Newsletter - April 2017


SRRPC Newsletter 04/21/2017
Savannah River Rifle and Pistol Club
P.O. Box 5337
Aiken, SC 29804
NRA # C7072 CMP # 037002

March 28, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by President Jim Samsel. Officers present were Jim Samsel, Chuck Novak, Roger Ward, Jim Shaver, Kevin Lilly and George Laverick. Several members were also present.

The minutes of the February 28, 2017 Executive Committee meeting were read by George Laverick and were accepted as read.

Treasurer's Report
The Treasurer's report was given by Roger Ward. Current membership as of the meeting is 313.

Armorer's Report
The Armorer's report was given by Kevin Lilly. There is no change to the status of the Club's firearms.

Range Report
The range report was given by Jim Shaver. The range is in good shape. However, RSO reports indicate that .223 casings are being found on the right pistol range. Center fire rifles are not allowed on the right pistol range!.
Some people still are not cleaning up their brass, and steel and aluminum casings are being thrown in the brass buckets. Two shelving units have been installed in the mower shed. Open chamber indicators have been purchased. George Laverick received permission to give one to each new member at the orientation.

Old Business

NJROTC: Jim Samsel was unable to find the name of the Aiken High School NJROTC instructor. Jim and George Laverick will search back emails to find the name so Jim can contact him.

FONRA Dinner: Kevin Lilly reported that the FONRA dinner sold out 8 days before the dinner and was a success. Jim Samsel pointed out that we should be able to obtain grants from FONRA for range improvements. A project to install a range safety light at the rifle range would be a good candidate for a proposal.

New Business

Mowing: A quote for grass cutting has been received. Jim Shaver has deveolped a suggested schedule for mowing the various areas of the range. Schedules were discussed, but no firm decision was reached.Initially, mowing of the rifle range will be set up on an every other month schedule to be reviewedto see if the frequency is adequate. If any member has a lawn care business and is interested in submitting a competitive quote, please contact either the Executive Officer or the Secretary. When mowing is in progress the range will be closed. Advanced notice will be given when possible.

Range Reservation: Chuck Novak requested a reservation for the left pistol range from 4:00 PM on Friday, May 19, 2017 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a youth group. The request was approved and has been added to the Activities Calendar.

Rifle Range Incident: Some time between the afternoon of March 8 and the afternoon of March 9, someone dragged one of the small bore backstops to the 44 meter berm and proceeded to shoot it multiple times with a .45 caliber from approximately 8 yards (they left their brass lying there). The backstop was designed to be shot with only .22 cal. rimfire, and is now full of holes. Members who were signed in during that time period have been questioned and were not aware of the incident. As a result, we believe that a non-member must have entered the range and done the damage. Members are asked to be alert and report any suspicious activity or unauthorized persons on the range. The Range Committee will be reviewing possible security improvements.

Dues: Jim Shaver pointed out that we have increased costs as a result of the longer rifle range and other improvements including security. The club has not increased its dues in many years. Jim Samsel suggested that we raise the dues, but allow members to earn credits toward the dues by participating in club work days, etc. Roger Ward felt that any increase in dues should be put to a vote by the entire membership.

Sale of Old Backstops: Dennis Eidson reported that someone would like to buy some of the old small bore backstops. Dennis is allowed to set the price to sell all of the backstops and put the money back into the small bore match budget.

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