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Member meeting: November 30, 2016 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Agenda and Minutes

November 30, 2016

The meeting started at 7:02 PM with­ 36 members present.  President Ed Nichols welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Ed asked those present at the meeting to remain standing after the Pledge of Allegiance for a moment of silence in memory of one our members, Janet Stanhope, who sadly passed away this month.

Secretary’s Report

Kathy Kenney read the minutes from last month’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the minutes by John Jalbert; seconded by Dan Begin; and the motion carried.

Treasurer's Report

Sarah Hulbert read the Treasurer’s report (as Paul Gardner was not able to be at the meeting), explaining the money coming in and bills being paid.  This month the club paid for CMP charges, oil charges, and for lumber for the doors at the club, along with other expenses.  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: 1 adult and 1 junior signed up for club membership at tonight’s meeting.  A motion was made to accept the new members by Dan Begin; seconded by Chris Rushton; 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 or make arrangements to do this another Saturday if this one is not convenient.

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 all winter.  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 December 11th.

Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported that volunteers have painted, put in the electrical panel, put vents in, and completed other work for which we are very grateful!  Thank you to all of the volunteers that are doing this amazing work in our indoor range.  We are still working on the ventilation system.  We will continue work on the indoor range and report next month with progress.  Please consider signing up to help!

Trap Shooting:  We had a turkey shoot last week and it was very successful.  Every shooter had 100 rounds to hit clay pigeons.  On one of the pigeons was a ticket for a free turkey.  We are going to have another round like this in the near future.  Regular Trap Shooting takes place on Wednesdays from 2 PM to 6 PM and on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Cost:  $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  This is open to the public.

Trap Winter League:  We will be starting up the winter league for trap shooting soon.  Bob will be getting back to club members with details when we are ready to get that going.

Air Gun Program:  There will be no Friday night Air Gun Program for the month of December.  We will let you know if it will be starting up again in January as soon as we have details.

Sunday Evening Postal:  Sunday evenings, 5:30 PM to 9 PM.  John Chandler will let members know when we will be starting this up.  More details soon.

Auburn Rifle Club:  Starting on December 1st, this takes place on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 or so.  This is for 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.

OLD BUSINESS

Friends of NRA: Chip asked members to consider attending these meetings on the second Tuesday of the month every month.  December’s meeting is 13th at 6:30 PM.   This group organizes the annual fund raiser/banquet and other fundraising events throughout the year.  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.  There is something for everyone to do – help run the games at the annual banquet/help sell tickets/help clean up…everyone can do something so that this event continues as successful as it has been for the past few years.  We need you!

Universal Background Check Ballot Question: Roland Rancourt addressed the club members to thank them for all of their support in ensuring that ballot question #3 on the recent ballot did not pass.  Congratulations to all who worked so hard to keep our rights intact.  Chip advised members that we donated $500 to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for advertising to help beat this referendum during the final days.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle:  Tickets are still 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!  Tickets will be drawn at the Coastal Defense store and we are going to try to post the drawings but we are still working with Mike from the gun shop to determine how that is going to transpire.

EVERYONE NEEDS TO HELP KEEP THE RANGES SAFE: 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. 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 or doing anything unsafe at the club ranges, 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.

Sighting-In Day:  Ed thanked everyone for their help at this most recent sighting-in day.

NEW BUSINESS

CPR/AED Class:  Ed announced that the club will sponsor a CPR/AED Class in the near future.  Any member who would like to take it, the club will pay for it.  It will take place at the club in January on a Saturday morning or afternoon. More details at our next meeting. Please sign up with Sarah if you are interested in taking this class. There will probably be 20 to 30 people allowed in the class.

Ladies' Day at the Club:  This upcoming, fun event will take place at the club on May 10th.  We will be getting out some advertising about this in the near future.

Webmaster/E-mail manager:  Ed said that we are going to look into getting a webmaster in place for the club in the New Year.  This is something that we need at the club and it is one of our objectives in the New Year to find someone to keep our website current.  More details to come.

Thank you to everyone for getting out there and voting.  We DID make a difference!!

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

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.