Message From The President:
A hardy "Welcome" to the newest Hawg Hunter, Shane Miller. Actually, it's more of a welcome back. Many of you may remember that Shane was a member a few years back. We are just such a lovable bunch that he just couldn't stay away. I here tell that Jim Bailey, Jr. is also planning a return. Only time will tell.
The proposed changes to the club constitution, by-laws, and tournament and fish-off rules should be posted. Thanks Jim and Marc for putting them together. We had some good discussion at the meeting. Some of proposals are very similar to one another, with only slight differences that can make for large changes, so I highly recommend that everyone take the time to closely study each one. This request goes out especially those who are eligible to vote. Speaking of those eligible to vote; I believe the newsletter has the list. If you don't think it correct, let Marc know.
He has been keeping track of those that have fished the required number of tournaments. Remember, only clarification of the proposal is allowed at the October meeting.
A special thanks to John Buck, Jere Jaillite, Marc Churchwell, Dave Dyess and Jim Bailey, Sr. for accepting nomination as E-board members.
The nominations are not closed, so if anyone else is interested in throwing your hat in the ring, please let me know or have someone nominate you at the October meeting. Voting will take place at the October meeting after nominations are closed.
The Fish-off promises to be more exciting than usual this year. Not only is the payout pretty good, but for the first time in a long time, the fight for the "Top 6" has really heated up. Some spots are already locked, but I know for sure 1st, 2nd, and 3rd are really tight. Pete, Mack, John and Lee are battling it out. A good showing at Lay Lake is a must to lock up a position.
Speaking of the October tournament, Pete Potter has again offered up room at his home for one boater and his partner. The room will be raffled off at the October meeting, so bring some extra $$$ if you want to get in the draw. If you are lucky, Vi may fix you her very delicious peach cobbler. I can tell you for a fact it is MMMMMM Good!!!!
Pete also is making his home available for a cookout on Saturday night. Let me or one of the E-board know whether you prefer grilling steaks or having a fish fry. Thanks again Pete.
It's not too late to get in on the First Annual Gantt Lake one day fishing tournament. The tournament is Oct 6, from safe light to 3pm. Free rooms are still available. Neil Springstead in sponsoring the event and will provide a free fish fry on Friday night and free lunch on Saturday. 100% payout of entry fees (1st 50%, 2nd 30% and 3rd 20%). There will also be other prizes given away. Entry fees are currently $15 but increase to $20 after 1 Oct. Optional Big Fish side pot is $5. Let me or Neil know if you plan on fishing as soon as possible.
There is an open seat for two non-boaters. So any Hawg Hunter can participate.
Until next time,
be good to one another.
Minutes of the Meeting:
The September Pensacola Hawg Hunters meeting was brought to order at 6:30P.M. on September 19, 2007 at Founaris Brothers Restaurant. President Kevin Simmons presided. There were 19 members present.
Discussion of amount of special fund to be spent on expenses for awards banquet.
Mack discussed the BASS website regarding information about insurance but indicated some of the terminology is confusing.
Pete Potter was presented with his Lifetime Membership certificate (framed).
Congratulations to our newest member: Shane Miller - he was voted in with a unanimous approval vote.
Nominations for E-board:
John Buck - President
Jere Jaillite - Vice President/Treasurer
Dave Dyess- Tournament Director
Jim Bailey Sr. - Asst Tourn Director
Marc Churchwell - Secretary
This year's award's banquet initial planning has it on November 30th at Cock of the Walk.
Jim Bailey Sr. discussed his "hat proposal" Teal colored hats going back to the Wally era. Teal hats went away because the supplier stopped selling them. His point is there really is not a "club hat." A teal colored hat makes it easy to spot a fellow Hawg Hunter on the river (at least 1 mile away). Jim Bailey Sr. has purchased enough hats to give everyone one.
By buying 36 the price each is $7.31. Much cheaper than our most recent hat of $18 each. He asked to be reimbursed the $35 setup fee if his proposal passes to use these hats as the official club hat.
John Buck remarked that it appears to be a good quality hat by the stitching in the bill. A motion was made and seconded to reimburse Jim the setup fee if his proposal was passed at next month's vote.
Kevin has entry forms for Neil Springstead's tournament next month.
There was much discussion concerning the new proposals to the constitution. These proposals will be posted separately for all to read and be ready to vote on next month.