President’s Year-End Report
Club President, Joe Knapik recently thanked club members for their continued support of the organization, and cited the highlights and the improvements that had taken place during the year.
Among these were the completion of the earthen berm on the 50-yard line, the installation of upgraded CCTV equipment to improve security, the acquisition of a club FFL to improve the security of ownership of its training firearms and the development of an online payment portal for membership renewals. The Women’s night continues to be held monthly, and the junior program hosts a great group of young people in rifle and handgun shooting development, supported by dedicated parents, coaches and mentors. The juniors took trophies at the national matches in Ohio in July and more recently at the regionals in Maine. All the activities, improvements and maintenance at the Holyoke Revolver Club are the work of volunteers, club members and officers.
Renew Membership and Pay Online
The club now has a convenient system in place for members to renew their memberships and pay for them online, 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 information.
Introduction to USPSA
Coaches Jay Parnell and Keith Holbrook introduced their new class for practical pistol training and preparation for USPSA and similar matches. The course will be held one night a month at the club and will be open to both junior and adult members of HRC. Click here for more info on the club’s website. NOTE: ADULT SIGNUPS FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Juniors must submit a resume with their shooting experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Check the Calendar before leaving for the range.
NRA Basic Pistol Course
The club offers the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting 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. CLICK HERE for more information.
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.
HRC welcomed the following new members at the December meeting: Jorge Bojito of Springfield, Richard and Leora Fafard ,Bonnie Duquette, Robert Fleagle II and junior member Robert Fleagle III, all of Agawam, Eugene Bernier, Jr. of Westfield, James Bilodeau and junior member Madison Gliniak both of Easthampton, Felicia Favreau of Feeding Hills, Junior members Madalyne and Olivia Pease, Zachary Morrey and Dewey Hathaway, all of Westhampton, Eric Hernandez of South Hadley, Carlos Negron, Aileen Laureano, Connor Knightly, Mark Wales and Jeffrey Jaros, all of Chicopee, Richard Olbris, Meredith Johnson and junior member Michael Kelly of Southampton, Scott Lachapelle of Northampton, David and Kristen Rechenberger of Southwick and John Tocci of Holliston.
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.
50/50 Raffle and Members Drawing
Michael Kelly won $45 at the December meeting, and Cameron Devine’s name was drawn for the members’ raffle, but Cameron was not present at the meeting.