News & Updates

HRC Newsletter – February 2020

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Police Qualifications

The Holyoke Police Department is currently conducting training and qualification sessions at the club.  They will usually be at the A&B ranges, however, the police have exclusive use of a range during these times. HRC members may use a different range or wait for the officers to complete their time.  Details are on the club CALENDAR.

Spring Cleanup

The club will hold its annual cleanup of the outdoor areas and ranges in the near future, depending on weather conditions.  Date and time will be listed on the calendar.
CLICK HERE or email membercommittee@holyokerevolverclub.com for further information.

Exciting New Club Events!

Our club members have expressed  a desire for educational events for members of the Club. It has been suggested that we offer sessions available to all club members to come in and learn various aspects of the shooting sports. Proposed topics include concealed carry and the law, marksmanship and gun cleaning, etc.
If you have any ideas or suggestions or want to volunteer to lead a workshop contact us at membercommittee@holyokerevolverclub.com, or put a suggestion in the Suggestion Box.  (Whichever is easiest for you.)
We will be announcing these workshops in Newsletter and Calendar as they develop.

State Senate Elections

There will be a special election to replace State Senator Don Humason, who is now the Mayor of Westfield.   The candidates are John Cain and John Velis.
Hanna Wauczinski, Captain of our Junior Shooters team has offered to interview both candidates, and report back to us at the next Members’ Meeting.
Don’t miss the meeting on March 4th for her insights.

Junior Team Incorporates as a 501(c)3.

HRC’s junior shooting team recently completed the paperwork and legal filings to become a tax-exempt non profit 501(c)3 corporation.  The new status will allow the juniors to seek funding grants that were not available when they were listed as part of the main club, which is organized as a 501(c)4.  Donations to the junior team are now tax-deductible.

Renew Membership and Pay Online

2019 membership cards are expired, and you may be locked out of the key card system.   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.
You may also print out the renewal application and mail it in with a check.
CLICK HERE for more info.

HRC Communications and your responsibility

The Holyoke Revolver Club, Inc. (HRC) now provides all club information to its membership via email and our website at www.holyokerevolverclub.com.  This increases the importance of all members opening up and reading email received from HRC.
It is the member’s responsibility to keep a current email address on file with our Membership Secretary at: membership@holyokerevolverclub.com. The HRC assumes no liability or responsibility regarding its communications to members other than through these channels.
We ask that each notice from the HRC be opened and read.  Please do not “unsubscribe” or block HRC emails.  It is the member’s responsibility to read these emails and stay up to date with all information and possible changes the HRC passes on to its members.

New Member Application Process

The HRC Board of Officers has unanimously voted to change the procedure for new member applicants to our club.  Starting in January of 2020, new member applicants will sign up and attend the HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation class before attending the members’ meeting to join. They will be held on the last Saturday of every month prior to the next members’ meeting.
After meeting the requirements of this class, applicants will bring their Membership Application approved by the HRC Instructor or Range Safety Officer to the next members’ meeting, where the membership will vote to accept their application.
For more information on the new process:  CLICK HERE

The HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation (RST&O)

As stated above all new members will need to attend the new RST&O class before joining our club.  However, existing members our welcome to come and monitor the class.  This will offer you a chance to review all of the new range rules pertaining to each range individually and refresh your past safety training. Bring your HRC ID card with you.

HRC Members’ Handbook (Club Rules)

The HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) is on our Website.
The Holyoke Revolver Club Members Handbook is available on the 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 this link to review this rules.    New HRC Members Handbook

Volunteers Needed.

The Holyoke Revolver Club is run totally by volunteering members.  We are in need of help every Monday morning from 8:30am through Noon for routine maintenance of the club house and indoor range.  This project would be perfect for our retired members who are looking for something to do on Monday morning.  Please contact MemberCommittee@holyokerevolverclub.com if you are able to help.

Outdoor Shooting Hours

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours are shorter in the fall and winter.  In January through March the hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm.  These are hard and fast rules, independent of daylight conditions and are legally binding.

HRC Members’ Activities

Fun Shoot – March 3rd, 17th, and 31st.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Western Mass Pistol League –  Friday evenings 6:30 – 9:00pm.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Governor’s Six Gun Shoot – Will start up again in the spring.   CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – March 14th.  This shoot will be held on the Indoor Rage. CLICK HERE for more information.

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.
CLICK HERE for more info on the club website.

HRC 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.   CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up for the class.
Also,  if a New Member Applicant does not demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude to safely fire their firearm at the New HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation, they will be directed to take this class before he or she can become a member.
(See “New Member Application Process” above).

Shooting 101

This class is now open to Non-Members!
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 who are considering the purchase of a new handgun.
CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up for the class.

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 & Members Raffle

David Jones won $28.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the February meeting.  Kevin Scott and Thomas Wiley had their names drawn in the members’ raffle, but they were not at the meeting.

New Members

Thomas Burger of Granby, Paul Choiniere of Greenfield, Donna Wilson and Jon Davine of Easthampton, James Elkins of Holyoke, June Foley of Westhampton, Peter Mancuso of Ludlow, Michael McMann of Springfield and Christopher Messier of South Hadley all joined the club at the February meeting.

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