RSO Course Date Change
The club will hold a training course for new Range Safety Officers on January 7, a change from the original December date. The course is open to all HRC members at no charge. The Range Safety Officers assist the instructors at all training sessions and play a vital role in maintaining the club’s perfect safety record. Details are on the website. Norm Desilets is chief instructor.
Indoor Range Closed January 8
There will be a meeting of the state Friends of NRA committees at the club on Sunday, January 8. The indoor range will be closed until early afternoon while the meeting is in progress.
The club has applied for an NRA Foundation grant to construct a safety berm down the middle of the 50-yard range. This would allow for two activities to take place safely at the same time. The board of directors is planning a study of major improvements and updates for the indoor range.
Don Ballou Award
Mike Heisler recently received the Don Ballou Award for outstanding service to the club. Mike is chief instructor and coach for the junior rifle team, a regular instructor at the Basic Pistol Safety Course, Shooting 101 and First Shots courses, and a member of the board of directors.
The annual meeting and club elections were held at the November meeting. All current officers were reelected, including president Norm Desilets, vice president Joe Knapik, treasurer Ron Chateauneuf, secretary Rich Asselin, membership secretary Bill Burgess, governor Tom Serrichio and board members Ron Mehlhorn and Mike Heisler.
A new handicapped parking pad is ready for use by members and guests. On the 50-yard outdoor range, the club has installed two new dueling trees and a new concrete pad at the firing line. No centerfire rifles may be used on the new equipment.
Target Rifles Sold
The club’s three remaining Izhmash rifles have been sold through consignment by Culverine Firearms of Feeding Hills. The rifles were full-size and too heavy for some of the youngsters in the junior rifle program. They have been replaced with lighter models.
Western Mass Pistol League
The annual matches of the Western Mass. Pistol League are under way. The matches are weekly .22 postal matches with other local clubs, through the winter until March. All matches are held at the club, beginning at 6:30 on Monday evenings. The schedule will be on the bulletin board and website, and bullseye practice is held on Friday evenings. Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains.
Instructor Course Cancelled
The instructor training course originally planned for this fall has been cancelled due to changes in the NRA training requirements. The new NRA blended training curriculum has not yet been certified by MA authorities.
Annual qualifications for three local departments are underway. Ranges are closed to club members when there are police officers using a range or classroom. Most qualifications are conducted indoors, and at those times the outdoor ranges are available to club members. HRC members can also ask the officer in charge when the session will finish, and wait for the range to clear.
The club has a full calendar of competition and training events, all staffed by volunteers. With 600 members and growing, the club needs more volunteers to assist at the activities. Anyone who can contribute some time should contact the club through the website or the club phone at 539-9345.
The junior rifle and pistol programs are up and running for the season. Details are on the club website. Mike Heisler is in charge.
In case of a very serious medical emergency requiring helicopter transport, the GPS coordinates of the 50-yard range and the 800 number of the helicopter service are printed on the blackboard.
The following new members were welcomed into the club at the November meeting: Robert Kushner of Springfield, George Maloof, Diane Herbert and Joseph Banas of Easthampton, Richard G. Smith, Janet Huntley, Theresa Grant-Michelson and Sarah Helm of Chicopee, Jens Michaelsen, Richard LaJoie and Robert Dulaski of Holyoke, Jennifer Randall of Florence and Edward Slepski of Longmeadow.
50/50 & Members Drawings
Gary Arnhold won $44.00 in the 50/50 raffle at the November meeting. Walt Mozgala’s name was selected in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.