NACC Newsletter – April 2022

NACC’s next meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 13 , at 7 pm in the club house. 


New Alsace Conservation Club’s 34th Annual Fishing Derby to be held Saturday, May 7th at Lake in the Pines, New Alsace, Indiana.    The derby starts at 7am and runs to 3pm (ending earlier)  Registration will begin Saturday morning at 6am at the club house.  We have some great prizes for derby winners, plus registered fishermen will have an opportunity for a door prize.

Rain or Shine lets have some fun outdoors!  No fishing license is required on this private lake.  The cost for Adults, 12 Yrs & Older is $18.00  and  there is NO Cost for Children under 12.  Lunch & drinks  will be available for purchase. Call the lake at 812-623-2136 for any questions you have. 

DERBY WORKERS:  We will set up for the derby on Friday, May 6 at 5pm, meeting at the Lake’s Club House.  Saturday, May 7, workers should arrive between 5am and 5:30am to begin the registration at 6am. Lunch stand workers may start a little later.

DERBY POSTERS AND FLYERS WILL BE AVAILBLE AT THE MEETING.  WE NEED ALL MEMBERS TO HELP IN PUTTING UP ADVERTISING to make this years derby another success.  Contact Dale B. for more information.

NACC Trustees  Gun Raffle – Tickets are now available from Treasurer, Richard K.  We need some help selling tickets as this raffle is the replacement income source of our old breakfast venue.  We are raffling off a   Mossberg 6.5 Creedmore Rifle with a Vortex Scope and Woodstock.  We are only selling 250 tickets at a cost of $10.00 each.  The drawing will be held at our regular monthly meeting on July 13, 2022.

IWF – Indiana Wildlife Federation is taking applications for their Annual Holt Scholarship that is open to college sophomores and above who are studying in related fields of Resource Conservation / Environmental Education.  Application deadline is 6-15-22.  For more information go to

DNR – Indiana  Dept. of Natural Resources released deer harvest data from the 2021-2022 seasons..  State results for total deer harvest was 112,481 which is down from last year’s harvest of 124,180.   Dearborn Co. took  2173 deer compared to last years of 2487.   Franklin Co. took 2476 deer compared to last years of 2480.  And Ripley Co. took 1684 deer compared to last years 1700.

April 22 is Earth Day –  There are a multitude of things that one can do to celebrate this day.  And many of you are doing it on a daily basis through out the year…… Recycle, build habitat, keep our streams clean, to name a couple, along with educating those around you.

National Arbor Day is April 24 – This year they are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day.  Arbor Day began with one person, and one idea, in a small town on the Nebraska prairie.  J. Sterling Morton was an early settler to Nebraska Territory,  In 1855, he purchased a large plot of land in Nebraska City, where he settled with his family.  Nebraska had few trees. Without them, settlers lacked windbreaks, fuel, building materials, and shade from the hot sun.  Morton was passionate about planting trees on his own property, and eventually, lobbied the state to create a holiday.  The first Arbor Day celebration was held in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.

NACC Tree Seedling Order arrived on April 4 and were distributed to those members who ordered them.  We would like to thank Rita Seig, wife of  NACC past president, Rob Seig for her contribution of picking our order up from the Vallonia State Nursery.   Members should be proud of our club’s support of tree planting each year as we had crossed over the 50,000 tree distribution many years back.

2022 MEMBERSHIP DUES are now being collected.   New members are welcome.   If you already paid your dues, thank you for your being apart of our organization.  NACC dues annually are $12.00  and you can pick up  an affiliate Indiana Wildlife Federation for the discounted  fee of $20.00 (optional)   mail to:  New Alsace Conservation Club, PO Box 302, Sunman, IN  47041  NOTE:  SOME MEMBERS HAVE PAID MULTIPLY YEARS IN ADVANCE. IF YOUR ONE OF THEM, DISREGARD THIS NOTICE:  IF YOU’RE NOT SURE, CHECK THE FRONT OF THE ENVELOPE THIS LETTER CAME IN.   ABOVE YOU NAME IS A DATE – THIS IS HOW LONG YOUR DUES ARE PAID THROUGH..

Yours in Conservation,

Chuck Schmeltzer,  President              Phone:  812-623-4103       

For more  info about NACC – contact Dale Back , Secretary at (812)623-2431 or E-mail: or  go to and submit your questions through the comment section.  NACC is a 501 c 4 not for profit organization incorporated in the  state of Indiana.    db