Black Swamp Driving Club December 2004 Newsletter


May God continue to bless you throughout the next year. Since I will not see you all until after Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year, Happy Holidays to everyone!

 All the drives this year have been fun, safe, and enjoyable for all who attended.  I want to personally thank everyone who hosted a drive this year.  We all appreciate your efforts and hospitality.  I’m sure I speak for most when I say that there are not many ways to better spend a day than driving horses around with friends and family.

We had our annual banquet at the Schnipke Inn in Ottowa, Ohio on November 13, 2004.  It was an unusually balmy night and the event was heavily attended.  We sorely missed those who could not attend. I hope all is well with them.  The food was wonderful and was out-shined only by the company we enjoyed. 

Peg Graham, president, led the annual election of board members.  The results are as follows: for a one year term, Joe Bell and for a three year term Sandy Young, Roger Higgins, Jr. (Roger, I hope your trip to Los Vegas went well).

The winter meetings will again be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio.  They will be on the second Sunday of January, February, March and April. We will meet at 2PM.  Bring a light snack and your calendars, as we will be looking forward to the year of driving and other events.  I hope to see everyone there! We need your ideas, insights, and company.

 Angie Hohenbrink, treasurer, shared the treasurer’s report and some dates of interest for upcoming events in 2005.   The Carriage Round Up will be held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park June 10, 11, 12, 2005.  Also, at the Horse Park there is a Pleasure weekend planned for October 6-9.  More information for both events will follow in upcoming articles.


 Connie and Gary Gillfillan have again extended an invitation for a winter sleigh ride to all of our members.  We sure hope the weather cooperates this year, as it was just too icy last winter for us to venture out much with the horses.

We handed out door prizes to all the lucky people whose name was pulled out of the basket by cutie-pie, Shanoah Newman.  Thank you to Marla Newman for all the work you put into collecting the very nice door prizes.

Again this year we had a roaring good time with the annual fund raising auction.  Joe Bell brought out the laughs and wallets that night with his light- hearted, fast talking style.

I was so happy to see several members who have dealt with various health challenges this year at the banquet.  May your recoveries continue with haste.

One last bit of information – I have been asked and have accepted the position of club reporter for next year. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me in my maiden voyage of reporting for the Black Swamp Driving Club.  I have greatly enjoyed expressing myself and reporting the club’s events. I look forward to doing so again this coming year.