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HRC Newsletter – September 2019

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Ballou Award

In any organization, there are those things that define and illustrate commitment to the organization, and in the process, have a multiple benefit for all of us.  A number of years back, the HRC established its service award, in the name and memory of Don Ballou.  It is awarded annually to that member whose participation and volunteer efforts, are not only important, but by simply being “a person to count on”, makes the work of all of us part of the strong chain which is HRC’s reputation, integrity and quality.
This year, the Don Ballou award is given to Jeff Irwin.  While many don’t know or see Jeff in the course of the year, we all benefit from his work on our Monday Maintenance team that keeps the Clubhouse clean and safe.  But, Jeff is also distinguished by the time and stewardship he gives as the eyes and ears on our property.  Jeff is an avid and accomplished outdoorsman – a very rare thing nowadays. His interests coincide for HRC’s benefit as Jeff is often on our property, in our woods and always, our eyes.  Jeff has been an added layer of security as we protect and promote our reputation for excellence.    Like many of us, Jeff acts like an “owner” regarding HRC.  Thank you to Jeff Irwin.

Ballou Award

Annual Meeting and Election

The club’s annual meeting and election of officers will take place at the November members’ meeting at the club.  In addition to annual reports on the status of the organization, elections will be held for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership secretary and club governor as well as for two members of the board of directors.  This year a third director will be elected to serve the remaining two years of the term of a board member that, resigned from the board when he moved from the area.  Light refreshments will be served.

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 by HRC.

Friends of NRA Raffle

Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA will hold a GunADay Raffle in October, giving away 31 new firearms as part of the organization’s fundraising efforts.  Tickets are $25 each, and limited to 1000.  When the three-digit ticket number matches the first three numbers in the MA evening lottery draw, the ticket holder wins that day’s gun.  Tickets are available from George Apgar and at the club office.  The Friends of NRA is a 501 (c)3 charity organization that provides grants to support the shooting sports, youth and women’s programs, conservation and law enforcement programs and other related causes.  Last year the club’s junior team received a $10,000 grant from FNRA.

Outdoor Shooting Hours

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours get shorter every month through the fall and winter.  In October they drop to 8 to 6, and in November through March the hours are 8 to 4.  These are hard and fast rules, independent of daylight conditions.

Junior Team Goes to Maine

The HRC steel shooters went to Maine two weeks ago to compete in a regional competition. Nine athletes competed in two disciplines each. Rimfire rifle and pistol. The team to home three medals.  Our competitors included university of New Hampshire University of Vermont and West Point,

 CLICK HERE to see pics on the Junior’s Facebook Page.

Cookouts at the Members Meetings

The season’s final cookout will take place at the October meeting, according to head chef Jennifer Jones.  This night will be Taco Night. Salads and desserts are welcome.  Serving begins around 5:30, and a $5 donation is suggested. Please contact the Members Committee if you are interested in helping.

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.

The New HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) has been published.

The new Holyoke Revolver Club Members Handbook is now available on our 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 the link below and review this rules.
New HRC Members Handbook.

Police Training

Semi-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.

HRC Members’ Activities

Fun Shoot October 1st & 15th. CLICK HERE for more information.

Rimfire Benchrest Rifle –  October 5th at the 50 yd range, and the 19th at the 100 yd range. CLICK HERE for more information.

Governors Six Gun Shoot – October 26th. CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – October 12th at the A&B Ranges. CLICK HERE for more information.

Women’s Only Night – October 9th.  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.   NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Holyoke Revolver Club 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.  If you know a perspective member that needs to fulfill their “Live Fire” requirement in order to join HRC, this is the course for them.
Click Here for more info & to signup.

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.
[]Click Here for more info, and to signup.


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

Bob Bader won $27.50 in the 50/50 raffle at the September meeting.  Mitch King’s name was picked in the members’ drawing, but he wasn’t at the meeting.

New Members

New Members – The following new members joined the club at the September meeting: Paul W. Brown of West Springfield, David Dupuis of Longmeadow, Juan Fernandez of Holyoke, Stephen Foster of Westfield and Mark Iaconis of Springfield.


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