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HRC Newsletter – October 2018

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Annual Meeting and Election – Change of Venue

The HRC November meeting will be held at the Holyoke Elk’s Lodge 902 (Banquet Room) at 250 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, MA.  We will open doors at 5:30 PM for a light food service and social hour.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, with annual election of officers as our first order of business.

CLICK HERE for more Information.

No new members will be inducted during this meeting.  All interested parties should plan on attending our December meeting back at the club.  New members joining during the month of December will pay in full for the 2019 year and receive access to the club during Dec 2018 free.
13 months for the price of 12…

We hope to see you there.  Please let Rich Asselin, HRC Secretary, know if you or anyone you know is interested in running for office or director position this year.

Online Membership Renewal

You will soon be able to renew your membership  ONLINE!
We will be sending you a notice in the near future to let you know when it is activated.  You will be able to fill out your registration and pay online through PayPal using either your PayPal account or your Credit Card.

You will still be able to select the PDF form, and mail it in with your check,  but please type in the information on the PDF form before printing it out.
If you have any questions please email:

Outdoor Range Hours

In October the outdoor ranges may be used from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with no exceptions.  In November the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is no outdoor shooting on Thanksgiving Day.

Range Reminders

HRC members are reminded 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.

Police Training

Annual qualification sessions for officers of Holyoke, South Hadley and Holyoke Community College police departments are currently taking place.  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. Click here for more information. 

HRC First Shots Course

HRC also conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly-acquired guns.
This course will also qualify prospective members for their “Live Fire” requirement. Details and signup information are also on the club website. Click here for more information. 

NRA Metallic Reloading Course

The club will offer an NRA Metallic Reloading course from 8 to 5 on November 3.  Participants will learn about safety, reloading practices and procedures, reloading data and other aspects of reloading pistol and rifle ammo, and will set up and use presses and other equipment to load ammunition.  The hands-on course is taught by NRA instructors, open only to HRC members and the fee is $75.  Participants receive an NRA certificate upon completion.  There are limited openings. Click here for more information. 


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

Zach Duquette won the 50/50 raffle at the October meeting, and Jerry Corradino’s name was drawn in the members’ raffle but he was not at the meeting.

New Members

The following new members were welcomed into the club at the October meeting:  Brian Mumblow and Ryan Boisjolie of Easthampton,  Howard Schwalm, Gregory Russian, Michael Fitzgerald and Michael Brunetti all of Chicopee,  Leon Duquette of Agawam, Francis O’Connell of Holyoke, Richard Rice of East Longmeadow, Edward Schwalm of South Hadley and James Waitkus of South Deerfield.


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