Important 2018 Election Information

Due to a last minute retraction of one candidate from the 2018 EESA elections we now only have 5 candidates running for the position of director. As only 5 positions are available the election is not necessary but the ballot will be sent out to members regardless.

The candidate’s retraction was given at a point far too late to cancel the services of the company running the election, so with that in mind it was decided to allow the election to be sent out to members as it stands.

As we hope to use electronic online voting in the future we felt it would be beneficial for all members to at least see the system and have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with this format as well as have some experience with the process.

The election ballot will be emailed to all members eligible to vote at 9:00am Saturday March 17th.

Candidate Bios

Ron Vinnai

Member # 3036

My name is Ron Vinnai and I have been a member of East Elgin for the past four years and on the board of directors for two. Over the past two years I have been an active part of the social committee, which holds the monthly euchre, the spring fishing derby, dinners and past gun shows.

Also while a member of the BOD I’ve made sure to be as attentive to the club needs as I think members would expect me to be,  and have only missed two meetings over the entire period.

I feel this club is moving in a very positive direction and would appreciate the membership’s consideration in allowing me to remain on the board and hopefully continue to be a positive influence in the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association.

Thank you for taking the time to read over my biography.


Roberto Manella

Member # 2843

My name is Roberto Manella. I have been involved in hunting and sport shooting activities for more than 30 years and have been a member at one or more gun clubs for the past ten years.  I am also a CSSA certified Club Level Safety Course Instructor and Range Safety Officer.

Over the last nine years, I have consecutively served as a Director at one or more gun clubs.  Having joined the EESA Board last year as an interim replacement, I am extremely pleased and proud of the work that the Board has achieved.  I would very much like to continue to serve on the EESA Board so that we may continue the great work and maintain EESA as one of the very best gun clubs in the province.

Lee Lightheart

Member # 3121

My name is Lee Lightheart and I have been secretary of EESA since July of 2016 and chair of the membership committee since September of 2015.

Some of my responsibilities as committee chairman include, keeping the main member database, the Aurora Keyscan database, and the website members listings all up to date, as well as submitting all updated member information to CSSA.

I feel we’ve made considerable progress in improving both our record keeping, payment system and communication to new members and we’re continuously looking for ways of making orientation day as welcoming and informative as possible for new members.  

As secretary, the latest project I’ve been working on is transcribing all of the past hand-written minutes into digital copies. I hope to be able to continue this task so that these are available to the entire membership for future reference.

Since May of last year when we re-introduced firearm licencing courses at EESA, I have been arranging both the PAL and RPAL participants and dates at the club for a local instructor who is also a member.

I also contribute to the new ‘Open Range Days’ program that was started in August by contacting and arranging for all the range officers and other volunteers to come and help out. I can’t express enough what a fantastic job they do and how much they make the days smooth and successful. I very much enjoy being the first person to greet all the non-members that come in, many of whom have taken the PAL/RPAL courses and have gone on to become members.

In the past two years I’ve developed an excellent working relationship with our current BOD, meetings are efficient, productive and for the most part enjoyable. I feel continuity is key in keeping the club running smoothly and experience at the Board level can only help when dealing with the many obstacles and issues that can arise.

I would very much like to continue for a second term and believe we can make EESA even better and more successful than it already is. I appreciate your consideration in this election and no matter the outcome feel 2018-2019 will be one of the best ever at EESA.

Ken Marlatt

Member # 430

I Ken Marlatt was a Ford employee for Ford Talbotville for 34.4 years. I retired in 2007. I started hunting in the 80s, joined EESA in the late 90s. I was on the board of directors for almost 20 years and treasurer for 17 years. Last year, I had to take off a year from the board. I still cook and teach archery, and work helping out with all disciplines wherever they need me. I believe we have one of the best shooting clubs around, we have to keep working together.

Doug Lightheart

Member # 3122

My name is Doug Lightheart, I’ve been a director at East Elgin for two years and Vice President for one. 

Over the past two years I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of a very progressive Board of Directors that have accomplished a considerable amount of tasks and overcome easily any of the day to day challenges that can arise in a club as large as EESA. During my time on the BOD I’ve made every attempt to interact with other members in a positive manner and devote as much time as possible to doing whatever it takes to keep EESA active, safe and enjoyable for all members.

Some of the changes I’ve either been part of or initiated are, online renewal payments, through paypal, emt or call in renewals with a Credit card.

‘Range Days’, to give non-members and un-licensed members of the public a chance to experience shooting, and to see what EESA has to offer.  This had been very rewarding for EESA both financially and in terms of new members joining and more people signing up for their PALs, not to mention giving many current members more opportunities to acquire volunteer hours.

We’re currently also trying for the first time, online voting and have found it so far to use less club resources and less of the club finances, while engaging hundreds more of our membership in the voting process than we’ve ever been able to previously. Last years election saw less than 100 votes cast, this year, online, we have the potential to see up to 900 votes cast.

As a part of the membership committee I’ve also helped see our monthly orientations sign anywhere from 20-30 new members a month and personally do the tour and introduction portion of the New Member Orientations.

Continuity and consistency at the board level is something I strongly believe benefits a club like EESA and over all I feel that our current Board of Directors have made huge accomplishments and proven repeatedly they have the ability to work together and help keep EESA one of the best clubs in Canada.

With the support of our membership I’d like to continue on as a director at East Elgin and feel as a Board of Directors, we can continue to help build EESA in a positive manner, as a club I feel we are already the best in the country and can continue in that manner.