Graham and Diane Patchell RIP
We are saddened by the news of a long time member, Graham Patchell along with his wife Diane, passed peacefully August 04 2022. Graham was a very long time member and they were local business owners for many years. Both will be greatly missed, arrangements to be announced.
National Range Day
On Saturday June 4th, clubs all over the country opened up their range to the public in celebration of the inaugural National Range Day. Our club participated by also opening to the public and I am pleased to announce that we had a very successful event. We had a good turnout which included lots of new shooters and their families, many of which expressed interest in applying for membership at the club. We were also visited by some local dignitaries including Jill Dunlop and Adam Chambers, both of whom were happy to experience Canadian shooting sports and learn more about our club. I would like to extend a very big thank you to all of those who volunteered. We had a great team of range safety officers which included Mike Weimer, Michel Charron, Mike Crawford, Warren Pawlikowksi, Kevin Morris, Barry Martin, Frank Handerek, and we even had a member from the Huronia Handgun Club volunteer as an RSO for us. On the BBQ Chef Claude and Dan Gardiner made some fantastic hot dogs and hamburgers. Jody Doward and George Lane warmly welcomed all of our guests, and Tony Li got tons of great photos for us. And although they were not able to be there on the day of Larry Ferris, Franz Klingenschmitt, and Greg Edwards all helped get the range set up the day before. Our charity partner, Gateway Centre for Learning were very happy to attend and have already asked to be invited back for next year. This was truly a tremendous effort from all of those involved and I am very grateful to have had such a great group of volunteers. We will be running this event again next year so if you would like to be involved be sure to mark the first Saturday of June 2023 off on your calendar!
Junior Club Events
It's been a long year and a half and I'm hoping we can get back to doing Junior Club Events for all to enjoy.
On this Sunday we will be doing registration for the junior club as well as doing some well-needed events around the club to get everyone up to speed with what will be happening this year.
I would like to start at 10am and end around 2 or 3 depending on how the weather is and things are going. The ending time as far as I'm concerned is up to the parents and I'd like to leave it open to you.
Please respond if you plan on attending as there will be a lunch provided for everyone. We would like to plan accordingly if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Events in the fall will be communicated accordingly as to how we are able to get together as per protocols. I would however like to have an event every month throughout the year.
I have attached the registration form if you would like to print it out before the event, I will also have some at the event for you to fill out if you wish.
Most likely all of the junior club registrations have expired as it has been a long time since we've been able to do anything as a club.
It is $25 per youth to register for the year unless you have a family membership with the GBHA club itself. If so all I need is for you to fill out the form for your youth so we have it on file for insurance reasons.
If you know of anyone that is interested and would like to come out please forward this to them and have them respond to me.
Karl Gostick, Junior Club Mentor
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 a vest for members.
Vests - $45.00 each,
Club Hats - $15.00 each or 2/$25.00 and
Club Crests $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
Respecting Your Last Wishes
While reading some of your favourite 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 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 reassured that each situation will be dealt with discretion and in a professional manner and with utmost 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 your wishes. This will be posted in our Bulletin and on our website 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 type 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
GBHA Executive Board Members
Events & Inquiries
GBHA is proud to have members from across Simcoe County. If you are a hunting enthusiast in Midland, Penetang, Tay or the surrounding area, fishing enthusiast in Midland, Penetang, Tay or the surrounding area or conservation enthusiast in Midland, Penetang, Tay or the surrounding area contact us at Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers. If you are looking to get involved or help the club with fundraising or other events check out our events page!