President’s Message – February 2024

President’s Message

(February 2024)

A handgun league will start in March. If you have any interest in participating, please contact George Ketter at Also, a 5-stand/sporting clays league between our club and Rock Ridge is being formed by Bill Shold. If you are interested, contact Bill at There is also some discussion on forming a trap league. I will provide more information when available.

The Cathedral Baptist High School trap team will begin shooting in the state trap league at our club in late March through early June. This will be their third year at our club. If you would like to make a donation to help cover their costs, please contact me at The club will be donating towards the purchase of team jerseys. Welcome back Cathedral Baptist shooters and coaches.

The board is discussing bringing in professional shooting instructors for our various venues. But first, we need to know if anyone is interested in attending these sessions. There will be a cost to the members. If you have any interest, please contact Dave Zierke at  

The annual meeting has been rescheduled from March 9 to March 23.

Some of our houses are rotting at the base and will be repaired in the late spring. Member Jay Schaack has volunteered to take on this project. Thanks Jay.

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.

2024 Projects

  • Install card readers
  • Repair skeet houses

2024 Events

  • Annual meeting – 3/23/2024
  • Cleanup day – 5/18/2024
  • Fun days – 6/8/2024, 9/7/2024
  • Tutorial – trap 6/15/24, skeet 7/13/2024, 5 stand 8/17/24
  • Landfill appreciation lunch – 9/20/24

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