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FEATHER FEATURES

Winter 2010

Anita Guiher
9318 State Route 113 E.
Berlin Heights, OH 44814
PH: 419-588-2365

Hello ORCSA folks

I think it must be time for our "Winter" letter - because it sure feels like Winter now -cold, dreary, wet and snowy - kind of the normal stuff for Ohio in January! I hope everyone had all wonderful Holiday celebrations, - sharing time, traditions and good food and spirits with family and friends.

Sometimes, I think, we all get so busy during those days that we forget what it truly is all about - and sometimes, it is just nice to stop, reflect and be at peace with ourselves- have some quiet time to think and plan for the new year. Which is what our ORCSA members decided to do at our December meeting - we need to expand our membership and make definite plans to be together during the year - helping each other with whatever and where ever our horses take us during the year. We want our members to get involved with what we feel is one of our main objectives of this organization - to promote and educate the public about our Clydesdale and Shire horses. So, in the December membership meeting minutes, President Al has addressed this, and our members in attendance, came up with some ideas. I've included the minutes in this newsletter.

We scheduled our Spring gathering for Saturday, March 6 at 12:00 noon at Sandy and Kory Weldy's church fellowship hall, with a back up snow date of March 20. Bring a dish to share for our pot luck lunch and also your own drinks, dishes and utensils. I have a map and directions in this newsletter, so mark your calendars and please try to come and visit with your fellow members. If you want, bring a game, dvd, tape or whatever to share.

Also, I want you to mark your calendars for Sunday, June 6, 2010 for our Summer Picnic and Membership Meeting. Myron and Eleanor Knapp will be hosting this year's picnic at their farm in Rochester, Ohio. I will have more information and directions in the Spring Newsletter.

It is time to think about and submit nominations for our 2010 Youth Representative. Please talk this up with your young folks - family or farm/equine helpers. It can be a fun time, as well as, an educational experience for our representative. Angie Borck is our Chairperson for this, and I've included a form and the guidelines for the nominees. These can also be taken off our web site - www.orcsa.com. We will vote for our 2010 Representative at the Summer picnic.

By the way, we would like to have more members have a link for their farm and horses on our web site. This is a very cheap and effective way to advertize who you are and what you do with your horses. Brandon Knapp, our web master, will put your information on the site for you. It really is pretty painless and just takes a little time to get your data and pictures to Brandon - and he'll do the rest. Brandon's address and information is on www.orcsa.com. If you need help, let me know, and I will be glad to help you.

Don't forget to send me your classified ads for horses, equipment, tack, harnesses or whatever, so I can include it in the newsletters....you never know....some one is always looking for things to buy, sell or trade.

Also, here's a reminder to send in your 2010 dues and/or trophy sponsorships for the 2010 Ohio State Fair, to Brenda Damschroder. I've included these forms, too, in this newsletter, and they are also on the website.

If you need forms or help, please call me or email, and I'll try to assist you. My phone number is: 419-588-2365 and email: aguiher@.roadrunner.com. On a personal level, please keep Loren and Brenda Damschroder in your thoughts and prayers. Both of them are dealing with health issues that could use some "divine intervention". I've known Brenda and Loren for over 20 years, and I have the highest regards for them. I have always marveled at their resilience and upbeat approach to life's trials and tribulations. They never give up or give in. God be with them, always.

ORCSA is planning to be at the Equine Affaire again at the Ohio State Fair Grounds in early April. We will have a horse in our stall and display on view, so we need help "manning" the display and also helping with the Breed Demo on Sunday. Maria Sidell will have more on this in this newsletter, too.

Well - I think I have covered everything for now. I am looking forward to seeing lots of you on March 6, so don't disappoint me - OK!!! Take care now.

Anita