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Christmas Potluck December 13, 2018

Christmas Potluck

 

Require 10 member volunteers immediately to help with

 

-Arranging for gifts for children

 

-Set up and decorating

 

-Greeting guests at door

 

-Clean up after

 

-Miscellaneous areas as needed

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Volunteers Urgently Needed

YOUR Association is in urgent need of volunteers.

Please choose to be an active part of YOUR Association!!!

 

It is important that YOU, the members, remember YOUR Association is run, organized and operated by YOU, and as volunteers YOU make it possible for YOUR Association to be active in YOUR community. More volunteers are required so that the same people are not doing all the work all the time. We have over 130 members and only approximately 20% are actively volunteering. The Executive is urgently appealing to the YOU, the members, to be part of YOUR Association and volunteer by choosing to take part in one or more of the following areas:

 

Social

-Christmas Banquet

-Require 10 people immediately to help with the Christmas Pot Luck

-Arranging for pickup of meat

-Cooking meat

-Arranging for gifts for children

-Set up and decorating

-Greeting guests at door

-Clean up after

-Miscellaneous areas as needed

 

Major Fund Raiser – Game Banquet

-Require 12 to 14 people immediately to organize the Game Banquet committee and proceed with organizing. There are detailed instruction manuals on procedures and organizing as well as people to contact if you have questions.

 

Membership

-Telephone member contact team

-Manning information tables at functions

 

Communications

-Website

-Facebook

-Newsletter Articles

 

Shooting Range

-Orientation

-PAL/CORE

-Upgrading

-Cleanup

-Upkeep

-Construction

Fishing Forever & Shannon Lake Youth Fishing

 

Fundraising

-Arranging new programs and functions throughout the year

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Welcome Back John

The Executive is happy to inform all PSA members that John Anderson is our range coordinator/facilitator once again and a member of the Board of Directors.   New things happening in the spring at the range.  In the meantime, John and Brad Wilkins (PAL Instructor) will be doing orientations indoors this winter now that we have an orientation power point and video presentation.

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Certificate of Insurance

To download and print a copy of the member insurance, click the link

http://www.peachlandsportsmens.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Certificate-of-Insurance-Members.pdf

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There WILL be a Game Banquet March 24, 2018

The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association’s major fund-raiser is back March 24, 2018.

The annual game dinner, with raffles, draws and other games, is a big event that’s lots of fun for the whole family and the proceeds allow the club to fund activities such as habitat enhancement projects for fish and game. However, the fewer members who are willing to share a bit of their time and energy to help put it on, the more work it is for the remainder.

Please contact us with regard as to how you will be able to help, in any way, with the banquet.  We are starting committees now and definitely require your help.

The old saying “many hands make light work,” certainly applies to this event. The template exists so no one needs to come forward and re-invent the wheel, but other members must take part.

The sooner teams commence, the sooner we are organized and will accomplish a great outcome. If you’re willing to play a part in making that happen, please send your name and contact information to Secretary Ann Carter at soscarter@shaw.ca

The Banquet Committee is in immediate need of volunteers to step forward to manage a few areas:

  1. Decoration and Set-Up Manager We need a volunteer to look after all of the Hall and table decorations as well as manage the set-up and tear down
  2. Decoration and Set-Up Helpers We need at least six people to join the decoration and set-up team
  3. Meat Donation Manager We need a volunteer who is able to look after managing all aspects of meat donations including solicitation and collection, of meat and communications with the Catering team
  4. Meat Donations Without meat it’s pretty hard to have a Game Dinner! We need everyone who has fish and game in the freezer to dig deep and give back some of the bounty they have been blessed with – Until such time as Meat Donation Manager makes an appearance please call me directly at 250-767-6690 or send me an email at brenton@froehlich.ca to let me know what you have to donate. We typically are looking for about 350 pounds in total
  5. Door Manager We need someone willing to manage the doors to the event, collect tickets, and work with Security to ensure the front face of the event runs smoothly. This person will be required to recruit at least one other person to assist them.
  6. Ticket Sellers For the selling of drink tickets, strip tickets, horn pulls, loonie toss and various raffles we anticipate needing at least ten volunteers
  7. If you were the contact person for a prize or donation over the past couple years, see if you can bring that support back to the event this year. If you have not been involved in solicitation of prizes and donations but are willing to make a donation or know of another person or business that might, please give Ann Carter a call or send her an email. Her number is 250-768-5009. Email is soscarter@shaw.ca

In addition, we require volunteers for bussing tables, clean-up, serving food, distributing prizes and scrutinizing during the live auction.

We do not have a definitive day when tickets will go on sale, but as soon as they are available members will be notified. People who are spending the majority of the evening acting in a volunteer capacity will not be required to pay for their ticket.

So please consider being a volunteer, dig deep for meat in the freezer and open your wallet to sponsor a prize!

Plans are being made to hold more fund-raisers in 2018, so be prepared to join in those activities as well. Your participation helps make this a vibrant club for everyone.

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BC Fishn – Learn to Fish at Shannon Lake

There may have been clouds in the sky, but there were sunny smiles on the faces of the kids who gathered around holes in the ice on Shannon Lake on a cold mid-January weekend.
More than 150 turned out for this year’s Family Learn to Ice Fish event in West Kelowna, organized by Danny Coyne of the Okanagan Region, B.C. Wildlife Federation, and carried out with the help of many volunteers.
Since the parking lot at Shannon Lake can only accommodate a couple of dozen cars, a shuttle was organized to bring anglers from the overflow lot at the Kinsmen Ball Park nearby.
Coyne thanked the City of West Kelowna for making that parking lot available and helping to keep all the young families safe from traffic along busy Shannon Lake Road.
This year’s event was a huge success, from the fish the kids caught to the hotdogs supplied by volunteers, commented Coyne. “Everyone had fun,” he said.
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Bald Range Project

Article by Judie Steeves

p6298173Members of the Peachland Sportsman’s Association spearheaded a habitat restoration project on the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main Forest Service Road in 2010, and continue working in the area today.

In 2012, the PSA received a small Public Conservation Assistance Fund grant from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to work on restoring the grassland and repairing the eroding gullies resulting from fall line trails created by dirt bikers.

With fencing off of that area and closure of those trails, along with construction of a network of new, sustainable dirt bike trails in that area, the trails within that pocket grassland are no longer used, and there’s was a general willingness to do some restoration work from the many ministries involved and local not for profit groups and the City of Kelowna—which is responsible downstream for the quality of drinking water sourced from Bear Creek.

Several meetings were held with an inter-ministry ecosystem restoration committee to discuss the project.
An initial work party was held in June, 2013, along with a chainsaw certification course so members would be able to safely remove some of the overcrowded trees at the bottom of the grassland and insert them into the gullies as check dams to slow the downhill flow of water.

More work parties were held in the fall of the next year and spring of 2015, as well as in December of that year.
Volunteers involved came not only from the ranks of the PSA, but also from the Oceola Fish and Game Club, the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association, the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club (which used to maintain bird boxes in the area), and from the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, as well as the ministries.
Technical assistance has been offered throughout the project from grassland ecologist Don Gayton and geoscientist Lorne Davies.

One of the most frustrating issues at present is the increasing presence of the invasive St. John’s Wort and Sulphur Cinquefoil, which are choking out native plants.

A number of experiments are being conducted to try and reduce populations of these invasives, including the introduction earlier this year of Chrysalina beetles which feed on St. John’s Wort.

In June this year, Al Springer, Lorne Davies and Judie Steeves erected an interpretive sign on Bald Range FSR, alongside the grassland, describing some of the work that’s been done in the area by volunteers.pb049850pb049867

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Stocked and Ready for Youngsters to ‘Go Fish’

Stocking LakeOver the past eight years, more than 34,000 young rainbow trout have been stocked in two Central Okanagan fishing areas for the annual ‘Go Fish’ program for youngsters.

The BC Freshwater Fisheries Society and Summerland Trout Hatchery staff are adding 2,500 more 25-30 centimeter long fish into the special fishing areas in two regional parks as the youth urban fishery program kicks off for its ninth season this weekend.

The Hall Road pond in Mission Creek Regional Park hosts the grand opening on Saturday, May 2nd while activities resume for the season Sunday, May 3rd at the special fishing area set up in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Regional Parks staff and volunteers from participating organizations will provide a barbeque and refreshments by donation at each kick-off event!

Each weekend through Sunday, June 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, youngsters 15 years of age and under will be able to fish for rainbow trout and are allowed to keep one each day, without a fishing license. Each Saturday at the Hall Road pond, volunteers from the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club will provide equipment and expert fishing guidance while members of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will lend their fishing expertise to ‘Go Fish’ participants in the netted area at the south end of Shannon Lake in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Each Sunday, Regional Parks Services staff will provide equipment and will be available to help youngsters as they try their luck in the two fishing program locations.

And this year there’s a bonus ‘Families in Parks’ Go Fishing event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 10:00 – 11:30 am at Shannon Lake Regional Park. The same regulations apply as the Go Fish program.

For some youngsters the ‘Go Fish’ program may be their first opportunity to experience the lifelong enjoyment of fishing. Communication Officer Bruce Smith says, “This program is one of the best we offer each year. It’s hugely popular and thousands of youngsters from across the Central Okanagan have learned patience and the thrill of catching their first fish. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers with the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association and Freshwater Fisheries Society, a new generation has had the opportunity to experience this lifelong sport.”

“If you plan to join us during any of the ‘Go Fish’ weekends” Smith says, “please respect our park neighbours by parking only in the designated areas or where directed by staff. While participants age 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license for this program we ask that they bring their own fishing equipment if possible, as there’s a limited number of rods and reels to borrow at each site.”

The ‘Go Fish’ recreational fishing program is put on by Regional District Parks Services and its volunteer partners, the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club and Peachland Sportsmen’s Association along with the support of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Summerland Trout Hatchery and the Ministry of Environment.

 

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PSA Supports Mission Creek Restoration

At the November General Meeting, PSA members voted to support the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) with a donation to the project of $5,000. PSA Members have also officially thrown out a challenge to other fish & game clubs in the Okanagan to match or exceed the PSA donation.
The primary goal of the project is to restore fish and wildlife stocks and habitat. Complementary objectives will conserve and expand biodiversity and species at risk, to improve flood protection, and to inspire and support community stewardship. For more information on the project, read the press release below and also visit the website at: www.missioncreek.ca
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25th, 2015

MCRI dike realignment will expand channel width by almost 400 percent

Phase 1 of the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) is officially underway, meaning that the south dike between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive is closed, environmental and archaeological monitoring is underway, and trees and vegetation within the new dike alignment are being removed. Slated for completion next spring, dike relocation and floodplain enhancement will increase the creek’s channel width from 40 to 150 metres, thereby reducing flood risks while expanding fish and wildlife habitat.

BUILDING THE NEW DIKE
To prepare for the dike realignment, the existing dike within the construction area will be scalped to an average elevation of 40cm above the creek’s current water level. These scalped materials will be used to construct the new setback dike. Designed to accommodate a one-in-200-year flood, the 570-metre section of new dike will reflect government standards and design specifications outlined in the MCRI Dike Setback Design Report. Construction will take place during the low-water period between now and next spring, with no harmful impacts on creek water quality.

The site of the new dike will initially be stripped down to mineral soil, with the excess top soil being stored for future use. Many of the trees and shrubs removed along the new dike alignment will be used to re-vegetate the newly expanded floodplain. Construction will start from both upstream and downstream ends, allowing for faster removal of material from the existing dike. The new dike requires about 9,000 cubic metres of sand, clay, and gravel. To reduce material and hauling costs, the majority of the needed dike materials will come from the old dike.

MISSION CREEK FISH HABITAT RESTORATION
To increase benefits for fish, four ‘meander’ notches, equally spaced along the scalped section of old dike, will be carved into the south bank of Mission Creek. Pools will be excavated at each meander notch and large trees will be anchored into the bank and extend into the pool to provide overhead cover. This habitat restoration will help re-naturalize flow patterns and provide major rearing benefits for rainbow trout, kokanee and mountain whitefish. This work is scheduled for summer 2016 during the period of lowest risk to aquatic species.

Construction is being undertaken by City of Kelowna workers, which MCRI project coordinator Steve Matthews says ìs an ideal arrangement. “Being a key MCRI partner, the City has a strong vested interest in getting the job done right… on time and within budget. It`s also a project that provides extra work for the City`s seasonal crews. I`m looking forward to watching it all unfold over the next six months.”

But watching it unfold in the short term may concern residents who don`t understand that MCRI is a project with huge long-term benefits. For example, a walk along the four-metre crest of the new dike “won`t be what people are used to, at least not for a few years,” says Matthews. “But as nature takes its course over time, and native trees and vegetation take hold, the view from the new dike across the naturalized creek will be stunning.”

For up-to-the-minute information about MCRI visit www.missioncreek.ca

Read the latest MCRI Press Release

 

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Trophy Scoring Meeting

 

Bring in your Trophy to be Scored

 
The PSA Trophy Awards scoring meeting will be held at Harley White’s Tuesday January 26 @ 7pm. If you can’t make it that night you can drop off your animal ahead of time but please remember to bring your license & tag information as all animals on Harley’s property need to be accounted for.
 

The address is 3605 Emerald Rd West Kelowna.

 
If there are any questions send me an email at bting@telus.net
 
Thanks,
Brent Tingstad
 

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