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Late Summer 2010
Hello ORCSA members,
By the time I get this newsletter out to you, I am hoping the hot humid weather that we're experiencing, will be in the past and more favorable temperatures will settle in for a few weeks - ha - maybe not! Everyone is busy with fairs and shows and getting kids back to school and back into a normal routine again.
I keep wondering and worrying about our economy, both locally and nationally, seems like some areas and some people have not been effected, but then again a lot of people and areas are continuing to suffer. And some new areas (businesses and jobs) are taking a hit now, too. Norm and I have a equine boarding stable at our farm, and we are now seeing the results of the recession/depression.....boarders leaving and no one moving in to take their place, unlike in the past. Horse owners are also trying to hang on, but realistically, do they pay their bills and feed the family and still have enough for their pet horse or two? Lets hope things will get better and soon.
I'm including minutes from our Summer Meeting as well as the minutes from the Ohio State Fair Meeting. I, unfortunately, missed most of the meeting at Ohio State Fair -1 thought the meeting started at 10:00am, but no, it started at 9:00am instead...oops! Maria Sidell, graciously, took notes for me - thank you Maria!
It is time to elect new or renew officers for 2011. The positions open are: President, Treasurer, Secretary and Clydesdale Trustee. I will have the ballots included in this letter, so PLEASE take a minute to vote and return the ballots. There are "write-ins" for each position so feel free to do that - but only after the person considered for the "write-in" has agreed and is willing to serve in the position. Remember - if you have a family /farm membership you have 2 ballots to return and a single membership will have 1 ballot. I have been nominated for the Secretary position again - but would not feel a bit offended, if some one else would like to have this job. I would help you as much as possible.
I have the results from the Ohio State Fair and they are included. Also, check your schedules and plan to go watch and support our members who show at some of the remaining local fairs. Lorain County Fair in Wellington, Wayne County Fair in Wooster, Ashland County Fair in Ashland and Sandusky County Fair in Fremont are a few that have draft horse shows that are in my area. The more folks in the grandstands watching and cheering, the better it is for the exhibitors.
We are planning a Fall get -together on Sunday, September 26, 2010 starting in the late morning or when ever, to be held at Norm and Anita Guiher's farm. We'll have Al Sidell's "internationally famous" hobo stew for Supper, along with our members bringing covered dishes to share, hopefully, a trail ride, weather permitting, or we can stay inside our arena and "horse around" a little. If you'd like to bring a horse or two - please do - we have 2 wagons to hitch up to plus a work fore cart. Last year's outing at Sidell's was deemed a success because we had extra horses to hitch and members could try their hands at driving them. If you'd like, you can bring your campers and spend the night or two. Just bring your lunches, chairs and drinks, BUT plan to stay for an early supper on Sunday with Al.
We sat with Sharon McCord, Sandy Weldy's sister, during the Ohio State Fair hitch classes, and she told us that Dr. Hurt was not feeling well. So please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and maybe send Doc and Sally a note to let them know we are thinking of them.
Check our web site for some current year's photos - Brandon Knapp does a nice job for us - www.orcsa.com
Well, that's about it for now. Don't forget September 26 - Fall Outing at the Guiher's
Take care now.
PS The Budweiser Hitch will be at the Erie County Fair Grounds (Sandusky on Columbus Ave.) on August 24 and 27, at Lorain County Fair Grounds (Wellington on St. Rte. 18) on August 25 and also at Sandusky County Fair Grounds (Fremont-west side of town) on August 26.