President’s Message – February 2023

President’s Message

(February 2023)

The 2023 membership renewal signup is now completed as of February 1. We lost members for various reasons which included death, illness, and relocation. We as a club are still very strong financially. As in the past, we will hopefully gain new members during the year to make up for the loss. We normally lose between 8 to 10% each year.

Our annual meeting is set for March 25 at 9:00 am in the club house. The board of directors will be addressing club finances, events and projects, election results, a guest waiver, and will take questions from the attendees.

Starting April 1, 2023, guests will be required to sign a waiver of liability. The guest procedure will be updated and communicated in my monthly newsletter in March. It is expected that all members will follow this procedure when bringing guests to the club.

The handgun range heater is still not working properly. We will make one more attempt to fix it and if not successful, it will be returned to the supplier under warranty.

As previously stated, a new furnace will be installed in the club house and is schedules for installation in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know which day it will be installed. Of course, there will not be any heat on that day.

George Ketter has agreed to have another pistol league in the spring. If you are interested, please send George an email at

We are still working on getting Wi-Fi for the club. We have been told by Comcast that it will now cost us around $20,000 to $25,000 to have them run a cable to the club house. This is cost prohibitive and we are now looking for other providers.


The following winter shooting rules are affective immediately:

  • 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

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

815-988-2278, George Ketter at 815-631-9366, 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.

2023 Projects

  • Club internet
  • Replace furnace
  • Card readers
  • Seal coat parking lot
  • Repair skeet light
  • Repair/replace handgun range heater
  • Install a vent in the club house closet door

2023 Events

  • Annual meeting – 3/25/2023
  • Spring cleanup day – 5/5/2023
  • Fun day – 6/24/2023
  • Fun day – 8/26/23
  • Landfill lunch – 9/22/23
  • Venue tutorials – TBD

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 – February 20232

RCS BOD, February 7  

PRESENT:  Sam Valenza,  Al Perry, Randy Scott, Steve Wiltgen, Bill Shold Caleb Davis, Mike Buckman and guest Dave Zierke
 Todd Hendreys

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

2.     Minutes of January / 2023 – Approved, 6-0

3.    Treasurers Report:  Approved, 6-0

New Business:

  1. Introduction to 5 stand– Summer
  2. Membership committee, working on new ideas
  3. club internet, TBD
  4. Handgun league – April through October
  5. New furnace – Approved,6-0   
  6. New member orientation, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
  7. Guest Waiver, Starting 4/1/23            
  8. BOD nominations – VP Al Perry, Treasurer David Zierke, Directors Bill Shold, Mike Buckman, Steve Wiltgen

Projects for 2023

  • Card reader systems, TBD
  • Seal coat parking lot, spring
  • Replace skeet light, in process
  •  Venue Tutorials, TBD
  • Replace Handgun heater

2023 Events

  • Annual meeting – March 25th
  • Spring cleanup – May 6th
  • Fun days – June 24th and August 26th
  • Landfill lunch – August 22nd

Meeting adjourned at 6:30

Next Board meeting March 7 , 2023                                                                                 

Respectfully submitted – Caleb Davis, Secretary