Welcome to the Westside Sportsman's Club!
The West Side Sportsman's Club is situated on the west side of Evansville, IN on Peerless Road, between Hogue and Upper Mt. Vernon Roads. The West Side Sportsman's Club offers its members a convenient, several-acre venue for many outdoor activities, including archery, fishing, and various shooting disciplines.
In addition, Members enjoy the spacious setting for various family activities, as well as just hanging out with fellow sportmen after a hard day's work.
The Club offers a convenient distraction from the stresses of everyday life.
If you have questions about becoming a member, want the newsletter, or want to submit to the newsletter, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The “Men’s Monthly”
Issue #6: May 2016
By Rick A. Woods
Writer, Web-News Committee
Successful businesses and organizations all have one thing in common…members who care about the welfare, needs, and future of the enterprise in which they belong, and the West Side Sportsmen’s Club is certainly no exception. In general, its entire membership is a voluntary mix of firearm enthusiasts who love to come out to the club and shoot, but there are a few that are visionaries, those who will cite a wrong to make it right, seek the support to improve club facilities, and are willing to volunteer their time…and devote endless hours of work, at times in the face of adversities. Such a member is Dewey Colter who joined the WSSC in 2007 simply out of curiosity. While browsing at RaJo’s, he spoke to the owner, Stan Diekmann, who eventually handed him a WSSC application. Dewey joined, and after spending some time at the club, it didn’t take him long to identify areas in need of improvement, so as a “mover and shaker” he began a personal mission to address his list. He joined others like him who work with the BOD and several appropriate committees to protect the club’s interests, present plans of action, and discuss relevant timetables to get projects underway. Today’s WSSC has become a club in revision as its BOD, new members, and a more open-minded membership, are finding that their club is much more than they expected it could be, while member involvement has hit an all-time high!
You might ask,” What motivates certain members to devote so much of their personal time on any WSSC project or committee?” The answer is simple…They have a personal drive within themselves; they care…willing and motivated, they volunteer their time and skills to achieve success. This is one common cord that all new (and current) members are encouraged to consider, and willingly pursue.
Dewey, whose parents were farmers, grew up in East Central Illinois with one brother and four sisters. He started hunting and fishing at the age of 4 or 5 on his parent’s farm for sport and food for their family. Most of their daily meat, dairy, and vegetables were grown on their farm where he quickly took on added responsibilities, and learned the importance of being self-sufficient. Farm work occupied most of his time through his teens, leaving no spare time for sports or vacations. Farming was always a fulltime family occupation.
He has been married to Jeanne for 46 years. They have four daughters, and enjoy their seven grandchildren. They moved to Evansville in 2007 when Jeanne, a Nurse Practitioner, took a position at the VA Clinic. She retired this past December after nearly 50 years in nursing. Dewey has since learned that some of her patients are/were members of the WSSC.
He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. His educational endeavors were interrupted having been called back home. He continued part time attending Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois.
After a brief stint in the finance arena, he began working for Hyster Company’s Parts Depot in Danville, Illinois and was subsequently transferred to their Construction Equipment Division in Kewanee, Illinois. His final position was as Manager of their Finished Products Equipment Inventory for the US. He retired in 1994 after 23 years of service. During the early 1990’s, he also served as Mayor of Kewanee Illinois for 4 years, and became the Director of Economic Development in Benton/West City Illinois before retiring as the County Administrator for Logan County Illinois in 2007.
Although retired, Dewey continues to serve his community as a member of the Evansville/ Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and previously on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Dewey enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in 1967 and was commissioned in 1971. He held a variety of command and staff positions in infantry, armor and military intelligence. He graduated from the US Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1988 and retired from service in 1994 after 27 years of service.
He joined the WSSC in 2007, and is an active member of several national shooting organizations, i.e. the NRA, IDPA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and area gun clubs. His aspirations for the WSSC are to bring in national youth competitions to encourage family involvement in the shooting sports, and help encourage national sponsors that provide shooting scholarships for outstanding students.
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At the age of 5, Dewey had a chance to fly in a small plane. That experience stuck with him, and today, he has a Private Pilot’s License with flight time logged in several small planes, and helicopters.
In closing, I must say that I for one admire Dewey as a diligent, intelligent, and highly experienced member. His extensive military, financial, corporate, and governing background may tend to surface in friendly conversations as interesting “Dewey Mannerisms”, but he certainly remains an asset who is quite worthy to offer guidance and insights from his life’s experiences. The WSSC BOD and its membership should always be thankful for the voluntary up front and background work that he and other dedicated members, continue to provide…and all for the future benefit of the club.
If you are interested in receiving sound advice about a particular shooting skill, particular firearm, tips for reloading, or a club project, you can reach Dewey for comments, by one of the following:
Cell or Text: (812) 893-0998
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