A & B Ranges Open
The two practical ranges near the 100-yard range 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. Information will be available on the club’s website. Enrollment is limited and will close after the September club meeting. Norm Desilets is in charge.
Due to a medical issue, the club’s lawncare person is currently not able to trim around the buildings and edges of the ranges. Club members have been asked to bring their grass trimmers and help keep the grounds looking neat.
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.
Friends of NRA Grant
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 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.
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 on August 11 for qualifications. The 50-yard range will be closed during that time, but club members may use the other ranges.
For members checking the club calendar on a smartphone, the calendar is best read when the phone is in the landscape (horizontal) position.
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 almost 700 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. The pistol team is planning to compete in the national championships in Ohio in July, and would welcome contributions to the travel expenses. The board of directors has voted to reimburse up to $4000 of the team’s expenses.
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. Norm Desilets is in charge.
The following new members were welcomed at the July meeting: Michelle Proulx and Bill Mendrek of Holyoke, Nicholas Shea and Cheryl Arnold of Southampton, Christopher and Glynis Barney of Easthampton, Antonio Santos, Scott McLaughlin and William Bieda of Chicopee, Sergio Flores and Demetrice Dawkins of Springfield, William Kimball of Ludlow, Anthony Pieras of Granby, and Pamela Skiba of South Hadley.
Gary Proulx won $34.00 in the 50/50 raffle at the July meeting, and Bill Cunha’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.