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Member Meeting: July 27, 2016 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Agenda and Minutes

July 27, 2016

The meeting started at 7:17 PM with­ 32 members present.  President Ed Nichols welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Secretary’s Report

Sarah Hulbert read the minutes from last month’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the minutes by Bill Centra; seconded by John Lipofsky; and the motion carried.

Treasurer's Report

Paul Gardner read the Treasurer’s report, explaining the money coming in and bills being paid.  As always, the Treasurer’s report is available to view in the glass case by the front door of the club.  A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report by Bill Centra; seconded by Janet Stanhope; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS:  6 adults signed up for club membership at tonight’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the new members by Bob Beauchesne; seconded by Jeff Blackburn; and carried. As usual, new members must complete the process of joining the club by coming to the club next Saturday for a “walk-through” to learn club rules and receive their membership cards.  If you want to qualify to shoot in the indoor range, bring your firearm with you on Saturday morning.  Please meet Ed Nichols at the club at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Falling Plates (steel-plate shooting event):  Takes place on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon – rain or shine – on the back range.  We have a steady attendance at this weekly event and it is a lot of fun.  Come out and join us! Cost:  $5:00 per person.  Hand guns only.  No hollow point ammo; no magnums.  Open to the public. 

Steel Plate Challenge:  Takes place on the second Sunday of the month (over at the Plate Range) from 9 AM to 12 noon.  $5 to participate.  This is open to members only. The next Sunday event is August 14th.

***SPECIAL NOTE:  6 or 7 members of this club (under the banner ‘Maine Action Pistol’) participated in the recent USPSA Area 7 Championship up in Augusta and did very well!  Congratulations to our club members who did so well against nationally-recognized shooters!

Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported that things are continuing to progress on the indoor range improvements.  Once we can begin putting in the new steel, we are going to be looking for volunteers to help us with all the projects associated with the work.  If you are interested in helping, please talk with John and get on a list of volunteers so we can organize and schedule volunteers when we need them.  We will let everyone know when we get closer to putting up the new steel.

Trap Shooting:  Wednesdays from 2 PM to 6 PM and on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM (except when there is a registered shoot).  Cost:  $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  This is open to the public.

There is a registered shoot on Sunday, August 7th which will have three events.  Registering for the event is at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m.

Air Gun Program:  We will devote Friday nights in the Fall to air gun.  If you are interested, see Ed Stanhope.

Sunday Evening Postal:  starts practicing late in October.  New shooters are welcome. 

Five Stand:  Takes place every other Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (The next Five Stand days are August August 6th and August 20th.)  Schedules are up on the ranges.  Cost: $3.00 for members/$5.00 non-members.  Open to the public.

OLD BUSINESS

Friends of NRA Committee:  The annual banquet/fund raiser is coming up sooner than you think!  Join us on Friday, September 16, 2016, at the Ramada Inn for a fun night.  Chip Hedrick reported that we have a pre-event raffle going on now for a winner’s choice of either a Ruger Precision Rifle, .308 Winchester, with a 6 – 24X power scope OR a Montana Rifle,.300 Winchester magnum (a custom made rifle).  The drawing will be at our annual banquet/fund raiser. You do NOT need to be present to win the drawing.  All of the proceeds from this drawing go to the Friends of NRA which has been very generous to this club over the years.  Tickets for the raffle are $20 for a book of 3 tickets OR $10 for a single ticket.   Banquet/fundraiser tickets (which include dinner), are on sale for $40 a ticket.  If you are interested in either banquet tickets or pre-event raffle tickets, speak to Chip.

Paul Gardner presented a check for $1250 to Chip Hedrick for the club’s annual donation to the Friends of NRA. The club will get a gun from the Friends of NRA for our upcoming 12 Guns of Christmas raffle.

Universal Background Check Ballot Question: Roland Rancourt spoke to members about this upcoming ballot question.  It is very important that everyone understand what is at stake here, because most people feel this ballot question is just a background check question.  This is NOT true.  There is much more to this ballot question and everyone needs to vote NO on this question to preserve their rights in the State of Maine.

The ballot question (Referendum Question #3) is frequently shortened to “background check for gun sales” but this is misleading.  If the referendum question were only about checking backgrounds, most people would agree that background checks, when you purchase a firearm, are good, so that bad people don’t get firearms.

Unfortunately, the way that the language is written in the ballot question, this is NOT what the Referendum Question is asking you to vote on.  It has all kinds of other restrictions drafted within the law that will change Maine hunters’ and shooters’ lives forever, if this law passes.

The ACTUAL language of the 3rd question on the ballot is as follows:

“Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or TRANSFER of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions and shooting-range activity?”

This does not indicate all of the hidden changes that will take place if the law passes.  People do not understand what will be changed in the State of Maine if this law gets passed.  We need everyone to help educate family and friends and to get the word out that this law is not good for the State of Maine.

Example: If you are in a hunting camp with a bunch of people and you leave to go to the store to pick up supplies – and you leave your rifle in the camp – you and everyone in the hunting camp group have just violated the law.  When you leave your rifle behind at camp, you are effectively transferring possession of your firearm to those people at the camp WITHOUT going through a licensed firearms dealer.  You can be arrested for transferring the firearm and charged with a felony.  The others accepted possession of the rifle so they can also be arrested for a criminal act and charged with a felony.  As a felon, you will never be allowed to own a firearm again.

There are many more examples of how bad this law is for the State of Maine.  If you want to retain your 2nd Amendment rights as a gun owner in the State of Maine, you should vote NO on Referendum #3.

New On-Line Hunter Safety Program:  Jack Kivus advised club members that the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife department is now offering home study courses for hunter safety.  People can complete the on-line course on the IF&W page.  After completing the on-line training, people must register for a “Skills and Exams Day” which will be offered at a local place (such as our club) where they will complete the hands-on portion of the hunter safety class (on a Saturday).  People need to bring the certificate that they get from completing the on-line course with them – to the all-day “Skills and Exam Day” at our club to prove they have completed the on-line portion of the program. We will be hosting a “Skills and Exams Day” at our Club on Saturday, August 27th.   The Skills and Exams day will include a practical day of handling firearms, learning how to use compasses, reviewing tree stands, and taking the final exam for hunter safety.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle:  This year we accepted bids from local gun stores to provide the firearms for our annual raffle.  “Coastal Defense” submitted the best proposal and we will be going forward with them for putting the raffle together.  There will be 700 tickets sold at $20 a ticket – as we have always done in the past.  The first club vote to pay Coastal Defense for the firearms was taken in June.  A second motion is required this month to confirm that we can pay Coastal Defense $7000 for the firearms to be raffled.  A motion for the second vote to pay Coastal Defense was made by Roland Rancourt, seconded by John Watson, and the motion carried.   The Board will inform members when the dates of the raffle have been chosen.

Trash Removal from the Club:  When you leave the club after shooting, please take whatever you brought in with you – out with you, including all your trash – to help maintain the facilities.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Roland Rancourt; seconded by Roland Gaumont; and carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.