President’s Message – April 2016

President’s Message

(April 2016)

Our annual membership meeting was held on Saturday March 19 and the election results are as follows.

  • President – Sam Valenza
  • Secretary – Al Perry
  • Directors – Terry VanDenBoom, Randy Scott, Clay Buhler

Also at the annual meeting one of the questions that were raised was concerning leagues. The club has had a policy on league formation since 2009. The problem we have had and continue to have is finding members that are willing to organize and run the leagues. If anyone is willing to run a league for any of our venues (skeet, trap, 5 stand, handguns) please contact me or any BOD member.

Several of our members meet on Thursdays around 3:30 PM until dark for an evening of shooting fun. The shooting activities, depending on the night or mood of the members, could involve any of our shooting venues. If you are interested, come on out and join the fun.

The sale of reclaimed shot was held last Saturday; however, a few members that signed up were not able to purchase any shot as the supplier ran out of it. We do have a member that makes #8 shot and is offering it for sale at $30.00 per 25 pounds with a 50 pound minimum. If you are interested in purchasing this shot, please contact Ron Joseph at 847-669-0405.

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 7. Bring out your shovels, rakes, and trimmers. We will also need a wheel barrow or two as we will be getting a load of mulch to spread around the trees. No shooting will be allowed until all of the work is done. I hope to see you there. Lunch will be provided.

One of our members, Jerry Cello, who is an active police firearms instructor and the owner of Point of Impact Training, offers a variety of handgun training classes.  They provide the necessary requirements for those who wish to obtain their concealed carry permits, as well as advanced concealed carry classes for those looking to truly understand the difficulties they may encounter in a potential deadly force situation in the real world. Jerry will be offering classes to our members and non-members. As classes are offered I will send out emails with all the details. The training will be done on the club’s handgun range, therefore, all members that plan on taking a class will have to be certified on our range prior to the class. A discount will be offered to all of our members. Also, if you would like more information regarding the classes, please send an email to or call (815) 322-6721.

If anyone is interested in getting certified for the handgun range, please contact Milt Schwanke at 815-988-2278 for weekend morning classes and Don Lyddon at 815-877-0754 for weekday afternoon classes. You will need to bring a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection, and a $25.00 annual fee.

2016 Club Projects

  • Replace bathroom floors- under review
  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – in process

2016 Club Events

  • Spring cleanup – May 7, 2016
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – Aug. 13 & 14, 2016
  • Landfill lunch – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 2016
  • Geezer Shoot – June 18, 2016
  • Vintage Shoot – Sept. 17, 2016
  • Turkey Shoot – Nov. 5, 2016

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza, President, Rockford Skeet Club

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.