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Member Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2017

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Minutes

February 22, 2017

The meeting started at 7:00 PM with­ 31 members present.  Interim President, Chip Hedrick, welcomed everyone to the meeting.   Chip advised club members about the sad news that President Ed Nichols passed away unexpectedly this past week.  Chip read Ed’s obituary and told members about the upcoming visiting hours and funeral at a local funeral home.  Because members would like to attend the memorial services for Ed, events at the club on Saturday will be canceled.  Chip requested that all present share a moment of silence out of respect for Ed.

Secretary’s Report

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

Treasurer's Report

Paul Gardner read the Treasurer’s report.  The bulk of club expenses this month were for sanding and plowing.  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 Roland Rancourt; seconded by Roland Gaumont; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS:  1 adult requested membership at tonight’s meeting. A motion was made to accept the new members by Ed Stanhope; seconded by Mike Bailey; and carried. As usual, new members must complete the process of joining the club by coming to the club for a safety walk-through and orientation.  Please meet Ed Stanhope and Paul Raysik at the club on Saturday, March 4th at 8 a.m. to complete this process.  Bring your firearm, along with eye and ear protection if you wish to qualify for the indoor range.


Falling Plates (steel-plate shooting event):  Mark Ferguson reported to members that this event takes place on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.  Open to the public.  Everyone welcome!  Cost:  $5 per person. We have a warm place and hot coffee to enjoy watching if you want to come out.  This Saturday we will not be running this event as club members will be attending memorial services for Ed.  Otherwise, this event goes on rain or shine or snow.

Steel Plate Challenge:  Paul Gardner reported on this competitive action pistol event, which is open the second Sunday of the month from 9 AM to noon.  Next challenge takes place March 12thThis is open only to members.

Indoor Range:  John Chandler thanked Roland and others for their continued work.  We will be tearing apart the existing wall when the weather gets a little warmer.  Big thank you from Chip and the club members to all the people who have put a huge amount of work into these indoor range improvements.  Roland Gaumont thanked everyone for their help and wanted members to know how many hours all the volunteers have put in to get improvements for this indoor range completed.

Four Position Precision Rifle Shooting Matches:  John Chandler advised members about this competitive rifle shooting in the prone, kneeling, sitting, and standing positions.  People from around the State come to compete.  The next scheduled competition at our range is set for March 26th starting at around 8 AM.  Come and watch!  These are serious competitors and very fun to watch.

Junior Program:  We are hoping, with the conclusion of the indoor range improvements, to get our junior programs back up in the coming fall.

Trap Shooting:  Mike Bailey reported that our regular trap shooting takes place on Wed. from 2 PM - 7 PM and on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM .  Cost:  $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  Open to the public.

Trap Winter League:  This winter league is in its second month.  We have several teams competing.  Come and watch!

Air Gun Program:  No program until further notice.  We will let you know when and if this program will reopen.

Archery Program:  Roland Gaumont made the first official report on archery – which we are bringing back to the club.  We will be running the program on Tuesday evenings (from Feb. 28th through March 25th ) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., initially for any current members and guests.  If you are interested, let Roland know and he will run you through the safety course so you can be ready to go. Just as for the rest of the range, there are safety rules for archery and we want to make sure everyone understands and complies with these rules.  In the summertime, we are planning on doing some outdoor shooting.  For now, indoor range lanes 9 and 10 have been designated for shooting archery.   Any questions about archery – speak to Roland.


Friends of NRA: We are going to have to regroup as Ed Nichols was our Chairman for the past two years running.  We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 PM (the second Tuesday of the month here at the clubhouse) to figure out where we are going from here – if we will be having a banquet this year or not.

Other Club Banquets:  In past years, a group of people from this club have gotten together and attended other clubs’ banquets.  This year we are talking about going to the Friends of NRA/Southern Maine’s banquet at the Seasons Event Center on Riverside Street in Portland on May 19th.  Chip is trying to get enough people together to buy a table for this banquet.  Anyone interested in joining Chip and others to attend this banquet – please let Chip know.   We typically meet at the ‘park and ride’ at the turnpike and carpool there together.

The State Grant Committee met at the end of January.  John Chandler and Bill Centra attended this meeting where each of the six clubs who have banquets have a vote for who will get the grant applications submitted for the year.  The voting has been completed and we cannot yet divulge who will be getting grants or the amount of the grants yet.  The NRA will be making these announcements soon.

Swap Meet/Gun Show: Paul Raysik is trying to organize a swap meet/gun show to take place at this club before hunting season opens (September or early October?).  He estimates there will be 18 to 20 tables available.  More information will be available soon.  See Paul if you are interested in helping.

AED Purchase: Following last month’s CPR/AED class, Ed Nichols asked if the club would approve the purchase of 2 AEDs – one for the main club house and one for down on the range.  A motion was put forth and carried at last month’s meeting.  This month we need a second vote to go forward with the purchase.  A motion was made to approve the purchase of 2 AEDs - total expense of both not to exceed $3000 by John Lipofsky; seconded by Ed Stanhope; and carried.  Paul Gardner will look into purchasing the AEDs.

Webmaster/E-mail manager/newsletter:  Bob Harris and his son are working on getting the website up and running.  More information at next month’s meeting.  Sarah reported that the newsletter is all ready to go out to members – except for a few necessary graphics – but it will soon be arriving in your email.  If you have any information you would like to get out to members, send it to Sarah and she will include it in the newsletter.

Membership applications: These went out recently.  Kathy and Dave Kenney will be processing these applications.


March and April:  Critical meetings coming up! Positions open for election this year are President, Secretary, and one ‘At Large’ Board position.  We have a 5-member election committee that will be organizing candidates for these open positions. Ed Stanhope is running the committee with Dan Dejardins, John Jalbert, Paul Raysik, and Mark Ferguson.  The nominating committee can bring forward two names for each open position next month.  After that, members can bring forward another name. The March meeting is critical for nominations. The April meeting is critical as the voting will take place.  Please talk to Ed Stanhope if you have a good candidate in mind.

A Good Leader:  Chip addressed the members regarding Ed Nichol’s sad death:  Chip said that the sign of a good leader is the position in which they leave their members.  As far as that goes:  The facility is good shape – the inside is fixed up, the outside has been all sided.  Financially we are in good shape.  The indoor range project is moving along and almost finished.  Ed made endless improvements all over the range and we have a lot to be thankful for --  his relentless work and passion have left the club in good stead.  We are very thankful for everything Ed did to make this a better club.

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

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.

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