President’s Message – July 2019

President’s Message

(July 2019)

The new Promatic skeet machines for fields 1 & 2 have been installed with new remote controls. The machines for field 3 have been delivered with installation scheduled for the first week of August. I want to thank Owen Anderson and Al Perry for building the tables for our new skeet machines. Good job guys. I also should mention that the tables would not have turned out so nice without my help. As least I’d like to think so. I would be remiss for not thanking Tom Platt for rewiring the skeet houses to accommodate the new machines. Good job Tom.

The club hosted our annual Silver Dollar Registered Skeet Shoot in June. It was a great success with 28 shooters participating. I want to express a special thank you to Chuck Jones for organizing and coordinating this event. Also I want to thank Rich Tomasewski and L.K. Roney for preparing the food, our lawn crew for making the grounds look great, and Larry Ohda for filling the houses with targets, and anyone else that I may have missed. Congratulations to club member Bob Zeek for winning the High Overall championship. Bob also donated the shoot hand towels. The other class winners are posted at the club.

Since our club is a shotgun club, I want to remind everyone that the handgun range is a complement/benefit for all members that wish to partake in this venue. As such, we do not accept applications from sportsmen or sportswomen that are strictly handgun shooter. Please keep this in mind when talking to potential members about joining our club.

We will be having a trap fun day shoot on Saturday July 13 from 9 am to 12 noon. Shoot as many rounds as you want of wobble or regular trap. Everyone is invited and lunch will be provided free of charge. Just pay for your rounds. This is not a competition so come on out and have some fun.

One of our steadfast rules is that no member can shoot without another person being present on club property. If there is an accident someone has to make the call. This other person can be another club member, a spouse, significant other, friend or anyone old enough to call for help. This other person can be an observer who does not shoot.

 If anyone is interest in shooting 5 stand and wants some company, you can text Todd Hendrey at 815-739-6979 and he can tell you when members will be shooting. The Thursday night 5 stand fun shoots have resumed and will continue through the fall season. Shooting begins between 5:30 at 6 pm.

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 1 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 – completed
  • New skeet machines for fields 1 & 2 –  completed
  • New skeet machines for field 3 – delivered

2019 Events

  • Silver Dollar Registered Skeet Shoot – completed
  • 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.