Newsletter - January 2012


SRRPC Newsletter 01/31/2012  

Savannah River Rifle and Pistol Club

P.O. Box 5337

Aiken, SC 29804

NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

 January 22, 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes

The Annual Meeting of the Savannah River Rifle and Ristol Club was called to order by President, Jim Samsel, at 7:00PM, January 22, 2012, at Ryan's Steak House in Aiken.

The only item of business on the agenda for the annual meeting was the election of officers for 2012. Ballots were distributed to members in good standing who had not voted by absentee ballot. Ballots were then counted. Twenty-One ballots were cast at the meeting and Forty-one absentee ballots were cast. The total exceeded the number required for a quorum (20% of 153 members in good standing = 32). All votes cast were for acceptance of the nominated slate of candidates. Officers elected for 2012 are as follows:

President Jim Samsel

Vice President Joe Podesta

Secretary George Laverick

Treasurer Roger Ward

Armorer Kevin Lilly

Executive Officer Mike Johnson

A motion was made, seconded, and accepted to close the meeting.

 January 22, 2012 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Following the Annual Meeting, President Jim Samsel called to order a meeting of the new Executive Committee.


Minutes of the December 18, 2011 meeting were read by George Laverick, and were accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report

Roger Ward reported that the Treasury is in good shape. As of the meeting, we have 153 members in good standing.

Range Report

George rported that the lollipop targets on the rifle range were damaged again and that someone had placed oranges and grapefruit on the ground 25yd line of the rifle range and used them for targets. This violates both the rule against “junk” targets and the requirement that all bullets strike the berm.

Old Business

Mike Johnson presented a proposal for an orientation to be completed by all prospective members of the club before final approval for unsupervised use of the range. After some discussion between the Committee and members present, Jim Samsel requested that the proposal be placed on the club website for member comments. The proposal is located here Orientation Proposal. Please email your comments to Proposal Comments.

Jim Samsel reported that he had not surveyed the rifle range to determine the amount of fill dirt, etc needed to extend the range to 200yds. He realized that extending the existing range to 200 yds would put the 200yd berm approximately 150yds directly behind the right pistol bay. Although the chance is small, he was concerned that this would create the danger of ricochets from the pistol bay striking someone on the rifle range, and that he could not support simply extending the range for this reason.

Several alternatives were discussed including angling the rifle range off to the right from its present orientation, creating a seperate 200yd range at a right angle to the existing range, or installing additional baffles on the pistol range to prevent ricochets. It was decided that a committee would be established to consider the alternatives and report back to the Executive Committee. Mike Johnson will chair the committee. The following members agreed to serve on the committee: Joe Podesta, Jim Samsel, Ken Koerner and John Zentz.

George reported that the South Carolina apparently maintains two addresses for a corporation, “Principal Place of Business” and “Registered Agent Address”. We recently corrected the “Principal Place of Business”, but still need to change the “Registered Agent Address”. A motion passed to authorize a check for $10.00 to the Secretary of State to file the address change.

George also reported that we had received an email from the CMP that we need to renew out membership. Roger to look into whether the check we sent last fall was for 2011 or 2012.

John Hefentreyer presented updated results of the member survey.

   The most favored improvement is a longer (200yd) rifle range.

   There was strong interest in more metal targets.

   Also, strong interest in intermediate berms on the rifle range.

   Little interest was shown:

      grass on pistol ranges.

      lighting for night shooting.

      work days for credit


   Only 5 of 76 responders have used club loaner rifles.

   Food is not necessarily a positive thing for getting members to attend meetings.

   75 percent of the repondents do have CWP permits.

   Usage of the range seems to be fairly evenly spread over the days of the week.

The Executive Committee wants to extend our thanks to John for taking the time to go through all of the surveys.

A discussion of “work days” was held, but no action was taken.

New Business

Two applications for membership were approved.

Kevin and Roger will check on the cost of replacing lollipop targets vs.repairing them.

The next meeting will be at 7:00PM on February 19, 2012 at Ryan's Steakhouse in Aiken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.


On January 25, 2012, Mike Johnson notified the other members of the Executive Committee that he wished to resign as Executive Officer and chairman and member of the Range Expansion Committee.

His resignation was accepted.

After careful consideration, the Executive Committee voted to appoint Tom Moore as the new Executive Officer for 2012 and chairman of the Range expansion Committee. Tom has agreed to accpet the position. Please give Tom your full cooperation in his new assignment.


The combination to the gate will be changed tomorrow, February 1, 2012. The new combination is on your 2012 membership card.

George Laverick


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