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President's 2021 Quarterly Message

PRESIDENT'S QUARTERLY MESSAGE
MARCH 2021

 
As we approach the end of the first quarter of year 2021 the intent of this message is to summarize the year to date status of various ASC activities.'
 
It is admittedly stating the obvious that COVID-19 continues to have an influence on what we can or cannot do. Hopefully, the increasing rate of vaccinations will permit future quarterly messages to report on an ever-increasing number of positive developments.
 

Letter from the President - December 2020

President’s Message

 

It has been my custom at the end of each year to summarize that year’s club activities.  

Although, during 2020, there were a substantial number of positive accomplishments the pervasive specter of COVID-19 has been brutal and we can only hope for a return to some degree of normalcy in 2021.

Throughout 2020 your Board of Directors has worked tirelessly to achieve the dual objectives of adhering to social guidelines while at the same time focusing on achieving as many things as possible on our members behalf.

I believe we have been successful in achieving both objectives inasmuch as the number of cases of ASC members having COVID-19 known by me is considerably less than the profile of a safe environment as defined by the heath authorities and, a lengthy shut down not withstanding, the project management function we created in 2019 allowed us to complete more than 100 facility related projects.

During the same period we continued to increase our membership base focused strongly on ASC being a friendly, safe and family oriented club and we enhanced the club’s already strong financial position.

Further, the reputation of ASC as a good neighbor has been sustained by the financial support we provide to several worthy causes. 

On behalf of your Board of Directors I wish all members and their families a joyous and safe Christmas Season and a healthy and prosperous new year in 2021

Sincerely,

Richard Reichter, President

 

Letter from the President - June 2020

As we approach the mid point of this year's club calendar  this is when, under normal circumstances, I would be reporting on significant club events having already occurred and commenting on what might be expected during the balance of the year. 

 

However, 2020 has obviously been anything other than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we can only hope that by the next regularly scheduled Membership Meeting on September 10, 2020 a large degree of normalcy has been restored.

 

That which I can happily report is that during the last three months an astonishing number of facilites related work has been completed which might result in the timing of future facility developments being accelerated.

 

During the same period we have made a concerted effort to analyze and compare that which ASC offers its members to other sporting clubs and plan accordingly in order to insure that ASC  "is always all that it can be".

 

On behalf of your Board of Directors I wish all members and your families a healthy and enjoyable summer season.

 

Sincerely,

 

Richard Reichter, President 

 

President's Message - December 2019

I believe 2019 can be accurately described as another successful year of ASC operations involving all departments.

As we close 2019 it is appropriate that we express our appreciation to Mike Pierce upon his retirement as Facilities Director due to increasing work related demands on his time.

Skip Waelty, a long time ASC member,  is  Mike’s successor in the expanded position of Facilities Support Director. Skip brings to that position extraordinary expertise in all matters regarding the club’s ever expanding facilities.

Consistent with modern business practices a Project Management position has been  established within the office of the Financial Director. This position combines under a single responsibility all project development efforts from concept through completion. It is a well-established fact that a Project Management approach, versus  responsibilities spread among multiple departments,  will provide greater efficiency, fewer mistakes and more accurate financial planning.

Further enhancing the reputation of ASC as being a respected member of our community is our ever-growing participation in community activities and the financial support we provide several worthy causes.

The message we want to unrelentingly stress is that ASC is a friendly,  caring, family oriented club and to that end:

  1. We have an unusually extensive training department I believe to be second to none within the Sportsmen’s Club's community. During 2019 approximately 110 training classes will have been conducted for all family members, both youth and adults, conducted by a sizeable staff of certified instructors.
  2. We have a zero tolerance policy with respect to safety violations. Our accident prevention efforts include; new member orientation, a wide range of safety training courses,  published and enforced By Laws and Range Rules, an extensive  24/7 surveillance system  that assists in rapid safety violation identification and appropriate disciplinary response procedures and a substantial cadre of qualified range safety officers.

Our expanding physical facilities and related supporting activities offers increasing opportunities for the enjoyment of all ASC members. Needless to say, those efforts will continue unabated in the future.

I end my 2019  year end  report by pointing out that the rigid financial controls we established several years ago continue to insure that ASC remains in a sound financial position notwithstanding significant investments in physical facilities and annually increasing operating costs.

On behalf of your entire Board of Directors I wish all members and their families a joyous and safe Christmas Season and a healthy and prosperous new year in 2020

Sincerely,
Dick Reichter, President

June 2019 President's Message

My fellow members;

My primary message is a repeat of that which I stated during the most recent Membership meeting and that is, on behalf of the entire Board pf Directors,  to wish all members and their families a relaxing and safe summer holiday. 

Similarly, on behalf of the Membership, I wish to thank each member of the Board of Directors for their  unceasing efforts and the amount of time  they devote, day in and day out, to making ASC the best sportsmen's club possible.  The success of their efforts is obvious in terms of facilities, education, financial management ,new member applications, etc. 

An occasional "thank you" from members to a BOD member now and then would not be unwelcome.

As you will note from the web site calendar the club's activity level will continue unabated throughout the balance of 2019 and as such I look forward to the  full and enjoyable participation by all members and their families.

Sincerely,

Dick Reichter, President

April 2019 President's Message

My fellow members;

You will note from Director’s status reports that there has been no lack of both indoor and outdoor activities during the first quarter of 2019. That being said, the advent of better weather will result in increased activity including the timely completion of two major development projects, specifically, trap field  #2 surface cosmetics and new indoor archery facility requirements such as insulation, temperature controls, lighting, target area protection, etc.

With the pending conclusion of those two major projects, plus the previous completion of the new outdoor pistol range, initial feasibility studies and planning efforts have commenced with respect to other possible projects including the possible development of a 300 yard rifle range. Details will be announced at such time as feasibility has been firmly established within acceptable economic constraints and when overall planning reaches a more advanced stage. 

You will also note a significant increase in “fun events" being developed and announced by the range directors.

With respect to non-range activities, the training department is continually expanding its outstanding programs and the professional accreditation of instructors. It is anticipated that more than 100 training classes will be held in 2019 including those specifically dedicated to ladies and youth interests.

From a community relations perspective we continue to financially support a variety of worthwhile causes including but not restricted to; Veterans Outreach programs, opioid awareness and treatment efforts, youth summer camp scholarships, high school continuing education scholarships, scouting activities and our signature annual fishing derby open free of charge to youth from not only the Andovers but from all surrounding towns as well. This year will celebrate the 70th anniversary of ASC supporting this event.

Because we have members that reside in more than twenty cities and towns, the Community Relations and Membership departments are working jointly to develop programs that will identify activities in those communities we might also support. An initial group of communities has already been selected and future department reports will provide details regarding our planned participations in those communities.

From an administrative perspective there has been a reorganization of responsibilities consistent with modern professional project management practices under the auspices of the Financial Director. This will insure that the multiplicity of issues including; feasibility studies, project design, contractor selections and coordination, manpower and equipment needs, financial integrity, etc. are tightly controlled on a central rather than splintered basis.

The reorganization also involved the office of Secretary that now incorporates, in addition to By Law statutory obligations additional responsibilities now include, but are not restricted to, BOD level website overview, clubhouse policies and procedures, and Chairman of a newly appointed Special Events Committee.

Recognizing the club’s consistently expanding membership base the Special Events Committee is developing social events intended to create the most harmonious atmosphere possible for all members. It is anticipated that details of the first two new events, will be announced in the near future. Any member having suggestions that could further enhance our “one club for all and every member being of equal” mantra will be welcomed and should be directed to the Secretary.

All of the foregoing has resulted in our continuing to attract a substantial flow of new membership applicants with a clear focus and dedication to ASC being a dedicated family oriented club.

Financially, I am especially pleased to underscore the fact that that all of the above, and more, has been, and will continue to be, achieved on the basis of inviolate financial management practices with the result being a continued annual enhancement of our club's financial position.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: No one should have the slightest doubt about safety being the single most important ASC consideration and that members that violate any safety rule have been, and will continue to be, subject to swift and serious consequences that may include membership suspension or revocation. It is the responsibility of every member to study and fully adhere to all By Law and Range Rules. Ignorance of a rule will not be an acceptable excuse.

WEB SITE: It is also the sole responsibility of every member to always check the club's web site before going to the club expecting to use one of our ranges. The website is constantly updated with a schedule of all events on the club calendar. There have been too many instances when members have complained about going to the club only to find a range they intended to use closed. No such complaints are acceptable. It has been established that inevitably the complaining party had been too lazy to check the web site in advance.

CONCLUSION: As better weather is on the horizon I look forward to seeing you at the club.

Dick Reichter, President

December 2018 Letter from the President

My fellow members;

We will soon have completed that which I believe can be accurately described as another successful year of ASC operations involving all departments and within the constraints of sound financial planning and controls procedures.

As we close 2018 it is appropriate that we express our appreciation to Steve Cooper (Community Relations) and Cal Perry (Membership) who will be retiring from their ASC Board of Directors activities effective December 31, 2018.

During Steve’s current two year tenure the club's active participation in numerous community activities has increased dramatically thereby creating a platform for additional initiatives commencing in 2019. Assuming Steve’s position on the BOD as Community Relations Director is Stephen Pasco. Stephen's past business experiences and his having been a member of other local sporting clubs is expected to be of invaluable assistance in our developing a long range ASC Community Relations strategy.

Our sincere thanks also go to Cal Perry who stepped into the breech as Membership Director at a time when dramatically automated membership systems were being implemented. Cal is well known, and unreservedly applauded, for his avid support for our nation’s military veterans and as such he plans to devote additional time to the Veteran’s Outreach Program to which ASC provides financial support. Assuming Cal’s position as Membership Director will be Dave Williams. For decades Dave has been one of the most widely respected ASC members and has previously served on the Board of Directors in various capacities including that of Membership Director. Dave’s experience will be invaluable to the development of a long term strategic plan including additional activities for all ASC members and expounding the ASC footprint more deeply in the numerous communities in which ASC members reside.

On behalf of your entire Board of Directors I wish all members and their families a joyous and safe Christmas and New Year’s season

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President

October 2018 Letter from the President

My fellow members;

You will have noted from the postings in recent days that our club has been quite active in many directions. Numerous additional activities are in the process of being developed for the sole purpose of providing all members and their family’s additional activities for their enjoyment as ASC members.

In addition to the many charitable and community enhancement activities in which our club is engaged we are constantly seeking additional ways by which our community support efforts may be increased.

To that end, and similar to the support we have been providing for several years to the Veterans Outreach Program, we are now providing support to local organizations fighting the pervasive and growing Opiod epidemic.

In that regard, we will be having a guest speaker from the initial Andover based group we are supporting at the October 11, 2018 Membership Meeting which I urge you to attend.

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President

July 2018 Letter from the President

At this mid-point of 2018 I believe it appropriate that the first six months be described as having been a notable success.

With respect to facilities, all ranges are operating efficiently including trap range # 2, that opened in December 2017, and the prior opening of the new outdoor pistol range. Our facilities will soon be augmented by the addition of an indoor all-weather archery range. We believe that when the new facility is viewed in conjunction with more than 40 acres of wooded archery trails, a lighted 24/7 outdoor practice range and additional archery training classes, ASC can rightfully claim to having one of, if not the, most attractive archery facility in our region.

Further to the education aspect of our charter, new classes of all types are regularly being added with fully qualified instructors. It is likely that the number of classes conducted in 2018 will exceed the approximate 125 classes taught in 2017. We believe this is essential to our constant effort of insuring that ASC is the safest, most welcoming, family oriented club possible with the best possible facilities for all members of ASC families to enjoy.

The operations of our club continue to be conducted in a disciplined and financially responsible manner. That has allowed us to balance new facilities investments within controllable revenues while at the same time keeping pace with the requirements of a growing membership.

We encourage all members to regularly view the club’s website and, commencing in September, to attending the monthly membership meetings. By doing so you will be better informed about the significant efforts and achievements being made in all other areas such as Membership, Community Relations and Safety and Security as well as club social activities.

Within the next few days Directors will post on the website updated status reports regarding their department’s planned activities during the last half of 2018.

On behalf of the ASC Board of Directors we wish all ASC members and your families a relaxing, enjoyable and especially a safe summer holiday period.

Sincerely,
Dick Reichter, President

Letter from the President - 4/12/18 GOAL Presentation

ASC Membership
April 9, 2019

I am  certain every ASC member is aware from the non stop media blitz of the reactionary and politically motivated actions being adapted by cities and states against gun ownership and our second amendment rights.

 

In that regard, Jim Wallace, President of the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), will be guest speaker at this Thursday night’s Membership Meeting. Even if you are not a regular attendee attending only once each year this meeting should be the one selected.

 

Jim is an excellent speaker and will provide fact versus fiction regarding that which is taking place. With the full support of our 2,400 members behind GOAL we might make a difference.

 

The meeting will start at 7:30 pm, and for those interested, dinner at 6:30 pm

Very Important. Please arrange your schedule in order that you can attend.

Thank you.

Dick Reichter, President

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