CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES
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Phase Three of the Covid Crisis Update

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers has been around for almost 100 years. Over these years as a club GBHA has always found a way to move forward and keep its existence, even during the days of war, during the club’s relocation, and after we lost our clubhouse to a fire! GBHA has managed to rebuild itself and move forward throughout history.

Then along came Covid 19. We had to shut down our clubhouse, close our doors to all activities, programs and events. We sat and patiently waited for each re-opening phase that would provide us the opportunity to re-open our doors for business and welcome each member.

Unfortunately, even in the phase three we are not able to open the clubhouse doors to do business as we normally would do it. With having limitations to the number of participants to any activity indoors (50) and outdoors (100) all with social distancing, and with being forced to change our practice of serving meals and drinks, at this time, there is just no way we would be able to open up for our dinner meetings.

Servers would be required to serve each person sitting at a table, not only their meals, their drinks, deserts and then clean off the tables, and then we would have to figure out a way to only allow 50 people to attend! And let’s not forget that each table would be spaced out, reduced in seating numbers to maintain some type of social distancing. 

We would not be allowed to roam around socializing with each other, participants would only be able to come in sit down or use the washrooms, oh and don’t forget we would all have to wear a mask! As well we may even have to screen each participant with questionnaires or possible temperature taking!

Your executive feel that it is just not practical or possible to provide a safe environment for our members to attend our dinner meetings. 

We are however been given the go ahead to continue with our educational programs i.e. PAL R-PAL and Hunter Safety programs. We are attempting to finalize our planning and resume the educational programs with limited numbers and social distancing provided. With advancements being announced regularly we are hoping that the re-opening guidelines will permit us to open in a more normal practice.

This pandemic has affected each and everyone one of us! But we feel as a club that has managed to get through so many other setbacks over the almost 100 years of existence, we should be able to patiently wait this pandemic out until it is safe for all the members to have the opportunity to return to a safe environment. It will be a time we can enjoy the comradery and listen to the stories this pandemic has presented to each of us and get back to business as usual.

Your patience and understanding have been tested every day during these trying times, and it is greatly appreciated by the executive, as we too are going through it as well! We’re all in it together!

Stay safe, stay well!

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RIP Guenter Naumann

 

Guenter Naumann, 77, passed away at 11:31 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2020, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in rural Waubaushene, Ontario. Guenter was born September 12, 1942, in Giessen, Hessen, Germany. Raised in Oberndorf/ Solms he apprenticed as a Toolmaker at Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar and came to Canada in 1961, since then he was an area resident. He retired from Raytheon Elcan Optical Technologies after a long successful career in Senior Management at the age of 65. He enjoyed travelling throughout Canada and abroad. On Sunday mornings, he regularly enjoyed the F1 series in Motorsports with friends. Guenter was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, with many adventures throughout Ontario at hunt camps. Guenter raised his family in and around the Midland/ Ontario area, where he made new long lasting friendships. He was well travelled and had made many friends throughout the world, while always remembering his heritage of his family and friends in Germany. He will be fondly remembered by many in the North Simcoe area, as well as beyond the Canadian boarders. He is survived by his beloved Spouse Rejeanne Lachapelle, son Heinrich (Steffi) Naumann, Grandchildren Laura & Carl, daughter Lisa Naumann, grandson Bryce, sister Christel Gerth (Naumann), brother-in-law Hal (Debbie) Belfry, and sister-in-law Ruth Roberts. He is preceded in death by his parents Martha & Heinrich Naumann, brother Manfred Naumann, and first wife Marion Naumann (Belfry). As per Guenters wishes there will be no services held, cremation has taken place. We ask that you please remember him as he was, a big soft heart in a hard shell. Contributions in memory of Guenter can be made in his name to the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers (www.gbhunterandanglers.com, gbhaclub@gmail.com). Arrangements entrusted to the Nicholls Funeral Home.

Guenter was a long time member of Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Inc. He has always been very supportive and active throughout his membership. He will be missed by many friends within the club and around the clubhouse. 

Our deepest condolences to the Naumann family. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Gun Range and Archery Range Open

Please note washrooms will not be available at this time. 

Range rules and hours remain in effect! That being said, there still are restrictions we all must follow. 

GBHA will not be providing cleaning solutions or PPE, we ask that each participant please "bring your own" masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. Please dispose of all used PPE’s and targets safely in the garbage pails provided. 

Social distancing will remain in place with a - max of 5 people in any area, parking area, outside shooting house waiting for your turn to shoot, etc. All remaining at a minimum of six feet apart.

Only 2 persons permitted in shooting house at any time. Six feet apart!

Be courteous to others, enjoy your turn, but understand others may be waiting. (Keep it to a reasonable amount of time if folks waiting). The range areas will be monitored closely, should any issues arise we will close the range again immediately! 

PLEASE NOTE SECURITY CAMERAS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED INSIDE AND OUT OF THE GUN RANGE AND PROPERTY! 

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We are seeing continuous updates from the Premier about the updates on the Covid pandemic and on how we can return to a "new normal" society. They are allowing for certain retailers to start an opening process and other businesses to begin their maintenance work to be ready for re-opening. At this time we are not included in this list to be able to open for business. Once we have been given the ok to proceed, we will be announcing immediately our plans to move forward with our General Membership diner meetings, opening of our outdoor ranges and the re-scheduling of all of our events. 

 

It will be a very busy time for the executive to attempt to cram in as much as possible to get items such as our educational programs, club events and Junior club events all rescheduled. Before we do any of these events we will need to do some outdoor maintenance. Unfortunately we cannot work as a group, but once we can we can arrange for a range clean up day(s), and property maintenance day(s) to get things in order. We will be looking for volunteers to help out with these projects and social distancing may still need to be in place to get these projects completed, we will have to wait until we hear for the Premier. 

 

It has been a very difficult time for us all, personally, mentally and financially. We hope that each and everyone one of you have all been able to deal with this pandemic and hope to see you all soon in the near future. We would like to thank Alan Wheeler for ensuring all of our business affairs have been dealt with and the bills are paid. There has been a few members who have been enjoying the property recreationally and this has also provided added security. We hope to have our doors open soon enough. 

 

Now onto the Firearms Ban that the Liberal government has felt the need to impose upon many firearms owners. This is a delicate situation and has been discussed at great lengths. Included is an letter to the membership we have put together for our members to read and understand the Club's position on this ban. For those interested in support of a petition a link is included in this letter. 

 

Again, we hope that you are all safe and stay well.  

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Greetings Members;

It is hard to believe we have been dealing with the pandemic for over a month now. Our home towns and surrounding areas feel like a different place, things have changed and most of us are all wondering when will it end and when can we go back to normal. It will be hard to believe it will ever be the norm again. We have plenty to take from this, we have had our eyes opened to a new world! Our old world is injured and but it is on the mend!

Acts of conservation, preparation and consideration will go along way to help matters.

These are definitely challenging times and will be for some time, even after the pandemic ends. The coronavirus is a tough test for us all. We would like to thank everyone who is deemed essential and is out there working every day to make society a safer and healthy place. Thank you for all those who are keeping society and economy moving forward and to all those who are protecting everyone. You are all play an important role in society, especially now.

As a club I would like to thank all our members for being patient, understanding and co-operative with the executive decisions. As a reminder our club is closed until further notice. This includes our out door gun range and our archery range.

We will be monitoring the progression of the pandemic and once we have been made aware of the opportunity to move forward we will re-schedule as many of the events, educational opportunities and rentals as possible. As a reminder, we have only postponed the Conservation Wild Game dinner until we can re-schedule. We are offering refunds on tickets or giving ticket holders the opportunity to hold their tickets until we make further plans. Please contact ticket sellers for refunds. All other events are either postponed or cancelled at this time as well.

If anyone has any questions regarding upcoming hunting and fishing seasons or tag purchases and license renewals please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario for updates.

The executive wishes all the best to all our members and their families and we hope to see you all soon!  Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Well!

Calvin King

President of Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Club

 

 

Treasure Report

Clearly, we are all affected by Covid 19 and GBHA is no exception.  For the purpose of this report, Financial assumptions are based on activities being postponed to the end of July.

 

At this time of year GBHA is at its peak revenue point due to the renewal of memberships within these first months producing cash reserves that are at their highest point even after payouts to register you, our member to Ofah to attract their insurance benefit.  Our overall cash on hand is in excess of $80000. including our contingency fund. Our ongoing Operating expenses are starting to curve down as weather which now blend at approximately $3700. per month.  These factors will allow GBHA to remain financially stable using an assumption that we will attract zero revenue from fund raising events normally run during this period.

 

The casualties of this crisis are the major events that normally provide additional revenue during this period, namely our Conservation Wild Game Dinner which is a major fund raiser for us, as is our Turkey Shoot that has been an entertaining social event for us.  Sadly, it appears that the North Simcoe Youth Expo will also be postponed to a later date and has been an event that we have all looked forward to in the past. 

 

Although Coronavirus related construction delays, have burdened our renovation schedule for our entrance and other improvement projects, from the Financial aspect, financial gaps caused by delays in our fundraising events will not affect their completion.

 

We look forward to seeing you all after Covid 19 has run its course.

 

Alan Wheeler

GBHA Treasurer

 

Please remember our Conservation Dinner is only postponed and

the Youth Club’s Simcoe Youth Expo is postponed as well. Dates to be announced.

All conservation projects including this w/e’s Adapt-A-Road program are cancelled at this time.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER FOLKS WE WILL TRY TO POST ANY UPDATES ON OUR

WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE LIST ABOVE.

WE NOW HAVE OUR EMAILS ADDRESSES UPDATED AND WILL SEND OUT

ANY EMAILS NECESSARY.

STAY SAFE! STAY HOME! STAY WELL!

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Greetings Members

 

As the COVID-19 Pandemic is progressing in many different ways

and directions, we are all watching the announcements closely.

GBHA’s Executive have attempted to make decisions in a positive

manner that is best for the club and its members.

We want everyone to stay safe.

We have already cancelled all indoor activities at the clubhouse,

rentals included. We have yet to shut down the use of our

outdoor gun range. Being outdoors it is felt safe to use but only

in small groups. We ask that you kindly use this range with

respect to each other, giving plenty of space, co-operation and understanding to each other. Should we have any complaints we

will close and lock the range until this situation has cleared

itself.

As our dinner meeting was cancelled for March, we are still

accepting late payments for memberships until the end of

March. For further information on making late payments please

contact Elyse at 905-717-9091 or birnieelyse@gmail.com

Our Executive is staying in close contact with each other to

conduct our daily businesses and any issues that arise.

Cancellations updates have been posted on our website,

Facebook and sent out by emails for those who have the

internet. This format of using social media and emails will

continued to be used as our form of communication and we ask

those who are aware of any members who not have the internet

please share this information with them.

We have a very busy calendar ahead of us with activities and

programs. Many will have to be either cancelled or hopefully

rescheduled. Please watch for our announcements.

Respectfully

Calvin King

President of

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Inc.

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March General Membership Meeting Cancelled

What started with daily reports it is now turning into hourly

updates being announced regarding the Coronavirus and the

shut downs it has caused. As well there appears more cases are

being found and it is a matter of time before it is in our own communities. 

 

The day was started out by canvassing the executive for their

opinions and advice on regarding weather or not to proceed with

the next weeks general membership dinner meeting. Many were

uncertain, some said to go ahead and let the members make

their own decision to show up or not! Others were adamant to

postpone the meeting or cancel it till next month. I have listened

to a number of Health Organizations recommendations as to

what we should and or should not be doing to keep ourselves

and others healthy and the risk of contracting this virus to a

minimum. 

 

With careful consideration and advisement, I feel it is important

that we play our role in minimizing the risk of spreading this

pandemic, so I am making the decision to cancel this months

general membership dinner meeting scheduled for next

Wednesday March 18 2020. 

 

I realize that this will cause some issues with our nomination

and voting for the 2020-2021 Executive Board Members. This

process will be completed at our next general membership

meeting on Wed April 15 2020. If you wish to nominate a

member for the election, we ask that you forward an email to gbhaclub@yahoo.ca. 

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but it is

better to be safe than sorry. Your cooperation and

understanding is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you all

out at our April General Membership meeting. 

 

Calvin King

President of GBHA Club

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Project Quotes Needed

GBHA's are looking for quotes for a number of jobs coming up, but first we are looking for

quotes on the new front entrance and smoke shelter projects. 

 

To refresh your memory, GBHA is planning to remove our current entrance cover and install an

new one. This would also include a new cement pad and more paved parking for accessible

parking. GBHA is also planning on installing a smoke shelter off to the north side of the

building as a designated smoking area. 

 

So we will be looking for quotes for these project work:

1) Demolition and removal of the current front entrance shelter and railings.

2) Demolition and removal of the current cement pad. 

3) Removal of exterior wiring along the front of the building, to be re-installed after framing of

front entrance. 

4) Excavating to the work area to prepare for footings of new structure. 

5) Concrete Work; Footings to be built and filled with cement, blocks installed and cement pads

installed all to code. (front entrance and smoke shelter)

6) Framing of structures (entrance and smoke shelter), we have a material list, quote may or

may not include building materials. 

 

GBHA has acquired the plans for these projects and were presented at the last months general

membership meeting for members to view. Once all quotes are obtained the executive will

present the cost factor to the membership at a general membership meeting to be voted upon

for acceptance or denial of these projects. 

 

Should anyone be interested in quoting on these projects please contact gbhaclub@yahoo.ca.

A meeting can be arranged to look at the plans and the requirements needed for bidding. 

 

Please remember if any member is willing to volunteer their services to help cut the costs of

these projects would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thank you for your time. 

 

Calvin King

President of GBHA

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Club Vests, Hats and Crests Now On Sale

Have you ever wanted a club vest, so you to can display your badges,

crests and buttons? Now you can, GBHA is now

taking orders for vest for members. Vests are being sold for $45.00 each

, club hats are $15.00 each or 2/$25.00 and

club crests will be sold for $5.00 each. To order or for more information

contact Bruce Dunn 1-705-534-0632, for

ordering vests please contact Bruce Dunn @ 1-705-528-2709

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Respecting Your Last Wishes!

While reading some of your favorite magazines or while searching the internet, you may have come across a few

articles dealing with somewhat sensitive issues pertaining to fellow enthusiasts, hunters and anglers who have

passed away. Some of these issues vary from their last wishes of donations to their choice of clubs and or federations,

to, how the family/executor must deal with topics such as firearms, ammunition and other items of interest.

This appears to be on the rise, especially with the long gun registry being abolished! GBHA club has in the past received

monetary donations and some families have expressed interest about in offering the firearms/equipment to the club

as a donation. These donations are always appreciated and are put to good use, but are not expected of members!

Often the executive of GBHA is approached regarding the issues of dealing with firearms such as unregistered firearms,

registered firearms, how to transfer them to an heir, what happens if an heir does not have a PAL or an appropriate

license, who is responsible for dealing with the firearms? Many questions and situations have been brought up on

these and other topics. The executive have been able to answer the questions and or help set up appropriate actions

to deal with these situations.

As mentioned these are delicate situations. Should you or anyone you know may need the assistance of

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Executive can be re-assured that each situation will be dealt with discretion and

in a professional manor and with upmost respect to the members and family’s requests.    ALL persons in possession

of firearms or other items of interest should be informed of responsibilities and be prepared.

We have also listed some internet links to help inform you and assist in your decision making, please take some time

to think about you wishes. This will be posted in our Bulletin and on our web-site and on Facebook. If the club could ask

its members that we be notified of any fellow members who passed. This could allow us to notify our co-members

wishing to partake in any types of Celebration of Life Ceremonies.

Inherited Firearms;  http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/faq/inh-her-eng.htm

Information for Executors; http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/will-testament-eng.htm

Chief Firearms Offices; http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/cfo-caf/index-eng.htm

 

Thank you

GBHA Executive Board Members

 

 

 

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