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Volume 7, Issue 1                                Rubline Newsletter                                 Spring, 2007

    "Hunting With Today's Youth – Tomorrows Leaders"

    Limited number of AWA Life Memberships Remain - Each of the current six chapters have been allotted a limited number of annual Life Memberships at $100 each with a payment plans arranged through the chapter of your choosing. Also, anyone who wants to join as a regular member for $20.00 and can get full dues credit toward a life membership if they upgrade within 1 year of joining. Folks this is a great deal!!  We strongly suggest that you tell your friends and family members about this great offer. Chapter's are quickly filling these annual Life Memberships. Once the annual quota is full, perspective members must wait until next year to get in. To get an application, attend any chapter meeting or contact any club secretary to have an application sent to you.

    W.O.W. – Wild Over Whitetails! WOW is the official AWA Young Sportsman Mentoring Program. If you are interested in being part of this promising program as a mentor, chapter director, coordinator or helper with a certain age group please contact Dot Rhoton at 423-323-3215 ASAP.  If you're a member that cares about the area youth's involvement in the outdoors and want to contribute your time to this new program please let us know. Be sure to check the AWA website for current updates.

    There will be 4 age groups.  Fawns- 4-6 year olds, Spikes- 7-9 year olds, Fork Horns- 10-12 year olds, 8 Pointers- 13-16 year olds. Each age group will have age specific activities throughout the year.  W.O.W. is designed with the family in mind.  It is not a babysitting service.  The A.W.A. has prided itself on family participation and this is just an extension of that tradition.  Parents and guardian are urge to participate together.

    Please support the WOW program as a sponsor by donating money to help defer costs of the program.  It will be greatly appreciated and our youth will directly benefit from it. Just send your donation to:  WOW Director, 637 Ridge Dr. Piney Flats Tn. 37686. Your contributions will go toward such things as the pizza party, disposable cameras, art supplies, gift certifications, awards, prizes for the youth etc.  Thank you ahead of time for your contribution. Special thanks to Kent Steadman for the pizzas and Jerry Griffin for the donated Phipps Bend items. If we have missed anyone here please know that we appreciate you for what you have done.  

    W.O.W. Schedule of Events 2007

    Saturday June 2, 2007
    Bays Mountain Park. We will be doing a nature hike, a wild bird presentation, and a deer presentation.  Bring a bag lunch. 10am-2pm.

    Friday June 15th, 2007 Warriors Path State Park. Our North Cherokee Chapter's WOW Kids Fishing Day will be held on June 15th from 5 to 8 PM at Warriors Path State Park. Concessions area available.  It's the last day of the free fishing week in Tennessee.   Call Claude Hill 423-323-8440

    Saturday July 22 & Sunday July 23 Chuck Swann WMA. This will be the official camping/fishing trip of W.O.W. We are tying it in with the 4-wheeler weekend to increase participation.  We will provide activities for the kids all day and into the night. It will be a great time for everyone!

    Saturday August 4, 2007 Cades Cove. We will be giving each child a disposable camera to take pictures of all the wildlife they are sure to see on this drive. Bring a bag lunch. (Meet and leave time to be determined).  We will also pay a visit to Bass Pro Shops after the Cades Cove visit.

    Saturday September 8, 2007. We will be participating in the 2nd Annual Sportsman’s Classic.  The youth will have a chance at the BB Gun Shoot and the archery shoot.  The W.O.W. banquet and graduation ceremony will end the day (time and location to be determined)

    Next AWAEC Meeting – Thursday, May 24th at the Sullivan Co. Volunteer Fire Dept. 6 to 9 PM.  All Officers and Delegates are asked to attend.

    Annual Officers Leadership Workshop and AWAEC Meeting – Past AWAEC Resolution calls for an annual Officers Leadership Workshop to be held in conjunction with the Annual AWAEC meeting on the 4th Saturday in June. Officer duties, execution of responsibilities and expectations will be identified in such a way to help individuals perform their officer role in a meaningful way that builds their leadership skills and personal development thus strengthening the entire AWA. Newly Elected Chapter Officers are asked to attend this important meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Blountville Public Library.   

    News from the Kingsport Charter – Kingsport Tennessee. (NEW MEETING LOCATION)
    Established January, 2001 with a current estimated membership of 120 +.
    We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Warriors Path State Park at the Duck Island Recreation building in Kingsport Tn.
    2007 meeting dates:  6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16 (No November meeting) and 12/18. All meetings start at 7:00 PM.
    Come on out and join us at beautiful Warriors Path State Park. The meeting location is awesome.  Be sure to come to our June 19th meeting as we welcome our guest from the TWRA, Wildlife Manager Dan Gibbs. He will be discussing the growing deer herd in East Tennessee and the need to participate in the county antlerless hunts.  No matter what chapter you regularly attend you for sure should come to this important meeting to get the inside scoop on the local deer herd. 

    Those who entered the spring turkey contest need to bring your harvest tag, beard and spurs to our June meeting.

    President – Kent Steadman – 423-239-9806
    Vice President – Sonny Hembree – 423-239-9806 /
    Secretary – Andy Warrick – 423-817-2736 
     Treasurer – Dawn Hembree – 423-239-9806
    Committee Chairman – Lyle Palmer 423-224-0537                   
    Chaplin – Charles Archer – 423-292-9419

    News from the Holston River Chapter – Hawkins Co. Tennessee.
    Established December, 2002 with a current estimated membership of 118 +.
    This chapters meetings are on the 1st  Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at the Holston Electric Building  – on Hwy 11W, Across for the Mountaineer in Mount Carmel Tn. 2007 meeting dates are 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6 and 12/4.

    AWA is sponsoring Randy Lane Racing. Be sure to check out the website at if interested in attending a race or for cancellations. Also, check out photos on our website on HRC photo album to see Randy's car.

    All successful turkey hunters who entered the HRC turkey contest can bring their beards to the June meeting to be scored.

    HRC picnic is July 14 at Laurel Run Park at 2:30. Please bring a covered dish and enjoy the fun. We will need a head count to know how many to prepare for. PLEASE call Tim Thacker at 357-1610 or 306-0639 if you are planning on attending. There will also be a dessert contest at the picnic. So, get those recipes out & start baking!!!!!!

    We will be having periodic work days in Phipps Bend in the late summer concerning the upcoming deer hunts. Call Tim Thacker 357-1610 or Darrel Blair 345-2934 if you would like to help with this. Keep an eye on the forum for work dates.

    President – Tim Thacker - 423-357-1610                 Vice President – Randy Lane – 276-386-2003
    Secretary – Sabrina Thacker - 423-357-1610           Treasurer – Steve Newland - 423-357-1861
    Committee Chairmen – Darrell Blair 423-345-2934    Chaplin – Corey Staton – 423-357-1861

    News from the North Cherokee Chapter - Bristol Tennessee / Virginia
    Established September, 2004 with a current estimated membership of 87 +.
    We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at Sullivan Co. Volunteer Fire Department in Blountville Tn. next to the middle school.
    2007 meeting dates: 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12 and 12/10.

    President – Jimmy Absher – 423-990-6926           
    Secretary – Barbara Salley – 423-378-4051                                       
    Treasurer – Allen Bennett – 423-340-1507    
    Committee Chairman – Randy Harkleroad – 423-323-0470                    
    Chaplin – Wallace Worley 423-323-2554

    On May 14th bring a covered dish and a two liter drink. Ice, cups, plates will be provided.

    Our Chapter's WOW Kids Fishing Day will be held on June 15th from 5 to 8 PM at Warriors Path State Park. Concessions area available.  It's the last day of the free fishing week in Tennessee.  Call Cluade Hill 423-323-8440

    Yard Sale – May 26th at the Bluff City Flea Market.  We need donated items for the sale. All proceeds will go to the Chapters WOW Kids Fishing Day on June 15th.  All donations need to be at Viking Machine Shop on or before May 24th.  Call for pick up of donations or directions to Viking Machine Shop at 423-990-6926 or 423-323-8440.

    Those wishing to make a monetary donation to this Chapter's WOW program can do so by mailing a check or money order made out to AWA North Cherokee and send it to "KIDS FISHING DAY", 263 Old Stage Trail, Bristol Tn. 37620. 

    Those who entered the spring turkey contest need to bring your harvest tag, beard and spurs to our May or June meeting. Remember, to qualify in the ultimate hunter contest you'll need to enter the turkey contest for this spring so come to our next meeting before the contest deadlines to join.

    News from the  Clinch Mountian Chapter – Richlands Virginia.
    Established February, 2005 with a current estimated membership of 74 +.
    Chapter meetings are now on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at the National Guard Armory on Rt. 19, South Richlands Va.
    2007 meeting dates:  6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8 and 12/13.

    President – Chris O'Byrne - 276-963-3593                  
    Vice President – Harold Bentley – 276-963-2207
    Secretary – Mike P. Taylor – 276-963-7372               
    Treasurer – Cliff Forrester - 276-979-1295
    Committee Chairman – James Smith - 276-963-0470
    Chaplin – Mike E. Taylor – 276-880-1080

    This Chapter will be hosting next years (2008) AWA Awards Banquet. We will be making plans throughout the year. We hope to see AWA members from all other chapters come up to visit us and their guests at our many events this year.

    News from the  Buffalo Mountian Chapter – Johnson City Tennessee. (NEW MEETING LOCATION)
    Established November 2005 with a current estimated membership of 62 +.
    We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at Fuddruckers, Knob Creek Rd. across from Lowes in Johnson City.
    2007 meeting dates:  6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, and 12/11.

    News from the  Copper Ridge Chapter – Gate City/Scott Co. Virginia.
    Established December, 2005 with a current estimated membership of  190 +
    We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at the Scott County Park and Golf Course area. 
    2007 meeting dates are 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6 and 12/4.
    President—Jason Honaker - 276-386-4252                
    Vice President—Douglas Spitzer -
    Secretary—Karen Davidson – 276-386-3001
    Treasurer--Kaye Whited - 276-452-1626  
    Committee Chairman – Craig Seaver – 276-940-2691        
     Chaplains--Mark Mullins – Steve Minton – 276-479-2905

    AWA – ATV Trips Planned for 2007 - Listed below are the AWA/ATV trips planned for this Spring and Summer.
    Sat., May 19, 2007 in Hawkins/Hancock co.  / Sat., June 23, 2007 at Catoosa WMA. Sat., July 21, 22, 2007 at Chuck Swan WMA – Includes a Kids Camping Trip  / Sat., August 18, 2007 at Royal Blue WMA.

    Make plans now for these trips. Remember, these are for members, family and invited guest only. No weapons or alcohol PLEASE!! We selected these areas because we have children who like to ride and these are kid friendly. If interested call: Tim Thacker @ 423-357-1610, Jimmy Absher @ 423-990-6926, Kent Steadman @ 423-239-9806

    AWA Member Photos & Hunting Stories – Send us your hunting photos and stories of this past season. Stories and/or members pictures will be used in future editions of this newsletter and/or the AWA website. Send pics and stories to: "AWA Rubline Editor" P.O. Box 7314, Kingsport Tn. 37660.

    Whitetail Quiz – How many sub-species of the Whitetail Deer are there in North America and which one is the most predominate in East Tennessee and S.W. Virginia?   Answer - There are 30 recognized subspecies of whitetail deer found throughout North America.  Odocoileus Virginianus is the predominant subspecies in this area.

    What is the gestation period (how long a doe is pregnant) of a whitetail deer?   The answer will be in the next newsletter along with another Whitetail Quiz question!

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