Upcoming meetings: December 6 & January 3 (all meetings are at the Griggs Hunter Ed room @ 7pm)
Attention Match Directors, Hunter Ed Directors, and Event Coordinators: the deadline to submit your schedule requests for 2013 is December 15. We have the same system set up for schedule requests as last year. You can send an email directly to email@example.com with your requested dates, or you can place your request through the website at TCMSA.org (Open Formatted Submittal | Pre-Formatted Submittal.) Established patterns (such as CMP on the first Saturday of the month) will be given first choice, and club sanctioned events will be given priority over outside users of the range. After that, itís first come first served, so get those requests in early. In your request, please include the name of the event, the name of the match director or event coordinator, the date(s) you are requesting, the start time, and your estimated end time. Also please let us know if general shooting will be allowed during your event. If general shooting is not allowed, please also let us know what time you need to close the range for set up of your event. And finally, for all events that are not TCMSA sanctioned competitions or events, we must have a form on file stating whoís insurance is covering the event. The officers will be contacting you regarding this if we donít have a form on file for you. Please be aware that the schedule has gotten very busy over the last couple of years, with 5 match disciplines, 2 hunter ed groups, NRA instructors, etc. There may come a day when we have to deny some groups use of the range, or combine days / times between several groups, so be prepared to be flexible. We must keep time open in the schedule for general shooting or we wonít have any members at some point.
One more announcement for match directors & event coordinators: when the gate is left open on public use days, please take a moment to make sure you arenít locking anyone in before you close the gate at the end of the match or event. If people are staying to shoot after you leave, make sure to talk to each of them and ensure that they are all members or guests of a member who is at the range at the time. Also make sure that they sign in on the normal sign in sheet. And finally when you go past the police range on your way out, take a look and see if anyone is there. If there is someone there, stop and talk to them, make sure they are with the PD and didnít just wander in off the highway, and let them know you are going to lock the gate so they can make sure they have their gate key and arenít locked in.
The January meeting will be our annual meeting, where we will hold elections for all the officer positions, and two of the six board positions. We will be accepting nominations for all positions at the December meeting. We have had basically the same group of officers and board members for several years now. New people in these positions would be a welcome opportunity for a new perspective on the leadership of the club, and many of those currently in office would love the opportunity to take some time off, so if you are interested in leading the future direction or current operation of the club, step up and volunteer. Or if you know someone who you think would be a good addition to the leadership of the club, nominate them for a position.
We are beginning to see a lot of damage to the pistol area target frames caused by shotguns. People are using some heavy loads and firing repeatedly at the frames until they are literally cut in half. Remember: intentional destruction of target frames is a violation of the club rules. We understand that tactical shotguns are becoming very popular, and we currently donít have much of an opportunity to shoot them at our range (except for three gun, come on out and compete). The officers & board have been discussing various ideas of how to set up a tactical shotgun area, if you have any suggestions of what type of targets you would like to see or how to set it up so that it will last, please come to a meeting or give one of the officers a call.
Itís almost time for renewals, but please donít send in your money just yet. Your membership doesnít expire until March 31, 2013. The new gate combination for 2013 wonít go into effect until April 1, so there is no hurry. We wonít even assign the new gate combination until after the first of the year, so if you do send your money in right now, we wonít be able to mail you your new card until sometime in mid-January. We are also busy throughout December with setting the schedule and elections, and we donít want your renewal to slip through the cracks, so wait until January to send us your money. After that, send it in and we will get you a new card right away. Remember dues are $50 a year, or $25 if you participated in at least one work party during the year. You can bring your renewal to a meeting, or send it to the club address shown on the top of the newsletter.
The irrigation district sent a bunch of water our way during November. There was no damage to the range facilities, but the culvert under the road to the 200 yard target line was almost washed out. There is a little settling going on around the culvert now, so be careful if you drive out to the 200 yard target line, watch for sink holes or washouts. We will do a little maintenance on the culvert when we can.