Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!!  Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season!! The BSDC has certainly had a great year of driving and events. With that being said, it's with great pleasure to send a big "Thank You" to the families that hosted the 2011 drives. Without the hard work the drives wouldn't happen.
 
          Many "Thanks" to The Black Swamp members for our club drives:
      
          May  14 - Civil War Days in Kenton, Ohio  hosted by Connie and Gary Gillfillin
 

            May  22 - Independence Dam, (close to Defiance, OH) Joint Drive hosted by Angie and Al Hohenbrink
 
            June  18 -  Higgins Drive at Beechy/Gingerich Farm, Kenton, Ohio hosted by Darlene, Roger Sr., 
            and Roger Higgins Jr.
 
          July 9 - Wyandot County Museum, Exhibition Only, Upper Sandusky, Ohio hosted by 
           Sarah and John Hunter
 
            July 30- River Bend Park in Findlay, Ohio, hosted by Jackie and Mike Minges and 
               Angie Hohenbrink 
  
            August   21
- Carriage Display - Cedar Cove, Ada, Ohio, hosted by Darlene, Roger Sr., 
             and Roger Higgins Jr.
 
            September 25 - Coon Hunters Drive, Tiffin, Ohio hosted by Sue and Roger Murray
 
            October 8 - Hites' Homestead Drive, Kenton, Ohio hosted by Connie and Gary Gillfillin
 

            October 16 - Parker Bridge, Upper Sandusky, Ohio hosted by Mary Ann, Julie, and Travis Emmons
 
          November 5 - Maumee Bay State Park Drive, Maumee, Ohio hosted by Jackie and Mike Minges
 
          December 17 - Christmas at the Farm, Kenton, Ohio hosted by Connie and Gary Gillfillin
 
          Please don't forget our Safety Clinic, The Findlay Swamp Meet, and the Bowling Green Swamp
                 Meet.
 
           Thanks to all that made these events successful as well. It took a lot of people to make the
           events happen.
 
Thanks for all your hard work!!!!!  Very much appreciated!!!
 
We have one more event this year, it's Christmas at the Farm in Kenton, Ohio. Here are the details:
 
CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM, DECEMBER 17, 2011, Kenton, Ohio.  Come and enjoy the holiday spirit at the Beech Grove School, the one room schoolhouse on Hardin Co Historical Museum’s Yost Farm.  Gather round the pot-bellied stove for hot chocolate, snacks and fellowship.  The historical buildings will be decorated in pioneer style and open to the public.  Club members can display sleighs and sleds.  Gary will be giving sleigh rides (even if there is no snow).  Bring your horses, carriages or sleighs.  If there is snow, Gary will have sleighs there for anyone wanting to try hitching their equine to, and driving a sleigh. 

This is not a pot luck.  Please bring cookies, cupcakes or snacks. The barn will be available to display the sleighs. Time is 1-5 P.M. Please arrive by noon if you have horses and/ or displays.  The Farm will be open to the public for free but donations are welcome.  This will be an old fashioned Christmas with caroling, sleigh rides and of course Santa Claus.  This will be such a nice opportunity to get together before Christmas. Bring kids, grandkids, neighbors and friends.  Questions: Contact Gary Gillfillan – 419-675-3257, cell # 567-674-0151.

Directions:  From the North:  75 South to exit 156 OH/15/68 to US 23 Kenton/Columbus.  Stay on 68, go through Kenton over two railroad tracks to left on Fairgrounds  Rd.  Fairgrounds is on the right and Yost Farm is next to Fairgrounds.  From South:  31 North to south end of Kenton.  There is a Marathon Station, right on Fairgrounds Rd, 14344 Fairgrounds Rd.  Yost Farm is next to Fairgrounds.

 
At this time we would like to "Thank" the officers that will being leave the Board of Directors this year. Thanks to Julie Emmons, President, Angie Hohenbrink, Vice-President, and Sandy Young, Board of Director. Thanks for your dedication and hard work generated to the club. Very much appreciated!
 
I would also like to "Thank" all the members of the club for coming to the drives. Without your support the club wouldn't be successful. It takes everyone to make things happen.
 
We had a great Annual Banquet at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory, Ohio. Thanks to the staff for a job well done. The banquet was held November the 12th at the restaurant Thanks to all that helped with the event.
 
As we are closing the events for 2011, it's also time to start thinking about 2012. We all need to start planning our drives and events for the upcoming year.  We have dates for the 2012 meetings at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington,Ohio. The meeting dates are as follows: January 15th, February 12th, and March 11th. The meetings are held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Potluck to follow the business meeting. Please mark your calendars!!!  We hope to see you there. Remember, everyone is welcome to join us.
 
Well my friends, I think this will do it for another year. If I have forgotten to Thank anyone along the way I do apologize, it wasn't meant to happen, so please forgive me. Thanks to the Equine Journal for there efforts in putting our article in their journal and for being great to work with, its great to work with such nice people.
 
Until we meet again, Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
 
Roger Higgins Jr./ Reporter