Sportsmen’s Association celebrates 2023

There was a merry mood during the Christmas Pot-Luck celebration at the headquarters of the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA). The clubhouse was jammed as members marked the end of another successful year of community conservation efforts including fish stocking and tree planting.
”There was laughing and chatting and all throughthe clubit was Christmas at BPSA, what a pleasant hububfrom gourmet fish chowder to world class bakedgoodsit was quite a time, we were all in good moodsfor a Christmas celebration we will never forget
Santa dropped by and wished us all wellhe urged us to continue our community work, saidwhat we’ve been doing is swellthere were archery and membership prizesmost winners had pleasant surprisesPresident Carl was as jolly as old Saint Nick…wewere all celebrating a Christmas pic nic”
This event was a pot-luck affair which included sharing such goodies as zesty fish chowder with five kinds of fish and seafood, and scrumptious cakes, pies and cookies.
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The BPSA Youth and Adult Archery Team co-ordinators Donna and Paul Maginnis were honoured for their years of leadership. They are stepping aside due to health concerns. They presented awards to several Youth Archery members.
BPSA Director Al Hunter honoured Donna and Paul with a plaque recognizing their “excellent volunteerism chairing the BPSA Archery Program.”
President Carl Jones shows off hatchery fish
BPSA President Carl Jones wished the members “A VERY MERRY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS.” He also congratulated the volunteers who put in thousands of hours a year doing all that is necessary to keep a successful conservation club operating effectively.”
Santa with President Carl Jones
When he heard us singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” Santa appeared on cue to hand out the Early Bird prizes. The BPSA Early Bird club membership sign-up program was successful. Those who renewed their membership or signed on as new members by 2pm December 17th, were eligible for special prizes.
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BPSA Early Bird membership draw winners:Jeff Coady – smokerTom McKee – microwaveDennis Morton – Wiarton Home Hardware gift cardCarl Berfelz – tackle boxAlison Gibson – coolerBrydon Shiels – Great Lakes Hearing certificateJohn Morton – coffee makerDave Hemington – HoodieGeorge Mallard – solar lightMarc Boisvert – fishing shirt & bow hangerJoanne Stevens – glass and fishing luresBruce Beacock – BPSA calendar & luresCharles Robinson – BPSA calendar and lures
The last two years have been exciting for BPSA. We celebrated 61 years of conservation. Twice this year we stocked the largest fish our club has ever stocked. We continue to besupported by the Ontario Community Hatchery Program. We officially affiliated with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Our tree program is a success as are our archery and sports shooting programs. Ahead is the BPSA Youth Firearms Safety Program launching January 14th, 2024. It runs every Sunday for six weeks starting at 1:00 pm.
And we will have Fin Clipping of our hatchery raised fish in the new year as well as more fish stocking to support our sports fishery.
The next BPSA general meeting is at the clubhouse at 7:30 pm on Thursday January 25, 2024.