Field Day Saturday July 16th

Starting at 3pm, all ASC members and their families are invited to join us for an afternoon of traditional field day events – sack race, three-legged race, etc. (on the Trap fields), with prizes!   The horseshoe pit (near BBQ area), croquet area (Archery Practice Range), ladder ball (near BBQ area), and corn-hole sets (Grassy area adjacent to Trap #1) will be available for use throughout the afternoon, and into the evening!  Kids can use sidewalk chalk in a roped off area in the parking lot, and some art supplies can be set up on the outdoor archery range bench and/or inside the clubhouse. If it rains most of the events will be moved to the Indoor Archery Building.

Frank and his BBQ crew will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, with all the fixings, (4:30pm to 5:00pm). We will have a s’mores station set up at the fire pit (All Day).

 

We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs, and/or blankets so you can choose an area to watch the races, enjoy the BBQ, s’mores, and fire pits, and also to meet other members.

 

Please join us for some summer fun with fellow club members and their families!

 Volunteers are always welcome to help with:

  • setup & clean-up
  • trap field races
  • crafts area

NOTE:  All Ranges will be closed from 1pm till 7:30pm

Date: 
Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 1:00pm to 7:30pm

Presidents 2022 Mid-Year Message

PRESIDENT'S MID YEAR MESSAGE

 

It is with both a sense of responsibility and pride that I provide the members of the Andover Sportsmen's Club (“ASC") this "State of the Club" report midway through 2022.

 

RANGE OPERATIONS: The scope of ASC range facilities continues to grow and now consists of  (i) three (and soon to be four) outdoor rifle/pistol ranges, (ii) two lighted trap/skeet/5-stand ranges, (iii) a complex of three archery ranges two of which are lighted and open 24/7 with one being an all weather indoor range and the other a 70 yard practice range.  The 3rd range involves more than 40 acres of wooded trails, (iv) a 24/7 indoor pistol range and (v) two new event ranges, one for axe throwing and the other air guns.

By accessing the ASC website it can reasonably be concluded that all range directors have been extraordinarily busy, aggressive and creative with respect to creating a wide range of activities for all ASC members to enjoy.

 

NON-RANGE OPERATIONS: We are rapidly recovering from the COVID hiatus. The following summarizes the present status of each department.

 

TRAINING: We are rapidly approaching the Pre Covid standard of annually offering approximately 125 separate training classes including the introduction of new classes. The level of ASC member interest in all classes is evinced by their becoming fully booked as soon as they appear on the training schedule.

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS:  In order to maintain a reputation of being a “good neighbor" we remain committed to not only participating in general community sponsored activities but also in ASC initiatives such as (i) post high school continuing student scholarships, (ii) summer camp youth scholarships, (iii) providing financial support to a wide range of worthy charities (iv), providing for the 71st time, later this year, the annual fishing derby open free to all local area youth age 15 and under. This event includes ASC stocking a pond in the Harold Parker State Forest as well as adult assistance, prizes and lunch and (v)providing  assistance to the local elderly community by offering the extremely popular class on "how not to be a victim” at the Andover Senior Center.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY: We have a zero tolerance policy with respect to any violation of club safety rules. We have an established multi faceted system that allows the BOD to act swiftly and firmly with respect to each violation.  ASC also maintains close relationships with local law enforcement agencies by providing free training facilities and hosting special events such as the recent NEMLEC equipment exhibition and presentation. In addition, we will soon have available for police training a new outdoor pistol practice range that will partially alleviate the necessity for closing ranges to members when police training is taking place.

 

SOCIAL EVENTS: We are averaging at least one social event monthly designed to appeal to all members within our dedicated family oriented mantra. Those events include theme dinners, Christmas and Easter children’s parties as well as the outstanding annual Independence day fireworks display that in 2022 will be held on Friday July1 and a highly successful Antique Auto Show.

 

FACILITIES: The objective of insuring that ASC facilities keep pace with our growing membership base continues to be achieved within a bespoke financial control system that allows ASC to remain in an unusually sound financial condition notwithstanding inflation driven increases in operating costs and significant annual capital investments without raising annual dues.  Subsequent to our adopting the Project Management Concept major facility developments have included:

 

  • A complete refurbishing of the Club House
  • Installation of a high capacity automatic generator
  • Re-finishing the club driveway and parking areas.
  • Development of the outdoor pistol range
  • Development of a special event/training pistol range
  • Development of a second, lighted, Trap/Skeet/5-stand range
  • Development of an indoor, all weather, 24/7 archery range
  • Development underway for a 250-yard rifle range and the simultaneous modifications to the adjacent rifle/pistol range. This is a major undertaking that when finished will offer an efficient, modern operation in an attractive natural setting that will make this a major attraction for many years to come.
  • Development of competition style axe throwing range.
  • Development of an outdoor relaxation area that includes a fire pit, horseshoe tossing and an air gun range.

 

MEMBERSHIP: The ASC Membership Department has done an outstanding job of explaining to visitors and new membership applicants the essence of the above listed efforts with the result being a steadily growing membership base consisting of a significant increase in women, youth and family members. Related membership department activities include weekly tours of ASC facilities and, in conjunction with the Safety and Security department, conducting the extremely important new member orientation programs.

Although each of the above mentioned individual efforts is apparent to everyone involved on a day to day basis when viewed collectively the combined scope and diversity is even more impressive and brings to mind one of my favorite Winston Churchill expressions which, in his uniquely eloquent way, was "never before in the annals of human kind has so much been done for so many by so few".

Admittedly, with no disrespect intended, applying an expression originally offered under extreme conditions to ASC activities may seem a bit churlish. However, the underlying principle of those words is entirely appropriate. With that in mind perhaps the membership (as the “many") will take the time to occasionally express your appreciation to BOD members (as the “few") that constantly devote incredible amounts of personal time and effort (as the “so much") for the benefit of us all.

On behalf of the ASC BOD I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer holiday.

 

Dick Reichter, President  

2022 Fireworks & Axe Throwing Competition Winners

Last night (Friday July 1st) the Club in association with American Thunder Fireworks, provided approximately 150 members and their families with an very nice fireworks show.  The club also held a men's and women's axe throwing competition, at no charge, to generate interest in one of the club's newest ranges.  Each person was allowed one practice throw, then five throws were scored.  The highest male scorer (Eric Cortez) and female scorer (Carrie Wize) each received a brand new "Walt Competition Throwing AXE" at 2.35 lbs.

2022 Club Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Andover Sportsmen’s Club awards scholarships to members, their children, or grandchildren who are pursuing educational opportunities beyond high school.  The scholarship committee prioritizes candidates who are interested in shooting sports or the outdoors and who are pursuing a career in the sciences.  The winners for 2022 are:

 

  • Jake R. Dalton
  • Jacquelyn A. Gaigals
  • Ava L. Kitabjian
  • William D. Maurer
  • Chase R. Muller
  • Ashley C. Slivka
  • Jack H. Stadtman
  • Anthony J. Vitale  

 

Applications for 2023 will be made available in January, 2023

Congratulations to the Winners!

 

Doug Cooper, Community Relations Director

5-Stand on Field #1

5-Stand on Field #1 

Five Stand is a type of shotgun sport shooting similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and six to eight strategically placed clay target throwers (called traps). Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds. Each station will have a menu card that lets the shooter know the sequence of clay birds he or she will be shooting at (i.e. which trap the clay bird will be coming from).

Date: 
Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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