President’s Message – March 2016

President’s Message

(March 2016)

Our annual membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday March 19 at 9 am at the club. We will be addressing club finances, shooting metrics, events and projects, election results, and taking questions from attendees.

I have good news. The Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club (NIRPC) has purchased the Eckberg quarry totaling about 50 acres. I have been in discussions with the NIRPC for almost two years. Over the next several months our BOD will be holding meeting with the NIRPC to discuss such issues as purchasing the overshoot land by our club, best position for a 5 stand deck, mutual cooperation between the clubs, access road to the quarry, and anything else that can benefit both clubs. I will keep the membership informed when I have information that can be shared.

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 7. Bring out your shovels, rakes, and trimmers. No shooting will be allowed until all of the work is done. I hope to see you there. Lunch will be provided.

We have had an uptick in new members in the last first two months of this year with ten new members. It looks like we will set another record year for membership. We currently have 256 members and last years record was 268 members. If you have any friends, co-workers, and/or relatives that would be interested in joining the club, bring them out to get acquainted with the club and its members. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS.

The year-end 2015 financial statements and 2016 budget have been posted in the club house for all members to review.

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

  • Replace bathroom floors- under review
  • 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 – Aug. 13 & 14, 2016
  • Landfill lunch – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 2016
  • Geezer Shoot – June 18, 2016
  • Vintage Shoot – Sept. 17, 2016
  • Turkey Shoot – Nov. 5, 2016

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.