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Member Meeting: March 29, 2017 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Minutes

March 29, 2017

The meeting started at 7:10 PM with­ 42 members present.  Interim President, Chip Hedrick, 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 John Jalbert; seconded by Roland Rancourt; and the motion carried.

Treasurer's Report

Paul Gardner read the Treasurer’s report.  The bulk of club expenses this month were for our annual liability insurance with NRA, along with other usual monthly expenses 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 John Lipofsky; seconded by Joe Person; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS:   6 adults requested membership at tonight’s meeting. A motion was made to accept the new members by Dan Begin; seconded by John Jalbert; 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, Paul Raysik, and/or Chip Hedrick at the club on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

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.

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. Cost:  $5.00.  Next challenge takes place April 9th.  This is open only to members.

Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported on the progress of the improvements.  As soon as we get warm weather, we will be tearing down the existing backstop and finishing up.  We will be looking for volunteers for this so please consider helping.  We have a $10,000 grant to finish this project so we are moving forward!

Four Position Precision Rifle Shooting Matches:  John Chandler advised members that we held two matches at the club recently.  This is four position shooting:  in the prone, kneeling, sitting, and standing positions.  This is a holdover sport from about 40 years ago and we are keeping it alive.

Junior Program:  We are hoping to get our junior programs back up in the coming Fall.

Trap Shooting:  Bob Harris reported that our regular trap shooting takes place on Wed. from 2 PM - 6 PM and on Sundays from 9 AM to 2 PM.  Cost: $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  Open to the public.

Trap Winter League:  We have only two more matches until the winter league finishes up.  Come and watch!

Air Gun Program:  We will be getting this back up and running next Fall.

Archery Program:  Roland Gaumont reported that if you are planning on coming on Tuesday evenings, give him a call and he will be glad to meet you here.  For the past few weeks there have been no shooters.  This program is run on Tuesdays from 5 PM to 9 PM.  For now, indoor range lanes 9 and 10 have been designated exclusively for shooting archery.   Any questions about archery – speak to Roland.

Five Stand:  Joe Pearson advised that this event will be opening for the season on Saturday, April 22nd.  We are looking for volunteers to help out Joe, so please contact him if you are interested. The event will be held on alternating Saturdays until October from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Members cost:  $3.00.  Non-members cost:  $4.00.  Juniors:  $2.00.

OLD BUSINESS

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, April 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM to figure out where we are going from here – if we will be having a banquet this year or not.

Other Club Banquets:  This year, Southern Maine’s Friends of NRA banquet is at the Seasons Event Center on 155 Riverside Street in Portland - on May 19th at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $45.  This is a small banquet and odds for winning a firearm are better!!! 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 like to support other clubs’ banquets.

Swap Meet/Gun Show: Paul Raysik is organizing a swap meet/gun show/informational show to take place at this club on September 23rd.  There will be 16 tables available.  Cost to attend:  $3.00 a head.  This event will include an archery demo; an air rifle demo; and a laser gun demo.  Paul said there will be informational tables at this event.  Anyone interested in putting together a table, please speak with Paul.  More information will be available soon.  We will be confirming with our insurance that it covers this kind of event at the club.

AED Purchase: We approved (with two consecutive member votes at the last two meetings) the purchase of 2 AEDs over the previous two meetings.  Paul Gardner is in the process of getting information to purchase these.

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.

Membership applications: Kathy Kenney reported that approximately 300 members have renewed so far.  Please get your membership renewals in.

NEW BUSINESS

Ed Garnier reported that the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department will be holding our annual hunter safety instructor workshop on May 3, 2017 at 5:45 PM at this club.  This will cover re-certifications as well as new instructor sign-ups.  If you have any interest in becoming an instructor – including bow instructors, please speak with Ed. If you have any interest in the following disciplines, we do instructor classes for all of the following:  hunter safety; crossbow, snowmobile, bow safety, ATV safety, and water safety.  If you have any interest PLEASE LET ED KNOW!!!

Nominating Committee: Ed Stanhope reported that there are club elections next month.  We need to fill the positions for President, Secretary, and one position for Board at Large.  The following nominations have been put forward:

PRESIDENT:    Nominated:  John Lipofsky and Chip Hedrick.

SECRETARY:  Nominated:  Sarah Hulbert.  Motion was made to cease nominations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  Nominated:  Roland Rancourt, Paul Raycik, and Thomas Dow.

Please attend the meeting next month and vote!  You must be a member to vote.

Auburn Rifle Club:  John Chandler reported that their annual banquet will be held April 15th.  As always, they will have a clean-up starting at noon, followed by their banquet which begins at 4 p.m.  The indoor range will be open until about 3 p.m that day and then closed for the banquet.

Lady’s Day at the Club:  Now being planned for May 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More information at the next meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Jim Carter; seconded by John Jalbert; and carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 PM.

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.