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.
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The “Men’s Monthly”
Issue #7: June 2016
By Rick A. Woods
Writer, Web-News Committee
From the editor: When I first started coming to the club back in 2013 and during several visits since then, I began to notice something---I’m guessing that you’ve noticed the same thing if you have spent any real time at the West Side Sportsman’s Club over the past few years. There seem to be “regulars” who are always there---guys I thought must surely live nearby, work there, or have nothing else to do---what other reason could there be? They were always out and about either carousing or shooting---and always surrounded by others. I have since learned the answer to what I didn’t know---that most of these “regulars” are volunteer members who exemplify a personal drive and determination to support the needs of their club, and actively encourage others to follow. They come to the club for their own enjoyment while working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the rest of us can continue to enjoy ours. They never work for personal praise or credit, but for the satisfaction that their efforts will prove worthwhile.
This issue introduces Bryan McGehee, another example of the men whose generosity and work ethics have placed them in leadership roles, men who now serve as examples for other members to follow. Even if you think you know him, you won’t until you take a walk in his shoes.
Childhood & Teens
Bryan was born 1963 and has three sisters and two brother. His parents divorced in 1965 at the age of 2. Life wasn’t easy growing up without a dad, and Bryan became a bit of a rebel-rouser during his later years in school. His mother supported the family working as a cook, and as a QNA (Qualified Nursing Assistant) in her later years. While Bryan still saw his dad on occasion, Bryan and his dad, a Union Electrician were never really close. As a boy, he enjoyed going hunting with a neighbor’s friend, a Purple Heart Vietnam Vet, for squirrel and rabbits, using the man’s 22 rifle and learning gun safety.
Living in the city on Evansville’s west side, there wasn’t much to do, so neighborhood kids would join him playing in nearby creeks, and when that became boring, there were always other options that were just as fun, even though most were guaranteed to get them into trouble. On the good side, while in his teens and early twenties, Bryan spent some time playing baseball in an Evansville Civic League, received training in martial arts over the years, and was good in men’s gymnastics. He found personal peace through jogging---enjoying the serenity as his quiet time, both indoors and out.
Jobs for youth were out there if you were a go-getter, and as a young teenager, Bryan earned spending money by mowing lawns and shoveling snow in his neighborhood. He fondly recalled working 3 years at the “Connection” (an early Evansville teen club on west Franklin St.) handling a mix of responsibilities including some fill-ins s their DJ, followed by a stint at Kentucky Fried Chicken, located near his home, then hired as a “hod carrier” for a brick-layer. By his late teens, Bryan still wasn’t career minded, had no realistic plans for college, and no grants nor scholarships to rely on. It was through his work experience, that his interests and talents began directing him towards employment in jobs that would require specialized skills, performing a technical service. Those opportunities were about to become realities, but not before he accepted a Courier paper route, and worked in a gas station. By proving himself trustworthy and dependable as an employee, Bryan found his first service-oriented employment working for the Indiana State Highway Department initially with their Road Maintenance for about two years, then with their Sign/Signal Maintenance crew, where he developed skills operating bucket trucks while becoming familiar with various pieces of highway maintenance equipment, and several specialized techniques. During that time, he enjoyed doing some concrete work on the side, but feels fortunate now that he didn’t stay with it due to recent problems with his back. In 1986, he was given an opportunity to join SIGECO, a personal goal that he had set for himself in high school. By requesting a personal job reference from his ISHD management, Bryan became an employee at SIGECO as a Class B Helper, and moved up in rank to a Fitter. In 2005, he became a Measurement and Regulation Technician, and recently celebrated his 30th Year Anniversary with the company, whose name changed to VECTREN back in 2000. At VECTREN, he works for the Natural Gas side of the company, and shares the responsibility for servicing high and low pressure regulators that supply gas turbines, and those that control gas pressures at commercial and industrial locations in this region.
Bryan married Sheila in September of 1987, and have three surviving children. Sadly, their first child, Kaysie (born premature in 1990) lost her battle to survive just three months later to health related issues at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indy. They were later blessed in 1992 with a son, Joshua, again in 1997 with a daughter, Kaitlyn, and again in 2002 with another daughter, Kameryn. Throughout the years, Bryan and his family have shared an interest in firearms. Over the years, he has gained experience with several pistols, revolvers, and especially, shotguns at one time or another.
Bryan has always been a constant provider, loyal husband, and fun-loving dad to his children. He has fond memories of teaching them hunting and shooting skills on a one-to-one basis, and beams with pride when he sees that they actually listened and learned, and now practice what he preached. He also recalls great times when their entire family would travel down to Florida for beach vacations, a family favorite! I could sense the honesty in his voice when he told me these things, and able to relate to his enthusiasm when any subject involved his family…Sheila, an Executive Secretary at Southwestern Behavioral Health with people and decorating skills… Josh, and his trap and drone skills… Kaitlyn, and her trap and people skills and work ethics… and Kameryn, about her competitive dance competitions and her trap skills. Like any other family, there are squabbles and disputes, but as Bryan sees it, he wouldn’t have it any other way. He feels his goals in life are being met, the family is still together, and grandchildren are a blessing they are looking forward to.
Regarding a “family contender” in the room, the WSSC… Bryan’s family truly means everything to him, but with his involvement in so many activities at the club, began to realize just how much time they were taking from special family activities… Many that he missed are memories never to be shared between him and his family. Loyalty to family, and concerns for the club, were always competing for his time, and had been increasing over the past few years. Bryan has been turning that around by backing off as other members are urged to step up and help. After all, with our current membership of nearly 600, no single member should be expected or even allowed to make such a personal sacrifice of family time for the sole benefit of the club. With this in mind, he is making use of new, free time, and participating like other dads in family lifetime events that quickly come and go. However… don’t take his cutbacks as a “Farewell to the club!”… Bryan still cares a lot about it’s welfare and enjoys participation. In addition to the home that he shares with his wife, children and pets, he will willingly acknowledge his second “family” of close friends here at the WSSC, and I am honored to be counted as one of them!
Bryan graduated from Reitz HS in 1982, and attended Ivy Tech in 1986 taking classes in Industrial Electronics. He also gathered specialized, informal on-the-job training through his various employers.
He first visited the club as a guest around 1984, and joined the WSSC around 1985-86 just to make new friends, and to have a place to shoot, but quickly became interested in what he could do to help with projects and promotions. He dropped his membership after about 2 years when he got married and found he didn’t have enough time for it. Bryan tried shooting trap with limited success, but tips from Ed Walter and Mike Reimann, participation in a free clinic, and choosing the right shotgun, encouraged him to achieve success.
Within a short period of time, Bryan had accomplished the initial list of goals that he made during his initial membership. He returned to the club in 2009, and began to pursue roles in leadership by joining (or sitting in on) the Finance Committee – 2 Years, Trap, Rules & Regulations, Web, Membership, and Leadership Committees. He began decreasing his involvement in 2016 to enjoy additional free time with his family.
In life, we all want our family and friends to be there to support us, and it is our intention to do likewise for them. Bryan had been devoting much of his time on numerous club activities, but had the foresight that others may tend to dismiss. He recognized a growing need to spend more time with his family, and has made provisions to do so. This is an admirable trait for anyone to exhibit, and for those of us who know Bryan personally, his decision came as no surprise…
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