Holyoke Revolver Club

HRC Newsletter – Winter 2020 – 2021

02/13/2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Time to Renew Your Membership

The Club’s membership is from January 1st to December 31st. By now you should have RENEWED your membership. Please be reminded, if you have not renewed, your key card will be deactivated soon.
If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Secretary, Bill Burgess at Membership@HolyokeRevolverClub.com.

Board of Officers Report

A couple of changes have happened since our elections in November of 2021.
First, no one had stepped up to run for President after Bruce Hermans had announced that he would not be running. During the January Board of Officers Meeting Bruce offered to come back to fill the vacant position of President. The Board voted unanimously to accept his offer, and it was ratified unanimously by the membership at the February Members’ Meeting.

Second, the Club’s Treasurer that had been newly elected in November resigned the position in December. During the January Board of Officers Meeting, Michelle Bailey, who was the Club’s previous Treasurer, offered to come back to fill the position of Treasurer. The Board voted unanimously to accept her offer, and it was ratified unanimously by the membership at the February Members’ Meeting.

CLICK HERE to see the present list of the Board of Officers, and the links to email them.
Please remember the Board of Officers meetings are open to all HRC members.  If you would like to discuss anything with the Board, please contact the President, so that you can be put on the agenda.  President@HolyokeRevolverClub.com

Outdoor Shooting Hours

For February and March, the shooting hours for All Outdoor Ranges is 8:00am to 4:00pm.
A friendly reminder, failure to abide by this simple but extremely important policy can result in loss of membership.

Save The Date

April 3rd will be the spring clean-up at the Club, it is scheduled for 8:30- 12:00.
There will be a complimentary cookout afterwards with hamburgers and hot dogs. If possible, please bring a rake, leaf blower, weed trimmers whatever you have and are able to bring will help. This is a great way to meet fellow Club members and possibly even make new friends.
If you are able to make it, please E-mail Paul Sullivan to sign up or if you have any questions. memberscommittee@holyokerevolverclub.com


The HRC Members Handbook (Club Rules) is on our website

It is every Members responsibility to know the policies and procedures of our Club. This handbook covers all the Club’s rules and regulations. Failure to abide by these simple but extremely important policies can and has resulted in memberships being terminated.

If you are uncertain about any of the Club’s policies, please contact our Club’s Governor at: Governor@holyokerevolverclub.com or any of the Directors to assist you with your question. Please click here for the Members Handbook

Club Website Update

At the January Board meeting Club member and RST&O Instructor Christopher Rawson gave an excellent presentation and his recommendations on why the Club should consider updating our website. He recommended to the Board that we move our website to WildApricot. This software is what GOAL uses and was developed for the “Club” type environment. Several features will be quite advantageous to the operation of HRC including assignment of permanent member ID numbers, easier tracking of fees due, calendar events etc. Members will be able to sign in to view members only sections of the site, etc.  Christopher Rawson, Bruce Hermans, and Training Administrator Richard Anderson have already started “building” the new website. A special thanks to all three for doing so!!
At Februarys members’ meeting, Bruce Hermans presented an overview to the members present about the upcoming new software system. One thing to note is once the new website is finished each member will be required to have their own email address. No two members will be able to share an email, but with countless free email services out there, we’re hoping that won’t be a problem.
We will continue to update as progress continues over the coming months.

Club ID Card Labels – Officers & Range Safety Officer 

The Holyoke Revolver Club has twelve Officers (Directors) and many Range Safety Officers (RSO). Should you see a member with their badge that has a logo at the bottom in yellow, know that these individuals are willing to assist with any questions, concerns, or issues you may have. Don’t hesitate to also suggest any ideas or improvements that can make our Club a better place for all. These folks are eager to listen, help, advise, and assist!!

Governors Report

Sign in book
Please remember all members and Guests are asked to sign in and out, unless attending a scheduled Club event. Please print clearly!
Our Club has a few very important but incredibly simple rules that must be followed without exception!
No outdoor shooting before or after designated times.
No outdoor shooting on restricted holidays.
Only members are allowed to shoot at our Club.
A friendly reminder, failure to abide by these simple but extremely important rules can and most likely will result in loss of membership.

Police Qualifications

The Police Departments have started their qualifications up again.
Please be sure to always check the Club’s calendar for range closures and for last minute changes.

Holyoke Revolver Club Steel Shooters

Our junior shooting team, has room for new junior shooters to join. We are looking for juniors grade 6 and up to come shoot and compete with us. Younger children can be interviewed by coach Heisler to be considered for the team as well. We shoot under the National Scholastic Action Shooting Program. We have competed regionally and nationally. We also encourage our athletes to compete in regional Steel Challenges.
Our coaches are Instructors, Range Safety Officers and NRA Pistol coaches.
If you know of a junior who would be interested, please contact Michael Heisler at coach@holyokerevolverclub.com. Anyone is also invited to come to a practice to check it out. We meet at 5:30 every other Thursday. Check the Club calendar.

HRC Communications and Your Responsibility

The Holyoke Revolver Club provides all Club information to its membership via email and our website at www.holyokerevolverclub.com.
It is the members’ requirement and 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 two channels. 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 at the HRC.

NRA Basic Pistol Course

The Club continues to offer the NRA Basic Pistol Course on the third Saturday of each month. Please help us advertise and support your Club by telling your friends and family about our course. Students who pass the course receive both an NRA Basic Shooting certificate and a MA Basic Firearms Safety certificate, along with a live fire endorsement. The certificates will allow them to apply for both MA and CT firearm licenses. More info on the club website. Please contact our training administrator Richard Anderson at Training@holyokerevolverclub.com if you have any questions.

First Shots Course

Looking for specific training on a new handgun you just purchased? The HRC conducts a course to familiarize new gun owners with the operation of their newly acquired guns. We will schedule the next class when a minimum of 4 people are interested. Please contact our training administrator Richard Anderson at Training@holyokerevolverclub.com if you are interested.

Shooting 101 Training Course

The Club will be starting back up the Shooting 101 Course soon….
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 try up to 10 different types of handguns. A majority of class time will be spent on the range and actually handling and shooting handguns. Each participant will have 1-on-1 instruction on the range.
This experience should clearly demonstrate what you will and won’t like in a gun and which one will fit and feel best. Basically, try it before you buy it. The Club supplies firearms and ammunition. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Orientation & Intro to Practical Shooting

If you are interested in participating in the monthly USPSA Practical Matches this orientation is for you. You are invited to join or just observe this intro to Practical Shooting. The orientation will be held in the Clubs classroom and in the Indoor range. It is limited to the first 10 sign ups and is for members only. The orientation will be March 12th and is free of charge.
If you plan on attending send an email to instructor Christopher Rawson with any questions and to sign up for the class.  RSTO@holyokerevolverclub.com


The HRC strongly encourages its members to join The Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).
GOAL is the premiere 2nd amendment organization here in the State of MA fighting hard for gun owners, our rights, ranges, retail stores, and the sport as a whole.
Carl Eger is the Club’s recruiter for GOAL and the National Rifle Association (NRA). He can be found at the back of the room at the monthly members meetings. He offers NRA memberships at a discount, and the NRA returns rebates to the Club of $5 for renewals, and $10 for new memberships.
Those funds are used to purchase our Club’s Juniors an NRA membership if they wish.
PLEASE NOTE Carl is looking for an assistant to take his place when he can’t make it to the meetings. If you would be interested being a fellow recruiter with Carl, please let him know or contact any of the Board members.   

50/50 Raffle & Members Drawing

Brian Conway won $31.00 in the 50/50 raffle.
Paddy Sullivan’s number was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.

Gretta Tucker won $45.00 in the 50/50 raffle.
Henry Seidel’s number was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting.

Rich Fulvi won $34.00 in the 50/50 raffle.
Abigail Coe’s number was drawn in the members’ drawing, but she was not at the meeting.

Due to low attendance the 50/50 and the Members’ Drawing was not held.

Dave Chapdelaine won $20.00 in the 50/50 raffle.
Thomas Beaujolais Sr’s number was drawn in the members’ drawing, but he was not at the meeting. $162.50 goes into the pot for March (plus half of the 50/50).

New Members

Joining the Club at the October meeting was; Jeremy Rivas, Michael Curtin, Tom Doody, Alan Forcier, Bethany Healy, Jesse Kerman, Daniel Lally, and Kendra O’Neill

Due to the Annual Meeting, no new members were voted in for November.

Joining the Club at the December meeting was; David Cicerchia, Linda Cicerchia, Brad DeVillier, Greg Dwinell, Elias Nikolaidis, Brian Emmett, Richard Fulvi, Michael Gendreau Jr, John Hinchley, Ryan Cobb, Jim King, Ed Scott Martin, Joseph Navarro, Juan Nunez Jr, Jessica O’Brien, Kathy Peltier, Ruben Roberto, Gregory Shiel, and John Wessig.

Joining the Club at the January meeting was; Susan Martin and Jack Maspro.

Joining the Club at the February meeting was; Rose Andrejczyk, Jeremy Carriere, Sean Mortell, James Bradford, and Dave Chapdelaine.


Welcome to all of the new members!!!

 If anyone has any news they would like to share or to report any errors in our Newsletter
please contact us at Newsletter@HolyokeRevolverClub.com.


Practical matches are held on the second Saturday of each month. New shooters should arrive at 9 a.m. for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100-150 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, an OWB Holster (outside the waistband), a baseball cap along with eye and ear protection. Dan Jones is in charge. Volunteers are always needed to set up the stages please arrive at 8 a.m.


Bench Rest Rifle shooting season in now underway.
Bench rest shooting is a sport in which very accurate and precise rifles are shot at paper targets from a rest or bench from a sitting position.
Bench-rest competitions are held on the first and second Saturday (and the 5th Saturday if there is one).
Set up time is 9am. Matches start at 10am sharp.
The cost of the competition is $1.00 per target.
Please go to the Bench Rest page for more information. Check the Calendar for the latest dates.


The Holyoke Revolver Club has affiliations with both the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. We highly recommend that our members support these two valuable Associations.

Please check Club Info & News for more information.


Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calenda

"Holyoke Revolver Club" is a 501©4 non-profit organization. Massachusetts , P.O. Box 543, Holyoke, MA 01040 

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