BPSA Conservation Club Hosts Christmas Social

Photo Credit: Kat McCullough, Director, BPSA Public Relations Photo: Santa and his helper Elf visited the BPSA Christmas Social in late December.

“It was just before Christmas
and all through the club,

members were mingling and laughing,
it was quite a hu-bub.

they were enjoying the BPSA Christmas party and celebrating hearty.

then at the door came a
jingling and singing.

it was good old Santa wishing them well, with his bells a ringing.”

Submitted by Stu Paterson, Chair,
BPSA Community Relations

In late December 2022 Santa and his helper Elf visited the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) Christmas Social at the club’s Wiarton headquarters. Other than spreading merriment, Old St. Nick had the honour of picking the ten winners of the BPSA “early bird membership contest.” Names of those who renewed or signed up as a new member of the club for 2023, were entered in the contest. Congrats to all the winners and thanks for to all who donated prizes to support the conservation work of this 250-member club.

BPSA was established in the sixties as a non-profit volunteer based club, dedicated to preserving and protecting fish and wildlife.

Photo Credit: Kat McCullough, Director, BPSA Public Relations Photo: Early Bird Membership Contest winner Paul Sutcliffe with the 1st place prize of a Generator.


• 1st prize – Paul Sutcliffe, Generator 

• 2nd prize – Ken Noble, Microwave

• 3rd prize – Marty Maisoneuve, Rod and Reel

• 4th prize – Jerry Beaver, $100 Gift Card

• 5th prize – Bill Hewitson, Sweat shirt/hat

• 6th prize – Dan Trafelet, $50 Gift Certificate

• 7th prize – Murray Garniss $50 Gift Certificate 

• 8th prize – Brian Carson, Fillet Knife 

• 9th prize – Bob Manson, Fire Starter 

• 10th prize – Garry Miche, Ice Slip-ons

Photo Credit: Kat McCullough, Director, BPSA Public Relations Photo: BPSA President Carl Jones cuts the BPSA’s 60th Anniversary birthday cake with Kat McCullough, Director BPSA Public Relations, and Kelly Lang BPSA VP.

Oh yes, at the BPSA Christmas Social, BPSA President Carl Jones did carve this the 3rd birthday cake marking the club’s 60th anniversary in 2022. He had help from Kat McCullough BPSA Director Public Relations and club Vice-President Kelly Lang. There were two other birthday cakes marking the milestone at our well attended birthday celebration in September. And NO he didn’t eat the whole thing. Carl did share!

Photo Credit: Kat McCullough, Director, BPSA Public Relations Photo: BPSA members Karen Thomas and Alison Gibson enjoy gourmet hotdogs

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Meeting Jan 15

The next event at BPSA is on January 15, 2023 when BPSA hosts a meeting of Zone H of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The session starts at 10 am at our BPSA clubhouse.

A zone meeting can be described as “an information clearinghouse” on all matters related to fishing, hunting and conservation. OFAH members and non members are welcome.

Natalie Mechalko of South Bruce Peninsula an OFAH NXT-GEN Ambassador is a guest speaker. Natalie is a Forestry and Trails coordinator with Grey County. The OFAH NXT/GEN program launched in 2012, provides volunteer experiences for younger people of all abilities. “Their connection with our federation will help offer direct input into OFAH discussions on fishing, hunting and other conservation management topics.”

The meeting features a Zone H attendance incentive draw of $75.00. This prize is for Federation members. We as the host club will have an additional prize draw with a half dozen sponsors so far, supporting our meeting.

 Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to us all!