President’s Message – March 2020

President’s Message

(March 2020)

Our annual meeting is on Saturday March 31, 2020 at 9am at the club. The board of directors will be addressing club finances, events and projects, election results, and will take questions from the attendees.

 As I have previously communicated the club is sponsoring a handgun and a trap league. The following are the details.

  • The handgun league starts on March 28 at 9 am.
  • There will be one shoot a month through October.
  • One month will be paper targets the next month will be steel targets.
  • No rim fire guns/ammunition
  • There is a $5.00 fee per shoot with all monies going back to the shooters in the form of pistol ammunition minus .50 cent for targets, pasters, and staples.
  • Signup is required by March 21.
  • Safety First. Hearing protection and safety glasses are required.
  • Consumption of any alcohol during or prior to shooting is strictly prohibited.
  • Please contact George Ketter at 815-631-9366 or email him at
  • League starts April 15
  • Teams will consist of 3 individuals
  • 1 round of trap, 1 round of wobble
  • Fees per round are $4 for members, $5.00 for non-members.
  • One time sponsor/trophy fee is $10 per person.
  • League night is every Wednesday 5 PM-8 PM
  • There will be a trophy for each individual on the 1st place team
  • There will also be a trophy for high gun
  • League will last a total of 10 weeks
  • Banquet with food and awards (Date TBD)
SCORING – The combined score from all 10 weeks will be tallied from each team to determine
the winning team. High gun will be the most broken birds from an individual in the 10 week
  • A shooter will receive 1 misfire per round, subsequent misfires will result in a loss bird

In the event of a premature bird, if you shoot and miss, it will be considered a loss bird.

  • A shooter may shoot a week in advance if an absence is anticipated
  • Safety First. Hearing protection and safety glasses are required.
  • Consumption of any alcohol prior to shooting is strictly prohibited.
  • A shoot may be canceled by the league committee because of weather. Mass texts will be sent out in the event of a cancellation.
CONTACT: Jeff Celletti for any questions at or 815-713-6322. Please email or text Jeff with team members so we can determine how many teams we are going to have. Teams must sign up by April 1, 2020.   It has been brought to my attention that the arms on our machines are not always being released when the machine is shut down. Please remember to release the arms. Not releasing the arms presents a danger to yourself and other members and is also hard on the belts and springs. Your attention to this matter is appreciated.   Thursday evening 5 stand fun shoots will resume on Thursday April 30 starting at 5 pm. The shoots will continue into the fall season.

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.

2020 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
  • Rewiring of skeet field 3 as a result of the installation of the new machines
  • Skeet House maintenance
  • Paint propane tank
  • Safety bars on all low house skeet machines
  • Clean out Barn

2020 Events

  • Annual Meeting – 3/31/20
  • Cleanup Day – 5/2/20
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – 6/20 & 6/21/200
  • Club Fun Day – 5/30/20
  • Landfill Lunch – 9/11/20

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.