Vol. 4, No. 145                                        April 2014

The March 29th Workday was cancelled due to rain. However a few members came out and accomplished many of the things that needed to be done, including replacing backer boards on the bullet side of the Club. Thank you to the members who helped! The next scheduled Workday is May 31st. Please do your part every time you visit the Club to keep it looking great.

The Skeet Fun Shoot that was scheduled for March 29th was also cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Life Memberships – At its April meeting, the Board of Directors approved the creation of Lifetime Memberships. Anyone who has been a member for at least two years and has remained in good standing since joining the Club now has the opportunity to purchase a Lifetime Membership for 15 times their current dues rate. Your Life Membership must be approved by a 2/3 vote of Executive Board. We have had many requests and are proud to offer this option to you.

The 4-H Shooting Club at RCGC is accepting new members. Membership is open to all youth between the ages of 10 and 19. Shooting activities currently include .22 rifle, air pistol, archery, muzzleloading, and trap using 20 and 12 gauge shotguns. We emphasize safe gun handling and shooting. All participants are closely supervised by qualified instructors. The club meets once a month, usually at RCGC, on the first Thursday afternoon of the month. There is no cost for membership and participation in 4-H activities. All equipment and ammunition are provided free. Members will be expected to participate in club fundraisers including the annual Central Carolina Fair. Each year shooting club members have the option to compete in various disciplines at the regional and state shooting tournaments. State winners are eligible for the national tournament.  For further information contact Jeff Woodward 75hangfire@gmail.com or 336-656-3523336-656-3523.

The building that previously housed the Club Office/Board Room was moved to the skeet range when site preparation started for the new clubhouse. Water and electrical lines have now been run to that building.

The Concealed Carry Class scheduled for April 26th is open to all Club members and their immediate family members. There are still spots available in this class. It will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM, with a short break for lunch. See the details on the Special Events page. You must contact Club Secretary John Shobert to sign up for this class. A non-refundable fee of $40 must be paid in advance. JohnS@rockinghamcountygunclub.com

Our new clubhouse has passed inspections. There are a few jobs yet to be completed. We were able to hold Orientation Sessions for new members in the new Board Room in late March, but we had to bring in assorted old chairs borrowed from the ranges. Membership in RCGC has reached about 1300. We have not detected a substantial increase in activity at the Club. The April meeting of the Executive Board was held in the new clubhouse as well.

Donations to the Furniture Fund were strong after Anonymous issued his challenge to all members to give. However, fewer than 300 members have responded. We hope this gentle reminder will encourage you to make a gift, if you have not already, so that there will be enough tables and chairs for the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday May 24th. Write your check to: RCGC and on the memo line write: Furniture. Mail it to: RCGC-Furniture, PO Box 811, Reidsville NC 27323


We have collected a little over $5000 which will buy the tables and a few chairs. We need 250 chairs which are about $20 each. We still need lounge furniture, porch furniture and 2 flat screen TVs.

Grand Opening / Open House – The Club will hold a Grand Opening and Open House celebration on Saturday, May 24th, Memorial Day Weekend. There will be a Swap Meet in our large dining hall/meeting room, a benefit Yard Sale, FREE food & beverages, a guest speaker, and special events on all ranges. Hot dogs and hamburgers are being donated by club member Chris Ryan, owner of New York Butcher Shoppe and Deli in Greensboro. Your dessert contributions will be welcomed. Those coming to eat need to contact John Shobert by 5/18 so we'll know how much food to get. Click here to send a note to John about the number of people in your party.

Our Guest Speaker is John Allen, who currently resides in Greensboro with his wife and two children. He served in the US Army Special Forces as an officer in S. E. Asia during the Vietnam era under William Colby, who went on to head the CIA. He later had a career as a contractor/consultant to US Intelligence in Central and South America, China, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
As founder of John Allen & Associates International he served on advisory committees for six presidents, coordinated all US agencies' counter terrorism response teams for the 1984 Olympics in LA, is the only one in history tasked to dismantle the largest biological warfare facility in the world, and participated in projects in more than 65 countries worldwide.

Look for a complete schedule of Grand Opening events in the May newsletter.

Club hats in assorted colors are available for $10 each. We have both winter and summer styles.

RCGC license plates are now available for $20. They are made of aluminum with a gold finish and black lettering. For either a hat or license plate, contact Ron Anderson or Tom Cox.

Remember this is an all-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.

Shoot Safely and Enjoy your Club. Contact a Club officer if you are aware of any problem that you cannot fix.

Jim and Lil Alverson
Your Newsletter Editors since 2001


Vol. 4, No. 144                                         March 2014

The trap classes which were postponed in February due to inclement weather have been rescheduled. The Introduction to Trap class will be held on Sunday, March 16th at 2PM. The Intermediate Trap class will be held the following Sunday, March 23rd also at 2PM. There is no charge for either class.
           The March Rimfire match was cancelled  due to more snow and ice. It will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the website for news of the new date.
Three orientation sessions which were snowed out in February were rescheduled for March only to be snowed out again. Applicants will be contacted with new dates for their orientations.

At the March meeting of the Board of Directors, the wording of the Club’s By Laws, Article IV-Dues was revised. Article IV is now in an outline format to match the remainder of the document. The other significant change is a reduction in the length of the grace period for paying late dues from one month to 15 days. Your annual dues for 2015 will need to be RECEIVED by the Club before December 31st. If you miss the payment deadline, you will have until January 15th to pay, but will also owe a late payment penalty of 25% of the current dues amount. You may view the latest version of the By Laws on the Club’s website.

Letters and checks have begun to arrive since “Anonymous” challenged each member to donate toward the furniture needed for the Clubhouse. One donation came with a note which read: “Enclosed are funds for new clubhouse furniture. I have been less than stellar with workday attendance so this is the least I could do.” Another said: “I challenge all members to contribute at least $20, which by my estimate would seal the deal.” If you have not done so and can, please make a donation. Write your check to: RCGC. On the memo line write: Furniture. Mail it to: RCGC-Furniture, PO Box 811, Reidsville NC 27323 

We’ve collected enough so far to cover the cost of 30 tables for the large meeting room. But we still need about 250 chairs plus furniture for the lounge.

The Board is making plans for a hotdog/hamburger cookout and open house once the building has been finished and turned over to us. We are also toying with the idea of a benefit yard sale, where members would donate items to be sold with profits going to the Club to help furnish the building. If you are planning to do some early spring cleaning, keep the Club in mind. Please donate only items which are in very good to excellent condition and are very likely to sell. Plan to take home any of your items which do not sell.

Saturday March 29th will be the first Club Workday of the year. Watch for an Alert message and a notice on the Special Events page of the Club’s website letting you know what tasks we hope to complete and the tools we need for you to bring. Workdays start at 9AM and last until the jobs have been completed (usually by 1PM). All ranges are CLOSED to shooting until work is complete. We hope you will try to attend at least one workday each year. Other Workdays this year will be on May 31st, Aug. 30th and Nov. 29th.

A big thank you to new Club member Tom Gould who has donated a truckload of plywood to be used for backers on the bullet ranges. Also thank yous go to Mike and Wayne Carter who have done some carpentry handiwork recently.

On the “Bullet Side” of the Club, be sure to remove your targets when you finish shooting. These should go into a dumpster (we have 3.) Targets left up get wet and wind-blown. They end up as litter that someone else has to pick up. All spent cartridge cases should be placed in one of the “brass buckets” if you don’t want them. Someone else will be glad to reload or recycle them.

Remember this is an all-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.

Club hats in assorted colors are available for $10 each. We have both winter and summer styles.

         Eye & Ear Protection are REQUIRED on all ranges.     

Shoot Safely and Enjoy your Club. Contact a Club officer if you are aware of any problem that you cannot fix.

Jim and Lil Alverson
Your Newsletter Editors since 2001

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