President’s Message – June 2015

President’s Message

(June 2015)

Sam Parkinson, BOD Secretary, will be leaving us and moving to Wisconsin in July to be closer to his son and family. Sam will be sorely missed. His contributions to the club have been many and include serving on the BOD for the past six years to cutting the club grass for many years. On behalf of the Rockford Skeet Club I wish Sam great success and enjoyment in his new venture. Thanks Sam for all of your hard work and dedication. You have been a true asset in making the club what it is today. Good Luck to you and your wife Carol.

I have appointed Al Perry as Club Secretary for Sam’s remaining term which expires in March of 2016. I and the other BOD members are looking forward to working with Al. Thanks AL for serving the club by accepting this position. Congratulations.

The club submitted a formal offer to purchase the club land from the S&T Corporation on May 5. As of this date, we have not had a response. We are waiting for the S&T Board of Directors to accept, reject, make a counter offer, and/or ask for a vote from the stockholders. Hopefully we will get a response in the very near future.

The following is a new policy regarding training/instruction for personal monetary gain utilizing club property and equipment.


Club facilities and equipment are intended for the express use of club members and their guests.  Members may request permission from the Board of Directors to hold special events or formal training/instruction sessions using club facilities and/or equipment.  Members being granted permission may not receive any personal remuneration for their services without prior permission from the Board of Directors. If permission is granted, the instructor shall have a personal liability insurance policy and the club shall be a named insured on the policy

VINTAGE SHOOT – June 20, 2015

This is a shoot where only vintage guns are used. It is only open to side by sidesand pre-World War II single barrel trap guns. 50 trap targets and 50 sporting clay targets will be shot. Lunch will be included. The cost of the shoot with lunch and awards is $20. The shoot will be shot between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

When making a payment by check and using the deposit drawer in the club house, it is not necessary to use an envelope as long as a note is made on the memo portion of the check stating what the reason for payment.

One of the tools that are used to manage club business is the use of counters on our machines. By monitoring the counters on a quarterly basis, we can determine how many targets are thrown and then extract the number of rounds shoot on each field. This information can then be used to determine allocation of resources. The 5 stand/sporting clays machines do not have counters. The only way we can count the number of targets thrown is by using the counter on the club owned hand held remotes. When members use their own personal remotes, we cannot get an accurate count. Therefore personal remotes are no longer permitted to be used on the 5 stand/sporting clays venue. Also both club owned remotes have to be checked out every time they are used. Please print or sign the log book legibly.

We will be installing one target pulley system on the hand gun range in the near future. After this system is used and tested, additional systems will be added.

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.

2015 Club Projects

  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold
  • Electrical power for the 5 stand – under consideration
  • Cameras for 5 stand and the handgun range – under consideration
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – design being developed

2015 Club Events

  • Vintage shoot – 6/20/15
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – 8/15 & 16/15
  • Old Geezer Shoot – 9/19/15
  • Landfill lunch – 9/8/15
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – 10/10/15
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/7/15

Best Regards

Sam Valenza

President, Rockford Skeet Club