Vol. 4, No. 157 April 2015
NEW MEMBERS – Jim has presented the names of 30 applicants who have completed the Safe Gun Handling Class and Orientation. All have been approved for membership by the Board. RCGC now has 1303 members. Be on the lookout for new faces and help them feel welcome.
SAFE GUN HANDLING CLASS – The next Safe Gun Handling Class will be held on Sunday April 26th at 2PM. See the Special Events page of the website for details. It is open to everyone and there is no charge for this class.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Alan Brame has resigned from the Board of Directors due to changes in his work schedule. Romeo Piersanti has been elected by the Board to complete the remainder of Alan’s term which runs through Dec. 31, 2017.
RCGC 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Members, be sure you’ve reserved May 23rd on your calendar. We are planning a Swap Meet, special events on every range and a cookout! Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and beverages will be provided. Dessert “finger food” (cookies, brownies, etc.) will be welcomed. Tell Lil how many will be in your group. We need to know how much food to order. LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com
The Swap Meet will be from 8:30AM until 11. The doors will open at 8:30AM.
CONCEALED CARRY CLASS – This year’s first Concealed Carry Class was a big success. Club member Tommy Massey conducts the class for members and their families at a greatly reduced rate. (This is Tommy’s way of giving to the Club.) If the demand is high enough we will hold another class on June 21st. For more information, visit the Special Events page of the Club’s website. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
MAINTENANCE – Drainage repairs at the Rifle and Skeet Ranges are complete. Some of the next projects include: rebuilding the crosstie wall in the Utility Pit, placing a steel plate in front of the section of wall behind the 25 yard board, and restoring the mulch cover on the back berms in the Pistol and Utility pits. Additional gravel will be spread near the gate pods and the blockhouse bathrooms.
RCGC TRIATHLON – To enter you must participate in at least three Fun Shoots on three different ranges at the Club during the year. You can choose your events but they must include at least one clay target event. You can participate in as many shoots as you want and enter your highest scores. You need to notify the range director at the event that you want to enter your score in the contest. The Club will pay $100 cash awards to the top three entrants as well as additional $50 Lewis type prizes to others who miss the top 3 places. The number of additional Lewis awards will depend on the number of entrants. This contest is open to Club members only and will run through the November shoots. Contest results will be announced at the General Membership Meeting on December 5th.
Enter soon and often. Everyone has a chance to win a prize!
WORKDAY – May 30th, being a 5th Saturday, will be the date of the next Club Workday.
CLUBHOUSE LOUNGE – Next time you are at the Club be sure to take a break and visit the clubhouse. It is a great place to relax and chat or watch TV with friends. Remotes are assigned to each room. Please don’t switch them around. Canned drinks and bottled water are available for 50¢ each. If you cook, you must clean up. Please rinse cans for recycling.
HUNTING ON SUNDAY? – North Carolina is one of only 11 states where hunting on Sunday is restricted or prohibited due to antiquated “blue laws” that have been on the books since the 19th century. On April 15th House Bill 640, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-4), passed favorably out of the House Wildlife Resources Committee. NRA supports this ten-part bill titled the Outdoor Heritage Act, which is aimed at preserving North Carolina’s outdoor heritage for future generations. To find out more about why Sunday hunting should be allowed, read NRA-ILA’s fact sheet on the issue at: www.nraila.org/sundayhunting. HB 640 could be heard on the House floor as early as tomorrow and your urgent action is needed! It is critical that you contact your state Representative in SUPPORT of HB 640 and contact your state Senator in SUPPORT of SB 658. (Their contact information can be found on the Club’s website – Bulletin Board page.) Encourage them to vote to support repealing the ban on Sunday hunting in the Tar Heel State. From the NRA website 4/15/15
Remember this is a volunteer organization. Each member is expected to do his 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 shooting time.
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. All large objects, especially cardboard targets and cartons, should go straight into a dumpster.
If you are last to leave, be sure that lights are turned OFF and buildings are closed and locked.
Jim and Lil Alverson
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