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President’s Message – Carl Gierke:

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the 15 Annual Membership and Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 22nd at Romy’s Nitingale, south of Black Creek. This event is a lot of fun and is CTO’s chance to say thank you to all members, volunteers, landowners, and helpers who have made our events possible and made this such a great organization.

Everyone who pitches in, even a little, is appreciated and this is just another opportunity to say so. Our annual election to appoint people to the Board of Directors is also held at the banquet, so this is your chance to voice your opinion and vote for people who will continue to lead CTO. Your input is always valuable, so if you have suggestions on ways to improve events we offer, let me, or someone on the CTO Board know. Hope to see you at the banquet!

It was also great to see everyone that attended recent CTO events, including some new events that members seemed to enjoy. One new event that took place on May 25th was zip-lining at the New Zoo in Green Bay. Members of all ages gave it a try and we’re looking at offering it to members to try on their own schedule. Another new event was a guided pontoon-boat trip through the Horicon Marsh on June 15th. Horicon Marsh is a huge wetland of about 30,000 acres that is full of wildlife and beautiful scenery. We may also try to offer trips to Horicon and/or other locations in the future. It’s a great chance to get out and see what a beautiful state we live in. Thanks to Mark Baehr for coming up with some great ideas and for organizing both events. (see articles in this newsletter)

October Special Disabled Deer Hunt—Pat Nieuwenhuis:

This year’s hunt will begin on October 7th and ends on October 15th. Sign up for the deer hunt starts on July 1 and ends on August 31st. If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Nieuwenhuis at 920-687-8707. If you miss this deadline you will not be allowed to participate in the hunt.

List of Upcoming Board of Director Meetings - Judy Paluch:

All meetings begin @ 6PM and fall on the third Tuesday of each month. Here is the list of upcoming meetings: July 18, August 15- Options for Independent Living at 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay

Please welcome the following new members to CTO: Jason and Maryann Tellock, Robert and Elaine Schubring, Richard Niedzxiecki, Roger Kieltyka, Walter Anderson, Steve Blount, Clayton Gofford, Aien Kreuziger, James Learman, Mark Thorpe, Melissa Shevy and Janet Tover.

FOR SALE- Battery Powered Fishing Reel and Pole: Kathy Tilot has a battery-powered fishing reel and pole for sale. If interested, call 920-680-1179.

Raffle Donation Request for the Banquet- Rita Adamovich If you are interested in donating an item for the bucket raffle at the Banquet, please call Rita @ 920-722-2090 or e-mail jimrita0208@yahoo.com or call Karen @ 920-766-9218. All donations will be much appreciated.

Annual Membership & Awards Banquet- Rita Adamovich:

Our Annual Membership & Awards Banquet will be held July 22, 2017 at Romy ‘s, Black Creek. At this meeting we will elect new board members, before the banquet. We also recognize donors and other awards at this time. This is a great time to meet other members. Please mark your calendar, you’ll be receiving more information in the mail. If you don’t receive more information or want to join us, please contact Karen Baehr @ 920-766-9218 or Rita Adamovich @ 920-722-2090 E-Mail jimrita0208@yahoo.com. Hope to hear from you and see you there.

15th Annual Membership & Awards Banquet

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Romy’s Nitingale, W5670 County Road A, Black Creek

It is important that you are there!

Challenge the Outdoors, Inc. is not a club, it is a very special corporation of which you – The Members – have ownership. It is up to you to use this ownership. You elect the people who make decisions that help make this strong corporation even stronger. Please plan on attending!

5:00 p.m. – Membership Meeting/Election

5:30 p.m. – Fellowship/Cash Bar (Meeting and getting to know each other)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Awards

8:00 p.m. – Raffle Prizes

Cost? This banquet is being held at no cost to all CTO members, including family memberships.

If you wish to bring a guest, the cost will be only $10.00 per person.

Please return the registration form below by July 18, 2017. We have to know how many people will be served! Any questions, please call Karen Baehr at 920.766.9218 or Rita Adamovich at 920-722-2090 (e-mail: jimrita0208@yahoo.com)

CTO, Inc. 15th Annual Membership Banquet


_____________________________________ Total Number Attending MEMBER

_______________________________GUEST (Include $10.00 per guest)

_______________________________GUEST (Include $10.00 per guest)

Mail by July 18, 2017 to: Karen Baehr, 2201 Welhouse Drive, Kaukauna, WI 54130

______ Check here if you use a wheelchair/scooter.

Timber Rattlers vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball Game- Peter Lathrop:

On Sunday, August 6th we will meet outside of Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N. Casaloma Dr. Appleton by 11AM. This event is open to all members and tickets are courtesy of CTO. Guests are welcome, but will be responsible for buying their own tickets. Tickets cost $21.50 for adults/$17.50 for children 10 & under. The $5 parking fee is your responsibility.

The game seems a long time away, but I know some people like planning their summer vacations months in advance.

We will be eating in the 1st base picnic pavilion this year. The Rattler’s staff will setup tables that are accessible for people in wheelchairs or scooters. Admission includes game ticket and an all-you-can-eat picnic (i.e., Brats, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, Dessert, etc.) along with two beverages. The picnic will be served at 11:30 AM and will last until game time at 1:00 PM. The picnic will happen rain or shine. On Sundays, the Timber Rattler players wear Brewers-themed jerseys and sign autographs after the game.

The deadline to reserve your ticket(s) is July 22nd, so reserve your ticket(s) ASAP or you may miss out on a fun event! To reserve a ticket(s) contact Peter Lathrop or Carl Gierke. Peter: (920) 982-4288 or e-mail plcaravan@yahoo.com; Carl: (920) 986-3272 or cgierke1@outlook.com


The hunt will take place Sunday, October 22 starting at 8 AM at J&H Game Farm, W5810 J&H Road, just West of Navarino off of HWY 156. We have been coordinating birds in the field, dogs and handlers, machine operator, back-up shooters, cleaners and baggers, great food and just a great day to get to know other CTO members and listening to the stories.

Each disabled hunter will be allowed two pheasant. If you have a favorite recipe and would like to share, bring it with you. If you don’t have your own gun, there will be guns available at J & H Game Farm for you to use. Shotgun shells ,(12 gauge and 20 gauge), have been donated by John Kempen. You need to wear orange. Each hunter is welcome to bring family members or a friend to assist them, but pheasants are put out only for the disabled CTO members. Food is being made by J & H, which is always delicious. Don’t forget to sign up by October 19, 2017 if you are going to be part of this hunt. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Adamovich E-mail: jimrita0208@yahoo.com or 920-722-2090.

NIGHT AT THE RACES- Jim Adamovich:

The races will be held on August 17, 2017 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna on Highway 55 and KK. Tickets are available by calling Jim Adamovich at 920-722-2090 or e-mail at jimrita0208@yahoo.com. Time trials are at 5:45 PM and the races begin at 6:45. Each person is allowed one sandwich, fry and drink. Please remember to call for reservation by August 14, 2017.

CTO End of Summer Outing at Outagamie Conservation Club – Rita Adamovich:

Our plans are coming along very well for our end of summer outing. We met with the OCC members at their August meeting and have set-up a great event for our members. While there are a few details still being worked on, here’s what we have set-up so far. The date is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th and will start at 10 AM. No end time is set because the very accommodating folks at OCC are very willing to be flexible in the planning of our event schedule. We will have trap shooting with CTO picking up the cost of a round or two for those taking part. If you do not have a shotgun, OCC has a few that will be available to borrow. You are welcome to bring you own shells or you can purchase 12 or 20 gauge shells there for $7 a box. CTO will pick-up the cost of one box of shells purchased at OCC for use at the outing, and/ or we may have our own shells to give out. We hope some of our members who have wanted to try trap shooting take advantage of this great opportunity, as there will be plenty of time and instruction if needed. If you would like to show-off some of your adaptive shooting equipment and /or give instructions to a new shooter that would be awesome. Please contact Rita to let her know you are available to help out. The pistol range will also be available to anyone interested and you are responsible for bringing your own pistol and ammunition. Targets will be supplied, but you may bring your own if you wish. Archery shooting will be available and OCC has a crossbow or two to loan out and we will have at least one of our crossbows available as well. There will be fishing at the stocked pond that will be catch and release only, unless the fish is deep hooked and won’t survive. Bring your favorite rod and tackle. We will provide live bait and you may bring your own as well. We hope to have a fly fisher or two to demonstrate fly fishing for anyone interested in learning a new skill. The pond is stocked with trout, pan fish and largemouth bass. The terrain is very flat around the pond and the entire OCC grounds for that matter, so getting around will be fairly easy but you may want to bring a power scooter as the activities are spread out. As for food, CTO will be making the main meat dish and I’m sure it will be great whatever our cooks decide. All those attending are asked to please bring a dish to pass! There is a nice clubhouse for serving the meal in and an open bar to purchase beverages. CTO will be providing water only. We will have some cards available for anyone interested. This is a rain or shine event and is open to all our members and we hope you and your family can make it a great day at OCC! So, come out and participate in any and all the activities you wish to, or just come out and enjoy in the social interaction. OCC is a great place to enjoy the many different activities and it gives our members a chance to learn a new skill or two. Hopefully, this opens more of our great outdoors to all who are willing to try something new and exciting and see what the OCC has to offer throughout the year. You can check out their website to see what’s going on here: http://www.wiocc.com/ and a map here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Outagamie+Conservation+Club/@44.3745556,-88.5136107,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8803c9ea58807abf:0x29ef19ca6f03590 We thank the many fine people at OCC for helping make this event a reality. We ask that you register by please calling or emailing Rita Adamovich at: (920)720-2090 or email at: jimrita0208@yahoo.com or call our office at: (920)593-6300 or email at: CTOforMe@yahoo.com For directions see the map on page X. Thank You!

Map and Directions to Outagamie Conservation Club

You can choose any of the directions/routes that suit you - these are just suggestions.

Address: Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Rd, Hortonville, WI 54944 Phone: (920) 739-9211

From the South or West Take Hwy 15 to Mayflower Road (approximately 1.5 miles west of HWY 41 and 2 miles east of Greenville) to Mayflower Road, go North on Mayflower Road approximately 5.5 miles to entrance on right hand side.

From the North or East take Hwy 47 south approximately 7 miles south of Black Creek and 1.5 miles north of Mackville to Wege Road, go West on Wege Road approximately 4 miles to Mayflower Road, turn right (North) and go approximately 3/4 of a mile to entrance on right hand side.

Google Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Outagamie+Conservation+Club/@44.3745556,-88.5136107,13z/data=!4m3!3m2!1s0x8803c9ea58807abf:0x29ef19ca6f03590e!4b1


Come join us for our annual fall” Shoot till You Drop” on Tuesday, September 19th from 8 until 4. J&H Game Farm will be hosting the event and they are located at W5810 J&H Road, just West of Navarino off of HWY 156. CTO picks up the cost of the clay birds and the ammunition for this daylong event. Volunteers that help the disabled shooters will be able to also shoot as much as they want. You can choose from the traditional sporting clays course, wobble flurry, skeet, and 5-stand events. Food will be made by J & H.

Pre-sign up is encouraged, but I want to remind everyone that it is your responsibility to sign in at the shoot as well for each round and type of shoot you do and the amount of shells you use.

Please put this on your calendar. Don’t forget to sign up by September 16, 2017 by E-Mailing Jim Adamovich at jimrita0208@yahoo.com or call at 920-722-2090. Hope to see you there.

Youth and Lady Day September 9th:

J&H will be hosting its Annual Youth & Lady Day of Outdoor Instruction on Saturday, September 9th, Registration will be from 9AM – 3PM and activities will run until 4PM. This is a free event for all ladies and all kids up to age 18. Activities will include shotgun, 22 and BB gun shooting stations, archery, fly casting, and the trout fishing will again be sponsored by Challenge the Outdoors. There will be displays by the DNR, Al Meier’s Taxidermy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Ladies Group. Food is also furnished along with a door prize for each participant. For more information about the activities or if you wish to make any donations, please contact Diane at J&H at 715-758-8134 or e-mail me at jhclub@tds.net Attn. CTO members: CTO is always looking for helpers at the Trout Pond. If you would like to help the youth and ladies catch the fish or join those who clean the trout after they are caught, please contact Carl Gierke at 920-986-3272 or cgierke1@outlook.com

Shawano Lake Fishing - Carl Gierke:

CTO hosted its annual fishing event on Shawano Lake on Saturday, June 3rd during Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend (no fishing license required). We had a tent set up in Cecil, which came in handy with the threatening weather forecast. A light rain fell in the morning, but it didn’t stop the fishermen and women from getting out, having some fun, and catching some fish. Overall about 35 people attended and, in addition to the CTO pontoon boat, boats were provided by Mike Schulze, Jerry and Pat Rogalski, Randy (Chouse) Hartlaben, Doug Hoppe, and Chris Herb. We thank them and all who pitched in so much for their generosity. Fishing continued throughout the morning and lunch was served a little before noon. The food crew (Karen Baehr, Rita Adamovich, Tammy Kritz, and others) did their usual fantastic job of feeding everyone and we thank them and all who brought food.

After the morning rain, it turned in to a beautiful, sunny day and some people went out fishing again after lunch. Overall, fishing was pretty good with several nice fish caught. Shannon Nighbor caught an 11” bullhead, Mary Swain caught a crappie over 9 inches. Laurie DuBord caught a 7” sunfish and Janet Shevy caught a7.25” bluegill. The whopper of the day was Bill Mayville’s 14 1⁄4 perch. A picture of Bill’s smiling face and his perch (not looking quite as happy) ended up in the Shawano Leader a few days later, along with an article about our event. Bill helped set up this event and does so much for CTO - it was good to see him get a little pat on the back for all he does and for catching a real trophy. Thanks also to Pat Nieuwenhuis for helping organize this event and congratulations to all the fishermen on their catches!

Just a note that there have been some problems with the CTO pontoon boat’s electrical system recently that we’re trying to correct. If you’re planning on using the boat, which we keep moored all summer on Shawano Lake, please call Gary Thyes well in advance to make sure it is operational and available. Our pontoon boat has served us well, but it’s getting up there in years - we’re looking at getting a new one sometime soon!

Chasing Rainbows – Carl Gierke:

On June 10th, CTO hosted its Chasing Rainbows fishing event at Wilderness Springs west of New London near Northport. This event is offered twice each year and enables members to catch two nice-sized rainbow trout in a beautiful setting and have them cleaned on-site. Among the 43 people that attended, 27 went fishing and 16 were helpers. Some of the bigger fish were caught by Pat Nieuwenhuis (18 1⁄2”), Mary Swain (18”) and Peter Lathrop (17 1⁄2”). We had a potluck lunch after the fishing was over and there was plenty to eat between the sub sandwiches and fixings’ provided by CTO and the additional food that members brought. Thanks to the food crew (Rita, Karen, Tammy and others) for their usual masterful work and to those who brought food. Also a big Thank You to Cliff Pfeiffer for organizing the Chasing Rainbow events. Cliff always does a great job!

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for this event and it was good to see everyone having a good time. This was the first of the two Chasing Rainbow events for 2017 – the next will be August 19th. Hope to see you.

Turkey Hunt—Tom Narmore:

CTO partnered with the Clintonville Chapter of Shadows on the Wolf to mentor our disabled turkey hunters. Our mentors set hunters in good areas and called to lure the turkeys into the area with the hope of getting a chance to shoot a tom turkey. They even cleaned the turkeys so they were ready to take home. The hunt took place May 19th through the 21th with 10 hunters participating. Saturday morning the hunters headed out with their mentors for a morning of hunting. It was cloudy, windy, and a little rainy, but everyone was up bright and early and ready to go! After lunch everyone headed back out for the afternoon hunt. Sunday was just a morning hunt. Rita Adamovich, Karen Baehr, and Tammy Kritz volunteered to do the cooking for all the hunters and mentors. What an amazing feast they made. The hunters included: Tom Narmore, Stephen Blount Sr., Tom Sauer, Doug Thiele, Jim Adamovich, Laurie Dubord, Keith Pamperin, Gary Thyes, Keith Hartjes, and Bob Schubring. Three lucky hunters were able to harvest a turkey.

On behalf of Challenge the Outdoors, I would like to thank Shadows on the Wolf and everyone that made this hunt possible. Mentors included Rory Clark, Jim Kriesel, Greg Shermo, Tom Lehman, Ashley Lehman, Dave Wolff, John Bonikowske, Terry Dorschner, Bill Brady, and Paul Hoffman from SOTW and Tony Gehr and Carl Gierke from CTO. Thank you all for taking the time to take us turkey hunting, and for the dedication and planning you all put in year after year to make this a great CTO event! I know we all appreciate it more than you know. Until next year! (FYI -Next year’s Turkey hunt will be May 18th through May 20th and sign up will begin in February 2018.) If you have any questions or comments, or would like to sign up for next year, please call Tom Narmore 920-410-4436 (please leave a message. Email: narmore1988@yahoo.com.)

Recap & More Opportunities to try Zip-lining at Adventure Park- Mark Baehr:

Here's a quick recap and info on an extended opportunity for more physically challenged CTO members. The May outing at the Adventure Park in Suamico was attended by several CTO members and five took the challenge head-on. They were Bob Schubring Brian Hess, Mark Baehr, Steve Blount and Tommy Narmore. All had a great time doing something some thought was out of reach for them! If you have any questions about the experience, I’m sure they will be happy to share their thoughts, so give them a call. A few friends and family members also came out to witness the event. The most interesting and maybe spookiest part of the experience was the ride up the side of the 50' tower. While strapped into the very secure harness, three or four human mules pulled the connecting rope through a pulley system to get us unto the launching platform on top of the tower. Not looking down was good advice! And enjoy the view at tree top level before the ride down. The ride down was quick and exhilarating. Our THANKS goes out to the Adventure Park/Zip- line staff for helping create a wonderful and thrilling experience for us. ZIP YEAH!!

Now for the good news for those that either couldn't make the May outing or just didn't know if they wanted to go. The BOD of CTO approved funding for up to 2 Zip-line rides for our physically challenged members at the Adventure Park in Suamico for this season. The Adventure Park/Zip-line holds what they call Accessible events every 2nd Wednesday of June, July, August, September and October. Here is a link to the Accessible Wednesday event: http://www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/page_1dd9a44cc97e/?department=260ed145263d&subdepartment=dadc284c6c54 The Accessible Zip-lining events take place in the afternoons on the 2nd Wednesdays and runs until late afternoon, about 7 PM. For more info, contact Curt Hall (Adventure Park Director) at: Hall_CJ@co.brown.wi.us or call the Brown County Parks Dept. at: (920) 448-6242 or NEW Zoo at: (920) 434-7841. While the Zip-lining is accessible to many with physical challenges, there are limits to those they can accommodate, so please contact them before you go. If you go, keep your receipt and turn into CTO for reimbursement. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mark Baehr at: (920) 766-9218 or email at: baehrm@sbcglobal.net Thanks and Happy Zip-lining to All! There is plenty more to do/see at the Adventure Park and NEW Zoo. Able-bodied friends and family can take on the climbing wall and ropes course and for leisure and viewing pleasure check out the NEW Zoo. Here's the link to both: http://newzoo.org/

Recap on Horicon Marsh Tour- Mark Baehr:

It was a close call, weather-wise, but the June 15th Horicon Marsh Pontoon Boat guided tour went off without a hitch!

Fifteen of us met at the Blue Herron Headquarters in Horicon at 10 a.m. and loaded up on the boat. The weather was nice, about 80 degrees with no rain in forecast and a westerly breeze to keep us comfortable. We brought water to quench our thirst. As we made our way up the Rock River into the Marsh, our host, Marc, gave us an introduction into the history of the marsh and how it came to be and why it's such an important piece of the living landscape not only for Wisconsin but far beyond our borders. Mainly due to its incredible ability and potential as a huge breeding ground for numerous waterfowl including; Red Headed ducks, numerous other duck species and geese, trumpeter swans, Cranes and a few new arrivals that time will tell if they become well established or not. We saw many Double Crested Cormorants sunning themselves in the trees along the channel. FYI, did you know the Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers? This enables them to be better divers and fish catchers and also requires much needed drying time/effort. We also saw several small groups of pelicans circling the marsh. They have a large wing span, 9', 2nd longest next to the cranes. Also, the Marsh is not a natural phenomenon, but rather the result of the damming of the Rock River in Horicon. It was actually drained in the early 1930's for a year or two and farmed for potatoes and other edibles, but very quickly determined that was a very bad idea and back to a marsh it went. Marc did a great job explaining the history and kept it lite and fun cracking a few marsh jokes along the way. He also mentioned the great recipe of barbequed muskrat shanks and smoked carp. Ummm ummm muskrat! Come on you know you want to try it!? After an hour on the marsh we returned to disembark at the landing. We thanked Marc and went on our merry way a little more educated and thankful for the experience. For lunch the Rock River Tap & Grill was recommended, so we made that our destination. We were not disappointed as the food was quite good. Of special note was a very special Birthday on this day. Al, a new member, turned 50 so everyone joined in and sang Happy Birthday. It was very nice rendition but I don't think there were any future contestants for The Voice or American Idol unfortunately. After eating, we sat around and shared in good camaraderie. After a while most left for home or places elsewhere. A few went to the WDNR Horicon Marsh Visitors Center and took in the sites there. By then it was quite warm, so no one took to the trails or boardwalk, perhaps another time. All in all, it was a successful outing and created some great memories along the way. We couldn't have asked for or expected much more. Our THANKS to the Blue Herron Horicon Marsh Tours for a great trip!

Kayaking Outing Update- Mark Baehr:

As of today’s date, June 23, 2017 the kayaking outing has been canceled due to lack of interest. In the future we may try and re-schedule another outing ,but that will be determined by our members (you) interest and help. So, please contact Mark Baehr at: (920) 766-9218 or email at: baehrm@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in kayaking yet this season and if you can help organize an outing. Perhaps you have connections or equipment other CTO members could benefit from? Any assistance is welcomed. Thank you.

Highlights of the CTO Board Meetings- Judy Paluch:

January 2017 The Committee Sheets are all set for the events of 2017. We still need volunteers for all the events. We will have the event dates listed in the newsletter. We have a scout that is building some items for us as a project to become an Eagle Scout. We discussed the banner that we need for our booths. We worked on the size that will fit the tables the best, and we need to work out the design. Our committee is working on that and will bring it to us to vote on.

We are working on a new brochure with more pictures. It is mostly made, just needs a little adjusting.

February 2017 We had 56 persons register for the Holiday Party. We had dishes of food that each brought and CTO supplied the main part of the meal and beverages, and we had a great gourmet meal. After dinner we had bowling and playing cards and everyone had a great time. We had great weather for driving. The applications for the Memorial Scholarships were sent out to the schools to be given to any high school senior that has a 2.5 or above GPA.We helped Gary Vanden Heuvel with the White Tails Unlimited Program and we earned money for Challenge the Outdoors, Inc. We are selling the raffle tickets and putting up posters for the fund raiser. We discussed the places we could go to sell the raffle tickets and where to put up information for people to find out when it was going to be held and time.

March 2017 We are making an application for the Adaptive Equipment program. It will then be put on the website to be downloaded. We have a wonderful man that does our printing and does a wonderful job. His name if Fred Kaun and he has helped us to get our printing done. The articles that are about our events are sent to several newspapers around the area. Sometimes they print them and sometimes they have too much other news to get our events in. We usually put a picture with it. Outagamie Conservation Club has been a great help to us for one of our events. They donated their help to us because they said we were doing a wonderful thing for physically challenged men, women, and children.

April 2017 We need everyone to register at the events. The event coordinator needs to fill out an event expense and personnel report each event. There was a discussion about finding people to run for the Board of Directors. We need a written summary of your qualifications and why you would like to be a director. Lessor Town Hall will be compensated for each year that we use their building for our hunting event in October. We set up an advertisement to be put into the calendar of WWF for 2018.