March/April, 2012 Newsletter
MOTHER NATURE CHALLENGES NICC
We have talked about it for several years now. What if we don’t have ice for our annual fishing derby? Well, Mother Nature presented us with a challenge this year with no ice. But even Mother Nature couldn’t dampen the spirit and dedication of NICC members, fishermen and those who attended the two day event. It was a success considering the unseasonable weather.
The team that organized the event included: Ken and Laura Golonka, Bonnie and Don Letich, Dale Miller, Mary & Bob Humpa, Marguerite O’Connell, Mike Venet, Ross Musumeci and Ron Salee.
The officers, directors and members of N.I.C.C. would like to thank the Thirsty Turtle for their continued support. They obtained the event permits and put extra personnel on duty for our yearly fundraiser.
Chairman of the ticket sales this year was Mary Humpa. Ticket sales are a very important part of pre-Derby and the day of the Derby. This year, Mary’s committee volunteers for ticket sales at headquarters were Don and Bonnie Letich, Scott Stranczek, Tom Geisler.
The location of the Conservation Cafe changed this year to the tent. The food was served in the “big top” and seating was provided. If you weren’t hungry when you entered the tent, you eventually found yourself buying a hamburger or hot dog. Thank you Marguerite O’Connell and your team for a job well done!
Like the Conservation Cafe, fish judging was held in the tent with head fish judge Mike Venet and his assistant Tony Wos. Every year the state regulations change a bit which keeps our fishermen and us following the rules. This is not always an easy task when you have a fisherman whose big catch is just an 1/8 of an inch shy of being legal.
Children playing games outside with their friends and parents made for some wonderful pictures. Go to our website to see pictures of the egg toss and the sack races. Look carefully, you occasionally see an egg in mid air. Thanks Dale Miller for chairing this event for the kids and families.
Who would think that grownups would have so much fun listening to music while walking on numbered stepping stones during the Beer Walk. Of course, we couldn’t have had music for the Beer Walk if it hadn’t been for Bob Humpa. He not only entertained us all weekend with the variety of music, he also announced hourly fish winners. Thanks Bob for giving us the festival atmosphere. Thanks Ken Golonka for announcing and running speed raffles during the derby.
We can’t forget the fun game of Chicken Poop Bingo. Yes, we did have chickens and what fun it was to watch the chicken decide which numbered square she would choose to be the winning number. Thanks Dale Miller for chairing this fun event. What a thrill for one of the children discovering two fresh laid eggs in the bottom of the cage.
Our derby wraps up with the live auction, which again, was a success this year. Ron Salee and his team of volunteers did a terrific job with the group, order and display of items for auction. Having each item numbered with the description on a placement card made an excellent presentation. Ron’s team included; with Ross Musumeci, Jim Reitimaier, Laura Golonka, Kyle and Corey Salee The famous NICC Auction would not be what it is today without Bob Diemer as our auctioneer. Bob, thank you for your support, auctioneer expertise and many years as our auctioneer.
Thank you to our treasurers, Laura and Ken Golonka and Mary Humpa for keeping tabs on monies coming in during the derby.
The success of the derby is largely due to the continued support or our sponsors – local and national businesses and the many volunteers who worked on committees.
Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful fun and successful derby. The laughter, jokes and smiles on your faces and faces of our guests were priceless and are what makes me look forward to next year’s derby.. Hopefully with ice!
SPONSORS AND DONORS
A to Z Rental * Action Territory
Antioch Auto Parts * Antioch Chamber of Commerce
Anltioch Chrysler Dodge * Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors
Antioch Laundry Services * Antioch Pizza
Antioch Rotary Club * Antioch Schwinn Cyclery, Inc.
B J’s Sporting Goods * Best Pets * Best Western Plus
Body Craft * Brat Stop * Buffalo Wild Wings
Butch & Diane Zehren * Cabela’s * Chicago Cubs
Colony House * Culver’s * David Del Re * Express Care
Famous Daves * Floral Acres * Fourth Lake Muds Hens
Fox Lake Harbor * Fox River Spirits * General Duct Cleaning
Green Bay Packers * Impressions Count * J J Blinkers
JoAnn Osmond * Kloss Distributors * Kunes Country Ford
Lake Villa Liquors * Linda’s Wilmot Cafe * Linda Pedersen
Lubkeman Olsen Wealth Management Group
Mellen Septic Service * Menards * Mexican Paradise Cafe
Meyer Machine & Equipment Corp.
Modern Home Products * Mr. G’s * Mr. & Mrs. Letich
Olive Garden * Ooh-la-la * PML Theatre * PNC Bank
Pheasants Forever * Pickard China * Piggly Wiggly
Polson’s Natural Foods * ProFire Grills * RJL Landscaping
Raymond Chevrolet * Robinson Wholesale, Inc.
Sammie’s * Skipper Bud’s * Stage Stop
State Bank of the Lakes * Strang Funeral Home
Suburban Gas * Texas Road House * Thelen Sand & Gravel
Thirsty Turtle * Tom Pientka * Triangle Sports & Marine
United Canvas * WUSN-FM US 99.5
V. Olsen Heating & Air Conditioning
Wake to Wood * Yia Yia’s Greek Village
SPRING CLEAN-UP APRIL 22
N.I.C.C. is asking volunteers to come to the club grounds on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. to help with the clean-up of the club grounds and the club house. Come on out and enjoy the day with other NICC members. Lunch will be served to all volunteers. This is a perfect time to give some of the requested 5 hours of volunteer time. If you are interested, please call Bonnie.
MAIN RAFFLE TICKET WINNERS
$1500 Bobby Pfersching
$500 Bonnie Letich
$300 Mike Egan
ADULT BUCKET RAFFLE
Camera: Mike Costello
7″ Auger Package: Josh Barhoh
Muskie Rod & Reel: Jerry Moe
Ice Shanty: Todd Erickson
Sled Package: Keith
Impressions Count Gift Certificate: Heather Morotta
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING DERBY VOLUNTEERS
Ken & Laura Golonka, Bob & Mary Humpa
Tony Wos, Mike Venet, Scott Stranczek, Tom Mors
Marguerite O’Connell, Cindy Yelden, Tom Giaimo
Ros Musumeci, Jack Fields, Eric Herum
Dale Miller, Patty Schroff, Stephen Mors
Cassie Rasch, Matthew Muscarello, Tom Geisler
Jim Reitmaier, Corey Salee, Ron Salee
Kyle Salee, Bonnie & Don Letic
SPRING CLEAN-UP ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY – MAY 6
It’s that time of year again, when NICC volunteers grab their gloves and head for the highway. Have you ever noticed NICC’s name on the two Adopt-A-Highway signs on Grass Lake Road between Rts. 83 & 59? For the past 11 years, NICC has been assigned this stretch of road. We volunteer our time twice a year to clean up that section of highway. All volunteers are asked to meet at Triangle Sports & Marine on Grass Lake Rd. just west of Rt. 83 at 10 a.m. This is a good opportunity to volunteer your 5 hours. If you are interested, please call Bonnie
FISH JUDGING WINNERS
Musky——No legal caught
Large none caught
Small none caught
Large none caught
Small none caught
Bass-large and small mouth
Large 14 3/4 Shaun Albeck Round Lake
Small 14 Mark Todavchick Lake Zurich
Large 37 1/4 Dylan Harrington Ingleside
Small 35 78 Steve Harrington Ingleside
Large 11 1/8 Jeff Parsons Oregon
Small 4 1/2 Rich Cheterbok Spring Grove
Large 11 1/2 Glen Beyer Ingleside
Small 6 Rich Cheterbok Spring Grove
Large 10 3/8 Rich Cheterbok Spring Grove
Small 4 Rich Cheterbok Spring Grove
Large none caught
Small none caught
Large 9 3/4 Rock Bass Mike Vocke Genoa City, WI
Small 3 3/8 Shaun Albeck Round Lake
OVERALL LARGE FISH
37 1/4 Catfish Dylan Harrington of Ingleside
MAY 21 ELECTION NOTICE
Elections will be held on May 21st at the combined board/general meeting at 7 p.m. Nominations are now open until April 25, for President, Vice President, and two director’s positions. The director positions are 3 year terms and responsibilities include, serving on at least one committee, provide support for club programs and activities and assist any officer as needed. Please contact Marguerite O’Connell at 847-838-3539 if you would like to take over one of the above positions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The months of May, June, July & August we will have a combined board/general meeting.
March 12 Board meeting———————————–7 p.m.
March 26 General meeting———————————7 p.m.
April 9 Board meeting———————————–7 p.m.
April 23 General meeting———————————-7 p.m.
May 6 Adopt-A-Highway——————————10 a.m.
May 21 Board/General & Elections——————–7 p.m.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Amy & Leonard Dane
Greg & Katherine Dickson
Debbie & Bob Diemer
Chris Diemer & Family
Mike & Margaret Sexton