News & Events
From Jay Creek - Parent of a Sportsman
I wanted to pass along my sentiments concerning CTO’s impact on my step-son Evan. As you know, Evan and I have been attending CTO’s weekly group meetings for about 4 weeks. Two weeks ago, Evan officially joined CTO as a certified member and it has been all that he has talked about. The content of the material (i.e., hunting, camping, etc) has always been an interest for Evan, so having opportunities to attend these events means the world to him.
by Eric 'Bear' St. Pierre
I ask myself this question from time to time because God has entrusted me with the ministry of CTO in Illinois. God has honored me with a prodigious responsibility: CTO’s leadership, relationships, and the impact CTO is having on the youth that we mentor. Mainly I’m asking myself the question, “Am I being a good steward?”
When I looked up steward in the dictionary I found this definition: “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.” This definition describes my situation well.
by Eric 'Bear' St. Pierre, Illinois State Director
Many of you have experienced the extreme cold of this year’s winter. As sportsmen we relish these opportunities to get into the woods and see the animal activity. When it is cold like this animals will move around instead of bedding down. Thus giving Tyron and myself the opportunities to see things like the deer playing tag and chasing each other. It also allowed for D’Lige and Mike to harvest one of the biggest bucks I have ever had to pick up (with the help of 3 other men). I think this buck will allow for enough meat to stock next years outings, summer camps, and game dinners.
by Janie St. Pierre, CTO IL Staff Writer
(read to the cadence of 'Twas the night before Christmas)
’Twas the Wednesday before Christmas and all through the place;
all the CTO families had joined to say grace.
There was wild boar, venison, and barbecued squirrel;
Baked beans, brownies, and iced cookies with swirl.