The 626th meeting of the Hope Rod and Gun Club was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Tom Downs. There were 47 members present.
Secretaries Report: Secretary Miller read the March 6, 2017 (625th) meeting minutes, hearing no additions or corrections, they were approved as read.
New Members: The following new members were approved as new members they are Luke Van Hulle, Dustin Wagner, Gary Wipperfurth, Gary Lehnherr, Tony Frank, Benjamin Butler, Matt Droese, Jared Sam, Jon Auringer, Kenneth A Fogo, James Hildebrandt and Kevin Phillips.
Members Director: Membership Director Russ Jenkins reported that as to the date of this meeting 310 members are on the membership list of which 21 are new members, 53 have not paid their 2017 dues and 27 unpaid members may be dropped the first Friday of May once trap starts.
President Downs read the following Article VIII of the bylaws and advised the members that the Board of Directors met earlier. That they moved and passed a motion to authorize Membership Director Jenkins to remove any individual off the membership list on the first Friday in May 2017 after trap starts that has not communicated intent to stay active:
DUES AND INITIAL MEMBERSHIP FEE
The initial membership fee of the Hope Rod and Gun Club is payable upon his/her acceptance. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to assess initial membership fee and the annual dues with the approval of the simple majority of the members present at a regular monthly meeting. Annual dues at the approved amount are due January 1 through the last day of February. The dues amount will be ten dollars more from March 1 through the last day of April. After May 1, the member is subject to termination by the Board of Directors
Building and Grounds: President Downs reported that once the weather cooperates the bunker work on the rifle range will continue more than likely mid-summer to not rut up the yard. April 8th is Gun Club clean up morning starting at 8am. Nelson and Schneider are going to make boards out of the cherry wood that is cut down.
Trap League: Trap Directors Mike Mann and Doug Job reported the following, trap shooters can now pay shooting Fees online. First night of trap will be May 2. It was reiterated that the bar tenders will not be collecting dues, Jenkins stated he would be at trap the first week to collect dues from anyone who has not paid yet. They hope to have the schedules out to the Team Captains and Teams by April 20th along with them and the score sheets also posted on the website.
Also, a reminder to all members that Monday afternoons from 3pm to 9 pm skeet will be going on and all are invited to participate. A BIG Reminder that pistol range and area west of Skeet trap is closed during skeet and the chain gates should be up during skeet.
Hunting and Fishing: Members can sign up for the Spring Turkey contest at the April meeting for $5.00
Raffle: Vice President Mark Hanson reported the club and youth clay busters raffle tickets are available at the meeting and stay tuned for future ticket events. All members are encouraged to try to sell 10 tickets each. Raffle Tickets are $10.00 each or 2 for $20.00. Prizes are looking bigger and wider range of prizes along with guns valuing over $6,000.00 plus with a $1000.00 contribution from Chase Lumber thanks to club member Randy Vike. The guns were selected at Cabela’s, we do not take ownership the guns. Each gun is valued and the winner can take the said gun or a different gun with the value being applied or having instore credit for other merchandise. The same is for other items purchased at Walmart having gift receipts. The drawing be at the Mark Mark Memorial Chicken shoot on July 22, 2017 at 4pm.
Old Business: Reminder that the Justice For A Cure will be holding the “Shoot The Hell out of Cancer on April 22.
The vacant position for Sgt. of Arms position election, nominations were opened by President Downs, who explained that the Sgt. of Arms Officer position has little job duties, but the position will more than likely be a Second Vice President Officer position after the by-law rewrite. Tyler Fleischman nominated Jerimiah Dollar and Mark Hanson seconded and Jerimiah accepted. President Downs called for any other nominations 3 more times. Frank Wisensel moved to close nominations for the office of Sgt. of Arms and cast a unanimous ballot for Jerimiah Dollar, the motion was seconded by Joe Torbleau and passed on a voice vote. Congrats to Jerimiah!
Tom Nelson reported on the wireless trap system was installed by Canterbury and seems to be working nicely. He stated that he purchased a wagon to transport the Mic stands from the garage to the trap field. Directions for placement are in the wagon noting that Trap 1 has stand labeled 1,1-1,2-1,3 and Trap 2 the same with a designator 2. The position does not matter if the placement on the identified trap box is correct. The batteries are listed to last 200 hours.
Ron Sam reported Hunter Safety class that was held the last week of March was attended by 7 students who all passed. In fact, rumor has it there was only 1 wrong by all test takers. The next Hunter Safety class will be held the second week of July at the club.
New Business: President Downs reported that the Board of Directors discussed new tables and chairs for the club, several members have discussed this need several times including Hunter Safety Instructor Ron Sam. The Board felt approximately $3000.00 would be sufficient to purchase tables and chairs, complete the kitchen area, finish trim to bathrooms and hallway, paint for several areas including the screen porch, purchase screens and make some new picnic tables. Jerimiah Dollar moved to allocate $3,000.00 to the buildings needs and was seconded by Rick Kratochvil, the motion carried on a voice vote. Noted Again Chase Lumber stated by Randy Vike would donate the lumber for the picnic table project and assist in table assembly on spring clean-up day. Thank You Very Much Randy and Chase Lumber.
Treasurer Birrenkott stated he had researched the Wi-Fi bundle with phone by charter spectrum. We have a need to have Wi-Fi and network requirements for a security system around club including the pistol range. Ron Sam noted that a lot of the material for hunter safety is online and it would be beneficial to access that for classroom time. Ron Sam moved to bundle the phone and Wi-Fi for club, that was seconded by Tyler Fleischman and passed on a voice vote. Miller and Birrenkott will complete the project including security camera install.
President Downs also informed the club, that our new insurance policy underwriters requirement on zero tolerance while shooting at the club. No alcohol will be served or consumed by members during shooting. Once done shooting, members may consume alcohol if they desire. A reminder will be placed near the bar for members along with the written policy when completed and submitted to the insurance carrier who is awaiting its arrival.
Mark Birrenkott stated the he will be sending out request and schedules for the volunteers to work the Sunday 9am-1pm public and open shoot.
Calendar of Events:
April 8th Spring Clean-up 8 a.m.,
April 22nd Justice for the Cure Event
May 1 Next meeting at the club
May 2,3,4 TRAP STARTS
June 3 Black Powder skeet shoot
50/50 Winner: Tyler Fleischman won the 50/50
NEXT MEETING: May 1 at the Club…………AT THE CLUB
A motion to adjourn was made at 8:09PM by Don and seconded by K.W., the motion passed on a voice vote.
Respectfully Submitted: Scott Miller