Newsletter - February 2015


SRRPC Newsletter 02/08/2015

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

NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

January 25, 2015 Annual Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The Annual Meeting was called to order by President, Jim Samsel. Officers present were Jim Samsel, Joe Podesta, Roger Ward, George Laverick, Kevin Lilly, and David Nichols. Twenty-one members were present in addition to the officers.

Although there were not enough members present to constitute a quorum, enough email ballots had been received to hold the election of of officers. The incumbent officers were re-elected with no dissenting votes.

Since a quorum was not present, the annual meeting was closed.

The Executive Committee meeting was called to order by President, Jim Samsel.

Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer's report was given by Roger Ward.

Old Business

Jim Samsel and Mark Christensen have walked the back side of the property to determine fencing requirements. One corner marker is not as described in the property survey, but this is a minor technical issue. Mark's company has a radio controlled bulldozer that could be used to clear the fence line. This would probably cost less than having the fence company do it.

New Business

George Laverick pointed out that the Club needs a waiver of liability signed by anyone using the range. Details about how to implement this still need to be worked out.

Since the Executive Committee previously voted to require an orientation program, the New Member Application needs to reflect this requirement. George Laverick will revise the application and present it to the Executive Committee for approval.

A member raised the issue of continuing to support the JROTC programs at the High Schools. The Committee indicated that we are willing to do so, but that each school should make a request and we will approve them separately.

The Executive Committee voted to ban the use of exploding targets on our ranges. General Range Rule #10 will be revised to read as follows:

 10. No "junk targets" (e.g., glass, cans, concrete blocks, etc.) or exploding targets shall be used.

General Discussion

Since a substantial number of members were present, a general discussion was held dealing with some of their concerns.

A member asked about the limit of 3 visits to the range by a local guest. If the guest has an application pending, can they continue to use the range as a guest until their application is approved? The answer is "YES". Our rules say the guest must apply for membership.

The gunsmith from Tyler Bros. hardware in Wagener was present and announced that he would offer a discount to club members on gunsmithing work. His contact information is:

 Lyle Granger


The Boy Scouts want to participate in the Appleseed program using our .22 rifles, but the program requires slings on all rifles. Per Jim Samsel, we have some slings, and it should be no problem to buy any additional ones needed.

The Aiken Friends of the NRA (FONRA) banquet will be held Friday, March 27 th at the Aiken Shrine Club.

The question of the Club M1's was raised. The Executive Committee had previously voted that the M1's would not be loaned out to individuals, but would be available for club sponsored events. Anyone willing to coordinate such an event should contact one of the officers.

A discussion was held regarding the rule breaking at the range, and member suggestions were solicited.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30PM.

In order to reduce rule violations and improve safety, the club is planning to establish a cadre of Range Officers to serve on a rotating schedule. It has been suggested that these members would receive a reduction (not yet determined) in their membership dues. They would be required to become NRA Range Safety Officers. There would be no cost to the member for the training which would be conducted by George Laverick who is an NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer. Anyone wishing to be a Range Officer for the club should contact George at 803-649-4921 or

Respectfully submitted,

George Laverick


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