President’s Message – Nov. 2015

President’s Message

(November 2015)

Due to the age and condition of our lawn tractor, the club has purchased a new zero turn Toro mower with a 60 inch deck. It even has a suspension seat for a more comfortable ride. This was very much appreciated by our lawn crew. The new machine has reduced the time mowing time substantially. We are going to keep the old tractor for various odd jobs.

The only approved targets on the pistol range are the club steel targets and paper targets. It has been discovered that golf balls were use as targets. They are not permissible along with cans, bottles, shot shells, plastic bottles, etc. Anyone caught using other than the above approved targets will lose their shooting privileges.

The handgun range pulley system to be used for paper targets is in the construction phase. The plan is to have it operational in the next two weeks.

Turkey Shoot – This shoot is for a $15.00 gift certificate for a turkey at Walmart. Participants will shoot 2 birds from each station on the trap field for a total of 10 birds. The high score from each five person squad will win a certificate. For skeet, 2 birds will be shot from stations 1,2,4,6,7 for a total of 10 birds. The high score from each five person squad will win a certificate. For 5 Stand, 2 birds will be shot from each station for a total of 10 birds. Again, the high score from each 5 person squad will win a certificate. The cost is $5.00 each time an event is shot. Lunch is included.

The remotes for the 5 stand are to be logged out. It appears that they are not always logged out. Also as a reminder, no personal remotes are to be use on the 5 stand venue. The reason for this is that if the club remotes are not used, we cannot determine how many rounds are shoot. This is an important metric for determining 5 stand usage.

The second annual Geezer Shoot was held on Saturday September 19. We had around 30 participants. The winners of each age group are posted at the club. The food was excellent. Thanks to Frank Halsey and his crew for put on this shoot. Well done guys.

The club’s annual Braggin Rights Shoot was held on Saturday October 17 and was also a success. First place winner was Bob Zeek, second place was Joe Vancura, and the third place winner was Greg Baylander. Thanks to Al Perry and his crew for running this shoot. Oh yeah, the food was also very good.

The club will be offering hats and shirts with the club logo for sales in the near future. Samples of the shirts will be hung in the club house along with a signup sheet. Prepayment for the shirts is required prior to the order being submitted to the vendor. As in the past, the hats will be stocked in the club house.

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
  • Cameras for 5 stand and the handgun range – in process
  • Pulley systems for the handgun range – in process

Best Regards,

Sam Valenza, President, Rockford Skeet Club