January 29, 2021
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
Calling for authours: Deflecting spinners
We're trying something new this year: inviting member authours with specific knowledge to write pieces on topics of interest for the Range of Thoughts, our quarterly newsletter.

A piece we're looking for a member to authour is an explainer on upward and downward deflecting spinners: how they work, how they're different, how to tell them apart. From there, we'll provide an editorial note at the end about the suitability of each type within the Facility Rules.

If there are other topics you'd consider authoring a piece for, or if there are topics you'd like to see in future editions of Range of Thoughts, please let Roland Coppens, Communications Director know at communications@spfga.ca.
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 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 February 5.
2021 Trophy measuring
Because of the need to mitigate COVID transmission risk, we will be trying something new for trophy measuring 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 clicking on 'Buy Membership Card' in the menu to the left side when logged into the member portal. 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.)
Interested in helping with our social media?
We're active on Twitter and Instagram...welll OK, we have accounts...but we'd like to build our activity on them!

If you're active on Twitter and Instagram and would like to help us to get club-related content out to build a following, please contact Roland Coppens, Communications Director at communications@spfga.ca.
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.
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; no exemptions are accepted*.
  • 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.

*Members with a medical condition preventing the wearing of a mask who would like to discuss options regarding their membership can contact membership@spfga.ca.
ACA Kids Can Catch Giveaway!
Even though the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) had to cancel their annual Kids Can Catch Wabamun ice fishing event this year, they still wanted to do what they could could to inspire and encourage people to get outside and try ice fishing and in its place set up the Kids Can Catch Giveaway!

It's a simple as uploading your child's photo in to them. Click the button below for details:
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 the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA) and your membership in the AFGA as a member of the SPFGA.
AFGA Membership Questionnaire
This Last Thought is the poll results from the January 18 edition of Bullet Points.
The Last Thought
In the What's Your Thought? poll in the January 18 edition of Bullet Points, we polled your interest in trying an alternate social media platform, Yammer.

We received 226 replies, 119 members (52.7%) indicating that yes they would consider it, 34 members (15%) saying that while they wouldn't try Yammer they supported the idea, and 73 members (32.3%) told us they do not use social media at all.

From this, there does seem to be an appetite for exploring this idea.
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 you need to bring your own chair to the range?

While we are still in Phase 2 of our re-opening plan, a number of COVID-19 strategies are being employed. Eliminating club-supplied chairs as a high-touch surface for transmission of infection is one of these strategies.

So, please bring your own chair to use. Also, remember also to sanitize your hands regularly using your own hand sanitizer or the dispensers in each range shed.
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!