President’s Message – Oct. 2016

President’s Message

(Oct. 2016)

The Club hosted our annual Silver Dollar Shoot on August 13 & 14. It was a great success for the shooters and the club. Thanks to Dave and Beth Schroeder for putting on a heck of an event. Also thanks to Rich Tomasewski for doing the cooking and to all that helped to make this shoot run smoothly. Good job to all.

On behalf club I would like to congratulate the following members who participated in the Illinois State Skeet Shoot. Jeff Moecher won the High Overall title with a 393×400 and the High All Around title with a 492×500. Representing Rockford was Bob Zeek 100×100, Joe Vancura 100×100, Jeff Moecher 100×100, Ben Schroeder 99×100 and Jim Burrows 96×100 who shot a combined 495×500 to win the state 12ga club challenge championship. Ben Schroeder won the 28ga state championship title, his first with a 99×100 and a tough shoot off. Joe Vancura was inducted and joins Bob Zeek as a member of the Illinois Skeet Shooting Association hall of fame.

Thanks to Frank and Diana Halsey, and Todd Henry for organizing and coordinating the Old Geezer Shoot held on September 17. Also thanks to Dan Gengo for putting on a delicious pork chop sandwich lunch. The winners are posted in the club house.

In trying to keep our member and guests safe, it is required that when any member brings out 4 or more guests at one time that a member of the Board of Directors be notified so that the appropriate number of safety offices are present to assist in supervising the guests. It is difficult for one member to observe and to properly insure that the guests are observing all of our club’s safety rules. Even if the guests are experienced shooter, they may not know our safety rules. By no means is this intended to discourage guests from shooting at our club. We all have to insure that safety remains our number one concern. Thanks for your cooperation.

The annual Braggin Rights Shoot is on Saturday October 15. This is a fun shoot for all club members. Twenty five each of trap, skeet, and 5-stand will be shot. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three shooters.  It is a fun day and I encourage all levels of shooter to come on out and have some fun. Lunch is included. The following rules apply.

  • Cost is $5.00 plus three rounds. One round of trap, skeet, and 5 stand
  • Total of all three scores will determine the winners. Ties will be determined by a shoot off.
  • All entry money is returned at:
    • 1st place – 50%
    • 2nd place – 30%
    • 3rd place – 20%
  • Any gauge at any field can be used
  • Shooting between 9:00 AM and 12 noon
  • If you do not wish to shoot in the event, you can shoot at any open field or spot
  • Members only may shoot in the event but the club is open to guests
  • Non participants wanting lunch will be charged a $5.00 fee providing there is enough food

I want to share some of our latest club shooting metrics with all of you. For the year 2015, 13,857 rounds were shot at the three venues and the breakdown is as follows.

  • Skeet 10395 rounds (75%)
  • Trap 2233 rounds (16%)
  • 5 Stand 1229 rounds (9%)

2016 Club Projects

  • Construction of a 5 stand deck – approved and on hold

2016 Club Events

  • Landfill lunch – Oct. 4, 2016
  • Bragging Rights Shoot – Oct. 15, 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.