Newsletter - March 2015


SRRPC Newsletter 03/16/2015

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

NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

February 22, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Samsel. Officers present were Jim Samsel, Joe Podesta, Roger Ward, George Laverick, and Kevin Lilly. Several members were present in addition to the officers.


The minutes of the January 25, 2015 Annual Meeting and Executive Committee meeting were read by George Laverick and were accepted with corrections.

Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer's report was given by Roger Ward.

Range Report

The Executive Officer was not present, but had sent a message that the range was very clean, but he was still working on the flat tire issue with the tractor.

Armorer's Report

George Laverick has the club's slings to be delivered to Kevin Lilly; otherwise no change.

Old Business

Repairs to the club owned .22s are still pending.

The first Orientation Program for new member applicants is scheduled for 2/28/2015.

(orientations were held on 2/28 and 3/08 with another scheduled for 3/21). The Member Handbook used for the orientation is on the club website. Each chapter is a separate PDF document making it hard to download (but easier to read on the web) so a request was made that it be combined into a single document. (The separate documents are still on the web site, but a link to a combined downloadable document has been added at the bottom of the first page.)

Current membership (as of the meeting) is 307 (as of this Newsletter, it is 324).

Roger Ward raised the issue of how the email voting went on the changes to the General Range Rules, particularly with regard to the number of guests allowed. Consensus was that dealing with complex issues by email vote is probably a poor choice; in the future perhaps a special meeting would be better.

New Business

Jim Samsel made a motion that the Executive Committee formally adopt the goals he presented at the December meeting as Club goals for 2015. The goals were read from the minutes by George Laverick. The motion was passed.

We currently have 12 volunteers to be Range Officers with Daniel Wood acting as the Lead Range Officer for the Outdoor Range. Discussions between Jim Samsel, Daniel Wood and the other volunteers indicate that each volunteer would be willing to commit to two four hour days per month at the range.

All of the corner posts for the back side of the range property have been found. There is a big ditch right behind the rifle range so the fence will probably have to be located several feet inside the property line to avoid the ditch. The fence would be shorter on the back side, but the terrain is rougher so cost would actually be a little more than the road fence (est. $50,000).

Per Jim Samsel, the duties of the volunteer range officers would not be to actually call the range, but to observe that rules are being followed and to educate/correct when violations occur.

George Laverick has developed a picture ID badge/membership card to be used instead of the current membership card. He is looking for badge holders/ lanyards. One holder has been found that would work, but requires slight trimming of the badge. He will continue to look for holders that do not require trimming. Pictures of members will be needed for the new badges (a passport picture would be ideal, but one member scanned the picture on his driver's license and provided the image as a .jpg file; it worked perfectly). A cardkey will fit in the same holder.

A sign-in/sign-out log (to be developed) will be placed at each range.

Joe Podesta moved that the club offer free membership to Range Officers and Executive committee members on a yearly basis. After discussion, George Laverick amended the motion so that it would not apply to the Executive Committee until after the next election. The amended motion was passed.

Roger Ward presented an estimated budget for the year based on past experience. A discussion was held about the amount of a reserve that should be included in the budget. George Laverick submitted a budget of approximately $2000 for Secretarial costs, Range Officer training and new member orientation. Fees received from orientation will recover some of that expense. Kevin Lilly submitted a budget of $800 for Armorer's expenses. The Executive Officer's budget was arbitrarily set to $1000 pending further input. His budget needs to include fixing the plate rack, installing mini-berms on the rifle range, and replacing target timbers (railroad ties); as a rough estimate, $4000. Another $10,000 is allocated for miscellaneous expenses.

Joe Podesta will write a letter to the Boy Scouts thanking them for cleaning the range. The letter will offer them any brass they clean up.

A member brought up the issue of "green tip" ammo wondering if we need to change our rules. Consensus was that we do not. The legality of "green tip" is between the shooter and the Government, and has nothing to do with the Club.

A discussion was held about photo id's, but no official action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.

The next Executive Committee meeting will be at 7:00PM on March 22, 2015 at the ADPS Indoor Range, 240 Dupont Drive, Aiken, SC.

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 approved that these members will receive a free annual membership. 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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