President’s Message – April 2014

President’s Message

(April 2014)

I want to welcome Terry VanDenBoom and Clay Buhler to the BOD and I look forward to working with them. I also want to thank Greg Bayland and Jim DeMaria for their dedication and hard work while serving on the BOD for the past several years.

Construction of the 5-stand deck will be start in the very near future. The construction materials have been purchased and are in the storage barn. Frank Halsey is the lead for this project. If would like to help out, please give Frank a call at 815-747-4347.

Maintenance will be done on the skeet machines over the next couple of weeks. As a result, certain fields will not be available for shooting. Please be respectful and accommodating to the maintenance crew while work is being done.

The machine on trap field 1 has been repaired. The only thing remaining to do is to insure that all of the voice calls are calibrated and performing properly. This will be done this coming Saturday morning.

The berms on the handgun range are nearly complete. Once they area done, the concrete pad will be poured and then construction of the shooting stations will begin. Estimated completion is late June. No one will be allowed to use the range until they have completed the safety course and have been signed off by the range instructor.

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 5. Bring out your shovels, rakes, and trimmers. No shooting will be allowed until all of the work is done. I hope to see you there. Lunch will be provided.

The club will be hosting a registered skeet shoot on May 10 & 11. This event will be chaired by Dave Schroeder who will be looking for volunteers to work this shoot.  It is a four gun shoot at $48 per gun. If you have any interest in helping out or shooting in this event, you can contact Dave at 815-988-7552 or email him at

2014 Club Projects

  • Handgun range – approved and in process
  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved
  • Electrical power and cameras for the 5 stand and      handgun range – under consideration

2014 Club Events

  • Cleanup day – 5/3/14
  • Registered Skeet shoot – May 10 & 10
  • Landfill lunch – 9/9/14
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – 10/11/14

Best Regards

Sam Valenza

President, Rockford Skeet Club