The club’s summer cookouts will begin again at the May 4 meeting. Cooking begins at 5, and hamburgers and hot dogs will be on the grill. Salads and desserts are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $5.00
Friends of NRA Banquet
The 23rd annual banquet of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will be held Friday, May 6 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. More than 40 guns, as well as other prizes will be raffled and auctioned. Tickets are $40, tables of eight are $320, and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski, Roland Menard, George Apgar and Norm Desilets at the club. Tickets may also be purchased online at https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/22?eventId=52707
The Friends of NRA is a 501c(3) charitable organization which raises funds for the shooting sports. HRC has been awarded more than $30,00 in grants for range improvements and junior programs over the years.
The club will have an outdoor work party on Saturday, April 30. Members are asked to bring rakes, leaf blowers and related tools to pick up the winter’s outdoor debris.
High Powered Rifle Clinic
The club’s annual high-power rifle clinic will be May 14. Club members can learn the basics of high-power rifle competition and the care and feeding of the M1, M1A and AR15 service rifles. Rick and Dave Wallis are in charge. Fee for the clinic is $100. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.
The club celebrated a new life member at the April meeting when Ed Pelland’s name was added to the list. Ed has been a club officer, competitor and volunteer, as well a strong supporter of gun rights, for decades. He is currently the club’s recruiter and spokesman for the Gun Owners’ Action League and the National Rifle Association.
Tom Serrichio was elected club governor at the April board meeting. He replaces Rob Lombardi, who had to resign due to his new work schedule.
A & B Ranges Closed
The two practical ranges near the 100-yard range are temporarily out of commission due to winter storm damage, and may not be used until repairs are completed.
The junior rifle and pistol programs are up and running for the season. Details are on the club website.
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.
Vostok Md. CM-2 .22 Rifles for sale
The club has three full-size target rifles, with sights, for sale. Priced at $550 each, they are being replaced by lighter rifles in the club’s junior program. Norm Desilets is in charge.
The following new members were welcomed at the April meeting: Erin Santa, Gustavo Hernandez, Christina Obert of Chicopee, Heriberto Ayala, Reinaldo Solivan, Jr. Felix and Sandra Rios and Emmanuel Irizarry, all of Springfield, Brian Poirier, Ronald Schmidt, David Talbot and Edward Breck, of West Springfield, Edward Sabella of East Longmeadow and Frank Stellato of Wilbraham, Andrew Poirier, Steven Jaimangal, Maurice Egan, Jr., Eric Dargie, Robert Borawski and juniors Bridget and Sarah Healy, all of Holyoke, Jennifer Downer of Easthampton, Lawrence Roy, Joseph Topor and Bruce Helm of South Hadley, Karl Kreuger and David McManus of Westfield, Ruth Ducharme of Southampton and Gregory Ott and Deena and Thomas LeDuc of Agawam.
50/50 Raffle and Members Drawing
John O’Donnell won $67 in the 50/50 raffle and Bruce Hermans won the members’ drawing.