News & Updates

Newsletter – Nov. & Dec. 2020

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Holyoke Revolver Club & COVID-19

Please follow the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines while at the club.  Please click HERE to read the HRC Guidelines.

NOTE: Members MUST wear their mask at all times while in the clubhouse.  You may take your mask off ONLY when shooting in the indoor range and you are standing in the dark gray shooting box.

HRC Annual Election – 2020/ Results

The following HRC Officers have been reelected to the positions: 
1 Year positions: 

President – Bruce Hermans
Vice President – Amy Burgess
Membership Secretary – Bill Burgess
Secretary – Jackie Duda
Treasurer – Michelle Bailey
Governor – Tom Serricchio

3 Year position: 

Officer At Large – Cathy Wauczinski
Positions filled by NEW officers for 1 year:
Officer At Large – Joe Banas

New Lifetime Member

George Apgar a long time Officer of the Board, and even longer HRC member was awarded a Lifetime Membership to the HRC for his longtime dedication and service to our club. 

Congratulations George!

 

 Range Safety Officer Class 

The Holyoke Revolver Club held a NRA Range Safety Officer Course on November 14, 2020. 

We now have 5 new Range Safety Officers at our club:

        • Dana MacDonald
        • Kieth Holbrook
        • David Sparko
        • Trevor Baptiste
        • Tina Mastello
        • Richard Anderson

These members will wear a membership card marked “Range Safety Officer”. 

Membership Committee – Soliciting members. 

The Holyoke Revolver Club was founded in 1914 and has been always been maintained by volunteers.  Over the last several years less members have been volunteering. 
HRC has been forced to hire contractors to preform these duties  Continuing along this line we will eventually be forced to increase the dues. 
We are in need of members to join the  Membership Committee (MC).  
The mission of this committee is to find incentives for members volunteer a few hours each year to help with the maintain the club.  We have several ideas already just need to find the best one and develop it.   No special skills required just the desire to make the club the best it can be.
We would also like to organize events for members and their families to socialize, (dinners, BBQ).  There are many thing we can do to improve the club we just need for everyone to get involved,  If you are interested in joining this committee contact Paul Sullivan. 
email: MemberCommitte@holyokerevolverclub.com

Police Qualifications

The Local Police departments are continuing their Firearm Qualifications. The Holyoke PD, the SoHadley PD, and the HCC Campus PD qualify at our ranges.  The different departments utilize different ranges.  HRC members may use any range that is not in use by the PD or wait for the officers to complete their time.  Dates will be posted on the club Calendar.

HRC Members’ Activities

Western Mass Pistol League – Is now ongoing for every Monday evening.  
Practice on the indoor range every Friday evening.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Fun Shoot – Now being held on the indoor Range. 
Tuesday evenings; December 8th, and 22nd.   CLICK HERE for more information.

Rimfire Benchrest Rifle – Suspended for the winter season.  It will resume in the Spring.   CLICK HERE for more information.

Governor’s Six Gun Shoot – Completed for this year and will start up again in the Spring.   CLICK HERE for more information.

USPSA Practical Shoot – Will be held on the indoor range through the winter season.  December 12th and January 9th. .  CLICK HERE for more information.

Renew Membership and Pay Online

Time to Renew your membership is here!
The club 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.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not renewed by the end of January your keycard will be deactivated.

You may also print out the renewal application and mail it in will a check. 
Click HERE for more info.

New Member Application Process

The HRC now has a new procedure for new member applicants to our club.  New member applicants will sign up and attend the HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation class before attending the members’ meeting to join.   For now we can only have 10 students at a time taking the class.  The classes will be posted to the club Calendar.   
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

The HRC Range Safety Training and Orientation (RST&O)

Existing members our welcome to come and monitor the class.  This will offer you a chance to review all of the new range rules pertaining to each range individually and refresh your past safety training.  Bring your HRC ID card with you. 

HRC Communications and your responsibility

The Holyoke Revolver Club, Inc. (HRC) now provides all club information to its membership via email and our website at www.holyokerevolverclub.com.  This increases the importance of all members opening up and reading email received from HRC. 
It is the member’s 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 channels. 
We ask that each notice from the HRC be opened and read.  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 the HRC passes on to its members. 

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

Outdoor Shooting Hours – Update

A reminder that outdoor shooting hours are shorter in the fall and winter.  For the months of November through the end of 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.

 

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 Course

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.  We will schedule the next class when a minimum of 4 people are interested.   Please contact ChiefInstr@HolyokeRevolverClub.com if you are interested. 

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).

HRC Shooting 101

We will be scheduling the next Shooting 101 class in August.  Please check the Club Calendar for the date. 

NRA and GOAL

HRC encourages its members to join the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Gun Owners Action League of  (GOAL).  Carl Eger and Ed Pelland are the club’s recruiters for both organizations and can be found at the back of the room at the monthly members’ 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 Drawing

50/50 raffle –  Jackie Duda won $32.50 in the 50/50 raffle.
In the Members’ drawing, Jeff Weeks number was chosen, but he was not at the meeting

New Members

HRC does not take in new Members in the month of November. 
New members joining the club at the December meeting were Rudolph Beaupre of Southwick, Brian and James Giguere of Holyoke, Sage Clark of Southampton,  Peter O’Keefe, Sr. of Feeding Hills, Donald Roy of Chicopee, Robert Ross of Hampden, Linda Desnoyers of West Springfield and Gary Stasiowski of Ludlow all joined the club at the December meeting.
Welcome. 

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