Thursday, March 19th, 2020
I am sure you have all been following the news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the U.S. Government has asked everyone to practice social distancing to reduce the rate of infection. In particular, they have asked everyone to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. The Westford Sportsmen’s Club will take several actions to comply with State and Federal directions.
First, E-Board and General Membership meetings are cancelled until further notice. We are investigating ways to carry on the club’s functions through online tools.
Second, open Sporting Clays and Trap shoots normally held on Sunday afternoons will be suspended until further notice. I have asked the Chairmen of Sporting Clays and Trap to prepare proposals for ways we can carry on these activities and still comply with social distancing. This will probably involve changing the format of our shoots to allow small groups of members to participate on a staggered schedule.
Third, we are developing an interim process to allow new members to join the club without the requirement to attend a General Membership meeting. We will notify the membership once we have a process defined.
Fourth, the Children’s Fishing Derby, scheduled for April 18th is cancelled. If at all possible, a future date will be announced. All members should please mail in their tickets for the Fishing Derby. We will hold the promotional drawing live on Facebook on April 18th at 11:00 a.m. We appreciate all members that donated to help sponsor this event. The funds from the promotional drawing will be held in the Fishing Derby Account until the derby is held.
We are considering a small stocking of the pond sometime in early April for members and families to fish. A reminder to members that the 3 trout per day limit is in effect.
Despite these difficult changes, the Westford Sportsmen’s Club will remain open to members. Please take advantage of the club to get outside and decompress. We are very lucky to have such a facility to help us through this difficult time. Remember while you are at the club to follow the guidelines for social distancing: Don’t congregate in groups larger than 10; Don’t gather in the club buildings; Maintain a 6 foot distance between individuals; If you are ill, please stay off club grounds; and finally – WASH YOUR HANDS!
President, Westford Sportsmen’s Club