It’s Now a Contest!
We NEED one! The “Oakland County Sportsman’s Club Bar etc.” is just way too long and confusing a name. People keep confusing us with the “Sportsman’s Great Northern Bar and Grill” down the road at Dixie Hwy and Waterford Rd. We are looking for suggestions.
The new name should be simple and memorable. Perhaps a single word, like “Shooters” (Which for several reasons isn’t suitable unfortunately.), but hopefully would relate to or make people think about what the Club is about.
Yes, we’re heavy on shooting/target sports, but don’t forget the track and lake activities. Also, beware of names similar to other area bars, grills, and restaurants. There are a lot of them, so you’d best do an Internet search for any name you come up with. Perhaps something with a name similar to a place in another State or Country, but definitely not a place in Michigan. It probably shouldn’t be something too obscure either. “Wilson’s” might honor our founders, but how many people would make the proper association with the name? Besides, it’s already in use. [Update: Or it could just be something “catchy”… This is for Marketing after all.]
Please think about this, and if your creative Muse whispers something in your ear and it checks enough of the boxes, add it to the list. And if you like a name already on the list(s), add a mark to show it.
We need to AVOID anything that includes Sportsman’s, Sportsmen’s, and anything similar. Our main problem is the place down the street with a similar name to the club. Please check your ideas with at least a simple Internet search to avoid existing business names. And again, try to keep it short and memorable
There are two sheet-sets in the main clubhouse where you can submit names, one in the bar and one at the front desk. I will update copies of those sheets with the names already submitted with notations in red for known issues. Out of the over one hundred suggested names so far, only a couple dozen are either unique enough or possible contenders.
The Big News is that one of our members has offered a cash prize for whoever first comes up with a winning name, so when you submit your ideas, please include the date and time. Emails will use the header date and time sent/received. Another member has volunteered to do a formal trademark search as well once we’ve narrowed the field. We’re hoping for a selection committee decision by Fall, and maybe a membership vote if needed before the holiday season. The sooner the better, but we need to get this right.
And a big “Thank You!” to those of you who have already submitted suggestions! Your response has been great!
Secretary, D.R. Wilson Rifle & Pistol