To All Members
Date January 26, 2018
From Richard Thompson, President PQFG
I have the job of announcing that the Annual PQF&G Fund Raising banquet has been postponed indefinitely.
The Board and Banquet Committee have been unable to fill several vital spots in the organizational structure. This was due to several key members being out of town at Banquet time and the inability to find members to fill the leadership positions needed for the event to succeed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported the event by attending faithfully each year.
Also, thanks to those people that did all of the little jobs that really made the Banquet a success, whether selling 50-50 tickets, setting up tables or the myriad of other small but essential jobs.
The end result is that our finances will take a hit of approximately $17 000. Your Board will be looking at cost saving measures and consider utilizing funds accumulated from past financial periods.
It may be time we looked at other sources of revenue and your Board will be doing so.
The Board has moved the date of the Annual General Meeting until March 29th, 15 months after the last meeting.
The Meeting will deal with budgets, elections and reports from various group within the organization and other items required by the Societies Act.
Richard Thompson, President PQFG
Current 2018 Members: follow this link to view your insurance documentation (please note: this only applies if you are a current 2018 PQFG member in good standing.
2018 PQFG BCWF Member Liability Insurance Document
Fishing Forever began in 1989 after a broadcast journalist, Walt Liimatainnen was diagnosed with a debilitating disease. He wanted to continue enjoying the great outdoors as he had for many years and wanted others to have the same opportunity.
Other clubs had preceded Fishing Forever by having events for the blind.
Over 20 years ago Pete Roberts, a long time member and possibly our elder statesman of the club, was the coordinator and the event took place at the French Creek Marina. The club enlisted sports fishers who donated their craft and time to take the handicapped, (including the blind) for a day’s fishing in the waters off French Creek. At the time there were many large salmon caught. One resident of Trillium Lodge, Winni LaMarsh who was 93 years old at the time, hauled in two large salmon.
As time went on it became increasingly expensive for the boat owners and it was becoming difficult to load some wheelchair bound participants and it was decided to change the venue to a local lake. This is where our former coordinator, Brian Borrett, came into the picture and held the first event at Spider Lake. The lake wasn’t very friendly to those lining the shore and casting for either trout or bass. Dan Siminiuk was able to land a few small bass but others were unsuccessful. Brian then moved the event to the Coombs Campground which had a large fishing pond for camping guests. He was able to arrange the event at the campground by having the pond stocked with trout raised at the Vancouver Island University facilities.
The event continued to be a great success and the club received accolades from the care givers and their charges every year. In fact we were told that it is one of the high lights of the year for the residents.
After the 2015 Fishing Forever took place Brian suffered a stroke and subsequently became a resident of a Care Home in Victoria. Unfortunately, he passed away last year.
Not wanting to see this important event end, Len Fong approached a number of members who were willing to take on the derby.
You may wonder why it took three coordinators to replace Brian but Brian told us he began preparations for the event in January! We soon found out why he began so early because it entails quite a bit of arranging and the logistics to make the event a success takes time.
We hope to see our perennial volunteers attend the Care Home Fishing Derby on Friday, May 26th and we are praying for a nice, sunny day.
The Annual General Meeting for the BCWF was held in Nelson, BC on May 4-6 2017. As usual, we sent delegates and below you will find their meeting summaries.
RT_BCWF AGM 2017
Nelson BCWF 2017_Tina Wilson
When – Tuesday 28th February 2017
What time – Doors open at 6pm – meeting will be called to order at 7pm
Where – Parksville Community Centre, 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville
Nomination for your 2017 Board are as follows:
President – Richard Thompson
Vice Pres – Doug Kitts
Secretary – Rod Wiebe
Treasurer – Tina Wilson
Directors for 1 year
Directors for 2 years
We are still looking for a Director for 2 years. Your name can be put forward on the night.
You must be a member in good standing (have paid your 2017 dues) to vote. Please ensure that you have renewed your membership ahead of time where possible at www.pqfg.org or with our custodian at the Henry Range (available hours are listed on the website).
2017 AGM Agenda below
2017 Banquet – if you haven’t purchased your banquet tickets yet you still have a little time. The few remaining tickets will be available for sale at the AGM. Don’t miss out!
Thank you for your continued support of
Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Association
AGM Agenda 2017
Please find below a link to the 2017 Dorman Range Schedule.
2017 DORMAN SCHEDULE V1
Hearing and Eye Protection must be worn while shooting Trap, Skeet and while on the Sporting Clays course.
Please plan on volunteering some of your time to maintain our range. Set-up and after shoot clean-up as well as work parties need your participation.
YOUTH SHOOTING PROGRAM
To encourage young shooters, the Dorman Range has a program of discounts for shooters 16 and under. This includes free introductory rounds and reduced costs for shells and targets. Young shooters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or by a family friend with a letter of permission.
Message from Rob at Whitehorse Archery Club:
If any of your members are travelling to the Yukon this summer, please put them in touch with me or have them check our website. We have a top notch 3D range and we are encouraging visitors to come join us. You can read about it on the website www.whitehorsearchery.com.
Whitehorse Archery Club
Christmas is slowly sneaking up on us. Where did that year go?
We have had lots of activity at the range since the last newsletter. I will highlight some of the events. The photographs will give you a good view of what went on.
Please click the link below to read the full the Dorman Range Update for December 2016.
TO ALL PARKSVILLE QUALICUM FISH AND GAME MEMBERS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE AFFILIATION VOTE
Last spring a motion was passed at a general meeting to have representatives of the BC Wildlife Federation attend a special one item GM to explain why the club should retain its affiliation with the Federation.
Since then the General Meeting in October passed a motion requiring a vote by members on the issue.
In order to supply as much information as possible, written information will be sent out next month.
The BC Wildlife Federation is also cooperating by supplying speakers to the club to answer any questions members may have. They will be attending a single item meeting on January 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Attending will be;
Jim Glaicar, President of the BC Wildlife Federation
Dennis Popplestone, Region 1 President
Vic Skaarup, Recreational Sport Shooting Chair
Jesse Zeman, Staff and Resident Priority Program Manager
Cheryl Johnson, Staff and Director of Operations
This is your best chance to ask the questions you have on whether to stay or go. Mark your calendar. January 26th, 7:00 pm. Parksville Community and Conference Centre.
Written information will be sent out before the meeting.
President, Parksville Qualicum Fish and Game
Please be advised, the Henry Range (pistol and rifle) will be closed all day Christmas Day.
Thanks for your understanding.