President’s Message – May 2018

President’s Message

(May 2018)

A small fire was discovered by two of our members that were performing maintenance on the low house 2 skeet machine. The fire was in the mulch under the stair case next to the fence on skeet field 3 and was extinguished immediately. The fire burned a small patch of mulch and the bottom tip of two fence boards. After some investigating, it was determined that it was not an electrical fire as the nearest power lines are about four feet away. Spontaneous combustion of the mulch was also ruled out. Therefore it is surmised that smoking material was thrown into the mulch and that it simmered for several hours before catching fire. Assuming that this assumption is correct, I caution all smokers to completely extinguish any smoking material and dispose of it in a proper manner. We dodge a bullet as the fire could have been much worse if it had not been discovered as early as it was.

In the near future the three skeet fields will be landscaped with additional dirt and seeding. The skeet fields will be closed when work begins and should only take a day or two to complete. I will let you know in advance when work starts.

The March 2018 election results were revealed at the annual meeting in March. I was reelected President, Al Perry was reelected Secretary, and Harley Shepherd, Terry VanDenBoom and Todd Hendrey were reelected Directors.

The annual spring cleanup on Saturday May 5 went well. I want to thank all of the members that gave of their time and effort to spruce up the club. Great job to all. Oh yeah, thanks to Larry Ohda for doing the cooking.

We will be organizing 5 stand shoots/events starting this spring. I will send an email detailing the dates and times for the events in the near future. The plan includes resuming shooting on Thursday evenings. If you haven’t tried this venue, I encourage you to come out and give it a try. It is a lot of fun and who knows you may get hooked.

We held our first hand gun shoot on April 28. The winners were: 1st Dan Retzer, 2nd Bill Shold, 3rd Caleb Davis. Congratulations gentlemen. Another handgun shoot is schedule for Saturday June 2 at 10 am. The rules for this shoot are as follows.

  • Course of fire will be a modified PPC (practical pistol competition). Three stages of fire.
  • First stage: At 7 yards shooter will fire 6 shots, reload and fire 6 more shots. Time is 25 seconds.
  • Second stage: At 15 yards shooter will fire 6 shots, reload and fire 6 more shots. Time is 25 seconds.
  • Third stage. At 25 yards shooter will fire 6 shots in 12 seconds.
  • 30 total shots. Shooters will need 2 magazines or if a revolver is used a speed loader is required.
  • This event is geared more towards concealed carry license holders so no 22 caliber handguns will be allowed to shoot for prize money. If someone wants to try this course with a 22 pistol for fun there is no charge.
  • Shooters will use 2 hands and start with handgun on the bench.
  • There is a 5 dollar entry fee and all money goes back to the shooters. 50% for first place, 30% for second place and 20% for third place.

The club has purchased a new gas grill and it is available for use by all members. Just be sure to keep it clean.

2018 Club Projects

  • Skeet Fields Landscaping in process

2018 Club Events

  • Vintage/other gun shoot – 6/23/18
  • Silver Dollar Registered Skeet Shoot – 7/14 & 7/15
  • Old Geezer Shoot – 8/8/18
  • Landfill Lunch – 9/14/18
  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 10/6/18
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/10/18

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 – May 2018

BOD Meeting of May 7, 2018

PRESENT: Sam Valenza, Larry Ohda, Al Perry, Harley Shepherd, Randy Scott, Todd Hendrey.
ABSENT: Terry VanDenboom,

Meeting called to order at 5:10 by President Sam Valenza

Minutes of March 5, 2018 – Accepted as presented 5-0

Treasurers Report:
Accepted as read, attached by reference.

Skeet field landscaping to complete the concrete work on skeet fields will be about $2,000. Will be scheduled in advance and club will be closed while effort in progress.
Fresh mulch was applied May 2.

New Gas grill was purchased
Carpet cleaning is scheduled for May 8
Club will procure a new outdoor aluminum sign to replace the banner which has been wind damaged. Passed 5-0
A donation to Boy Scout shoot, typically approved, was not approved for this year’s event.

2018 Events
Annual meeting – Complete
Spring Clean-up – Complete
Hand Gun shoot – Pistol competition – June 2 (recently added)
Vintage Shoot/other Gun shoot – June 23
Registered Shoot – July 14 and 15
Geezer Shoot – August 18
Landfill Lunch – September 14
Braggin Rights Shoot – October 6
Turkey’s Shoot – November 10 (Board reviewing event viability)

New Business
The Board continues to look for ways to increase 5-stand participation and notice of Thursday night or weekend shoots will be on club whiteboard and President email. During these events the venue will be opened and ready for shooters.

A relook at card reader system occurred. While some of the systems issues had been solved, further review is needed. It is anticipated that a due diligence team will visit other shooting venues to validate viability of system. Northbrook is a likely candidate..

Meeting adjourned at 5:50 PM.
Next Board meeting is Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
Respectfully submitted – Al Perry, Secretary