Club looks at vision for its future

Skip Schulz/For the Gazette Lake Superior Sportsman Club President Walt Toepfler (at podium) goes over the club’s progress on a new clubhouse and property expansion.

SILVER CITY — The Ontonagon County-based Lake Superior Sportsman Club (LSSC) is getting closer to expanding its facilities. Walt Toepfler reported the club’s progress toward its “Vision for the Future” at its recent annual meeting.

“There was exciting news to report,” he said. “The Phase 100 feasibility study is estimated to be about 50 percent complete.”

Toepfler told members the club’s vision program, essentially a modernization and expansion plan, is progressing well.

He said the overall vision is organized in three phases:

•Phase 1 is a new clubhouse and indoor shooting range facility.

•Phase 2 includes updated outdoor long and short shooting ranges.

•Phase 3 is a shotgun (trap/five-stand) range.

“Our present focus is on the area east of Patent Creek. Assuming a favorable outcome from the Phase 100 study, LSSC and the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) have agreed on Phase 1 location and floor plan general arrangements for the indoor facilities.”

The DNR has passed this info on to its engineering consultants for further detailed studies.

If everything goes as expected, construction of the new indoor facilities would begin in 2020.

In the meantime, LSSC will continue fundraising efforts to help ensure they get the most affordable and cost effective facilities possible.

Toepfler also explained how donations, contributions and work-in-kind can be leveraged through grant programs.

“This greatly (increases) the value of every dollar received, and how this will have a tremendous impact on our ability to achieve our goals,” he said.

One of the organization’s fundraisers is the raffle of five guns. The drawings will be held on Sept. 29 during the club’s Trapper’s Workshop.

Near the end of the annual meeting, a survey was given to attendees to offer opinions on the proposed indoor facilities location and arrangement.

“Early results appear strongly supportive, but tabulation is still ongoing,” he said. “Expansion and facilities modernization will be a win-win for the club, the state, the public and the community. These next couple of years could be the most exciting time for the club since its founding in 1970.”

Toepfler was re-elected president; Jason Clark, vice president; Peggy Clark, secretary; and Cindy Bierman, treasurer.

All three directors’ positions were up for election. Elected were Micah Brown, Homer Colclasure and Marcus Bierman.

“LSSC welcomes the new board members and greatly appreciates the contributions of the outgoing board members,” said Toepfler.

The annual business meeting took place at the new Two Loons Restaurant in Silver City.

The LSSC is located a couple miles east of Silver City on M-64.