Vol. 4, No. 155 February 2015
2015 MEMBER ID CARDS – The member ID card you are getting this year is 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 has a slot for attaching a clip or lanyard, or you can put it into a badge holder. DO NOT punch, drill, cut or otherwise mutilate the card and DO NOT write the Club’s name or address on the card.
2015 LOCK CODE – The new 2015 Lock Code was in the hard copy of this newsletter given or sent to each member with the new ID card. The manual combination locks have been changed. DO NOT SHARE THIS NUMBER.
EMERGENCY EXIT – In the event of a power outage or other occasion when the electronic gate might not be working properly, members can use the gate above the Centerfire Rifle Range. It has a manual combination lock using the same code as other locks on the property. Be certain to close the gate and lock it securely behind you.
2015 SCHEDULES (Subject to change. Check the website for updates.)
RIMFIRE SCHEDULE – Rimfire matches are held the 2nd Saturday of each month, weather permitting, beginning at 7:00AM if the benches are full. On match days, the Rimfire Range is closed to shooters not participating in the match until the match is finished. Entry Fee $7.
PISTOL SCHEDULE – Pistol matches are held the 3rd Saturday of each month, weather permitting. February registration is at 10:30AM. Shooting begins at 11:00AM. Cost for members $10. Cost for guests $15.
RIFLE SCHEDULE – Rifle matches are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9:00 'til 2:00PM. Some benches will remain open to members not participating in the matches. Help will be available with sighting-in if you need it. 100 or 200 yard I.B.S. targets. Entry fee, $20 per gun. Competitors who shoot in at least six matches will qualify for a grand prize trophy at the end of the season.
TRAP SCHEDULE – All Trap Shoots begin at 2:00PM.
ATA Shoots – will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month. May 2, June 6, Aug. 1 and Oct 3.
Fun Shoots – May 23, June 7, Aug 2, Sept 12 and Oct. 4. 100 targets. (50 singles and 50
handicaps.) Entry fee $20. Fun Shoots will include Big 50 targets for ATA.
SKEET SCHEDULE – March 7th, May 23rd, July 25th, and September 25th all begin at 10AM.
Nov. 7th at 12Noon. 100 regulation targets. Anyone can shoot. Any gauge. Entry Fee $20.
$8 per shooter returned as Lewis Class prize money.
ROCKINGHAM CO. FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET 2/27 – A night of Food, Fun, Fellowship, Firearms and Fundraising. Friday, Feb. 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 336-613-2369336-613-2369. Only 250 tickets will be sold.
CONCEALED CARRY CLASS 3/21 – RCGC is proud to offer Concealed Carry Handgun classes to members and their immediate families, at a greatly reduced rate. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate which will allow them to apply to their local County Sheriff for an NC-CCH permit. The one-day, 9-hour course will be held on Sat., Mar. 21st and is open to the first 24 people who sign up. The course, which will be taught by certified instructor Tommy Massey, will begin at 8:00AM SHARP, and end at 5:30PM. There will be a short break for lunch. Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be available. The course handbook and targets will be provided. You will need to bring your club ID badge, an UNLOADED handgun (a rental will be available for $10 if arrangements are made in advance), holster, at least 30 rounds of ammunition and hearing and eye protection. The class will begin in the clubhouse conference room and will conclude on Pistol Pit #1. The non-refundable $40 fee must be paid in advance. Contact Lil Alverson, 342-5573 or LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com to register. Here's what Club members are saying about the class: "Excellent event. Tommy Massey is a great instructor. Cheers to RCGC!"
The March 21st class is FULL. Contact Lil to be put on the waiting list for the next class.
LOST and FOUND – We are getting quite an accumulation of items. If you recognize any of these as your own, please contact Lil (LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com): binoculars with case; youth-sized ear muffs covered with camo tape; HKS model 450 speed loader for magazines; like-new detachable jacket hood, neon green inside and black outside; tan WF hat (found 1/10 in the drive at the Rimfire Range.)
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 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. This will also be our first 2015 General Meeting date. Watch for more details to be published later.
WORKDAYS 5/30, 8/29, 10/31 – In any month that has 5 Saturdays, the 5th Saturday is a Club Workday. Although we call it a workday and start around 8 or 9 AM, we are almost always finished before noon. The Range Directors will each have lists of things they would like to accomplish. Come spend a few hours with us and bring any tools you think might be useful.
As always…the ranges are CLOSED until work has been completed.
ANNUAL CLUB PICNIC 9/13 – Make plans to attend the 2015 Annual Club Picnic on Sunday
Sept. 13th. Food and beverages will be provided. Club members are invited to come and bring their families. There is no charge for this event, but a dessert and/or door prize contribution would be appreciated. When we will finalize the plans, the details will be announced the on the website and in Alert messages. They will also be posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. We hope to see you there!
NOT GETTING NEWSLETTERS and ALERTS by EMAIL? – Be sure Lil has your correct email address. Contact her at LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com.
SUPPRESSORS – Using suppressors can make shooting firearms safer and more enjoyable and help make shooting ranges more neighborly. Did you know? Suppressors were developed in the early 1900s by the inventor of mufflers for automobiles. Click here to see the NSSF fact sheet on suppressors. http://nssf.org/factsheets/PDF/Suppressors.pdf RCGC allows the use of legal suppressors on the ranges as long as you have the required permit and paper work with you.
FROM THE 2014 NRA-ILA FIREARMS FACT CARD – NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has been used by more than 26,000 schools, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups to reach more than 26 million children since 1988. The fatal gun accident rate has declined 94% since 1904.
● Privately owned firearms in the U.S.: Approximately 300 million, including approximately 100 million handguns.
● The number of firearms rises by more than 10 million annually.
● Gun owners in the U.S.: 100 million; 40-45 million own handguns
● American households that have firearms: 40-45%
● Hunting licenses sold annually: 14.5 million
● NRA State Associations and Local Clubs: Over 12,000
● NRA Target Shooting Tournaments annually: Over 12,000
● NRA Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers: 112,000
● Individuals Attending an NRA Firearm Course annually: Over 800,000
● NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors: Over 12,000
● NRA Certified Competitive Shooting Coaches: 5,000
SCRAPBOOK – If you take photos of any event at the Club, please share them. Contact LilA@rockinghamcountygunclub.com
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.
Ear & Eye 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. 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
Editors since 2001
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
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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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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.