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Member Meeting: September 28, 2016 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Agenda and Minutes

September 28, 2016

The meeting started at 7:05 PM with­ 28 members present.  President Ed Nichols welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Secretary’s Report

Kathy Kenney read the minutes from last month’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the minutes by Ed Stanhope; seconded by Roland Rancourt; and the motion carried.

Treasurer's Report

Paul Gardner read the Treasurer’s report, explaining the money that came in and bills which were paid.   This month our biggest expenses were our property insurance and the taxes to the City of Auburn.  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 John Jalbert; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS: No new members signed up at tonight’s meeting.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the club should attend our monthly meeting (the last Wednesday of every month) to sign up.

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 October 9th.

 Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported that the new backstop for the indoor range is in!!!!  We are still working on the ventilation system.  We should be able to have the ventilation system in within a month and then we are going to start tearing out the old backstop.  We will be looking for volunteers to help.  Please consider signing up to help!

 Trap Shooting:  Wednesdays from 2 PM to 6 PM and 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.

We hosted an ATA registered shoot last Saturday (Sept. 24th) which was well-attended and lots of fun.

 Ed Nichols thanked everyone on the Trap Shooting team for all their help hosting the City of Auburn Wellness event.  We had 12 shooters from the City Wellness Committee shooting trap – some experienced shooters and some brand new shooters.  The event went smoothly and everyone had a great time. This is good for the community and good for the club.

Air Gun Program:  Due to projects going on in the club and the status of the indoor club, we are postponing the opening of the Air Gun Program until November 4th.  This event normally takes place on Friday nights:  5 PM to 9 PM.  We provide air pistols, pellets, and targets.  $5.00 for event.  If you are interested, see Ed Stanhope.

Sunday Evening Postal:  Bull’s Eye pistol/one hand; Open sights/Red dot sights/center fire - 22s, .38s, 32s or 45s.  This is a State Association run event – around since the 1930s.  We shoot a set of targets and then they get scored – more details when the event begins.  Practicing will start in December.  New shooters are welcome.

Auburn Rifle Club:  John Chandler advised club members that they have a live, working range on Garfield Road in Auburn that is leased by the National Guard, who have been inactive for a while at the range.  This gives people a second venue for an indoor and outdoor range in Auburn.

Five Stand:  Takes place every other Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (The next Five Stand days are Sept. 3rd and Sept. 17th.) Schedules are up on the ranges.  Cost: $3.00 for members/$5.00 non-members.  Open to the public.  We are looking to increase the amount of people trying this event and encourage people to help us run it!

OLD BUSINESS

Friends of NRA Committee:  Chip Hedrick reported that we had a very successful banquet/fund raiser on Sept. 16th.  We had a record 228 people attend. We took in more than $25,000 so that gives us a “high caliber” rating – which is the second year in a row that we attained that level.  Thank you to everyone that attended the function and thank you to all who worked to help make the evening such a success.

Ed Nichols informed club members that our own Vice President, Chip Hedrick, was awarded “Volunteer of the Year Award” in District 1 (which includes Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) at the banquet.  Congratulations to Chip!

Universal Background Check Ballot Question: Roland Rancourt spoke to members about this upcoming ballot question.  It is very important that everyone understands what is at stake here, because it is being described as a ballot question about background checks.  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.  Please see the Club’s minutes from our June and July meetings to see some more in-depth information about this referendum.

Skills and Exam Day to go with the New On-Line Hunter Safety Program:  We are gearing up to do our second Skills and Exams day on October 15th.  The Skills and Exams day includes a day of handling firearms, learning how to use compasses, reviewing tree stands, and taking the final exam for hunter safety. It is the practical day that goes with the on-line/home study that people do on-line now, courtesy of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle:  Tickets are now available for this raffle.  There will be 700 tickets sold at $20 a ticket – as we have always done in the past.  The first drawing takes place on Dec. 12th at Coastal Defense and one drawing will take place every day after that at Coastal Defense for a total of 12 drawings (until December 23rd).  Your ticket is put back in the raffle if you win, so you could win more than once!  Descriptions of the firearms that are included in the raffle are on the back of each ticket.   If you want to buy tickets or take tickets to sell, speak to Paul Gardner.

Auburn Police Department:  We had the Auburn Police Department here last week for their annual training week.  Everything went well and we will continue to offer our club to them every Fall for their training.

Keeping the Club Up: Ed Nichols thanked everyone who has been helping clean up the club and cut the grass this past season.  We appreciate all that you do.

NEW BUSINESS

Clean up day!!! October 15th is clean up day at the club and Chip Hedrick asked for volunteers to help him build new target stands and work with him on the 15th.  Chip will bring all the materials and tools needed to assemble the new target stands.  It would be great to have someone with a pick- up truck volunteer that could get the old target stands taken away and the new target stands moved into place.  We will only need you until noon and you will get credit on your membership dues next year if you help!

Sighting-in day:  October 16th from 10 AM to 2 PM: We will have people and scopes available to help you sight-in your firearms . Please feel free to come and bring your guns for hunting season.  This is free and open to the public.

Ladies Day – October 23rd:  10 AM to 2 PM: :  Free event – open to the public.  This is open to women 18 yrs. of age and older.  We have instructors and range safety officers to help out.  We provide the guns and the ammo along with eye and ear protection.  This year trap, shot gun shooting, and pistol shooting will be available.  Please join us – we welcome new and experienced shooters!

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by John Jalbert; seconded by Ed Stanhope; and carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2016 13:48