Friday, June 14, 2019

Judge James Reitz...remembering a friend.

Behind his smile was dedication and commitment.  His vision for others was genuine as he focused on second chances whenever possible.  Judge Reitz was fully invested in the community of Putnam County and conducted himself with grace and great honor.

Always active in community service, he supported many organizations, giving his time without hesitation.  He championed the Putnam County Judicial Diversion/Treatment Court, a program that provides addicts with an alternative path to incarceration.  Judge Reitz tirelessly advocated for addiction recovery and his program helped to save many lives in our county.  This court has proven to be a monumental success, emulated by several courts across our country.  In fact, this Putnam County drug court was so successful, it garnered the attention of NBC TV producers who put together a five-part documentary series, about drug addiction in America, called "Hooked: America's Heroin Epidemic."  Judge Reitz and his drug court were featured in two of the episodes with the piece receiving an Emmy award.

Our club was fortunate in having him address our membership on various occasions and he was thrilled to be included, along with his wife, Barbara, in several of our social events.  This...was the kind of man Jim Reitz was.  Always consistent, always ready to participate at the drop of an email or a phone call.  His sincerity in letting people know that they mattered...was a highly admirable quality.

For one of our club's board members, a cherished memory will be Judge Reitz's officiating at his marriage and how very special that day was for those who attended.  Not wanting to perform the ceremony just in his chambers, he led the gatherers into the historical courthouse, married the couple, became the wedding photographer and made the occasion a wonderful event.

Our collective hearts are heavy.  
We have lost a great friend on so many levels here at the Kent Rod & Gun Club. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Club Update!

After too many rainy week-ends, it finally looks like Summer is on its' way and, as usual, events are lining-up at our club!

  • Sunday, June 23rd....our Annual Pan Fish Derby
Take the kids fishing and come up to the clubhouse for the 12:00 weigh-in!  A light lunch and prizes for our fisher-kids will follow!  No better time spent than fishing with the children.  Drop us an email if planning to attend for our head count.
  • Sunday, July 21st, Summer Clean-up Work Event at 9:00 a.m.  
All work sign-in must be no later than 10:00 a.m.  Lots to do to keep our club and grounds in great shape!  A light breakfast and home-cooked lunch will be served to all club members who come to lend a helping hand!

  • Annual Big Buck Contest...Club Members Only...registration opens Friday, August 2nd! 
Deer must be taken in New York State
Deer must be tagged correctly and only with your tag, no family or friend's tag will be accepted. 
Club members must present their own rack, not someone else's.  Participating club members must be present when the final winners are announced at the February 2020 meeting.

Pre-registration, in person, starts August 2nd, 2019.  Junior club members will automatically be included on their parent's registration.
All registration will close on October 4th, 2019.

  • Our BIG event....Saturday, August 3rd, Family BBQ...1 to 7 p.m.  
A great day to kick-back with friends and family and enjoy some terrific food served by club members!  Play some Horseshoes, Badminton, take chances on our huge Raffle Table and...topping it off will be our Annual Food Throw Down competition with club members bringing their best to the judging table!  Get those reservations in ASAP...shoot us an email with your head count!