President’s Message – January 2022

President’s Message

(January 2022)

The invoices for the 2022 membership have been mailed. Let me know if you did not receive yours by emailing me at Payment has to be received by February 1, 2022 in order to continue your membership. Payment received after February 1, 2022 will not be accepted. In order to be reinstated, a new membership application will be required with a check for $175.00.

A new lease was signed with our landlord the Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club (NIRPC) in December. The lease has six five year options and starts when our current lease expires on March 1, 2025 and continues until March 1, 2055. There is a three percent price increase with each 5 year option.

A very successful and productive meeting was held with some of our board members and some of NIRPCs board members to discuss insurance coverage, tax payment, Mutual club benefits, and our current overshoot agreement as well as a 5-stand overshoot agreement. I will keep you updated as agreements and plans are formulated. We plan to meet quarterly.

George Ketter has agreed to have another pistol league in the spring. More information will be provided as plans are finalized.

If any member would like to run or nominate someone for the Board of Directors positions of president, secretary, and the three directors for 2022, please contacts Gino Nizzi at Nominations are due by February 1, 2022.

A Safety offices meeting is scheduled for January 22 at 9:00am at the club for all certified safety officers. If anyone would like to become a safety officer, please join and we will get you started.

Winter shooting rules are in effect as follows.

  • 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 op 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.

If anyone is interested in getting certified for the handgun range, please contact Milt Schwanke at

815-988-2278, George Ketter at 815-456-2871, or Caleb Davis at 815-243-1483. You will need to bring a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection and a $25.00 annual fee.

2022 Projects

  • Rebuild trap houses
  • Remove clay targets on skeet fields
  • Pistol range heaters

2022 Events

  • Annual meeting – 3/23/22
  • Club cleanup day – 5/14/22
  • Club fun day – 6/4/22
  • Landfill lunch – 9/16/22
  • Club fun day – 9/24/22

Remember gun safety is our number 1 priority.

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.

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza

President, Rockford Skeet Club

BOD Meeting Minutes – January 2022

 RCS  BOD  ,  January 11  2022                                                                                                       PRESENT:  Sam Valenza, , Bill Shold , Al Perry,. Terry VanDanboom,  Randy Scott, Caleb Davis, Todd Hendreys

 1.     Meeting called to order at 5:30 by President Sam Valenza

2.     Minutes of December / 2022 – Approved ,  6-0

3.    Treasurers Report:  Approved , 6-0

A. New Business:

1. Virus guidelines –  Keep as is.

2. Looking for help with the lawn crew for 2022,  in process

4. Handgun range heaters ,  Getting quotes

5. Wound kits . Completed

6. Silver Dollar Shoot.  T.B.D.

a. Handgun league – In spring

 b. Trap tutorial spring – TBD

c. Bird dog demo  – TBD

d. 5 stand overshoot agreement , working with NIRPC

e. NIRPC lease. – Approved , and signed

f. Strategic plan and mission statement. Approved , in progress

g. No signs can be displayed publicly.  Unless board approved

h. Meeting with NIRPC  board , completed and went very well.

i. 2022 elections Sam Valenza, Caleb Davis, and 3 directors

j. Saftey officers meeting .   1/22/22           9:00 A.M.

k. Lawn care , Approved

8. Projects for 2022

a. Rebuild trap houses,

b. Clay removal              

2022 Events

1.Annual meeting –   3/26/22

2. clean up day – 5/14/22

Fun day – 6/14/22  –  9/24/22

Landfill lunch – 9/16/22

Club fun day – 9/24/22

Meeting adjourned at 6:30

Next Board meeting February 8  , 2022                                                                                         Respectfully submitted – Caleb Davis , Secretary