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GRAYLING – Club Secretary Jim Smith passed away Sept.18, 2020.

Jim was a long time club member who served as a director and club secretary for many years. His knowledge of firearms and all things hunting led him to serve as county coordinator for Hunter Safety, of which he taught for almost 40 years.

During all those years he helped many young people to become safe hunters.

Jim was an excellent wordsmith, for many years writing this newsletter as well as writing for the Up North Voice paper. His great knowledge of hunting and fishing carried over into his many articles and columns.

Jim was also a fly fisherman with many shared experiences of the AuSable River, whether wading, or floating he spent a lot of time on the river in his younger days.

It was always amazing how Jim could decipher a club meeting discussion and put on paper the ramblings of various members. Sometimes those discussions would go on and on, but Jim could whittle them down and have the minutes clearly written for the next club meeting.

Jim spent many hours in recent years researching and writing the club history, the results of some of his work are published and posted on the wall at the club.

Farewell old friend and may all your shots be straight and your dry fly’s float.

New members include:

Anthony Fachini, Lisa Burns, Dennis Williams, Danny Holbrook, Robert Knechtel, Mike Peters, Richard Perry, Dave Swiercz, Ken Wright, William Oliver, Charles Baker, Terry Bogdan Bonnie & Carl Foltz, Joseph Brown, Beth Watkins Family, Ben McInally, Ed Schneider, Brian Satterlee, Mitch Koehn, Douglas Schuldt, Robert Jensen, Marc Haring, Geoffrey Ocuen, Rob Cheyne, Brian Eddy,  James Hockin, Ron Danville, Gary Brezany and Andrew Yurconis.

In other events:

  • Currently the DNR has suspended all Hunter Safety classes.
  • October club meeting Wed. October 7 at 3 p.m., all members are welcome to attend.
  • Open trap and skeet shooting on Wed. & Sun.
  • Pistol shooting on Tues at noon.
  • Do not forget to sight in your rifle or crossbow before the season opens
  • Hand gun shooting, Tuesdays at noon.
  • Sight-in days – don’t forget to sight in firearms before sight-in days. During sight-in days all members pay to participate, however the expertise of volunteers is well worth the fee.

Remember the club is operated totally by volunteers and more volunteers are needed. If you can help ask Pat, Jeff or Dave what needs to be done.

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