President’s Message – May 2015

President’s Message

(May 2015)

The project to run electrical power to the handgun range building has been completed. Thanks to Bob Liphart and Tom Platt for coordinating this project and doing all of the wiring. Also thanks to Owen Anderson, Bernie Blaauw, and Larry Ohda for helping with the trenching for the electrical cable from skeet low house 3 to the handgun building.

I want to remind everyone that two people have to be present at the club at all times when shooting. No one is allowed to shoot alone. This doesn’t mean that both people have to be on the same venue (i.e. one person can be on the skeet range and one on the pistol range). A spouse, friend, etc. can fulfill this requirement. This is for safety reasons. If someone gets injured, then there is another person to help and make the call.

In the coming days I will be sending an email to all members regarding the club’s efforts to buy the land that the club sits on from the S&T Corporation.

Our annual spring cleanup was held on Saturday May 2. We had a great turn out with a lot of new members coming out. The grounds and club house are in good shape. Thanks to all that participated.

L.K. Roney donated a huge roll of paper for use on the patterning board. It is hanging in the storage barn. Feel free to use it anytime that you are patterning your guns. Thanks L.K. for the generous donation.

Thanks to Clay Buhler, Frank Cicero, Randy Scott, and Bard Yocum for doing the annual maintenance on the skeet machines. All machines seem to be working just fine.

Since the 5 stand venue has been reconfigured, Caleb Davis, 5 stand chairmen, has asked that members only shoot 1 of the 5 stands at a time, either shoot from the wooden stations or shoot from the metal stations, not both at the same time.

We have had some confusion on how to operate the skeet remotes. Sometimes the remotes have to be turned on. To do this, simply hold down the high house button until the lights stop flashing and remain on. The directions for operating the remotes are pasted on the wall just to the right of the rake holding the remotes.

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 – 95/15
  • Landfill lunch – 9/8/15
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – 10/10/15
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/7/15

Best Regards

Sam Valenza

President, Rockford Skeet Club