Sporting Women 2009 took place recently at the Eastern Hills Rod and Gun Club in Stonelick Township.
George Clark of Amelia, vice-president of the Eastern Hills Rod and Gun Club, reported 143 women took part in this sixth annual event that he describes as “an opportunity to teach women outdoor activities.
“A lot of women don’t get involved in outdoor events and activities. This is a good day for the women to get away from their husbands and kids.”
Each participant got to choose any four events in which they wanted to take part. Each class lasted for 1.5 hours and each was taught by qualified instructors in each of the respective fields in which they taught.
Master Don McFarland is the chief instructor at the Eastgate Martial Arts Club, Mount Carmel. He and some of his staff, fourth DAN Degree Carmen Nyswonger, second DAN degree Jessica Bergholz, and green belt Sarah Ford, served as instructors for the self defense class.
He said, "It was an excellent day. It went really, really well. I taught prevention which is the biggest part of self-defense.
"We got an excellent response from the ladies. They really seemed to enjoy it. They learned very quickly and very readily."
Cyn Macke of Moscow is the director of sales and marketing of the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, she has participated in the Sporting Women event for three years.
She said, "It is just about the most fun day I have every year. It's so much fun. It's very well organized. I get to try out and learn new things. You really get to challenge yourself.
"This was the first year I did rock climbing. You climb the wall all the way to the top and ring the ball at the top of the wall...I enjoyed the kayaking a lot, too."
Clark pointed out that Sporting Women serves many positive purposes including that all of the proceeds from the silent auction goes to the House of Peace in Batavia that is a home for abused women and children.
Clark, who also praised his co-leader/organizer, Donna McMillion of Bethel, concluded, "We change some of the events each year to keep things going and to keep things interesting for everybody.
"This is a very worthwhile day for them. The women have a blast. They really enjoy it."`