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HRC Newsletter – November 2019

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Annual Meeting and Election

The club’s annual meeting and election of officers was held November 6.  Bruce Hermans was elected president, and Amy Burgess vice president.  Officers reelected included secretary Rich Asselin, treasurer Michelle Bailey, governor Tom Serrichio and membership secretary Bill Burgess.  Ron Mehlhorn and Mike Heisler were reelected to three-year terms on the board of officers, and Chris Felletter and Bob Bader will fulfill two-year and one-year terms respectively.  Retiring president Joe Knapik thanked everyone for their help on behalf of the club during his tenure.

Renew Membership and Pay Online

It is time to renew your membership again!   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.

Bylaw Changes

The club has recently adopted a bylaw change to drop the requirement of sending important messages to all members via the US Mail, and adopting the alternative of sending email and posting notices on the website and club bulletin board.
This increases the importance of all members opening up email received from HRC.  Please be aware that all members are responsible for reading these notices and keeping up with HRC rules and regulations. 

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.   This class will be on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month.
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

Outdoor Shooting Hours

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours are shorter in the fall and winter.  In November through March the hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm.  These are hard and fast rules, independent of daylight conditions and are legally binding.  Also, there can be no outdoor shooting on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

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

HRC Members’ Activities

Fun Shoot – November 26, December 10th & 24th, and January 7th.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Wester Mass Pistol League –  CLICK HERE for more information.

Governors Six Gun Shoot – Will start up again in the spring.  Check the HRC calendar for dates.   CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – December 14th.   CLICK HERE for more information.

Ladies Night – December 11th.  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.
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 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 that can become a member.
(See “New Member Application Process” above).

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.
Please email the Chief Instructor if you are interested in this class. 


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

Gretta Tucker won $46.00 in the 50/50 raffle at the November meeting.  David Bachand’s name was picked in the members’ drawing, but he wasn’t at the meeting.

New Members

New Members – Due to the annual meeting and election of officers, no new members were accepted at the November meeting.  New members joining for the first time in December will receive 13 months of membership, as their 2020 dues will include the last month of 2019.

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