The club has recently installed an AED (automated external defibrillator) to be used in a case of sudden cardiac arrest. CPR and AED training is available through the Red Cross and other agencies, but the Phillips HeartStart AED is designed to be used even by untrained personnel, with voice prompts directing the user at each stage. More information may be found at: https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/product/HCNOCTN200/philips-heartstart-home-defibrillator.
Volunteers Run the Club
Virtually everything that happens at the club is the work of volunteers who donate their time. Club members are encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Burgess through the club to sign up for club projects and events.
Renew Membership and Pay Online
The club now has a convenient system in place for members to renew their memberships and pay for them without writing a check or stamping an envelope. The new system also saves the membership secretary’s time as he can keep the club roster up to date more quickly. Details and a link are on the club’s home page.
Friends of NRA Raffle
The Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA committee is selling tickets for its annual 31-gun raffle. The March GunADay raffle is a fundraiser for the NRA Foundation, a charity arm of the NRA. Funds are distributed to Massachusetts organizations, including HRC, which received $5800 for the junior program this year. Tickets are $25 and are available from Debbie and Pete Galenski and George Apgar or through the club. Also, there are new guidelines for participants in the practical matches, both indoors and outdoors. The guidelines are posted on the HRC website.
The board of directors recently instituted new safety rules for gun handling within the clubhouse. Any guns brought into the building must be holstered and concealed, or in cases and unloaded, until they are on the indoor range. Guns may not be handled or cleaned in any other area of the building.
Also, there are new guidelines for participants in the practical matches, both indoors and outdoors.
The guidelines are posted on the HRC website.
HRC members are required to wear their membership cards while at the club. Brass casings of all sizes and calibers and target materials should be collected and recycled after shooting. Targets must be placed so that bullets will safely impact backstops and only the backstops.
Annual qualification sessions for officers of Holyoke, South Hadley and Holyoke Community College police departments are taking place currently. Dates and times are listed on the club’s website calendar. During these training sessions the police have exclusive use of the range. Club members may use alternate ranges or wait for the officers to finish.
NRA Basic Pistol Course
The club offers the NRA Basic Pistol course on the third Saturday of each month. Students who pass the course receive both an NRA Basic Shooting certificate and a MA Basic Firearms Safety certificate which allows them to apply for both MA and CT licenses to carry firearms.
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HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns. Details and signup information are also on the club website.
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HRC Shooting 101 Course
The Holyoke Revolver Club has brought back the Shooting 101 Class. This is a follow-up course to the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course and provides a more hands-on shooting experience. Each student will have the opportunity to try 10 different handguns in order to experience different types and calibers.
Shooting 101 will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30-9:00pm.
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There are two prizes still to be claimed in the raffle held last year by the junior team. If anyone has ticket number 514 or 454 he or she may contact the club to claim a prize.
NRA and GOAL
HRC encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. Ed Pelland and Carl Eger are the club’s recruiters for both organizations and can be found at the back of the room at monthly meetings. They offer memberships at a discount, and the NRA returns rebates of $5 and $10 for renewals and new memberships. Those funds are donated to the club’s junior programs.
Mike Heisler won $27.50 at the January meeting, and Ed Boisjolie Jr,’s name was drawn the members’ raffle, but he was not at the meeting.
New Members – The following new members joined the club in January: Joseph Ciellaro, Courtney Medeiros and Sarah Caplan of Easthampton, Jonathan T. Santarelli, a junior member, of Longmeadow, Daniel and Donna Taney and Diane Schwalm, all of Chicopee, Daniel Bennett of Westfield and Robert Bader of Amherst.