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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

Quarterly Letter from the President - April 2018

Although mother nature was not particularly kind to us during the first quarter of 2018 we are well positioned to have an excellent 2018 overall.

When discussing our club’s recent activities and future plans it is essential that the issue of safety remain uppermost in the minds of all members at all times. Our club has not had a serious accident in its 84 year history and we intend to do everything possible to avoid having accidents in the future, that includes our having a “Zero Tolerance” policy when it comes to safety violations.

Violations of ASC safety regulations have been few but when they have occurred swift and effective actions were undertaken by the BOD with respect to the parties involved in an effort to insure that such instances will not be repeated.

In order that you do not unintentionally violate an ASC safety policy it is the responsibility of every ASC member to be constantly aware of the ASC Range Rules and By Laws.

With respect to current club activities they now include the new trap range having become operational in December 2017. With the pending arrival of better weather certain finishing touches to that range as well as improvements to the outdoor rifle range will take place along with a continuing facilities maintenance program.

Regarding other department functions ASC has a remarkable training program that resulted in approximately 125 individual training classes having been conducted during 2017 including courses of specific interest to youth and female members. As evinced on the club’s web site additional courses are being added during 2018.

With respect to new membership our efforts to emphasize ASC as being a safe and friendly family oriented club continues unabated. Those efforts include highly successful family related functions such as; the booth at the Andover Day celebration, participation in holiday parades, a highly successful children’s Christmas party, the annual children’s fishing derby and a new Family membership fee structure.

During 2018 I encourage members to attend the membership meetings held at 7:30 PM the second Thursday of every month (except July and August) preceded by an excellent dinner commencing at 6:30 PM.

Keeping in mind that there is a bespoke Director responsible for every club activity I encourage you to not only attend membership meetings but that you also make an effort to become better acquainted with your Directors and fellow members. In order to make attending membership meetings as useful as possible every effort is being made to have a guest speaker or special event at each meeting.

Your club continues to be managed under strict financial policies and controls and as such we anticipate being able to continue providing new and/or improved facilities and additional activates for the enjoyment of all members.

On behalf of your BOD we hope every ASC member has safe and enjoyable experiences at the club during the balance of 2018.

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - January 2018

I hope all ASC members had a wonderful Christmas Holiday, and on behalf of your Board of Directors, I wish all ASC members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

As we move further into 2018 considerable information concerning all ASC activities will be provided on a regular basis.

As such, the purpose of this message is to announce changes in BOD responsibilities effective January 1, 2018 in order that all members can better communicate with the director responsible for any questions you may have:

  • SECRETARY: MIKE PASCO
  • TRAP OPERATIONS: CHERYL CRAWFORD
  • MEMBERSHIP: CAL PERY

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - December 2017

You will find elsewhere on the website year-end status reports from each of the club’s operating departments covering key aspects of our 2017 operations.

In addition to those reports I am pleased to add that during 2017 your club continued to operate on a financially sound basis while at the same time upgrading and expanding our facilities in order to serve our growing membership requirements.

With respect to membership we have continued our effort to be known as a dedicated friendly and welcoming family oriented club.

A dedicated Community Relations effort has continued with the objective of our club being thought of by the communities we serve as a “Good Neighbor”. Those efforts, among others, include; providing continuing education scholarships to local high school graduates, sponsoring youth summer camp attendance, holding the annual fishing derby for all local community youth, holding weekly tours open to the public for prospective members, providing monthly military veteran’s assistance financial support, supporting local law enforcement organizations by providing them training important facilities, supporting scouting and numerous other youth program and an extraordinarily extensive educational curricula.

On behalf of your entire Board of Directors we wish all ASC members and their families a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018 New Year.

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - October 2017

As we enter the fall season numerous activities are planned for the balance of the year, the details of which are addressed in the reports of the various Department Directors. As you read about each event, each training class, etc. you should never forget that they exist for your enjoyment as a result of the efforts of your members.

The next general club event will be the fall clean up party next Saturday. I thank in advance those members that participate.

With respect to my having also assumed the temporary mantel of Director, Trap Operations I wish to thank those members that continue to assist every week in all of the numerous Trap, Skeet and 5-Stand support activities. I especially wish to express my appreciation for the recent efforts of Mike Pasco, Membership Director, who has stepped in to handle all special events and in many respects act as de facto Trap Director

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - June 2017

The primary message I wish to express in this report is that of offering to all ASC members the best wishes from your Board of Directors for a safe and enjoyable summer holiday.

As customary, there will not be regular membership meetings, nor will there be regular monthly website posting of each Director’s activities, during the months of July and August.

However, there will be special membership meetings in both July and August. A reminder notice of those meeting will be posted prior to each special meeting and notices of important events will be posted on the website as required

I encourage members to attend the pre summer June 8th , 2017 membership meeting when we will have a special speaker (see Community Relations Report for details) and we will be awarding student scholarships.

I also encourage all members to review the Community Relations report which mentions a number of community initiatives that will take place during the months following the summer holiday break.

Your volunteering a small amount of your time needed to make those initiatives a success is absolutely required

Respectfully,
Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - May 2017

The beginning of Spring at ASC has again been kick started by the annual Spring Clean Up held on April 29, 2017. All ASC members owe a significant debt of gratitude to approximately 35 of your fellow members for the great work they performed preparing the club’s facilities for the enjoyment of all members now that the weather is becoming increasingly receptive. Those 35 members are to be applauded for making the effort to give something back to the club rather than simply enjoying the results o the labors of others.

A special thank you is owed to Mile Pierce, facilities Director, who coordinated all of the numerous projects undertaken and completed.

The next annual Spring event, the free community youth Fishing Derby, will take place on May 6, 2017. A big thank you should also be given to everyone involved in this complex undertaking.

Separately, thanks to Tony Capone, who recently resigned as Director of Trap operations,  for the services he provided during his tenure in that position. Although a successor will eventually be

appointed I will temporarily assume the Trap Director's responsibilities.

I conclude this message by reminding all members that there is an implicit responsibility to volunteer to assist on the numerous additional projects scheduled during the remainder of 2017. Without your help those plans cannot succeed. Every Director, especially Steve Cooper, Community Relations Director, can use your help and their contact details can be found elsewhere in the club's Web site. Conversely, the monthly membership meetings offer an excellent opportunity for you to discuss in person with each Director their respective needs and how you might be helpful.

The next Membership meeting will be on May 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM preceded by dinner at 6:30 PM. As usual there will be a guest speaker that evening.

Dick Reichter, President​

Letter from the President - April 2017

My fellow members;

With at least a promise of Spring in the air there are many things we all look forward to when the weather finally permits and most certainly some of those things involve ASC.
 
As such, the focus of this message is to remind everyone that we are a club of volunteers and no matter how many things are planned if everyone is not willing to volunteer their assistance from time to time, few plans will ever become a reality.
 
I implore you to make it a practice to attend the monthly membership meetings and to read every Director’s monthly Website postings. During the meetings and  in the web site you will find references to the intended events to which I refer and for which  the importance of your volunteering  to assist cannot  be overstated,
 
With respect to the membership meetings we are, through the efforts of Steve Cooper, Community Relations Director, endeavoring to have a guest speaker at each meeting and to revive the always-fun auction table.
 
Let us all work together to make this the best Spring season possible at ASC
 
Dick Reichter, President​

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