range and Aberdeen Gun Club. We will need to have volunteers to help, please plan to be 1/2 hour early to set up. We and short on help for the youth fest and can use all we can get.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): Sweet Water clean up will be with the August 18th at 9:00 am. Please bring water and lunch with you and we will bring a fire grate if you need one. Byron Gross is working on tokens for Sweetwater. Talked about picking up a door flap prize for Sweetwater at Four Moons Rendezvous.
Membership: Welcome new member James Underwood. Calendar: Next club shoot July 15 at the range; Next meeting August 6; August shoot will be held at the Sweetwater site on Sunday August 19th; 4th Annual Love of the Land Rendezuous Pipestone Mn July 20th - 22nd; NRA Youth Sports Fest August 5th; Sweetwater clean up on August 18th and 19th; Benton- Fremont Days Te Tonka Rendezvous August 10th- 12th Lake Benton Mn; Sweetwater 31st Annual Rendezvous September 7-9th; 25th Anniversary Big Island Rendezvous October 6th-7th Albert Lea Mn.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.
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May 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:32pm, 5/7/12 by President Jerry Smith, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Joe Carda and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,095.37 in checking. Cash Box $72.00, $200.00 bill was turned in by Diane Carda for ceramic pitchers for Drifting Goose 2012. Motion made by Byron Gross to pay the bill, seconded by John Graves. All in favor.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: Joe Carda reported no shoot in April due to rain and bad roads. Next shoot will be on May 20th with clean up.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Byron Gross has a box of pulleys to bring to the range for shoots.
Drifting Goose (2012): Joe Carda will pick up 48 pounds of meat and cheese prizes for Drifting Goose. Bob Carda will bring some cut wood to be used at Drifting Goose. Schedule of events for Drifting Goose Rendezvous was set. Bob Carda is working on renting a gravel truck to fix the road to the range, he has the gravel. Motion made by Joe Carda to vote on renting the truck, seconded by John Thelen. All in faver of renting the truck. Will start to haul gravel on Sunday May 13th, at 10:00am and pump the Hooters. The ceramic pitchers for Drifting Goose 2012 are here and on sale for $15.00 each, early sales to club members only. Motion made by Joe Carda to place donated moccasins on a trade blanket priced at $60.00, seconded by Byron Gross. They will be at Drifting Goose.
NSU History Club: Byron Gross contacted the History club at NSU, they will get back to us regarding the living history fair.

Other Old Business:
Granary Event John Graves talked with Laura about the living history event at the Granary September 29th. They would like the club to set up one lodge and do a demonstration. John and Sue Graves will check and see what demonstration we can do. It will be held 10:00am to 5:00pm on the 29th.

New Business:
Elections: Annual election of officers was held, effective after the Drifting Goose Rendezvous. President Joe Carda, Vice President Scheri Smith, Secretary Byron Gross, Treasurer Diane Carda. Three Board Members were voted on and added: Richard Underwood, John Graves, and Jerry Smith. John Thelen and Sue Graves remain on the board for a total of 5 board members.

Other New Business:
New Member: Welcome New Members Karen and Gerald Van Luven.
Next Meeting: Next club shoot May 20th, Next meeting at Drifting Goose Rendezvous Sunday, May 27th, 6:30 p.m. Clean up for Drifting Goose May 20th with the shoot (we will clean till done). Drifting Goose 5th Annual Rendezvous May 25-28th, Fort Sisseton Historical Festival June 1-3, High Plains Regional Rendezvous in Perm MN June 16-23, South Fork Renegades 19th Annual Rendezvous June 8-10 Huchinson MN, 4-Moons Rendezvous July 4-8, Sweetwater 31st Annual Rendezvous September 7-9.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.
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April 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 4/2/12 by President Jerry Smith, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane Carda and accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,168.37 in the bank ($18.00 not cleared yet for Powder Horn News). Cash Box: $62.00 ($7 Made at last monthly shoot). Diane Carda was payed for a role of stamps $45.00 and Nonprofit report filed for $10.00.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: 7 shooters at the range for the March shoot. Rifle shoot John Graves 1st, Tyler Carda 2nd, and Joe Carda 3rd. Archery Joe Carda 1st, John Graves 2nd.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Byron Gross has a box of pulleys to bring to the range for shoots. Diane Carda is working on filling out grant papers to fix up the road to the range. Joe Carda is making breakfast shoot weekend for the campers. We will try to get hooters pumped soon.
Drifting Goose (2012): John Graves has the camp tokens for Drifting Goose 2012 done. Ceramic pitchers are not in yet, should be here in a week or so. Ed Hofer donated some moccasins and a buckle for Drifting Goose. He would like to see a raffle or auction with these items. We will talk about the moccasins and buckle at the next meeting. The schedule of events will be printed and ready to sign up for times to run shoots ect. It will be at the next shoot on April 15th and the next meeting May 7th. Again if you have prize items for Drfting Goose bring them to the next shoot, meeting or the rendezvous.
NSU History Club: Byron Gross reports no news from the NSU History Club as of yet.

Other Old Business:
Powder Horn News The Powder Horn News was reordered.

New Business:
Granary Event: Jerry Smith recieved a phone call from Laura Shawnimin, she is through the museum in Aberdeen. She was calling in regards to the Granary east of Aberdeen, John Graves will look into this and report back on what it is they would like the club to do.

Other New Business:
Club Calendar: Next club shoot April 15th. Next meeting May 7th at the Millstone in Aberdeen 7:30pm. Clean up for Drifting Goose May 20th with the shoot (We will clean till done). 4-Moons clean up May 5 & 6th. Drifting Goose 5th Annual Rendezvous May 25-28th. Fort Sisseton Historical Festival June 1-3rd. High Plains Regional Rendezvous in Perham MN June 16-23rd. South Fork Renegades 19th Annual Rendezvous June 8-10th Huchinson MN. 4-Moons Rendezvous July 4-8th. Sweetwater 31st Annual Rendezvous September 7-9th.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.
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March 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 3/5/12 by President Jerry Smith, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Last month minutes were read by Diane Carda and accepted as corrected( Drifting Goose clean up is May 20th 2012 & Sweet Water Rendezvous is Sept. 7-9 2012).

Treasurer's Report: $2,346.00 in the bank,$308.00 in the cash box.Cabin Fever took in $205.50 and the Expenses were $107.55. $11.00 income Febuary shoot.

Webmaster's Report: 14,600 hits on the main page and 20,300 plus hits on the links page.

Range Officer's Report: Joe Carda reported 10 shooters at the range for the Febuary shoot. Jerry Smith took first place, Frank Zahn second place in rifle shoot. Joe Carda took first place in hawk throw. Next shoot March 18th, bring your bow for archery.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Bob Carda is still looking into large spools.He found 4 foot spools, but will continue to look for 3 foot ones for the range. Joe Carda is also still working on getting some 3 foot high spools. Byron Gross and John Graves are checking into getting a grant to fix the road to the range. Joe Carda ask about burning the junk pile at the S.W. corner of the range if we have snow yet, and hooters will be pumped end of April.
Drifting Goose (2012): Diane Carda ordered 20 ceramic pitchers to be sold at Drifting Goose rendezvous in May. It will take 6 to 8 weeks to recieve them and they will say Drifting Goose 2012. Joe Carda made a motion to set the price of the 32 ounce ceramic pitchers at $15.00 each, seconded by John Thelen(early sales club members only). John Graves and Byron Gross and working on the camp tokens for our the 2012 rendezvous. Bring ideas for games etc. for Drifting Goose to the next meeting, and also if you have prizes bring them to the range shoots or you may bring to the rendezvous.
NSU History Club: Byron Gross contacted the History club at NSU, they will get back to us regarding the living history fair.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Financial expenses: Motion made to reorder the Powder Horn News again this year by John Graves, seconded by Richard Underwod. Motion made to pay NRA Insurance police renewal $460.53 due 4/12 by John Thelen, seconded by Richard Underwood.
Monthly Shoot: Next club shoot March 18th, bring a bow.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Clean up for Drifting Goose May 20th with the shoot (We will clean till done.) 4-Moons clean up May 5 & 6th Drifting Goose 5th Annual Rendezvous May 25-28th, Fort Sisseton Historical Festival June 1-3rd, High Plains Regional Rendezvous in Perm MN June 16-23ed, South Fork Renegades 19th Annual Rendezvous June 8-10th Huchinson MN, 4-Moons Rendezvous July 4-8th, Sweet Water 31st Annual Rendezvous September 7-9th.

Other New Business:
New Member: Welcome New Member Chancey Marshall.
Next Meeting: Next meeting April 2nd at the Millstone in Aberdeen 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
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February 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:26pm, 2/11/12 by President Jerry Smith, 13 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,346.90, cash box $80.50 ($10.00 dues collected at the gun show). Expenses: Frohlings meat and cheese prizes for cabin fever $82.55 and a $25.00 donation was given to the Aberdeen Rural Fire Dept. for use of the hall.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Joe Carda reported that everyone had a good time at the shoot in January. Next shoot will be on February 19th, please come in from the East and bring a hawk.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Bob and Joe Carda are checking into large spools (loading tables) for Sweet Water and Drifting Goose. We will need three to four for each range. Richard Underwood is proving us with a copy of black powder gun safety rules for the clubhouse.
Drifting Goose (2012): John Thelen talked with Mike Thelen regarding the ceramic pitchers to be sold at Drifting Goose Rendevous. They have a 16 oz for $6.99 or a 1qt.(32 oz) for $9.37. The shipping coast is roughly $38.44 for 30 of them. Joe Carda made the motion, seconded by Richard Underwood to order 20 of the quart size. All were in favor. Concerning Camp Tokens: some ideas were a tomahawk or leather with beads. John Graves and Byron Gross will each make a camp token, if both are approved we will use one for Drifting Goose and one for SweetWater rendezvous.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
NSU History Club: Byron Gross is going to call the Northern History Club at NSU and see if there is a possibility of doing a living history fair with them.
Monthly Shoot: Next club shoot is February 19th.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: New Ulm MN trade fair March 10th & 11th 2012, Clean up for 4-Moons is May 5th &6th, SweetWater clean up May 20th with shoot will clean in am till done, SweetWater Rendezvous May 7th-9th, 4-Moons Rendezvous July 4th-8th, South Fork Renegades 19th Annual Rendezvous June 8th-10th @ Hutchinson,MN, High Plains Regional Rendezvous Perm, MN June 16th-23rd.

Other New Business:
4-Moons help request: Diane Carda received an e-mail from Mike Thelen that 4-moons is going to be July 4-8. They need more dog soldiers this year due to the number of camps. If you are interested please contact Gene Klug or Mike Thelen.
Next Meeting: Next monthly meeting will be held March 5th at the Millstone in Aberdeen at 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.
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January 2012

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 12/2/12 by President Jerry Smith, 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved with the following corrections: Richard UNDERWOOD is workingon new shoot ideas and New Ulm trade fair is in March 2012.

Treasurer's Report: $2,454.45, cash box $70.50. $25.00 paid to DTGCA for 1 table at the Aberdeen Gun Show, $10.00 collected from new member Sheldon Smith.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Shoot had 9 shooters with 20 people attending the Christmas party. Next shoot is January 15th.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Bob Carda is checking on spools for the range to replace old shoot tables.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): The Redfield gun show went well this year, the table was in a good spot for people to see.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): Date confirmed for Saturday, February 11th at 5:30pm, Rural Fire Hall south of Aberdeen. Meat & cheese prizes will be purchased from Frohlings. If you have silent auction items, please bring them. Potluck supper, so bring a dish to pass, plates, silverware, cups. Bob Carda moved to pay $25.00 to the Rural Fire Department for the use of the hall. Motion seconded and approved.
Monthly Shoot: Byron Gross has an axe for one of the shoots Richard is working on. A map to the range was made from Aberdeen and from Mellette. It will be placed on the back of Drifting Goose flyers as well. Richard will draw up his ideas on some new shoots to bring to the next meeting.

Other Old Business:
Flyers Mike Thelen will print some flyers to take to Kearney and send the electronic files to Diane Carda to print and distribute locally.

New Business:
Pottery option: John Thelen to follow up with Mike Thelen on prices for pottery idea for Drifting Goose.
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot January 15.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Aberdeen Gun Show, February 4 (9am-5pm) & 5 (9am-3pm); Cabin Fever and Meeting, February 11 (5:30pm); trade fair at Kearney, NE is January 13-15, 2012; and the trade fair at New Elm, MN is March 10 and 11, 2012.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: John Thelen contacted South Dakota magazine. They will print information on both Drifting Goose and Sweetwater rendezvous for 2012.
Next Meeting: February 11 at Cabin Fever, Aberdeen Rural Fire Hall, 5:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:17pm.
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December 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:26pm, 12/5/11 by President Jerry Smith, 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,479.45, cash box $60.50.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Shoot had 3 shooters and 3 non-shooters.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Clubhouse tinning is done. Southwest chimney hole and stove pipe were redone.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): The Redfield gun show went well this year, the table was in a good spot for people to see.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): The date for Cabin Fever was not set, it will be in February 2012 Sue Graves is working on the date.

Other Old Business:
Business Cards Business cards for the club were completed and some were given out to members at the meeting.

New Business:
Christmas Party: December 11th is the monthly shoot with a potluck Christmas party to follow at 5:00pm at the clubhouse.
Monthly Shoot: An E-mail from Mike Thelen was read regarding ideas for 2012 range shoots. There was a lot of talk about different shoot ideas. Richard Understock is working on a few of the ideas to see what will work and what is needed.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Fort Sisseton Christmas(Christmas at the Fort) is December 10; trade fair at Kearney, NE is January 13-15, 2012; and the trade fair at New Elm, MN is March 10 and 11, 2011.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Next Meeting: January 2, at the Millstone, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.
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November 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:32pm, 11/7/11 by President Jerry Smith, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2,499.45, cash box $30.50.

Webmaster's Report: 12,800 plus for web and 18,000 plus for links.

Range Officer's Report: 2 people showed up to last month's shoot. Tinning the clubhouse roof was put on hold due to weather.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Range Projects (2011): Menards cost $564.26 for tin with a rebate of $53.77. John Thelen moved to give Bob Carda the rebate check for the purchase of a rain cap for the stove pipe $39.99, motion was seconded and approved. Weather permitting we are planning on tinning the clubhouse roof on Sunday November 13, early afternoon. Call Bob Carda at 887-3770 if you have any questions regarding this.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): After being asked for business cards at the show, Diane Carda will make some for the club to hand out.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): Looking at February 2012, Sue Graves is checking into what weekend is open at the rural fire hall in Aberdeen.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Christmas Party: We are planning a Christmas party this year on December 11 with the monthly shoot. The shoot starts at 1:30 pm with a potluck to follow at 5:00 pm in the clubhouse (weather permitting). If we are unable to get to the clubhouse we are looking at the Millstone Family Restaurant at 5pm. Come shoot or visit, have some fun, primitive dress not required!
Monthly Shoot: We are trying to come up with new and inventive ideas for the club shoots, if you have any ideas please let us know. Next shoot is December 11 (weather/road permitting) with potluck.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Fort Sisseton Christmas(Christmas at the Fort) is December 10; trade fair at Kearney, NE is January 13-15, 2012; and the trade fair at New Elm, MN is March 10 and 11, 2012.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Next Meeting: December 5 at the Millstone, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
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October 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:25pm, 10/3/11 by President Jerry Smith, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $3063.71 in bank, $30.50 in cash box.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: Sweetwater Rendezvous.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Chinese Auction $132.00, Camp fees $180.00, Shoot fees $10.00, Tin Cups $435.00, Membership/Dues $20.00, Cup Holders $30.00, European Mounts and Coins $60.00, Club Patches $3.00, Shooting Box $152.00, and Pipe Hawk $100.00. A good rendezvous!
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): We will be tinning the clubhouse Sunda, October 9 starting between 9:00 and 9:30am. If you have tin snips or a drill, please bring them. Joe C will bring the tin, 6" stove pipe, 2 elbows, and a damper.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): We will be attending the Redfield Gun Show. Joe C moved to secure a table. Motion seconded and approved. The date is November 5 & 6 at the National Guard Armory, 9am-5pm and 9am-3pm.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): We are starting to plan. Please bring ideas to the next meeting.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: October 16th.
Welcome New Members!: Mike Herrig and Russell Brandt.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Clubhouse tinning - October 9, Redfield Gun Show - November 5-6.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Next Meeting: November 7 at the Millstone, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.
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September 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:35pm, 9/6/11 by President Jerry Smith, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $1772.58 in bank, $30.75 in cash box. $70 PO Box renewal.

Webmaster's Report: none.

Range Officer's Report: No August shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2012): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): John T moved to set the price on the tin cups at $15.00 each. Seconded and approved. John will donate the stencil ont he cups for Sweetwater. Byron Gross donated a pipe hawk to be raffled. Alice Bartell donated a quilt for the Chinese Auction. Thane Wells donated a powder horn with scrimshaw done by Karlys Wells. John T will get candy for the kids candy cannon. The site is mowed and Joe C has buffalo board and meat prizes. John T e-mailed the local papers with information on SW. You must be present for camp prizes and will be in the camp draw if you pay for two days of shoot fees in leau of camp fees. Meat prizes totaled $184.00 from Frohlings.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): no update.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: No September shoot - Sweetwater Rendezvous.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Sweetwater - Sept 9-11.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Next Meeting: October 3 at the Millstone, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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August 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm, 8/1/11 by President Jerry Smith, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2501.23 in bank, $20.75 in cash box.

Webmaster's Report: Main page has 13080 hits and Links has 19482.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot last month, busy mowing Sweetwater site. Club range needs to be mowed.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): August 6, 8am-4pm at the BCSC.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): paid $350.00 to the club. Expenses for materials were $94.30. Participation was lower than the past, but all had a good time.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): John T and Bob C are working on spraying for weeds. John T will be placing adds in teh Redfield and Aberdeen papers. Camp tokens are almost complete. Getting one load of firewood. John G has 8 gallons of beer for Saturday night. The free chili feed for Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning were finalized. John T contacted a tinsmith for 40 tin cups at $486.00. Byron G moved to purchase the cups. Motion seconded and approved. The price per cup will be determined at the next meeting. Byron G is checking on a tomahawk with a pipe to be raffled.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): Mike is checking on a mower for range mowing. He has found two 318 mowers and is checking to see if we can get a trade in or lower the price as a donation.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: August 21 at the range.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Sweetwater - Sept 9-11.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Range Projects: Richard U has a rope for the flag. Jerry S is going to check into spraying mosquitoes. John T has a tractor lined up for mowing as the grass got away from us with the rain.
Next Meeting: Due to the Labor Day holiday and Sweetwater, we will have a meeting on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th at the Millstone, 7:30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.
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July 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:40pm, 7/11/11 by President Jerry Smith, 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: No minutes were read.

Treasurer's Report: $2287.03 in bank.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in June This month's shoot will be at Sweetwater, along with site cleanup (July 16). Road to the range is pretty bad right now.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): John T got a hold of the local store. They carry all that we need. It was agreed that supplies should be bought locally for the event, to help support the community. List is roughly: 20 loaves of bread, 1 bag flour, 1 bag sugar, vegetable oil and 5 bags candy. Members are asked to bring any supplies they have for events (bows, arrows, hawks, guns, etc). It was also decided that the club should bring several awnings for shade at the stations. Dutch ovens and pans are also needed. Plan for the heat.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): We went through the prizes/donations that we have gotten so far and there are lots of great prizes that have been collected, mostly by Mike. Bob and Diane bought a blanket at the High Plains in Nebraska, after there was a small impromptu meeting held to decide to purchase the blanket for the club, to be paid for by the club. Just needed it to be brought up at the club meeting in front to members and bring it to a official vote. Jess made a motion that the club should pay for the blanket and Sue seconded it. A vote was taken and all members were in favor. The blanket is good for being made into a capote (making of capote donated by Blackie). Some of the other prizes include: bows, copper mugs, a shirt, skewers, cast iron set, awning, and many more items were mentioned. The site clean up will be the 16th of July, starting early in the morning while still cool. Lots of mowing needs to be done. Joe will pick up new buffalo board for the shooting there at Sweetwater. Diane will bring the hooter supplies. The water wagon needs to be brought to Joe’s. It can be filled there before going up the hill. There will be a chilly feed put on Friday night for event participants. This is not a potluck, if one wishes to bring a side you are welcome to. There will be a Saturday night social again this year, bring snacks to pass if you want. John G has offered to get a keg of beer for this great occasion (the 30th anniversary of Sweetwater). The club will be putting on a breakfast again this year it will consist of eggs, pancakes, and sausage. This is a free breakfast for all who attend. Diane will pick up 3 flats of eggs, pancake mix, syrup, etc. Joe will talk to Frolings about the 15lbs of breakfast sausage, 39 shoot prizes, and 6 women’s game prizes. The shoot schedule is set. Jess and John G are in charge of camp tokens this year. It was asked if BBQ could be gotten for prizes of some sort.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): The tinning for the club house was talked about and decided to do when cooler, probably in September.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - July 16 at Sweetwater.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: no update.
Mug Holders: The mug holders didn't get here in time for DG, but will be here next week. How much should they cost? Club cost was $6.81 each. They sell online for $10-$15. Club voted to sell them for $10.00 each. Is it possible to brand them? DG? DTML? Can someone make a small brand that we could use? Could it be made to use for other things? Mike will check with Leon Kaiser to see if he can make us something for this.
Potential/New Campers: There are several club members with spare lodges if you have new or potential members who would like to try this hobby.

Other Business:
Mower Mike's working on a possible deal for a replacement mower, due to the problems with the 316.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:21pm.
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June 2011

Meeting called to order at Drifting Goose Rendezvous, 5/29/11 by President Joe Carda, 16 members present.

Secretary's Report: No minutes were read.

Treasurer's Report: $2340.91 in bank. $413.00 income from Drifting Goose through $290.00 camp/shoot fees, $45.00 dues/new members and $78.00 in knife raffle; with expenses of $121.83 for prizes, $136.05 for camp items (mug holders), and $44.00 in postage.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: no update (no shoot in May due to weather/road conditions).

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): July 30th. Will do demonstrations, lunch, fry bread and candy cannon (possibly up to 4 times). Fees agreed upon. Need volunteers to help with demonstrations and set up camps for the weekend.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Need additional signage to make it as easy as possible to find the site. Joe will work with Mike. Mike also has a couple door prizes in the works for SW.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): What can we do to improve PR for the club and the rendezvous? Newspaper options: Redfield Press, Watertown Public Opinion, Webster Reporter & Farmer, Conde, Groton, Aberdeen American News. Push SW 30th Anniversary. That's a big seller to most of these papers. What about using Farmer's Market on the radio? Many people listen to that. Is there an opportunity to get grants to help rebuild the road? That would make the range more accessible. Mike noted that a previous quote was for $55,000 to do a full rebuild. Is there anyone who is good at grant writing? The BCSC has some experience with grants from the NRA. Can we partner with someone there? Can someone contact Rieck Eske to start that conversation?
Range Projects (2011): hooters did get pumped. No other updates.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): 19 adults, 9 kids. 14 camps with 1 shoot fee. Despite forecasts, weather didn't turn out too bad.
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: Mike noted that the bridge now has signs "Chief Drifting Goose Memorial Bridge".

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - June 19, but many may be absent due to HPRR.
Introduction of new officers: Jerry S, President; Bob C, VPresident; Diane C, Treasurer; Jess M Secretary.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Ft. Sisseton is next weekend. There was some discussion about safety at the Hawk Block. HPRR is June 19-26. 4-Moons (15th Annual) is June 30-July 4. Can we get events listed in a newsletter? It would be nice for a list for possible involvement.

Other New Business:
Summer event opportunities: Many 125th celebrations, but few fall during a weekend that works for us. What about getting a booth at the Brown County Fair? Supposedly, non-profits can get one in the hallway. It would be a good place to circulate flyers for SW and club info.
There is also the Cresbard all-school reunion. It is in August this year.
Mug Holders: The mug holders didn't get here in time for DG, but will be here next week. How much should they cost? Club cost was $6.81 each. They sell online for $10-$15. Club voted to sell them for $10.00 each. Is it possible to brand them? DG? DTML? Can someone make a small brand that we could use? Could it be made to use for other things? Mike will check with Leon Kaiser to see if he can make us something for this.
Potential/New Campers: There are several club members with spare lodges if you have new or potential members who would like to try this hobby.
Club Shoot/Event Rules: The club discussed and voted on the following rules that affect events: A motion to set the "Rule of 70" - members 70 or older will be allowed to shoot from a rest at club shoots was passed. A motion to allow disabled to shoot from a sitting position at shoots failed. A motion to allow disabled (temporary or permanent) to shoot from a sitting position at shoots, per Range Officer's discretion was passed. A motion to move meetings on Holiday Mondays to the following Monday was passed.
PO Box: Please get keys to Diane from the old PO Box. She will trade them in for keys to the new box.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:39pm.
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May 2011

To be posted.

April 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:50pm, 4/4/11 by President Joe Carda, 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2275.30 in bank. $23.25 Cash-on-hand. Spent $434.90 for insurance through the NRA.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: April shoot might be possible.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Don't forget it is the 30th anniversary. What should the camp item be? Quart jug, Tin/Copper cup, Canteen, Leather Canteen? Any ideas?
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): Things that need to be done: Shingle the roof (north side is really bad), pump hooters, general clean-up, paint ceiling in clubhouse white. Joe will check with Menards for tin roofing.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): We need donations. Byron may have a nice knife for door flap prize. EVERYONE - We need people to sign up for shoots, first-come, first-served.
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: Jess will contact David Swain of Aberdeen - potential contact for bridge naming ceremony.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - April 17. Call John T first at 605.887.3211 to check road conditions. Road may be too muddy.
Future Publicity opportunities: Mike T. is going to be on the radio for the DTML, this time for Drifting Goose Rendezvous, with the same broadcasting group.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13 at Turner Hall, admission is $3.00; Drifting Goose, Memorial Day weekend; Sweetwater's 30th, September 9-11; Fort Sisseton, June 3-5; High Plains, June 18-26, Cairo NE-- on the edge of NE, sand hills in the Loup River Valley; Four Moons, June 30-July 4.

Other New Business:
Hecla 125th: Hecla's 125th is June 24-26. We need to know what would be expected of us if we go. John will contact Owen Elson at 994-2269 to work on details.
Powder Horn News: Club voted to continue receiving the PHN. Diane will renew subscription.
PO Box: Diane will call and get informaion on the new PO Box, with the downtown Post Office closing.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.
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March 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:35pm, 3/7/11 by President Joe Carda, 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2710.20 in bank. $23.25 Cash-on-hand. Cabin Fever update includes financial breakdown of cabin fever. Spent $25.00 for gun show table.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: No March shoot - road is impassable.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): June 11-12, 2011 at State Fair Grounds.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Don't forget it is the 30th anniversary.
Redfield Gun Show (2011, John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2012): no update.
Club Flags (Shelly): Three are made and two are set up to be made by Drifting Goose. Let Joe know if they are needed sooner.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): Things that need to be done: Shingle the roof (north side is really bad), pump hooters, general clean-up, paint ceiling in clubhouse white.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): We need donations. Byron may have a nice knife for door flap prize. EVERYONE - We need people to sign up for shoots, first-come, first-served.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): Auction raised $129.00, Raffles = $121.00, Dues = $120.00. Spent $75.00 for meat prizes from Frohlings.
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: no update.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - March 20. Call John T first at 605.887.3211 to check road conditions.
Future Publicity opportunities: Mike T. is going to be on the radio for the DTML, this time for Drifting Goose Rendezvous, with the same broadcasting group.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13 at Turner Hall, admission is $3.00; Drifting Goose, Memorial Day weekend; Sweetwater's 30th, September 9-11; Fort Sisseton, June 3-5; High Plains, June 18-26, Cairo NE-- on the edge of NE, sand hills in the Loup River Valley; Four Moons, June 30-July 4.

Other New Business:
None

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm.
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February 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:00pm, 2/5/11 by President Joe Carda, 23 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2427.90 in bank. $4.00 Cash-on-hand. Several paid dues from Gun Show.

Webmaster's Report: no update.

Range Officer's Report: No February shoot - road is impassable.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): We need donations.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Don't forget it is the 30th anniversary.
Club Flags (Shelly): Three are made and two are set up to be made by Drifting Goose. Let Joe know if they are needed sooner.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): There was interest shown. Thank you to everyone who worked the weekend.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): Thank you Sue for getting the keys. There were 23 in attendance. For future reference - we need to get keys from Dick and Darlys Jensen.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): Papers are filled out and sent in.
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: Who will continue to work on this? John? Mardell?.
Constitutional Changes (Mike): Three pages of amendments (15) to go over were all read and briefly discussed. Lance moved to approve all amendments as read. Motion seconded and approved unanimously. New constitution with amendments will be posted on the website.
Club Officer Vacancies: All Officers (1-year terms) and one Director (2-year term) position are open. Byron Gross and Sue Graves have 2 years remaining as Directors due to their recent appointments to fill vacancies (all Director positions are filled in the same election year).
Byron Gross nominated Jerry Smith for President. Nomination seconded. Lance moved nominations cease. Motion seconded. Jerry voted new President by unanimous consent.
Joe Carda nominated Bob Carda for Vice President. Nomination seconded. Lance moved nominations cease. Motion seconded. Bob voted new Vice President by unanimous consent.
Byron Gross nominated Jessicha Mzala for Secretary. Nomination seconded. Lance moved nominations cease. Motion seconded. Jessicha voted new Secretary by unanimous consent.
Byron Gross nominated Diane Carda for Treasurer. Nomination seconded. Lance moved nominations cease. Motion seconded. Diane voted new Treasurer by unanimous consent.
Joe Carda nominated John Thelen for Director. Nomination seconded. Lance moved nominations cease. Motion seconded. John voted new Director by unanimous consent.
Joe Carda becomes Director-at-Large/Safety Officer as past President, term dependent on yearly Presidential election.

Other Old Business:
none

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - February is cancelled. Next possible is March 20. Call John T first at 605.887.3211 to check road conditions.
Future Publicity opportunities: Mike T. is going to be on the radio for the DTML. "The Local Record" program, hosted by Jenny Goodell of the Family Radio Network, had the privilege to interview our own Mike Thelen about The Dacotah Territory Muzzleloaders; Preserving the History of the Pre-1840s Today. It is about preserving the history of the Pre-1840’s. It will air on Aberdeen radio station KKAA, 1560 AM on February 26th. The times are: 1:14am, 7:44am, 1:14pm, and 6:14pm. He said the interview went well and there is a possible 2nd interview in April which would lead up to the drifting goose rendezvous.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: New Ulm Trade Fair, March 12-13; Drifting Goose, Memorial Day weekend; Sweetwater's 30th, September 9-11; Fort Sisseton, June 3-5; High Plains, June 18-26; Four Moons, June 30-July 4.

Other New Business:
None
Other Business:
Frontier Army - contact Mardell for more info. 1860s-1880s information on Forts on the Northern Plains Frontier, clothing, speaker coming in pre-conference to speak on 1830s-1840s clothing.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm.
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January 2011

Meeting called to order at 7:55pm, 1/3/11 by President Joe Carda, 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2427.90. No changes.

Webmaster's Report: Changes made per last months request. Some updates made as well. Traffic remains average.

Range Officer's Report: No update listed.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects (2011): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): We need donations!
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Don't forget - 30th anniversary this year.

Old Business:
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): Joe will call about a table. Date is possibly 2.11.11? [webmaster update - date later determined as Feb 5/6, 2011] Cost should be around $20.00. We need people to sit at the table in period dress.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): February 5th. Sue will pick up the key, and bring two coffee cans for raffle. She would like help opening and setting up. This is a potluck - bring a dish as well as your own plates, silverware, drinks and cups. Monthly meeting will be held that evening, with the constitutional changes voted on, as well as club officer elections. Joe will pick up the meat prizes, Jess - BBQ prizes, Diane - tickets and cashbox.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): We need to fill out the revenue and regulation paperwork and send it in.
Constitutional Items (Mike): no update.
Club Officer Vacancies: no update.
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: no update.

Other Old Business:
Frontier Army Please contact Mardelle if you are interested in attending the conference in February. She will be able to tell you more about it and tell you were you can find the pre-registration forms. The conference is having different speakers come and talk about various subjects such as clothing 1830, 1840. Forts on the North, and a key speaker which will tell you how to make your person that you portray come alive.


New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - January 16 at the range. Call before your go to January shoot at the range, there is a lot of snow and we don’t know if you can make it there. Call John T. @ 887-3211.
Future Publicity opportunities: Mike T. is going to be on the radio for the DTML. "The Local Record" program, hosted by Jenny Goodell of the Family Radio Network, had the privilege to interview our own Mike Thelen about The Dacotah Territory Muzzleloaders; Preserving the History of the Pre-1840s Today. It is about preserving the history of the Pre-1840’s. It will air on Aberdeen & Redfield radio stations KKAA, 1560 AM and KQKD, 1380 AM on February 26th & January 15th, respectively. The times are: 1:14am, 7:44am, 1:14pm, and 6:14pm. He said the interview went well and there is a possible 2nd interview in April which would lead up to the drifting goose rendezvous.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: ND Muzzleloaders Trade Fair, Fargo - due to scheduling conflicts, it is the same weekend as Kearney, NE trade fair [this year only]: January 15-16 at the Agriculture building in the West Fargo fairgrounds.
High Plains registration form on their website is not working for some people. Contact Mike T if you are having problems and want a flyer.
Known Event Dates:
None
Other New Business:
None
Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm.
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December 2010

Meeting called to order at 7:55pm, 12/6/10 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report: $2437.90 after paying John $28.55 for expenses. Checks have been ordered with the new club address. We will continue to use the old checks.

Webmaster's Report: We are going to contact Mike about taking the calendar off the website because it is not up to date and it is hard to change.

Range Officer's Report: No update.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update - Joe will call.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): Joe will call about a table. Date is possibly 2.11.11? Cost should be around $20.00. Roger Krumm - 701.851.0129 or 701.336.7533.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): February 5th should be fine, but their calendar is not out yet. Sue will call after the new year, pick up the key, and bring two coffee cans for raffle. We need door/raffle prizes (meat/cheese/jelly for raffle) - spend around $45.00. Diane has ticket stubs for raffle, $1.00 per ticket. John T. will talk to Mike about his donation contact list and the Powderhorn News. Diane will bring jelly, Jessicha will bring BBQ sauce for drawings. Sue needs some volunteers to help set up. Monthly meeting will be held that evening, with the constitutional changes voted on, as well as club officer elections. Reminder - this is a potluck.
Range Projects (2011): Hooters need to be pumped, need to paint clubhouse ceiling white.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): Drifting Goose is not on the website calendar, but it is on the flier. Byron has 37 tokens. We are asking all club members who show up to camp to have at least 1 shoot planned (gun, archery, women’s games) Byron will be doing the children’s games. Donations are needed for Sweetwater and Drifting Goose
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): We are thinking of doing the SD Outdoor Expo in Huron, if Ellendale does not to the Do and Discover next summer. We have no information on these now.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): We need to have it more organized next summer. John T. will call to get information about the date and things we will need to have.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): Information is on the website, it is the 2nd weekend of September - 9th-11th, 2011.

Old Business:
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): There was a lot of interest in it and Byron made a motion to do the show again next year. Motion seconded and approved. We made the front page of the paper for it and Diane will bring it in for the club.
Constitutional Items (Mike): Joe has copies of the constitution if anyone needs one.
Club Officer Vacancies: Elections will be held at Cabin Fever. Reminder - officers will normally take office in June, but the Secretary and Treasurer will take office immediately due to Officer vacancies.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - December 18 at the range. Will be the last aggregate shoot. Would anyone like to volunteer to do one in 2011? You can take over in January - you get to make the rules if you run it.
Future Publicity opportunities: Hecla 125th June 25-26, 2011 - middle of High Plains.
Ferney - July 4th weekend
Brown County Fair - 3rd week of August. There are some concerns of were we would be placed if we were to go, the north side of the fence, by the water tower, or Centennial Village were mentioned. Bob knows some of the Board and will talk to them about more information. We will need to have more than 1 lodge there if we go. Guns cannot be fired.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Fort Sisseton Christmas - December 11, 2010
If anyone picks up fliers or dates for possible publicity or camping please bring them to the meetings or shoots.
Mardell is a member of Frontier Army of the Dakota’s. They have invited us to their Mid-Winter Conference held in the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. They are going to have some wonderful speakers coming. It will be Feb. 18 and 19. You will need to pre-register for Fridays workshop at www.thesewingacademy.com and for Saturday's workshop you will need to fill out an application and mail it in. There is a clothing workshop that will need to have a pre-registration for materials. Friday's workshop is called Fit 1, 2, & 3. She specializes in 1830’s, 1840’s and 1860’s. You will learn how to do bodice fitting and fitting from published patterns. Saturday will have: Fall in! Soldering Dakota Exhibit, Woman’s Clothing, Ordnance Magazine, Katheryne Reynolds 1849-1947, Northern Plains Forts, Sarah Campbell 1824?, and the keynote speaker: Sharing the Frontier World. There will also be a dinner and military ball(1860-1880 period dress required). Any questions please contact Mardell.
Known Event Dates:
none
Other New Business:
Highway 20 Bridge over the James River: The state historical society is considering naming the bridge over the James River on State Highway 20, east of Mellette, possibly the Drifting Goose Bridge. Do we want to help raise funds for the bridge or any other support/participation? Doing a muzzleloader salute would be one idea. Diane will bring the information to Mardell, who volunteered to initiate contact if she could find information.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
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November 2010

Meeting called to order at 7:50pm, 11/1/10 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 11487 hits on main page, 16785 hits on links.

Treasurer's Report: Due to the passing of Treasurer, Secretary is temporarily providing Treasurer's report. $100.00 in expenses, $2495.75 in bank. Mur Mattson asked that someone pick up club Treasury info on Tuesday or Wednesday. John T will pick up.

Range Officer's Report: Range Officer missed last shoot. No one could remember details.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): Roger Krumm - 701.851.0129 or 701.336.7533.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): Feb 5 primary date, Jan 29 secondary. Sue still checking availability of the Fire Hall. Need drawing and silent auction items.
Range Projects (2011): Hooters need to be pumped, need to paint clubhouse ceiling white.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): Byron had tokens to display. Everyone needs to start thinking about a shoot to run.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous (2011): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): Joe can be there Saturday only.
Constitutional Items (Mike): Mike reviewed recommended amendments to the constitution with members present. His recommendation is still to review these monthly until the Cabin Fever Party, where changes can be voted on. Ishmael requested a copy e-mailed to him. Mike will send one out.
Club Officer Vacancies: Joe appointed Diane Carda and Jessicha Mzala to jointly fill Secretary and Treasurer roles, effective December 1, until new elections can be held at the Cabin Fever/February meeting. Mike will still be able to be reached via e-mail and/or phone to assist at any time.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - November 21 at the range.
Future Publicity opportunities: Hecla 125th June 25-26, 2011.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.
Known Event Dates:
none
Other New Business:
Paint: Diane hs the white paint from Sweetwater. It can be used on the cabin at the range.
Life Members: Due to Pete's long-time commitment to the organization, John T moved to extend a lifetime membership to Muriel Mattson. Motion seconded and approved.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:41pm.
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October 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:02pm, 10/4/10 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 11323 hits on main page, 16508 hits on links.

Treasurer's Report: Due to the passing of Treasurer, Secretary is temporarily providing Treasurer's report. If information is correct, club balance is $2894.95 with some expenses not included that will impact the balance.

Range Officer's Report: Range officer arrived late. No report.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey (2011) (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (2011) (Jessicha): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2011): Feb 5 primary date, Jan 29 secondary. Sue will contact to check availability of the Fire Hall.
Range Projects (2011): Hooters need to be pumped this fall. Joe will bring hose if Mike/John bring pump.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2011): Byron is working on the camp tokens.
SD Outdoor Expo (2011): no update.
Ellendale Do and Discover (2011): Lana will not be able to coordinate next year; the event may be up in the air.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (2011): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (Shelly): no update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): Need an article for Sweetwater and pictures for both Sweetwater and Drifting Goose for the PHN. Jess will work with Tyler to write an article and round pictures up for Mike. Mike needs material by end of December for PHN.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): Tarps and supplies weren't ready for the event. Seems that BCSC wasn't as prepared as normal. Early weather made tarps mandatory (rain). Need more coordination for next year.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Even with additional expenses this year for some much needed site prep, it looks as though Sweetwater cleared $301 profit. Cardas filled some holes, repaired fire pits, and brought back several miscellaneous items that were left behind. The water wagon still needs to be brought back. Joe will work on that.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): November 6 & 7. $20.00 table rent. This would be good exposure for the club. Several members volunteered to work the table. Come in dress if at all possible, bring items for show (hawk, knife, gun, bag, powder horn, flint&steel, etc).

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - October 17 at the range.
Club Officers' Status: As most know, Pete passed away. Pete had been the only Treasurer of the organization (30 years). It was agreed to provide flowers for the funeral, up to $70.00. Mike will make arrangements. This causes an organizational problem. Pete was the only signer on the club accounts.
In reviewing our financials with the bank, Mike has found a few issues that need to be resolved. Per the constitution, two Board members no longer qualify for Board positions. Byron Gross moved to have President fill positions until an election could be held. Motion seconded and approved. As President, Joe appointed Sue Graves and Byron Gross to those open positions until such time than an election could be held to fill the vacancies. Byron Gross moved to combine the Secretary and Treasurer positions. Motion seconded. Following thorough discussion, a vote was taken and the motion was defeated. Due to the significance of the Treasurer's position, it was decided not to appoint someone to fill the position, but rather to add authorized signers to the club accounts.
Per Constitution, the Board initiated emergency measures to review a Constitutional change. Per previous research, Mike advised that positions, rather than people, are better listed in a Constitution. When new people take office, they simply need a copy of the minutes with election results, the person's driver's license and social security number taken to the bank. Sue Graves moved to amend the constitution to list the following positions as authorized signers on club accounts: President, Treasurer and Secretary. Motion seconded. After discussion, a vote was taken and the motion was approved.
The recommended change was then presented to the General Assembly present at the meeting. Diane Carda moved to accept the change as presented by the Board. Motion seconded and approved. The Board then requested Mike review the constitution for additional changes that may be necessary for future issues. Those recommended changes will be reviewed by the Board over the next several monthly meetings, with a vote on changes as required during the Cabin Fever Party to be held this winter - where the greatest number of members can participate in the amendment and election processes.
Mike also notified the Board that he will be relocating due to an employment opportunity and will not be able to perform the duties required of the Secretary. His departure date is unknown at this time, but will be in the near future. The Secretary position will need to be filled as well as the Treasurer position. Mike will send out a newsletter to all club members with this information, seeking nominations for the open positions.

Future Publicity opportunities: Ferney's 125th is July 1-3, 2011. This won't work in the club's schedule due to rendezvous conflicts. Hecla also has their 125th event next summer. Mike is working with them to get more details.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: 4-Moons clean-up is October 23-24. They need help building bridge rails, hooter roofs and cutting wood.
Known Event Dates:
none
Other New Business:
Range Road: Is there any way to get it repaired/gravel dumped? The Township doesn't consider it a high priority, so it likely won't be improved. With the cost of gravel, the club can't afford to have any gravel brought in at our expense. The county blade will try to blade it during the summer, but only if the grass is kept off. Cutting sod ruins the blade. Nilsson Farms voluntarily mowed the road a few weeks ago to give us a hand with grass height/snow removal this winter.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:46pm.
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August 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:37pm, 8/2/10 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 10914 hits on main page, 15777 hits on links.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer absent. Secretary provided report. $2097.97 prior to EDAD expenses. There are also Sweetwater prep expenses.

Range Officer's Report: John G/Joe took 1st/2nd in the club shoot. John G then won the dollar shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2011: no update.
Range Projects 2011: no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2011: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): 7 available and already sold. Shelly's working on more. Selling for $10.00 each.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): Jess has article draft for Drifting Goose. We need to notify local papers about Sweetwater Rendezvous.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): Event went well. 7 loaves of bread was 2 too many. Probably want to drop firestarting from next year's events. Need to use more awnings and water at stations. The awnings at Fry Bread and Hawk were very helpful. 2 people at each station and carpet over the fence behind both archery and hawk is beneficial. EDAD group is looking for additional ideas - not just activities done by our club, but any ideas. 2 were suggested: making dreamcatchers and fly fishing in the open northeast area of the grounds.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): August 14, be there around 7:45am and in dress. We could use help, even if only for a few hours as some have to leave early. John T, Jess, Richard, John & Sue G, Carda's, Mike all expect to be there for some of the event.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Final clean up on Sunday, August 15 (as well as the August club shoot). Need to bring weedeaters. Bob and John T will work on spraying the area. There will likely be women's games. We need to buy TP and 3 hand sanitizers and bring the thrower, clays, lamp oil and buffalo board from the range. REMINDER TO ALL: we will be doing the silent auction of old pottery/etc. Many new members are in need of general items that many of us have 18 too many of already. This will be a great fundraiser for the club. Donate your item for the silent bids. Bring it to Mike's camp to be tagged and set out. We need to get a list of purchase needs to Pete M. We have 6 BBQ sauce for shoots and 6 for draw, as well as a few other draw prizes. There is still a need for the top "doorflap" prize. The following is a list of events: Friday: 1:00pm shoot (John T), 2:15pm shoot (Joe), 3:30pm shoot (John G), 4:45pm shoot (TBD). Saturday: 8:00am breafast, 9:15am shoot (Jerry), 10:30am archery (Joe), 11:45am shoot (Mike), 1:00pm shoot (Nick), 2:15pm shoot (Tyler), 3:30pm range archery (Mike), 3:00pm-5:00pm Hawk (TBD).

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - August 15 at Sweetwater with clean-up.
Future Publicity opportunities: Ferney will be celebrating their 125th next summer. They haven't chosen a date yet.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Fort Mandan @ Washburn, ND is August 20-22.
Known Event Dates:
Sweetwater: September 10-12, 2010.
Other New Business:
Sweetwater 2011: We received information from the SDTA (SD Trapper's Association). Their convention in 2011 is September 17-18, 2011 - it will not conflict with Sweetwater.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25pm.
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July 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:07pm, 7/5/10 by President Joe Carda, 15 members present.

Secretary's Report: Mike absent. John T provided Secretary's report.

Treasurer's Report: $1831.97 without EDAD funds. Drifting Goose profit appears to have been $307.24.

Range Officer's Report: John couldn't remember who won.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): August 14.
Range Projects 2010: no update.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2011: no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2011: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Getting flags lined up, should have some soon.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): Signed contract and check in hand. Need supplies purchased and volunteers for archery, hawk, shooting, fry bread and firestarting. We also need a headcount for Lana's Friday night supper. Please use the same address as last year for the insurance rider.

Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Clean up on July 17 with club shoot there on 18th. We need prizes and a good doorflap prize. Are we doing a Fandango Friday night? We will continue with the Saturday morning breakfast.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - July 18 at Sweetwater with clean-up.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.
Known Event Dates:
Fort Sisseton: June 4-6
Sweetwater: September 10-12, 2010 - 2011 will conflict with State Trappers Convention. Club will make every attempt to schedule around that conflict if we can get an established date from them.
Other New Business:
None

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:51pm.
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June 2010

Meeting called to order at Drifting Goose Rendezvous, 5/30/10 by President Joe Carda, 18 members and 6 guests present.

Secretary's Report: No report given.

Treasurer's Report: No report given.

Range Officer's Report: No report given.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): We have drafted a contract for the City of Kenel. Mike will work with Jess to get contract to the city per their request. Can this event be added to the Northern Route to the Black Hills?
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): 2nd full weekend of August. The event is Saturday only. We are looking for volunteers to help load and coach the kids. Even a few hours is appreciated.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Mowing/cleanup scheduled for July 17-18. John T will then spray for weeds, followed by another mowing/hooter repair on August 21. Mike will bring wood down also. Thane Wells provided materials to make hooter barrels.
Range Projects 2010: no update.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2011: no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2011: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly will have some ready for purchase soon.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): July 31 is confirmed. We will look to use the same contract as last year. John and Mike T will work with the Ellendale group and local vendors for camp location/arrangement, events and supplies. They have offered to make supper Friday night again.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - June 20.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.
Known Event Dates:
Fort Sisseton: June 4-6
High Plains: June 19-26
Four Moons: June 30-July 4
Sweetwater: September 10-12, 2010 - 2011 will conflict with State Trappers Convention. Club will make every attempt to schedule around that conflict if we can get an established date from them.
Other New Business:
Seeking New Members
If we could set up spare lodges where people could spend the night? A walk-through isn't enough to get people to join. Steve was a great example. We need to check on liability, determine costs/fees, etc, but may be worthwhile at upcoming rendezvous' or events.
Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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May 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:11pm, 5/3/10 by President Joe Carda, 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 10258 hits on main page, 14181 hits on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1620.37 +/- changes before the meeting. Estimate 1390.00 after expenses. Need to keep shoot money separate from Drifting Goose when turned in at next meeting.

Range Officer's Report: Richard won club shoot. Joe has lead in the aggregate.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): Joe, Jess and Jim met with the Town Board of Kenel. There was much discussion on expectations to host an event. The Board does have an interest, but they would like us to submit a written proposal. It may be in the club's best interest to submit a proposal similar to the Ellendale contract last summer. It sounds as though it would be beneficial to organize something similar to Fort Sisseton. The club is in favor of continuing discussions. Joe and Mike will work on a contract at the next club shoot.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Pottery order has been confirmed with Dave H. Mowing/cleanup scheduled for July 17-18. John T and Joe will then spray for weeds, followed by another mowing/hooter repair on August 21. Mike will bring wood down also.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): Has a contact name, working on details.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2011: no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2011: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly is better, hopes to attend Drifting Goose. No other update.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects 2010: Next shoot weekend, May 15-16. The moving archery target needs to be built, the east hooter needs to a little more paint, the spools need to be painted and we would like to re-plant trees on the south gap, since it appears that the trees planted last year didn't survive.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): Mike requested changing places from 1-5 (1), 6-9 (2), 10+ (3) to 1-4 (1), 5-9 (2), 10+ (3). Request approved. Pete will plan on purchasing 40 meat/cheese/jam prizes and some beef stick prizes for kids. Mike will post flyers locally and provide Richard with flyers for the Bristol/Webster area. Events/leaders are as follows: Saturday: 10:45am rifle - Kyle N, 1:00pm archery - Tyler C, 2:15pm rifle - Joe C, 3:30pm pistol - Gayland W, 4:15pm rifle - Jerry S, TBD Women's Games - Diane C, Linda R, Jess M, Shelly M, 9:30PM rifle - John T. Sunday: 9:30am rifle - Mike T, 10:45am rifle - John G, 1:00pm archery - Tyler C, 2:15pm rifle - Nick H, 3:30pm shotgun - Ralph J or Joe C, 4:15pm rifle - TBD (need volunteer!!), 4:00 Hawk&Knife - John T, 6:30pm camp meeting - club officers.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): Mike provided information from Lana. They are looking at July 31. We will look to use the same contract as last year. John and Mike T will work with the Ellendale group and local vendors for camp location/arrangement, events and supplies.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Club Elections: Joe moved to accpet all positions as currently elected. Motion seconded and approved.
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - May 16th. Clean-up on 15th.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: We will conduct the June club meeting at Drifting Goose, similar to Cabin Fever.
Known Event Dates:
Drifting Goose: May 28-31
Fort Sisseton: June 4-6
High Plains: June 19-26
Four Moons: June 30-July 4
Sweetwater: September 10-12 - 2011 will conflict with State Trappers Convention. Club will make every attempt to schedule around that conflict if we can get an established date from them.
Other New Business:
none

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:27pm.
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April 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:13pm, 4/5/10 by Vice President John Graves. 12 members present. Chair turned over to President Joe Carda upon his arrival.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website visit information is last month's data - update not captured. Visitation was high again in March.

Treasurer's Report: $1936.65 +/- changes before the meeting. Insurance bill = $410.00. Secretary of State = $10.00. Cabin Fever netted $210.72, with a gross income of $291.00.

Range Officer's Report: Finally had a shoot in March. The aggregate has officially started. John T won the club shoot. Joe and Mike took the early lead in aggregate.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): Pottery? Shot glass with SW 2010 and a Beaver is desired, quantity of 30. Mike will contact Dave H.
Redfield Gun Show 2010 (John T.): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): Looking at August 6,7,8. The club is willing to provide guidance/assistance, but is hesitant to solely sponsor the rendezvous due to lack of resources. We are more than willing to help the Fort personnel by providing information and direction. Club provided a list of basic needs to conduct a rendezvous.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2011: no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2011: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly is ill currently. On hold until more is known.
Club Public Relations (Jessicha): no update.
Range Projects 2010: Clean-up time needs to be determined, we are 60 days from Drifting Goose. Next shoot weekend (April 17-18) will be a two-day clean up. Some may camp overnight, depending on conditions. We need shingles and tar paper to make the roof for the second outhouse. Mike will buy paint for buildings. Lots of hands-on work to do. We will use the May shoot weekend as backup if we need more clean-up prior to Drifting Goose.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): John G provided a sample of the camp token. Should probably have 20-25 on hand. We will need to set events/leaders/prizes at the next meeting. CONTACT AN OFFICER if you can run a shoot!! Prizes will be awarded for shoots per the following: 1-5 shooters - 1 place, 6-9 shooters - 2 places, 10+ shooters - 3 places. We will see how this works this year. Pottery was overlooked and it is too late to put something together, so there won't be anything for this year's DG. Jess can start publicity with local papers now. Mike will get flyers up locally.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - April 18th. Clean-up on 17th.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.
Known Event Dates:
Drifting Goose: May 28-31
Fort Sisseton: June 4-6
High Plains: June 19-26
Four Moons: June 30-July 4
Sweetwater: September 10-12
Other New Business:
Range Memorial Plaque The memorial plaque is missing several names. Attendees at the next shoot will take the plaque down and give to Pete so it can be updated. Duane Pomplun passed away this winter.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:09pm.
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March 2010

Meeting called to order at 6:28pm, 2/27/10 by President Joe Carda. 24 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 9816 hits on main page and 13173 on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1600.00 +/- changes before the meeting. Insurance bill has come, $410.00. Expenses for secretary and Cabin Fever, plus there will be Cabin Fever income. Secretary advised prize donations are down severely this year, so we will likely need to purchase prizes for Drifting Goose and Sweetwater.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in February, however 5 members did make it to the cabin. There's a 7' drift between the cabin and the 25yd target. Won't be able to shoot until some of the snow melts or we find a way to get through. Road is open from both the south and the north, but you have to trek to the cabin.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Range Projects 2010: no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (John T.): no update.
Fort Manuel (Jessicha): Jessicha and Jim discussed options. What would be a good time of year? August or late September/early October were suggested due to established rendezvous season. There is a Pow Wow in early August. If they would like the combined event, that may be possible - as long as they wouldn't feel we are encroaching on the event. It will take a few years for an event to "catch on" - they need to know so they don't have higher expectations for the first couple events.
Aberdeen Gun Show (2011): Turn out seemed significantly lower this year. Lack of advertising was noted by many people who attended and didn't attend (due to lack of knowledge).

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly tried sewing on the canvas. It took 3 needles and 4+ hours - not viable. However, she was able to sew on Osnaburg, then sew that to the canvas. No needles broken and 1+ hours. All agreed this is more than acceptable. [See Secretary's reference note at end of minutes - Osnaburg].
Club Public Relations: no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2010 (February 27): We're here.
SD Outdoor Expo (June 12-13): Club is unable to attend this function as a club this year due to proximity of other events. Perhaps next year when the HPRR isn't as close? Mike will stay in contact with Alison.

Other Old Business:
Aggregate Shoot: Since the actual shooting range is not acceptable, no one will be penalized for the aggregate. If it is possible to shoot next month, the first three shots from your rifle must be at the aggregate target. We have the following donations for the aggregate: Scrimshawed powderhorn from Bill Karl, Canvas Bag from Don Strinz Tipi, Fire Starting Kit from James Country Merchantile, Powderhorn from Tom Hannig, Black Powder from Mike Thelen. Joe Carda will likely donate meat prizes as well. Mike is still seeking aggregate prizes and hopes that ALL shooters will win something.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - March 21, rather than a phone tree, if you are thinking of coming to the shoot and want to know road/range conditions, please just call John T - 887-3211 or Mike - 887-3645 either Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: New Ulm trade fair is in March.
Known Event Dates:
New Ulm Trade Fair: March 13-14
Drifting Goose: May 28-31
Fort Sisseton: June 4-6
High Plains: June 19-26
Four Moons: June 30-July 4
Sweetwater: September 10-12
Other New Business:
no update.

Other Business:
Canvas: Kyle Nilson is looking for canvas pieces (old throws/tarps/etc) to make military knapsacks [in between bear hunts in Alaska!]. If you have any, please contact Kyle (or you can contact Mike to find Kyle).

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:54pm.
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February 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:03pm, 2/1/10 by President Joe Carda. 10 members and 2 guests present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 9554 hits on main page and 12732 on links. 859 hits on Links and 329 on Main are new records.

Treasurer's Report: $1624.85 before the meeting. Insurance is due in April. We'll have some expenses for Cabin Fever.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in January. Road blew in and blade isn't functioning. Will try to have open by February shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Range Projects 2010: no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): no update.
Redfield Gun Show (John T.): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Linda made a large flag for the club to use at trade fairs, gun shows and rendezvous'. Flag given to club President for keeping.
Club Public Relations: Jessicha has a public release in the Redfield Press, which was read. No changes were suggested. She believes club shoot info will be included as well. Members encouraged her to continue contacting other small, local papers (Groton, Conde, Doland, Faulkton, Ipswich, etc).
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): Mike may not be able to assist but will have slideshow ready. Come in dress, or as much dress as you have. Someone needs to bring wool blankets to cover the table with.
Cabin Fever Party 2010 (February 27): Pete or John T. will be sure to get the key. The date is locked in. Pete will pick up about 12 meat/cheese/jam prizes.
Fort Sisseton 2010 (June 4-6): Katie was unable to attend due to weather. She did send an update via e-mail. 'Skinners will again have a $30.00 flat fee to camp. There are numerous new activities/presentations planned, including a dutch oven cookoff.

Other Old Business:
Ft. Manuel (Jessicha): Jessicha introduced Jim to the group. He is a contact for the Fort. The club shared their interest to conduct a rendezvous on the site due to historical significance and proximity. Jim will initiate discussions and work with the club to see what can be developed.
Monthly Club Shoots: John shared target choices and rules for aggregate. It will begin as soon as we can get to the range.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - February 21, depending on road conditions.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Mike provided date for Fargo trade fair. The previous date noted was incorrect. The correct date is Feb 20-21. The event has moved to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds Ag Building, still in West Fargo, just down the street. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 under 12.

Other New Business:
Club Membership Cards: It would be nice to get membership cards, which would also help remind when dues are due. The club has used cards in the past. Dianne offered to print out cards.
Range Fire Extinguisher: John T and John G both were able to secure a fire extinguisher for the range. Both will be kept in the cabin. We should be sure to take one to Sweetwater during the rendezvous as well.

Other Business:
March Club Meeting: Joe reminded everyone that the March meeting will be held at Cabin Fever, rather than the following Monday at the Millstone.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.
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January 2010

Meeting called to order at 8:15pm, 1/4/10 by President Joe Carda. 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 9257 hits on main page and 11924 on links. 596 hits on Links is another record.

Treasurer's Report: Pete absent.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in December. Road is plowed and should be ok for January shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Range Projects 2010: Spring list: East Hooter Roof, Primitive Range setup, Far East Hooter Seat, Pump Hooters, Fix Water Wagon hose, Paint Hooters/Cabin (east/west ends), Pipe-in Cabin Stove.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly was concerned about cost of thread. Motion to give Shelly approval to buy what's necessary to make flags and add to price of flags was made, seconded and approved.
Club Public Relations: Jessicha will work on local papers to see if we can get shoot results, meetings and events published.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): Joe, Richard, John T, Mike and John G are available to work the booth. Bob is available on Saturday. All VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE WELCOME.
Cabin Fever Party 2010 (February 27): Bring food, prizes and MONEY!
Fort Sisseton 2010 (June 4-6): Katie will be at the February club meeting to share info on this summer's festival.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010 (June 12-13): Table until March meeting when everyone's schedules are more set. June is a very difficult month for club members due to activities.

Other Old Business:
Monthly Club Shoots: We need something that will get members back to shoots. How about another aggregate with new rules? Some potential rule changes were discussed. Since this is a FUNDRAISER for the club, the shoot fee will be $3.00 per shoot, just like the Club Shoot. Decision made that Range Officer will coordinate a new aggregate shoot. New aggregate info will be available at the range and on the website when set.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - January 17th.
Future Publicity opportunities: What about county fairs? Brown County is great exposure, but only if we can get in a good location. What about Webster or other 'local' counties?
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.

Other New Business:
None

Other Business:
Kearney, NE Trade Fair: Mike is looking for someone to split gas costs with. Let him know if you are interested.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:09pm.
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December 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:07pm, 12/7/09 by Vice President Jon Graves. 8 members and 1 guest present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 8979 hits on main page and 11395 on links. November had record traffic on both pages.

Treasurer's Report: All bills are current and we have a balance of $1660.81.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in November. Several members seemed to arrive at different times...

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Range Projects 2010: Too late to pump hooters - wait for spring.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): John G has an idea for camp tokens.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): water wagon is at Thelen's farm.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): no update.
Club Public Relations: no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): Have registration for table. Pete provided a check for table fee. This is a two-day event. We will need people to sit at the table. While working the table, you have access to the rest of the gun show. Please contact an officer to volunteer for time.
Cabin Fever Party 2010 (February 27): Looking for items for the silent auction. We will have some jam prizes and other odds-and-ends.
Fort Sisseton 2010 (June 4-6): Katie will be at the February club meeting to share info on this summer's festival.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010 (June 12-13): Alison Kiesz joined the meeting to give an update on the 2010 Expo. They have a full line-up of events for two days. We can camp onsite. They are looking for hands-on activities - Fire starting, Hawk throw, candy cannon. She saw our information from the Ellendale event and thought similar activities would be popular. If we are interested in volunteering, she will send us a form to complete. They are hoping for 15% increase in attendance.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - December 20th.
Future Publicity opportunities: What about the Redfield Gun Show next year? John T will get a contact info to work with..
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Mark your calendars: CLUB EVENTS: Aberdeen Gun Show - 2/6-7/2010, Cabin Fever - 2/27/2010, Drifting Goose - 5/28-31/2010, Sweetwater - 9/10-12/2010. TRADE SHOWS: Kearney, NE - 1/15-17/2010, Brookings, SD - 1/30-31/2010, Fargo, ND - 2/13-14/2010, New Ulm, MN - 3/13-14/2010. RENDEZVOUS': HPRR - 6/19-26/2010, 4-Moons - 6/30-7/4/2010.

Other New Business:
None

Other Business:
None:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
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November 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:08pm, 11/2/09 by President Joe Carda. 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 8666 hits on main page and 10836 on links.

Treasurer's Report: No bills were submitted this month, so balance remains $1715.81. John T submitted bill for flags from Don Strinz.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in October. Richard won by default as the only one to show up.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Range Projects 2010: hooters still need to be pumped.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): A History class from Northwestern High School may attend Friday.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010 (June 12-13): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010 (August): no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover 2010 (August): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2010 (September 10-12): water wagon still needs to be brought back.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly has been busy lately, but Diane and Linda will continue to follow up. John can meet Shelly in Redfield and give her the flag canvas.
Club Public Relations: no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): We are on the list, we should get a table. Mike asked for the hallway.
Cabin Fever Party 2010 (February 27): We will be looking for items donated to the silent auction. First people there need to set the room for most available space. Last year things got a little crowded. Someone may need to pick up the key as Pete has to work most weekends.
Fort Sisseton 2010 (June 4-6): The festival's dates are June 4-6, but there is the Frontier Christmas on December 12, 2009. They are looking for volunteers to help either all day or one of two shifts: 10:00am to 1:30pm or 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Mike will contact Katie to see if she can attend a meeting and provide an update on next summer's festival plans.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - November 15th.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Mark your calendars: CLUB EVENTS: Aberdeen Gun Show - 2/6-7/2010, Cabin Fever - 2/27/2010, Drifting Goose - 5/28-31/2010, Sweetwater - 9/10-12/2010. TRADE SHOWS: Kearney, NE - 1/15-17/2010, Brookings, SD - 1/30-31/2010, Fargo, ND - 2/13-14/2010, New Ulm, MN - 3/13-14/2010. RENDEZVOUS': HPRR - 6/19-26/2010, 4-Moons - 6/30-7/4/2010.

Other New Business:
None

Other Business:
None:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:44pm.
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October 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:07pm, 10/5/09 by President Joe Carda. 6 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 8458 hits on main page and 10530 on links.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer was absent, Secretary provided report. $1715.81. Pete purchased the last of the jams from Frohlings - 35 jars of assorted mustard, jelly & syrup for $2.00 each.

Range Officer's Report: John G won main shoot. No other details could be remembered.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2010 (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): no update.
Range Projects 2010: Pump hooters - needs to be done before it freezes, roof on east hooter, new seat on far east hooter - Richard has one we can use.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010 (June 12-13): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2010: no update.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover: no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Shelly thinks it can be done. Linda & Diane will work with her.
Club Public Relations: Are Cub/Boy Scouts still an option? Would be best to do over a shoot weekend rather than a rendezvous.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009: Water wagon needs to be brought back. We need to move the SW hooter further west. The SE hooter needs paint. Let's think about a club shoot weekend at Sweetwater to do clean-up.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - October 18th, Pheasant Opener. Attend if you can.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): Reserve a table, preferrably hallway, maybe near Tom Hannig if possible? If near an outlet, we can run the slideshow.
Cabin Fever Party 2010: Shoot for February 27th. Doors open at 5:00pm, supper at 6:00 and meeting at 6:30 with prize drawings. Call Mr/Mrs Jensen - 225-1937 - group assigned this action to Pete. March 6 is the alternate date.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update.

Other New Business:
Ft. Sisseton: Mike will try to contact Katie and set up a second meeting to discuss improvements.

Other Business:
None:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
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August 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:10pm, 8/3/09 by Vice President John Graves. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 7976 hits on main page and 9743 on links. Links should eclipse 10,000 hits in August.

Treasurer's Report: $1169.38 after expenses brought to meeting. Will need to determine Sweetwater prizes at this meeting.

Range Officer's Report: John T won main shoot. There were two other shoots. 7 shooters were present (with others in attendance).

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (February 6-7): Just a reminder, next year a booth will cost approximately $25.00.
Cabin Fever Party 2010: no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010 (May 28-31): no update.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010 (June 12-13): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Canvas from Don Strinz is here. Now we need to find a way to get the club logo on the flag. John T will contact Shelly M first - then check alternate sources such as DSS. Flags are roughly 18"x18" (canvas was on-hand and shown).
Club Public Relations: no updates.
Range Projects 2009 (all): Clubhouse skylights are in, hooters are painted and East/West sides of clubhouse are painted. North and South need to be done and the roof did not get put on the East hooter. Can this be done at the next shoot? If you feel like painting, dress appropriately. The paint and supplies are there.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover: Everything went very well. Weather was good, kids were great. They may be interested in having us return next year. We will keep in contact with them.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009: Need to be ready for kids by 8:45am. Joe, Mike and Jessicha will be there, possibly Tyler, Diane and Richard.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009: Clean-up on August 29. We need to be there by 8:00am. We need to mow, stack wood and check the hooters. Pete needs to know if we'll need toilet paper brought out. The mugs are in and are between 8-10oz. There are only 25, so they will be for sale once Pete gets set up and ready at Sweetwater. Cost will be $7.00 each. Pete and John T will work on food list for Breakfast on Saturday morning. Expect about 12 dozen eggs, a bag of pancake mix, and appropriate breakfast sausage from Frohlings. Pete will also need to buy 21 meat/cheese/jam prizes from Frohlings for shoots. With the number of kids possible, Mike & John T will also plan on shooting the candy cannon around noon on Saturday. Mike will purchase the candy needed. The club needs a good door-flap prize. Mike will check into and see if he can pull some favors.
Event list and captain:
Friday: 1:00pm: Rifle Shoot - Joe; 2:30pm: Rifle Shoot - Pete; 4:00pm: Rifle Shoot - Mike
Saturday: 8:00am: Breakfast; 9:30am: Rifle Shoot - Bob; 11:00am: TBD (rifle/pistol) - Nick H.; 1:00pm: TBD (rifle/pistol) - Zach & Kyle; 2:30pm: Rifle Shoot - John T; 4:00pm: Shotgun Shoot - Ralph; 9:30am-12:00pm: Archery - John G; 1:00pm-4:00pm: Hawk & Knife - Pete

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - August 16th. Possibly painting.
Future Publicity opportunities: Ellendale Do & Discover next year.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Muzzleloaders of the Black Hills - Labor Day weekend.

Other New Business:
None:

Other Business:
None:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:19pm.
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July 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:07pm, 7/6/09 by President Joe Carda. 10 members and 1 guest present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 7777 hits on main page and 9357 on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1231.74 prior to meeting. We have the payment from the Ellendale Do and Discover group. We will be covering all expenses including insurance for their event.

Range Officer's Report: No one was available for the shoot this month.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010: no update.
Cabin Fever Party 2010: no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2010: no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Flags (John T): Talked to Don Strinz at HPRR. Don is making us 25 18x18 hemmed canvas pieces for $1.00 each. We will then need to find a source for screen printing or other method of placing the club logo on each flag.
Club Public Relations: Joe will handle Groton contacts and paper. John T will continue to work with Redfield contacts and paper.
Range Projects 2009 (all): At the July shoot weekend, all members are encouraged to attend both Saturday and Sunday. Several members are planning on camping over on Saturday night. We will attempt to put a roof on the east hooter, install the skylights on the cabin, and paint the clubhouse/hooters. Mike will bring paint and brushes. We may need lumber to complete the hooter roof. Bring it if you have it.
Ellendale Youth Do and Discover: We have signed a contract for services on August 1 from 9am to [roughly] 4pm. We will be doing shooting, hawk throw, archery, fire starting, fry bread, candy cannon and baking a cake at the end. We NEED VOLUNTEERS to cover, even if only for a few hours. If you can't camp, day-trip and help. We can set up in the fairgrounds (located on the south side of town) on Friday night and tear down either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Lana would like to make us dinner Friday night, so please RSVP to Mike T as soon as possible.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009: Date is August 8, one week after Ellendale. The normal volunteers aren't available, so we need new volunteers. Right now, we have Joe, Tyler and Mike. We need a minimum of 4, better to have 6-8 for the amount of kids. Please check your calendars and attend, even if only for a few hours during the day. They provide rolls/coffee in the morning and a free lunch. We need to be there no later than 7:30am to get ready.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009: Clean-up and prep will be on August 29. We will need to mow and pile firewood. Mike will be bringing the firewood. Joe will have pallets to pile it on. Joe will pick up Lime for the hooters. The Thelens only have one mower that will work on-site now, so we could use additional mowers. A second date during the following week will be set on August 29 to mow the area a second time before Sweetwater. Shoots, leaders and prizes will be determined at the next meeting. Mugs have been ordered from Dakota Stoneware.
SD Outdoor Expo 2010: Mike found a contact in Aberdeen. Her name is Alison Kiesz. She provided the dates for next year - June 12-13, 2010 and will keep us informed as we move forward.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - July 19th. Site work weekend as well. Several members will be camping over on Saturday night.
Future Publicity opportunities: None noted.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Lake Benton August 7-8, Pipestone July 24-25.

Other New Business:
None:

Other Business:
Gear for sale: Mike is looking to sell his 14x14 officers tent - AA door, 3 windows, Stovehole, all poles, ropes (- tensioners) for $850.00. Unfinished (unvarnished) tensioners and stakes could be included for an additional $50.00. He is also selling his old rendezvous trailer for $400.00.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:03pm.
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June 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:13pm, 6/1/09 by President Joe Carda. 7 members and 2 guests present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 7485 hits on main page and 8906 on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1222.74 prior to meeting. Drifting Goose estimates - $556 income, $277.56 expense, $278.54 profit. Frohlings prizes went about even (meat/cheese/jam).

Range Officer's Report: No one could recall winners, but there was a shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009 (Mike): August 8 (weekend after Ellendale).
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009 (all): Need a lodge token, possibly braided strips from the material donated to the club? We will also need at least two loads of wood from Wooden Mallet. The wood will be in one location this year, so the wheelbarrow needs to be brought over from the range. Since spoons went about right at Drifting Goose, perhaps we should order 8oz coffee mugs from Bushnell Pottery? The club will order 25 with full-length handles - Mike will contact Huebners.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (all): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Zach): Redfield boy scouts would like to do something. John T offered to have them attend Sweetwater for a day and get hands-on during the public hours. All agreed. Groton boy scouts may have an interest as well. The club would prefer to do something with them on a shoot weekend at the range, as we don't want too many kids running around Sweetwater while trying to conduct a rendezvous. Joe will contact the Groton group. It was mentioned that we should look for free advertising about both Sweetwater and Drifting Goose in the Redfield, Faulkton and Groton newspapers. John T will look into Redfield.
Club Flags (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009 (all): The rendezvous had 18 camps and was a great time. Weather was fantastic. All participants were happy. Mike suggested we keep the same shoot schedule next year, as timing was excellent.
Range Projects 2009 (all): East hooter needs a roof (as proven at Drifting Goose) and the clubhouse "skylights" still need to be put in. Mike was not available when Leon Kaiser was last in Aberdeen to do the skylights.

Other Old Business:
None

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - June 21st. We will keep it on the calendar, even though several members will be at High Plains.
Future Publicity opportunities: None noted.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Ft. Sisseton June 5-7, Clear Lake 125th June 5-7, HPRR June 19-27, 4-Moons Rising July 1-5.

Ellendale Youth Festival: Lana and Warren Schlect spoke to the club about demonstrating in Ellendale for their "Do and Discover" in the park. They would be able to pay the club for our participation. They would like to see fire starting, shooting, archery, hawk throwing and anything else we could think of. After thorough discussion, the club agreed to determine costs and provide them with more detail to see if arrangements could be made. Mike will follow up with Lana.

Other New Business:
None:

Other Business: none.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:29pm.
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May 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:10pm, 5/4/09 by President John Thelen. 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 7272 hits on main page and 8551 on links (record month).

Treasurer's Report: $803.31 prior to meeting. The check for spoons is lost in the mail. Should we pay fees to cancel check? Vendor has already agreed to return check if it is ever received. Decision made to write a new check and consider the other lost.

Range Officer's Report: April club shoot won by John G with Joe in 2nd. No one could remember fun shoot winners.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009 (Mike): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (all): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Club Public Relations (Zach): no update. Can someone else pursue this? What about Boy Scouts involvement with the club? Mike will check into the Scouts.
Club Flags (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009 (all): Spoons are in and "DG 09" is scribed on them. They are available for sale now. Shoot Prizes - 1 box new .495 round balls, 1 box homemade .495's, 5lbs powder, 3 jars "Range Plum" jam, 2lbs bacon. BBQ sauce may be available. Pete needs to buy about 15-16 meat/cheese/jam prizes from Frohlings. Camp-draw prizes - Books (Track of the Wolf), Wine (Zee), Wine (Creekdancer), Bullet Mould (JT Bullet Moulds), Cookbooks (Lodge), "S" Hooks (Kaiser Welding), Haversack (Weisenburgers). John T will handle registration $. Pete will have prizes and registration change box ready for pick-up. Shoot/event volunteers (you either volunteered or were volunteered):
Saturday: 9:30am - Rifle Shoot - Mike; 10:45am - Rifle Shoot - Mike; 1:00pm - Archery - John T; 2:15pm - Rifle Shoot - Joe; 3:30pm - Pistol Shoot - Gayland; 4:45pm - Rifle Shoot - Zach/Kyle; Women's Games - Time announced onsite - Mardell.
Sunday: 9:30am - Rifle Shoot - Bob Carda; 10:45am - Rifle Shoot - John T; 1:00pm - Archery - John G; 2:15pm - Rifle Shoot - Joe; 3:30pm - Shotgun Shoot - Joe; 4:45pm - Rifle Shoot - Kyle/Zach; Hawk&Knife - 4:00-6:00pm - Mike; 6:30pm - Camp Meeting - Club Officers.
Range Projects 2009 (all): Holes are dug for outhouses. May 9 is gathering day to build hooters. WE NEED 1X WOOD STOCK! Meet at 9am onsite.
SD Outdoor Expo (Mike): June 13-14 in Huron. Due to short notice and how busy this summer is, no one can commit to attend. Several may day-trip if they are around. Next year, with High Plains further away and better timing, we may be able to participate more.

Other Old Business:
Trees: Joe advised Bob Carda may have some Ash trees available if we want to plant some at the range. If he's willing to bring them, we'll find a way to plant them.

New Business:
Club Elections Mardell moved to accept the following nominations: President - Joe Carda, Vice-President - John Graves, Secretary - Mike Thelen, Treasurer - Pete Mattson, 1-yr Board Member - Terry Grimes. Motion seconded and approved. Jessicha moved to accept the following nomination: 3-yr Board Member - Mardell Weisenburger. Motion seconded and approved. As outgoing President, John Thelen becomes a Board Member and assumes the roles of Range Officer and Head Dog Soldier at the rendezvous'.
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - May 17th.
Future Publicity opportunities: Mike saw a listing of all 100, 125 and 150 celebrations in the South Dakota Magazine. None are during workable times for the club this year. He will monitor the SDM for next year.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Drifting Goose - Memorial Day weekend, Ft. Sisseton June 5-7, Clear Lake 125th June 5-7

Other New Business:
Ipswich Trail Days: Trail Days is June 13-14, as previously discussed, this year is very busy. No one can currently commit to set up. Next year?

Other Business: none.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:04pm.
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April 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:08pm, 4/6/09 by President John Thelen. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 7032 hits on main page and 8149 on links (record month).

Treasurer's Report: $1336.96 prior to meeting. Cabin Fever netted around $256. We have about $500-$600 in upcoming expenses.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in March due to conditions. The range is now accessible!

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009 (Mike): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
Aberdeen Gun Show 2010 (all): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): Approximately 25 people in attendance. It was nice to see a lot of children. Looks like we may have had more than 50 patches to start with, as some were sold but there are still 49(See Treasurer's update also).
Club Public Relations (Zach): no update.
Club Flags (John T): It would be nice to have a new flag. The old club flag is deteriorating. Purchased flags are beyond the club's means. Can anyone make a flag?
Club Donation Requests (Mike): We have some outside donations for Drifting Goose, but we need someone to check with local businesses if possible. John G. volunteered. Mike will get Drifting Goose flyers to John.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009 (all): We need to get a count of prizes before the next meeting so Pete knows how many meat prizes to purchase. John T/Joe will locate the Water Wagon. The spoons have not arrived yet because the vendor (Scarlet Scarab) has not received our check. Mike will continue to pursue. Pete or John T will handle registration. Shoot/event volunteers (you either volunteered or were volunteered):
Saturday: 9:30am - Rifle Shoot - Mike; 10:45am - Rifle Shoot - Mike; 1:00pm - Archery - John T; 2:15pm - Rifle Shoot - Joe; 3:30pm - Pistol Shoot - Gayland; 4:45pm - {open - seeking a volunteer!}; Women's Games - Time announced onsite - Mardell.
Sunday: 9:30am - Rifle Shoot - Bob Carda; 10:45am - Rifle Shoot - John T; 1:00pm - Archery - John G; 2:15pm - Rifle Shoot - Joe; 3:30pm - Shotgun Shoot - Joe; 4:45pm - {open - seeking a volunteer!}; Hawk&Knife - 4:00-6:00pm - Pete or Mike; 6:30pm - Camp Meeting - Club Officers.
Range Projects 2009 (all): We will have clean-up weekend on the 18-19 of April. However, the holes for the new outhouses will not be done. We will attempt to schedule Saturday, May 2 to build the outhouses.

Other Old Business:
none.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - April 19th. Saturday clean-up will involve all but building outhouses.
Future Publicity opportunities: Britton - 4th of July (conflicts with 4-Moons so no one will likely be available).
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: DRIFTING GOOSE!

Other New Business:
Club Elections (May) The following positions will need to be filled at the NEXT CLUB MEETING: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, 3-yr Board Member and 1-yr Board Member. As outgoing President, John Thelen becomes a Board Member and assumes the roles of Range Officer and Head Dog Soldier at the rendezvous'. Mike Thelen and Pete Mattson volunteered to continue their roles as Secretary and Treasurer if so desired. Elections will take place at the next scheduled meeting.

Other Business: Classifieds: Joe is looking for a tent - preferrably a bell wedge or something similar.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:14pm.
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March 2009

Meeting called to order at 6:06pm, 2/28/09 by President John Thelen. 25 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 6764 hits on main page and 7638 on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1170.90 prior to meeting. Insurance is $383.00. There are some expenses and Cabin Fever income. Jim D. questioned the legislation in Pierre concerning state membership dues for non-profits. No one had any additional information.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in February due to road conditions. We should be able to get to the range in March. A pickup blade is now available.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009 (Mike): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): We're here.
Club Public Relations (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Patches are in. They look great. Cost will be $3.00 per patch. There was some difficulty with the old patch since it was woven. The new patches are embroidered, but look fantastic.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): no update.
Club Rendezvous': Mike brought info for horn spoons. Pricing and styling shared with the group. By voice vote, the group chose to pursue the horn soup spoon for camp token in 2009 in lieu of pottery.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Gained a few new members. It was good exposure for the club.
Range Projects 2009 (all): We need to determine clean-up date as we should schedule around both 4-Moons (Gary, SD) and High Plains (Sheldon, ND) so we don't impact each other's preparations. The Range clean-up date to prep for Drifting Goose will be the 3rd weekend of April (shoot weekend). We will clean/work on Saturday, wrap up early Sunday, then have the shoot. The 3rd weekend of May (shoot weekend) will be for last-minute prep for Drifting Goose.

Other Old Business:
none.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - March 15.
Future Publicity opportunities: Britton should be in the near future. Joe has someone checking on date info.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Trade Fairs: New Ulm, MN 3/14-15.

Other New Business:
none.

Other Business: Clear Like Volunteer Fire Department: They will be doing another gun raffle for 2010. You can order your calendar now. Send $40.00 to: Clear Lake Fire Department, PO Box 541, Clear Lake, SD 57226. For more information, visit their website.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:42pm.
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February 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:06pm, 2/2/09 by President John Thelen. 11 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 6558 hits on main page and 7312 (record month) on links.

Treasurer's Report: $1218.70 prior to meeting with about equal in and out since. Insurance is due in April (approximately $400.00). NRA dues are due. Pete advised that a 5-year membership is cheaper than a 1-year membership and we must have the membership to get insurance. John Walker moved to pay for a 5-year NRA membership, rather than year-by-year. Motion seconded and approved.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in January due to road conditions. February may be possible depending on the amount of melting/weather.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009 (Mike): no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009 (all): no update.
Range Projects 2009 (all): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): February 28 (Saturday). We're looking for donations for the silent auction. Pete will purchase about 12 meat/cheese/jam prizes for drawings. Since the CFP is only 2 days before the next scheduled meeting, the club will CONDUCT THE MARCH MEETING AT CABIN FEVER, NOT THE USUAL MONDAY.
Club Public Relations (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): The patch sample was sent to the vendor. There are some issues now that they have seen the patch. The original is woven, not embroidered, so the replacement will be a little different. They were looking into what could be done and will get back to us before making the patches to confirm.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): Lodge, Track of the Wolf, The Gun Works and Powder Horn News have all made donations at this time.
Club Rendezvous': Horn spoons are perhaps a good idea. Mike e-mailed Scarlet Scarab about their soup spoons but did not receive a response prior to the meeting. Continue discussion at the next meeting.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Feb 7-8, 2009 at the Ramkota. We have a table. At the very least, we will be the first table inside the outer doors. Bring your coats/capotes. Table selection may improve if there are cancellations. We need volunteers to work the booth as Mike cannot commit to the entire weekend. John G, John T, Joe, and Pete also volunteered. Pete will try to work Sunday afternoon. Joe is not available Sunday afternoon. Several people will bring pieces for display. Mike would like to check with the event coordinator to see if we can do a free sign up for club info and give some powder away in a drawing of those signed up.

Other Old Business:
none.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - February 15. Call Thelens prior to shoot to see if road is accessible, or check the website for info.
Future Publicity opportunities: Britton and/or Langford should be in the near future. Several members will try to find more details prior to next meeting.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Trade Fairs: Fargo, ND 2/21-22, OshKosh, WI 2/21-22, New Ulm, MN 3/14-15. In addition, the Midwest Primitive Rendezvous is in Missouri this year. Flyers are available.

Other New Business:
none.

Other Business: none.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.
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January 2009

Meeting called to order at 8:08pm, 1/5/09 by President John Thelen. 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 6301 hits on main page and 6942 on links.

Treasurer's Report: Treasurer was absent. Secretary provided information from Treasurer. The club account balance is $1218.70. The check was sent to Donald Hahler. Secretary has expenses that will be handled next month.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in December due to weather conditions. It is believed that the range can be accessed by the south road, but 4-wheel drives are recommended.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009: flyers are printed.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009: no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009: flyers are printed.
Range Projects 2009: no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): February 28 (Saturday). Please remember rendezvous items for silent auction/fundraising. Will we be purchasing any meat/cheese prizes? Will discuss next meeting.
Club Public Relations (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Mike had information from a business in Florida. They can do the patches for: 50@$2.50ea or 100@$1.85ea for 3.5" patch, 50@$2.95ea or 100@$2.03 for 4" patch. We must talk to Melissa for this price. Joe moved to accept the bid for 50 3.5" patches. Motion seconded and approved. Mike will contact to order.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): No responses.
Club Rendezvous': Ladles are not very cost-effective, the cheapest being $13.00 each, our cost. While people are willing to pay that for pottery, are they willing to pay it for wood ladles? That is the question. Could we possibly order 20 ladles for 1 rendezvous, then do spoons for the other? Any other options? Continue discussion at the next meeting.
Aberdeen Gun Show: Feb 7-8, 2009 at the Ramkota. Mike will contact Roger before the event, be prepared for no advanced notice if we can get a table.

Other Old Business:
none.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - January 18.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Trade Fairs: Kearney, NE 1/16-18, Brookings, SD 1/30-31, Fargo, ND 2/21-22, New Ulm, MN 3/14-15. In addition, the Midwest Primitive Rendezvous is in Missouri this year. Flyers are available.

Other New Business:
Clear Lake Vol. Fire Dept.: Mike received information from the fire department. They are conducting a fundraiser, selling 2500 calendars for $40 each. Purchase of a calendar enters you into 104 drawings for guns or cash (2 drawings per week for all of 2009). Winners remain in the drawing for the duration. Mike shared contact info with the group (Clear Lake Vol. Fire Dept. Box 541 Clear Lake, SD 57226 605.874.2444 hall@itctel.com).
Club Insurance: Mike received information from an individual selling club insurance. The business website is outdoorinsurancespecialist. Mike will forward to Pete.

Other Business: none.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
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December 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:05pm, 12/1/08 by President John Thelen. 8 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes amended to show Sweetwater 2009 will be the 1st weekend after Labor Day, not the 2nd. Approved as amended. Website has 6012 hits on main page (record month) and 6509 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We have $1202.70 prior to the meeting. Mike asked if a new check was cut for Donald Hahler. It may been misplaced. Mike has the initial check for Pete to void. Mike will attempt to recover second check. We may have to cut a new check next meeting. November shoot income was turned in to Pete.

Range Officer's Report: November - Joe won club shoot, with Mike & John T. tied for 2nd. There were also several 1.00 shoots. John G has lead if anyone would like to take some home tonight.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009: see below.
NRA Youth Sportsfest 2009: no update.
Sweetwater Rendezvous 2009): see below.
Range Projects: "running" targets still need cables, need to build outhouse next spring.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): February 28 (Saturday) is scheduled and confirmed. Plan on eating at 6:30pm. Doors will open between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. Cabin Fever will be at the Aberdeen Township Hall. If you have any unwanted rendezvous items, bring them for silent auction/fundraising.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Joe was unable to reach Rochelle Minske before the meeting.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): No responses.
Club Rendezvous': As George B has asked to be removed as contact for Sweetwater and John T's term as President expires in May, there is a need for a new contact on the flyer (which needs to be printed prior to Jan 15). John G volunteered to be contact for Sweetwater. Place phone #605-225-3582 on the flyer with his name. The group discussed alternatives to pottery for this year's camp marker. John G had a pottery candlestick, an option for wood lanterns was reviewed. Several club members liked an option of either a horn spoon or a wooden ladle. Mike will research spoons before the next meeting.

Other Old Business:
none.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - December 21.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update
Aberdeen Gun Show: Feb 7-8, 2009 at the Ramkota. Mike talked to Roger Krumm. Last year the show was overbooked, but there are often last-minute cancellations. Mike will contact Roger in mid-January to see if a table is available. Roger advised that there may be very last-minute cancellations, if we could respond between Friday night and Saturday morning of the show. Mike will ask for volunteers in the next newsletter.

Other New Business:
Living History Fair: In Brookings. Mike received information from Julie H but did not bring to the meeting. Their funding has been reduced significantly, so they will only be running Friday (school day) and Saturday. Mike will check the dates and send in the newsletter, along with dates of other regional trade fairs.

Other Business: Joe is looking for a horse-drawn sleigh.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.
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November 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:10pm, 11/3/08 by President John Thelen. 6 members present.

Secretary's Report: Minutes approved as read. Website has 5729 hits on main page, 6172 on links. Both were record traffic months.

Treasurer's Report: We have $1193.70 after check to Donald Hahler for building move. October shoot income turned in to Pete.

Range Officer's Report: October - no club shoot, just a couple $1.00 shoots and fun shoots.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T): no update.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009: see below.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (Mike): no update.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009 (John G): Date will be February 28 (Saturday). Plan on eating at 6:30pm. Doors will open between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. Cabin Fever will be at the Aberdeen Township Hall. John G will contact to make reservation.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Rochelle Minske may be able to make the patches. Joe will attempt to contact her before next meeting. Mike is working on a new club flag to fly at the range.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): No results yet from mailing requests for financial assistance with Range improvements.
Membership List (Mike): All paid members identified. Mike will include list in next newsletter and request all members pay their club dues.
Club Rendezvous': Drifting Gooose - Memorial Day weekend. Camp fee $20.00. Daily shoot fee (in lieu of camp fee) $10.00. Look to combine Drifting Goose and Sweetwater for one camp item (pottery, lantern, etc). Sweetwater - change to 1st weekend after Labor Day, September 11-13, 2009. $20.00 camp fee, $10.00 daily shoot fee. Decision on pottery/other items tabled until next meeting.

Other Old Business:
Building move finance pay $250.00 to Donald for his assistance.
Ft. Sisseton Mike shared an update letter from the Brookings Renegades meeting with the Ft. Sisseton staff.
Powder Horn News Mike shared a letter from the Powder Horn News conveying their apology for picture quality of the Drifting Goose article.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - November 16.
Future Publicity opportunities: no update.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: no update

Other New Business: The Aberdeen Gun Show is Feb 7-8, 2009. The club decided to get a booth, if we are able to get one free again. Mike will work with Roger Krumm of the Dacotah Territory Gun Collectors to secure a booth. We will not know if a booth is available until weeks (or even days) prior to the event. However, in anticipation of a booth, the club needs to line up volunteers. Joe volunteered. Mike will send a volunteer request in the next newsletter to establish a list prior to the gun show.

Other Business: no update.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm.
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October 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:00pm, 10/6/08 by President John Thelen. 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: Secretary was absent. Information provided by President. Minutes approved as read. Website has 5435 hits on main page, 5805 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1251.17 at start of meeting, with new bills and income received since. Mardell had bill for fry bread (Trail Days). Mike had bill for newsletters/range repairs. John T had income from shoots and building donations.

Range Officer's Report: September shoot - Joe - 1st, John T - 2nd, need to give out scalps at next shoot.

Tabled Business:
Canoe Journey 2009 (John T):
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous 2009: no update.
NRA Youth Sportsfest (Mike): Next year's date - August 8.

Old Business:
Ft. Sisseton (John T): The club was joined by John (District Supervisor) and Katie from the Fort. Katie was transitioning to site manager through April. Since, she has been researching how to better manage/coordinate the summer festival. They are looking for ideas to improve. The club provided some general history of the relationship/participation of the DTML with Ft. Sisseton since 1979. Initially, participants were "part of the show" so there was no camp fee. Then there was a small camp fee. Now, Ft. Sisseton is more expensive than a Regional or National rendezvous. Yet, the Buckskinners and Military are the main public draw at the festival. All trade blankets were asked to donate prizes, now traders charged a lot of money to set up and aren't making any money. In the past, the rendezvous was a period-correct showplace, education and novelty, but the image was always pre-1840. Now, the State's "gator" and individuals' vehicles are in the primitive area all the time, no longer a feeling of "living history". The event needs a booshway and dog soldiers to keep the reenactors in line (too many examples of 'skinners not keeping to the pre-1840 theme), but also needs someone in authority to keep civilians/tourists/employees respectful of the time-period (could be the same person {booshway} if allowable). Club members advised that the primitive area needs to stay primitive and not have modern camp mixed in. People have no respect for authority and the "gate" that defines the primitive area. One suggestion was to organize more and define an "open" time for civilians/tourists and a "closed" time for people in period-correct attire only (i.e. after 8:00pm - period-correct only). In addition, it was discussed that there needs to be something new, do something different to draw people back in, both as campers and as tourists. The bullwhip was perhaps the most interesting (good public draw) but least commercialized/advertised. The event needs more interactive public participation. The club was not sure how much it could assist with Ft. Sisseton from a manage/run perspective, as membership is not very high and already stretched pretty thin with club events. {Secretary's note - detailed minutes were unavailable, this is a summary and "fill-in-the-blank" from notes taken. Secretary's suggestions for involvement - treat this like a Regional event. Conduct Q&A sessions under a big tent or other "speaking arena" for the public. Have 'skinners talk about their trade, or why they dress the way they do. Find 'skinners who would put on candle-making demonstrations, rifle loading, hawk throwing, "how to make lead balls", dutch-oven baking, etc...but do these in a captured arena, not just at the shooting range or "joe smith's tent" - a pre-established "seminar tent" so the public always knows were to go to learn about it. Plus, camping fees must be reduced for 'skinners or we simply will choose other events to attend. Being available to the public is a requirement to keep our organizations alive, but we shouldn't have to pay excessive fees for the "privilege" of being on display for the public.}
Building/Range update: no notes.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no notes.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): no notes.
Club Donation Requests (Mike): no notes - however, requests have been made to the secretary for additional copies of the fundraising letter. Copies will be available at the next meeting.
Sweetwater: Had 19 camps and made $193.00 ($63.00 from Chinese Auction). Including the mugs, income was $410.00 (sold 45 mugs, $217.00 income). Jams/Jellies were most popular prize, followed by cheese, then meat. Next year, perhaps more jam/jelly and cheese, and less meat. The 2009 flyer was reviewed. Dates may change as the club is considering the first full weekend after Labor Day, rather than the 2nd weekend due to constant, inclement weather and short hours of daylight. Also, the flyer needs a new contact person as George is ready to "pass the torch" to the next person. The club will have a new President in 2009 (John T will have served his maximum two consecutive terms), so we will need to discuss this further. We should also choose next year's mugs by January. Choices - small mugs, bowls, pitchers, salt/pepper shakers, shot glass?? Bring ideas to the next meeting. {Secretary's note - should we merge Sweetwater and Drifting Goose so we have one item that covers both events?}

Other Old Business: The clubmember list was reviewed and updated. If your dues haven't been paid since June, they've expired and you need to renew! {Secretary's note - before I contact members with expired dues, I thought one or two had paid at Drifting Goose and aren't labeled. I need to verify this with Pete at the next meeting.}

New Business:
Cabin Fever Party 2009: no notes.
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - October 19.
Future Publicity opportunities: no notes.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: 2009 HPRR is looking for cleanup volunteers, contact Kirk Redmond in Ellendale. {Secretary's note - I have his contact info.}

Other New Business: no notes.

Other Business: no notes.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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September 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:09pm, 9/8/08 by President John Thelen. 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read. Website has 5226 hits on main page, 5490 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1253.82 at start of meeting, now at $1015.88 due to cabin expenses submitted tonight. There will be additional expenses for paint, moving the building, and Sweetwater expenses.

Range Officer's Report: John could not recall who won, nor could anyone else.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
2008 Canoe Journey (John T): May have to look to 2009.
Ft. Sisseton (John T): Katie will be attending the October meeting. We need everyone to attend. Mike will send a newsletter prior to the meeting.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2009): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2009): no update.
Target stands (Joe/John T): All stands are built and taken care of for both Sweetwater and the Range.

Old Business:
Building/Range update (John T): The building has been moved. Doors are facing north. 5 windows are installed (donated by Frank Z, Richard U and John T). Two stoves are in (old stove from previous clubhouse and stove donated by Mike/John T) but need to have venting completed. John G has scraped and painted the building (1.25 sides need paint yet - out of paint) and was able to use scrap siding from the windows to repair damage from the move. The building has new latches and locks as well.
2008 NRA Youth Sportsfest (August 9th): Went well. The kids got to shoot a lot. Muzzleloading was one of the best-liked stations. They are thinking of reducing to 30 minute sessions and adding a couple stations for next year. The 2009 date is set, Mike will bring to the next meeting.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Webster business cannot make the patch. John T may have found a new lead, but needs to check into it.
Donation Requests (Joe): Sodak provided two starter kits. We have enough prizes for camp draws during Sweetwater.
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008: Event list and captain: Friday - 2:00pm rifle shoot, John T; 3:15pm rifle shoot, Pete; 4:30pm rifle shoot, Joe; Saturday - 8:00am breakfast, {volunteer cooks}; 9:15am Archery, John G; 10:30am rifle shoot, {surprise}; 12:30pm shotgun shoot, Ralph; 1:45pm rifle shoot, Mike; 3:00pm smoothbore shoot, John T; 4:15pm pistol shoot, Nick; 1:00-4:00 - hawk & knife, Pete. Joe may also run a Trapper's Walk all-day Saturday. Pete has garbage bags. Mike will make/print schedules. Pete will get 33 food prizes (even split - meat, cheese & jam). Joe will bring the water wagon over on Tuesday or Wednesday. Target stands are done.

Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - September 21 (week after Sweetwater). The Buffalo and Squirrel are still out of commission.
Future Publicity opportunities:
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events:

Other New Business: Westerners Club Meeting: Mike and John met with the Westerners Club to do a presentation on Drifting Goose. Their dues are $6.00/year if anyone is interested. They are solely focused on local history. Some of them provided additional insights on Drifting Goose references.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:13pm.
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August 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:08pm, 8/4/08 by President John Thelen. 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read. Website has 4933 hits on main page, 5146 on links. Traffic is slowing in summer months, as expected.

Treasurer's Report: We have $1282.31 +/- changes tonight.

Range Officer's Report: John G won club shoot in July, Joe and Mike tied for second. Scalps need to be awarded at next club shoot.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
2008 Canoe Journey (John T): no update.(August?)
Ft. Sisseton (John T): Will schedule for October meeting
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2009): no update.
Drifting Goose Rendezvous (2009): no update.
Target stands (Joe/John T): Joe hasn't reached Loy Stange yet.

Old Business:
Building/Range update (John T): Building is turned and ready as soon as Donald is available. Mike has a contact with a bobcat, 2' auger and 6" auger who is willing to help the club with outhouse holes. Thane Wells has two barrel potties made and ready for the club. The cottonwood on the west end lost a large branch. It will need to be cut and removed before the building can move in. There are combination locks on the main building now. We need to locate wood to build the new outhouses.
2008 NRA Youth Sportsfest (August 9th): Joe, John T, Mike, and John G have committed to attend. Dan O CANNOT make it. Can anyone else? At least 2-3 more people would be nice. Remember, this is in-dress. We need to be there at 7:30am Saturday morning. It was mentioned that we need trash cans for the cleaning patches/etc. Lunch is provided.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): John T will contact Mark H for an update.
Donation Requests (Joe): Have a dutch oven from TSC. Sodak will provide something. Have some good camp-draw prizes from e-mail donations, including a ton of lacing. Pete needs a count of prizes as soon as possible for Sweetwater. Club decided to use meat (Frohlings)/cheese (Econo) prizes for shoot prizes and the rest for camp draws.
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008: Site work date(s) - August 23rd at 8:00am to mow (if Joe can't hay) and cut/deliver firewood. If the site is mowed, a second mow date will be August 31st at 8:00am (necessary due to grass height) Frank Z has some wood, as does Joe. We will still need to cut additional. We will also need to build target stands - Joe is working on this. Event list and captain: Friday - 2:00pm rifle shoot, John T; 3:15pm rifle shoot, Pete; 4:30pm rifle shoot, Joe; Saturday - 8:00am breakfast, {volunteer cooks}; 9:15am Archery, John G; 10:30am rifle shoot, {open}; 12:30pm shotgun shoot, Ralph; 1:45pm rifle shoot, Mike; 3:00pm smoothbore shoot, John T; 4:15pm pistol shoot, {open}; 1:00-4:00 - hawk & knife, Pete. Joe may also run a Trapper's Walk all-day Saturday. Pete will contact Alice and determine/purchase needed supplies for the camp breakfast. John T will contact Nick & Mark Hubsch about running the two open shoots.

Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
Monthly Shoot: Next shoot - August 17. The Buffalo and Squirrel are still out of commission.
Future Publicity opportunities: We would be interested in Trail Days next year if it doesn't conflict with High Plains. Mike will contact Mardell to get a contact name.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events:Labor Day weekend - Black Hills Rendezvous; August (3rd weekend?) - Perham, MN and Forest City, MN.

Other New Business: None.

Other Business: Due to Labor Day, the September meeting will be September 8th, prior to Sweetwater, to wrap up details.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm.
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July 2008

Meeting called to order at 7:43pm, 7/7/08 by President John Thelen. 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read. Website has 4666 hits on main page, 4914 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We have $1282.31 + some additional. Drifting Goose made approximately $184.88 profit.

Range Officer's Report: Range Officer absent, discussion of at least one more set of target stands for range. It would be nice if we could get 3 total sets additional, the other two permanently for Sweetwater. Joe will talk to Loy.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
2008 Canoe Journey (John T): no update.(August?)
2008 NRA Youth Sportsfest (August 9th): Who will attend? Joe, John T, Mike, {presumably} John G and Dan O. Any others?
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2009):no update.
Target stands (Joe/John T): Joe will contact Loy Stange:

Old Business:
Building update (John T):Donald is still haying. However, he should be done in a couple weeks. We need to call him around shoot weekend. Members will meet this Saturday at 8:00am to prepare the building for transportation.
Ipswich Trail Days: This was a good event. Lots of fun and exposure. The group gave away a large amount of Fry Bread. We were able to dig firepits. The club should consider this event next year, if it doesn't conflict with High Plains. There may be limited camp space, but it was good exposure for the club.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Mark H has sample, waiting to hear back from him.
IRS Non-Profit Rules (Mike): Completed.
Donation Requests (Joe): Sodak and TSC are both going to donate. Joe hasn't contacted any others yet. Mike sent out additional requests to organizations outside the local area by e-mail.

Other Old Business:
Ft. Sisseton (John T.): Kate is very busy until September or October. Then she wishes to meet with the club to discuss Ft. Sisseton. She will also be bringing her boss.

New Business:
July Shoot: July 20th. The Buffalo and Squirrel still need to be repaired from Drifting Goose.
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008: Joe is working on prizes and will contact George about haying the site. That will reduce the need to mow. The site needs wood. Frank Z has some downed trees. We need to see if he needs help cutting and getting to the site. Event list and captain: Friday - 2:00pm rifle shoot, John T; 3:15pm rifle shoot, {open}; 4:30pm rifle shoot, Joe; Saturday - 8:00am breakfast, {cooks open}; 9:15am Archery {open}; 10:30am rifle shoot, {open}; 12:30pm shotgun shoot {Ralph?}; 1:45pm rifle shoot, Mike; 3:00pm smoothbore shoot, John T; 4:15pm pistol shoot, {open}; Afternoon - hawk & knife, Pete.
2008 Publicity opportunities: None.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events:Labor Day weekend - Black Hills Rendezvous; August (3rd weekend?) - Perham, MN and Forest City, MN.

Other New Business: None.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:48pm.
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June 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:07pm, 6/2/08 by President John Thelen. 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: Approved as read. Website has 4374 hits on main page, 4607 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We have $789.31. This was not including money from Drifting Goose. NRA dues are paid. Next year, we should look at long-term dues payment to the NRA to save money.

Range Officer's Report: No paid shoots in May, just fun shoots.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
2008 Canoe Journey: no update.(August?)
2008 NRA Youth Sportsfest: no update.(August 9th)
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008:We are almost out of mugs. Should we reorder? Decision was made not to reorder mugs. Our camp fees for Sweetwater have remained the same for 20 years, yet the expenses have gone up. We should raise camp fees to $20 or $25 next year (also raise Drifting Goose.) We will also need wood for this fall. John T. will talk to Frank and make arrangements. It was decided to use the same token as Drifting Goose.
Ft. Manuel (Mike/Mardell): no update.
Cabin Fever Party (2009):no update.
Target stands (Joe/John T):

Old Business:
Building update (John T):July 12, 9:00am. John T. will contact Donald Hahler.
SD Outdoor Expo report (Mike): Event went well. Now that we know what to expect, there is more we can do next year. We would be able to camp Friday night and leave Saturday night. Fry bread is a good possibility, as is archery or hawk demonstration.
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: was a very good success. 6/7 events per day is about right. We need a lunch break though, AND NEW HOOTERS. Possible event times could be: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. We will build new hooters (at least one) before next spring. Joe will write an article on Drifting Goose for the Powder Horn News. Mike will send article with pictures.
Ipswich Trail Days: Also their 125th. Trail Days is June 14-15. Several people have expressed interest in either camping or day-tripping. The club may provide candy in the parade and fry bread to passers-by. Keep all receipts and bring to the following meeting. This is a great opportunity for the club to get additional publicity.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): no update.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): no update.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Joe will get a patch sample to Mark H. He may know someone in Webster who can help us out.
IRS Non-Profit Rules (Mike/Pete): Mike will file in June.
Donation Requests: no updates.

Other Old Business:
Ft. Sisseton Kate will work with muzzleloaders to improve the rendezvous portion of the festival. John T. will invite her to the July meeting.

New Business:
June Shoot: Will be held on the 15th, the day after Trail Days. Please do not shoot the Buffalo or Squirrel, as they need to be repaired from Drifting Goose. Also, as John T and Mike will be at the HPRR in Kansas, the grass will not be mowed.
2008 Publicity opportunities: None.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events:HPRR 2008 in McLouth, KS June 13-22. 4-Moons Rising in Gary, SD July 2-6.

Other New Business: None.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:07pm.
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May 2008

Meeting called to order 5/5/08 by President John Thelen.

Secretary's Report: Mike was absent, John read secretary's report. Website has 4114 hits on main page, 4362 on links.

Treasurer's Report: We have $934.92. There is a check for $11.00 for the April shoot and expenses for the secretary.

Range Officer's Report: John T took first and John G took second in the club shoot.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
Ft. Manuel (Mike): Mardell may check into this.
2008 Canoe Journey: (August?)
Cabin Fever Party (2009):
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008:
Target stands (Joe/John T):

Old Business:
Range clean-up weekend: Went really well. The club was able to borrow a Bobcat and clear a lot of debris.
Building update (John T):We need to pick a day and get this moved.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): We need to be there before 9am on Saturday if at all possible. If we want to do fry bread and other activities, Mike needs to let Randy Gaskins know. We need a decision at this meeting. Club shoot will still be held on Sunday, if anyone plans on staying the night in Huron.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): {no update recorded}
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): {no update recorded}.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): We have another request from a patch collector. Should we order more patches?
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: John T will contact Nick and Ralph to see if they are available to run shoots. Ralph will bring the water wagon over. Joe has a token determined. We should have at least 2 signs (one on the Mansfield road and one on Hwy 281). If people identified aren't available to run shoots, someone will run them. John T. will contact Pete around May 17th for meat prizes.
IRS Non-Profit Rules (Mike/Pete): Apparently our budget year doesn't end until May 31. Mike has the info needed to file. We will file once we roll into June.
Donation Requests: {no update recorded}

NRA Youth Sportsfest: The BCSC would like someone from the group to attend a meeting May 12 at 7pm. Mike cannot get there due to other conflicts. Can anyone else attend?
Ipswich Trail Days: Also their 125th. Trail Days is June 14-15. Several people have expressed interest in either camping or day-tripping. The club may provide candy in the parade and fry bread to passers-by. Keep all receipts and bring to the following meeting. This is a great opportunity for the club to get additional publicity.
Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
May Shoot: Will be held on the 18th, the day after SD Outdoor Expo.
2008 Publicity opportunities:
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events:

Other New Business: Ft. Sisseton is under a new section leader. Her name is Kate. She is interested in discussing the event with buckskinners to revitalize the festival. John T will call her and begin discussions with what the DTML members would like to see.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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April 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:13 pm, 4/7/08 by President John Thelen. 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 3906 hits, Links page has 4112 hits.

Treasurer's Report: We will have $918.92 in our account after tomorrow. Some Sweetwater mugs and dues have come in. Insurance and Secretary of State are paid.

Range Officer's Report: March shoot had 8 people. Scalps were given out for club pay shoot.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
Ft. Manuel (Mike):
Cabin Fever Party (John T): $40.00 estimated profit. The club sold a few mugs, got some dues paid. Everyone had a good time.
2008 Canoe Journey: Spring is quickly filling up with other activities. Can the canoe trip be done in late August? John will check on river status if postponed until then.
Range clean-up weekend: WILL BE SHOOT WEEKEND IN APRIL (3RD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH). Lots of 'little' cleaning to do to get everything ready for Drifting Goose.
NRA Youth Sportsfest: August 9th. Mark your calendars. This is a good event. The kids have a great time.
Sweetwater, September 12-14, 2008:
Building update (John T):
Target stands (Joe/John T):

Old Business:
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): Several members are considering day-tripping Saturday. John T and Zach W hope to set up camps. Zach isn't sure of schedule, but will check and determine if he can do fire-starting demonstrations. The club will contact Randy Gaskins and commit to loading demonstrations (done at camp, no 'live' load fire) and possibly fry-bread to hand out to public. The club needs to know if we can dig firepits, though. The Sunday schedule is also needed, to determine who can set up camp and stay through the event. Mike will contact Randy Gaskins.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): Zach has left messages, no replies. Drifting Goose is open to the public, might want to promote that.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): Kyle was not in attendance.
Club info listings - GF&P/Abdn Am News (Joe): The News is still not responding.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): No new update. Pete contacted Cindy Bauer. She is unable to make the patches.
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26). John T needs to find the scalp cutter as Joe needs it for the camp token. Zach can provide a backup if necessary. Someone needs to contact Nick H. to see if he will be attending and if he can run the 1:30pm shoot on Sunday. Same needs to be done with Ralph and the shotgun shoot at 9:00am Sunday. Members discussed the definition of a "camp" concerning fees. Two options were discussed, being (1) 2 adults and children under 18 is a camp, regardless of relationship and (2) "camp" is a family only, with 2 adults (Husband & Wife) and children under 18. 4-Moons and High Plains do not distinguish between 2 adults or "Husband & Wife". Members voted to define "camp" as 2 adults and children under 18 is a camp, regardless of relationship, with an evaluation done after Drifting Goose to determine if any changes need to be made. Financially, there will be a charge for more than 2 adults in one camp.
IRS Non-Profit Rules (Mike/Pete): We will have to file if we want to retain our non-profit status. Mike believes he has all material needed to file the e-postcard and get this taken care of.
Donation Requests: Joe has talked to Sodak. Mardell provided another possible source for donations, someone who does the military reenactments and makes period-correct clothes. No update from Kyle.

Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
April Shoot: Will be held on the 20th. This is clean-up weekend.
2008 Publicity opportunities: Ipswich Trail Days is also their 125th. Mardell would like to set up and promote, if there were other club members who would also set up. Mike will include in the next newsletter to see if there are others who can participate. Trail Days is June 14-15.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Ft. Atkinson (Nebraska) event is April 18-20.

Other New Business: None.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm.
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March 2008

Meeting was cancelled due to Illnesses/Absenteeism.

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February 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:09 pm, 2/4/08 by Vice President Joe Carda. 5 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 3400 hits, Links page has surpassed Index in hits.

Treasurer's Report: We had $908.20 in our account prior to the meeting. Sweetwater mugs have been paid. Some dues and aggregate dollars were turned in.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in January due to weather.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
Ft. Manuel (Mike):
Cabin Fever Party, Mar 1. (John T): There will be a free drawing throughout the night for random small prizes. The fundraiser drawings will be 1 ticket for $1.00. Giving 3/$1 is just a waste of tickets since everyone pays $1.00. Joe will bring coffee. Mike needs to contact Pete with the number of prizes already collected to determine the number of meat prizes to purchase from Frohling Meats.
2008 Spring canoe journey: Need to review possible dates due to busy May. Joe will bring map next month to review possible routes.
Range clean-up weekend: WILL BE SHOOT WEEKEND IN APRIL (3RD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH)
Building update (John T):

Old Business:
Target stands (Joe/John T): No new update.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): The organization wants to know what we can/will demonstrate. The camp area is located on the State Fair grounds in Huron, SD. If you set up, they want you to stay THROUGH Sunday's events. Day-tripping is possible, but they need to know what we are willing to demonstrate asap. There is the possibility of shooting, but that will be done at the local trap range outside of town. They will be bussing people back and forth. Joe, John G and Kyle all mentioned possibly day-tripping. Does anyone want to demonstrate? Possibly Zach or Dan O as they are both experienced? Mike will include in next newsletter to see if there are volunteers (hint, hint!) Any volunteer needs to contact Mike asap so he can get information. This is very near the dates for both the canoe trip and Drifting Goose. The club may need to look at rescheduling the canoe trip? Several members would like to carpool and day-trip that Saturday.
Sweetwater 2008: Mugs are here. They look great! Mike tested the "market" in Kearney. The mugs will hold 24oz with room for additional liquid. Pricing will be difficult. After much discussion and deliberation, it was agreed that we will charge $15.00 (the basic model retails for $18.00 in Dave's booth). Several members took mugs home. They will be available in limited quantities at the next meetings, shoots and Fargo Trade Fair.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): Zach was not in attendance for an update AGAIN!
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): Kyle has not had an opportunity to pursue. He will try to get this moving before the next meeting.
Club info listings - GF&P/Abdn Am News (Joe): GF&P can't publicize, or all other groups would want the same. The News is still not responding.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): No new update. Pete asked if John T had contacted Cindy Bauer? She might be able to make the patches.
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26). Joe is working on token. He found a possible backup - Buffalo Concho. The club asked him to pursue the backup as it may be used for other events also. John T needs to find the scalp cutter as Joe needs it for the camp token. John G volunteered to run a shoot and archery. John T will do the first rifle shoot Saturday. Kyle will run the smoothbore shoot. Someone needs to see if Ralph is available for the Shotgun shoot as it is early in the morning and he may be in the fields by that time. Kyle would be dog soldier. He volunteered Zach also. Pete isn't sure of his schedule, so someone may need to run the Hawk & Knife.

Other Old Business:
IRS Non-Profit Rules (Mike/Pete): Nothing has changed yet. The local IRS office still doesn't know what we will have to do. Mike gets regular electronic updates, but nothing has been clarified yet.

New Business:
February Shoot: Will be held on the 17th. Aggregates need to be made up before Cabin Fever party. LAST MAKE UP DATE.
2008 Publicity opportunities: Joe will investigate and see if he can learn of any celebrations this summer.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Updated: ND trade fair - Feb 16-17. Joe would like to carpool.

Other New Business:
NRA Youth Sportsfest: Rieck Eske provided the date for the 2008 event. They have moved back to August due to weather and sporting events. The date will be August 9th. Will we participate? A number of members believed they would be available for the sportsfest, so Mike will contact Rieck and confirm.
New Member: Doug Wanttie has joined the club.
Donation Requests: Joe will work the local scene this year. Kyle will help where he can.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:38 pm.
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January 2008

Meeting called to order at 8:05 pm, 1/7/08 by President John Thelen. 6 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved with one correction - NE trade fair is Jan 18-20. Website has 3159 hits, Links page has 3100. Highest monthly traffic to date on Links.

Treasurer's Report: Pete was absent, report delivered by John T. We had $1365.80 in our account prior to the meeting. Insurance and Sweetwater mugs are due yet. Some dues and aggregate dollars will be turned in later.

Range Officer's Report: No fee shoot in December, just aggregate and fun shoots.

Tabled Business:
New Rendezvous site (Joe):
Ft. Manuel (Mike): Joe found phone numbers to contact. Deanne Bearcatches 701-823-4949 or 2299 & 605-823-2494 seasonal. Mike will pursue.
Cabin Fever Party (John T): March 1, 2008. Plan on a silent auction. If you have items, please bring them. John G will bring paper/pencils. Also consider giving 1 free ticket for each drawing, with the option of buying additional chances. Everyone would then have 1 chance without having to pay.
2008 Spring canoe journey: 2nd weekend of May potentially.
Range clean-up weekend:

Old Business:
Building update (John T): John T and Ralph were unable to locate an available tractor this late in the year. The building will have to be moved next spring when the weather makes it possible.
Target stands (Joe/John T): Still need the 25yd and 100yd stands made.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): No news, but the deadline is fast approaching. Mike will contact for an update.
Sweetwater 2008: Mug samples were done, but no one was able to hook up with Dakota Stoneware to pick them up. We should have the entire order by next meeting. Mike presented an updated flyer. All liked the simplified version. Mike will have copies made for distribution at Kearney and other trade fairs. Mike will also get Sweetwater added to the Powder Horn News.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): Zach was not in attendance for an update.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): Kyle was not in attendance for an update.
Club info listings - GF&P/Abdn Am News (Joe): No new success, but Joe is still working on both. GF&P is checking against guidelines.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): Nothing new to report. John will get back to this by next meeting.
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26). Possibility of using a goose feather as the initial camp token. Joe has a plan. We need to have the rendezvous name and date on the token. After discussion, it was decided to use a leather "scalp" from the club shoot scalps and tie that to the feather. John T will need to locate the scalp punch. Several flyer designs were brought for review. One was chosen with some slight modifications. Mike will get copies made before the Nebraska trade fair in January and will send to Powder Horn News. Several people volunteered for events. We need to determine the remaining volunteers at the next two meetings.

Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
January Shoot: January shoot will be held on the 20th. Aggregates need to be made up before Cabin Fever party.
2008 Publicity opportunities: No new updates.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: Updated: NE trade fair - Jan 18-20.

Other New Business:
Donation Requests: Mike and John have submitted donation requests via e-mail to many businesses outside SD. We need to have someone look for donations in the Aberdeen area for the rendezvous' this year.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm.
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December 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:00 pm, 12/3/07 by President John Thelen. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 2850 hits, Links page has 2683.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1365.80 in our account prior to the meeting. Insurance and Sweetwater mugs are due yet.

Range Officer's Report: No fee shoot in November, just aggregate.

Old Business:
Building update (John T): Building is cleared out and ready to move. The stackmover is available, but Hahler's tractor is down, so is Nilsson's. We need to find a tractor, then try to move the building before Christmas. John T will contact Ralph or seek alternatives for a tractor. Everyone be prepared for recruitment to move the building.
Target stands (Joe/John T): We will need to remove old target posts and install new stands when we move the building in, due to size and 'approach' to get the building positioned where we want it.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): No new updates.
New Rendezvous site (Joe): On hold until further notice
Ft. Manuel (Mike): Mike sent e-mails to two addresses, but were returned undeliverable. No one has a phone number to contact. Until e-mail works on the Ft. Manuel end, there is no lead to pursue.
Cabin Fever Party (John T): Just a reminder - someone needs to bring coffee. Date is March 1, 2008.
Sweetwater 2008: Mugs could be done this month. When they are, Mike will contact Pete & Joe to see who can pick them up.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): Zach contacted NSU History department. They would like to set something up again at the range. He will continue pursuing this.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): Kyle has volunteered to contact these groups.
Club info listings - GF&P/Abdn Am News (Joe): No new success, but Joe is still working on both.
Club Patches/Flags (John T): John T talked to Sanders Sew & Vac, but no success. There are responses by several online contacts. Prices are approximately $2-$3.00 per patch for 50-piece orders. DSS may be able to do this (or know another local contact) and Cindy Bauer may also do this work. John T will continue.
2008 Spring canoe journey: Reminder - 2nd weekend of May potentially. John T has a possible contact with experience on the Cheyenne River near Oakes/Lisbon if we want to drive up. Jim River is too flooded - no trees anymore.
Range clean-up weekend: On hold.
"Drifting Goose" Rendezvous: Potential date is Memorial Day weekend, which would allow for two full days of activities (Saturday & Sunday) with setup anytime before Saturday and teardown on Monday. Possibility of using a goose feather as the initial camp token. Joe and Kyle will see how many they can get. Joe brought a flyer design. We will choose a flyer at next meeting. Bring a hard copy so Zach can try to get copies made before the Nebraska trade fair in January. Plan on having 5 rifle shoots, Smoothbore, Shotgun, Pistol, Archery, Skillet Toss, Hawk&Knife, and Trapper's Walk/Seneca Run - approximately 6 events per day, Saturday and Sunday, with blanket events Friday and/or Monday. Coordinate events at approximately 9am, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm, with the camp meeting Sunday night at 6:30pm.

Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
December Shoot: December shoot will be held on 16th. Aggregates need to be made up before Cabin Fever party.
2008 Publicity opportunities: No new updates.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: NE trade fair - Jan 12-13, SD Living History - Jan 26-27 (Brookings), ND trade fair - Feb 16-17, MN trade fair - Mar 8-9.
Other New Business: None.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
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November 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:00 pm, 11/5/07 by President John Thelen. 9 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved with one correction (the Aberdeen Township Hall is NORTH of the south sale barn.) Website has 2625 hits, Links page has 2390 and is the fastest growing page.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1379.86 in our account prior to the meeting. Due to expenses in postage, it was agreed that we will only send USPS newsletters to non-members before Sweetwater and before Cabin Fever. Paid members will continue to receive USPS newsletters where Electronic is not available. Electronic newsletters will continue to be sent out to any interested parties to encourage new membership.

Range Officer's Report: No shoot in October.

Old Business:
Building update (John T): No new updates.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008 (Mike): No new updates.
New Rendezvous site (Joe): No new updates.
Ft. Manuel (Mike): No new updates.
Cabin Fever Party (John T): The club cabin fever party will be March 1st, a Saturday night. It will be held at the Aberdeen Township Hall, north of the South Sale Barn. It will again be a pot-luck, with lots of prizes. The hall is reserved. Someone needs to bring coffee. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sweetwater 2008: The mugs have been ordered. They hope to be done by January. We will pre-sell mugs so people can use them throughout the rendezvous season, which will help promote Sweetwater. If all mugs are sold prior to the rendezvous, we may order more (depending on demand). The mugs will be white with blue striping, crossed hawk/gun, 30oz capacity! Mike will e-mail the order to Dakota Stoneware and we will arrange pickup between Pete & Joe when they are ready.
Club Public Relations:
College Activities (Zach): Zach will contact PC/NSU History departments. Zach also discussed working with the school system to host an event similar to Albert Lea. There was lots of discussion of club participation and assistance in this event. Zach will work on this offline as it would be a couple years in development.
Aberdeen Area Arts Council/ARCC (open): No one is currently pursuing.
Club info listings - GF&P/Abdn Am News (Joe): Having trouble making contact with the Aberdeen American News, no responses. GF&P has some potential, they at least express some interest. Joe will continue to work with them. They may even attend a shoot for the experience?
Club Patches/Flags (Mike): No opportunity to pursue this yet. John T volunteered to pursue this. Sanders Sew & Vac may be a potential contact, as they might know who locally can do this type of work.
Other Old Business:
Beaver Club Award - it has been a long time since anyone was recognized. The award was explained to members unfamiliar with the details. Beaver Club members (in recognition order) are: George Bartell, Donnie Bachman (d.), Elwin Hite (d.), John Thelen, Pete Mattson, Jim Diestel and John Graves. Award is determined by BC members only, so surviving members will discuss privately.

New Business:
November Shoot: November shoot will be held on November 18th, where aggregate shoot will be made up.
2008 Spring canoe journey: We are considering the second weekend of May. How many people can participate on this date? Set this date until closer to spring, once schedules are more clearly defined.
2008 Publicity opportunities: If anyone hears of upcoming local events, such as 125th celebrations, where the club could make public appearances, please notify the club via e-mail or at club meetings. Membership was at its height when we were participating in these events across the region.
Range clean-up weekend: No date defined yet. It will have to be done prior to May.
Upcoming Rendezvous'/Events: No new updates.
Other New Business:
New trees for range (Joe): We have lost a significant number of trees over the last few years. We need to introduce new growth (especially on the east end) if we want to keep shade on the range site. Joe has cottonwood and possibly cedar that we could transplant next spring. It would be a relatively easy process. It was agreed to coordinate planting some of these at the range during the April shoot weekend.
Target stands (Joe/John T): Joe will bring the stands from Sweetwater to the range on his next trip over. Once Joe gets some additional hubs built, John T will build the uprights to put up the additional stands.
Spring Rendezvous: Several members have thought about hosting a spring rendezvous. Since the site near Sica Hollow is unavailable at this time, why not host one at the Range. It would be a small, primitive, "bare-bones" rendezvous to start. This weekend for consideration is Memorial Day weekend, which would allow for two full days of activities (Saturday & Sunday) with setup anytime before Saturday and teardown on Monday. John T would like to call it "Drifting Goose" after the local indian leader of the late 1800's. All agreed to host the event. Next meeting we need to determine flyer design, camp tokens, etc. Currently, the plan is to award 1st place for each event only. That may change if an acceptable number of prizes are donated, as the goal of this first year will be to get the ball rolling.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 pm.
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October 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:12 pm, 10/1/07 by President John Thelen. 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 2366 hits, good traffic through September.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1396.49 in our account prior to the meeting. Sweetwater cleared $265.26 and the Chinese auction brought in $53.00 (good considering the turnout).

Range Officer's Report: Scalps will be kept at the range so they can be given out at the shoots.

Old Business:
Building update: No new updates.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008: No new updates.
Joe's Rendezvous site: No new updates.
Ft. Manuel: No new updates.
Sweetwater 2007: Sweetwater cleared well, considering the turnout. There were 14 (?) paid camps, down due to weather and family issues (Thane Wells is now a Grandpa!) We need to bring the target stands and clay pigeons to the range so they can be used. The pigeons will not last to next year. Several items were brought up for next year: #1 We need to update the flyer to reflect the events being held, i.e. pistol, shotgun, smoothbore shoots, so people know what to bring. #2 Can/should we allocate money for prizes, as local donations are not always reflective of the pre-1840 period? We traditionally spend $100-$175 on meat prizes... #3 We need to coordinate events better next year, as most rifle shoots were Friday before people were set up and most custom (pistol, shotgun, archery, etc) events were Saturday when most people were on-site.
Other Old Business: None.

New Business:
October Shoot: October shoot will be cancelled due to being opening weekend of Pheasant season. There is too much risk with public hunting lands within shooting distance. November shoot will be held on November 18th, where aggregate shoot will be made up.
Sweetwater 2008: We have traditionally held Sweetwater on the 2nd weekend after Labor Day. Next year, that will be September 12-14. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Next year's mug will be: tall, tapered slightly from bottom to top(not pot-bellied), 30oz capacity, rifle and tomahawk crossed design, brown with a green stripe around the rim, with a full handle (top to bottom) for an entire fist and thumb knob. Pete will deliver request to Dakota Stoneware as soon as possible so we can try to get samples. We will plan on ordering 40 mugs.
Cabin Fever Party: The club cabin fever party will be March 1st, a Saturday night. It will be held at the Aberdeen Township Hall, south of the South Sale Barn. It will again be a pot-luck, with lots of prizes. John T will work with Jim D to get the hall reserved. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Club Public Relations: Discussion centered around ideas to increase club awareness in our community. The idea of a Spring Public Rendezvous was deemed ineffective, as well as a concern with involving local high schools due to the risk of the range being used for the wrong intent at later dates. There was interest in working with the college history departments again. Zach W will work on NSU and PC to see what we can set up. We have hosted History classes at the range before with success. The Aberdeen Area Arts Council and ARCC are other options to pursue. If someone is willing, those are two contact points that could be made. The Aberdeen American News might be a resource again, with the recent article about Zach. The Game, Fish and Parks may also be an option. Joe C agreed to work on both of those resources to at least get our monthly meetings and shoots announced.
Club Patches/Flags/Mugs: Is there interest in club "swag" to help get the club more visibility? Mike T received bids on flags, but a full-sized flag would cost a minimum of $125.00 and small flags for individual lodges would be $7.00 each - with a minimum order of 50. Those options are too expensive to pursue at this time. Mugs were not desirable, as everyone already has so many mugs. Patches are a good idea. Pete M had a few left over from our last run, approximately 20 years ago. Mike T took one as a sample to see how much they would cost for a new order.
Club Canoe Trip: Years ago, the club took a canoe trip on one of the local rivers every spring. It was usually a one-day trip, but could be an overnight trip. Is there interest? At least 6 people would participate, possibly more. There is no time to have one this fall, so we need to pick a date for one next spring. Keep on the agenda.
Other New Business: None.

Other Business: None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:22 pm.
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September 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:07 pm, 9/10/07 by President John Thelen. 10 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 2209 hits, all but 1 page had highest monthly hit totals to date. Sweetwater page had over 80 hits during August.

Treasurer's Report: We had $793.27 in our account prior to the meeting. Several bills have been submitted and income received. Pete will pick up meat prizes from Frohling's Meats. We need to determine what we need tonight.

Range Officer's Report: July scalp winners were - 1st Mike T, 2nd John G. August scalp winners were - 1st John G, 2nd John T. Will need to provide winners to Pete for scalps at Sweetwater.

Old Business:
Building update: No new updates on the move, however, Mike and John bought a nice stove for the building at Jerry Painter's auction.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008: No new updates.
Joe's Rendezvous site: No new updates.
Sweetwater 2007: Mardell is getting the eggs from an individual. John G will bring a large fry pan for the eggs. Mike and John picked up a fire grate at an auction that will stay at Sweetwater. The grate is large enough to cook everything for the breakfast. Pete has pancake mix and will get sausage (as well as food prizes) this week from Frohling's. It was asked that we get a variety of prizes from them, not just meat and cheese. We should only need to purchase about 12 prizes, as Mardell, Gayland, John G and Mike have acquired a number of donated prizes. Door Flap/Drawing will have a number of items also, including a rocking chair from Helen and Moosie Angrimson, Trade Silver from Rooster (Mark Roster), and a Tomahawk from Joe DeLaRonde. Mike noted that these people all responded when he put out the need for a door-flap prize. The bowls look good. We have 40 and will sell them for $8.00 each on-site. Ralph will bring the water wagon over Wednesday night. He will fill it with Web Water, as the water last year seemed a little rust-colored. We will have new target stands for the 20yd and 40yd targets. Those will be taken over to the range after the rendezvous. Gayland will bring additional targets for archery and Joe will bring a post-pounder to build the archery range. Pete will pick up clay pigeons for the shotgun shoot.
For a more detailed schedule, see the Sweetwater Rendezvous page.
NRA Youth Sportsfest: Had a good turnout all things considered. The event was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to weather. The number of kids was down, but they were all shooters. 4 people had a hard time keeping up with the kids.
Other old business: None.

New Business:
Ft. Manuel: Keith H mentioned Ft. Manuel at the August shoot. It is located near Kennel, SD along the Missouri River. The Standing Rock tribe has rebuilt/restored the fort and he questioned if there was a rendezvous there? Mike would like to check with the tribe to see if they would be interested in hosting a rendezvous at the site. It could raise awareness as well as revenue to help restore the fort.
Upcoming rendezvous: Big Island is the first weekend of October.
Other New Business:
Cabin Fever Party: We need to place this on the October agenda and start working on details.

Other Business:
Zach is looking for .45cal supplies for his newest toy!

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm.
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August 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:03 pm, 8/6/07 by President John Thelen. 7 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 1887 hits with 1496 visits to the links page, highest monthly hit totals to date. Links page ranks well on Yahoo and Google. Mike will send flyers to George & Alice since they weren't able to make the meeting.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1074.42 in our account prior to the meeting. Several bills have been submitted and dues paid. Pete will pick up Sweetwater bowls from Huebner's. Do we want to continue PHN subscription? They do donate subscriptions for prizes and list our event, so YES, continue subscription. Rosie (Steve Rosendahl) is back in the hospital.

Range Officer's Report: John G was not in attendance. July shoot had 13 shooters. We picked up some dues at that time. Will need to provide winners to Pete for scalps.

Old Business:
Building update: Nilsson's think the hired-hand should be able to get the building cleared out this month. It may be ready to move late August or early September.
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008: No new updates.
Joe's Rendezvous site: Joe talked to Canyon Ranch briefly. There is potential. He plans on attending a trail ride there this weekend where he will talk more with them.
Sweetwater 2007: Final Clean-up weekend will be August 25. We need to mow, build steps for a hooter, set up the range (Joe's making new target stands), and possibly move more firewood. Joe, John and Mike will bring mowers. Joe has wood for the hooter step. Bring saws for firewood. Breakfast details - Mardell will buy eggs, Pete will buy pancakes, Joe will get sausage from Frohlings. Pete needs the number of prizes donated at next meeting so we can determine how many food prizes to buy from Frohlings. Mardell suggested we buy more than just meat, Frohlings has jams, salsas, etc. Mardell may check on Buffalo meat prizes also. Joe provided some possible contacts. Helen and Moosie Angrimson have donated a rocking chair for door flap prize. Rooster (Mark Roster) will be providing something also. Door flap should be covered. For a more detailed schedule, see the Sweetwater Rendezvous page.
Other old business: None.

New Business:
August shoot: Mike asked about breakfast/camp-over. Nick H had previously mentioned he may bring his camper over and stay Saturday night. Joe might bring his tent, depending on time available. Several people were interested in breakfast. We will meet around 9:00 am for breakfast - any who are interested are welcome.
NRA Youth Sportsfest: The BCSC should be meeting Tuesday night (tomorrow) to set the agenda. We need to know what time to show up. The event is September 8th - before our next meeting. We should be there around 7:30 am to set up. Reminder - this is IN DRESS. It would be best to have 6-8 people. Last year, 4 people were kept pretty busy. Lunch is provided by the BCSC, as are all the shooting supplies for .50cal. Rifles available: John, Mike (2), Richard possibly, John G (?), any others?
Upcoming rendezvous: Missouri River Muzzleloaders have their annual rendezvous September 7-9 at Ft. Mandan, near Washburn, ND. Jerry Painter is having an auction in Florence on August 18th. He's selling all his personal property and his Rendezvous stuff.
Other New Business: None.

Other Business:
None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.
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July 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:12 pm, 7/9/07 by President John Thelen. 12 members present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 1711 hits with 1243 visits to the links page, most to date in one month.

Treasurer's Report: We had $1017.96 in our account prior to the meeting. Several bills have been submitted and dues paid. Bowls are done for Sweetwater, we will be getting that bill soon.

Old Business:
SD Outdoor Expo, May 17-18, 2008: No new updates.
Warner 125th: Was a success. We shot in the parade, had some kids do demonstration shooting and archery.
Frederick 125th: Another success. Many people participated in the demonstration shooting and hawk throw. The park and city staff were very nice. Shooting in the parade went very well. The club was contacted by Jeff Roste, the publisher of an outdoor magazine while at the park. He shot, threw hawk and would like to attend Sweetwater to take pictures and write an article for the magazine on Rendezvous. Mike read a letter sent from Jeff earlier Monday.
Joe's Rendezvous site: No new updates. Joe hopes to talk to Canyon Ranch this week.
Building update: No new updates.
Donnie's Day: Club Shoot weekend in July (14th & 15th) at the club range. Running buffalo is back and can be set up. BYO, bring enough to share if you feel generous. Saturday will be a relaxed gathering. Plan on arriving around 11:00am. Several plan to camp overnight for Sunday's shoot.
Sweetwater 2007: Clean-up weekends will be July 21-22 and August 25. We need to mow, move a hooter, build steps for a hooter, set up the range, and move/split firewood. Joe C may have a belly mower we can borrow. Joe and Kyle N may have access to log splitters if necessary. John T will get the hooter from 4-Moons. Joe's wife will make camp tokens. John G will run archery. Zach W, Kyle N, John T, and Joe C will run shoots. Gayland W will run pistol shoot. John T will contact Ralph J about shotgun shoot and Nick H about running a regular shoot. Pete M will run hawk throw. George and Alice B will run skillet toss. For the Saturday breakfast, John T and Gayland W will make pancakes, Joe C will make eggs and possibly bring honey, and Frank Z will make the sausage. Alice B has plenty of syrup. Pete M will get pancake mix. Joe C will check with Frohling's Meats about costs/donations for breakfast meats and possible meat prizes. For a more detailed schedule, see the Sweetwater Rendezvous page.
Other old business: None.

New Business:
Monthly shoot winners: No shoots in June.
Upcoming rendezvous: Owatanna is coming up. Forest City is 3rd weekend in August,as is Perham. Albert Lea is 1st weekend of October. Lake Benton is last weekend of July(?).
Other New Business: None.

Other Business:
None.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 pm.
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June 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:12 pm, 6/4/07 by President John Thelen. 8 members/guests present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. Website has 1480 hits with 60+ other sites linking to us. PHN had Sweetwater article in the last edition.

Treasurer's Report: We have $1019.20 in our account. Secretary of State has been paid.

Old Business:
SD Outdoor Expo: The dates are May 17-18, 2008. Mike provided a draft outline of events desired. Randy Gaskins and Alison Kiesz are leading the project. They hope to bring in some big names and are seeking sponsorship arrangements with various businesses (Sportsman's Warehouse and others). We are on the communication list now to keep us up to date. Sounds like there will be opportunity to set up and demonstrate, that they want it to be a hands-on event. It does not sound like another "boat show".
Donnie's Day: Club Shoot weekend in July (14th & 15th) at the club range. Running buffalo is back and can be set up.
Club clean-up weekend: Hauled out 11 loads of stuff (mostly rotted wood), moved the old building, moved the outhouse out-of-sight and put in a 2nd. A lot of area was cleared, still a few old piles of wood that need to be handled. Lance Fuhrman believes the township will lay gravel and grade the north/south road. Joe advised we may have a new hawk block available.
Warner 125th: Zach said he will be there (after missing the BCSC picnic). Joe could have bales brought in for archery. Is a hawk block available? Mike will get a final schedule from Sharon and e-mail to those who have e-mail. We plan to attach business cards to old camp tokens and give those out during the parade. They would like to shoot the candy cannon multiple times. We will be shooting in the parade and demonstration shooting. Mike will bring FFg powder for use in the parade. Do we have wood for fires? If not, we'll bring some from the range (only 4 miles away).
Sportsman's Club of Brown County picnic: Rain, rain, rain! Only had 3 shooters, but their club had a low turnout due to the weather. Some flyers/info sheets were taken. It was still the right thing to do to gain publicity for the muzzleloaders.
Joe's Rendezvous site: Actually, Canyon Ranch may be a great site, just down from Joe's place (Joe has organic land, no spraying for bugs). Zach asked if it would be a possible site for 2015 HPRR? Joe's = no, but Canyon Ranch = yes. Joe's could be used for the overnight trek. Canyon Ranch has horse rides, that could be a possibility. It also already has some hooters and campsite work done. Joe will talk to the owners and be prepared to report back at next meeting.
Building update: New building was not ready to move. Nilsson's will work with us once they get it emptied, so we will have time to move. Stay tuned!
Other old business: Storybook Land is no longer doing the Youth Heritage Festival. It is now focused on literacy/reading. No longer an event the club would participate in.
The Brown County Fair was discussed, but the last few times the club set up there, the "environment" wasn't beneficial to the club. There was no interest in that event at this time.

New Business:
125th Celebrations: There are a number of celebrations within 100 miles of Aberdeen. Mansfield has theirs on the same weekend as Warner. Ralph will be going through the Mansfield parade at 1:00pm with the water wagon. Others are welcome to walk that also (Warner's is at 11:00am). Northville has theirs on the following weekend. Ralph may already be doing that one also? The only other event that had club interest is Frederick, July 6-8. They have built a sod house that they plan to use as a museum after the celebration. Several club members are interested, so we will participate if they are able to let us camp/shoot in the parade.
Monthly shoot winners: Club tradition is to provide winners of shoots (1st and 2nd) with "scalps" for challenge events. We have continued this, but somewhat randomly. As Range Officer, John Graves will be in charge of reporting shoot winners at meetings following the shoots so Pete can award scalps.
Upcoming rendezvous: Browntown, MN has a 150th celebration with free camping. Contact Elmer or Marcy Baysinger. Gayland has information at home on a new rendezvous 30 minutes north of Sioux Falls. He will share contact information.
Sweetwater 2007: Need dates for a Sweetwater Clean-up/Site prep at the next meeting. Also need to start laying out plans for events/people/etc. NEED TO ORDER MUGS/BOWLS. This should have been done in February. We will go with a large bowl with loop, light tan with a green rim, with a skunk (lots of club history on that) as the logo. Will order 40 and price to sell. We need to have Saturday breakfast needs identified as soon as possible.
Other New Business:
Prizes we have some additional from Track of the Wolf and Hornady. John Graves will hold all prizes for Sweetwater/Cabin Fever as he already has some.
The following meeting dates will not be on the first Monday of the month: July (moved to July 9th) and September (moved to 10th). Both are needed to prepare for Sweetwater.

Other Business:
Sodak is no longer carrying Black Powder. They will continue with Pyrodex.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 pm.
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May 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:10 pm, 5/7/07 by President John Graves. 6 members/guests present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $979.81 in our account. Insurance of $347.61 has been paid. One bill outstanding to the Secretary of State.

Old Business:
Website/Publicity: Website - 1339 hits, traffic from many other sites. Still need past photos. Sweetwater article should be in the next PHN, there was a mix-up and they had believed the pictures were from a different rendezvous.
Donnie's Day: Club Shoot weekend in July (14th & 15th)? Could be held at the range, which would get people to the range also. All liked this potential date/location. Lets set the Running Buffalo up for this weekend. John T will bring it back from 4-Moons as well as two outhouses. Need dates for a Sweetwater Clean-up/Site prep at the next meeting.
Club clean-up weekend: Should go as scheduled. The range is accessible from the south, but you may have to walk in if it is still wet.
Warner 125th: We will need to get a rider on the insurance. We have the green light to do demonstration shooting.
Sportsman's Club of Brown County picnic: They would like us to start at 5:30pm. Reminders: attend in period attire; John, Mike, Joe, Zack and Kyle all volunteered. John T will check with Dan Opp as well, as he does good demonstrations/presentations.
Membership: Nick H moved from Webster to Bristol. His new address was provided to the club officers.

New Business:
Club Elections: Nominations were made and seconded for the following: PRESIDENT, John Thelen; VICE PRESIDENT, Joe Carda; SECRETARY, Mike Thelen; TREASURER, Pete Mattson. Motion made and seconded to cease nominations. Vote was taken with all in favor. Nominations made and seconded for the following Board of Directors positions: Richard Underwood, 3-year term; Ed Hofer, 1-year term. Motion made and seconded to cease nominations. Vote was taken with all in favor.
We have a BUILDING!: We have a building, a 12x18 grainary donated by Nilsson Farms. Donald Hahler has a 13x20 stackmover that we can use, but he wants to be present. We need to move this building ASAP! We will navigate the phone tree on Friday to let club members know if the range is accessible THIS WEEKEND. John and Mike will check the roads and start the phone tree. The goal will be to move the current building, clear the area, and prep this weekend. At the club clean-up weekend, we'll attempt to move the other building over.
SD Outdoor Expo: The Muzzleloaders of the Black Hills have been contacted by the Governor's Office about involvement in the 1st annual SD Outdoor Expo in Huron, SD. The dates are May 17-18, 2008 so we have 1 year to prepare. They are looking for assistance from all SD clubs with skill demonstrations (fire-starting, tomahawk and knife, shooting, etc). Ranges will be available. Are we interested in participating? All agreed at this time we are absolutely interested in being involved. The club, as well as the sport, need this opportunity for exposure. Mike will let the MotBL know we plan on assisting.

Other Business:
No other business was reported.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
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April 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:08 pm, 4/2/07 by President John Graves. 10 members/guests present.

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $1327.42 in our account. Cabin Fever Party cleared $203.61.

Old Business:
Website/Publicity: Website - 1131 hits, traffic from many other sites. We would really like to add some past photos! Will need to see if Sweetwater is in next PHN. For those going to Ft. Sisseton, please take along club literature/SW flyer/business card for club exposure. All will be provided at the next club meeting.
Donnie's Day: July date isn't good, too many conflicts. What about Club Shoot weekend in July (14th & 15th)? Could be held at the range, which would get people to the range also. All liked this potential date/location. Lets set the Running Buffalo up for this weekend. John T will bring it back from 4-Moons in April. We will have to review dates for a Sweetwater Clean-up/Site prep at the next meeting.
Club clean-up weekend: Clean-up weekend will be scheduled for the weekend of the May shoot. We need to know if any scout troups will help. The goal is to get the south strip of range cleared to do add "longhunter" or primitive-type range targets. There's lots of branches that need to be cleared and area to be mowed. We need a big turnout of members to get things completed.
Warner 125th: Parade route is pretty short. We will still want a vehicle/trailer for those who can't walk. It is believed we will camp south of the school, near the soccer fields. No word on demonstration shooting yet.
Sportsman's Club of Brown County picnic: We will be able to use Sportsfest supplies. The picnic is Thursday night, May 31st, approximately 5:00pm. 50 caliber rifles with two types of loads - target loads vs. hunting loads. We will attend in period attire. John, Mike, Joe, Zack, Kyle all volunteered. Richard and Gayland have rifles we can borrow, we should have 5-6 50 cal's on-hand. Will check with Dan Opp as well, as he does good demonstrations/presentations.

New Business:
Club Elections: Elections are next month at the club meeting. Really need to have members present for this. Bring your nominations. We will send out a newsletter to remind members of the election.
Membership: Nick H moved from Webster to Bristol. We need his new address for newsletters/etc. Wayne Dvorak hopes to renew his membership, things are slowing down enough where he may be able to become re-involved in rendezvousing. We'll keep him on the e-mail list for newsletters. There is a new resident in Bristol from Michigan. He has some interest in Black Powder. Joe has his name and will contact him.
New Rendezvous?: Joe has land near Sica Hollow. He would love to see a rendezvous on his land. It is located within 3 miles of the state park, 20 miles from Ft. Sisseton. Lots of Oak. It could be a good site for a second club rendezvous. There was lots of discussion about possible dates, help from other rendezvousers/clubs, etc. Joe's land is all organic, so spraying would not be an option. Depending on land/ticks, it may be a possible early June or late July event. Everyone agreed it would be nice to have another event close enough to Aberdeen to attend, rather than 200-300 miles away. There's lot of history on or near his land as an added attraction. We will take a look at the land later this spring and discuss the potential for an early-year rendezvous possibly as soon as 2008.

Other Business:
No other business was reported.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:46 pm.
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March 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:07 pm, 3/5/07 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $1078.01 in our account. There are a couple bills outstanding and some shoot income to be added.

Old Business:
Cabin Fever Party: The party needs to be rescheduled due to weather. Check on March 24th or April 28th at the Aberdeen Township Hall, south of town by the stockyards. John G will check availability and report back. There will be prizes and auctions. If you have something you no longer want or need, bring it for the auction. BYO and a dish to pass - it is a potluck.
Donnie's Day: July 28th and 29th at Sweetwater. The 28th will be a celebration day, the 29th will be site prep day for Sweetwater Rendezvous. It will not be a primitive weekend.
Website/Publicity: 942 hits, traffic from many other sites. Sweetwater '07 date in PHN, but no article on '06 (again). Mike will contact PHN and see about getting our article in.
Club clean-up weekend: Clean-up weekend will be scheduled for the weekend of the May shoot. John T and Joe C will check with local Boy Scout troups to see if there is an opportunity to get help and help them earn a merit badge. Joe has some scrap lumber if we wanted to begin building a shelter. He has enough for 1 or 2 sides.
Warner 125th: We need to know the parade route, where to camp, and if we are shooting. The date is approaching. Mike will check into this with Sharon Stroschein.

New Business:
Club Insurance: No alcohol before or during shooting. Insurance rules are getting tougher. Club constitution already requires this, it just may need be watched closer, especially at Sweetwater.
Sportsman's Club of Brown County picnic: The SCBC would like us to come to their annual picnic, give a demo, and open shooting (like the NRA Youth Sportsfest). The date is May 31st. This would be a great audience and membership opportunity for our club. We need a few more details: what time, will they provide shooting supplies? Mike will check with Rieck Eske, their point of contact.

Other Business:
No other business was reported.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm.
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February 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:10 pm, 2/5/07 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $1033.01 in our account. There are a couple bills outstanding and some shoot income to be added.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: George and Alice have the Medallions and the list of campers. They will get the medallions delivered. The Powder Horn News should have the Sweetwater article in the March issue.
Cabin Fever Party: Reminder, the party is scheduled for March 3rd at the Aberdeen Township Hall, south of town by the stockyards. There will be prizes and auctions. If you have something you no longer want or need, bring it for the auction. BYO and a dish to pass - it is a potluck.
Donnie's Day: John G will check schedules and bring a potential date to the March meeting. It may be beneficial to schedule it on the shoot weekend?
Club Aggregate Shoot: Had 6 shooters in January. Mike will track who's paid and has a list of rules in the clubhouse at the range and online. We have a Priming Horn from Thane Wells, a priming antler from Ash Creek Traders, a subscription to Smoke&Fire news, and other prizes donated for the aggregate.
Club clean-up weekend: Clean-up weekend will be scheduled for the weekend of the May shoot. We have lots of wood to cut and stack, as well as some general clean-up and a goal of mowing all the site this year. We may have building work if we can locate an additional building for the range. Also, there will likely be new hooters that will need to be installed (4-Moons has several we can have if we get them out of their site). Bring saws!

New Business:
2007 NRA Youth Sportsfest: Event is September 8, 2007. Mark your calendars! We would like to have 7-8 people there to help (in period dress).
Shoot Scalps: We are very low. Jim D. has some scrap leather. Thelen's have the stamp. More need to be made asap. We may have to use one color and hand out "x" for 1st, "x" for second, etc as it is difficult to find gold and silver colored leather.
Club Website: Website has 688 hits, a very good start. We are linked through many other sites, some very prominent. We will be adding a Classified Ads section.

Other Business:
Zack is in need of a 3-gallon keg for a treking canoe trip.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
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January 2007

Meeting called to order at 8:06 pm, 1/8/07 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $1099.79 in our account.

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Medallions are here. Pete will work with George and Alice to get them delivered to rendezvous participants. The club will pay postage to have medallions delivered.
Warner 125th: We need to find out how long the parade route is, to determine if we need to have a vehicle/flatbed available. Warner 125th is June 8-10, 2007.
Cabin Fever Party: Scheduled for March 3rd. We'll have (need) small prizes, meat prizes and a silent auction. Bring your own and a dish to pass.

New Business:
Donnie's Day: Charlotte mentioned at Sweetwater about getting together for a club gathering. How about a date in July? It was decided that John and Sue G have the most difficult schedule to work around. John will check their schedule and bring a potential date to the February meeting.
Club Aggregate Shoot: Starts in January. Mike will have a list of rules to be placed in the clubhouse at the range and online.
Bristol 125th: Event is in June '07. It appears to conflict with several potential rendezvous dates in an already full June. The club won't officially participate, but any members available certainly could.
Club clean-up weekend: Clean-up weekend will be scheduled for the weekend of the May shoot. We have lots of wood to cut and stack, as well as some general clean-up and a goal of mowing all the site this year. Bring saws!

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:11 pm.
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December 2006

Meeting called to order 12/4/06 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: We have $1085.41 in our account. Pete cleared up a point that was asked in reference to income from Sweetwater. The event cleared $280.00 plus $51.00 from the silent auction. The insurance is to be paid at a later date and we have adequate funds for the coming year as dues will be coming due in June ‘07. Report was approved as given.

Old Business:
Oz Festival: The dates of the Oz fest are June 9-10 so we have a conflict with the Warner Q-centennial. The Warner committee contacted us first so we will make the effort to participate there. We will be in contact with Oz fest in hopes of participating in 2008. The contact person is Stacey Hepola.
Warner 125th: Warner advised that their parade is in the afternoon, as they are cooperating with Mansfield’s Q. Mansfield has their parade in the morning. They agreed to let us shoot in the parade and will arrange a camping site for us. Warner 125th is June 8-10, 2007.
Newsletter: John and Mike are still trying to get an updated address list with possible e-mail addresses. November newsletter was sent. John will again send out a hard-copy newsletter before the January meeting to club members and potential members. It would be nice to send the newsletter by e-mail wherever possible after the December newsletter to save postage/paper.

New Business:
Cabin Fever Party: Jim D volunteered to contact the Township hall to arrange a solid date for the cabin fever party. When he finds a clear day that will be the date we pick for our party.
Oz Festival 2008: We will be in contact with Oz fest in hopes of participating in 2008. The contact person is Stacey Hepola. Mike will contact and attempt to determine '08 dates/desire for our participation.

Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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November 2006

Meeting called to order 11/6/06 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: $1062.41 in the bank. Sweetwater Rendezvous was a financial success, netting a profit of $280.00 for the club with $51.00 from the silent auction.

Old Business:
Oz Festival: We need to know actual dates and if we are still invited to participate. Mike T will get dates.
Warner 125th: Mike T. has not been in contact with Sharon Stroschein concerning our needs to shoot in the parade, camp or provide demonstrations. Mike will contact Sharon before next meeting for more details. Warner 125th is June 8-10, 2007.

New Business:
Club Shoots: It was decided to have shoots every month effective immediately and not skip the fall hunting seasons.


Newsletter: John and Mike will work to get an updated address list with possible e-mail addresses and send out a newsletter before the December meeting to club members and potential members.


Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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October 2006

Meeting called to order 10/2/06 by President John Graves

Secretary's Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read

Treasurer's Report: $1027.41 in the bank. Insurance (largest expense) has yet to be paid. Sweetwater Rendezvous was a financial success, netting a profit of just over $200.00.

Old Business:
NRA Youth Shooting Sports Camp - Sportsman's Club: We discussed the need to "dress the part" for the Youth Sports Camp in 2007. Desicion was made to dress, as it would be to our advantage. All DTML participants will be asked to dress pre-1840 to bring more realism to the demonstration.
Warner 125th: Mike T. has contacted the Warner Centennial committee and is clarifying the need for parade loads in the parade, as well as the possibility of setting up a primitive camp for the celebration. The WCC subcommittee was approaching the overall assembly with our request. Warner 125th is June 8-10, 2007.

New Business:
Sweetwater: Sweetwater '07 plans were discussed and we have tentatively dropped the chili feed in favor of coffee and cookies on Friday evening. We will continue the Saturday morning free breakfast as it has worked well in the past.


Other Business:
None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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September 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:35pm on 9/5/06 by President John Graves

Treasurer's Report: $461.76, mugs are paid for (30).

Old Business:
Sweetwater: Have 2 dutch ovens donated by John/Mike T. for door flap. Sausage is ordered, will get butter, and will work with Alice B. to purchase eggs for camp breakfast. George B. family is taking care of medallions for camp tokens. We will have a post-shoot (interest voiced by several potential campers). Prizes will be taken care of. Mike T. please leave posts from your shoot in place, archery will use the posts. Zack W. will write article for Powder Horn News. Mike T. will send article with pictures. Dacotah W. will run 1 kids' game. Mike T. will bring candy cannon, just in case.
Tax-Exempt Non-Profit Status: Fee has raised to $300.00 + we may not qualify. Best option is Educational, of which the club may not do enough educational work to qualify. Decision made to remain a Social Non-Profit and not pursue tax-exempt status.
NRA Youth Shooting Sports Camp - Sportsman's Club: Saturday, 9/9/06, be there around 7:00am. Dan Opp will bring supplies (provided by Sports Camp) for 50cal. rifles. Should we dress? No decision.

New Business:
Recruitment: How do we recruit new members? Centennials and Storybookland were what built the club. 125th Celebrations, Storybookland, Youth Sports, newspaper press, coordinated activities with Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts/History classes are all possibilities, but need current club members to be active. The events become too much for the same 4-5 people.
Warner 125th: Mike T. will contact Sharon Stroschein and express possible interest if club can set up for weekend, can shoot Parade Loads in Parade, and possibly demonstrate shoots/hawk/archery at campsite. Warner 125th is June 8-10, 2007.
October Shoot: Decision was made to have an October shoot since Pheasant season opens after the 3rd Sunday and the club hasn't had many shoots this year. Many improvements have been made to the range, it is in prime shape.

Other Business:
Zack is looking for an anvil if anyone knows of one not being used.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm.
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