|Posted by Rich Sankovich on August 20, 2021 at 8:20 AM||comments (6)|
Winchester Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc. August 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes Officers present: Eric Heflin, Steve Hunt, Marshall Shiley, Rich Sankovich 1. Meeting opened with Prayer led by Eric 2. Secretaries minutes for July 21, 2021 read and approved by membership. 3. Treasurers Report : June 1 checking account Balance was $36,383. June 30 checking account balance was $55,190. Major payouts for month were $5,057 total for land loan, tractor payment, aerator pump, utilities and facilities cost. Land loan payment was $1400 and 97 acre parcel is paid off awaiting deed from bank. Income was $23,864 total from Dues, shelters and raffle ticket sales. $1231 transferred to scholarship CD. Treasurers report approved by membership. 4. Four new members sworn in at meeting. 5. Members asked to bring something to auction at picnic this September. Back room of building has auction items already donated. 6. Duncan Schofield recognized for building two new target frames for ranges and delivering to club prior to meeting. 7. August 21st is club workday from 9 am to 2 pm and food and drink will be provided. Menu will be pulled pork BBQ with sauce, buns, coleslaw and potato salad for those attending along with iced tea, water and soda’s. 8. Picnic again noted as September 5 with food served at 1 pm by Jordan Springs and as always, bring something to auction. 9. Next trout stocking in lake will be in October. 10. $600 was approved previously for some new tools to be used at Club. $475 spent to date. 11. BOD meeting to be held at Club on Sunday August 22 at 5:30 pm. Members reminded that if they wish to serve on BOD or and Officer for next year, that they should submit their names to Eric Heflin prior to September Club meeting/Election. 12. Sound barrier installs at rifle ranges. Work to install will be at 8/21/21 workday. 13. DWR early and late antlerless deer season for Frederick and Shenandoah counties this year and next discussed at length. DWR objective is to eradicate CWD spread. Most all Club members not in agreement with the extra 120 days of early and late antlerless deer season extension. Resolution presented and approved by membership to NOT allow any Deer hunting on Club property in both counties after regular deer season closes and late season starts in early January 2022 nor 2023. Signs to be purchased and installed at Frederick County and Shenandoah County Properties entry points at multiple locations and information posted on WEB site. 14. Discussion about Bag limits per day for deer harvested west of Blue Ridge Mountains. Some stated that the bag limit was UNLIMITED during the early and late antlerless only deer seasons in Sept. 2021 and Jan.-Feb.-March 2022. Research of regulations show that the bag limit per day is TWO on private lands in Frederick and Shenandoah counties. The regulations state that “the bag limit per day is unlimited in ALL CITIES AND TOWNS WEST of Blue Ridge” in the exception area of season bag limits for deer hunting. It does not state that any PRIVATE property in any COUNTY WEST OF BLUE RIDGE has a UNLIMITED BAG LIMIT. The regulations also state that the bag limits for Frederick and Shenandoah Counties is Two Deer per day and that each county has rules on EAB regulations before harvesting a second deer. In addition, if a hunter possesses DCAP, DMAP and DPOP permits, deer harvested with those permits do not count against any daily season bag limit. The outcome of this investigation is that the daily bag limit for hunters on private lands in our counties is two per day during early and late Antlerless seasons and that DWR regulations must be followed concerning those two deer as EAB regulations also apply during regular season bag limitations. 15. Members also reminded that current Club rule is ONE Antlerless/Doe allowed per year per member on Club owned property. 16. Deer harvest of Antlered Bucks on Club owned property discussed. Resolution proposed and adopted by membership that starting in Fall Deer season 2022, only Bucks/Antlered Deer which has at least 3 points on One side may be harvested on Club owned property. 17. Cub Scout Pack 45 letter of appreciation read to membership and a Thank You to them and their leadership/Joe Reger for a $100 donation from the Pack to the Club Scholarship fund. 18. Dues collected since June 15th for 2022 memberships - $37,550. Scholarship Raffle tickets sold to date - $2,478, New members for 2022 – 60 to date. Current 2022 memberships processed as of 8/17/21 is 729 19. Member request approved to build a free standing 3 target frame and install close to still target shooting area for outdoor practice for still target shooting. 20. Shenandoah county 43 acre parcel payments noted as $12,000 for 2022 and $20,000 final payment/payoff in 2023. These are lump sum payments made once per year on note to Ann Zirkle and there is no interest charged to us! 21. 50-50 raffle $41 to winner, $40 to scholarship. Winner donated all back to scholarship. 22. Meeting adjourned.
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on August 20, 2021 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
WFCCC Meeting minutes for July 21, 2021 1. Officers present: Steve Hunt, Marshall Shiley 2. Treasurer report: June 1 starting Balance $30,530, June 30 ending balance was $36,383. $10,560 deposited in checking account from shelters use, dues, soda machine, raffle ticket sales and credit card refund. $4,707 paid out for Land Loan, tractor payment, electric, utilities & facilities, mowing, fuel and scholarship CD transfer. Scholarship CD balance is $17,715 and Club CD Balance is $503. 97 acre Shenandoah Co. land loan balance with Bank of Clarke County is $1399. Membership approved report. 3. Secretaries minutes for June 2021 report was not read into record. 4. Discussion held on installation of the donated sheet metal/insulation panels at Rifle ranges for sound abatement. Attempt to install will be on August 21 Club work day if materials picked up. 5. Sara Murray, Luke Brumback and Sam Brumback – winners of the Mac Tlumach 2021 Conservation scholarships attended meeting to receive their $500 award checks. 6. New Business: As of 7/19/21, 30 new members have joined the club, 545 memberships have been processed since June 15 for 2022 membership year, $26,495 in dues have been collected, and $1967 in Raffle Tickets sold. 7. New aerator pump for underwater compressed air delivery to our lake was purchased to replace failed unit. Cost was $737 8. 50-50 raffle was held with $28 to winner and $28 to scholarship. Winner donated it all back to scholarship.
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on July 6, 2021 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
If you are interested in how the facilities of the club are being used, go to almost the bottom of the Home page to find out. The data also reports on any Deer Harvest Data submitted by our members. I will continue to update the Club Usage data by-weekly as time allows when membership cards are processed!
Rich Sankovich - WFCCC Secretary
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on June 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Winchester Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc. June 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes Officers present: Eric Heflin, Steve Hunt, Marshall Shiley, Rich Sankovich 1. Meeting opened with Prayer led by Eric 2. Secretaries minutes for May 19, 2021 read and approved by membership. 3. Treasurers Report : May 1 checking account Balance was $36,638. May 31 checking account balance was $30,529. Major payouts for month were $400 for web site renewal, $250 for WFCCC federal tax filing, Land payment $1994, $2556 for Trap shooting clay birds, Shenandoah Co. property tax $143, $399 for grounds maintenance, $1190 to Piccadilly printing, $383 for tractor payment, $454 to Pat-Trap for repair parts, and $342 for electric billing. Club CD balance at $502, Scholarship CD balance at $16,985, Land loan balance at $3,371 Due to payoff in July. $2188 was deposited with $1788 from shoots, $300 in dues and $100 from shelter use. Treasurers report approved by membership. 4. Members asked to please sell raffle tickets to support Scholarship’s. 5. Members asked to bring something to auction at picnic this September. Also noted was fact you can designate the proceed of items at auction to be used for scholarship support as opposed to general fund. 6. August 21st is club workday from 9 am to 2 pm and food and drink will be provided. Menu will be pulled pork BBQ with sauce, buns, coleslaw and potato salad for those attending along with iced tea, water and soda’s. 7. Roof replacement on large shelter to happen this summer. Bandstand building has been demolished. Thanks Marshall and Eric. 8. Next trout stocking lake will be in October. 9. Shot up PVC pipe found at pistol range. Members reminded paper targets only on ranges and clean up your mess. 10. Sound barrier to be placed at rifle ranges. Terry Feltner has two insulated metal panels to bring out, be cut down and installed with some posts to act as a barricade to the sounds to lessen shot sounds down at lake. To be continued! 11. 50-50 raffle $27 to winner, $26 to scholarship. Winner donated all back to scholarship. 12. Meeting adjourned.
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on May 23, 2021 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
WFCCC May 19, 2021 Meeting minutes Officers present – Eric Heflin, Steve Hunt, Rich Sankovich, Marshall Shiley 1. Meeting opened with prayer led by Eric Heflin 2. Secretaries minutes from April 21, 2021 meeting read and approved by membership. 3. Treasurers report: April 1, 2021 checking account balance $36,994. April 30 end of month balance $36,638. Major payments made included land loan $1994, Tractor payment $384, Orndorffs Trout stocking payments - $1345 and $998, $685 paid to Winchester Printers for membership renewal cards and tickets, and $595 for Still target shoot targets , $195 was spent on Easter Egg hunt April 3rd, $728 paid for utilities, trash and Johnny Blue. $6,026 for dues and shoots deposited, Scholarship CD balance $16,937, Club CD balance - $503, Land Loan balance - $5,338. Membership approved report. 4. One new member were sworn in at the meeting 5. Club Picnic set for September 5, 2021 – food served at 1 pm by Jordan Springs. Set up to begin at 9 am that day and any volunteers are welcome. Cost is $8 per adult and children 8 and under eat free. 6. Motion made and carried to invest $8000 from scholarship CD in to a Tax Sheltered annuity for a Five year period paying up to 2.7% interest as opposed to the .25% interest CD is currently earning. 7. Workday at club set for August 21, 2021 starting at 9 am and ending at 2 pm. Lunch and beverages provided. Bring string trimming, loppers, gas blowers and work gloves. Target back boards for ranges may also be fabricated that day. 8. Marshall Shiley donated and installed a Heat pump HVAC system for the clubhouse to help provide additional heating and avoid freeze up over the winter months! Thanks Marshall! 9. Jeff Feltner turned in $1788 from Still Target shoots! Thanks Jeff! Jeff also stated there will be a Still Target shoot at Club one time per month over this summer on a Saturday – schedule to be announced once we obtain the #9 shot shells needed to run this shoot. 10. Trap shoots have started with first 5 scheduled for Friday evenings at 6pm and will be moving to Thursday nights on June 17. Come out for some fun. 11. Membership approved the purchase of around $600 worth of needed tools for facility maintenance. We lack post hole diggers, wheel barrows etc. to name a few. 12. The Club website has been renewed for another two years at a cost of $400 and our domaine name was renewed for free for next 3 years. 13. The lake condition was discussed as dissolved oxygen level fell into the 6-8ppm range when tested May 19. The air compressor aeration system plug was found detatched and re-plugged in. One of the Clubs top floating aeration units will also be installed in lake as a backup during the coming week. 14. Membership update – 1435 members as of 5/15/21 and dues collected total at $88,320 since June 15, 2020 for the 2021 memberships new/renewed. 409 of the members were New, or Renewing members who forgot to pay last year. 237 members from 2020 did not renew for 2021 membership. 2021 Membership closed as of May 15, 2021, and 2022 membership will open for new and renewal as of June 15, 2021. 15. 50-50 raffle $32 to scholarship fund, $33 to winner. 16. Meeting adjourned
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on April 24, 2021 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
WFCCC April 21, 2021 Meeting minutes Officers present – Eric Heflin, Steve Hunt, Rich Sankovich, Marshall Shiley 1. Meeting opened with prayer led by Eric Heflin 2. Secretaries minutes from March 17, 2021 meeting read and approved by membership. 3. Treasurers report: March 1, 2021 checking account balance $47,759. March 31 end of month balance $36,993. $12,000 payment made on 43 acre Zirkle Property, Land payment on loan $1994, Tractor payment $384, Orndorffs Trout payment - $998, $233 for Knifes for Scholarship raffle, $639 paid for utilities, trash and Johnny Blue. $2200 for dues deposited, $2816 for Shoots and Shelter donations deposited. Scholarship CD balance $16,875, Club CD balance - $502, Land Loan balance - $7295. Membership approved report. 4. Seven new members were sworn in at the meeting 5. Club Picnic set for September 5, 2021 – food served at 1 pm by Jordan Springs. Set up to begin at 9 am that day and any volunteers are welcome. Please bring an item or two for auction, No electronics or junk please! Cost is $8 per adult and children 8 and under eat free. 225 meals to be ordered at cost to club of $16 each. Bingo after auction as well as chilled watermelon. All shooting ranges closed that day. All drinks provided with meal. Bring a lawn chair if you want for auction or picnic seating. 6. Easter Saturday April 3rd Trout Derby and Easter Egg hunt went well this year. Lots of kids and adults at lake for the opener and 35+ children for the egg hunt. $200 of cash coupons were in the Easter eggs and over $200 was spent on Free Fishing Tackle Raffle items for the under 12 children at the lake. Lots of smiles were seen and thanks given to the club for the outings that day. A Bald Eagle was spotted fishing at the lake before the event began! 7. Large open Shelter repair quotes - $18,520 for a standing seam metal roof with a 50 year life, to repair roof to meet building code slope, place a new 2 x 6 facing board for gutter attachment, repair roof sag, and reinstall gutters. $14,404 to do same repairs, but install 30 year architectural shingles. Membership voted and approved the Standing seal metal rood quote. 8. Small Band shelter repair quote - $3447 roof, structural repairs etc. Membership voted to dismantle and remove this shelter as it has not been used but once in past 12-15 years. 9. Follow up made with Shenandoah County on installing some type of building on property owned there. Property would have to be rezoned, minimal acreage to be determined, Electric, Water, Sewer and building installed and a tax levi established. Membership decided not to pursue at this time. 10. Scholarship Raffle and annual Funding. Discussion and Motion to change to having the Scholarship fund self supporting moving forward to cover costs of prizes and raffle tickets that was costing $1250 to $1300 annually from the Club general fund. Membership voted and approved that the scholarship program will be self funding moving forward with the support coming from Raffle ticket sales, donations, designated from picnic auctions, and meeting and picnic 50-50 raffles. 11. Scholarship CD fund discussed – Bank CD only paying 0.25% on balance. The state of Virginia allows non-profit organizations to invest in Tax sheltered annuities that are currently paying 2.7 to 3.2%. Three providers will be researched for term limits and annual percentage rate paid and reported back to membership to possibly invest 75-80% of current Scholarship CD fund balance. 12. The statements on WEB site, News letter and Rules/Reg page for the Club were read to the membership. As each was different and the marketing/makeup of new tree stands, blinds, ladder stands has changed, a new club rule statement was presented to membership to update all 3 areas and pages. The club membership voted to adopt the following statement to be placed on Newsletter/Web Site and Rules/Reg page: No wooden/metal tree stands or ladders, manufactured wood/plastic or metal blinds, for hunting of any kind, are permitted on any Club Owned or Club Leased Land. 13. Tree limb reported on power line from pole to Electric meter at lake shelter. Electric company will be called to remedy. 14. Discussion over noise from Rifle shooting ranges as an annoyance to fisherman at lake. Discussion will continue as to planting some fast growing trees or installing some type of wooden barricade on lake facing side of shelters to reduce/redirect and or absorb rifle noise transfer. 15. Membership update – 1428 members as of 4/17/21 and dues collected total at $88,020 since June 15, 2020 for the 2021 memberships new/renewed. 16. Member made presentation to Club on Elk population in Virginia and viewing of same. DWR to issue 6 permits for hunting Elk in Virginia in 2021 and some will be by lottery to hunters in State. Possible cost of $10 for lottery registration. Go to DWR website to learn more about the Elk Herd location, viewing and management. 17. Some discussion concerning Scholarship applications among the 10 high Schools in membership area. Estimate of 2000+ students, 13 applications received for 2021 from 5 of 10 schools, dollar amount and number of Club scholarships and how to encourage more participation for applying. Winchester Star published in Club/Community News for 15 weeks in a row, the scholarship opportunity at no charge to club. More discussion in future as to how to reach a broader audience and encourage more applications. 18. Scholarship review committee spent entire meeting time and more reviewing scholarship applications and four $500 college scholarships will be awarded again this year. Thanks to our committee – Marshall Shiley, Barbara Gamble, Ken Morris and Gerald Hendricks. 19. Jeff Feltner turned in $1451 at meeting from Still Target Shoots. Thanks to Jeff for all his work and dedication to this club fundraiser. 20. 50-50 raffle $31 to scholarship fund, $31 to winner. Winner donated all back to Scholarship fund. 21. Meeting adjourned
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on March 23, 2021 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
WFCCC March 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes Officers present: Eric Heflin, Rich Sankovich, Steve Hunt
1. Meeting opened with prayer led by Eric Heflin 2. Secretaries report – Minutes of October 6, 2020 read and approved by membership. 3. Treasurers Report: Feb. 1, 2021 Checking account balance was $53,423, month ending balance was $47,759. Land Loan payment was $1994, Tractor loan payment was $384, Envelopes and mailing labels was $1022, and all utility bills paid. Club CD balance is at $502, Scholarship CD balance is $16,808 and Land Loan balance for Shenandoah Co. 97 acre parcel is $9,247. Membership approved Treasurers report. 4. Land use forms for forested land submitted to Shenandoah Co. and expect taxes to be reduced from $2500+/- to less than $500 yearly. 5. Trac phones now in use for emergencies located at shooting range and old club house is saving club $1200 yearly that was being paid for the Verizon Phone that seemed to work half of the time. Thanks to Steve Hunt! 6. Land Grant – Wonders of Wildlife $500 grant money received for club use for fish stocking due to Kirk Gordon’s submission for club. Thanks Kirk! 7. Jeff Feltner turned in $2266 from Winter still target shoots and Eric Heflin turned in $550 from shelter use. Thanks Jeff and Eric for managing both! 8. Mike Collins to start Thursday night trap shooting in April, but is awaiting availability of Clay Bird supply as well as 12 gauge shotgun shells used to support. The shotgun shells are getting tough to find in quantity at this point. Membership authorized Mike to spend up to $3000 to purchase both Claybirds and Shotgun shells for resale at matches to support these events. 9. Discussion about current scholarship fund CD total amount and continuation of club support annually paying for the costs of raffle ticket printing and the prizes given away at $1200 to $1300 yearly. Suggestion made to have the scholarship be again self supporting via ticket sales and donations to cover expenses as well as take excess money from scholarship CD and place in a guaranteed fund that would give 2.7 to 3.1% interest annually over the 0.25% from the bank CD the money currently resides in. Discussion to continue at future meeting(s). 10. Scholarship Raffle prizes discussed and decided to keep same amounts and prizes for the 2021 raffle drawing. 11. Trout stocking noted for 3/13/21 @300 each, 4/1/21 @400 each and 4/30/21 at 300 each. Fall stocking of 300 trout TBD at later date. Lake is closed from Sunday March 28 to April 3rd, 2021 at opening at 12:30pm for kids 12 and under and all others at 1:30pm. Easter EGG hunt will start at 3 pm for 3 age groups of children 12 and under. Announcement of Easter Saturday Trout Rodeo and Easter Egg Hunt to be published in Club News in Winchester Star. Members alerted that price of stocked trout for 300 was $996 delivered with tax to the club last week and the club will spend Close to $4400 this year on trout stocking. 12. Members re-alerted that the cost for dues is going up for the Year 2022 members. The over age 65 dues renewal after June 15, 2021 will be $35, and age 18 to under age 65 dues renewal will be $65 after June 15th, 2021. The new member cost for Dues/Joining the Club will remain at $100 for 2022 membership year. 13. Eric addressed members at meeting with the news of the passing of Jackie Roberts, long term Board of Director member of club. Vote taken and approved to honor Jackie by having his name added to the Honor Roll Plaque at club for his outstanding service to the club over the years. 14. Club member workday set for August 21, 2021, starting at 9 am and ending at 2 pm. This will involved buildings and grounds cleanup, weed-whacking, target building, and possibly some picnic table building or kit assembly as several of our tables have somewhat disintegrated. Food & Drink will be served and Menu will be discussed prior to workday. 15. Quote to re-survey the 460 acre main club property boundary edges off of Siler Road obtained. Instruction was to quote the survey and re-marking all sides of land on 250-300 foot centers. Quote received was $16,000. 16. Annual Club membership/family picnic discussed and approved to schedule for Sunday September 5th, 2021. Jordan Springs Market being checked with for availability to cater. Food to be served, not buffet! Cost to be $8 per person with children under 8 years of age free. Eric checking on Jordan Springs availability and cost per meal to Club. Menu to be the same as in past with the Mac-N-Cheese addition – 225 meals to be ordered. 17. Current membership for 2021 since June 15th, 2020 enrollment start is 1383 members with $83,520 in dues collected. 2021 membership period will end on May15, 2021 and re-open for Renewals and New members on June 15, 2021. 18. Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship Applications are due to Club by Friday, April 16, 2021 and will be reviewed by committee at April 21st, 2021 Club meeting. Winchester Star has been publishing this in Club News section of paper since first week in January 2021 at no charge to Club. 19. Discussion that firewood will be needed for next winters club house to be used during Winter Still target shoots. Also discussed was in lieu of fire wood, stove and flue maintenance, that replacing of electrical controls and addition of an in line electrical duct heater might be a better option. This will be pursued via our HVAC specialist upon his return. 20. Scholarship 50-50 raffle - $36 to Club and $37 to winner – Winner donated $30 back to scholarship. 21. Meeting adjourned. 22. Note: A quote needs to be obtained for electrical upgrade and repair of our lake shelter Electrical panels and interior ceiling. 23. Note: A quote needs to be obtained from inspection and repairs needed to structure and or roof and guttering at main large outdoor shelter.
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on March 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
WFCCC Secretary & Treasurers Report January & February 2021
1. Winchester Star has been publishing once per week at no charge, in Club news section of paper, the WFCCC scholarship details sent to them early January 2021. They were asked to publish once and for some unknown reason continue to do so weekly. 2. No communication has been received from Frederick Co. or Shenandoah Co. Treasurers Offices concerning approval of land use documentation filed for abatement or restricted WFCCC property taxes. 3. Four additional requests have been received by mail from College Bound Seniors for scholarship applications and replied to. 4. Jackie Roberts, WFCCC Director passed away on February 13, 2021 and our Treasurer is to make a memorial contribution to the College scholarship fund at Jackie’s church in lieu of Flowers for a service per family request. 5. Trout Stocking has been set up for Saturday March 13th at 10 am, the week before Easter for 4/3/21 Easter Saturday Trout Opening event at Club, and also on Friday April 30th at 10 am. The Club lake is closed from March 28th until Saturday April 3rd at 12:30 pm. 6. 1500 pre-stamped #10 US Postal envelopes along with 2750 return and mailing address labels have been picked up in preparation of annual club newsletter/renewal mailing in June. Progress is being made applying the labels to the envelopes. 7. WFCCC membership roll currently has 1373 members on it, and $82,520 has been collected in dues since June 15, 2020 for the 2021 memberships. Last year, membership total at June 15th mail-out was 1291 and $75,920 in dues was collected for entire 2020 membership year. I expect that we may top 1400 members before the May 15, 2021 cut-off date for 2021 memberships which may bring our dues collection in over $85,000 for 2021 membership year. 8. Six of the 2021 Club members as published in Winchester Star Obituaries have passed away since June of 2020. 9. Treasurers Reporting – Checking account Balance as of 1/1/21 was $50,728. Checking account Balance as of 2/28/21 was $47,759. Dues and shoot money deposited was $7,370 while bills paid was $10,340 for that period. Bank of Clark Co. Land Loan balance as of 3/2/21 is $9,247 and Scholarship CD value is $16,808. Club CD balance is $502.
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on January 9, 2021 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
WFCCC Report/Update for December and Year end 2020 As of January 5, 2021 1. Treasurers report: Checking account Balance 12/1/20 - $50,427 Checking account Balance 12/31/20 - $50,728 Major income - $3,900 dues Major payouts - $1994 land payment, $400 Unimin Lease, $384 tractor payment. Shen Valley Electric, Johnny Blue, Republic trash all paid. Club CD Balance - $501 Scholarship CD Balance - $16,807 Land Loan Balance - $13,111 2. Secretaries Report: $78,420 in dues collected to date since 6/15/20 1331 members currently on role, which is 40 more than end of 2020 membership enrollment period. 309 are new members. 3. As of January 4, 2021, all 10 High Schools in our membership have been sent the “Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship” application form. In addition, the information on the scholarship was published in the Winchester Star in the Club News section in January 5, 2021 edition. 5. Kirk Gordon applied, and WFCCC received a $500 grant from National Hunting and Fishing Day Group – LIVE IT! The grant has conditions to be satisfied and published if we are to receive it again, and will need to be discussed at first club meeting in March 2021. 6. The Land Use for Forestry form was filed and fee paid for our Shenandoah Co. properties to avoid the major property tax billing in early December. We do not know if it has been approved yet, and the property taxes are close to 7 times higher in that county if not approved. The Form MUST be FILED YEARLY before 12/5 each year and is not mailed out. You must appear in person to retrieve form, fill out, pay filing fee and submit. 7. The Triennial(every 3 years) request form to retain Non-Taxable property status for all of our WFCCC Frederick Co. Properties was sent to Frederick County Commissioner of Revenue in early December 2020. We are still awaiting a ruling by that office of our status.(edited to change Triennial from 10 year to 3 year timespan)
|Posted by Rich Sankovich on December 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
WFCCC Secretary/Treasurer Report October/November 2020 1. October 2020 – checking account ending balance was $54,007, with bills totaling $4,615 and income at $14,179, which included dues, shoots, soda machine and raffle. $515 was transferred from Checking account to Scholarship CD. Current Club CD balance was $501 and Scholarship CD balance at $16,785. Land Loan Balance was $16,939. Major payouts during October were for Land Loan, Trout stocking and tractor payment. 2. November 2020 – checking account ending balance was $50,427, with bills totaling $9,552 and income at $5,973, which included dues and soda machine. $20 was transferred from Checking account to Scholarship CD which is currently valued at $16,806. Club CD Value is at $501. Land Loan balance was $15,031. Major Payouts for November were $1994 land loan, $3292 for Fish wagon, $384 for tractor payment and $2,355 for Property Taxes for Shenandoah County land. 3. The two new Trac phones have been installed at Club for emergency 911 use. One at Clubhouse and one at Pistol shooting range. 4. The Fish Wagon delivered our order on November 18 and Marshall, Kirk, Steve and Rich hauled all the buckets up to lake and dumped them in. Water was 48 degrees that day and dissolved oxygen in lake at 10-12ppm. A walk around lake on 12/4/20 showed one dead minnow, so it looks good at this point for our fish survival. 5. The Main sign up at our shooting ranges has blown over and the feet/timber basically rotted and the wind blew it down. 6. Jeff Feltner replaced the Flue stack off of our chimney in the center of the Clubhouse. He has started the 12 ga. Still target shoots I believe on November 28 at our clubhouse. 7. The annual notice for the Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarships to all 10 High School’s in our membership area will be sent to their respective Guidance Departments during the first week of January 2021. In addition, the information will also be published in the Winchester Star newspaper community bulletin board/club news sections also for High Schools/Private Schools and Home Schooled Seniors to apply. Interesting note is during 2020, even after publishing for Private, and Home Schooled Seniors, we did not receive one application from either. 8. If you did not notice the $2,355 property tax paid to Shenandoah County on our properties there, here is an update. We lost our Forested Land Use exemption as of December 6 or 9, 2019 because of failure to file for the Forested Use Exemption for 2020, which we have since found out must be filed annually on or before December 5th each year. We did not receive any property tax billing for first half 2020 because Shenandoah County only updates their records once per year, so the billing received for our Taxes due by December 5th, 2020 was for a full year with no reduction for Forested Land Use and also included penalty for failure to pay the First Half 2020. We also found out that they do not and will not rebill a property tax bill once sent. So with all that said, the bill which should have been a $370 total for the year was $2,355. We are currently trying to file a 2020 Forested Land Use exemption form by Monday December 9th and Steve Hunt will be in Woodstock at the Government Building at 8 am to try to fill out and file for those two properties for a 2021 tax relief. As they do not send the forms out or have them on line to download and print, I am hopeful as I write this report of Steve Hunt being successful. 9. The Triennial (every 3 years) request from WFCCC to the Frederick Co. Commissioner of Revenue – Seth Thatcher, was sent in to Frederick Co. requesting that our Non-Profit/Non-Property Tax paying position be ratified for another 3 year period as required by Frederick County Va. Rules. We await word from the Commissioners office as to our status for 2021 to 2024 which should be available after December 16, 2020. As we currently have properties in land, buildings, improvements and tractors valued over $1.75 million in Frederick Co., a property tax levi on the club would undoubtedly cause a major increase in dues, shoots cost, rental donations etc. to cover that increase in payouts. 10. The current membership statistics are as follows – as of 12/1/20, we have 1293 members on the role and have collected $74,620 in dues for 2021 membership year since June 15, 2020. Our total college raffle ticket sales money was $3223, and we took in additional donations and the raffle at last yearly meeting of $508 in proceeds. Total deposited in Scholarship CD fund this year was $3731