Black Swamp Driving Club 1996 Newsletters

By Joe Bell

Jan/ Feb/ Mar/ Apr/ May/ Jun/ Jul/ Aug/ Sep/ Oct/ Nov/ Dec/   BSDC Events of 1996

1996 Officers

President: Gary Gillfillian

Vice President:  Peg Graham

Secretary/Treasurer/Corral Membership:  Angie Hohenbrink

Corral Reporter:  Joe Bell

Directors:  Gary Gillfillian, Peggy Graham, Angie Hohenbrink, Joe Bell, Roger Murray, John Begg, Roger Higgins.

 

January 1996 Newsletter

 

February 1996 Newsletter

The Black Swamp Driving Club January meeting was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio on Sunday, January 14, 1996.

The directors held the 1996 organizational meeting, electing the following persons: president, Gary Gillfillan; vice president, Peg Graham; secretary/treasurer, Angie Hohenbrink; and reporter, Joe Bell.  Directors for 1996 are John Begg, Gary Gillfillan, Roger Higgins, Angie Hohenbrink, Roger Murray, Peg Graham, and Joe Bell.  The current directors thanked retiring directors John Hunter and Mark Newman for their diligent efforts while serving the club.

A general meeting was then conducted by president Gary Gillfillian.  The members in attendance gave a hearty applause thanking Roger Murray, outgoing president, for his excellent leadership.  We also wish Roger the best as he enters Cleveland Clinic for surgery on his hips.

All members should be aware when signing a new member.  All memberships are from January 1 through December 31 of the current year.  Example, if you pay your membership dues in June, it is for the current year and the membership dues are again due in January of the following year.  Anyone who has questions on this please contact a member of the board.

Our next scheduled event will be a sleigh rally hosted by Joe and  Ann Bell at the community shelter house in the park in Wharton, Ohio February 11, 1996 at 1 p.m.  Potluck meal at 1 p.m. followed by a drive in the snow.  (I hope we have better luck with snow than any of the past attempts.)  If there is no snow, bring your wheeled vehicles and we can drive around the village.  Directions: Rt. 30 to SR 293 north into Wharton, a the first street as you enter town, turn left and go about 1/3 to 1/2 mile to school house, enter at the west drive to the school and park behind.  The community center is to the west of the school parking lot.  There will be a fire in the fireplace to roast hot dogs, etc.

The Great Lakes Appaloosa Club is having a Swap Meet at the University of Findlay Western Equestrian facility on Feb 25, 1996 from 10:00 am to 4 p.m.  The facility is south of Findlay on Rt 68.   Watch the signs.

 

March 1996 Newsletter

 

April 1996 Newsletter

The Black Swamp Driving Club held the march meeting at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio on March 10.  Members and guests numbered 35.  A very good turnout.  Anyone not in attendance and who likes to eat missed a tremendous opportunity.  I think our grandkids said there were seven different kinds of pie.

The business meeting was conducted by president Gary Gillifillan.  We discussed the safety concerns at any of our driving events, explained that each member is responsible to have their own liability insurance so they are covered in case of an accident.

President Gillfillian appointed the club's past president, Henry zumFelde, John Hunter, Roger Murray and Joe Bell as the safety committee. Please be advised that it is not the intent of the committee to prevent anyone from participating in any event unless there is a very flagrant lack of safety.  The only duty of the committee is to help educate members or guests of something that they feel is not correct in the whips presentation that could cause an accident and try to answer questions anyone may have concerning their turnout.  Gary also had his spares kit available for anyone to inspect to get ideas for one of their own.  The various items needed were discussed.  Some of the important items are an adjustable wrench, pliers, wire, spare leather strips, hammer, rivets, horse show nails, knife, stitch awl and thread, just to name a few.  Anyone wishing to look at Gary and Connie's for ideas can ask them at one of the drives.

Our next scheduled club event is the drive at Harvey and Doris Fairchild's on May 5, 1996.  Directions from Ohio: go to Hicksville, Ohio on Routes 18, 2 and 49 going toward Indiana.  At the little Caesar's restaurant, turn west on Spencerville Street and follow this to the Indiana line where it turns into CR 64.  Follow 64 to the second stop sign and turn left.  I think this is Indiana Route 1.  Follow this into Spencerville and turn right on CR 68 and the Community Hall will be on the right about 1/4 mile.  A potluck dinner will be a 1: p.m. EDT.  The drive will follow.  Anyone who has been to one of the Fairchild's drives is well aware what a nice drive this is - covered bridge and a drive through Amish farming country as well as f0ollowing the river.

May 19 will be the drive at Angie Hohenbrink's.  Watch the Corral for further information on this.

May 31-June 1 will be the driving weekend at the Kentucky Horse park.  This is a real fun event and anyone wishing further information, please contact one of the BSDC board members.

The CAA Conference is at Calloway Gardens near Pine Mountain, Georgia from April 10-14, 1996.  I think several of our members are planning to attend this event.  Looking to the future for club events.  July 20, 1996 will be the drive at Sauder's Farm and Museum sponsored by Henry and Becky zumFelde.

August 10 will be Pandora, Ohio Melon Festival sponsored by Gene and Diane Darbyshire.

August 25 will be the drive at Sandy Knowlton's hosted by Sandy, Mary Elliot, Linda Spears and Peg Graham.

September 28 and 29 will be the Heritage Days at Kenton, Ohio sponsored by Connie and Gary Gillfillian.

October 10-12 will be the Corn Husker's contest at Upper Sandusky, Ohio sponsored by John and Sarah Hunter.

Anyone wishing to host a drive, please let me know so we can publicize your event.  Late June would be a good time as there are no events between June 1 and July 20.

Also, anyone having any driving or horse publications they are finished with, please bring them to club functions and someone else may wish to read them.  We can pass them around.

 

May 1996 Newsletter

By the time you read this the drive at Fairchilds will probably be history.  Good history I am sure, as Harvey and Doris always host an excellent event.

Our next drive will be the Hohenbrink/Bornt drive at the Hamler Community park in Hamler, Ohio.

Take SR 109 into Hamler, the Community Park is in the northwest part of town.  The driveway is on the west side between the railroad track and the Justop Carryout.

The plan is for potluck dinner at 1 p.m.  Following the dinner, everyone will be given a map and set out on a carriage poker run.  The drive will be about seven miles distance.  Someone will be waiting at marked intervals to give you a card in an envelope.  When everyone returns the envelopes will be opened and the best poker hand will win a wall plaque hand painted by Donna Bornt.  One will be awarded to the winning adult and one to the winning junior whip.  Sounds like a well planned and enjoyable event.

May 31 through June 1, 1996 will be Carriage Weekend at Kentucky Horse Park.  A wonderful weekend sponsored by Ohio Valley Carriage Association; Kentucky Carriage Association; The Western Reserve Carriage Association; and the Black Swamp Club.  I think there is an Indiana Club involved also.   I apologize if I missed anyone.  This event is instigated by Charlie Poppe, who does an excellent job with it.  For more information, please contact any of the board members.  One required item, you must have a valid current coggins test!

The annual meeting will be in November.  Date and place to be announced.

Watch the Corral for information on all the upcoming events or call a board member.  We still have some open dates if anyone wishes to host an event.

Having a problem with dogs where you drive?  One thing that will turn them around is some ammonia water in a squirt bottle or squirt gun.  Do not use it unless they are serious about attacking your horse or you and try to keep it out of their eyes.  We have one house in our area that has a dog as big as our ponies.  I hope he doesn't get loose!!

 

June 1996 Newsletter

The drive at Fairchilds is history.  Food and conversation was great!  Weather was wet.  What else is new for this spring?  I didn't get an exact count of attendees, but I think there were nine turnouts in attendance.  It quit raining about 3:30 p.m., and part of the group, I think six, went for a drive.  If you see Jesse Yaney, ask her how to drive a bug.

Roger Murray had his other hip operated on and is doing well.  He hopes to attend the Carriage weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Tom Gilcher was in the hospital.  I don't know how he is doing as of this writing.

June 16 will be the date for the drive at Independence Dam State Park.  Take State Route 424 east of Defiance to the park entrance.  Those with turnouts should use the Marina entrance and park in that parking lot.  Those not bringing turnouts can use "Park" entrance.  See the club newsletter or call Henry zumFelde for more information.  Potluck meal will be at 1 p.m. in the shelter house.  There are electrical outlets available for plugging in crock pots, etc.  The drive will be on the drives in the park.  Sounds like a real fun time without being on the highways.

Anyone who may be interested in watching a good Draft Horse Show should attend the Ohio Draft Expo to be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds on June 29 and 30.  

 

July 1996 Newsletter

The Carriage Weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park was a rousing success.  There were to be 72 persons in attendance with 59 turnouts.  I did not get a count on the actual number, but I think most of them were there.  Those who weren't missed a very educational experience, plus a lot of fun.  Black Swamp had 29 members present with 13 turnouts.  Weather was beautiful Friday and Saturday which was very pleasant to drive.

The BSDC theme for the tailgate picnic was "Farmers Market Day"  We used Mary Elliot's green market wagon for the central theme.  I heard one lady from another club (I won't print her name) say she was going to join us next year.  "You have a lot of fun and a lot of food."  Mrs. Lenore Homer was the clinican for anyone wishing to take a lesson, and she gave an interesting seminar Saturday evening.  All of us from BSDC wish to thank Charlie Poppe, Helaine Winfield and their spouses as well as the Ohio Valley Carriage Association for being the instigators for this event.  We hope to see all of them next year.

The June 16 drive hosted by Henry and Becky zumFelde at Defiance, Ohio, will be history by the time you read this.  You can bet it was a very enjoyable day.  The weather forecast is for good weather.

July 20 will be the drive at Sauder's Farm and museum at Archbold, Ohio.  This is the ninth annual drive at Sauder's Farm & Museum.  There will be a parade of carriages through the village at 1 p.m.  Proper dress is suggested for the parade through the village.  There will be a 13 mile country drive, with shorter routes available after the parade.  Sauder's Farm & Museum is located on Ohio Route 2, north of Archbold, Ohio.  Those with horses and carriages should enter the west entrance and drive through the parking lot to the staging area.  Please provide a brief description of your turn out and mail it or turn it in when you register upon arrival.  There will be a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Barn Restaurant on the grounds.  Those wishing to attend the buffet must send their reservations to Henry zumFelde, 4436 CR13 Wauseon, Ohio 43567, or call Henry at 419/335-7746, or Mike Yaney at 419/598-8784 by July 17, 1996.

August 1996

 

September 1996

 

October 1996

 

Well, Fall is upon us and the driving club activities seem to be drawing to a close  We still have a couple events which all seem to enjoy.

Ann and I wish to thank all who came to the Harvest Day Festival in Arlington.  Sorry I was not able to participate in anything past the parade, but I am on the go again.

I have not received a report on the drive at Fremont, Ohio, hosted by Voska and Dan and Jenny Secrist.  Hope they had a good turnout and an enjoyable time.

On October 11 through 13, 1996, you are invited to join the BSDC at the Wyandot county Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, for the Ohio Corn Huskers Contest.  John and Sara Hunter are the hosts for the club on this one.  BSDC will have vehicles displayed and the horses will be housed in the 4-H horse barn.  Camping is available with hook ups for $7 per day.  You may arrive Friday,  October 11, 1996, if convient.  If you need a motel room, there are two available,  Amerihost Inn, 419/294/3919 or the Comfort Inn, 419/294-3891 for reservations.

An obstacle course will be set up for the weekend and you may drive at your leisure throughout the grounds.  there will be a parade of vehicles each afternoon, (time TBA) with period dress optional.  Saturday evening on the 13th, BSDC will have Mulligan stew.  Meat will be provided by the club.  Please bring vegetables, etc, to add to the pot and another dish, dessert or munchies, if you wish.  There are food stands o the grounds and craft displays and sales, so there will not be a lack of activities.  You can even enter the corn husking contest if you like.

 

November 1996 Newsletter

It seems our club activities are about to end for this season.  Fall is here with lots of color and it's a wonderful time to drive.

The only activity we have left is the annual meeting on November 16, 1996.  This will be at the Woodland Restaurant in Findlay, Ohio.  The address for the Woodland is 317 South Main street.  This is just across the street from the courthouse.  From I-75 take Route 12 exit and go east to Main Street and turn right.  Woodland is on the eat side.  Parking is on the street on in the rear, off E. Main Cross.  The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour (no alcohol) until 6 p.m.  The meal will be at 6 p.m. and everyone will order from the menu so you can select what you want.  Note!  They have promised more servers this year to eliminate the long wait.  Please register upon arrival, as there will be a drawing for door prizes.

After the meal we will conduct our meeting.  Items on the agenda are election of three members to the board of directors, two terms for three year and one term for one year.  The nominations can be made from the floor at the meeting or can be made prior to the meeting by calling Gary Gillfillan.

We will also discuss our insurance policy.  The floor will be open for discussion of any relating to the club during the meeting.

Following the meeting there will be an auction of donated items and all proceeds will go into the club treasury.  If you have any item you would like to donate please bring it with you.

It should be a fun time and the board of directors encourages every member to attend.  If you have a guest or prospective member, please bring them along.

Anyone who ordered calendars for 1997 can pick them up at the meeting.

I'm hoping to see you all on November 16!

Safe Driving Tip!  When you are on the public thoroughfares, be sure you can be seen by motorized drivers - SMV signs and possibly a flashing strobe light.  Safety first!

 

BSDC Events for 1996

January 14:  Meeting Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, OH

February 11:  Sleigh rally, hosted by Joe and Ann Bell at the community shelter house in Wharton, OH

February 25:  Great Lakes Appaloosa Club Swap Meet at the University of Findlay Western Equestrian facility.  The facility is south of Findlay on Rt 68.  Watch for signs.

March 10:  " Safety" Meeting Trinity Lutheran Church

April 6-10:  CAA Convention at Calloway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

May 5, 1996.  A potluck dinner will be a 1: p.m. EDT.  The drive will follow.  Anyone who has been to one of the Fairchild's drives is well aware what a nice drive this is - covered bridge and a drive through Amish farming country as well as f0ollowing the river.

May 19 will be the drive at Angie Hohenbrink's.  Watch the Corral for further information on this.

May 31-June 1 will be the driving weekend at the Kentucky Horse park.  This is a real fun event and anyone wishing further information, please contact one of the BSDC board members.

 July 20, 1996 will be the drive at Sauder's Farm and Museum sponsored by Henry and Becky zumFelde.

August 10 will be Pandora, Ohio Melon Festival sponsored by Gene and Diane Darbyshire.

August 25 will be the drive at Sandy Knowlton's hosted by Sandy, Mary Elliot, Linda Spears and Peg Graham.

September 28 and 29 will be the Heritage Days at Kenton, Ohio sponsored by Connie and Gary Gillfillian.

October 10-12 will be the Corn Husker's contest at Upper Sandusky, Ohio sponsored by John and Sarah Hunter.

November 16, 1996: Woodland Restaurant in Findlay, OH

 

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