The year 2020 is thankfully coming to an end. By any standard it has been a long, dismal one. Between the Covid pandemic, the political upheaval, state and federal, and all that came with it, we all deserve a break. Hopefully 2021 will be better.
On a more positive note, the club, all things considered, is in pretty good health. Despite Covid and ammunition shortages like I’ve never seen, participation, though down a little is still good thanks to our die-hard members. Some basic changes put in place by the BOD has also helped in our success’ going forward. The league shoots, cops and cowboys, and the Sunday defensive pistol match are all doing well, and I encourage all to give it a try. You will definitely polish up your overall shooting/handling skills and have fun at the same time. It’s a very friendly crowd. Starting in December Paul Giammattei and Rusty Moomey will take over as match directors for the Monday league. Thanks to them for volunteering to take over this match and giving me a little break. I’m planning to resume a mid week defensive pistol match [ 4 stage] when the weather warms a bit. Our annual membership cycle has changed to begin January 1 from October. Response has been very good so far with half our annual members renewing already. Renewal forms are available on the website if you did not get the mailer we sent out. Please renew now and don’t wait as this helps the club with our finances and budgeting looking ahead. I would ask any life members with more than 3 years in to consider rejoining as an annual member. Many have already done so, and this will ensure our fiscal viability for the future.
Again, I will reiterate the assault on our 2nd amendment rights is perpetual and getting worse. This year the state legislature imposed many restrictive gun laws on law abiding citizens. Most of these laws will not do anything to stop crime as intended but make our lives as gun owners more complicated and they are promising more. It appears the federal government is ramping up to do the same. The VCDL is planning a convoy of 2nd amendment supporters through Richmond in January. Visit their website for details if you would like to participate. The state of Virginia subverted the permit process for their normal rally that they have done for the last 17 years and gave the permitted time slot to an anti-gun group. Last year the rally brought 30 to 40 thousand supporters in protest to restrictive laws and that played a huge part in seeing the worst of them pulled from consideration or shot down, no pun intended. I went to the rally with several of our club members and when I tell you there were more guns there than D-day I’m not kidding. The crowd was orderly, composed, and respectful and left the city cleaner than it was. If you are not a VCDL member think about joining. They have done a great job at the state level and we owe them much for all their hard work. The other side will not give up so we will not give up.
Lastly, I would like to thank Mel Lofurno for his work as a board member since the club was formed. Mel stepped down in October after 10 years to focus on recovering from some serious health issues. Paul Giammattei was elected at the last annual meeting to fill his spot on the board. Also, many thanks to all that volunteer their time to make this club a success. Anyone with general comments, suggestions, or complaints that might enhance the club feel free to contact me. Thanks for your time.