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July Newsletter



The Wagon Tongue Members to Members Newsletter

July 2014 P.O.B. 526, Florissant, CO 80816; (719) 748-6003

Welcome to the First Official Newsletter from the Members to Members of the Wagon Tongue Recreation Club!

The Purpose of This Newsletter

The main reason for this newsletter is communication. Something we just don’t have all that much here at Wagon Tongue. Years ago AT&T had a popular phrase, “Communication is the beginning of under-standing”. Even God tells us to be willing to communicate. (1st Timothy 6:18)

While most of us are quite willing to communicate, we just haven’t been given the means to do that. As far as I know, the Board of Directors have never sent us a list of names and addresses of each other.

These names and address are of public records and because we feel you have the right to know of your fellow members, you have been sent a copy. You might want to hold on to your copy because we’re not sure when we’ll send out another. But if you lose it for whatever reason, it’s always available through Park County Records and we should have some around too. Another reason for this newsletter is because we feel the newsletter mailed by the board just doesn’t have enough information in it to fully cover all that is going on up here in Wagon Tongue. Also, we want this newsletter to be the people’s newsletter. That’s why we’re calling it the Members to Members Newsletter. Who’s we? This time, Jim Zilonka (lake patrol) with a little help from my friends up here.

For over 30 years I’ve had a daily radio broadcast on Christian radio (Cultivate Ministries) exposing deceptions in the areas of the cults, the New Age Movement, false teaching within many churches, the New World Order, the medical field, letting people know where we are in light of Bible prophecy and many other areas. We’ve been putting together our other monthly newsletter all these years and it didn’t seem too difficult to simply put out another one for Wagon Tongue members. Hopefully, in next month’s news-letter we’ll have much input from you guys as well.

A Brief History of Wagon Tongue by a Previous President of the Club

Originally it was part of the Lone Chimney Ranch, it was sold in 1959 to a California land development company. They constructed the large lake and began to sell commercial business sites around the lake. Before any homesites were developed the company went into bankruptcy. In the early 60’s a local realtor, Al Plamman, purchased it form the bankruptcy court and redeveloped it into “Wagon Tongue.” According to his newspaper advertisement it was a weekend cabin and equestrian sites. The streets all have “horse” names. He sold lots and promoted horseback riding and fishing in the area. The Wagon Tongue Recreational Club was formed in the 70’s to collect dues to keep the lake maintained and stocked. The Club incorporated in the early 80’s and under its first president, pursued the acquisition of water rights to keep the lakes from being emptied by “water calls.” In 1984 the club constructed the small lake by building a dam and flooding some of the already sold lot and the county road that runs underneath it. It took several years for it to fill up. In 2007 the Club acquired ownership of the 6 acres of land surrounding Plamman Lake and shortly thereafter constructed the pavilion.

Free Use of Boats and Why

When out on lake patrol I would so often see all the boats around the lake that haven’t been moved in weeks, months, or even years and at the same time, I find members coming up who have no boat to use at all. Most of the boats have been locked up by their owners so I thought I’d try an experiment. I already had a couple boats, a Coleman Canoe and a John boat. Both of which were also not being used all that much. So I took the locks off and wrote on them FREE USE! And sure enough, members started using them right away! Then I started looking at some small kayaks to see how stable they were. I was quite impressed so I added a couple of them too. (bright yellow) And boy, people just loved them! I was a little concerned at first some would steal them because it would be so easy to just toss one in the back of a pick-up and take off but this hasn’t happened yet. This brings me to a short but true story. I was talking to a member recently who told me how they had their boat locked up with a very heavy duty chain. They came up to use their boat only to find someone had broken and stole the heavy duty chain but left their boat behind! So I suppose our boats are relatively safe.

Now my peddle boat was just added this year. I had seen these for a few years up here and after doing a little research I found a company that had five models to choose from. One was rigged up for fishing but can also be used for just peddling around. It also came with a compartment for cold drinks, has a canopy, holds up to 5 people and has a place for a 12-volt car battery and the means for attaching a trolling motor which I also bought and have available. (Please contact me for the battery and trolling motor which I keep at my cabin.)

The Raft… What Raft?

I say “what raft” because there’s a little over 200 of us that are members of the club but unless you’ve been up here, you might not even know about the raft because “the Board” always edits my articles for their newsletter and made sure nothing was ever mentioned concerning this raft. I’ve always felt every good lake deserves a raft. A raft is different than a boat. When kids see a boat, they know it must belong to someone and stay away. But when they come upon a raft, it’s like, wow! Let’s go for it! I put the raft in last year and not more than 20 minutes later, I found Board member John Mickey’s grandkids had already discovered it and were off for their first adventure! This is the kind of thing that remains in the minds of kids for the rest of their lives. Many other kids have been using the raft last year and this year but it got kinda waterlogged so the board deemed it unsafe and had it destroyed. The day after it was destroyed, I brought a guest to go fishing. I found two girls fishing from the pier. Their parents were not far away fishing from their peddle boat. The girls told me they were out on the raft the day before (wearing lifejackets as required) and were hoping to go out on it again that day. They were pretty sad. Maybe we should put in a new raft every year! Please do give us your thoughts!

Member’s Responsibilities and Fishing Rules

The Board of Directors, who shall prescribe the rules and regulations to be followed, shall regulate Fishing Privileges. Said rules and regulations shall be consistent with the game laws of Colorado. The game laws of Colorado shall also apply to the activities of the Club and in the event there is a conflict between the rules prescribed by the Board of Directors and the game laws of Colorado, then the more restrictive provision shall apply and be enforced.

Adults shall not be allowed more than 4 fish per day and minor children (younger than 14 years of age) shall not be allowed more than 3 fish per day. Each active member shall be allowed 5 guests or one guest 5 times per month for the 5 months of May, June, July, August, & September (Fishing Derby guests do not apply) During the remaining 7 months, the active member will be allowed 5 fishing guests or 1 guest 5 times. This allows the active member to have 30 fishing guests or 1 guest 30 times each year. A guest must be accompanied by a club member when fishing. A member, spouse, and their dependents shall have all rights to use Club facilities. All others, whether residing with the member or not, fall under and will be governed by the guest policy. Renters do not assume member fishing privileges. Members and their dependents must wear a current Club fishing badge while fishing. Authorized guest must wear a current guest badge. Your membership card may be needed when transporting your fish to show no State Fishing License is needed. No live minnows or any live species of fish shall be used as bait. Chumming, gigging, or netting to catch fish is prohibited. Fish may be taken by the conventional method, by angling with a rod and line, or a hand line with not more than 2 hooks. A manufactured artificial lure shall be counted as 1 hook. Treble hooks are not allowed for bait fishing. Boat storage is permitted on the boat storage racks year-round as long as the member has their name on their boat. Boats, including belly boats are not permitted on Wagon Tongue Lake (the small lake), except for maintenance purposes. No gasoline motors are allowed in Plamann Lake. Life jackets or other approved floating devices for each person will be in the boat while on the water. Members are responsible for the actions of them-selves, family members and guests while fishing and boating.

It shall be the duty of each club member to be alert and observe others in the act of poaching by non-members or members who are violating Club fishing and boating rules and report such to the board President and/or board member indicating the violation, name, place, date and time of the offense.

Fishing at either lake is permitted between the hours of 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The following uses are prohibited at Wagon Tongue Recreation Club Lakes:
No wading and swimming in the lakes.- No engaging in drunkenness or indecent exposure. No camping at the lakes. – No campfires. – No fireworks of any kind. – No shooting of any kind except Pelican Control ordinance by authorized personnel. – No entering upon the ice-covered lakes with any vehicle. – No operating of motorized vehicles of all types on any part of the dams and other unimproved areas except for maintenance purposes approved by the Board. The access roads to Plamann Lake are exempt. All vehicles must stay on established roads. – No loose dogs…Dogs must be on leashes around the lakes.

Who is Really a Member of the Club?

We’ve had a problem with people fishing with membership badges but are not members. This happens primarily two ways. 1. Some property owners, thus members, have been giving their (adult kids) badges. This is prohibited! Here’s what the actual bylaws state: All dependent members of the immediate family of a member, (property owner), residing at the principle place of abode of the member shall be entitled to use the Club facilities as may be established by the Board of Directors. A family member must qualify as a deduction for income tax purposes to be considered a dependent. Non-dependents residing with the member fall under and will be governed by the guest policy. Article IV Section ll: (b)

In other words, if your kids have grown up and are no longer legal dependents, you can’t give them your badges. They can still fish and go boating but Only when accompanied by a member. Please contact your adult kids and give them this information. Thank You!

Another way badges have gotten into the hands of non members has been other members giving badges to non members. Their buddies from work or whatever. And some of these buddies have brought up their own buddies. And some of these people have brought up their families with kids and their kid’s friends. So where does it stop? It stops at: Just don’t give or loan your badges to anyone! This of course includes members of the Board as well! Oh, that could never happen right? 3 years ago in 2011, I was invited to a Members of the Board meeting at Terry Brunette’s house. (Our current treasurer) They talked about the idea of handing out badges to non members so these non members could come up and fish without being accompanied by a member. I could hardly believe my ears! They then decided to bring it to a vote. All but two hands went up! Mine because I’m not a member of the Board and one member of the Board, Lori Flight who has since sold their home and moved to Texas thus no longer a Board member. I should make mention, most of the Board of Directors don’t even live up here so it is an inconvenience for them to accompany any guests.

So the vote got passed and Terry told me at that time, “So Jim, for now on, if you find anyone wearing a badge, that’s good enough. Just let them fish.” I knew then why I was invited to that Board meeting. But how was I to continue working lake patrol and keep regulations that were no longer regulated. I thoroughly believed this new rule would have been in our next newsletter and the bylaws changed. But they weren’t. Nothing in the newsletter and no bylaws changed so the only ones knowing of this new status were the Board of Directors. I know this might be shocking to member of the club but I have no reason to lie, I was there and this did take place. This can of worms which was opened is still plaguing Wagon Tongue today. Recently, while on lake patrol, I found Board members Terry Brunett and Keith Paris sitting in the pavilion so I stopped by and sat down with them. We talked about a few things and I reminded them of that meeting where this vote took place. Terry tried to tell me it wasn’t really a vote. Really? It was called a vote. Hands went up and it was passed and I was told to no longer do lake patrol the way I had been doing for all these years.

July 12th The General Membership Meeting

This is perhaps the most important day of the year up here at Wagon Tongue. Everyone is invited! It starts out with the general membership meeting followed by a potluck to be remembered until the following one next year! Of course I always attend because it’s the one day of the year when communication is at its best. The food is not bad either! This year I disappointed some because I didn’t bring any alligator, rattle snake, yak, kangaroo, beaver or Russian boar. Just an all American smoked beef brisket. Now, this year something was added that to my knowledge has never happened before. It was videotaped! I sat right up front with a small digital video camera covering the presentation of the Board of Directors as well as everything else brought up at this meeting. One thing I wanted to accomplish was to publically ask and record the Board of Director’s answers concerning the giving or loaning out of badges to non members. I did have the opportunity to ask this question and Terry Brunette did affirm that the bylaws say what they say and must be upheld. So I guess are back on track again. By the way, I don’t know all board members but I do know we have some very good ones too. Dennis Kost is one of them. He’s always been against the sharing of badges. Also, John Mickey who told me how he hates the corruption taking place in this country. He is a good man! It may be too late to save this country but not Wagon Tongue.

Other Recreational Stuff?

There’s a number of things we can do up here besides fishing and boating. Some here in Wagon Tongue and some at our nearby National Forest. Riding on the many multipurpose trails with ATV’S and motorcycles and in the winter, snowmobiles and cross country skiing. Archery, hiking, shooting, and hunting. There’s horseback riding not far from here too! Remote control boats, plains helicopters and quad copters. (drones) I have about 5 of these and can teach you how to fly them. They start at only around $30.00 or the big ones you can use a movie camera with for only about $75.00.

You can get together at the pavilion to show movies, I have a projection DVD player and a large screen you can use! (don’t forget the popcorn) You can also have home Bible studies or just watch Christian DVDS which I have a ton of, all free for members, you can also get together for ice cream socials or biscuit & gravy breakfasts once a week or so. Use your imagination! You can contact me and I can hook you up with likeminded members!

Mandatory Evacuation? Really?

You all remember the fire we had had up here where they told us we all have to leave right? Well, that’s not really true. And once you leave, you can’t get back in. I remained behind during that fire and it was the most pleasant week at Wagon Tongue ever! Wildlife returned in droves! I found myself feeding pets and watering people’s gardens. I was ready to leave but only if I deemed it necessary. The next time we have a fire and call for mandatory evacuation, remember, this is up to you!

Lake Patrol

At the General Membership meeting and pot luck we just had, I again asked for a show of hands of those who could help out with Lake Patrol in the morning. The same amount of hands went up this year as last and the year before that. ZERO! I need to answer phones in the morning so if there’s anyone who can help out, please call me. Thanks!

The Website…What Website?

At the General Membership meeting at the Lake George Community Center in Lake George I had someone bring up the topic of a website for Wagon Tongue but it was shot down. It seems many have been misinformed to believe it would cost much money to get one started. This is not true. Anyone can go to some place like (go daddy) and purchase a domain name for only one dollar. I was hoping the Board would have jumped on this to keep members more in tuned as to what’s going on up here but since they said no, I got it. It might be better for someone who is just a member of the club to do this anyway because like this newsletter, the website should also be a Members to Member’s website. This way you guys can all have things posted on it that might not otherwise be.

There’s not much on it yet but that’s why you’ve been given a return envelope to send me with articles and ideas for Wagon Tongue so please take advantage of this new means of communication for wagon Tongue.

Preppers?What’s a Prepper?

As you may know, there are tons of people all over this country as well as up here who are preparing for the hard times to come. I was a boy scout and our motto was “be prepared.” There are many who have 1-2 years of non-perishable foods stored. Good idea! There is going to be a major financial collapse so many are learning how to grow high country survival foods to food storage secrets to protecting themselves. Not if, but when we have a financial crash, this will also cause a crash of society. It’s already begun. We have inflation taking place at the same time as deflation. Inflation of the costs of things (especially food) while the dollar in quickly deflating. But what we are experiencing now will look like a trip to Disneyland compared to what’s coming down the pike. And it could be soon! We have a few DVDs we’re making available free to Wagon Tongue members. They are as follows:
-Growing Your Own Back Yard Survival Foods
-Food Storage Secrets
-Left Behind: Where’d Everybody Go? (the Rapture)
-Living off the Grid (solar)
-The Future of Food

Please do not call in for these, but just use the return envelope provided and let me know what you want. Also, if you will, please include your phone number and email address for better communicating with other members.

Suppressed Medical Advances

Did you know that Colloidal Silver kills all viruses and infections? According to the U.C.L.A Medical Dept. Colloidal Silver killed every virus tested in their lab. Over 650 of them! Available in most health food stores but quite expensive. Or you can make your own at home for pennies per gallon! Contact us for more information.

Vitamin B-17 the Cure for Cancer?

So why is this not in our multiple vitamins? There is a place in California that does sell Vitamin B-17. Their toll free phone number is: 1-866-468-7487

Buying/Selling of anything!

You can also use this newsletter and website for buying or selling and more! Need a baby sitter? Are you a baby sitter? Need a house cleaner? Can you do house cleaning? Use your imagination!

Board member Joe Moroski is looking for a trail bike to ride on the trails up here. 719-593-0599

I’m looking for a handyman for various things as well as a computer whiz who can put video cam onto DVDs using my computer. 719-748-6003.

Firewood for sale: Mike & Jamie Mate at 689-0869 In winter, $140 per cord cut, dried, split & delivered. Off season (now) $125.00 per cord. Order early because there’s always a waiting list.

By the way, all advertising here is free!

The Bald Eagles

As I was out in my boat last month, there were two bald eagles just above me flying in circles getting higher and higher. Then to my surprise, all of a sudden they connected and started tumbling down breaking apart just before hitting the water. I actually witnessed these two bald eagles mating! What a great place we have been blessed with!

Ending Note…

Again, please do get back with me concerning anything having to do with Wagon Tongue or anything else in this newsletter using the return envelope. You can also reach me at: 719-748-6003 or email me at:Cultbuster7@yahoo.com or can also check out the ministry website at www.cultivateministries.org

Also, check us out on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WagonTongue

-Jim Zilonka