President’s Message – April 2019

President’s Message

(April 2019)

The price of targets has increased by $1.60 per case in an 18 month period since September of 2017 to our last delivery in March of this year resulting in a 19 %  increase. Our target prices have held firm since January of 2012. The Board of Directors has decided that to maintain our profit margins, the price of rounds will increase by $.50 to $4.00 a round. This increase is effective starting today April 2, 2019. Any payments deposited in the club draw before April 2 will be credited as $3.50 rounds. All prepaid rounds in the log book will remain at $3.50. All rounds recorded in the log books that have not been paid will be at $4.00. When payment is made for these unpaid rounds, please calculate the payment at $4.00 per round.

The new Promatic skeet machines for fields 1 & 2 have been received and will be installed by the Promatic technicians around the first of May. We will need help from the members to assist in removing the old machines and placing the new machines in the skeet houses. The machines on field 3 will be replaced later this year or in the spring of 2020.

As stated in my March President’s Message the Board also approved extending the parking lot to the barn. The work will be done by William Charles and should be completed sometime during the second half of May of this year. I will send out a notice advising when work will begin.

The board also approved the purchase of new receivers and transmitters for the 5 stand venue.

Just to give everyone a perspective on our approved expenditure so far for this year the following is a breakdown.

  • New Skeet Machines – $20,000
  • Parking lot blacktop – $9,000
  • Targets – $18,000
  • 5 stand receivers and transmitters – $3,300

If you are planning on shooting in our spring trap league you will need to sign up by April 10 if you haven’t done so already. The league starts on April 17. Nonmembers are welcome to participate so ask your friends to join you.  CONTACT Jeff Celletti to sign up and for questions contact Jeff at or 815-713-6322.

George Ketter is starting a pistol league if there is enough interest. It will be held twice a month consisting of 10 to 12 shoots. Each league shoot will consist of a 60 round course of fire with up to 8 shooters on the firing line at a time. Cost would be $5 per shoot. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the league. To be eligible for prizes you must complete all the shoots. There will be make up shoots and pre shoots if a shooter  misses or cannot attend a future shoot. A shooter can shoot 2 matches in 1 day with no more than 2 shoots on a given day. Shoots for April will be on the 13 & 27 with a 9 a.m. start time. The shoot is open to members and guests. Guests will have to pay the $5.00 shoot fee plus the $5.00 guest fee each time he/she shoots. Contact George to sign up and for questions at 815-631-9366 or email to

Our annual meeting was held on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 9am at the club. The BOD addressed club finances, events and projects, election results, and took questions from the attendees.

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 4. 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 2019 Board of Directors election results are as follows.

  • Vice President – Larry Ohda
  • Treasurer – Randy Scott
  • Directors – Terry VanDenBoom, Harley Shepherd, Todd Hendrey

The Silver Dollar Registered Skeet Shoot is June 22-23, 2019. Please register early, this is a 30 shooter event. $48 a gun fees included. Payouts are 1-5 = 100%, 6-13 = 65/35%, 14+=50/30/20%. $8/ stays in Class $2/ Gun Champ. All Shoot offs will held at the end of each day. For registration please email with your rotation preferences and shooting squads, or preregister on (shoot# 155268)

Rotations           Sat 6/22         Sun 6/23

                         12ga   20ga     28ga    410ga

1                       9:30    1:00     11:00   2:30

2                      11:00  2:30     9:30     1:00

Lunch will be served and is included for registered shooters. Any questions please call Chuck Jones 815-275-0090. General Info: This mandatory purse skeet shoot with a set of rotation of events, times and fields. All current NSSA rules will apply and shoot is restricted to NSSA members. It is the SHOOTER’S responsibility to have their average card in order. Shoot management reserves the right to refuse entry of anyone that may interfere with the harmony of a shoot and reserves the right to change or cancel any portion of the program it deems warranted. No refunds of paid entries will be made unless circumstances warrant it. Emails will confirm your squad registration.

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

2019 Club Projects

  • Skeet field 3 cement sidewalk from station 4 to station 8 and walks from all skeet fields high houses to the stairs – on hold
  • Black top the gravel area from the main parking lot to the barn – approved
  • New skeet machines for fields 1 & 2 –  approved

2019 Events

  • 5 stand day including lunch – 4/27/19
  • Spring Cleanup – 5/4/19
  • Silver Dollar Registered Skeet Shoot – June 22 & 23
  • Trap Day including lunch – 7/13/19
  • Landfill lunch – 9/20/19
  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 10/12/19

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.