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Member Meeting: April 26, 2017 Minutes

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Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association

Member Meeting Minutes

April 26, 2017

The meeting started at 7:01 PM with­ 37 members present.  Interim President, Chip Hedrick, 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 Joe Pearson;   seconded by Gerry Vincent; and the motion carried.

Treasurer's Report

Paul Gardner read the Treasurer’s report.  We are still getting an influx of membership dues in but it is slowing down. Regular monthly bills were 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 Rancourt; and the motion carried.

NEW MEMBERS: No new members accepted at this annual club meeting. New members may apply next month!

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Falling Plates (steel-plate shooting event):  Paul Gardner reported that this event takes place on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.  Open to the public.  Everyone welcome!  (no magnums/no hollow points) 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 May 14thThis is open only to members.  The Plate Shoot has its own Facebook page!  You can find info about this event there.

Indoor Range:  John Chandler reported that the next step is to make the area near the backstop airtight.  We are almost ready to start tearing down the old backstop.  John would appreciate any volunteers that would be willing to help.  Please contact John Chandler if you can help.

Four Position Precision Rifle Shooting Matches:  This event has wrapped-up for the season.

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 1 PM.  Cost: $3 a round for members; $4 a round for non-members.  Open to the public.

NOTE:  May 21st – we will be hosting our first Amateur Trap Shooting Association event of the season. You can find out a lot of information about the trap range, its events, and any cancelations - on their Facebook page.

Painting and Improvements at the Clubhouse: Mark and Richard (two members of the Trap Committee) took all the carpet out of the trap clubhouse and painted the floor, along with removing some of the overcrowding furniture.  It looks great and Bob thanked them for their efforts.

Trap Winter League:  This event is all wrapped-up for the season.

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

Archery Program:  Roland Gaumont reported that this program is finished for the season.  People may shoot in the inside range if they have been pre-qualified.  For now, indoor range lanes 9 and 10 have been designated exclusively for shooting archery.   Any questions about archery or getting qualified to shoot in the indoor range – speak to Roland.

Five Stand:  Joe Pearson advised that the opening event of the season was washed-out because of rain.  The opening has been rescheduled to April 29th.  Joe is still looking for volunteers to help out with the event, 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.  For now, because of the change in opening day, there will be 5-Stand on Saturday, April 29th and Saturday, May 6th, but after that – only on alternating weekends.

OLD BUSINESS

Friends of NRA Banquet:  Jack Kivus reported that this year we will NOT have an annual FNRA fundraiser/banquet. We are hoping to pick back up in 2018 with our annual banquet.  We desperately need members to volunteer to help us out in the endeavor.  The 6 or 7 people we currently have working on the banquet committee are not able to do all the work necessary.  It is a great night, a successful fundraiser and a very good activity for the club.  Please think about offering a little of your time to assist us in getting this organized.  We will be meeting, starting next December, on the first Tuesday of the month.  If you can give us ANY help at all – running games, cleaning up, getting sponsors- ANYTHING – we would appreciate your help.  Please come to our meeting and find out how you might help out!

Other Club Banquets:  We have, as a club, purchased a table at the Southern Maine’s Friends of NRA banquet at the Seasons Event Center on 155 Riverside Street in Portland - on May 19th at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $45.  There are a few people looking to put together another table.    Anyone interested in attending this banquet – please let Chip know.

Swap Meet/Gun Show: Plans for this September event have been tabled for now.  More info at our next meeting.

AED Purchase: Paul Gardner will be purchasing 2 AED units this week and placing one in the clubhouse and one down by the Trap range.  They will be mounted on the walls with conspicuous, identifying signage.

AED/CPR CERTIFICATION CARDS:  Sarah reported that anyone that took the AED/CPR course recently at the club – the cards have come in.  Sarah will mail cards to anyone not at tonight’s meeting.

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 she should have the total number of new members for this year at the May meeting.

Auburn Rifle Club:  John Chandler reported that their annual banquet was held April 15th.  Chip thanked them for all their extensive clean-up of the clubhouse.

NEW BUSINESS

Hunter Safety Instructor Workshop:  Sponsored by the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: 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 let Mike Mayo. We do instructor classes for: hunter safety; crossbow, snowmobile, bow safety, ATV safety, water safety, and trapping.  If you have any interest in teaching any of these, PLEASE ATTEND!!!!

ACFGA Hunter Safety Staff:  Hunter safety instructors at this club are having a meeting on May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. to strategize and work out how our program is going to go forward so we can let Mike Mayo and the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife know what our intentions are about sponsoring classes in the coming Fall.  If anyone thinks they might want to become an instructor, please feel free to come to the meeting.  Chip Hedrick mentioned that he would like to see a “Hunter Safety Committee” formed at the club so we will have a process in place for upcoming classes.

Club Election results: Ed Stanhope gave the floor to candidates running for election/re-election.  John Lipofsky, Chip Hedrick, Sarah Hulbert, and Roland Rancourt addressed members – sharing their experience, club priorities, and visions for the club.  Voting for officers and Board Directors commenced and the results were as follows:

PRESIDENT:     Chip Hedrick elected.

SECRETARY:   Sarah Hulbert re-elected.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  Roland Rancourt elected.

According to club bylaws, the new President, Chip Hedrick, will meet with the Board after the meeting and appoint a Vice President to finish out his year left (as Chip was the Vice President of the club for one more year).   Chip Hedrick thanked Ed Stanhope for chairing the Nomination Committee and his able staff for all their hard, honest work.

Ladies’ Day at the Club:  We are planning this day at our club – exact date TO BE DETERMINED – perhaps in June.  More information at the next meeting.

CLEAN-UP DAY:  Chip Hedrick reported that we will have another clean-up day on May 13th at 9 AM.  We need a small crew of people to spruce up the grounds, re-build/fix targets and pick up trash.  It will probably take 2 hours.  Remember you can earn free bonus points to save money on next year’s membership dues by helping out with this.  If you have measuring tapes, cordless drills, gloves, bugspray…etc.  Any light working tools are helpful to the effort.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Ed Stanhope; seconded by John Jalbert; and carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted by S.L. Hulbert.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:05