President’s Message – February 2022

President’s Message

(February 2022)

The dues renewal period for 2022 has come to an end. If for some reason you have not submitted your dues, please contact me ASAP so that I don’t count you as late.

The nominations due date has passed for election to the Board of Directors. Terry VanDenBoom has decided to not run for re-elections. Mike Buckman has been nominated for his position. Terry has been a valuable part of our board and the club for many years. He has diligently processed the club receivables which has required many hours of service. Thanks Terry of all of your hard work. He is still be a member of the club so this is not a goodbye.

The Board has created a new policy for signage and reads as follows.

“No signage of any kind including but not limited to yard signs, flags, and banners shall be planted, posted, displayed, or hung on club property without the express permission of the Rockford Skeet Club Board of Directors. This policy does not prohibit the posting of for sale items and businesses related to the shooting sports on the club house bulletin board.”

A new propane heater for the handgun range building is in the planning stages. Hopefully it will be installed in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.

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 – February 2022

RCS  BOD  ,  February 1  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 January / 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

Procedure Updates

1. Signage , Approved

2.League procedures .  Approved

a. Handgun league – In spring

 b. Trap tutorial spring – TBD

c. Bird dog demo  – TBD

d. 5 stand overshoot agreement , working with NIRPC

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

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

g. 2022 elections,  Nominations have been made.

h. Saftey officers meeting .    Completed

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:30

Next Board meeting March 1  , 2022                                                                                         Respectfully submitted – Caleb Davis , Secretary