Board of Directors Update - March 2017

The Board of Directors reports are as follows for the month of March 2017:

Vice President (Frank Bleszinski):
No report.

Outdoor Range (Phil Proto):

  • Outdoor Rifle range gate repaired and re-hung because of rusted bolts making the gate loose. Gate was also hammered out and now hangs correctly and not on a slant.
  • Issues remain with steel plates breaking and some exhibiting actual holes which indicates armor piercing ammunition being used
  • Also still experiencing multiple targets being used per target frame
  • 30 target frames have been repaired and new cardboard replaced.
  • Steel bar replaced at the 75 yard tractor tire used to hang targets due to breakage.
  • Placed order for more steel bars and steel target stand replacements for upcoming spring cleanup
  • Please check website for Police department training and additional training sessions for range closings especially for 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 remember that BBs or any round pellets are not allowed on the indoor range. This includes .410 rounds and varmint shells or any caliber.

IF any member has a printing company, please contact me. Thank you.

Check the website for training activity and other usages.

Trap (Tony Capone):
With winter almost behind us and the snow finally melting we should be able to start shooting skeet again on Thursday nights. We are now going to get geared up for spring and as we do, please remember that we only have one trap field and we all need to be patient on the days that we have a lot of shooters all show up at one time. The sign up system that we have in place is very simple, you may put your name on a squad when you arrive and after you shoot you can then sign up on another squad.

The winter trap league is over and congratulations to team Snow Birds for coming out on top! Special thanks to Doug Burden, Dan Wickey and Steve Laham for putting this league together. Also thanks to North Shore Firearms for the great prizes they donated to the league.

We plan on having fun trap shoots in the upcoming spring season.

I would personally like to thank all the volunteers that run the trap house on Wednesday's, Thursday's and Sunday's. These people along with myself are giving up their free time to allow the members of the ASC to shoot trap, skee and 5 stand. So the next time your on the trap field don't be afraid to thank the person that gave up their free time so you could shoot.

Archery (Robert Beals):
The new cabinets and countertop in the archery cabin have both been installed; the trim work has also been completed. We will also be installing a shelf for the microwave and a shelf above the TV for the cable box. Additional updates to the cabin will also occur in the next few months.

The exit trail on the 3D course will be widened so that it can be better utilized to allow for equipment to get behind the berm and allow easier access for the 4 wheeler and trailer to get to the trail for maintenance. A drainage pipe is also being installed in the trench that crosses the trail, it will be back filled and the temporary bridge will be removed.

We are planning our 3D shoot for Saturday March 25th , this will an opportunity for Archers to come and have a good time and meet other members. It will be open to members, their family and a guest. Being one of our first shoots in a long time, it will be informal and a good time to come out and enjoy our facility. We will be having hamburgers, hot dogs etc. following the shoot, we encourage you to attend. You will need to supply your own equipment for the shoot. More details will be posted on the website.

Security (Bill MacKenzie):

Facilities (Mike Pierce):

Community Relations (Steve Cooper):
Thanks to Matt Lavoie and Paul Miller for their help.

Earlier in the month Bill Mackenzie and I visited the Northeast Veterans Outreach in Haverhill. Impressive can best describe the work that is being done for our veterans. We were given a tour of the facilities including the new apartment building with a wing dedicated to the Andover Sportsmens Club. This is something that every member can be proud of.

We have one opening for the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp to be held in August the 6th to the 18th. Ages 13 to 17 boy or girl.Please contact me if interested.

As mentioned last month if there is any interest in a deep sea fishing trip let me know. We need 30 to charter a boat either a half or full day. Looking for June when it warms up.

The March membership meeting we will have Jim Wallace from GOAL to speak. Please attend Jim will be talking about the challenges we face in this state.

The fishing derby will be held May 6 at Sudden Pond in Harold Parker Forest volunteers are needed.

The goal that we have is to increase our involvement with our neighboring communities to do this we need help from club members. Please volunteer it is to our benefit as a club.   

Training (Steve Cioffi):
Training had another successful month of Feb. We offered Classes including Refuse to be a victim, Home firearm safety, Youth pistol and Youth firearm safety.

We plan on an even stronger month of March where we will offer classes including: Home fire arm safety, NRA RSO Certification, Pistol Accuracy, Hunter Ed, CPR/AED Certification. We are still working with the Civil Air Patrol Cadets to set up an award ceremony for the cadets. The instructors are looking forward to seeing the cadets in their dress blues and receive the medals that we helped them achieve.

Membership (Cheryl Crawford):

Greetings Members and Prospective Members:

Membership is continuing to give tours and interest in our club is strong. For all club members sponsoring a new applicant, please ensure to sign the application to avoid delay for your colleagues join date. We continue to accept ~24 members per month and applicants are accepted on a first come first basis once all paperwork is complete.

As an all volunteer club, any member interested in helping out, please reach out to the director if the area of interest. We can always use help and with the increased membership comes increased maintenance to keep our club looking nice. Additionally, membership is looking for support from our RSO’s to conduct tours, range orientation, etc. An hour commitment is all I need from a few of our members. Don’t be shy and lend a hand.

Membership March 2017:
Regular members = 2,059
Life members = 112
New Members = 30
Total Membership: 2,201