Vol. 4, No. 148                                        July 2014

Security – At the July Meeting of the Executive Board, President Ron Anderson discussed proposals from several security companies. Cameras will cover the inside and outside of the clubhouse and the front gate.

Clubhouse Hours – At that same meeting, the Board set hours of operation for the clubhouse. Members may use the clubhouse from sun-up until 10PM. After 10PM the Sheriff’s Department will be notified if motion is detected in the building.

According to the Club’s Operating Permit, shooting is allowed from sun-up until dusk.
Smoking on the Porch – The Board also ruled NO SMOKING allowed inside the screened-in part of the porch. Butt cans will be placed outside the doors. Please discard cigarette butts only in proper receptacles, and not on the grounds.

Mowing – Please do not mow when the grass is wet. Doing so clogs the mower and causes problems. Use the ZTR mower only for small areas, such as the Pistol and Utility pits and between the Rifle Range firing line and reloading shelters. The tractor should be used to mow large tracts.  Ron stressed the importance of using the correct mower for the job. The small mower should not be used on the big fields. Mike Turner has volunteered to teach anyone who’s interested how to use the tractor and mowers. Contact Mike at 276-956-2054.

Trap News – Lane Murray reported that 12 shooters, including two new ones, participated in the June 22nd Trap Fun Shoot. Tom Cox is trying to work out “Big 50” details which will allow ATA members to register birds shot during a Fun Shoot.

Skeet News – Mike Hatfield has agreed to accept the job of Skeet Director. His nomination was unanimously approved by the Board. Welcome aboard, Mike, and Thank You! He recently went with Ron and Ricky Allen to the Laporte Factory to learn how to properly operate, maintain and repair the traps. He will be performing maintenance on all of our traps when he returns from vacation. Ron reported that use of the skeet range is on the upswing.
Centerfire Pistol News – Irvin Earles is planning another Back-Up Gun or B.U.G. Shoot for July 12th.  Guns must have a barrel length of less than 4 inches and be at least .32 caliber. See the details on the Club’s website. Twenty three shooters participated in the June competition.

The regular July Pistol Competition will be held on the 19th.

Rimfire – Monthly Rimfire Benchrest Matches are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. See the website and Web Calendar for more details.

Centerfire Rifle News – Rifle Matches are held on the 4th Saturday of the month. See the website and Web Calendar for more details.

Swap Meet & Picnic – The 2014 Swap Meet and Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 7th, which is the Sunday after Labor Day. Mark your calendar now. These are definitely DON’T MISS events! Food and beverages are FREE to members and their families. Your member badge is your ticket. Watch for more details to be posted.

Scrapbook – Lil has been putting together a Club Scrapbook. It and the scrapbook about the Clubhouse Construction will be available in the clubhouse. Next time you are taking a break browse through them. She needs your photo and article contributions. Lil says she would especially like to have old photos of the original clubhouse and maintenance building. Only the “old timers” will remember the blue trailer and the old barn that sat where pistol pit #1 and the blockhouse bathrooms are now. If you can assign dates to any of the old photos she would appreciate that too.

Safe Gun Handling Class – Twelve attended the first Safe Gun Handling Class held prior to the June Orientation. The next class will be on Sunday, July 27th, from 2 - 5PM. Everyone is invited to attend. New applicants for Club membership can get pre-certified and will not have to test at their Orientation. Bring your own UNLOADED firearms and ammunition. Bring eye and ear protection. The class will meet in the Utility Pit. The Utility Pit will be CLOSED from 2:00 until the class has finished.

Furniture Fund – We’ll still gladly accept donations for furniture. On the memo line write: Furniture. Mail it to: RCGC-Furniture, PO Box 811, Reidsville NC 27323

If you encounter a problem with any of the equipment at the Club, please contact someone so that repairs can be made. There is a list of people and their contact information on the Directory page of the website.

If you notice any problem with the website or information that is out of date please contact LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com

If you are the last to leave, be certain that lights are OFF and that doors and the gate are locked.

Eye & Ear Protection REQUIRED on all ranges

Jim and Lil Alverson
Your Newsletter Editors since 2001

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Karen used a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 that was customized by Brad Hemric of East Coast Precision Firearms. Karen used this same shotgun to become the first female hunter from NC to register a NWTF Grand Slam in 2010.

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