Volume 18 / Issue 2
Board of Directors
Troy Bartz (President)
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Shane Marquardt (Vice President)
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Woody Steinhoff (Secretary)
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Bruce Weyh (Treasurer)
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I would like to introduce and welcome, Jim Kostinek, Jeremy Peterson, and Ben Pettit as newly elected members to the Board of Directors.
Our By-laws state that no board member may hold the Office of President for more than two consecutive years; therefore, this will be the last newsletter containing a message from me as President.
I have one issue I would like to address, before my term as President ends. By addressing it here, I hope to make something positive of it. I have been informed, the one complaint that is most often cited by members, is that the club house is never open or the ranges are not open enough. This information comes to me second or third hand and never has a name associated to reference or contact.
I do not know if this is the position of the majority or just a handful of club members, but I hear it often enough that I do not wish to leave it without comment. It is difficult to address or act on hear-say. I have never received a letter or email referencing this concern, nor have I witnessed any members attend a meeting to voice these concerns. My first thought and comment to the person giving me this information is “Did you ask them the last time they volunteered to open the club or get involved with the scheduling?”. I can assure everyone, that the board of directors keeps the use of our facilities as a top priority for the membership. That said, we also have to balance club finances with income from special events and special use from outside parties. We always try to leave a portion of the days that ranges are closed available to the members.
We realize that it is impossible to accommodate every member’s schedule, but we do the best we can. Please look at the club’s calendar on the website. It will specify what hours the ranges are closed and hopefully you can arrange your schedule around these times.
Please remember that we all donate our time. All of us have similar work, family, and other commitments as you do. The club is part of our life and we do our best to fulfill obligations. If the clubhouse is not open, it is because none of the BOD could be there or something came up with whomever was scheduled to be there. If we had more volunteers to help with this type of issue, we would be closer to eliminating this problem. Recently, we have seen more volunteer interest from the membership, but it is still a very small percentage of the membership and not always reliable.
I would like everyone to keep in mind, that no club decision is made by a single individual. Issues are discussed, then voted on by the club’s fifteen Board of Directors. It takes a minimum of eight directors to move or act on business pertaining to the club. All business is conducted with the best interests of the club in mind. By default, the club would cease to exist without members and is why the members are always the top concern of the BOD. If anyone has legitimate concerns and have thought out workable solutions to your concerns, I would like to hear them. Alternately, you can bring these to the Board through letter, email, or by attending any meeting.
In closing I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors and everyone that has contributed to the well-being of the club over the past two years. I look forward to supporting our newly elected President during his term and all the great things in our future and hopefully, I’ll be seeing more of you at the club.
Enjoy your Summer,
ATA Shoot is set for July 7, 2018!
New Board Members & Officers
The Board held general elections for three open positions on the board and reelected some incumbents. Here are the results from the election:
Re-elected: Troy Bartz, Bob Corning, Dan Denzer, Jim Hinickle
Newley elected: Jim Kostinek
Appointed Board members:
Jeremy Peterson replacing Anthony Dickson(resignation)
Ben Pettit (replacing Dennis Wittman (resignation).
New officers have been elected they will begin their terms at the board meeting on July 16, 2018. Please congratulate the following people:
Shane Marquardt (President)
LeRoy Welter (Vice President)
Woody Steinhoff (Secretary) – incumbent
Bruce Weyh (Treasurer) – incumbent
The Board would like to thank Troy Bartz for serving as President for the past two years. Troy’s dedication to the club while fulfilling his role as President required him to spend hundreds of hours working for the gun club. We appreciate all his hard work and efforts of the past two years. Troy remains on the Board of Directors.
Safety tips for women
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Being aware instead of being absorbed in your cell phone or other distractions can be the first line of defense in case of a threat. Being distracted makes you an easy target.
- Be confident – Making eye contact and walking with confidence makes a would-be attacker think twice about you being a target. They are looking for someone that isn’t going to see them coming.
- Always lock the doors of your vehicle, especially when filling up at the gas station. If you have unlocked doors, someone could slip in while your back is turned at the pump.
- Expect the unexpected. Having a “what if” mind-set helps make you alert and ready to make your move in case there is a threat.
- In case you are attacked, remember anything can be used as a weapon. A ball point pen or an elbow jabbed in the right place can slow your attacker down long enough for you to get away.
Summer trap leagues are currently underway. We have eight teams competeing to win the 16 yard league. We are offering the following options for summer competition:
- Individual 16 yd and yardage (50 targets)
- Individual Doubles
- 16 yard team
- Yardage Team
NOTE: All member trap is now $5.00; Youth trap is $3.00; non-member trap is $8.00
Summer TrapLeague: May 2, 2018 - End: August 22, 2018
Summer Awards: August 29, 2018
White Flyer increased target prices in March of 2018 by 13%. In March of 2018 White Flyer issued a press releaease explaining their reasoning behing the increase – citing that pitch refineries have not increased production to meet an increased demand for pitch. The press release can be found in threir spring 2018 newsletter: http://whiteflyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/White-Flyer-Spring-2018-Newsletter-new.pdf
As you are aware, we recently increased our member practice round pricing from $4.50 to $5.00 or a 9% increase. We’ve examined the economics of the increase in cost from White Flyer and are pleased to inform you that we do not believe we will have to increase our pricing based on the White Flyer price increase.
We need your help for the Spring Clean Up at the club on Saturday June 30!
Portage High School Claybusters
The Portage High School Claybusters had a great season. We celebrated two shooters with their first 25 straight (Gaje Tessmer and Triston Kingsland). Triston followed his 25 with a 24! Gaje followed in two weeks with his first 50 straight. We have some great kids and, we finished in second place in our conference.
We all will be at the state tournament on June 9 and have qualified to have a team at the first national tournament in Michigan in July. We are trying to assemble that group as this is written. We have five kids qualified for the individual event. We haven't determined if anyone will be able to do that yet. Anyone connected with the Portage Rod and Gun Club can proudly tell people that we are a founding sponsor.
Our coaches are: Jim Brancel, John Center, Ted Leonard, Bill Schaller, Ron Thompson, Jackie Walker, and Bill Voigt. Please join me in thanking this great group of individuals, who worked very hard to keep this program together, including keeping our program was on track after two snow days! We thank the club for your support. Stay tuned as we will have more news of success in the future.
Pistol & Rifle range
Things are busy at the club this summer. Weekly trap leagues, ATA shoots, High School Trap, Defensive Pistol Training and monthly IDPA matches. Archery, skeet shooting, and the rifle range are all gaining interest as well.
There are always projects going on to improve "YOUR" club. As a member of the Portage Rod and Gun club, we should all take pride in ownership of this establishment. The board of directors are always striving to improve the facility for club members, but we need your help! Consider attending a board meeting and have your ideas heard. Stop out and ask what you can do to help. If you have specific trade skills and are willing to help, we would love to hear from you. Our clean-up day is June 30th, where we clean the ranges and tackle some necessary projects around the clubhouse and property.
A few of the current projects in the works are:
- Building new benches on the pistol range
- Installing a roof over the shooting bench in Bay 4
- Insulating the rifle building for sound
- New target stands
- adding lights on the skeet range
- redesigning the rifle range for safety and convenience
Hollow Point Defensive Shooters will be hosting a special IDPA match on the pistol range Saturday, August 18th. The "Andy Garwell Memorial Match" will have many prizes including a new Springfield Handgun that will be raffled off that day. Lunch will be available on site. Raffle tickets are available to both shooters and spectators. All Proceeds will be donated to "Active Hero's", an organization that helps prevent veteran suicides. Last year, we raised $1,820.00 for the cause. This should be a great match to attend and shoot or to see what we do and win some great prizes.
As the newly elected President, I would like to assure you that the board will continue to provide a clean, fun, friendly; and most of all safe place to shoot, and exercise your 2nd amendment rights. Our membership numbers are increasing and we would like to see that continue to improve.
General Club information
- Each club member is expected to donate monies and/or labor services per year as stated in Article VI; Section VIII of the club Constitution. The Board of Directors provides opportunities for members to fulfill the four (4) hours requirement for helping out around the club, such as pulling/scoreing for the trap, helping out on the pistol/rifle ranges, or on improvement projects slated for the club. In short…we need your help to be successful! Please contact your Board of Directors to see how you can help.
- The combined Board/Member meeting is held on the third Monday of each month and also listed in calendar on the club website. All members are encouraged to attend the meetings.
- General memberships run from Jan 1 – Dec 31 annually. If you have not yet renewed your membership please contact club membership officer Woody Steinhoff at email@example.com or renew at the gun club during our Saturday hours. Please see the membership card at the end of this newsletter.
- Please take this online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJ5QYVY
Listed below are some important dates the second and third quarters of 2018:
- June 23, 2018 – ATA Shoot
- June 30, 2018 – Cleanup day
- July 1, 2018 – HPDS Training
- July 7, 2018 – ATA Shoot
- July 16, 2018@6:00pm – Board Meeting
- July 21, 2018 - IDPA Bug Match
- August 2, 2018 – Fall Hunter Safety Begins
- August 4, 2018 – HPDS Training
- August 18, 2018 – Andy Garwell Memorial Match
- August 20, 2018@6:00pm – Board Meeting
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