President’s Message – May 2016

President’s Message

(May 2016)

Our annual spring cleanup date is at 8:30 am on Saturday May 7. Bring out your shovels, rakes, and trimmers. We will also need a wheel barrow or two as we will be getting a load of mulch to spread around the trees. No shooting will be allowed until all of the work is done. I hope to see you there. Lunch will be provided.

Thanks to Rich Tomasewski for installing new ceramic tiles on the bathrooms and kitchen floor. Also thank to Glenn Steward and LK Roney who did a lot of the prep work and assisted Rich during the installation. The floors look great!!!

On Monday May 9 at 7:30 am the club house carpet will be cleaned. The club will be open but I ask that traffic on the carpet be held to a minimum until it is completely dry. Thanks for your cooperation.

Judy Springer recently donated a picnic table, located on trap field 2, in memory of her late husband Carl who was a long time member. Judy remains a club member and plans to continue to shoot and to enjoy our club. On behalf of all the members of Rockford Skeet Club, I offer our condolences to Judy and her family. Thank you Judy for your generous donation.

I want remind everyone that shot larger than #8 is not permitted to be used on club property. Shot sizes of #71/2 or larger are prohibited.

I made an error when I announced the 2016 election winners. The Directors that were elected were Terry VanDenBoom, Harley Shepherd, and Clay Buhler. Randy Scott was not up for election and remains our Treasurer.

We had two instances of members inadvertently taking home skeet remotes. Please be sure that you check your pouches, shooting bags and trunks to be sure that a remote does not go home with you. Both remotes were returned promptly once the members were identified.

In the very near future, trap field 1 will be operational and available for anyone wishing to shoot on that field. We are in the process of making sure that all of the voice calls are working properly.

Club member Jerry Cello, who is an active police firearms instructor and the owner of Point of Impact Training, is offering a Tactical Handgun Level I training class on June 12, 2016. Instruction includes safety, fundamentals of marksmanship, critical troubleshooting, application of tactics to shooting, and combat marksmanship. The cost to members is $40.00 and nonmembers is $60.00. For more information and to register for the class go to or call Jerry at (815) 322-6721.

When making a deposit for rounds only (not guest fees and guest rounds) it is not necessary to use an envelope. Simply write the number of rounds in the memo portion of your check and deposit it in the drawer. When paying by cash an envelope is to used.

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 bathrooms and kitchen floors- completed
  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – in process

2016 Club Events

  • Spring cleanup – May 7, 2016
  • Registered Skeet Shoot – Aug. 13 & 14, 2016
  • Landfill lunch – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 2016
  • Vintage Shoot – June 18, 2016
  • Geezer – 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.