Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club Looking For New Members In 2006

Rolly Frappier, on the left, and Mike Laremee, of the Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club spent some time at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre as part of a membership drive initiative of the organization. The club currently has approximately 75 members, but they are hoping to attract many younger family members this year.

Indeed, the Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club is an excellent thing for parents of young children to get involved in. The membership fee is only $55 a year for a family, and $45 for a single. That fee not only establishes you as a member of the local organization, but you also become a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and receive a monthly magazine during the year.

Locally, every member receives a “key” to the club facilities which are located on Desmarais Road in Val Therese. Those facilities include a trout pond which is stocked with speckled and rainbow. Members are invited to bring their own children or grandchildren to enjoy the fishing. The archery range is open for use and there are many “adventures” waiting children on the property. Nature trails wind throughout the site and take you to a frog and turtle pond which is always exciting.

Members often gather to socialize in the club house or just to have a barbecue and relax outside the new gazebo which was constructed in 2005. It is a great place to pick blueberries or just to walk along the 10-minute nature trail.

Rolly, who is also the President of the Club, is hoping to double the membership this year by increasing public awareness. During the last week of April and the first two weeks of May, the Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club will be inviting the public to visit to watch the annual hatchery operation where they will be hatching about 1,000,000 fish for placement in a variety of lakes and rivers throughout the area.

The Annual Banquet will be held on March 25, 2006 . Anyone wishing tickets can contact Rolly Frappier at 897-2478.

While at the Shopping Centre, the Club operated a special “fish pond” for children, such as 4-year old Natalie Julien who is shown with Mike.


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