President’s Message September 2012

I was hoping it would not come to this, but I’m going to have to address this head on as I have mentioned this issue in my previous President’s Messages but some members just don’t get it or don’t want to get it. As we all know, we do not pay anyone to maintain the club other than for machine maintenance and mowing. These comments are certainly not directed at the members that help maintain the club house and grounds and for that I commend them. Just recently I walked into the club house and found potato chips and donut crumb all over the floor near the table. It was quite a mess. Bathroom waste baskets full with paper towels spilling on to the floor. One day I found finger nail clipping on the floor – gross. There are some members that think the rules are not for them. It is time for those of you that are abusing the privileges of our club to change your ways and be responsible members. This means picking up after yourselves, emptying garbage cans, vacuuming the carpet, picking up your hulls, and loading the machines. If this continues, we will be forced to identify the individual(s) by using our nine surveillance cameras, of which there are two monitoring the club house interior. When identified, the membership statue of these individuals will be brought before the board of directors for review. Again, I apologize to the majority of our members that work hard to make our club the best in the area.

One item for the trap shooters. Some members are adjusting the machines to throw straight aways, that is fine, but when done shooting, please return the machine to its full functional setting.

The skeet lights for field 2 are in process. The pylons have been poured and have to cure for one week. The lights should be installed sometime during the week of September 17. I will send out instructions regarding the use of the lights in the near future. It should be noted that the cost of the lights was funded by donations from some of our members. Thanks to those members for their generous donations.

The open house held in August was a huge success. We gained ten new members. Thanks to all the members that were on hand to support this event.

The Braggin Rights Shoot has been rescheduled to October 20, 2012. This is a fun shoot for all club members. Twenty five each of trap, skeet, and five stand will be shot. The entry fee is $5.00 plus the cost of rounds. Prizes will be awarded to the top three shooters and drawings will be held for all of the entered shooters. Guests are welcome but they cannot share in the prizes. It is a fun day and I encourage all levels of shooter to come on out to have some fun. Lunch will be provided. More to follow as the date gets closer.

We now have club hats for sale at $14.00 each. There are two styles of hats, baseball and winter knit hats. They are in the trophy case in the club house. Put the money in an envelope located on the log desk and deposit in the slotted drawer.

2012 Events

• Members only ”Braggin Rights Shoot” – October 20

Best Regards,
Sam Valenza
President, Rockford Skeet Club