President’s Message – August 2022

President’s Message

(August 2022)

The Board of Directors (BOD) has approved a proposal from Rich Tomasewski to refurbish the trap houses. Once work begins the trap fields will not be available for shooting. I will let you know when the work will start.

The folks at the landfill will be putting more gravel on the road behind the club house to fill in the pot holes that have developed. I want to thank Tim and his crew over at the landfill for doing this for us.

August is National Shooting Sports Month. We are always looking for new members and this is and added an opportunity for you to bring out guests and get them acquainted with the shooting sports and/or our club. If a guest fills out an application, the guest fee will be waived. Also, every Tuesday is Twilight Tuesday in August.  Join your club members for shooting under the lights starting at 7 pm.  Lights go on when it is dusk, and we finish at 9 pm.  Last week we had both skeet and trap under the lights.  August 9th is shotgun show and tell night.  Bring some hardware with a story!

For safety reasons, we will be moving the patterning board between skeet field 3 and the handgun range berm. There is concern that people using the patterning board could be in danger with shooters on trap field 2.

I want to remind everyone that badges are required to be worn on club property.

Trap shooters please be aware that when you talk while on station birds are being released through the voice calls. Please keep you talking to a minimum and thanks for you cooperation.

The BOD has approved a donation in the amount of $250 to sponsor a shooting station during the boy scout shoot scheduled in September.

All safety officers will be issued new badges that identify them as safety offices. The new badges will be available in the next week or two.

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, Caleb Davis at 815-243-1483, or Dan Gengo at 815-572-1423. You will need to bring a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection and a $25.00 annual fee.

2022 Projects

  • Rebuild trap houses – approved
  • Remove clay targets on skeet fields – completed
  • Pistol range heaters – Completed
  • Gravel for the pistol range/5-Stand road – in process
  • Club internet – investigation is in process

2022 Events

  • Landfill lunch – 9/16/22
  • Club fun day/new members day/open house – 9/24/22

Remember gun safety is our number 1 priority.

Rockford Skeet Club Mission Statement

The Rockford Skeet Club’s mission is to promote clay target shooting and complementary shooting sports. The objectives are to promote 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 membership.

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza

President, Rockford Skeet Club

BOD Meeting Minutes – August 2022

RCS BOD Meeting – August 2, 2022                                                                                                       

PRESENT:  Sam Valenza, Bill Shold, Al Perry, Mike Buckman, Randy Scott, Steve Wiltgren,

  1. Meeting called to order at 5:30 by President Sam Valenza
  2. Minutes of July 2022 – Approved, 5-0
  3. Treasurers Report:  Approved, 5-0

2022 Projects

  1. Handgun range heaters, Completed
  2. Update website – In process
  3. New grill – In process
  4. Fix gravel road – In process
  5. Club internet – Randy Scott is investigating Comcast and T-Moble
  6. Rebuild trap houses – approved/in process
  7. Broken clays removal – completed

20222 Events

  1. clean up day – Completed
  2. Fun day – Completed
  3. Landfill lunch – 9/16/22
  4. Club fun day/New Membership/open house Day 9/24/22

New business

  1. NIRPC/RSC meeting scheduled for August 16. Agenda for meeting is in process
  2. Guest waiver was discussed and is being researched by Steve Wiltgen
  3. Clay for scouting – BOD approved a $250.00 station donation
  4. Safety officer badges – BOD agreed to have badges for safety officers. Caleb to make and distribute
  5. Patterning board will be relocated between skeet field 3 and handgun range berm for safety reasons
  6. Badges are to be worn on club property
  7. Investigating venue coaches for tutorials
    1. Caleb Davis and George Ketter to conduct 5-stand tutorial

Meeting adjourned at 7:30

Next Board meeting September 6, 2022                                                                                 

Respectfully submitted – Sam Valenza for Caleb Davis, Secretary