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November 27, 2022

It's been 2 weeks now since we lost our Vice President Paul Christman. I know some of you did not know Paul Christman and I wanted to tell you about him. He has been your vice president at this club since about 2008. Before that he was on the board of directors as a trustee. No matter what his job was he took it seriously. If you did not like him, it's because you didn't take the time to know him.

He was probably the most honest man of integrity I ever knew. He gave his best no matter what he did If he didn't know how to do something he would research and find out how to do it, either to help someone out or for the club.

When we lost our cook Paul stepped in, and he expertly handled everything in that kitchen. We put on some of the best meals in Club history because of him. Paul took the time to go negotiate prices, and make sure the club was going to do well and make some money on every dinner. He would spend his own time, gas and effort to make sure the club was going to be successful. I can remember a lot of times working in the kitchen in the summertime 90 Heat and I would ask him if he wanted a bottle of water. He would not even take that from the club he insisted on paying for it. Even though he's been hours cooking most of the time all day long sometimes prepping days in advance, he made sure he paid for his dinner just like everyone else. That's the kind of guy he was. I know he didn't agree with me 100% of the time, but you never would know it. He did anything that was asked of him, and he did it with the he wanted what was best for the club.

He ran the skeet field for years, he was the one that negotiated for the clay birds to get the best price. He's the one that did the orders. He was the one that built our storage garage that we have up there. It was his plans and his execution that made that building what it is. Paul was also the one who put the metal siding on the skeet house. He wanted to Spruce it up and he made it look decent. Since then, Rick O'Dell has taken over and moved it even a step further to what it is today. It is now the best it's ever been.

Not to mention the tremendous loss for his family, it is a tremendous loss to the club, and a great loss to us, his friends.

This gentle giant was also an accomplished Baker. He made some of the best desserts that I have ever had. My wife and I spent a lot of time at Sandi and Paul's camp and have dinner with them. Paul always cooked the dinner and it was always fantastic followed by a gourmet dessert that could not be beat.

Paul would help anyone that would ask no matter what it was. Just recently I asked him if he would help me put a bumper on my Dodge Ram. He told me how we were going to accomplish it. I asked him he ever done it before if he said no but we were going to be successful, and we were. it wasn't unusual for Paul to do a project that he had no idea how to do but it was going to be done perfectly.

I do consider myself lucky to have known this man for almost 20 years. He was a superhero! Our bylaws permit me to appoint our next vice president to finish out Paul's term which ends in December 2023. I have not done so yet mainly because I kind of don't want to admit that he's gone. I guess we have to move on, I will announce the new Vice President in our December meeting next month.

My deepest condolences not only to Sandi and Paul's family but to the entire pine tree family. He was one of a kind a wonderful man that doesn't come around very often. Our Club is better because of Paul Christman. He will always be in our hearts.

Paul Catucci Club President

November 10th 2022
Hello Everybody,

 I hope this newsletter finds everyone well and I hope we all survived election day! It was definitely a tough season for a lot of the candidates who worked very hard. Of course, things don't always go our way but we have to keep fighting. I thought this year we were close to taking the governor's office but I guess that just wasn't meant to be. There are a lot of positive things going on though and a lot of good candidates won. At last night's meeting we had our elections for trustees for the next two years. The membership voted the current trustees in for another 2-year term.I think this year was the closest election we ever had, with six great candidates vying for five jobs. Congratulations to every one of you. I appreciate the fact that you are all willing to sacrifice to help your Club. We had a record amount of people at the meeting last night. There were so many of you Steven had to make extra ballots!

 I've been trying to get a newsletter out for the last few weeks but it's been pretty tough with a lot of things going on. We are getting ready for our annual Veteran's dinner which will be held next week. We have had 85 people already signed up at this point and I think we're going to have to cut it off soon. It is the same as last year we offer a free dinner for every CLUB MEMBER that is a Veteran, they can also bring one guest for $5. Each additional guest will be the $8 fee. We will offer prizes for or veterans as well as, our program which will be featuring some of our Veterans. The program will include our Assemblyman and former Marine Colonel Robert Smullen. Linda Joseph from the Vintage Cafe in Johnstown will once again supply all the desserts for our dinner! We appreciate Linda for doing this, if you happen to stop in there make sure you give her a thank you!

 We have a couple things coming up with the club so I'm going to give you a few dates to remember. November 15th and November 22nd at the club there will be a jacket giveaway for Veterans in need. It'll be on the honor System no questions asked you will receive a new winter jacket! The hours will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 on both nights or until supplies last. The other day to remember will be November 29th at the club in conjunction with the Salute to Service team we will offer a crafty Christmas come enjoy your night of crafts and learn about local veteran initiatives it's $50 per person includes either a wreath or a tree craft, light snacks and refreshments cash bar in a Chinese auction. All funds raise go to the Salute to Service Coalition. You can register for this event https://holidaystsvc.rsvpify.com. Crafts provided by Sacandaga Flowers Weddings & Events.

 We will have our prime rib dinner in December 21st like always, the price will remain the same at $20 per dinner the tickets will be available soon. I hope to have them for the veteran's dinner. We are going to have to hold this dinner down to no more than 200 people so I suggest you get your tickets early. I guarantee they will sell out like they have in the past. The dinner will be held on at 6:30 p.m.

 Steve is already collecting dues for next year, the price Remains the Same at $70, add $10 if your NRA membership is due. He has been at the club every Monday night between 5:00 p.m. and approximately 7:30. You can also catch him at every club night meeting or supper, if all else fails you could always mail your dues to the PO Box 45 Johnstown New York. Everyone's dues are due by December 31st 2022. If you have any questions or concerns you can call Steve at 518-224-3437.

Have a great fall season, we will be seeing you at the club. My contact information is paul.catucci@gmail.com or telephone 518-649-7617.