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MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES - December 11, 2006:
 
     President Bill Boots led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Special guests Tyler Patton & Wayne
Smail from the Lawrence County Conservation Club at Laurel High School asked the club members to sponsor
a gun for the "Big Buck Wall" entrants.  Tim Kelly made a motion to spend $300.00 toward a gun of choice,
second by John Wilmes (motion carried). Carl Custozzo announced that Lawrence County Youth Field Day will
be held the first weekend of August 2007 (Sat. or Sun.) at the Mahoning Sportsman's Association.  Bill Boots
announced that the club will renew its membership with the Western PA Conservancy.  Spring turkey shoots
will begin March 6 - April 10, 2007 each Tuesday beginning at 6:30 P.M.  The date of the club's annual banquet
has been changed to Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. to be held at the New Beaver Borough Fire Hall.  
LeRoy Houk will be in charge of prizes.  There will be no Board of Directors' meeting for December.  The next
regular meeting will be January 8, 2007 & the next Board of Directors' meeting will be January 29, 2007.  All
meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  Special thanks to Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments.  The
winner of the evening's door prize was Andy Kelly.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - November 21, 2006: 
 
     Turkey shoot winners at the Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 included
the following:  Connie Wilder, Bryan Lechner, Brian Newton, Harry Stephenson, Brianna Viccari, Eric Custozzo,
Bill Shuttleworth, Derek McClymonds, Tyler Maine, Cody McDanel, Jim Dambach, Adele Romeo, Landon
DeFonde and Clifford Funk.  The winner of the youth shoot was Cameron Boots.  This was the final shoot for
the Fall season.  Fall turkey and ham shoots will resume for the Spring season beginning Tuesday, March 6 -
April 10, 2007 at the clubhouse.  Shoots will begin at 6:30 P.M. each Tuesday.  The club officers and Board of
Directors would like to thank those who help sponsor our club by attending the shoots each year.  We would
also like to wish everyone a "Happy Holiday".  We hope to see you on March 6th, 2007.  Don't forget that our
annual banquet will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007.
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - November 14, 2006:
 
    The following were winners at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club's Fall ham and turkey shoots on
Tuesday, November 14, 2006:  Mark Verone, Harry Stephenson, Bob Pelloni, George Brenneman, Bill
Shuttleworth, Don Rape, Hayden Maine, Cody McDanel, Jim Dambach, Derek McClymonds, Taran Spielvogel,
Brian McLaughlin and Tony Spielvogel.  The evening's youth shoot winner was Brian McLaughlin.  The last
shoot of the season will be held next Tuesday, November 21, 2006 beginning at 6:30 P.M.  Spring turkey/ham
shoots will begin on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - November 13, 2006:

    President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading the members
in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Carl Custozzo announced that there are two turkey
shoots remaining for the Fall season.  Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30 P.M. will be the last one.  Carol Dambach brought it to the members' attention that club member David Adamovich found an uncommon type of snail, an Allogona profunda
(delphinium exaltatum) on the club's property recently.  It is found in only a few
places in PA, although it is known more abundantly in archaeological sites.  David
contacted Timothy A. Pearce, Ph. D. who is the Assistant Curator and Head of the
Section of Mollusks at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.  Dr.
Pearce said that the museum did have some specimens of the Allogona profunda
in a research collection from Ellwood City, but it was most recently collected in
1928.  David's specimen may be viewed at the Carnegie Museum.  Tim Kelly
expressed thanks to all of the club's veterans who served our country throughout
the years in honor of Veteran's Day on November 11th. Carl Custozzo asked for
special remembrance of Harold McElwain, a life member of the club, who passed
away recently. Membership dues for 2007 may now be paid - $30 Regular
(ages 18-64), $15 Senior (65 & older) and $2 Junior (17 and younger). Range
road gate keys cost $5. There is also a first time joiners'/lapse of membership
fee of $10 which may apply.  Election of officers for 2007 had the following
results: President - William B. Boots, Vice President - Ron Aiken, Recording
Secretary - Janice Greathouse, Treasurer - Fred Moyer, Membership Secretary -
Lee Winegar, Range Officer - Bob Horton, N.R.A. Executive Officer - Chuck
Bevington, County Council delegates - Carl Custozzo and Fred Moyer.  The
following members were elected to the Board of Directors for a two year term:
LeRoy Houk, Kerry Hart, Carl Jaskolka, Adam Kelly, Joseph Musser, David
Shaffer and Frank Tomon.  Tim Kelly will be serving a one year term.  It was
noted that the date of the club's annual banquet has been changed to March
24, 2007.  Special thanks to Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving
refreshments.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Kerry Hart. There
will be no directors' meetings scheduled for November 27th or December 25th
because of hunting season and the holidays.  There will be a regular membership
meeting on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.  Please visit our web site
for updated information at:  http://www.ellwoodwampumrodandgunclub.com.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - November 7, 2006:
 
     The following participants were winners in the Fall turkey & ham shoots which were held on Tuesday,
November 7, 2006 at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club: Jackie Main, Eric Custozzo, Connie Wilder,
Eric Clyde, Donald Fisher, Chuck Bingle, Bill Shuttleworth, John Clyde, Tyler Maine, Larry McDanel II, Cody
McDanel, John Goebel, Bob Epling, Harry Stephenson, and Derek McClymonds.  The winner of the special
"youth shoot" was Cody McDanel.  The next shoot will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006.
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - October 31, 2006:

     The following participants were winners in the Fall turkey & ham shoots which were held on Tuesday,
October 31, 2006 at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club:  Don Reed, Bob Epling, Derek McClymonds,
Bill Shuttleworth, Larry McDanel II, Nick Annarumo, Bill McClymonds and Harry Stephenson.  The next turkey
and ham shoot will be held at the club on Tuesday, November 7, 2006.  The last shoot of the Fall season will
be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006.
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For Your Information:

     The Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, sponsored
its 5th Annual Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, October 7, 2006. A total of 11 youth participated.
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - October 24, 2006:
 
     Winners of the turkey shoots at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
were the following:  Harry Stephenson, Taran Spielvogel, Chad Parrish, Connie Wilder, David Spielvogel,
Austin Beeler, Steve McAnlis, Jim Street, Bob Epling, Hayden Maine and Tyler Maine.  The next turkey/ham
shoot is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.  A special shoot for youth
participants will be held each week.  Shoots will continue each Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 P.M.
through November 21, 2006.
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - October 9, 2006:

    President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading the members
in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mark Harley, a constituent service representative for
Congresswoman Melissa Hart, spoke to the members concerning Ms. Hart's
viewpoints about gun ownership/hunting issues.  Carl Custozzo announced that
youth/senior hunters have a special antlerless hunt on October 19, 20, and 21,
2006 as long as they have a doe tag for the appropriate management unit.  Bill
Boots announced that the mentored youth pheasant hunt went well on Saturday,
October 7, 2006 at the clubhouse. Junior hunters were allowed to shoot a
maximum of two birds.  Turkey shoots are being held at 6:30 P.M. every Tuesday
through Nov. 21, 2006.  Turkeys, hams or $10.00 are available for winners.  A special shoot for
youth will be held each week.  The shoots are open to the public. At the next Board of Directors' meeting on
Monday, October 30, 2006 nominations may be made for the 2007 directors.  At the next regular monthly
meeting on Monday, November 13, 2006 the officers and directors for 2007 will be voted on.  Both meetings will
begin at 7:00 P.M.  At the last Board of Directors' meeting a dues increase for 2007 was voted on and passed. 
Regular memberships (ages 18-64) will now be $30.00, Senior memberships (ages 65 and older) will be $15.00
and Junior memberships (ages 17 and younger) will remain at $2.00.  Regular lifetime memberships (ages 18-64)
will be $300.00 and Senior lifetime memberships (ages 65 and older) will be $150.00.  Dues for 2007 are now
payable.  A first time joiner's fee of $10.00 will be added to a new member's fees or those who lapse their
membership past March 31st of any given year.  The winner of the evening's door prize was William B. Boots. 
Special thanks to Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - October 10 & 17, 2006:
 
     The following participants were winners in the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club's Fall turkey and ham
shoots:

     October 10th:  David Spielvogel, Tony Spielvogel, Matt Gebhardt, Harry Stephenson, Ken Gebhardt, Ken
                           Ippolito, Mark Verone, Larry McDanel, Jackie Main, Andy Schaffer, John Clyde, Eric Clyde
                           and Tom Ippolito.

     October 17th:  Derek McClymonds, Jim Dambach, Bob Epling, Taran Spielvogel, Jeff Hopper, Jason Peffer,
                           Allan McLaughlin, Harry Stephenson, Don Reed and Bill McClymonds.

      A special shoot for youth participants will be held each week.  The next shoot will be held on Tuesday,
October 24, 2006 with the last shoot of the season being held on November 21, 2006. All shoots are open to
the public.
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - October 3, 2006:

     The following participants were winners at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club's Fall turkey shoots which
were held on Tuesday, October 3, 2006:  Richard Husing, Andy Schaffer, George Brenneman, Tony Spielvogel,
Clyde Snyder, Bob Epling, Dave Lynn, Larry Baker and Bill McClymonds.  The next turkey shoot will be held at
the clubhouse on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 beginning at 6:30 P.M.  A special shoot will be held that evening
for youth only.  Visit our web site for more information:
www.ellwoodwampumrodandgunclub.com.
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Fall Turkey Shoot results - September 26, 2006:
 
     Winners at the Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club's Fall turkey/ham shoot on Tuesday, September 26,
2006 were:  John Clyde, Ray Frazier, Richard Husing, Mark Verone, Clyde Snyder, Frank Nofsker, Derek
McClymonds, Tony Spielvogel, Tom Gorgas, Bob Horton and Chuck Watterson.  The next shoot will be held
on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 beginning at 6:30 P.M. There will be a special shoot for youth participants.
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MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 11, 2006:

 
     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  
Club members listened to speakers Jason Altmire, who is running for Congress, and Jaret Gibbons, who is
running for State Representative of the 10th District.  Both men expressed their viewpoints on various issues and
answered all questions from those who were present. Turkey shoots are being conducted every Tuesday
beginning at 6:30 P.M. through November 21, 2006.  Turkeys, hams or $10.00 cash are available for winners.  A
special shoot will be held for youth who are present.  Shoots are open to the public.  Anyone who is interested in
an associate membership in the N.R.A. for $10.00 (no magazines) may see Bob Horton, the club's N.R.A.
Executive Officer, for an application.  Effective September 1, 2006, the club's range facilities are for club members
only.  Club members must be in possession of a current membership card and have their membership badge
displayed when using the range.  Anyone needing to purchase a 2006 club membership can do so at any
regularly scheduled meeting or activity.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Brian Shearer.  Special thanks
to Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly who served refreshments to those who were present.  The next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Monday, September 25, 2006 when the newly proposed by-laws will be voted on.  The annual election of officers/board of directors for 2007 will be held on November 13, 2006.  The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, October 9, 2006.  All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - August 14, 2006:

     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Last month's minutes were read and approved. The club's 26th annual family picnic was held yesterday (Sunday
August 13, 2006) and was well attended by over 100 people. Everyone enjoyed eating in the new Ted Garda N.R.A. Learning Center which was recently constructed on the club's grounds. LeRoy Houk was in charge of
marksmanship games for the youth who attended. President Boots thanked the club members who helped in any
way with the success of the picnic. Beginning September 1, 2006, the club's range facilities will be for members
only (no guests permitted).  Club members must be in possession of a current membership card and have their
membership badge displayed when using the range. There will be NO exceptions to this rule.  Anyone who needs
to purchase a 2006 club membership may do so at any regularly scheduled meeting or activity.  Fall turkey shoots will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. and continue each Tuesday through November 21, 2006. Prizes of turkeys, hams or $10 will be awarded to the winners. These shoots are open to the public. Special
thanks are extended to the kitchen committee of Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments at the
meeting. The winner of the evening's door prize was Charles Baker. The next regular monthly meeting will be held
on Monday, September 11, 2006 and the next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Monday, August 28, 2006. The newly proposed by-laws will be voted on during this meeting. All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  Just a reminderthat the annual election of Officers and Board of Directors for 2007 will be held on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - July 10, 2006:

     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of
Allegiance. Last month's minutes were read and approved.  Lawrence County Council representative, Carl
Custozzo, announced that Bass season will open June 17th and the Lawrence County Youth Field Day will be
held on Saturday, August 5, 2006 at the Coachman's Club.  Both boys and girls up to age 16 may make
reservations by contacting the Franklin Office of the PA Game Commission at 1(814) 432-3187.  Also, a
reminder that the 2005 hunting licenses expired on June 30, 2006.  A 2006 hunting license is needed effective
July 1, 2006 and is on sale at all licensing agents. According to the PA Game Commission, all applicants for
hunting licenses must still provide their Social Security number to receive a license.  Custozzo also read letters
of appreciation from students Hannah Patterson and Brandi Smail who were sponsored by the
Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club at the Lawrence County Junior Conservation Camp which was held the
week of June 12, 2006 at Camp Agawam. The next Lawrence County Council meeting will be held on Thursday,
July 20th at the Mahoning Sportsmen's Club beginning at 8:00 P.M.  Special thanks are extended to Custozzo
for taking minutes at the June 26th Board of Directors' meeting. The club's 26th annual family picnic will be held
on Sunday, August 13th at 1:00 P.M. on the club property.  The "Ted Garda NRA Learning Center" will be
dedicated at that time.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Bill Boots.  Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly
were in charge of serving refreshments.  Beginning September 1, 2006, the club's range facilities will be for 
CLUB MEMBERS ONLY (no guests permitted).  Club members must be in possession of the current
membership card and have their membership badge displayed when using the range.  The next Board of
Directors' meeting will be held on Monday, July 31st and the next regular monthly meeting will be held on
Monday, August 14, 2006.  All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  Visit our website at: 
www.ellwoodwampumrodandgunclub.com  for updated information.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse.
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - June 12, 2006:

     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of
Allegiance.  Paul Dici introduced the Republican candidate for the Legislative 10 District, Chuck Morris, who
spoke to the club members about his stand with sportsmen's issues and listened to their concerns about the
same.  Lawrence County Council Representative, Carl Custozzo announced that Lawrence County's "Youth
Field Day" will be held at the Coachman's Club on Saturday, August 5, 2006 for boys and girls up to age 16.
Contact the Franklin Office of the PA Game Commission 1(814) 432-3187 for registration.  Also discussed
was the effect which the recent rains had on the turkey nesting and population.  Proposals were also made
about trout fishing a couple of weeks earlier.  A recent survey's results will soon be made public.  Junior
Conservation Camp is being held this week at Camp Agawam off of Route 422.  The Lawrence County Council
will hold their monthly meeting at the camp this Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.  Note the time change. 
The Coachman Club's annual picnic and gun giveaway will be held this Saturday, June 17, 2006 from 12
noon - 5 P.M.  The Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club will host a Hunter Safety Education course this
Thursday, June 15 (6-10 P.M.) and Saturday, June 17 (9 A.M. - 5 P.M.). BOTH sessions must be attended
for certification.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  Advance registration may be made by calling the
clubhouse at (724) 535-8665 and leaving the name and a telephone number of the participants.  Beginning
September 1, 2006, the club's range facilities will be for club members only!  (NO GUESTS).  Club members
must be in possession of the current membership card and have their membership badger displayed when
using the range.  The club's 26th annual family picnic will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2006 beginning at
1:00 P.M.  REMINDER:  If members are unable to attend meetings to pay their dues (add $10 late fee for
2006 or if a new member) or exchange keys for the range road gate, send payment in a padded envelope for
keys with an additional $5 made payable to "Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club", P.O. Box 442, Ellwood City,
PA 16117.  Club business will be conducted at the CLUBHOUSE ONLY.  All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  The
next Board of Directors' meeting will be Monday, June 26, 2006 and the next regular monthly meeting will be
Monday, July 10, 2006.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Merle Schilling.  Special thanks to Lee
Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments and to Bob Horton who cleaned the outside of the clubhouse. 
Visit our club's website for updates at the following address:  www.ellwoodwampumrodandgunclub.com.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES - May 8, 2006:
 
     1st Vice President, Ron Aiken, called the monthly meeting to order by leading those in attendance in the
Pledge of Allegiance.  He announced that a Hunter Safety Education class will be held at the clubhouse on
Thursday, June 15 (6-10 P.M.) and Saturday, June 17 (9 A.M. - 5 P.M.).  Both sessions must be attended if
certification is desired.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  Registration may be made by calling the
clubhouse at (724) 535-8665 and leaving the names of those registering besides a telephone number where
they may be reached.  The club's rifle range will be closed this Saturday, May 13, 2006.  Keys for the range
road gate will be exchanged at the clubhouse only.  The regular monthly meetings are the second Monday of
each month and the Board of Directors' meeting is the last Monday of each month.  If members can't attend
either meeting to exchange keys or pay dues, send your payment with the old key in a padded envelope and
$5.00 to "Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club", P.O. Box 442, Ellwood City, PA 16117.  All meetings begin at
7:00 P.M. Beginning September 1, 2006 the club's range facilities will be for club members only - NO GUESTS
will be permitted.  Club members must be in possession of the current membership card and have their
membership badge displayed when using the range. The next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on
Monday, May 22, 2006 because of the Memorial Day holiday.  The next regular meeting will be held Monday,
June 12, 2006.  The 21st Annual Kids' Trout Derby will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2006 from 1:00-3:00 P.M.
at the Second Bridge in Wurtemburg.  Boys and girls ages 13 and younger may register beginning at
12:00 P.M.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Joe Musser.  Special thanks to Lee Winegar and
Adam Kelly for serving refreshments.  The Lawrence County Council will hold their monthly meeting at the
Ellwood/Wampum Rod & Gun Club on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 8:00 P.M.  Visit our club's new website at:  

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2006:
     First Vice President, Ron Aiken, called the meeting to order by leading those present in the Pledge of
Allegiance. Carl Custozzo, Lawrence County Council representative, announced that Joe Morris from the
Pennsylvania Fish Commission has a "zero tolerance" policy for boaters who don't have a PFD (personal
flotation device) within reach while boating.  Bob Horton, the NRA range officer, contacted the Nature
Conservancy concerning areas in Harlansburg that have been posted.  After some investigation, corrections
were made to this hunting area.  The last Spring turkey shoot will be held tomorrow evening (April 11) at
7:00 P.M.  Turkeys, hams and cash options are available.  Fall shoots will begin on September 5, 2006 and
continue each Tuesday through November 21, 2006.  The 21st Annual Kids' Trout Derby will be held from
1:00-3:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at the Second Bridge in Wurtemburg.  Registration will begin at
12 noon for boys and girls ages 13 and younger.  The Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club will sponser a
Hunter Safety Education course on Thursday, June 15 (6-10 P.M.) and Saturday, June 17 (9 A.M.-5 P.M.)
at the clubhouse.  Both sessions must be attended to receive certification.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday
for the participants.  Call the clubhouse at (724) 535-8665 and leave the names and telephone numbers of
anyone who would like to register.  Keys for the range road gate may be exchanged at any regularly scheduled
meeting (second Monday of each month) or Board of Directors' meeting (last Monday of the month).  All
meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  If you are unable to exchange your key at that time, send your old key in a
padded envelope along with a $5.00 check made payable to "Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club", P.O.
Box 442, Ellwood City, PA 16117.  In order to exchange your key, you must possess a current 2006 club
membership.  Dues are $20 for a regular membership (ages 18-64), $2 (age 17 and younger), and $5 for senior
members (age 65 and older). If you are joining for the first time or have lapsed your membership past March 31,
2006, you must pay a $10 initiation fee in addition to the regular dues.  Only those who have a regular or senior
membership may obtain a key. Club business will only be conducted at the clubhouse.  Lifetime memberships
may also be purchased: regular lifetime $200 and senior lifetime $50.  The next regular meeting will be held on
Monday, May 8, 2006 and the next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Monday, May 22, 2006 because
of the Memorial Day holiday.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Annual Banquet - March 18, 2006:
  
The annual banquet of the Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club was held at the New Beaver Borough
Volunteer Fire Department Hall on Saturday, March 18, 2006.  The 221 people in attendance enjoyed meals
of stuffed chicken breast or braised steak.  David Custozzo was the master of ceremonies and led everyone
in the Pledge of Allegiance as well as pronouncing the invocation for the evening's meal.  The guest speaker
was Mr. Bob Miles, a teacher at Laurel High School, who sponsors the Laurel Conservation Club which has a
membership of 180 students.  These high school students participate in outdoor activities and were represented
by Travis Book and Shane Brenneman who presented a PowerPoint presention with Mr. Miles.  Mr. Miles
discussed the "Laurel Sportsman's Night Out" which has been sponsored by the club for more than 20 years
and is usually held on the last Friday in February at the school.  A highlight at this event is the "Wall of Fame"
where hunters of all ages provide their trophy buck mounts for display on the gymnasium wall.  Those who
submit their trophies receive a ticket for a gun raffle.  The gun has been sponsored by the Ellwood-Wampum
Rod & Gun Club for the last two years. The Conservation Club students run two co-operative trout nurseries
as well as help with the "Ducky Derby" in New Castle which benefits the American Cancer Society.
     The president of the Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club, Bill Boots, gave an overview of the club's activities
during the past year. The major improvement on the club's property was the construction of the "Ted Garda
N.R.A. Learning Center".  It is a youth education center which was constructed with funds from an N.R.A. grant. 
The club also conducted a youth pheasant hunt in October as well as the "club members only" pheasant hunt
which was held at Gobbler's Knob last fall.  The Board of Directors recently voted to purchase an updated trap
that will serve as a safety feature for trap shoots conducted when the weather turns warmer.  Anyone interested
in participating may contact Bill Boots.
     The range road gate lock will be changed effective Saturday, April 1, 2006.  Members may obtain a new key
at any regular meeting on the second Monday of the month, Board of Directors' meeting on the last Monday of
the month, or turkey shoot held every Tuesday through April 11, 2006.  Fall turkey shoots will be held from
September 5 - November 21, 2006.
     Current regular and senior members must renew memberships by March 31, 2006  to avoid paying a $10 fee
for a lapsed membership.  Current membership prices are: regular membership (ages 18-64) - $20; senior
membership (age 65 and older) - $5; junior membership (17 and younger) - $2; lifetime membership (ages 18-64) -
$200; and senior lifetime membership (age 65 and older) - $50.  A new member initiation fee of $10 will be
assessed to all new regular and senior members.  A rifle range key for those 18 and older costs $5 and keys
may be exchanged annually without penalty.
     President Boots introduced the following club officers for 2006: William B. Boots, President; Ron Aiken,
1st Vice President; Tim Kelly, 2nd Vice President; Fred Moyer, Treasurer; Janice Greathouse, Recording
Secretary; Lee Winegar, Financial and Corresponding Secretary; Bob Horton, N.R.A. Executive Officer; Carl
Custozzo, Lawrence County Council delegate; and Fred Moyer, alternate County Council delegate. The Board
of directors include: Charles Baker, Kenneth Bleakney, William J. Boots, Carl Custozzo, Willard Deemer,
Kerry Hart, LeRoy Houk, Carl Jaskolka, Aaron Kelly, Adam Kelly, Cliff Musser, Joe Musser, Frank Tomon and
John Wilmes. 
     The officers and directors would like to thank ESB Bank which donated a Savage 300 Winchester magnum
with a 3x9 Simmons scope that was won by Ron Surma.  Mr. Surma was also the winner of the muzzleloader
and Wilbert Childs won the handgun. Albert Seaburn was the winner of the 50/50 drawing.  LeRoy Houk, head
of the banquet committee, thanked the committee members for their help and the volunteers from the fire
department for serving the meal.
     The club will sponsor a Hunter Safety Education course on Thursday, June 15 (6-10 P.M.) and Saturday,
June 17 (9 A.M.- 5 P.M.).  Participants must be at least 11 years old and must attend both sessions to become
certified.  Registration may be made by calling the clubhouse and leaving the names of the participants with a
telephone number where they may be reached.  Lunch will be provided during the Saturday session. 
     Rich McCronich announced that the 21st Annual Kids' Trout Derby will be from 1:00-3:00 P.M. on Sunday,
May 28, 2006 at the Second Bridge in Wurtemburg.  Children 13 and younger may register for the derby
beginning at 12 noon on that day.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - March 13, 2006:
    
     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Lawrence County Council representative, Carl Custozzo, announced that any hunter who needs an extra Spring
turkey tag must apply for it by April 1, 2006.  Banquet reservations for the club's annual banquet are still being
accepted in care of the club at P.O. Box 442, Ellwood City, PA 16117.  The banquet will be held this Saturday,
March 18, 2006 at 6:00 P.M. at the New Beaver Borough Fire Hall.  Dinner selections at $12.00 each include
stuffed chicken breast or braised steak dinners. Spring turkey shoots will be held each Tuesday through April 11,
2006 at the clubhouse beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Dues for 2006 are payable through March 31, 2006 without a
penalty of $10.00 for letting memberships lapse.  The keys for the range road gate will be exchanged at the
banquet was well as any other regularly scheduled meeting or turkey shoot.  The new lock will be installed
effective April 1, 2006.  The winner of the evening's door prize was William J. Boots, Sr. Special thanks to the
kitchen committee of Lee Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments to those who were present.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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Monthly Meeting Minutes - February 13, 2006:
    
     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of
Allegiance.  Carl Custozzo, County Council representative, announced that 4,123 black bears were shot/taken
during the 2005 season.  He also had the members present vote on several proposals concerning Senate
HB 868 (the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks and on their properties) as well as whether or
not to drop the license fee for fur takers.  Results of these proposals will be taken to the Federation of
Sportsmen's Club.  Joe Morris, a representative from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, was the
guest speaker this evening.  He informed the members of a proposed junior fishing license for those ages
12-15.  Shane Brenneman and Travis Book from the Laurel Conservation Club spoke to the members about
the Laurel Sportsmen's Night Out which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2006 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at
the Laurel High School. The Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club will sponsor the gun which will be given away
that evening in a drawing to someone who enters their antlered deer to be displayed in the "Wall of Fame". 
The "Friends of the NRA" banquet will be held on March 4, 2006.  The Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club's
annual banquet will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 6:00 P.M. at the New Beaver Borough Fire Hall.  
Dinner selections are braised steak or stuffed chicken breast for $12.00 per meal. Reservations may be
mailed to the club at:  P.O. Box 442, Ellwood City, PA 16117.  Spring turkey shoots will begin at 7:00 P.M.
on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at the clubhouse.  Shoots will continue each Tuesday through April 11, 2006. 
A special "youth shoot" will be held each week.  Adam Kelly was thanked for serving refreshments at the
meeting.  Andy Kelly was the winner of the evening's door prize.  Club dues for 2006 are now payable at any
meeting.  The next Board of Directors' meeting will be held Monday, February 27, 2006 and the next regular
monthly meeting will be held Monday, March 13, 2006. All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES - January 9, 2006:
 
     President Bill Boots called the monthly meeting to order by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of
Allegiance. County Council representative, Carl Custozzo, announced that a Junior Conservation Camp will
be held this summer the week of June 11-16 for both boys and girls ages 12-16.  Contact Carl if you are
interested.  The next Lawrence County Council meeting will be held at 8:00 P.M. on January 19th at the Coon
and Fox Club.  Laurel Sportsman's Night Out has been scheduled for 6:00 P.M. on Friday, February 24, 2006
at Laurel High School.  The annual Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club banquet will be held at 6:00 P.M.
March 18 at the New Beaver Borough Fire Hall.  Club members will receive a newsletter concerning reservation
information.  Dues for 2006 are now payable.  Spring turkey shoots will begin at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday,
March 7, 2006.  The next regular meeting of the Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club will be Monday,
February 13, 2006 and the next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Monday, January 30, 2006.  All
meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.  The winner of the evening's door prize was Kerry Hart.  Special thanks to Lee
Winegar and Adam Kelly for serving refreshments to the members who were present.

Submitted by Recording Secretary - Janice Greathouse
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NOVEMBER 8, 2005 - For Your Information:

     The Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club re-establishes Internet presence on 11/08/05 -- the
Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club has re-established its presence on the Internet. Their new web site
will help keep members up-to-date on current events, upcoming events, club information, photos and special
links to help members enjoy their next great outdoors experience. Please visit our site at: 
www.ellwoodwampumrodandgunclub.com.

Previous Club News Articles:

     These are the press releases we've issued over the last year.  IMPORTANT:  Change the
links below to point at your press releases, or edit the sample document provided.  Enter new items at the top
of the list, so the most recent press releases come first.  Be sure to put a link to the new item on the
"What's New" list.
 
Date -- Club News 2006
Date -- Club News 2005
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