President’s Message – Oct. 2019

President’s Message

(October 2019)

I am sad to announce that Larry Oda will be stepping down as Vice President of our club. He has served us for many years doing such tasks as keeping the club house stocked with kitchen and toiletry supplies, cooking for various events, coordinating with the landfill to unload the targets off of the semi, loading the skeet houses, and many other jobs that are too numerous to name. Larry, your dedication and hard work is and always has been appreciated. Thanks you Sir. A cake will be at the club this Saturday in recognition of Larry so stop on out and say Hi.

Our current Secretary, Al Perry, will be taking over Larry’s position as vice president for the remainder of Larry’s term which expires in March of 2021. The Board of Directors has appointed Caleb Davis to fill Al’s position as Secretary for the remainder of Al’s term which expires in March of 2020. This change is effective at our next Board of Directors meeting on November 4.

The annual Braggin Rights Shoot is this Saturday October 12. This is a fun shoot for all club members. Twenty five each of trap, skeet, and 5-stand will be shot. 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 this event but the club is open to guests
  • If you don’t shoot and want lunch it will cost $5.00

2019 Illinois Skeet Championships

Rockford members:

Bob Zeek won HOA state title with 392×400 and also the 12ga state title with a 100×100

Joe Vancura won the 28ga state title 100×100

Rockford Skeet and Trap won IL 5-man club championship with the team of

Jeff Moecher

Jeff Albertson

Jim Dial

Bob Zeek

Joe Vancura

Congratulations gentlemen for a job well done

It has been brought to my attention that some members are driving their cars along the east side of the skeet fields to get to the handgun range and/or 5 stand venue. Ruts are being left in the grass which makes it difficult to mow. Please refrain from doing this and use the gate to the south of our main gate to access the venues.

The club will be selling T-shirts with the club logo starting this coming weekend. All shirt sizes are $15.00 each. We will be selling medium, large, extra-large, and 2X large. To buy a shirt, please put your cash or check in a club envelope dully marked and put the envelope in the deposit drawer.

The club served the folks at the landfill a T-bone steak lunch in appreciations of all that they do for us throughout the year which includes snow plowing, garbage collection, loading targets into the skeet house, and assisting in other projects that come about during the year. All seemed to have a good time eating some delicious food. Thanks landfill guys and girls for all that you do for us.

The hand gun league has been completed with Caleb Davis winning the championship. Congratulations Caleb. I want to thank George and Sue Ketter for running the league. They did a fantastic job. We are hoping to have another league in the spring. 

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.

Remember gun safety is our number 1 priority.

2019 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
  • Level the stairs on the skeet field high houses
  • Rewiring of skeet field 3 as a result of the installation of the new machines

2019 Events

  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 10/12/19

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