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Holyoke Revolver Club Newsletter – June 2016

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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.  Norm Desilets is in charge.  Email:

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.

New 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.

Police Qualifications

Officers of the Holyoke Community College Police Department will be using the 50-yard outdoor range on July 7 and 14 and August 11 for qualifications. The range will be closed during that time, but club members may use the indoor and the 100-yard ranges.

Club Calendar

For members checking the club calendar on a smartphone, the calendar is best read when the phone is in the landscape (horizontal) position.

A & B Ranges

The repair of the two practical ranges near the 100-yard range is almost complete.  These ranges will be closed until the contractor leaves the site.  We will send out a special email notice when they are ready.

HRC Cookouts

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.

Volunteers Needed

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 (Norm Desilets, or Bruce Hermans) or leave a message on 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.

GPS Coordinates

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.

New Members

The following 21 new members were welcomed at the June meeting: Maureen Couture, Richard Holleva, and Dale Marshall of South Hadley, Jason Lisatinski of Easthampton, Thomas R. Stark and Thomas J. Stark of West Springfield, Aramis Lozada, Derek White and Shamsiddin Haqq of Springfield, Joseph and Shannon Laplante, Greg and Kyle Roy of Chicopee, Todd Simonds and Stephen Rodriguez of Holyoke, Larry and Catherine Michaud of Agawam, Clark Fenn of East Longmeadow, Arthur Bruce Whittier of Southampton, Anthony Gleason of Florence and Sergio Herenandez of Granby.

50/50 Raffle

Todd Simonds won $77.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the June meeting, and Lyudmila Briere’s name was drawn in the members’ drawing, but she was not at the meeting.


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