October 18, 2020
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
Results of the SPFGA Virtual General Meeting Vote
The association's first virtual General Meeting was held on October 8 on Microsoft Teams and went quite smoothly. We were seeking ratification of the increase in 2021 membership fees, encompassing the proposed AFGA increase as well as our own.

A total of 107 members attended the meeting through 97 connections (two or more members attended together in some instances), 75 being the most in attendance at any one time (members came and went throughout the meeting).

Ballots were sent out to the 107 attending members. At the close of voting, the motion for the fee increase passed with 85.1% votes in support.

This was one of the most highly attended General Meetings and votes in the history of the SPFGA. Even more encouraging was the breadth of the mix of those attending - long-time members and new members, spanning a range of ages, most attending a meeting for the first time. We've invested a great deal of time and effort in member engagement over the past two years, so this was very welcome to see.

We would like to take a moment to thank SPFGA members Jennifer Hodge, Claire Meier, Adriel Michaud, Nick Annesty, and Ken Froese for their time, effort, and insights during the trial-run for this meeting, improving the live event immensely.
Membership renewals coming soon
Membership renewals for 2021 will be opening soon. The results of the AFGA special resolution vote, which has bearing on this, won't be available until this coming week. Please stay tuned for additional updates. Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience as we work through this.

We have closed the Membership page to purchases of new 2020 memberships. When the details have been settled and we reopen for 2021 renewals, a 'Renew' button in the Membership Portal will be activated. New 2021 memberships will be available January 1.

A message in the form of a Safe and Sound email will be sent out when renewals have been activated.
Intro To Winter Camping Course
Imagine moving across a frozen landscape, the air still and crisp, snow crunching underfoot. The sun is setting, unveiling the wonder of the night sky. The smell of a wood stove warms your senses as you reach your home for the night: a beautiful canvas tent, set up and waiting for you like an old friend with the porch light on.

Instructed by Dragan Uzelac, owner of Niko Wilderness Education and SPFGA member, this two day, one night Intro to Winter Camping course will leave you feeling more comfortable and confident in all your winter travels.

Covered topics include:
  • fire lighting
  • knife handling
  • stovemanship
  • axe use and safety
  • saws
  • winter travel
  • clothing
  • animal tracks
  • survival
  • bushcraft skills

All with the comfort of canvas tents, warmed by wood stoves. Full COVID-19 precautions are being taken, including upgrades to the sleeping arrangements.

SPFGA member rate: $350.00 per person

Held on the 700+ acres of our Ketchamoot Creek Facility on February 20 & 21, this members-only turn-key course for up to six participants will provide everything required, including quality high-end camp meals, kitchenware, tents and snowshoes.

Attendees need only provide winter clothing and sleep systems (winter rated sleeping bag and sleeping mats).
Best to have your own email address
We have observed that some members use their work email address for club communications. Staying informed about club matters, particularly facility-related information we send out via Safe and Sound emails, is challenging if you're only receiving them during the work day when you aren't on vacation.

Similarly, a family sharing a single email address can be challenging. Virtual meetings and remote voting will be a requirement for the next good while, and will likely be a continuing reality even when in-person meetings are able to resume.

We encourage you to obtain and use personal email for club updates instead. There are many options for setting up a free email available, and we encourage you to explore these.

If you would like to update your email address, you can do this directly yourself on the website by logging into your profile.
Next Range of Thoughts is coming!
Editor's Note:
Range of Thoughts, our association newsletter, is usually a quarterly publication. This year, well, let's just say 2020 had other ideas about that.

Between the challenges COVID has posed for the club, as well as things on other fronts for me personally, the Spring and Summer editions of Range of Thoughts have had to be omitted. My apologies for this - I know a good number of club members enjoy this publication. This was unavoidable for me this year though unfortunately.

But - we're back on track, with the Fall edition currently in the works and due to be coming out very soon. Keep an eye on that email inbox!

Meanwhile, please feel free to peruse our archive of back issues on the website.

-Roland Coppens, SPFGA Communications Director
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 our toilet facilities.

In the 2019 Member Engagement Survey, a summary of the results of which can be found on page 16 of the 2019 Fall edition of Range of Thoughts, a consistent theme you identified was the unsatisfactory state of the outhouses on the property.

Part of our pandemic response has been the closure of the outhouses because the porous nature of their construction materials makes them impossible to properly disinfect. Instead, we have arranged an outside firm to provide portable toilets, which they clean as part of their contract.

Part of the larger facility plan being considering involves a long-term, definitive solution to our outhouse situation. This will take time though, and likely wouldn't be ready until next summer.

So, our question for you is - would you prefer us to explore improvised solutions that would allow us to bring our outhouses back into service, saving $225 per month per toilet (four toilets) to do so, or would you prefer to maintain the situation as it is until the permanent solution is put in place?
Should we get the outhouses back in service, or keep the portable toilets for now?
I can put up with the outhouses & improvised is OK - let's save the money.
I am OK with this spending until we can put a permanent solution in place.
This Last Thought is the poll results from the September 29 edition of Bullet Points.
The Last Thought
In the What's Your Thought? poll of the September 29 edition of Bullet Points, we asked members whether the Board should resume allowing supervised range guests, where member and guest reside in the same household.
We received responses from 244 members on this poll, with 197 (80.7%) indicating they felt that yes, viral transmission is less a concern in this instance, and 47 (19.3%) indicating that no, we have a plan and should stay with it.

We'll be providing updated information about the range guest policy in coming days - please watch for that!
These Did You Know? articles, suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explain their reasoning.

Did you know that there are helpful instructions in the Facility Rules for hang fires or malfunctions? The instructions there are:

In the event of a hang fire/misfire, the action must remain closed for a minimum of one minute, the firearm remaining under control and the muzzle being maintained in a safe downrange direction.

Cartridges that fail to go off should be disposed of in the provided disposal containers at each range.

In the event that a firearm malfunction occurs when a cease fire is called – such a bolt unable to close on a tight case which is now stuck, or a muzzleloader that won’t fire – make reasonable efforts to resolve the situation. Should a reasonable effort prove fruitless, render the firearm as safe as possible and ensure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. The firearm may be inspected further when live fire is declared.

Please contact Tom Opgenorth, Rifle Director (rifle@spfga.ca) or Mark Lowry, Handgun Director (handgun@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!