Vol. 4, No. 154 January 2015
MAINTENANCE – watch for Alert messages over the next few weeks as re-grading and drainage repair work is being done.
ON BOARD – At the January Board Meeting, Ron welcomed returning members Alan Brame and Mike Hatfield, and new Board Member Stephen Spalding.
SERVICE AWARDS – The Board approved awarding Lifetime Memberships for Outstanding Service to two Club members. The first award went to Rimfire Range Director Bob Yerkes. The second award went to Trap Range Director Tom Cox. Both of these gentlemen have given countless hours to the Club. Congratulations and thank you, guys!
2015 MEMBER ID CARDS – The member ID card you get this year will be an electronic proximity card which will open the gate. This will become your permanent Club ID. It will remain activated as long as you keep your membership payments current. It will have a slot for attaching a clip or lanyard, or you can put it into your current badge holder. We are planning to have a special Swap Meet & Distribution Day when you can pick up your new card on Sat. Feb. 7th from 10AM – 4PM. You may also come on Sunday Feb 8th from 2PM – 6PM to pick up your card. Watch for details to be posted and announced. DO NOT punch, drill, cut or otherwise mutilate the card and DO NOT write the Club’s name or address on the card. The February Newsletter with the 2015 Lock Code will be included in the package with your new ID/Gate Card.
2015 LOCK CODE – The February Newsletter will be mailed to all members who do not pick up their new ID/Gate cards on Feb. 7 & 8. It will have the new 2015 lock code. Locks will be changed on February 15th. Remember ... Do not share the Lock Code.
TOYS FOR LOCAL NEEDY KIDS – Thank you so very much to everyone who came out to the December Pistol Match and donated toys and/or money for Rockingham County children. A heaping pile of toys and $213 in donations are testaments to your generous nature and warm hearts. Special recognition goes to John Carter for donating his winnings from the 50/50 drawing to the cause. You made a lot of children very happy on Christmas morning. Irvin says he plans to make this an annual event.
CLUB SECRETARY – John Shobert, who has been serving as the Club Secretary, has relinquished that position due to time constraints after returning to work. John, thank you for your time served.
The Board approved part-time funding of $500/month for the office of Club Secretary. Lil Alverson, who has served as Club Secretary in the past, was elected to the post. John Shobert was elected to complete Lil’s term on the Board of Directors.
OTHER PAID POSITIONS – We have not had a dues increase in at least four years, but the Club has continued to grow very rapidly. There are other positions that should be funded due to the tremendous amount of work and time they require. Dues will need to rise in the near future to keep up with these extra Club costs.
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 5/23 – RCGC was first chartered in May, 1985. The Board is planning a 30th Birthday Party and you are invited. We’ll be holding Clinics and Fun Shoots on all ranges. We’re also planning to have a Swap Meet and serve hot dogs and hamburgers. Watch for more details to be published later.
ROCKINGHAM CO. FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET – A night of Food, Fun, Fellowship, Firearms and Fundraising. Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Autumn Creek Vineyards, 364 Means Creek Rd. Mayodan, NC 27027 Buy tickets online at www.friendsofnra.org or contact Judy Knight at 336-613-2369. Only 250 tickets will be sold.
THE GOVERNOR OF IDAHO GOT IT RIGHT! – Thanks to Jerry Phillips for sharing this photo.
SCRAPBOOK – If you take photos of any event at the Club, please share them. Contact LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com
If you notice any problem with the website or information that is out of date please contact LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com
Remember this is a volunteer organization. Each member is expected to do their part in one way or another. If you see anyone working at the Club, offer to help. It gets the job done sooner, and then both of you can enjoy time shooting.
You are reminded that NO SMOKING is allowed inside any of our buildings.
Eye & Ear Protection are REQUIRED on all ranges.
Please pick up and place your spent cartridge cases (all metals) in the buckets provided. If you do not want yours, there are others who will be happy to get them. Remove your paper targets and put all of your trash in a can, or better still, in a dumpster. All large objects, especially cardboard targets, should go straight into a dumpster. Break down all cardboard boxes so they will lie flat.
If you are last to leave, be sure that lights are OFF and buildings are closed and locked.
Jim and Lil Alverson
Your Newsletter editors since 2001
Cold, dead hands: Buffalo NY to seize guns from families following owners' funerals.
11/14/2014 A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates. The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms - some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value - from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.
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North Carolina Benefits from Spending by Target Shooters 1/15/2014
In North Carolina, target shooting-related spending contributed $459,373,038 to the state's economy and supported 4,460 jobs. Nationally, the money target shooters spent in 2011 resulted in $23 billion being added to the nation's economy and supported more than 185,000 jobs. Click here to read the NSSF report Target Shooting in America: Millions of Shooters, Billions of Dollars.
44 states have constitutional provisions protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
More than half of the states have enacted a Castle Doctrine law that protects the right to self-defense, including deadly force, anywhere a person has a legal right to be.
A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado’s Senate Districts 11 and 3 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and Senator Angela Giron (D). The people of Colorado Springs and Pueblo sent a clear message to their elected officials that their primary job is to defend our rights and freedoms and that they are accountable to their constituents – not the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.
FAIRFAX, Va. – PoliceOne.com released today the results of an extensive survey of about 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks and from departments ranging in size from less than 25 to more than 1,000.
These results strongly show that law enforcement officers do not support President Obama’s gun control agenda. They do, however, strongly support the Right-to-Carry by law-abiding Americans. The survey respondents are united in their desire for politicians to focus on keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and to reject unconstitutional gun control measures that infringe on Second Amendment rights.