President’s Message – April 2016

President’s Message

(April 2016)

Our annual membership meeting was held on Saturday March 19 and the election results are as follows.

  • President – Sam Valenza
  • Secretary – Al Perry
  • Directors – Terry VanDenBoom, Randy Scott, Clay Buhler

Also at the annual meeting one of the questions that were raised was concerning leagues. The club has had a policy on league formation since 2009. The problem we have had and continue to have is finding members that are willing to organize and run the leagues. If anyone is willing to run a league for any of our venues (skeet, trap, 5 stand, handguns) please contact me or any BOD member.

Several of our members meet on Thursdays around 3:30 PM until dark for an evening of shooting fun. The shooting activities, depending on the night or mood of the members, could involve any of our shooting venues. If you are interested, come on out and join the fun.

The sale of reclaimed shot was held last Saturday; however, a few members that signed up were not able to purchase any shot as the supplier ran out of it. We do have a member that makes #8 shot and is offering it for sale at $30.00 per 25 pounds with a 50 pound minimum. If you are interested in purchasing this shot, please contact Ron Joseph at 847-669-0405.

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 7. Bring out your shovels, rakes, and trimmers. We will also need a wheel barrow or two as we will be getting a load of mulch to spread around the trees. No shooting will be allowed until all of the work is done. I hope to see you there. Lunch will be provided.

One of our members, Jerry Cello, who is an active police firearms instructor and the owner of Point of Impact Training, offers a variety of handgun training classes.  They provide the necessary requirements for those who wish to obtain their concealed carry permits, as well as advanced concealed carry classes for those looking to truly understand the difficulties they may encounter in a potential deadly force situation in the real world. Jerry will be offering classes to our members and non-members. As classes are offered I will send out emails with all the details. The training will be done on the club’s handgun range, therefore, all members that plan on taking a class will have to be certified on our range prior to the class. A discount will be offered to all of our members. Also, if you would like more information regarding the classes, please send an email to or call (815) 322-6721.

If anyone is interested in getting certified for the handgun range, please contact Milt Schwanke at 815-988-2278 for weekend morning classes and Don Lyddon at 815-877-0754 for weekday afternoon classes. You will need to bring a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection, and a $25.00 annual fee.

2016 Club Projects

  • Replace bathroom floors- under review
  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – in process

2016 Club Events

  • Spring cleanup – May 7, 2016
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – Aug. 13 & 14, 2016
  • Landfill lunch – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 2016
  • Geezer Shoot – June 18, 2016
  • Vintage Shoot – Sept. 17, 2016
  • Turkey Shoot – Nov. 5, 2016

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza, President, Rockford Skeet Club

Rockford Skeet Club Mission Statement

The Rockford Skeet Club’s objectives are to encourage organized target shooting; to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team-play, and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship. It is the duty of all members to contribute to the wellbeing, to protect, to grow, and to enhance the club and its members now and in the future.

BOD Meeting Minutes – April 2016

BOD Meeting of 5 April 2016:

PRESENT:  Sam Valenza, Larry Ohda, Randy Scott, Al Perry, Harley Shepherd, Terry VanDeBoom.

ABSENT:   Clay Beuhler

Meeting called to order at 5:35 by president Sam Valenza

  1. Minutes of 7 March 2016,  – Accepted as presented 5-0
  2. Treasurers Report:
    1. Accepted as read, attached by reference Accepted 5-0.
  3. 2015/2016 Projects
    1. Hand gun range pulley system – in process – working through pulley system design. Design complete will be procuring hardware for completion. (Almost complete). No change
    2. Construction of 5 stand deck – 2 designs under review – construction on hold pending over shoot rights resolution. No change
    3. Plan being developed to replace both club house bathroom floors.
  1. Notices:
    1. 2016 Club board election results:
      1. President: Sam Valenza
      2. Secretary: Al Perry
  • Board Members: Harley Shepherd

Clay Beuhler

Terry VanDenBoom

  1. Shirts and t-shirts are available for order. Orders may be confirmed with Randy Scott who will coordinate a new order in future. No Change.
  1. 2016 Events – Dates finalized
    1. Spring Cleanup – May – 7.
    2. Vintage shoot – June -18.
    3. Registered Skeet Shoot – August 13-14.
    4. Landfill Lunch – September 16.
    5. Old Geezer Shoot – September 17.
    6. Braggin Rights shoot – October 15.
    7. Turkey Shoot – November 5.
  1. New Business
    1. RSC club board members continue to meet with S & T Land Corp board members improve relations and develop comprehensive plans for club growth. The latest team meeting was February 29 and we will continue to meet the last Monday of each month. March meeting was postponed.
      1. Discussions ensued on extending the lease for long term viability of the club on current property. Need vote from Land Corp members to rewrite lease.
      2. Any members wishing for topics to be presented or discussed with the teams may present them to Randy Scott, Clay Buehler, Al Perry or Ned Burns.
    2. Greg Baylander is coordinating a survey by a group to reclaim lead on property. No change
    3. Jerry Cello of Point of Impact, a pistol and rifle safety training company, made a proposal to begin offering fee based pistol training on RSC pistol range. These classes will vary in skill level be available to members and non-members. Their proposal included fees payable to the club for non-member use of club range.  Their proposal was approved by 4-1 vote.
  1. No other member business.
    1. Proposal was made to ensure teams assigned for specific Clean up day tasks. A master task list is being prepared

Meeting adjourned at 7:00PM

Next Board meeting is Monday, 2May 2016 @ 1730

Respectfully submitted – Al Perry, Secretary