President’s Message – Jan. 2017

President’s Message

(January 2017)

Club dues have to be paid by February 1, 2017. If payment is not received by this date, memberships will be terminated and can only be reinstated by reapplying for membership and paying the new membership fee of $175.00. Please be sure to fill out the invoice form in full when making a payment. This is the only way we have of insuring that your contact and FOID data is up to date. Let me know if you did not receive an invoice.

If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors for the positions of vice president, treasurer, and three directors or want to make a nomination, please contact Gino Nizzi at 815-572-5625 or e-mail him at Nominations are due by February 1, 2017 and elections will be held in March 2017.

Once again I need to remind all of you that keeping the club clean is all of our responsibility. Recently I walked into the bath rooms and found urine all over the toilet seats, waste basked full with paper towels thrown on the floor. This is totally unacceptable. If you can’t pee straight, take a seat. Empty the bathroom waste baskets when full including the ones out in the club house and outside. I know the majority of our members do take time to tidy up the place. However there is a few that think that they are exempt. We have purchased a new vacuum cleaner located in the closet. When the floor is dirty, please vacuum.  If we have to start paying for these tasks, you can be sure that our rounds fee and/or our membership fees will increase. Please be a responsible member and pitch in. Thanks for your support.

A new budget for 2017 has been approved will be posted in the club house for your review.


Trap and skeet fields and sidewalks are to be cleared of snow before shooting. Shovels are outside of the club house and in the storage barn. The snow blower is available for use and is located in the storage barn. Do not shoot on fields that have not been cleared of snow. Doing so will compact the snow and make it difficult to remove. It is everyone’s job to pitch in to remove snow from the sidewalks and shooting fields. As always, gun cases are not permitted in the club house. Guns will be permitted, but it is strongly suggested that they only be kept inside if it is raining or snowing.

A new smaller Toro snow blower has been purchase to complement the larger blower.  Either blower can be used to clear fields and walks of snow.

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

2017 Club Projects

  • Install pulley systems on lane 2 & 3 in handgun building
  • May purchase a new trap machine for trap field 1

2017 Club Events

  • Annual meeting – 3/25/17
  • Spring cleanup date – 5/6/17
  • Vintage/other gun shoot – 6/24/17
  • Old Geezer Shoot – 7/22/17
  • Silver Dollar registered skeet shoot – 8/12 & 8/13/17
  • Landfill lunch – 9/15/17
  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 9/23/17
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/4/17

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 – Jan. 2017

BOD Meeting of January 2, 2016:
PRESENT: Sam Valenza, Larry Ohda, Randy Scott, Al Perry, Harley Shepherd, Terry VanDenBoom, Clay Beuhler.
Meeting called to order at 5:20 by President Sam Valenza
Minutes of December 5, 2016 – Accepted as presented 6-0
Treasurers Report:
Accepted as read, attached by reference Accepted 6-0.
2017 Budget reviewed and approved 6-0

2017 Projects
Hand gun range pulley system complete. Work continues on lanes 2 & 3 no change
A new smaller snow blower was purchased for use on clearing fields or sidewalks. Approved 5-0 email vote.
A new vacuum cleaner was purchased for use in club house. Approved presidential authority.

2017 Events – Planned dates
Annual meeting – March 25
Spring Clean-up – May 6
Vintage Shoot (new format) – June 24 (date under review)
Geezer Shoot – July 15
Registered Shoot – August 12-13
Landfill Lunch – September 15
Braggin Rights Shoot – September 23
Turkey’s Shoot – November 4

New Business
BoD Election 2017 – Treasurer, Vice President and three at large members will be up for vote. President and Secretary were voted on in 2016. No change
2017 Dues Invoices were sent out December 2016
A selection of new hand tools will be purchased. Tools to be used for club and machine maintenance.
A vote was taken to increase mowing charges to $35 per cut. Approved 5-1.
A vote was taken to eliminate dues for club officers. Defeated 2-4.

No other member new business.

Meeting adjourned at 6:05 PM (to accommodate Larry Ohda).
Next Board meeting is Monday, February 6, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
Respectfully submitted – Al Perry, Secretary