President’s Message – Jan. 2016

President’s Message

(January 2016)

It has been another good year for our club. As I do every year, the following are the events and projects that were completed during the year. Events: Silver Dollar registered skeet shoot, bragging rights shoot, geezer shoot, vintage shoot, turkey shoot, landfill lunch, spring cleanup day. Projects: purchased zero turn mower, installed cameras on the handgun and 5 stand fields.

We also set a new record of 267 members as of Dec. 31, 2015. However with the 2016 membership renewals in process, we normally can expect 8 to 10% of our members not renew their memberships due to various reasons such as illness, death, and relocation.

Just a reminder, the 2016 annual club dues deadline is February 1, 2016. If dues are not paid by that date, a new application for membership will be required to rejoin the club along with $175 payment.

If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors for the positions of president, secretary, and three directors or want to make a nomination, please contact Gino Nizzi at 815-572-5625 or e-mail him at Nominations are due by February 1, 2016 and elections will be held in March 2016.

Thanks to the generous donation of one of our club members, who wishes to remain anonymous, we have installed high tec HD cameras on the handgun and sporting clays fields. Randy Scott, Al Perry, and I installed the cameras a couple of weeks ago. Actually, Randy installed the cameras and Al and I were his goffers. Thanks to Al and Randy for their help.

The club is taking orders for denim shirts and tee shirts with the club logo on them. The denim shirts are $38 for M thru XL and $40 for XXL. The tee shirts are $18. Shirts can be ordered by filling out the provided envelope located on the back counter and enclosing payment and depositing it in the club house deposit drawer. The orders will be placed January 25 with delivery around the first week of February. Samples of the shirts are hanging in the club house and are not for sale. We also have hats in stock located in the display case. Hats are $20 and the money is to put in an envelope and deposited in the drawer.

The Board of Directors has approved a mission statement and it reads as follows:

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.

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

  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – in process

2016 Club Events

  • Annual meeting – March 19, 2016
  • Spring cleanup – May 7, 2016
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – TBD
  • Landfill lunch – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 2016
  • Geezer Shoot – TBD
  • Vintage Shoot – TBD
  • Turkey Shoot – TBD

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza, President, Rockford Skeet Club