The club recently held its first women-only shooting session, and there are plans to continue the program on the second Wednesday evening of each month. During that time the indoor range is reserved for use by any and all female HRC members. The get-togethers are informal, and details are on the club website.
Junior Team Raffle
Cathy Wauczinski won the new S&W M&P Shield .45 in the raffle held by the junior pistol team. Funds raised will support the team’s travel and match expenses. Smith and Wesson Co. donated the prize.
New Security Cameras
Higher-resolution video cameras will soon be installed inside and outside the clubhouse to provide sharper images for any necessary review. The system will also include upgraded software.
October GunADay Raffle
The Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA committee will be holding a gun raffle in October, with 31 new guns to be awarded. Tickets are available from Pete and Debbie Galenski, Roland Menard and George Apgar, and through the club office. The Friends of NRA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that raises funds for shooting clubs, women, youth, conservation and law enforcement programs. HRC has received more than $30,000 in grants from FNRA.
The board of directors is undertaking a study and cost comparison of ways to split the 50-yard range so that steel shooters and paper shooters can use it simultaneously without conflicts. The options include precast concrete panels, earthen berms and Hesco Barriers, wire and fabric containers filled on site with sand.
New Plate Racks
The club has purchased and installed two new sets of falling plate racks on the outdoor pistol range. The plates may only be used with pistols, revolvers and .22 rimfire rifles, not centerfire rifles or shotguns.
The club is continuing its tradition of summer cookouts before monthly meetings. Hamburgs and hot dogs as well as salad and desserts are on the menu. Serving begins around 5 p.m., and there is a suggested $5 donation.
The following new members were welcomed into the club at the June meeting: Steven Barcomb and junior member Brian Kazounis, both of Southampton, Mason Mongeon of Granby, Scott Clark of Easthampton, Patrick Counter and Junior Swaby, both of South Hadley, Mark Przybycien of Wilbraham, Patricia Laudato and Damian Gaule, both of Holyoke, Gerard Roy of Chicopee, junior member Seth Brunell of Longmeadow, Darlene St. George-Galindez and Randy Quarles, both of Westfield and Dallas Stuck of West Springfield. Joining the club at the July meeting were Jeff Robare of Chicopee, Jerry Sulewski of Holyoke, Luis Rosario-Diaz of Agawam, Brad Bumpus of Southbridge and Gary Boisseau of West Springfield.
In preparation for this fall’s Western Mass. Pistol League matches, HRC holds an informal .22 gallery match practice session every Friday evening beginning at 6. Ron Mehlhorn is in charge. The indoor range will remain open to all members.
The Holyoke Police Department has begun annual qualifications for its 100+ officers, usually on Wednesdays at the A-b range, or the indoor range during inclement weather. The police have exclusive use of the range during their training sessions, but club members may use the ranges not in use by the police, or wait for the officers to finish.
The club offers basic pistol training courses every month. Successful completion provides the students with the credentials to apply for Massachusetts firearm licenses. The course is conducted by NRA-certified instructors and range safety officers, and is held on a Saturday with lunch provided. Details and signup applications are on the club’s website.
The club holds familiarization courses for newly-licensed members to try out a selection of 10 handguns prior to purchasing their own. Firearms range from .22 to .45 ACP, and the course is run by certified instructors and range officers. Signup information is on the club website. The program is on summer hiatus and will resume in September.
HRC also conducts a course for gun owners to become familiar with the operation and safety features of handguns they have recently purchased. Signup information is also on the club website. This program is also on summer hiatus and will resume in September.
Club Scrapbook Missing
In 2014 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary, and as part of the celebration HRC members compiled a scrapbook of photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia. The book has gone missing and there is now a cash reward for its return.
The board of directors is planning a study of major improvements and updates for the indoor range. Also in the works are steel targets for the 100-yard range.
The junior rifle program is up and running. Details are on the club website. Mike Heisler is in charge.
NRA and GOAL
Ed Pelland has received an Outstanding Service Award from the National Rifle Association in recognition of his recruiting work. Lately he shares this role and recruiting for the state’s Gun Owners Action League with Carl Eger. The NRA sends a rebate of $5 or $10 to the club for all renewals or new applications, and the funds support HRC’s youth programs. NRA memberships received through Ed and Carl are at a $10 discount for annual membership and larger discounts for other terms. NRA recently reduced the cost of a Life membership to $600. Ed and Carl are seated at the back table at monthly meetings.
Ralph Rechenberger won $47 at the June meeting. Sarah Driscoll’s name was drawn in the members’ meeting, but she was not at the meeting. Dave Pronovost won $26.50 at the July meeting. Sarah Healey’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle, but she was not at the meeting.