Newsletter - January 2015


SRRPC Newsletter 01/08/2015

Savannah River Rifle and Pistol Club
P.O. Box 5337
Aiken, SC 29804

NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

December 28, 2014 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Samsel. Officers present were Jim Samsel, Joe Podesta, Roger Ward, and David Nichols. Two members were present in addition to the officers.


The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as published.

Treasurer's Report

The current club balance is $86,594.95.

Armorers Report

No report.

Range Report

Outdoor Range: The plate rack use has been suspended until further notice due to safety concerns raised about ricochets from the steel plates/rack leaving the range.

It was noted that the road to the rifle range has a deep rut and needed to be fixed. Funds to repair the rut will be added to the 2015 budget.

Jim Samsel and Mark Christensen (member/surveyor) walked the back property line in preparation for completing the fence around the range.

Old Business

There has been no interest in the 40 cal brass the club has for sale.

The January meeting is the Annual Club Meeting and Election of Officers. If you can’t make the meeting please cast your vote for the club officers via e-mail.

It is very important that everyone vote in this election. Ballots will be sent by email to those with email addresses on file and by postal mail to all others. Ballots will be sent on January 8 and 9. If you do not receive your ballot by January 12, call the Secretary at (803) 400-3590.

New Business

Jim Samsel presented three letters , “Message From the President To All Members”.


When I joined the club in 1969, there were about 25 members. I knew all members by their first names and we shot together most weekends. Safety and range issues were resolved in the moment. Since that time the club has purchased and paid for our range, and our membership has grown to 350 members. I must apologize when I say I shoot with strangers at the range. As the membership grew, the club leadership depended on the members to self-police themselves, and follow club rules. I have come to realize that as our club grew and became more diverse we became a club of small groups of strangers. Some are no longer our brother’s keeper, and some no longer call attention to our fellow members when they stray from the rules. Some members have forgotten their pledge to know and follow the rules. This has led to complaints about range safety, property damage (targets) and housekeeping issues.

A recent letter of concern from a club member expressed concerns of safety at the range, and after reading his letter and suggestions, I must agree the club must take action. To this end I plan to propose significant changes at the January Annual meeting regarding the way the club addresses safety and operating procedures from the “Good Old Boys” ways of the past, to a club redirected to the safety of the membership and providing a great shooting experience for its members.

Please plan to attend and take part in our clubs future.

Yours Truly, Jim Samsel, Club President.

Goals for 2015”,


  1. Improve Range Safety Orientation.
  3. Establish program to provide range orientation and safety training for all new members. Consider for all members.
Recruit club Range Officers and train to monitor range use to insure Range Rules are followed.  Establish a zero tolerance procedure for violations of club rules.  Require all members to wear a club identification badge while on Range.  Require each member to sign in at each range he/she uses and list family members and guests.  Encourage member participation in club service via free memberships. 
  1. Club Officers, RO’s , others
  4. Pay for instructor’s time for safety and training programs.
Place a Safety sign at each range with Presidents name and phone number for members with concerns.  Complete fence around range and add “NO TRESPASSING WARNING SIGNS”.  Provide a budget for Club spending for 2015. 
  1. Club Budget
  4. Member safety/training/sholarships
  7. Range improvements
  10. Member wants?

and “Most Violated SRRPC Range Rules”

Most violated SRRPC Range Rules
There is strong evidence that the following SRRPC General Range Rules are continually being violated. I am asking all members to carefully review the Club Rules, paying particular attention to the noted rules. I plan to establish a zero tolerance procedure for violations of club rules for 2015. I have only identified the rules by number. It will be to your benefit to review them. All members had to sigh their club membership stating they had read them and would abide by them. If you don’t have a copy of the rules you may print a copy off the Club Website. There is a copy of the rules posted at each range.

Most violated club rules:

4, 7, 8.1, 8.2, 8.6, 10, 13, 15, 21,

If rule 7 is not being followed then all at the firing line are in violation.

Jim Samsel Club President

to be included in the meeting minutes.

A motion by Roger Ward, seconded by Joe Podesta, Motion- “All new members shall be required to complete a Range Safety Orientation course provided by SRRPC prior to becoming a member” –Passed.

A motion by Joe Podesta, seconded by Roger Ward. Motion- “ To revise the “New Member Application Form” to include the range safety orientation fee”. Passed.

Daniel Wood volunteered to be Chief Range Officer and will report to the Executive Officer. Dennis Eidson also has volunteered to be a club Range Officer. Any club member wishing to be a club certified Range Officer should contact the Club Sectary or Club Executive Officer.

Consideration is being given to extend a free membership to members serving on the Executive Committee, as Range Officer, and other appointed club positions.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00PM.

The Annual Meeting, Election of Officers, and Executive Committee meeting will be held January 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the ADPS Indoor Range, 240 Dupont Dr., Aiken.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Samsel, President and

George Laverick, Secretary

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