Board of Directors Update - May 2016

The Board of Directors reports are as follows for the month of May 2016:

Vice President (Frank Bleszinski):
Recently it was suggested that the Sunday breakfast utilize a punch card payment system similar to the one used in trap. This system may help by reducing the handling of cash and making change. It may also benefit the user by providing 11 breakfasts for the price of 10. I would like to hear from anyone with thoughts or suggestions for or against this idea. Please email me at

Outdoor Range (Phil Proto):

  • Recruiting to add to the outdoor team in order to provide maintenance, modifications or do outdoor range orientation.
  • Firearms should be transported from your car to the shooting stations unloaded and with the action open. Cases or shooting bags are preferable.
  • A “Clear” command MUST be issued to all members shooting on the pistol and rifle bay’s  BEFORE attempting to unlock the yellow gate. Be sure to stand behind the yellow line.
  • Ground shooting at any targets is not allowed on the outdoor range.
  • Target frames are designed to hold one targets centered in the frame.
  • No silhouette targets allowed.

Indoor Range (Al Croteau):
There was a small bolt found on the range during the work party.  Richard states it looks like a grip bolt from a 1911 model pistol.  If it is yours I will be happy to mail it to you.  It is black with a torx head. The range shooting port area has been cleaned and the A/C unit installed.

Trap (Tony Capone):
Well, Spring is really here now to stay...

No more threats of snow or super cold days and with great weather brings shooters to the trap field. As always please remember to sign up for 1 round of trap at a time and after you shoot that round you may sign up for another (the trap operators are unpaid volunteers giving their time so you can shoot trap, so please be respectful to them and help out if you can).

On Saturday May 14th we will be having a 100 bird shoot. This will be our 2016 Spring ASC trap championship! This event will consist of 3 trap shooting disciplines, 16 yr singles, doubles and handicap. Please remember that shooting doubles with a semi must be done only if your semi does not throw empty hulls at the shooter next to you. Sorry! You can always borrow a doubles gun from someone.

The next intro to trap will be held on June 18th and there is still available space in this class so check the ASC website to sign up.

Archery (Robert Beals):
It has been brought to our attention that broadheads continue to be used; this is a reminder that broadheads are strictly prohibited on all ranges.

A special thank you to the boy scouts for doing a great job cleaning the archery cabin, loading and stacking firewood, raking and removing all the debris from the fall, this was an unexpected but greatly appreciated surprise. I would also like to thank those that helped in cleaning up the archery field and cutting in the new exit trail for the 3d course which now goes behind the berm, this was a lot of work but we were able to get it done, this trail should now be utilized instead of exiting on the road.

The archery field has been graded and the grass seed spread, with that the practice area beyond the yellow caution tape is closed until further notice, the 3d course remains open.

Thank you for your patience while we watch the grass grow.

Security (Bill MacKenzie):
No incidents were reported this month.

Facilities (Mike Pierce):
No report received.

Community Relations (Matt Lavoie):
We are accepting applications for scholarships to family members of club members to be awarded in June. The application can be found at, and can be mailed or scanned and emailed to me ( The deadline for applications is the end of May. We are also expecting to get the names of the recipients of the North Andover High School, Andover High School, and Lawrence Vo-Tech scholarships shortly.

Even though it rained heavily for a good portion of the morning, the 2016 Fish Derby was an overall success. We had over 65 registered kids in attendance, and everyone had a great time despite the soggy weather. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help out and made it possible!

The club has made a $2000 donation to the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill for the month of May.

Training (Steve Cioffi):
With the addition of new training classes , we are now offering over 70 classes per year.

We recently held our first YOUTH SHOTGUN class. This class was a big success, with the youth not only receiving their NRA certificate, they also received their State Police shotgun safety certificate making them eligible for their FID card with parental consent. One of our successful youth shot an amazing 18 out 25 birds in trap. WAY TO GO JON.

We have added an NRA SHOTSHELL RELOADING CLASS and we are hoping to bring a youth pistol class shortly. Stay tuned and watch the web site for new training.

Membership (Steve Harsfald):
Well, we have reached a club milestone, officially we are over 2000 members this month!

Saturday April 30, the weather was perfect, and the turnout for the Spring Cleanup was EXCEPTIONAL!! All venues had enough members and family helping to get all of our tasks done. We were served a great breakfast and lunch from the kitchen crew and a big thanks to them. I want to personally thank everyone that helped for a job well done.

I just want to remind New Members that before you receive your key card, your Range Safety Orientation now includes a TEST. Our April group was the first group to take the test. The test requires you to read through the Range Rules to answer the questions. This is to be completed when you come to your orientation. SAFETY for YOU & EVERYONE ELSE IS #1 PRIORITY... enjoyment at the club is #2.

A reminder to all prospective members, completed applications MUST be in by June 9 to be included in the special membership meeting June 26th, no exceptions.

Existing members: 1,804
Life Members: 194
Pending Members: 29
Total Members: 2,027