President’s Message – July 2023

President’s Message

(July 2023)

Rockford Skeet Club hosted a club fun day on June 24. It was the best fun day ever with around 70 attendees. We had drawings for ammo, a raffle for three separate drawings for 10 rounds, and a free lunch. The food was delicious and a big thanks Dan Gengo for doing the grilling.

Club member Bob Liphart will be giving a trap tutorial this coming Saturday at 10 am. He will be giving basic trap shooting instruction including foot position, hold points and break points for all 5 stations. If you are new to trap shooting or just want to improve your game, come on out for this beneficial tutorial.

We have contracted with a tree removal company to remove trees and trim along the handgun range and 5 stand access road. Work will start at 8 am on July 24 and will take several hours to complete. Therefore, the road will be closed until the work is completed.

The parking lot will be seal coated in the near future. I you let you know when it is scheduled. As a result, the club will be closed that day and part of the next day.

Skeet field 2 is low on birds which is intentional. We want to shoot the targets on the other two field so that we can load all three fields at the same time and also to make room in the barn for our next delivery of targets.

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 – completed
  • Replace furnace – completed
  • Install card readers – in process
  • Seal coat parking lot – in process
  • Repair/replace handgun range heater
  • Install a vent in the club house closet door – completed
  • Repair flag pole – completed
  • Repair skeet hoop – completed
  • Install gutter guards – in process

2023 Events

  • Fun day – 8/26/23
  • Landfill lunch – 9/22/23
  • Venue tutorials
    • Skeet – June 10 completed
    • Trap – July 12
    • 5-Stand – August 12

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 – July 2023

RCS BOD, July 11 2023                                                                                                      

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

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

2.     Minutes of May 2023 – Approved, 6-0

3.    Treasurers Report:  Approved, 6-0

4.    Open CD – completed

New Business:

  1. NIRPC meeting June 27th 6:00 P.M. Completed
  2. Membership committee, working on new ideas
  3. New member orientation, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
  4.  Gravel – Completed
  5. Tree removal – 6-0

Projects for 2023

  • Card reader systems, looking into
  • Seal coat parking lot – 6-0
  • Replace Handgun heater TBD
  • NRA safety officer training, certification.  TBD

2023 Events

  • Spring cleanup – Completed
  • Fun days – June 24th and August 26th  
  • Landfill lunch – September 22nd         
  • Venue Tutorials, Skeet 6-10 Trap 7-15 5 stand 8-12

Meeting adjourned at 6:30

Next Board meeting August 1, 2023                                                                       

Respectfully submitted – Caleb Davis, Secretary