February 20, 2020
 Welcome to Bullet Points , our news & events email!
Join Us February 29!
We're changing the format of some of our General meetings this year, focusing on having them be more 'gatherings' than 'meetings'. We'll also be trying different times & locations for them.

Our February meeting will be one of these - held at clubhouse on the property on February 29 at 1:00 p.m., we’ve invited Jeff Bakker of the Alberta Trappers Association (ATA) to give us an interactive & informative talk about Alberta’s furbearers and the conservation cycle.

Jeff will offer us an interesting and different way to think about conservation, using Alberta’s furbearers as a backdrop.

Following this, we'll head out onto the beaver pond behind the clubhouse and learn about the important place beavers hold in the environment and have a chance to see & feel firsthand how beavers organize their homes and yards.

This will be interesting for the whole family, including young kids. So please mark this fun and informative day on your calendar.

We’ll be outside for some of this, so please dress for the conditions. Also, please note that the outhouses will be our bathroom facilities.

There will be a very brief discussion about an update to the club’s Mission Statement just before Jeff begins, but we promise to keep this short as we want the focus to be this excellent presentation.
Two Tidbits About Membership Cards
Tidbit #1: If you purchased a family membership but only received your membership card and none for your other family members, you simply need to log into your account and add your spouse and kids in. To do this, log into your member account on the website & click 'My Account' to take you to the Member Portal. The 'Add Dependents' link is in the menu on the left.

Once you’ve done that, please let us know at memberservices@spfga.ca or call the office at 780-467-0085 so we can print your cards and send them to you.

Tidbit #2: If you were a member in the past and are just rejoining us this year after an absence, you may not have received a new gate access card along with your 2020 membership cards. If you did not, this is because we had the record of your old gate access card on file and simply reactivated it.

If you no longer have that gate access card though, or are unable to find it, please let us know at memberservices@spfga.ca or call the office at 780-467-0085 so we can send you a replacement.
Automatic Gate Ready To Roll!
Gate's in & pedestal-mounted card readers are ready to go - time to make the switch!

On Saturday, February 29 we'll be switching over to our new automatic gate. We'll be decommissioning the sign-in logbook kiosk at this time too, as the new electronic access system will track of all of this for us.

There are a few points to keep in mind:

  1. You'll continue to use your existing access card.
  2. Scanning is on the driver’s side of the vehicle, which means that you'll be driving through on the opposite side. Please be careful with other traffic in the gate area.
  3. Every member in the vehicle with a gate access card must scan their card on entry (scanning one right after the other works fine).
  4. Please ensure that the gate is closing behind you before proceeding.
  5. We are all responsible for the security of the property - please do not allow tailgating.

We hope you enjoy this new upgrade! Please contact us with questions or concerns at memberservices@spfga.ca .
2020 Awards Banquet
Annual SPFGA Awards Banquet
April 18, 2020

Location:
Millwoods Golf Course clubhouse
4540 50 Street, Edmonton.

Tickets:
Adults: $40
Children (2-10 years) $20
Child under 2 - No Charge
2020 SPFGA Photo Contest
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Prizes for best photos are awarded annually to members at the Awards Banquet in the Scenic and Wildlife categories.

Judging will be done by Sherwood Park Mall McBain Camera staff. The winner in each category will receive two tickets to the Awards Night banquet, a $30 gift card, and their photos will be on display at the banquet.

  • Submissions accepted until March 21
  • Up to two photos can be submitted in each category
  • Prints (max 8x10”) or USB drives with jpeg image files can be submitted at the Sherwood Park Mall McBain Camera location
  • Jpeg image files can be shared from cloud drives (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) to McBain Camera staff: sales.sp@mcbaincamera.com
  • Prints and USB drives will be returned in person at the Awards Night banquet

Members are encouraged to enter their Scenic and Wildlife photos!

For additional questions, contact communications@spfga.ca
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) Ice Fishing Photo Contest
Going ice fishing? Take an awesome photo, send it to the ACA & you could win!

How to Enter:

1) Comment on the ACA Facebook Contest post with your photo submission 

2) Post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IceFishingPhotoContest2020

Website Guest Passes Ready!
We're happy to announce that range guest passes can now be purchased through the website!

Log into your account on the website & click 'My Account' to take you to the Member Portal. The 'Buy Guest Pass' link is in the sidebar on the left. Adult guests are $20 each; guests under 18 are no charge. The emailed receipt is your pass. You must have a membership with range privileges to purchase a pass.

Take a moment to review the Range Guest Policy before heading out.
What's Your Thought?
What's Your Thought? is a regularly-running poll where you're able to share your thoughts
The Last Thought
This Last Thought is the poll results from the previous edition of Bullet Points .
We asked in the February 11 edition of Bullet Points , if a 'For Ladies' PAL course would be of interest to you or your spouse/partner?

Most members expressed positive interest in courses like this, with 83 (72.8%) saying yes they would be interested and 31 (27.2%) saying no they would not.
Impending Whole-Facility Closure
Beaver County has informed us that culverts on Range Road 203 (the road leading into the gate) just south of the property are scheduled for replacement in the near future. When this work occurs, our entire facility will be closed to all traffic for all use. This will probably be for the whole day when it happens, but should only require one day of closure.
 
Beaver County hasn't supplied a specific date yet, but when they do we will update you by email, social media and the website as usual. Please stay posted.
These Did You Know? articles, suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explaining their reasoning.

This Did You Know? is a little different - rather than letting you know about a rule, we'd like to let you know about the archive.

Starting from a suggestion put forward by Ian Soles, a fellow member, t hese Bullet Points , like our quarterly newsletters, are archived on the website here .

This way, if you ever want to look again at something you'd seen mentioned here, you can simply go to the archive and find it.
Facebook Discussion Group
Please come and join our 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!