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Member Meeting: October 26, 2016 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Agenda and Minutes

October 26, 2016

The meeting started at 7:05 PM with­ 36 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 Bill Centra; 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 Roland Guimond; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS: 8 adults signed up for club membership at tonight’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the new members by John Lipofsky; seconded by Bill Centra; 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 November 13th.

Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported that the new backstop is in and we are working on the ventilation system.  We have to choose which fan system we are going to use.  We are going to start tearing out the old backstop – and we will be looking for volunteers.  Please consider signing up to help!

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).  This weekend we have the last registered shoot for the year so there will be no regular Sunday shoot.  These are some of the best shooters in the State of Maine.  Come and watch the competition!  Cost:  $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  This is open to the public.

Air Gun Program:  The Air Gun Program will open Friday, November 4th from 6 PM to 9 PM.  We provide air pistols, pellets, and targets and eye protection.  If you want to learn to shoot, come and try it out. You will get expert lessons in shooting.  This is for everyone.  Adults and children.  $5.00 for event.  If you are interested, see Ed Stanhope.

Sunday Evening Postal:  Sunday evenings, 5:30 PM to 9 PM.  This will begin in December.  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.  New shooters are welcome.  More details soon.

Auburn Rifle Club:  Starting in December:  Thursday night is Precision Rifle Shooting.  Local towns compete against each other.  Shooting is in the prone and standing positions.  Rifles and scopes are available for anyone who would like to come out and try this.

Five Stand:  Takes place every other Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (The next Five Stand days are Oct. 29th, Nov. 12th and Nov. 26th).  Schedules are up on the range.  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: Chip thanked everyone who helped out with the recent banquet and all of those who attended.  The Committee that organizes the annual banquet will have their first meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM at the club.  We would appreciate ANY volunteers to come to the meeting and help out us – even if you can’t make all of the monthly meetings.  We would appreciate any help whatsoever – selling raffle tickets, etc.

Skills and Exam Day: We had another Hunter Safety Skills and Exams Day on Oct. 15th for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  This new program offers the class online and a ‘practical’ day on a Saturday at the club.  It was a successful day and we graduated 22 new hunters.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped run the class.

Universal Background Check Ballot Question:  ELECTION DAY IS COMING UP FAST!!!!! Chip Hedrick 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.  It is more about the “transfer” of firearms and this law, if enacted, will strip gun owners of their rights while criminalizing the innocent transfer of guns.  A lot of what you are hearing about Question # is TRUE – There are some shocking consequences if the referendum becomes law.  Take a minute and look up Chip’s article in the Sun Journal under “opinions” to see some of the scenarios where people will be breaking the law if they do not get background checks before transferring their firearm to someone. There is much more to this ballot question than just background checks 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.

$500 Donation:  This club will donate $500 to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to help support their efforts to fight Referendum #3 in the State of Maine.  A motion was made to support this by Danny Desjardins, seconded by Ed Stanhope and the motion carried.  Ed Nichols will get the check sent.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle:  Tickets now available.  See Paul Gardner to either pick up tickets to sell or to buy tickets.  The first drawing will be on December 12th and one drawing will take place every day after that for a total of 12 drawings (until December 23rd).  There will be 700 tickets sold at $20 a ticket – as we have always done in the past. The list of guns being raffled are on the back of each raffle ticket.  Top 3 ticket sellers win prizes!

Clean-up Day: Chip reported on the recent clean-up day and thanked the three club members who worked with him (Tom, Louie and Bob) on rebuilding the target stands.  We appreciate your help.

Position of the Club’s Targets on our Ranges: Ed reported that earlier today someone witnessed a person using a bunch of rocks to hold up a target frame halfway down the short berm so that he could shoot halfway down range.  This is VERY dangerous.  Ed Nichols reminded everyone that you should NOT move target frames from their positions by the berm.  Every target must impact a berm.  There are homes behind our range so the target frames are situated to keep shooting SAFE – so that bullets are stopped by the berms and do NOT go on to private land.  If you move the target frames, there is a chance your bullet will not hit the berm and travel into the woods and onto private property.  This would be a very bad scenario. We cannot take the risk of endangering homeowners who live on the periphery of our range property.  If a stray bullet ends up on private property – there is a very big chance our club’s ranges will be shut down.  Everyone has heard the recent stories of local clubs getting shut down.  This is one of the reasons clubs get shut down – because of the impact on private property nearby.

We have to work together to keep the club safe:  If you see anyone moving around the target frames, you can either tell them that it is not allowed or call one of us on the Board and we will deal with it.  If possible, get the license plate number of the person breaking the rules and we will follow this up.

Oct. 30th -- Sighting-in Day:  Sunday, October 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM we will have a sighting-in day at the club before deer season opens.  We will have targets and scopes to help people sight in their firearms. Just bring your rifle and ammunition.  We will sight in your rifle for you if you prefer.

Ladies’ Day held last weekend:  We had quite a few women show up with lots of interest and enthusiasm shown for the sport of shooting.  We are going to have another Ladies’ Day at the club and we will let you know when that is scheduled.  Ed Nichols thanked everyone for their help in organizing the day.  The weather was cold and wet so we are hoping we will get more participants if the weather is better next time. Ed would like to talk about combining this with a youth day – for a combined effort – so our volunteers can accomplish both on one day.  We are hoping to apply for a grant to help pay for the ammunition used on Ladies’ Day.

Round Table meetings on Re-loading at the Club:  This may be starting up again soon.  More details soon.

There was some discussion on whether it would be possible to organize round table meetings where members brought AR kits to the meeting – the kind where you build your own gun.

GET OUT AND VOTE! Ed Nichols reminded everyone that it is important to vote in the upcoming election.  Make the time to get out to the polls!

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Ed Stanhope; seconded by Bill Centra; and carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.