January 18, 2021
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
Renewal link problem resolved
Despite the careful planning and testing that went into preparing for the 2021 renewal cycle, an unexpected interaction occurred between the website's components that was impossible to test for. This created a problem for members who had attempted to renew after 6 pm on December 31 and into the early days of the new year.

The issue that caused this problem has been resolved and renewals are once again flowing smoothly.

If you experienced challenges renewing because of this issue, please accept our apologies for any frustration this may have caused.
2021 Trophy measuring
Because of the need to mitigate COVID transmission risk, we will be trying something new for trophy measuring differently this year.

If you have a fish, bird, or big game trophy you would like measured, contact a measurer from one of the societies below:

You'll be asked to make an appointment to drop off and pick up your trophy, will need to mark your name on your trophy (a piece of masking tape would do), and will need to follow the standard COVID precautions (mask wear, physical distancing, hand sanitizing).

Email a copy of your signed score sheet to Bassem Salama at hunting@spfga.ca so they can be collated with those of other members. The results will be announced at our Awards Night event.

Each year there are a few categories without entries, so as much as you might not consider your big game head, fish, or bird a trophy, it might still be eligible to win its category so please consider submitting it! It's important to emphasize though that what constitutes a trophy is a matter of personal choice. And, while not every harvest always has to be about the record books, any animal taken legally and through fair chase can be your own personal trophy.

This process we're trying this year has been employed by other clubs, even pre-COVID, and it's worked well for them. We'll see how this goes for us this year & if it works well it could become our standard approach too.
Reminder to print your membership cards
We will no longer be automatically sending out plastic membership cards. Instead, you are now able to print your membership card yourself. To do this, click on 'Printable Membership Card' in the menu on the left side of the membership portal.

If you would prefer to have a club-printed card like always, you can order them by click on 'Buy Membership Card' in the menu to the left side when logged into the member portal, or by calling the office at 780-467-0085. They are available for $5 for an individual card or $10 for the cards for a family membership. (Please make sure you have registered all of your family members prior to ordering.)
Calling for members knowledgeable in GIS
We're planning in 2021 on improving our mapping and imaging of the property. To do some of this, we need the help of members experienced with Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping.

Please contact Roland Coppens, Environmental Conservation Director, at environmental.conservation@spfga.ca if you're interested and available to help with this.
Youth and BOW camps
The Narrow Lake Conservation Center hosts a number of important camps throughout the summer (see our article on page 23 of the Winter 2019 newsletter for details).

The SPFGA sponsors 4 youth members to attend the Narrow Lake Youth Conservation Camp and 4 female members to attend the Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) camp, both held at the NLCC.

The NLCC's camps were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, and we're awaiting confirmation whether they will be running this year, but we'll begin our planning as if they will be proceeding.

For 2021, we will be selecting an additional 4 members for each camp - in addition to the four selected last year - so if you are interested in attending, please contact Ashleigh Emerson at youth@spfga.ca before February 28. In your email, please introduce yourself and tell us why you would like to go to camp.

Members selected for sponsorship to each camp will be asked to provide photos and a letter telling us about their experiences for publication in Range of Thoughts, our quarterly club newsletter.
Awards Night committee - volunteers needed
The SPFGA traditionally gathers each spring at the Annual Awards Night to celebrate fellowship and club members' harvest successes.

We had to cancel last year's event at short notice due to the pandemic. We plan on proceeding with this year's event, albeit in a virtual format.

To help plan this event, we will need a two or three volunteers for the planning committee. If you're interested and are able to participate in online meetings to help with the planning, please email Ashleigh Emerson at youth@spfga.ca by January 23.
COVID prevention - a reminder
Links to our COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and our Facility Re-opening Plan, where we remain at Phase 2, can be found on the home page of the website.

Please ensure you read, know, and follow these details while visiting the facility.

Of particular note, given the current public health orders, is the need for each member to:
  • wear a mask anywhere on the facility when unable to physically distance 2 m from other members you do not live with, with the exception of being on the firing line
  • regularly sanitize your hands and disinfect common-touch surfaces

We cannot stress strongly enough the need for you to comply with these elements. Solid compliance with the provincial health orders is the primary reason we have been able to remain open. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action at minimum, and could ultimately lead to the need to close the facility again.
What's Your Thought?
What's Your Thought? is a regularly-running poll where you're able to share your thoughts with us.
This What's Your Thought? polls your thoughts about about a potential direction for our club's social media.

Recent events in the news have demonstrated the impermanence of one's social media presence, where one can go from a solid following to essentially disappearing.

And this is already on top of the ongoing challenge the firearms community has struggled with for some time, where otherwise sedate reloading, hunting, or sport shooting accounts or pages have inexplicably gone 'off air' for "violating community standards", often without warning or clear justification.

Because the spectre of that happening also hangs over our club's own group Facebook page, The Ketchamoot Discourse, we need to prepare for that possibility.

So, we wanted to explore your interest in an alternate social media platform we'd have end-to-end control over ourselves: Yammer. Yammer is a bit like Facebook (here's a comparison) and has free apps available for your phone, tablet, or desktop. It's an extension of the Microsoft Office environment the Board already uses. Any SPFGA member who wished to participate in Yammer would be able to do so, and would be available at no extra charge.

It could include a Buy & Sell section and - perhaps best of all - we couldn't get booted if the folks at TwitGramBook decide one day they didn't really like us after all.
Would you be interested in trying Yammer if it protected us from being pushed off the air?
Yes, I would try this.
No, I support the idea but I have enough social media involvement.
I do not participate in social media.
This Last Thought is the poll results from the November 28 edition of Bullet Points.
The Last Thought
In the What's Your Thought? poll in the November 28 edition of Bullet Points, we inquired whether members would be interested in purchasing some of the birdhouses that appeared in the article on page 15 of the Fall 2020 edition of Range of Thoughts.

We received 139 responses to this survey, with 46 members (33.1%) of respondents indicating that they would be interested in one birdhouse, 40 (28.8%) that they would interested in more than one, and 53 (38.1%) that this would not interest them at all.

Having more than 3 of any 5 members interested in a birdhouse is worth noting. When we're preparing for making more of these in the spring, we'll send out a message again to take pre-orders.
These Did You Know? articles were suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explain their reasoning.

Did you know that the emails that we send out are all maintained in their own archives on the website?

Range of Thoughts
Range of Thoughts is our club newsletter, published quarterly in e-zine format. Back issues dating back to 2009 can be found in the Range of Thoughts Archive.

Bullet Points
Bullet Points is the club's semi-monthly news & information email (you're reading one right now!). Bullet Points came into existence in 2020 and every issue can be found in the Bullet Points Archive.

Safe and Sound
Safe and Sound is the club's facility safety and system message email, sent out at need throughout the year. Facility closures, election announcements, and information about membership renewals are all subjects of Safe and Sound emails. Safe and Sound also came into existence in 2020 and every back issue can be found in the Safe and Sound Archive.

Please contact Roland Coppens, Communications Director (communications@spfga.ca) with any questions.
Discussion Group
Please come and join our members-only Facebook discussion group, The Ketchamoot Discourse, a place where SPFGA members can talk with each other or the Board.

Head on over and take a look. See you there!

(P.S. - we went through at the beginning of January and removed everyone from The Ketchamoot discourse who wasn't an SPFGA member. If you've renewed since the start of the year, simply click the join request button below to be readmitted. In some cases, Facebook usernames couldn't be matched up to member names, so our apologies if you were inadvertently removed!)