in charge of Deer Management for the Macon
County Conservation District. He brought
along Ethan Snively for back up. Mitch has
worked for the MCCD for about four years.
White Tail deer, numerous when the Europeans
arrived, were pretty scarce by 1900. They
began to make it back in the 1950ís. I
remember seeing a deer track while hunting
rabbits in a corn field around 1952. None of
the people I told it to had ever seen a deer
or a track before.
The deer population has grown and now there
is a need to manage their numbers for the
good of people, and the deer. The biggest
problem is the interaction between us. Read
that as us and our automobiles. Mitch keeps
track of collisions around the MCCD areas
that have deer and there have been lots of
them. Other factors are crop damage and
ecological considerations. A lot of deer eat
a lot of plants whether they be corn or
native plants that are becoming endangered
how do they manage the deer herd? Mitch records all sorts of
deer data, Hunting days, does and bucks harvests, sightings,
browse lines, etc. Itís all done very statistically and
thatís all we need to know.When the numbers are right he
sics a bunch of bow hunters on the deer. They must kill a
doe before they can kill a buck. The hunting areas are
marked in the areas with deer. Mitch keeps track of all that
Managing the hunters sounds like more work than the deer.
Most come from Macon County but they do come from out of
state and last year two came from out of country. Again
Mitch has to keep count of everything and body. Sometimes
they have drawings for slots and a second season. Itís all
I believe Mitch is doing a good job managing the herd, But I
am still driving slowly on lovely fall nights.
said we had an interesting Interclub with
Lincoln Club yesterday. The speaker didnít make
it so we spent our time answering their
questions about our club. Questions on how we
did various things like how we get new members,
raise funds, get members to come, etc. Gary
Goeken answered the tough ones. They couldnít
imagine a room as large as ours filled with
people interested in Kiwanis.
wrapped up the Scholarship
Fund raising month this morning. He said that
from 1/1/15 to 6/30/15 the fund took in $1919.50
from various sources. During July they collected
$3,783.00 so the total so far for this year is
$5,696.50. The goal this year is $5,000.00 so we
are doing well. We will continue to accept money
from 50/30/20 drawings, member memorials, etc.
Also, we will be grateful to get ďjust for the
hell of itĒ (old club quote) and Feel Good
donations. Dave says he has come to believe the
truth of the old adage ďIt is better to give
than receiveĒ. So next time you want to feel
better, remember the Scholarship Fund. Dave also
gave his heartfelt thanks to all who
participated this month. He said ours was the
most popular of the Scholarship Funds handled by
the Decatur & Macon County Community Fund.
said they had extra invitations to the
Membership Breakfast if you would like one or
more to deliver personally. She also thanked all
for their efforts in getting prospective members
for the breakfast.
has all the driver slots filled for the tennis
tournament. He said that, knowing this group, he
knew he would. He reminded the drivers to read
and heed the paragraph at the top of the paper
he gave them.
said that we still need to fill some of the
spots for the next year. They are the Clothing
Business, Nugget Editor, Invocations,
Orientations, and Interclub. It is your club,
Folks, so letís get behind it. If you can help
out see Bill Hogg, Bob Bischoff, or me.
reported on last Mondayís service at the Good
Samaritan Inn. She and Donna Dash chopped
vegetables from 9:00 to 1:00am with no, repeat,
no loss of digits, be they fingers or toes.
Patrons came through in single file continually
for two solid hours. She honored those who
worked by having them stand for recognition.
Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, are all excited about
their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to
discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drugstore.
Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind
the counter: 'Are you the owner?' The pharmacist answers
Says Jacob: 'We're about to get married. Do you sell heart
Pharmacist: 'Of course we do.'
Jacob: 'How about medicine for circulation?' Pharmacist:
Jacob: 'Medicine for rheumatism, scoliosis?'
Jacob: 'How about Viagra?'
Pharmacist: 'Of course.'
Jacob: 'Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?'
Pharmacist: 'Yes, a large variety. The works.'
Jacob: 'What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol,
antidotes for Parkinson's disease?'
Pharmacist: 'Absolutely.' Jacob: 'You sell wheelchairs and
Pharmacist: 'All speeds and sizes.'
Jacob says to the pharmacist: 'We'd like to register here
for our wedding gifts, please.