President’s Message – December 2016

President’s Message

(Dec. 2016)

The 2017 dues invoices will be mailed in the next few days to all members. Any member that joined the club after September 30, 2016 will not receive an invoice as their dues are paid up through 2017. Payment is due by February 1, 2017. If payment is not received by this date, memberships will be terminated and can only be reinstated by reapplying for membership and paying the new membership fee of $175.00. Please be sure to fill out the invoice form in full when making a payment. This is the only way we have of insuring that your contact and FOID data is up to date. Let me know if you do not receive an invoice.


The club held the second annual Turkey Shoot in November. It was a lot of fun. We had a number of winners whose names are posted in the club house. Thanks to Frank Halsey and his crew for coordinating this shoot.


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.

With the cold weather upon us the trap on field 2 will need to warmup for 15 to 20 minutes before it is used so that the hydraulic oil comes up to temperature. If this is not done the machine will not function properly. Also it is a good idea to turn on the heaters in the skeet houses by simply turning the timer switch knob. This will help to prevent the machines from throwing two birds at the same time.

When putting money/checks in the club deposit draw, please identify on the envelope or the check what the deposit is for. We recently received a deposit with the envelope marked “shooting”. The proper credit cannot be given to the member when this is done. Please fill in the blanks on the envelope.

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

I want to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2016 Club Projects

  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold

2016 Club Events

  • All events have been completed

2017 Club Events

  • Annual meeting – 3/25/17
  • Spring cleanup date – 5/6/17
  • Vintage/other gun shoot – 6/24/17
  • Old Geezer Shoot – 7/17/17
  • Silver Dollar registered skeet shoot – 8/12 & 8/13/17
  • Landfill lunch – 9/15/17
  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 9/23/17
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/4/17

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.