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HRC Newsletter – April 2019

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Cleanup Day

This Sunday, April 14 will be the day of the annual outdoor cleanup at the club, with April 28 the rain date.  HRC members are asked to bring rakes and other tools. Volunteers are needed.

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 to sign up for club projects and events.

Friends of NRA Banquet

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the Friends of NRA will hold its annual fundraising banquet on Friday evening, May 3.  The event will feature a buffet dinner and auctions and raffles for artwork, jewelry, NRA collectibles and more than 40 new firearms. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight, and are available from the Friends of NRA website and from Cathy Wauczinski, Debbie and Pete Galenski and George Apgar at the club.

HRC High Powered Rifle Clinic

HRC will be holding its annual High Powered Rifle Clinic on Saturday May 4th. The M1 Garand (officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) was the first semi-automatic rifle to be generally issued to the infantry of any nation. The AR-15 Sportsman Rifle will also be covered.  Click Here for more information & to signup.

Junior Team Grant

Junior team coach Cathy Wauczinski announced recently that the Friends of NRA had approved a grant in the amount of $10,358 for the club’s junior team’s expenses as they compete at the national matches this summer in Ohio.

Cookouts at the Members Meetings

The summer meeting cookouts will resume at the May 1 meeting.  Burgers and hot dogs are available. Salads and desserts are welcome.  Serving begins around 5:30, and a $5 donation is suggested. Please contact the Members Committee if you are interested in helping.


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. .

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. 
Click HERE for more info.

The New HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) has been published.

The new Holyoke Revolver Club Members Handbook is now available on our website. This handbook covers all the clubs rules and regulations, some new and some just better explanations of the existing rules. It is your responsibility as a club member to know and follow these rules. Please click on the link below and review this rules.
New HRC Members Handbook.

Police Training

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. More info on the club website.

First Shots

Looking for training specific to that new handgun you just purchased. HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns.  If you know a perspective member that needs to fulfill their “Live Fire” requirement in order to join HRC. Then, this is the course for them.  Click Here for more info & to signup.

Shooting 101

This is a follow-up course to the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course and provides a more hands-on shooting experience. You will have the opportunity to handle and shoot many different types and calibers of handguns. This class is also for HRC members whom are considering the purchase of a new handgun.  Click Here for more info, and to signup.


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. 

50/50 Raffle & Members Raffle

Patrick Walsh won $34 in the 50/50 raffle at the April meeting.  Jennifer Downer’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle but she was not at the meeting.

New Members

The following members joined the club at the April meeting:  Nick Sulham, Daniel Moreau, Kevin Chagnon and Peter Kandilakis, all of Chicopee, Rolando Menendez Jr. of Springfield, Rob Giroux and Lawrence and Gretta Tucker of South Hadley, Christopher Greenfield of Amherst, Jonathan Leger of Southampton, Patrick Walsh of Holyoke and John Schrijn of Belchertown. 


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