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Attention Prospective Members

Effective March 7, 2016 ANY APPLICATION received after this date will be for a special membership meeting that Andover Sportsmen's Club will hold on JUNE 26, 2016 at 9am. Due to the high volume of applications being submitted, we are doing this special meeting to vote in new members before the summer hiatus where we do not hold meetings during July and August.  The CUT OFF DATE THAT YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED IS JUNE 9th. At this meeting, you will be voted in and directly after the meeting you will be split into smaller groups and receive your Range Safety Orientation.

Any other applications received after June 9th, 2016 will be held for the September membership meeting.  Once September is full, applications will be rolled over to October, November and December.

Please read the March Director's Update for Membership on the website and this will explain why we are limiting new members to approximately 20 per regular membership meeting.  If you have ANY questions, please email membership@andoversportsmensclub and I will be glad to help you.

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2016 Spring Work Party

We will be having our 2016 Spring Work Party on April 30th (rain date is May 7th)!

Breakfast is from 8am to 9am (free), work starts at 9am, we break for lunch at noon (also free), we finish up jobs after lunch and are generally done by 3pm. All ranges are closed until 3pm.

There will be eight $25 drawings at lunch awarded to those in attendance.

People are needed for all typical work party projects, including:

  • Cleaning kitchen
  • Cleaning windows
  • Field clean up at outdoor range
  • Field clean up at Trap range including hanging nets, picking up "whole" clays, etc.
  • Path clean up at Archery
  • Use of club backpack blower to clean walkways, drive, etc.
  • Power washing: parking lot stains, concrete stains, kitchen exhaust ducts, etc.
  • Wood cutting, splitting, stacking
  • Your insight, advice, suggestions are welcomed even if you don't want to do some of the heavy "lifting"

Tools needed:

  • Power washing equipment (ideally gasoline powered)
  • Containers of gasoline
  • Rakes, shovels, brooms, leaf blowers
  • Any other useful tools 
Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

2016 Children's Fish Derby

Our biggest community event of the year, the 2016 Fishing Derby, is almost here! It will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and will start at 6:00 am at Sudden Pond, and will run until noon.

It is free for children 15 and under. We provide light breakfast and lunch, trophies, raffle prizes, and bait. You just need to bring your child and gear. There will be a very limited number of rods to borrow, if one is needed, so please don't rely on them.

I am looking for volunteers to help make this fishing derby a success. Please email me at matt.lavoie@andoversportsmensclub.org if you are able to assist.

Date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 6:00am to 12:00pm
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New Training Classes

Training is please to announce four new training sessions for the members of ASC. You are welcome to join us for the following:

1) First Aid (April 7th, 6pm - 9pm)

2) Youth Shotgun Class (April 15th 6pm-9pm, April 16th 8:30am-5:30pm)

3) Intro to AR building (May 7th, 9am to 12:00pm)

4) Intro to Black Powder (May 22nd, 8:30am - 11:30am)

For more information on each class, and to sign up for it, please click one of the above links!

Feel free to send questions, comments or suggestions to:

Steve Cioffi, Director of Training
training@andoversportsmensclub.org

Restructuring of RSO Program

We are announcing the restructuring of the Range Safety Officer Program.

The Andover Sportsmen's Club has always and will continue to pride itself in the fact that membership polices itself and maintains a safe environment for the enjoyment of the shooting sports. This will not change. However, the current RSO program will be replaced, effective March 26th 2016. The new RSO program provides the opportunity for members to become certified Range Safety Officers. Those interested in serving as a Range Safety Officer for ASC will need to enroll in and complete the NRA Range Safety Officer training program.

We have arranged for an RSO training to be held at ASC on March, 26th, 2016. This will be a full 8 hour class resulting in NRA certification as a Range Safety Officer for all those that complete the class. PLEASE NOTE: you will need to register and pay for the NRA RSO Training Program. Spaces will be limited to 25 people. If I have enough interest, I will run the course a second time. See the training tab on ASC's website for further instruction on how to register.

At this time, I ask that you please remove the orange RSO cards and/or stickers from your ASC lanyard and ID tags. These are no longer valid and will no longer be displayed.

We ask for your continued support in keeping ASC a safe and enjoyable place to shoot. If you witness someone being unsafe, offer to help, provide a reminder of the rules and above all, avoid confrontation. Please remember that any violation of the club's rules or injury (including improper use/accidental use of a firearm or bow) must be immediately reported by either the responsible member or any person having observed the event. Security violations can be reported by submitting the electronic form found on the site.

Feel free to send questions, comments or suggestions to training@andoversportsmensclub.org

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Archery Practice Field Closed

The Archery practice field is currently closed while it undergoes upgrades. The 3D course will remain open in the meantime.

This posting will be updated if the range needs to be closed for a longer period, or when the work is complete and it is reopened.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (All day)

Indoor Range Maintenance

The Indoor Range be be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, February 10th from 2pm until 6pm.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Private Storage Lockers

For your convenience, the Club offers storage lockers, which can be used to store practically anything, except of course firearms.  The lockers measure 12”W x 12”H x 18”D.  The lockers are rented annually at a cost of $25.  At the moment, approximately 75% of the lockers are rented; leaving  #6, 18, 21, 22, 23, and 24 available.  If you have an interest in one of these lockers, please send an email message to the Treasurer (Treasurer@AndoverSportsmensClub.org) with the desired locker number.

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C&R Firearms Club

Old, antique, collectible or military firearms. Do these interest you?

We are a group of members interested in getting people together to share information, acquisitions and the fun of collecting firearms. We hope to meet once a month. We will have featured firearms and events where people can handle and fire collectible firearms.

Date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Update on 2016 Membership Dues

The 2016 membership dues are required to be paid to the club on or before Dec. 31, 2015. If you have not yet remitted your dues, you have been dropped from membership with your key card to be deactivated and all accrued membership privileges lost. You may, within 30 days be re-instated if you pay the dues ($130), plus a late fee ($30), plus provide an explanation acceptable by the 13-member board as to why you were unable to remit your dues on time.

You may remit a check for $160 made payable to Andover Sportsmen's Club, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 255, Andover, MA 01810.

If you have any questions, you may contact Brad Reichter (treasurer@andoversportsmensclub.org) or Steve Harsfald (membership@andoversportsmensclub.org).

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