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Holyoke Revolver Club News November 2015

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Annual Elections

The club held its annual meeting and election of officers in November.  New officers are board member Gary Tomestic and treasurer Ron Chateauneuf.  Norm Desilets was reelected president, as were vice president Joe Knapik, secretary Rich Asselin, membership secretary Bill Burgess, club governor Rob Lombardi and board member George Apgar.

Friends of NRA Raffle

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will raffle off 31 new guns in March as part of its annual fundraising effort in support of the shooting sports. Only 1000 tickets are sold, and when the three-digit ticket number matches the first three digits of the MA evening daily lottery, the ticket holder wins a new firearm. Tickets are $25 and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski, Roland Menard, George Apgar and Norm Desilets at the club.

NRA First Steps Orientation

The board of directors recently voted to offer the NRA First Steps Orientation course to students who have taken a Basic Pistol course but have not had the live fire training, which is required for joining the club. The club’s NRA instructors will conduct classroom training as well as live fire range time specific to either revolvers or semiauto pistols. Club members may also take the course to learn about a new handgun. Information and registration is available on the club’s website. Cost of the course is $60.

Reloading Course

The club’s NRA Metallic Reloading Course has been postponed until spring, April 23, 2016.

Police Qualifications

The Holyoke and South Hadley police departments will be holding their annual qualification sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively, under contracts with the club. The police have exclusive use of the range during these times. Club members may ask the officer in charge when the range will be available, or they may use the outdoor ranges while the indoor range is in use.

Junior Rifle

The club’s safety and marksmanship program for junior shooters is on hold until spring. Mike Heisler is chief instructor. Information is available on the club website.

Practical Matches Moving to First Sunday

The club’s practical matches, which had been held on the fourth Saturday of the month, will now take place on the first Sunday. New shooters should arrive at 9 a.m. for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, a holster, which is not a shoulder or crossdraw model, a baseball cap and eye and ear protection. Chris Fila is in charge. Volunteers are needed to set up the stages, and should arrive at 8 a.m.

New Members

Joining the club at the November meeting were Robert and Mary Gray of Longmeadow, Matthew and Phillip Hurteau and Ted Perch, all of Easthampton, Mark and Catherine Rodgers of West Springfield, Shawn Coulombe and Chris Stodulski, both of Chicopee, Michael Miano, David Pinkos, Michael Shepard and William and Joanne O’Rourke, all of Holyoke, David Peterson of South Hadley, Glenda Mercado of Springfield, Edward Roberge of Southampton and Thomas McDowell of Westfield.

HRC Hats and Patches

Hats and jacket patches embroidered with the club’s logo are now available for sale from Membership Secretary Bill Burgess. Also available are limited-edition items commemorating the club’s 100th anniversary.

NRA and G.O.A.L.

The club encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners’ Action League, the state rifle and pistol association. Ed Pelland is the club recruiter for both organizations, and handles membership applications and renewals for both. Club members can save $10 per year by paying for their NRA memberships through Ed for $25, rather than the standard $35. Ed receives NRA rebates for each renewal or new membership, which he applies to NRA memberships for the junior members of the club.

Fun Shoots

Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calendar.

Pistol Course

Holyoke Revolver Club conducts an NRA Basic Pistol course every month on the third Saturday. Successful participants receive both the NRA certificate and the Massachusetts State Police certificate required for firearms licenses. To register or for more information visit The club has more than a dozen NRA-Certified Pistol Instructors and more than two dozen NRA-Certified Range Safety Officers. Volunteers are needed to monitor the firing line from around 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m

Shooting 101

The firearm familiarization course for new shooters has been reorganized and will be offered on certain evenings at a reduced cost of $40. Rich Asselin is in charge, and is looking for instructors and RSO’s to assist. For more information and to register for Shooting 101 visit

50/50 Raffle and Membership Drawing

Ralph Rechenberger won $41.00 at the November meeting. Matt Gagne’s name was drawn in the membership drawing, but he was not at the meeting.


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