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2018
 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-9-18 at Monicalís.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Jason Bleich, Sam & Ben Magers, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee,  Brandon & Emily Magers, John, Lori & JT Grady, Kurt Edwards, Amy & Emily Lee, Mitch St. Peter, Jeff Blackford, Dallas Glazik, Harrison Short.

 The state PF conference will be held Jan 12 & 13 in Springfield IL.  The Pioneer Chapter will be well represented at the event, chapter members and Young Guns members will be present at the meeting. 

 National Pheasant Fest is February 16, 17 & 18 in Sioux Falls, SD.  A group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend Pheasant Fest to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. 

 Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Roberts Gym.

 We hope to stuff envelopes for the banquet mailing next meeting.

 The next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 30th at Monicalís.

 A motion to adjourn was made by Jeff Blackford.  Todd Lee first and Kurt Edwards second and the motion passed unanimously.

 


Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-30-18 at Monicalís.

 Members present: Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd, Jesse & Walter Lee, Brandon, Emily & Bexley Magers, JT Grady, Kurt Edwards, Dennis, Amy & Emily Lee, Mike Frichtl, Dallas Glazik, Chad & Drew Riggleman, Pete & Mitch St. Peter, Harrison Short, Evan Bristle, Sage Ihrke, Karlee Adkins.

National Pheasant Fest is February 16, 17 & 18 in Sioux Falls, SD.  A group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend Pheasant Fest to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event. 

 Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Roberts Gym.  A Browning A5 12 ga 3.5Ē chamber Realtree Max-5 DT Camo shotgun will be the banquet gun.  The popular 5-gun raffle will also be offered, a raffle for a PF Lifetime Membership OR Illinois Lifetime Hunting License, the Early Bird raffle if you rsvp before March 15th, a total of at least 25 guns will be given away plus many games and activities.

 Envelopes for the banquet mailing were stuffed.

 The next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13th at Monicalís.

 A motion to adjourn was made by Kurt Edwards.  Todd Lee first and Mike Frichtl second and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Minutes for the PF Chapter meeting held on 2-27-18 at Monicalís.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Todd, Jesse & Walter Lee, Brandon & Bexley Magers, JT Grady, John & Lori Grady, Dennis, Amy & Emily Lee, Mike Frichtl, Pete & Lexy St. Peter, Harrison Short, Chase Elson, Sage Ihrke, Jeff Polson, Jason Bleich.

National Pheasant Fest was February 16, 17 & 18 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Brandon Magers reported on the trip that included a group of chapter members and Young Guns members.  The event went very well; it was the 2nd highest attendance at the annual Pheasant Fest event.  Brandon reported four people drove to the event with Young Guns members and the Young Guns equipment.  Brandon suggested that the chapter reimburse these four individuals for their fuel expenditure.  Pete St. Peter motioned to reimburse fuel costs to the four drivers, John Grady first and Mike Frichtl second.  The motion passed unanimously.  Next yearís Pheasant Fest will be held in Schaumburg, IL on February 22, 23 & 24.

 Jason Bleich reported there will be a Youth Pollinator and Conservation Event held on March 16th at GCMS Middle School, 815 N Church St, Gibson City, IL.  Illinois Pioneer Pheasants Forever, Gibson City Middle School and partners will host two 2-hour long sessions with start times of 9 am and 12:30 pm.  Find more information from Katie Kauzlarich at 309-264-1678 or kkauzlarich@pheasantsforever.org.

 Jason mentioned that the event organizers were seeking sponsors for the event and needed $800 to $1000 to fully fund the event.  Jeff Polson motioned to fund the event up to $1000, Dennis Lee first and Ralph Esgar second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Brandon discussed the National Youth Council, Sage Ihrke will be completing her participation this year.  Brandon mentioned that Evan Bristle may be interested in joining the Youth Council next year.  Ben Magers discussed creating an Alumni Council of previous National Youth Council members.  Ben was seeking ideas to raise money for the Alumni Council.

 Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Roberts Gym. 

 This will be the last meeting before the banquet.

 A motion to adjourn was made by Todd Lee.  Mike Frichtl first and Jeff Polson second and the motion passed unanimously.

 Meeting adjourned.

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 3-27-18.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff & Diane Polson, Dennis Lee, Amy & Emily Lee, Todd & Jessie Lee, Mike Frichtl, Lisa Magers, Ben Magers, Pete & Lexy St. Peter, Mitch St. Peter, Brandon & Bexley Magers, JT Grady, John & Lori Grady, Kurt & Julie Edwards, Jason Bleich, Chad & Drew Riggleman, Patti Frichtl, Harrison Short, Evan Bristle, Sage Ihrke.

 Reviewed the Banquet Ė 385 people attended, roughly 150 memberships including 80 sponsors.

 Discussed banquet items such as; meal, games, drawings and auction.  For the most part, everything went well.  The audio equipment in the gym was much better than the last year or two.  All games sold very well and quickly.  The new wall of guns raffle sold four cycles of 50 tickets each, this went better than expected.  The Orca cooler raffle sold better than expected (it sold out), this pays for the chapters Young Guns endowment to Midway USA plus a little profit. 

 Next yearís officers were discussed.  Brandon Magers motioned for Dave Kaeding to be chapter President for next year, John Grady 1st and Kurt Edwards 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Dave Kaeding motioned for Brandon Magers to be chapter Vice President for next year, JT Grady 1st and John Grady 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Dave Kaeding motioned for Ralph/Cheri Esgar to be Secretary / Treasurer for next year, Kurt Edwards 1st and Brandon Magers 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Todd Lee was appointed Banquet Chair, Jason Bleich and Dennis Lee will be co-Habitat Chairs.

 Jason Bleich discussed a youth shoot on April 8th.  Clay pigeons with seed embedded in them will be shot to scatter over the shoot location.  Call Jason for more information.

 Jason also said a drill was available from the Fish & Wildlife Service if the chapter was interested.  The group felt it would be a good idea to obtain this drill if possible. Jason was going to look into details.

 Jason discussed a wetlands project titled ďWet WingsĒ that was being planned for the area near Green Acres Sportsmen Club.  6 neighboring chapters were planning to donate funds to support the project.  The group discussed the project and felt that up to $4000 would be appropriate for our chapter to contribute to the project.  This amount was settled on due to the location of the project in Ford Co. and the land owners past support of the chapters activities.  Kurt Edwards motioned to the fund the wetlands project up to $4000, Brandon Magers 1st and JT Grady 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.

 The next meeting time was not discussed.

 adjourned

 

   
   
   
   


2017
 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-17-17 at Monicalís.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Jason Bleich, Sam Porter, Ben Magers, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee & Jesse Wilson, Brandon Magers, Moe Morris, John, Lori & JT Grady, Kurt Edwards, Amy & Emily Lee, Mike Frichtl.

 The state PF conference will be held Jan 20 & 21 in Springfield IL.  The Pioneer Chapter will be well represented at the event, chapter members and Young Guns members will be present at the meeting. 

 National Pheasant Fest is February 17, 18 & 19 in Minneapolis, MN.  A group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend Pheasant Fest to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event. 

 Purchase of a 6 row narrow 800 series planter was discussed at an abbreviated meeting on Jan. 9.  Members agreed with purchasing the planter from Marvin Onken for $850.  Dave Kaeding reported that the planter was purchased for the terms listed and is at Daveís shed.

 Discussion of who could use the planter followed; it was suggested that anyone using the planter should be a PF member (or become one) and a donation would be suggested also.  Fred Magers 1st the motion and Brandon Magers second, the motion passed unanimously.

 Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Roberts Gym.

 We hope to stuff envelopes for the banquet mailing next meeting.

 The next meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 26th at Monicalís.

 A motion to adjourn was made by Moe Morris.  Cheri Esgar first and Jeff Polson second and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 2-21-17.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Todd Lee, Jeff  Blackford, Mike Frichtl, Lisa & Bexley Magers, Mitch St. Peter, Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman, JT Grady, Del & Pam Bruens, Kurt Edwards, Dennis Lee, Jason Bleich, Dean Blackford.

 JT Grady reported that National Pheasant Fest went very well.  29 kids and adults made the trip to Pheasant Fest.  New contacts were made with individuals interested in youth activities.  Our chapter is leading the way with efforts to develop youth programs.

 Banquet details were discussed.  Game and raffle assignments will be made next meeting; help for the kitchen; the beef has been ordered; hats and knives have been ordered; discussed having a puppy on the live auction.

 Dean Blackford discussed 40 acres for sale from the Pleasant Grove Church.  The possibility of the chapter purchasing the property was considered, the amount of funds required for the purchase would seem to make it unlikely the chapter could buy the property outright.  The possibility of making it a wetland project was discussed, Jason Bleich said he would look into this option and report back at a later date.

 Jason Bleich informed the group of an 80 acre CRP project on the Ford / McClean co. line that will be seeded this spring.  Most costs will be covered by various grants leaving only $400 to be covered by the land owners.  It was purposed that Ford and McClean Co. PF split the land owner cost at $200 each.  Chapter members discussed project and agreed to support the project.

 The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Roberts Gym.

 The next meeting will be at Monicalís on Tuesday March 7th at 7 pm.

 adjourned

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 3-7-17.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Todd Lee, Jesse Wilson, Amy & Emily Lee, Moe Morris, Mike Frichtl, Fred & Lisa Magers, Ben Magers, Sam Porter, Mitch St. Peter, Brandon, Emily & Bexley Magers, JT Grady, John & Lori Grady, Del & Pam Bruens, Kurt Edwards, Dennis Lee, Jason Bleich, Carter Reichs, Chad & Nancy Riggleman, Harrison Short.

 Game and raffle assignments were made, there will be no Hunt Blind this year.  We will hope to have 3 Card raffles with 2 decks of cards for each.

 A few new games were discussed.  Lisa Magers said a fishing stringer with 10 $10 lottery tickets was sold as a card raffle and was well received at the State PF meeting.  A Scope was discussed to be included on the Live Auction.

 Prints were discussed for inclusion on the live auction. 

 Dave Kaeding mentioned the passing of two chapter members in the past year, Ed Kallal and Ray Cleary.  Dave thought it would be fitting to have a moment of silence in their memory.

 The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Roberts Gym.

 The next meeting will be at Monicalís on Tuesday March 14th at 6:30 pm.

adjourned

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 4-4-17.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Dennis Lee, Amy & Emily Lee, Moe Morris, Mike Frichtl, Fred & Lisa Magers, Ben Magers, Sam Porter, Mitch St. Peter, Brandon, Emily & Bexley Magers, JT Grady, John & Lori Grady, Del & Pam Bruens, Kurt Edwards, Jeff Blackford, Jason Bleich, Chad, Nancy & Drew Riggleman, Patti Frichtl, Harrison Short.

 Reviewed the Banquet Ė 365 people attended, roughly 150 memberships including 70 sponsors.  Overall banquet went very well.

 Discussed banquet items such as; meal, games, drawings and auction.  For the most part, everything went well.  The audio equipment in the gym needs to be improved before next year.  Either the gym needs to upgrade the sound equipment or we have equipment brought in for the banquet. 

 Next yearís officers were discussed.  Brandon Magers motioned for Dave Kaeding to be chapter President for next year, Lisa Magers 1st and Moe Morris 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Dave Kaeding motioned for Brandon Magers to be chapter Vice President for next year, JT Grady 1st and Kurt Edwards 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Dave Kaeding motioned for Ralph/Cheri Esgar to be Secretary / Treasurer for next year, Brandon Magers 1st and Jeff Blackford 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.  Todd Lee was appointed Banquet Chair, Jason Bleich and Dennis Lee will be co-Habitat Chairs.

 Jeff Blackford discussed a certified wing shooting clinic to be held at Kickapoo State Park with the Champaign Co. PF as a co-sponsor.  Jeff said they were looking for more sponsors for the event and wondered if IL Pioneer would also sponsor.  The issue was tabled for further discussion.

 Dates were discussed for Hunter Safety classes, Fishing Derby, and the Ford Co. Fair.  More information will follow from the next meeting.

 The next meeting will be at Loda Sportsmanís Club on Monday May 15th at 6:30 pm.

 adjourned

 

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 6-19-17.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Dennis Lee, Amy Lee, Moe Morris, Fred & Lisa Magers, Ben Magers, Brandon Magers, JT Grady, John & Lori Grady, Chad & Drew Riggleman, Todd & Jesse Lee, Chase Elson, Evan Bristle.

 The PF chapter will be running a concession stand at the Ford Co. Fair.  The group discussed details regarding the Ford Co. Fair, including work schedule, food items, setup times, and other issues.  The fair runs from June 25th to July 1st.  Come by and help at the Illinois Pioneer-Pheasants Forever Concession Stand or buy lunch or supper at the concession stand to support PF activities in Ford Co.

 Lisa Magers said the Shooting Team will be in Sparta this weekend June 24th and 25th

 A group of Young Guns will help with the Gibson City Fishing Derby on Sunday July 9th, the event starts at 1 pm. 

 Our annual Fishing Derby will be held at Dan Rogers property on Saturday July 15th, more information will follow.

 The next meeting will be July 17th.

 adjourned

 

   

Minutes for meeting on 9-18-17.

 Members present:  Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Blackford, Brandon Magers, Chad Riggleman.

 Dave and Brandon reported there was low turnout of kids participating in the chapter sponsored dove hunt at Dan Rogerís property.  They mentioned many kids had conflicts with Labor Day weekend.  Brandon said the sunflowers were in good condition for the dove hunt and bird numbers were good.  Dan has indicated he would like to continue the dove hunt next year.

 Illinois Pioneer PF and Dan Rogers entered into this dove hunting project to provide Young Gun members and other local youth the opportunity to experience dove hunting.  Dove hunting provides very challenging shooting in a setting that is conducive for young hunters to experience many shooting opportunities while under adult supervision.

 A hunter safety course was discussed.  Dates considered were October 27th or November 3rd.  More information will follow.

 Dates for Rooster Madness and the Youth Pheasant hunt were discussed.  More information will follow.

 Contact chapter leaders for more information if you have questions.

 Pheasant Opener is November 4th.

 Adjourned

 

 
   


2016
 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-25-16 at Monicalís.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Jeff & Katie Blackford, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman, Sam Porter, Ben Magers, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Mike Frichtl, Pam & Del Bruens, John, Lori & JT Grady, Chad Riggleman, Carter Rieckes, Todd & Dennis Lee & Jessica,  Jason Bleich, Mitch St. Peter, Kurt Edwards.

The state PF conference was held Jan 22 & 23 at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria.  The Pioneer Chapter was well represented at the Saturday evening banquet.  The chapter received the ďFounding Fathers AwardĒ.  The chapter pledged $1000 to the Legislative Action Fund and $3000 to the No Child Left Indoors program.  Dan Ihrke along with chapter youth members lead a session teaching kids to train dogs.

National Pheasant Fest is February 19, 20 & 21 in Kansas City, MO.  A group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend Pheasant Fest to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event. 

Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Roberts Gym.

We hope to stuff envelopes for the banquet mailing next meeting.

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday 2nd at Monicalís.

A motion to adjourn was made by Moe Morris.  Mike Frichtl first and Jeff Polson second and the motion passed unanimously.

 

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 3-7-16.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Jeff  Blackford, Mike Frichtl, Brandon, Emily & Bexley Magers, Mitch St. Peter, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman, Evan Bristle, Carter Riechs, Karlee Adkins, John & Lori Grady, Andy Bennett.

 Dave Kaeding reported that National Pheasant Fest went very well.  New contacts were made with individuals interested in youth activities.  Our chapter is leading the way with efforts to develop youth programs.

 Banquet details were discussed.  Game and raffle assignments were made; also guns were assigned to specific games and raffles.

 Brandon Magers discussed the upcoming High School Shooting Team events.  The team will practice starting soon at LSC.  There will be 15 to 20 team members this year.  Not many competitions are scheduled at this time, Brandon hopes more will be known soon.

 Brandon Magers and Dave Kaeding informed the group of a seeding project with IDOT in Ford Co.  Local IDOT employees would like to seed road sides in the wider roadway areas within the county in a habitat planting beneficial to wildlife.  They asked the chapter to support the project at roughly $100 per acre.  Chapter members discussed ideal locations for the plantings and the amount of acres.  The group approved 10 to 20 acres with the locations to be discussed further.  Andy Bennett made the motion to approve, Ralph Esgar first and Mike Frichtl second.  Motion pass unanimously.

 Dave Kaeding discussed the Ford Co. Fair.  Dates are June 16th to the 24th.  The chapter has been invited to cook for the fair sponsors on Friday night of the fair. 

 The Fish Fry at LSC is scheduled for Thursday March 17th.  Young Gunís and the High School Shooting Team Members will prepare a fish dinner for Sportsmenís Club members.  This is in appreciation of all the help the LSC provides to the PF Chapter and the Shooting Team.

 The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Roberts Gym.

 The next meeting will be on March 14th at LSC.

 adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 4-5-16.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Jeff Blackford, Andy & Marty Bennett, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Jessica Wilson, Dennis & Donna Lee, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff & Diane Polson, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, John & Lori Grady, JT Grady, Jason Bleich, Del & Pam Bruens, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman, Cheryl & Lee Schunke, Chase Elson, Mitch St. Peter, Amy Lee, Patti Frichtl, Ben Magers, Sam Porter, Carter Reichs, Chad Riggleman, Moe Morris.

 Reviewed the Banquet Ė 328 people attended, roughly 150 memberships including 57 sponsors.  Overall banquet went very well.

 Discussed banquet items such as; meal, games, drawings and auction.  For the most part, everything went well.  The audio equipment in the gym needs to be improved before next year.  Either the gym needs to upgrade the sound equipment or we have equipment brought in for the banquet. 

 Next yearís officers were discussed.  Chad Riggleman motioned for Dave Kaeding to be chapter President for next year, John Grady second and the motion passed unanimously.  Andy Bennett motioned to keep the same officers as last year.  Del Bruens second and the motion passed unanimously.

 Jason Bleich reported on habitat projects with IDOT and in the Bayles Lake area.

 The purchase of a 4-row planter to plant sunflowers was suggested.  Up to $1500 was approved for the chapter to acquire a planter.  Mike Frichtl had some contacts for Brandon Magers to investigate.

 The sponsor shoot at Green Acres Sportsmen Club was held on April 3rd.  Nearly 40 participants enjoyed good food and a good day of hunting. 

 The Young Guns kids will be involved with a Fishing Derby on May 15th in the Gibson City Area.  This is independent of our Fishing Derby held at Dan Rogerís property near Loda in the July time frame.  Contact chapter members for more information

 Look for a hunterís safety course soon.  Information will follow at the Young Guns website.

 Motion to adjourn was made, Brandon Magers first & Del Bruens second.

 Adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 5-16-16.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, Jason Bleich, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Chad Riggleman, Moe Morris, Curt Edwards.

 Brandon Magers reported on the Fishing Derby held at the Gibson City Fishing Lake on May 15th.  62 kids from the Gibson City area participated in the event.  140 total people attended the event.  Brandon said the day went very well.

 Jason Bleich reported the IDOT habitat project was complete, 10 acres were seeded in the area.  The Bayles Lake, PBL and Al Barns habitat projects were in progress.

 Sage Ihrke attended the Focus on Forever meeting held at Potosi, MO.  Topics covered included Pollinator Habitat projects, wing shooting and dog training.

 The High School Shooting Team will be competing at the Sparta Shooting Facility on June 25th & 26th.

 Home Town Heros are conducting a fund raiser for 2 local veterans.  Fred Magers motioned for the chapter to donate 2 prints for the event.  Todd Lee second and the motion passed unanimously.

 Ford Co. Fair will run from June 19th to the 26th .  The chapter will be running the concession stand again this year.  Contact chapter members if you would like to help.

 No meeting in June due to the fair, next meeting July 18th.

 Motion to adjourn was made, Mike Frichtl first & Moe Morris second.

 Adjourned

 
 

Minutes for meeting on 7-18-16.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Chad Riggleman, Jeff Blackford, JT Grady.

 Fred Magers reported that Ross Fogel requested chapter members to assist a fellow chapter with information on running a banquet.  Fred said the date was September 24th, more details to follow.

 The chapter acquiring a 4-row planter for various habitat plantings was discussed.  $1500 has been approved to buy the planter.  Dan Rogers will assist and store the planter once it is acquired.  Efforts will continue to locate an appropriate planter.

 Young Guns and chapter members conducted a fund raiser on June 10th at Paxton Hardware & Rental.  Young Guns members ran a food stand that featured ribs & pork burgers along with other grilled items.  $1560 was raised to fund youth activities at Sparta Shooting Facility by chapter youth participants.

 Brandon Magers reported the chapter youth participants at Sparta performed very well.  Katie Pierce, Sage Ihrke and Drew Riggleman finished 2nd in Open Sporting Clays.  Kaleb Harshbarger finished 2nd in Open Skeet.  Katie Pierce participated in a National Shooting event and performed very well.

 Triston & Sage Ihrke participated in the PF National Youth Leadership Council meeting in Wyoming on July 15th weekend.  The Ihrkeís travel expenses to get the kids to the meeting was discussed.  Ralph Esgar motioned to support each kid with $200 toward travel expenses to attend the meeting.  Chad Riggleman second and the motion passed unanimously.

 Katie Pierceís participation in several shooting competitions on the National level was discussed.  Chapter members discussed creating a chapter Shooting Scholarship and naming Katie the 2016 recipient of the $250 scholarship.  Dave Kaeding motioned to award Katie Pierce with this yearís scholarship, Fred Magers second and the motion passed unanimously.

 58 kids participated in this yearís Fishing Derby held at Dan Rogers property on July 17th.  Brandon Magers reported that a 26Ē catfish was the biggest catch of the day, all the kids in attendance enjoyed a fun day of fishing and good food.

 The Ford Co. Food Stand, ran by Young Guns & chapter members, grossed over $7500 this year.  The food stand was run by Young Guns & chapter members from June 19th to the 25th

 Next meeting will be August 15th.  

 Adjourned

 

 
   
   

 

2015

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-19-15 at Monicalís.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Everett Landrus, Jason Bleich, Jeff, Andy & Katie Blackford, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman, Sam Porter, Ben Magers, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Brandon & Emily Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Andy Bennett.

 Ralph Esgar presented the minutes from the meeting on November 17th.  A motion was made to approve the minutes, Fred Magers first and Moe Morris second, the motion passed unanimously.

 Jason Bleich reported the Ihrke Habitat Project has been completed.

 The state PF conference was held Jan 17 & 18 at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria.  The Pioneer Chapter was well represented at the Saturday evening banquet.  The chapter received the ďGeneration Next AwardĒ for youth programs, Ralph Esgar received the ďChapter Dedication AwardĒ and Fred Magers was inducted into the Illinois Forever Hall of Fame.  The chapter pledged $1000 each to the Legislative Action Fund and the Forever Shooting Sports Endowment program.  The chapter purchased $400 of raffle tickets for the Pheasants Forever & Quail Foreverís National Youth Leadership Council in support of Triston Ihrke who is a member of the council.  Fred Magers participated in a session discussing youth events and Dan Ihrke along with chapter youth members lead a session teaching kids to train dogs.

 National Pheasant Fest is February 20, 21 & 22 in Des Moines, IA.  A group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend Pheasant Fest to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event. 

 Todd Lee motioned to donate a print to the Gibson City / Melvin-Sibley FFA Chapter fund raiser.  Brandon Magers first and Fred Magers second and the motion passed unanimously.  Todd will pick the print to be donated.

 Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed.  The Chapterís banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Roberts Gym.

 We hope to stuff envelopes for the banquet mailing next meeting.

 The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on Monday, February 2nd at Monicalís.

 A motion to adjourn was made by Moe Morris.  Andy Bennett first and Jeff Polson second and the motion passed unanimously.

 

 

Minutes for meeting on 3-30-15.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Andy Blackford, Jeff Blackford, Andy Bennett, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Dennis Lee, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, John & Lori Grady, JT Grady, Jason Bleich, Jim Kietzman, Del & Pam Bruens, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Madiline Goldman.

 Reviewed the Banquet Ė 380 people attended, roughly 150 memberships including 57 sponsors.  Overall banquet went very well.

 Discussed banquet items such as; meal, games, drawings and auction.  For the most part, everything went well.  The kids drawing will be moved up to the beginning of the banquet next year and the child must be present to win.  Need to have more spotters in the crowd for the live auction. May need to think of  a better way to distribute cups & mugs, some were being taken as folks left the gym. 

 A motion to keep the same officers as last year was made.  John Grady first and Fred Magers second, motion passed unanimously.

 Jason Bleich reported on a habitat project at the Railside Golf course near Gibson City.

30 acres of habitat will be planted this spring with the assistance of the chapter.

 Andy Bennett suggested a habitat project needs to be initiated in honor of Gerry Rodeen.  The group agreed and Jason said signage will be placed on the habitat project in Gibson City and Gerryís name could be associated with this project.  Dave Kaeding suggested to discuss the options further.

 Dave mentioned a need for seed for food plots.  Brandon Magers said he would look into some contacts to located seed if possible.

 Look for a hunterís safety course soon.  Information will follow at the Young Guns website.

 Motion to adjourn was made, Brandon Magers first & Deb Bruens second.

 Adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 4-20-15.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Moe Morris, Ben Magers, Emily & Brandon Magers.

 A Womenís Trap & Pistol Shoot is scheduled for May 1st at the Foosland Sportsmanís Club, start time is 5 pm.  A Youth Trap & Rifle Shoot will be held on May 3rd at the Foosland Sportsmanís Club, start time is 12pm.

 A Hunter Safety Course will be held Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th at Bachmanís.

 Fred Magers discussed the Coles Co. Fair and Tractor Pull.  Dates are July 17-19, possibly taking the Lazer Shot Trailer and Air Rifle Trailer. 

 Also members may be involved with the Tazewell Co Fair on July 27-29.

 Plans were discussed for the Ford Co. Fair and the Illinois State Fair.  More information will follow in coming weeks.

 5 or 6 habitat projects are underway in the area.  More updates at the next meeting.

 Sunflower planting was discussed.  Several plantings are planned to allow youth dove hunts to occur in September.

 Adjourned

 

 

Minutes for meeting on 6-15-15.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Dennis & Todd Lee, Ralph Esgar, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Moe Morris, Ben Magers, Emily & Brandon Magers, Sam Porter, Carter Riecks, Jeff & Katie Blackford, John & Lori Grady, A.J. Williams, Kelli Harshbarger, Karlie Atkins, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Jason Bleich, Del & Pam Bruens.

 The meeting was held at the Snack Bar at the Ford Co. Fairgrounds in Melvin.  Plans were discussed for the fair which runs from June 21 to June 27.  Contact chapter leaders if you would like to volunteer and help at the fair.

 Lisa Magers discussed the Antique Car and Tractor show at the Coles Co Fairgrounds in Charleston.  Dates are July 17-19, a group of chapter members and Young Guns members will attend and take the Log Cabin and Air Rifle Trailer to the event.

 Details for the Fishing Derby at Dan Rogerís property were discussed.  Plans will be finalized soon.

 Plans were discussed for the Illinois State Fair.  The fair runs from August 13th to the 23rd, more information will follow in coming weeks.

 A youth shoot will be planned for some time in August.  More plans to follow.

 The Pheasants Forever & SWCD Habitat Tour / Prairie Walk is planned for Friday June 26th.  Registration is from 8 to 8:30 am at the Paxton Airport.  Call 217-379-2372 ext 3 for more details.

 Adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 7-20-15.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Dennis & Todd Lee, Ralph Esgar, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Ben Magers, Emily & Brandon Magers, Carter Riecks, Jeff, Andy & Katie Blackford, J.T. Grady, Triston & Sage Ihrke.

 Discussed the Antique Car and Tractor show at the Coles Co Fairgrounds in Charleston.  Dates were July 17-19, a group of chapter members and Young Guns members attended the event and took the Log Cabin and Air Rifle Trailer.

 The Fishing Derby at Dan Rogerís property will be held on Sunday August 2nd.  Watch for more details on the Young Guns website.

 Plans were discussed for the Illinois State Fair.  The fair runs from August 13th to the 23rd, more information will follow in coming weeks.

 A youth event in the Kankakee area on Sept 19th was discussed.  A group of youth may assist at the event.  More details to follow.

 Plans for a dove hunt at Dan Rogerís property were discussed.  Chapter leaders will discuss details further with Dan in the coming month.  Dove opener is Tuesday September 1st.

 Potential dates in October for Rooster Madness and the Youth hunt were discussed.  More details to follow.

 Adjourned

 

 

Minutes for meeting on 9-21-15.

 Members present:  Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Jeff Blackford, Brandon & Emily Magers, Fred & Lisa Magers, Christy Wallace, Dennis Lee, Jason Bleich, Del & Pam Bruens, Mitch St. Peter, Triston & Sage Ihrke, Karlie Atkins, Madiline Goldman.

 The chapter had the Laser Shot & Fish Simulator systems at the State Fair in Conservation World.  Due to the late date of this yearís fair, proceeds from the games and a gun raffle were very low.  Thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered time during the fair.

 Roughly 25 kids participated in Dove hunting at Dan Rogerís property.  It was a very good experience for the kids and Dan would like to continue the Dove hunt next year.

 Several chapter members will participate in a youth event in White Co.  Young Guns members will help with shooting and other activities for the kids at the event.

 Upcoming Events:

 October 17th & 18th  - Rooster Madness at Green Acre Sportmanís Club.  Participants will have the opportunity to hunt, trap shoot, enter the gun raffle and enjoy great food.  Contact chapter members to get your ticket.

 October 25th  Ė Youth Hunt & Online Field Day for hunter safety at Green Acres Hunt Club.  Watch for more information on the Young Guns website, www.pfyoungguns.com.

 Pheasant Opener is November 7th.

 Adjourned

 

 

Minutes for meeting on 11-16-15

 Members present:  Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Jeff & Katie Blackford, Brandon & Emily Magers, Lisa Magers, Jason Bleich, Mitch St. Peter, Curt Edwards.

 Curt Edwards informed the group about a 12 acre CRP project on his property.   A motion to cover half of the project was made, roughly $700.  Brandon Magers first and Jeff Polson second the motion, the motion passed unanimously.

 A tree project at George Ihrkeís property was discussed.  1100 trees have been planted on the south east edge of his property.  George was seeking assistance with the establishment of the tree project.  A motion was made for the chapter to cover 100% of the tree cost, $1396.  Brandon Magers first and Mike Frichtl second and the motion carried unanimously.

 Mike Frichtl has a 2 acre CRP project on his property.  A motion for the chapter to cover half of the establishment was made, $175.  Dave Kaeding first and Jeff Polson second, the motion carried unanimously.

 Pete St. Peter approached the Canadian National rail road company he works for about assistance with the refurbishment of the golf cart for Young Guns.  Canadian Nation agreed to donate $1200 toward the cost of the project.

 State Pheasants Forever meetings in Peoria were discussed.  Meetings are January 22, 23 & 24.  Lisa Magers would like to make reservations ASAP, contact chapter leaders if you are interested in attending.

 Brandon Magers moved to adjourn, Mike Frichtl second, the motion carried unanimously.

 Adjourned

 

 

2014

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-13-14.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Doug Tucker, Katie, Andy & Jeff Blackford, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Brandon Magers, Ben Magers, Moe Morris, Jason Bleich, Sam Porter, JT & Lori Grady, Andy Peeler.

The state PF conference will be held Jan 18 & 19 at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria. A meet and greet will be held from 5pm to 11pm on Friday the 17 th, registration from 8am to 9am on Saturday the 18 th with sessions through the day and an awards banquet to follow. Several individuals from the chapter will be attending.

Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed. The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Roberts Gym.

National Pheasant Fest is February 14, 15 & 16 in Milwaukee, WI.The next meeting will be on January 27 th at Monical’s, the meeting will start at 7:30 pm.

adjourned

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-27-14 at Monical’s.

Members present: Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Brandon Magers, Mike Frichtl, Moe Morris, Andy Bennett, Lori & JT Grady.

The state PF conference was held Jan 18 & 19 at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria. The Pioneer Chapter was well represented at the Saturday evening banquet. The chapter received the “No Child Left Indoors Award” for the state of Illinois and will now compete for the same award on a national level at Pheasant Fest in February. Dan Ihrke was the recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year Award”. The chapter pledged $1000 each to the Legislative Action Fund and the Forever Shooting Sports Endowment program.

National Pheasant Fest is February 14, 15 & 16 in Milwaukee, WI. The Magers will take a group of kids to the event to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event by Kevin Bachman.

Plans for the chapter banquet were discussed. The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Roberts Gym.

We hope to stuff envelopes for the banquet mailing next meeting.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 5 th at Monical’s.

adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 3-31-14.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Jeff, Andy & Katie Blackford, Everett Landrus,
Mike & Kim Frichtl, Todd Lee, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff & Diane Polson,
Dennis Lee, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, Del & Pam Bruens,
Ben Magers, Sam Porter, John & Lori Grady, Andy & Marty Bennett, Jason Bleich,
Dan, Cindy, Triston & Sage Ihrke, & several additional members.

Reviewed the Banquet Ė 375 people attended, revenue was slightly down from 2013 but
overall still very strong.  Serving the meal took roughly 30 minutes for all in attendance and
remarks about the meal were very positive.  A few new games were discussed as well as
eliminating a few games that are not very profitable.  Suggestions to sell hats at the door &
huggies at the bar were discussed.

A Youth & Sponsor Hunt was held at Green Acres on Sunday 3/30.  35 to 40 guests
attended and had a great day.

A Veterans Hunt at Green Acres was discussed.  A tentative schedule for some time in
September or October is likely.  More details to follow.

Hunters Safety Course is scheduled for May 2nd & 3rd at the Bachmanís Farm.  Call the
DNR office in Gibson City at 217-784-4730 ext 223 to sign up for the course.  More
information is available at the Young Guns website www.pfyoungguns.com.

Officers:
Habitat Ė Jason Bleich & Everett Landrus, Brandon Magers 1st & Moe Morris 2nd .
Secretary / Treasurer Ė Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Everett Landrus 1st & Mike Frichtl 2nd .
Vice President Ė Brandon Magers, Jeff Polson 1st & Everett Landrus 2nd
Youth Chair Ė Fred Magers, Andy Bennett 1st & Del Bruens 2nd .
President Ė Dave Kaeding, Jeff Blackford 1st & Todd Lee 2nd .

All motions passed unanimously.

Jason Bleich mentioned he has been contacted by individuals about obtaining seed for food
plots.  Contacts for free seed and Chapter help obtaining seed were discussed.

Upgrading the website was discussed.  John Grady & Emily Magers will look into website improvements.

Next yearís banquet will be held on Saturday March 21st, 2015 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of April (the 21st) at the LSC.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our banquet this year.        

 Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 4-21-14.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl,
Ralph Esgar, Doug Tucker, Moe Morris, Jason Bleich.

Hunters Safety Course is scheduled for May 2nd & 3rd at the Bachmanís Farm. 
Call the DNR office in Gibson City at 217-784-4730 ext 223 to sign up for the course. 
More information is available at the Young Guns website www.pfyoungguns.com.

A Disabled Veterans Hunt hosted at Green Acre Hunt Club in the
September/October time frame was discussed.  More information will follow.

The chapter will participate in the Ford Co Fair again this year.  The Fair runs
June 22nd to the 28th.  More details will follow on the fair schedule.

The chapter will participate in the Illinois State Fair again this year.  The fair runs
August 7th to the 17th.  More details will follow on this also.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of June (the 16th) at Monicals.

Contact Jason Bleich (217-855-0496) or Dennis Lee (217-249-0708) with
any habitat project needs while there is still time for spring seeding.

Moe Morris motioned to adjourn, Scoot second.  The motion passed unanimously.

Adjourned

 
 

Minutes for meeting on 6-16-14.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Katie Blackford, Jeff Blackford, Todd Lee, Ralph Esgar, Dennis Lee, Fred  & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Del & Pam Bruens, Ben Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Jason Bleich.

Pioneer Chapter members and volunteers will run a food stand at the Ford Co. Fair.  The fair runs from June 22 to June 28.  A work day is planned for Saturday June 21.  A cleanup day is planned for Sunday June 29th.  Contact chapter officers if you would like to volunteer.

The Shoot Team will travel to Sparta to compete in a shooting event on Saturday June 28th.  The Shooting Team Wrap Up event is planned to be held on Wednesday July 2nd at the Loda Sportsmenís Club at 6 pm.

Young Guns members will take the log cabin trailer to Saybrook for their 4th of July activities on Sunday June 29th. 

The FFA Shoot at Loda Sportsmenís Club is scheduled for Monday June 30th.

A Womenís Shoot will be held on July 11th and a Youth Shoot on July 12th at the Foosland Sportsmenís Cub.

Rooster Madness is tentatively set for October 18th & 19th.  The Youth Hunt would be held on October 26th, both events at Green Acres Hunt Club.

The Ryan Coe Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday July 19th at Dan Rogersí property.  More information will be available at the Young Guns website.

The chapter will participate in the Illinois State Fair again this year.  The dates are August 7 through 17.

Moe Morris motioned to buy an event grill before the Ford Co. Fair.  Brandon Magers second and the motion passed unanimously.

Fred Magers motioned to buy 500 huggies before the Ford Co. Fair.  Dennis Lee second and the motion passed unanimously.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of July (the 21st), site to be determined.

Adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 7-21-14.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Moe Morris, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Andy Bennett.

 The Ryan Coe Fishing Derby was held on July 19th west of Loda. 97 kids participated in the event with roughly 250 people served for supper. Everyone enjoyed the day.

The Ford Co. Fair Food Stand went well.  The chapter surpassed last yearís gross income for the event, exact numbers will follow. 

The chapter will be at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair from August 7 Ė 17. Volunteers are needed for the booth, call chapter leaders if you would like to help. A Henry Big Boy will be raffled.

Eric Swenson discussed hosting a Disabled Veterans Hunt at Green Acre Hunt Club in September.   More information will follow.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of August (the 18th) at LSC.

Adjourned

 

Minutes for meeting on 8-18-14.

 Members present:  Dave Kaeding, Mike Frichtl, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Jeff, Katie & Andy Blackford, Brandon & Emily Magers, Fred & Lisa Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Ben Magers, Sam Porter, Scoot Landrus, Andy Bennett, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee.

 The chapter had the Laser Shot & Fishing Simulator systems at the State Fair in Conservation World.  Roughly $6000 was raised for the chapter with the proceeds from the games, water sales and a gun raffle.  Thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered their time during the fair.

 Upcoming Events:

 A group from the chapter will travel to Carmi, IL to help White Co. Quail Forever with their chapter youth event on Sept. 7th.

 Rooster Madness is tentatively set for October 18th & 19th.  The Youth Hunt would be held on October 26th, both events at Green Acres Hunt Club.

 For more details and contact information visit www.pfyoungguns.com as these dates approach.

 The next meeting will be on September 15th.

 Adjourned

 

   

Minutes for meeting on 11-17-14.

 Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Jeff & Katie Blackford, Fred & Lisa Magers, Moe & Sue Morris, Jason Bleich, Eric Swenson.

 Jason Bleich updated progress on several habitat projects in the area.  The Ihrke project looks very good, however, some farmer neighbors & FSA County Board members have complained about the project.  At this time the project is progressing on schedule.  Contact Jason with any questions.

 State Pheasants Forever Meetings will be January 16, 17 & 18 in Peoria at the Par-a-dice casino.

 A group of chapter members attended a youth event at the Carmi PF chapter.  The event went very well and the Air Rifle Trailer was a big hit.

 77 hunters participated in Rooster Madness at Green Acreís on October 18th & 19th.  Two great days of hunting were enjoyed by all in attendance.  The event was a big success.

 38 kids participated in the Youth Hunt held at Green Acreís on October 26th.  All involved had a great day of hunting.

 Fred Magers mentioned that Dan Rogers has offered to host a few youth hunts on his property.  Fred will coordinate details in the near future.

 Eric Swenson and chapter members discussed hosting a Veteranís Hunt at some point in the future.  Possible dates for the event will be discussed in upcoming meetings.

 Several chapter members and youth group members will be attending Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, IA on February 20, 21 & 22.  Contact chapter members with any questions.

 The next meeting will be on December 15th at Monicals.

 Adjourned

 

 

2013

Minutes for chapter meeting on 1-21-13 at Monical’s.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Matt Scudder, Brandon Magers, Ben Magers, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Emily St. Peter, Kurt Smith, Dallas Glazik, Moe & Sue Morris, Jeff, Kirsten, Andy & Katie Blackford, Andy Bennett, Todd Coe.

Minutes from the last meeting on Nov 19, 2012 were read and approved. Brandon Magers motioned to approve the minutes, Ralph Esgar second and the motion passed unanimously.

The state PF conference was held Jan 18 & 19 at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria. The Pioneer Chapter was well represented by 15 members in attendance at the Saturday evening banquet. The chapter received a Habitat Award for establishing $100,000 in habitat projects and the Illinois PF/QF Chapter of the Year for youth & habitat programs. The chapter pledged $1000 each to the Legislative Action Fund and the Forever Shooting Sports Endowment program.

In other news, Triston Ihrke has been added to the National Youth Leadership Council and to the Illinois Youth Leadership Council. Ben Magers was named as the Illinois Youth Leadership Council Coordinator. He graduated off both the state and national councils and has now been put in an adult leadership role overseeing the council which is made up of kids from all over the State of Illinois.

A Young Guns Event will be held on February 10 th at Bachman’s. Indoor and Outdoor shooting will be offered to youth in attendance. Attractions will include BB gun targets, Laser Shot, Archery Target Shooting, Fishing Simulator, Sporting Clay Target Shoot. Volunteers are welcome to help setup and host the event. Setup for the event will start on Saturday at noon. The Youth Event will start at noon on Sunday the 10 th. Check the Young Guns website for details, contact Fred for more information if you would like to help.

National Pheasant Fest is February 15, 16 & 17 in Minneapolis, Mn. The Magers will take a group of kids to the event to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event by Kevin Bachman.

Fish Fry at LSC on Thursday February 21 st. The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be on February 4 th at LSC.

adjourned

Minutes for chapter meeting on 2-4-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Matt Scudder, Brandon Magers, Ben Magers, Emily St. Peter, Moe & Sue Morris, J.T. Grady, Sam Porter & Amy Barden.

A Young Guns Event will be held on February 10 th at Bachman’s. Indoor and Outdoor shooting will be offered to youth in attendance. Attractions will include BB gun targets, Laser Shot, Archery Target Shooting, Fishing Simulator, Sporting Clay Target Shoot. Volunteers are welcome to help setup and host the event. Setup for the event will start on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The Youth Event will start at noon on Sunday the 10 th. Check the Young Guns website for details, contact Fred for more information if you would like to help.

National Pheasant Fest is February 15, 16 & 17 in Minneapolis, Mn. The Magers will take a group of kids to the event to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event by Kevin Bachman.

Updating the chapter website was discussed. Out-of-date photos and layout of the chapters’ homepage were the main concerns.

The chapter will run a concession stand at the 2013 Ford Co. Fair. The fair starts on June 23 rd and runs through the 29 th. Volunteer’s will be needed to run the stand each day of the fair, 4 to 5 people per day would be best. Contact chapter officers if you are interested in helping with the fair.

A Hunter’s Safety Course is planned for April 5 th & 6 th at Bachman’s Farm. More information will follow on the Young Gun’s website as the date approaches.

Fish Fry at LSC on Thursday February 21 st, the event will start around 4:30pm. Also, on the 21 st a group of Young Guns members will attend the Crime Stoppers’ meeting at the Gibson City Library.

The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be on February 11 th at Monical’s.

adjourned

Minutes for chapter meeting on 2-11-13 at Monical’s.

Members present: Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Dennis Lee, Matt Scudder, Brandon Magers, Ben Magers, Todd & Michele Coe, Jeff & Andy Blackford, Dean Blackford, Emily St. Peter, Moe & Sue Morris, Andy Bennett, Scoot Landrus, Lori & JT Grady.

The Young Guns Event held on February 10 th at Bachman’s was a huge success. 76 kids registered for the event and roughly 200 people total attended the event throughout the afternoon. Outdoor shooting was limited due to weather, however, activities such as; BB gun target shooting, Laser Shot, Archery Target Shooting, Fishing Simulator were available for the kids in attendance to enjoy. Thanks to everyone who volunteered time and thanks to those for donations made to support the event.

National Pheasant Fest is February 15, 16 & 17 in Minneapolis, Mn. Chapter leaders will be leaving at 4 am Thursday to attend Pheasant Fest. They will be taking a group of 10 kids from Young Guns to participate in the Youth Village at Pheasant Fest. The Laser Shot and Fishing Simulator systems will be trucked to the event by Kevin Bachman.

Plans and preparations for the upcoming banquet were discussed.

Fish Fry at LSC on Thursday February 21 st. The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be on February 25 th at LSC.

adjourned

 

Minutes for chapter meeting on 2-25-13.

Members present: Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Todd, Gunner, Tanner & Michele Coe, Dean Blackford, Jeff Blackford, Moe Morris, Mike Frichtl, Scoot Landrus, Brandon & Ben Magers, Emily St. Peter.

Fred Magers reported that National Pheasant Fest went very well. New contacts were made with individuals interested in youth activities. Our chapter is leading the way with efforts to develop youth programs.

Banquet details were discussed. Game and raffle assignments were made; also guns were assigned to specific games and raffles.

Fish Fry at LSC on Thursday February 21 st went very well. Young Gun’s and the High School Shooting Team Members prepared a fish dinner for Sportsmen’s Club members.

The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be on March 4 th at LSC.

adjourned

Minutes for chapter meeting on 3-4-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Todd Coe, Everett Landrus, Ben Magers, Brandon Magers, Del & Pam Bruins, Dean Blackford, Moe & Sue Morris, Mike Frichtl, Andy Bennett, Emily St. Peter.

Brandon Beltz with Illinois Pheasants Forever & Jason Bleich with the Ford Co. SWCD attended the meeting to discuss habitat issues with chapter members. Brandon Beltz is the Farm Bill Biologist for East Central Illinois. Brandon will conduct a habitat workshop in the Buckley/Loda area on March 21 st. Topics covered at the workshop will include: Management of CRP, SAFE Program, CRP signup this spring and summer and more. The workshop will run from 10 am to 2 pm, contact Brandon at bbeltz@pheasantsforever.org or 217-853-0801.

Andy Bennett motioned to provide Brandon with $300 to cover mailing and lunch costs for the March 21 st workshop. Brandon Magers second the motion, the motion passed unanimously.

Improvement of area state pheasant hunt areas, such as Herschel Workman, was discussed. These areas are in need of habitat improvement. Brandon Beltz mentioned Pheasants Forever is aware of these needs and plans to improve these hunt areas are being prepared.

Providing soda to children attending the banquet was discussed. Dean Blackford motioned to give each child in attendance 1 token for a free soda, Everett Landrus second and the motion passed unanimously.

Todd Coe discussed preparations to purchase fish and have them delivered to Dan Rogers’s pond. This issue was discussed a few months ago when the Fleming family donated $525 to support the Fishing Derby held at the Rogers property the last few years. The donation was made in honor of the Fleming’s father who loved to fish with family.

Setup for the banquet will begin on Friday March 15 th around 5 pm at the Roberts Gym. Contact chapter officers if you would like to help.

Details were discussed regarding preparation for the upcoming banquet.

The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be on March 11 th at LSC.

adjourned

Minutes for chapter meeting on 3-11-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee, Amy Lee, Dan Coulter, Matt Scudder, Todd Coe, Everett Landrus, Doug Tucker, Ben Magers, Brandon Magers, Emily St. Peter, Dean Blackford, Moe Morris, John & Lori Grady, Del & Pam Bruens, Mike Frichtl.

Details were discussed regarding preparation for the upcoming banquet.

Young Guns members and chapter officers will attend the Guns Saves Life meeting on Tuesday March 12 th at the KC’s in Rantoul. Chapter members will sell raffle tickets and invite attendees to the PF banquet. Chapter youth activities were described to people attending the GSL meeting.

Wednesday March 13 th chapter members will cut the meat for the banquet at Just Hamburgers. Contact chapter officers to get the exact time if you would like to help.

Setup for the banquet will begin on Friday March 15 th around 5 pm at the Roberts Gym. Contact chapter officers if you would like to help.

The Chapter’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be after the Banquet, we hope to see everyone on March 16 th.

adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 4-1-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Dean Blackford, Jeff & Katie Blackford, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Ralph Esgar, Jeff & Diane Polson, Dennis Lee, Doug Tucker, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Amy Barden, Del & Pam Bruens, Ben Magers, Emily St. Peter, Sam Porter, John & Laurie Grady, Matt Scudder, Dan & Jane Coulter, Andy Bennett, Brandon Schunke.

Reviewed the Banquet – 324 people attended, revenue was up from 2012 making this the second largest banquet in chapter history in terms of total revenue. Overall banquet went very well. Serving the meal took 22 minutes for all in attendance, this demonstrates the efficiency of the meal setup and preparations. A few new games were discussed as well as eliminating a few games that are not very profitable.

Youth activities focusing on conservations projects were discussed. Young Guns members volunteering for community services activities were suggested as good community exposure.

Dave Kaeding mentioned that National Pheasants Forever will make money contributions to chapters for every volunteer hour turned in by a chapter. The chapter will explore this source of funds.

Hunters Safety Course is scheduled for April 5 th & 6 th at the Bachman’s Farm. Call the DNR office in Gibson City at 217-784-4730 ext 223 to sign up for the course. More information is available at the Young Guns website www.pfyoungguns.com. A Rifle and Trap Shoot at the Foosland Sportsmans Club will be held on April 7 th starting at noon. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Andy Bennett motioned to keep the same officers for the upcoming year. Dan Coulter second and the motion carried. Dave Kaeding motioned to make Amy Barden & Todd Lee co-chairs of the Banquet Committee. Jeff Blackford second and the motion carried unanimously.

Next year’s banquet will be held on Saturday March 15 th, 2014 at the Roberts Gym.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of May (the 20 th) at the LSC.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our banquet this year.

Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 6-17-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Dean Blackford, Jeff Blackford, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Todd Lee, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Dennis Lee, Doug Tucker, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Del & Pam Bruens, Ben Magers, Pete St. Peter, John & Laurie Grady, Matt Scudder, Andy Bennett, Todd Coe, Moe Morris, Jason Bleich, Kurt Smith.

Jason Bleich was introduced as the IL Farm Bill Biologist serving East Central Illinois.

Jason discussed several habitat programs to be considered for this summer. A large portion of Ford Co. is eligible for the SAFE and CP38 programs. Contact Jason at 217-855-0496 or jbleich@pheasantsforever.org.

Discussed the Quick-Draw Program for 2013-14. Chapters have the opportunity to purchase a Kimber Solo Carry and a DPMS Panther .223/5.56. Chapters can purchase up to 3 guns, this will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Dave Kaeding announced that the chapter sold approximately 80 Gun-A-Week tickets for this year’s drawings. The chapter won a shotgun for selling this number of tickets.

Pioneer Chapter members and volunteers will run a food stand at the Ford Co. Fair. The fair runs from June 23 to June 29. Contact chapter officers if you would like to volunteer. A Remington 887 shotgun will be raffled at the fair.

A habitat project at the Herschel Workman Pheasant Hunt area was discussed. The chapter had an opportunity to purchase Forbes seed at a reduced rate and this seed will be planted at Herschel Workman next spring.

Young Guns members helped Iroquois Co Pheasants Forever host a 4H youth shoot.

Updating the chapter website was discussed. John Grady will work at this in the near future.

The chapter food/nesting plot drills are in need of maintenance or replacement.

A BB-Gun trailer has been purchased. Funds for the trailer came from donations and grants to the chapter. The trailer will allow Young Guns members to participate in competitive shooting events. Moe Morris & JT Grady will be working on the trailer to get it operational. JT Grady will be working toward his Eagle Badge with this project.

The Ryan Coe Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday July 13 th at Dan Rogers’ property. More information will be available at the Young Guns website.

The chapter will participate in the Illinois State Fair again this year. The dates are August 8 through 18. A Henry Golden Boy .22 will be raffled.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of July (the 15 th) at the LSC.

Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 7-15-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Everett Landrus, Mike Frichtl, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon & Emily Magers, Del Bruens, Moe & Sue Morris, Jason Bleich, Kurt Smith.

The Ryan Coe Fishing Derby was held on July 13 th west of Loda. 105 kids participated in the event with roughly 250 people served for supper. Everyone enjoyed the day. Fred Magers motioned for the chapter to pay for T-shirts give away at the Fishing Derby. Moe Morris second and the motion passed unanimously.

The Ford Co. Fair Food Stand went well. The chapter made nearly $3000 profit despite many rain downpours. The hope is to make the stand better next year with the experience gained at the 2013 fair. Thanks to following business’s for their donations: Big R, Sam’s Club Normal, County Market, Alco, Walmart, Pioneer, Monical’s, Just Hamburgers.

The chapter will be at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair from August 8 – 18. Volunteers are needed for the booth, call chapter leaders if you would like to help. A Henry Golden Boy .22 will be raffled.

Chapter members will attend the Focus on Forever Conference to be held at Rockford, IL in August.

Jason Bleich reported the chapter will be reimbursed for the “Rust Switchgrass Project”. The chapter will receive $40/ acre on the 19.3 acre project. Future projects will be started this fall at Green Acres Sportman’s Club. Also, replacement of the seed drill was discussed, this was tabled for future discussion.

State Pheasants Forever District Meetings will be held in July. July 23rd the district meeting will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria.

The next meeting will be the third Monday of August (the 19 th) at Monical’s.

Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 9-16-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Everett Landrus, Jeff Blackford, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Mike Frichtl, Doug Tucker, Moe Morris, Jason Bleich, Todd Lee, Dennis Lee.

Ralph gave the treasurer’s report. Check book balance is $36,014.71. Deposits for the month were $16,477. This included state fair revenue, gun raffle, midway USA, high school shooting fees, donations, ribs sales. Dave motioned to approve the report, Everett Landrus first and Moe Morris second, the motion pass unanimously.

Upcoming Events:

Hunter Safety Course will be held on Friday Sept. 20 th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday Sept. 21 st from 8 am to 4 pm at Bachman’s Farm.

Sunday Sept. 22 nd – Chapter leaders and Young Guns Advisory Kids will assist Brady Wooten with a youth event in the Carmi area. If you would like to help, give Fred Magers a call.

Saturday Sept. 28 th – Women’s Shoot at Foosland Sportsmens Club from 3 to 7 pm.Sunday

Sept. 29 th - Youth Shoot at Foosland Sportsmens Club from noon to 4 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, October 19 th & 20 th – Rooster Madness Fundraiser at Green Acres Sportsmens Club from 7 am to ?.

Sunday October 27 th – Youth Hunt at Green Acres Sportsmens Club.

Chili Kickoff Supper on Friday November 1 st at the Loda Sportsmens Club.

Check the websites for more information.

Brandon Magers motion to purchase T-shirts for Young Guns members. The maximum amount would be $1500. Jeff Blackford first and Denny Lee second, the motion pass unanimously.

Jason Bleich reported a high number of CRP projects where re-enrolled. 515 new acres signed up for CRP in the county. Jason would like to sign the area CRP projects.

Dave Kaeding motioned to purchase the Banquet Package. Jeff Blackford first and Brandon Magers second, the motion passed unanimously.

The next meeting will be on October 21 st at Monicals.

Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 11-18-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph & Cheri Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred Magers, Brandon Magers, Mike Frichtl, Doug Tucker, Andy Peeler.

Ralph read the minutes from the September meeting. They were discussed and accepted, Brandon Magers motioned to accept the minutes and Doug Tucker second, the motion passed unanimously.

Upcoming Events:

State Pheasants Forever Meetings will be January 17 th & 18 th in Peoria at the Par-a-dice casino.

New games and prizes were discussed for the banquet. A wheel game to replace the dice game was mentioned, selling tickets for a gun safe with 1, 2 or 3 guns inside was discussed and power tools for the silent auction was mentioned.

The chapter habitat summary is needed by national Pheasants Forever. Dave Kaeding will follow up on this with Jason Bleich and Todd Coe.

Fred Magers mentioned that Dan Rogers has offered to host a few youth hunts on his property. Fred will coordinate details in the near future.

The next meeting will be on December 16 th at Monicals.

Adjourned

Minutes for meeting on 12-16-13.

Members present: Dave Kaeding, Ralph Esgar, Jeff Polson, Fred & Lisa Magers, Brandon Magers, Mike Frichtl, Jason Bleich, Brigid Greil, Moe & Sue Morris.

Jason Bleich discussed several habitat projects that will be coming up for the spring. The chapter will be participating in three projects. The chapter’s share of these projects will be $300, $450 & $19,200. The chapter will discuss details with Jason & Aaron Kuehl to make sure reimbursement payments are timely.State Pheasants Forever Meetings will be January 17 th & 18 th in Peoria at the Par-a-dice casino.

Pheasant Fest will be in Milwaukee, WI on February 14-16, 2014 at the Wisconsin Center.

Fred Magers reported several Young Guns members assisted with a youth activity in the DuPage Co. area.

A motion was made for the chapter to buy $200 of Clayton Hale Fund raffle tickets. Brandon Magers 1 st, Moe Morris 2 nd and the motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made for the chapter to support the Gifford relief efforts to a maximum amount of $500. Chapter members will discuss options for the form of support. Mike Frichtl 1 st, Brandon Magers 2 nd and the motion passed unanimously.

The next meeting will be on January 13 th at Monicals.

Adjourned