Board of Directors Update - June 2017

Vice President (Frank Blezsinki):
Nothing to report.

Outdoor Range (Phil Proto):
Outdoor Rifle Range:

  • Trim work painted on the outside entry doors of the rifle range
  • New staplers were added to provide members a way to affix targets. Please try as to not jam the staplers when reloading. Box of staples have also been provided.
  • Chains used to hang the steel plates were replaced inside the tractor tires
  • Target frames refurbished and new cardboard added.

Outdoor Pistol Range:

  • Dueling tree holding up well
  • General note that we are experiencing some issues with birds coming into the bay and making a mess. The bays, window sills and windows have been cleaned several times. Members have reported this issue and it is currently being addressed.
  • Still experiencing multiple targets being used per target frame

Please check website for Police department training and additional training sessions for range closings usually 9 am – 3 pm and periodic night shoots (usually from 5 pm – 9 pm.

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 target centered in the frame.

No silhouette targets allowed

Indoor Range (Al Croteau):
Please leave the range as neat and clean as possible. There is an open house this Saturday, June 3rd. The range will be closed until noon.

A note we have sold and used for club activities over 2500 targets.

Archery (Robert Beals):
We are planning on starting Tuesday night archery again in the near future, we will post the information on the website and calendar.

Those members that are interested in helping to coordinate and participate in running Tuesday night archery are encouraged to do so. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A friendly reminder, if you use the archery cabin and its amenities such as the coffee pot, please clean up after yourself. On a number of occasions the coffee pot is left filled and the filter as well, leaving mold starting to grow.

Trap (Erik Anderson):
As this is my first update, I would like to thank the President and the rest of the Board for welcoming me as the new Trap and Skeet Director. I would also like to thank Tony Capone for the great job he did as Director. He will be a tough act to follow.

Down on the range we moved the barrel for empty clay boxes back down in front of the house. We have removed the pole for the patterning board and installed a set of stones at 25 and 30 yards. I think it helps the appearance and give one less thing for Doug to mow around.

On June 3rd we will be putting on a display of the clay sports for the public during the Open House. I want to thank those that have volunteered to assist during this event.

On that note, I would like to thank all the operators and other members that volunteer their time to help the range run smoothly. If you are shooting take the time to thank them too. Also, don’t be afraid to help out, even if it’s as simple as emptying the trash. This club runs on volunteers. The more we have the better we can be.

We do have Introduction classes for Trap and Skeet. Check the calendar for dates.

Have any questions or suggestions? Drop me an email

Security (Bill MacKenzie):
The monthly safety inspection was conducted with minor discrepancies rectified.

Received complaints that the front access gate was remaining open. The problem was dealt with and repair parts are on order.

Facilities (Mike Pierce):
Hi everyone, the spring and summer months are upon us again with projects on the way and projects that have already been started, like the new grass and shrubs in front of the garage.

  • The on-going project of installing the new trap range continues.
  • The spring clean up went very well. Thank you all to those that helped.
  • The up-coming open house is to be held on June 3rd, 2017.

The club is looking better every day, hope to see you all at there.

Community Relations (Steve Cooper):

Fishing derby was held in Harold Parker. 47 fisherpersons showed up in the rainy weather,a good time was had by all.Thanks to the 10 members who came out to help out.

Planning for the neighborhood open house are moving along.The open house is June 3rd.

Club scholarships will be given out at the June membership meeting.We have 6 members children also one each from Andover high and North Andover high and two from the Voke Tech.

The club will have a table at Andover Day to be held early September.

Although Christmas is a long way off VOLUNTEERS are needed for a children's Christmas party, to be held at the club.We would also like to enter a float in the Santa parade in Andover. Our Scout troop will participate along with the Cub Scouts.A large trailer to carry the float is needed. The parade is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

The June membership meeting will have John Ratka from the Veterans Outreach Center as our speaker.

Training (Steve Cioffi):
Monthly update for training ,

Training was honored to participate in the 25th anniversary of the Essex County Civil Air Patrol. Training presented each cadet with their State Police BFS (basic firearm safety) certificates, NRA Home firearm safety certificates, as well as their Winchester/NRA marksmanship awards for the successful completion of their training. The training staff is the proud recipient of the Civil Air Patrol Appreciation Award.

Training for this first time offered the Saber Civilian Safety Awareness Program. This class on the use of pepper spray was a big success and I encourage all members to take it at some point.

We will continue to offer our usual training classes in June: LTC class, youth badge, accuracy, intro to shotgun, intro to skeet, intro to trap, refuse to be a victim. We are offering a new addition to training: NRA Basic rifle. The RSOs will attend a special training session so that we can offer zero distance defensive shooting classes next month.

As always, watch the calendar for all training events and sign up early as they fill up fast.

Membership (Cheryl Crawford):

Greetings Members and Prospective Members:

With the strong interest in the club, we will be having 2 special membership meetings this summer. We traditionally have taken the summer off however, rather than 1 very large orientation, we are electing to keep a steady flow of new members. Please join us in July and August to welcome the members.

As summer approaches, please remember to watch the calendar and eblasts as a variety of club activities are announced. If we do not have an active email, please let with Brad or I know.

Membership June 2017:
Regular members = 2,097
Life members = 160
New Members = 27
Total Membership: 2,284