Jan. 2009 Newsletter


The Black Swamp Driving Club has recently held it's end of the year banquet. It

was held at Henry's Restaurant in Ottawa on Nov 15. We also held our new election of
officers for 2009. The new board members elected were as follows: Ann Bell,
Julie Emmons, and Angela Hohenbrink. The new officers elected for the year 2009
are as follows:
     President will be Gary Gillfillan
     V. President will be Angela Hohenbrink
     Secretary will be Joanne Shapler
     Treasurer will be Ann Bell
     Reporter will be Stephenie Miles
    The club this year has celebrated it's 20th Anniversary. Henry and Becky Zumfelde
who founded the Blackswamp Driving Club attended the banquet. They were presented
a gift and a cake in honor of founding our club. They were really surprised. Glad they
could attend the banquet with us.
     As door prizes, everyone was presented a DVD with pictures on it of the past
20 years at different events. We can thank Angie and Aaron for making the dvd's for
us. We were also presented patches with the 20 year driving club emblem. We
could choose black and white or colored. We can thank Connie and Gary Gillfilland
for those. As of the banquet, we still have some left. They are $5.00 each. Just let
Connie or Gary know.
     We also held an auction of donated items from the club members at our banquet.
The proceeds going to the club. We would like to thank Mary Elliott for auctioning
those items off and giving us all a laugh. She done such a good job. What a lively
auction it was.
     At the Kentucky Horse Park this year in Lexington, Ky. The Driving club was
presented a prize for coming in first place at the carriage roundup for the tailgate
party. Good job everyone.
     Our first meeting will be held at the Good Hope Luthern Church in Arlington, Oh.
It is located on State Route 68 near the school on the south end of town. It will be
Sunday January 11th at 2:00pm. Bring your treats. Drinks will be provided. The next
meetings will be held as follows: February 8th, and March 8th.
     The Cornhuskers Festival held in Upper Sandusky, Oh will be held on October
10th and 11th of 2009. Bring your donated food items for the mulligan stew. The
Gillfillands hope to hold another sleigh rally at their farm when we get a nice snow
cover and the weather isn't too cold. They will make phone calls to let members
know what day it will be. So have your sleigh ready to go or just come and hang
out and take a ride with the Gillfillands.
     Some people with internet access could be receiving a driving survey. Please
bring your thoughts to the first meeting.
     We are also thankful for the good news on the progress of Darlene Higgins. They
would like to thank you for all the prayers. We hope she continues steady recovery.
We would also like to send out prayers to John Miles who is going through dialysis.
     If anyone has any information on upcoming drives, or events please let me know
so I can post them in the Corral. My email address is john_and_steph06@yahoo.com.
I would like to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to be the club's new