Western Mass Pistol League (WMPL)
The annual postal matches of the WMPL will start on October 3. HRC competes in weekly .22 gallery matches against other local clubs. New shooters are encouraged to give it a try. Practice sessions are being held on Friday evenings until October. Ron Mehlhorn and Pete Galenski are co-captains.
A & B Ranges Open
The two practical ranges have been rebuilt and reopened. Practical matches have been moved from the Sunday morning schedule to the second Saturday of each month. Details are on the club website and calendar.
NRA Pistol Instructor Course
A training course for new pistol instructors will be held at the club October 8 and 9. Enrollment is limited and will close after the September club meeting. Please contact Norm Desilets for more information and to sigh up. Or call the club phone at 539-9345.
The club will hold its annual meeting and election of officers at the November meeting. All club officers and two members of the board of directors will be up for election.
A new volunteer is needed to restock soda and water in the refrigerator, as Gary and Sue Arnhold will soon be moving to Florida. Revenue from cold drink sales is used to support the junior program.
Friends of NRA
A $4500 check from the NRA Foundation was received by the club recently. It will be used for the construction of a paved handicapped parking area adjacent to the club entrance. The plans are under review by the Conservation Commission. The foundation grants are funded by the activities of the Friends of NRA, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
Locally the Pioneer Valley chapter holds an annual banquet and two GunADay drawings. Tickets for the October drawing are available from Norm Desilets at the club office, and from Pete and Debbie Galenski, Roland Menard and George Apgar.
New Club Lighting
The club has new LED lighting installed through both meeting rooms. The new lights will reduce the electric bill substantially and will outlast the previous fluorescent fixtures.
Officers of the Holyoke Community College Police Department will be using the 50-yard outdoor range occasionally for qualifications. The 50-yard range will be closed during that time, but club members may use the other ranges. The HCC department is the third local police agency with a contract to use the club facilities. The Holyoke and South Hadley departments also qualify at HRC.
For members checking the club calendar on a smartphone, the calendar is best read when the phone is in the landscape (horizontal) position. You can also click on the event square to see additional information.
The club’s summer cookouts are again being held prior to the monthly members’ meetings. 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.
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.
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 .22LR Target 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. The rifles are currently on consignment at Culverine Firearms in Feeding Hills. http://www.culverinefirearms.com (413) 789-7467.
The following new members were welcomed at the August meeting: Dianne Storey, Aaron Dudek and Vincent Amato of Holyoke, Theresa Kaplan, Angela and and Casey Belieu and junior members Griffin Schoenborn and Thomas Gebhardt, all of South Hadley, junior member Grayson Bennett of Southampton, Derek Benton of Agawam, Robert Briggs, Jr. of West Springfield, Justin Dion and Joshua Brody of Longmeadow, John Riemenschneider and Joseph Michael Byrnes of Westfield, Timothy Coyle of Chicopee, Tim LaPlante of Southwick and John Scribner, Jr. of Belchertown.
50/50 Raffle & Members’ drawing
Bob Briggs won $29.00 in the 50/50 raffle at the August meeting, and Randy Mead’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.