President’s Message Sept. 2017

President’s Message

(September 2017)

The Club hosted our annual Silver Dollar Shoot on August 12 & 13. I would like to thank Dave Schroeder and his crew for hosting a successful shoot. Congratulations to all of the winners whose names are posted in the club house.

I want to thank all of the members that donated money for the Brian Anderson memorial tree. The tree and a memorial plaque will be installed this fall.

The appreciation lunch for our good neighbors at the landfill is this Friday September 15 from 10am to 2pm. The club house for members will be unavailable except for bathroom use and recording of targets in the log book. All shooting venues will be available for use by members during the luncheon.

The BOD has approved the replacement of the cement stations and walkways on all three skeet fields as they are badly cracked and some of them are sagging below grade.  The plan is to replace the cement on all three fields at the same time this fall, as a result, shooting will not be allowed on the skeet fields until all the work has been completed which will take 10 to 14 days. I will notify you in advance of the start of work. Work will start around the end of September. Shooting on the trap, sporting clay, and handgun range will be allowed during the construction period.

Over the past couple of weeks the doors to the barn and the skeet houses were left open with the machines running. If you are the last to leave the club or use a venue, it is your responsibility to insure that the club is secure by turning off the machines and the releasing the arms, closing and locking the doors and gates, turning off the lights in the skeet and trap houses and the barn The lights in the club house are on sensors and don’t need to be touched.

The Board of Directors has approved the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). We will receive it in the next few weeks. The company will be training club members to use it. Therefore anyone interested in getting trained can participate. I will let you know when the training is scheduled.

The Braggin Rights Shoot has been rescheduled from September 23 to Saturday, September 30 provided work on the skeet fields has not started. If work has started the shoot will be cancelled for this year. 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

Trap field 1 is still not operational due to a broken motor. We are still hoping to figure out the problem and fix it in the near future.  I know that I keep promising to have it fixed but parts are a problem for this old machine. If all fails, we will buy a new machine next spring. I will keep you advised as to our progress.

If anyone is interested in getting certified for the handgun range, please contact Don Lyddon at 815-877-0754. You will need to bring a handgun, ammo, eye and ear protection, and a $25.00 annual fee.

2017 Club Projects

  • Replace damaged concrete on the skeet fields
  • Machine card readers

2017 Club Events

  • Landfill lunch – 9/15/17
  • Braggin Rights Shoot – 9/23/17
  • Turkey Shoot – 11/4/17

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.