President’s Message – July 2021

President’s Message

(July 6, 2021)


Club Fun Day

We are having a club fun day on July 17, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm. This is a non-competitive event. There will be drawings for shotgun ammunition and a raffle for 10 rounds. Everyone that participates will be given a free ticket for the drawings. The raffle tickets for the 10 rounds can be purchased for $1.00 per ticket. Additional tickets can be earned by breaking a green target on the skeet and trap (wobble and standard) fields and a pink target on the 5-stand field. The shooter can choose which ticket to claim for either the drawing or the raffle. A bullseye match will be held at the pistol range. The closest to the bullseye will win the total funds collected. The cost is $1.00 per shot. A delicious lunch will be provided around noon. There is no fee to attend this event. As usual, rounds shot have to be recorded on your log sheet. Guests are welcome.

Our annual meeting is July 17 at 8:30 am outside on the grounds. This event will be held on the same day as the club fun day. The BOD will be addressing club finances, events and projects, and taking questions from the attendees.

A survey has been sent out to all members that have an email address on file and the results are in. There is interest in a trap and skeet league. We currently have a 5-stand league that is in progress. There is also interest in shooting techniques for all our venues, a bird dog working demonstration, and an archery range. I will keep you all informed as the board develops plans to address the results of the survey. Stay tuned.  

Again, it has been brought to my attention that some members are not properly turning the trap and skeet machine on and off correctly. Signs for the proper operation of the machines are posted in the houses. Also, some are not operating the wobble and doubles features on the trap machines correctly and are not returning them to the normal operating mode when done shooting. Please take some time to read and follow the instructions.  

A new air conditioner and air purifier has been installed in the club house. The old one was around 25 years old. I’d say we got our money’s worth.

Twilight Tuesday Connections Each second and fourth Tuesday evening starting a 7 pm come and join your fellow sportsmen and sportswomen for a couple of low-key rounds of skeet.  Some of the nights we will have a theme but you can shoot any gun that you prefer. or for fun why not …
July 13: Sub Gauge night, the smaller the better
July 27: Tactical shotguns welcome
August 10: Bring a different action.  Levers, Pumps, what have you got?
August 24: TBD
Bill Shold, Skeet Chairman (, is coordinating these shoots.  

In an effort to attract new members, July 31, and August 28 will be no fee days for guests. Only pay for rounds shot. Each member is allowed to bring 4 guests from 9 am to noon. Members/safety officers will be available to help with safety and shooting instructions. Check in at the club house by signing the guest book and obtaining a visitors’ badge for your guests. Hopefully they will leave with a membership application in hand.  

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.        

2021 Club Projects
Skeet field 1 cement sidewalk from station 4 to station 8 and walks from all skeet fields high houses to the stairs – work to start in the next 30 days
Skeet and trap House maintenance – July
Paint propane tank – July
Replace skeet field markers – fall time frame   2021

Annual Meeting – 7/17/21
Club Fun Day – 7/17/21
Landfill Lunch – 9/17/21
Pig roast – 10/2/21  
Remember gun safety is our number 1 priority.

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.