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Franklin County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs Minutes

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where:  Meeting held @ Chateaugay Fish and Game Club

Address:  436 County Route 35, Chateaugay, NY 12920


Meeting called to order      7:12 p.m. by President Ray McIntosh

A Pledge of Allegiance was said

Roll Call:

Alexander MacDonald -     1                 

Best Club -                        0                

Chateaugay -                     2                 

Malone -                             3                

Saranac Lake -                  1                 

Tupper Lake -                    2                


Phil Winters made a motion to accept the Secretary’s Report and Bruce Charland seconded. 

Theresa Trudell was not present so there was no Treasurer’s Report given.

Legislative Report:  Bob Brown and Ed Grant rescheduled their meeting to discuss the fish hatchery and stocking in regards to loss of salmon.  It has been proposed at the state level to allow the training of coon hounds a month earlier -- Bob Brown opposed.  The NYS Conservation Council Convention will be held September 14-16th in Utica.  Bob Brown submitted a list of people attending including Mark Holt and the expenses (meals/registration, etc.) if approved.  It consisted of $430 plus gas tab.  Bob will submit receipts directly to Theresa Trudell.  Mike Savage made a motion to approve Bob Brown’s request for reimbursement and Bruce Charland seconded.  Bob Brown recently spoke with Senator Betty Little and Congresswomen Elise Stefanik.

Old Business:   Ray McIntosh stated that four clubs turned in nominations for the Nellie Staves Award and today was the last day to submit names.  Tupper Lake will bring the plague to the next monthly federation meeting to be held in Malone and also will vote for the next recipient of this award.  The passes to the fair were passed out by Ray McIntosh.  Also, Bruce Charland mentioned that he will be mounting the mural that Sherry Trimm painted and donated of a wildlife scene to the outside of the federation building and placing plexiglass over the mural to protect from the elements.  Bruce Charland indicated that he had $92.10 worth of receipts thus far pertaining to the staining, protection, and fixing the mural to the building which he will need reimbursement for.   

New Business:  Patricia Tower, member of the Malone Fish and Game Club will go to Key Bank and pick up ten deposit slips and envelopes and place in the federation building at the fair so that the individual who is closing the building each night can drop money off in the night deposit box @ Key Bank.  Patricia will also call up Theresa Trudell and find out our account number so it can be noted on all the deposit slips and envelopes.  Also, she will find out what amount Theresa will place in the federation building as a start up till prior to the start of the fair.

The annual meeting has been tentatively scheduled for September 22 at Deer Valley Trail.  Phil Winters will check on availability of location and he will confirm if this will work during August’s monthly meeting.  During the August meeting, bring your ideas on who to invite to be the speaker.  Also, at the annual meeting in September there will the election of officers.  Ray McIntosh will be stepping down as the President so this position will need to be filled and voted on.

Dan Tower, Secretary, composed a letter to Aubuchon Hardware asking for a donation of paint and/or supplies for the inside of the federation building at the fairgrounds.  It was approved and they donated four gallons of paint.  A letter of thank you will be composed and sent to Aubuchon Hardware by Dan Tower for their generous donation.  In addition, Dan Tower will send a thank you note to Sherry Trimm for her outstanding work on the mural for the federation building.  Sherry Trimm did not wish to be paid for her painting but we were glad to agree to sell her hand-painted coloring books to promote her as a local artist at the federation building -- $10 each.

Phil Winters got new wooden ducks cut and will be having each club’s name stencils as well.  He also ordered two metal welcome signs totaling $100 for the federation building.  Phil Winters turned in his $361.65 to Bob Brown so he could present to Theresa Trudell for reimbursement.  Dan Tower, Phil Winters, Bruce Lauber, and Eddie Johnston removed everything from the walls and painted the inside of the federation building (upper walls beige, lower walls darker beige, and the floor gray). The new exhaust fan moves the air around in the building extremely well.  Thursday, August 2nd Chateaugay Fish Hatchery is to bring trout to the fair for the fish tanks at the federation building.  Bruce Charland will be there to assist.  Bruce Lauber stated that Malone is in need of hunter safety instructors for September in Malone.  There is hunter safety courses offered in Schnectady and Warrensburg in December.  Jennifer Okonuk, DEC Officer, has offered to assist in the past and Dan Tower will be checking with her for her availability. 

Nancy Legacy is out of town and will not be working at the fair this year.  Bob Brown is taking quiver to Saranac Lake to display this month and it should also be taken to the fair as a raffle item.   

The extension of the roofline at the federation building was approved earlier this year and will be slated for completion next spring/summer 2019.

Also, over the next few months a list of accomplishments is being composed showing what the Federation of Franklin County F&G Clubs have done in the past.  This information will be displayed at the fair in August 2019 to let the public know how this organization has contributed, improved, and enhanced Franklin County.  We are referring to it as our Brag Board.  Thus far, the following items have been submitted:

·        Pheasant Program

·        Malone Handicapped Fishing access

·        Getting crusher run at the boat launch

·        Meacham Lake boat launch

·        Respect (Metal Signs)

·        Fish Stocking

·        Youth Pheasant Hunts

·        Hunter Safety Training (at all clubs)

·        Reclaiming ponds with liming programs

Please submit your suggestions for the brag board to any of the clubs representatives.

(Note:  It is important that our recommendations are followed through with once we approve them).

Ray McIntosh due to last month’s fish loss at the hatchery asked Ed Grant to write a letter to Steve Hurst, Chief /Bureau of Fisheries.  The letter will be written on behalf of the Franklin Co. Fed. F&G Clubs and will be emailed by Ray McIntosh to each of the clubs.

Where to meet next – Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 6 p.m. for dinner followed by the meeting @ 7 p.m. @  Malone Fish and Game Club, Outer Webster Street Road, Malone, NY 12953.

Motion to Adjourn – Bruce Charland and seconded by Phil Winters.


Minutes submitted by Dan Tower (Federation Secretary)