A reminder, the ANNUAL CLUB MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. in the range classroom. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will discuss all annual club business and any other topics brought up. If you have an interest in how your club works, plan to attend.
Our club secretary, Giff Swain, is stepping down from his position. He’s dealing with a serious medical issue and needs to focus on getting well. We will need to elect a new secretary and one new board member at this meeting. Long time board member Bob Rowe is also stepping down and will need to be replaced. Anyone interested in one of these positions should contact me at the club email, firstname.lastname@example.org , and I’ll give you a rundown of what’s involved.
All non-life members will be receiving a mailer within the next 2 weeks containing a renewal form and an addressed envelope with instructions for renewal. Please fill out the form with your most current, accurate contact information and any associates you want to add. Your prompt attention is appreciated. We would like to get the renewal process completed by October 31.
Currently, the club seems to be holding its own. Changes to the schedule have helped and the league and organized “competitive” shoots are still performing well. We still need more participation from everyone to keep our club going. Special thanks to everyone that runs, assists in the running, sets up and tears down events, maintains our website and actively seeks out new members.
Last, the onslaught on our second amendment rights continues. I strongly urge you to contact your state and federal representatives and voice your opinion respectfully. Thanks for listening.
Tracy Scheffling Pres. SMLPSA
The summer is ending and we’re heading into our annual member renewal cycle. There have been changes made to the levels of membership. Life and occasional use memberships have been removed and replaced with an annual general/full use and an associate level for family. Rates for these new types will be slightly increased. General member rates will be $125.00 and include full access to the range according to the published calendar and a prepaid 5 hour range punch card. Associate memberships will be $30 and will be available to family of a general/full use member. Additional 5 hour range cards will be available at the range for convenience for $50.00 and 10 hour cards at a discounted rate of $90.00. Hourly rates will remain at $10.00 per hour but can change at the discretion of the 4H management. All renewals will start on Oct 1 and hopefully be completed by Oct 31.
All current annual members will receive a mailer that will include an application form, letter explaining the new rates and a return envelope to mail with your dues. Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated.
These changes have been unanimously adopted by the board of directors for several reasons. First, it will greatly reduce the administrative process of the renewal cycle. Second, it will give the club management a better handle on our annual budget and general financial health. The club’s officer’s and board have met every month except for two this year to discuss and plan for the future and better manage our limited resources. The club needs about 100 hours of billable range time each month to get close to the break even mark and we struggle to do that. The club needs your participation to remain viable.
A special word to our Life Members. In the early days of the Club Life Memberships were very popular but that popularity came with unintended consequences. Over time Life Memberships do not contribute to the financial well-being of the Club, in fact they often have the opposite effect. It is for this reason that Life Memberships are no longer offered. While your Life Membership will of course be honored the Board and Executive Committee would encourage you to consider “rejoining “SMLPSA as a Regular Member in order to ensure that the Club remains viable and here for your use. At a minimum we would ask that you (this applies to all members) try to come to the range and shoot a little more often so that we can meet our expenses and commitments to the 4H.
We’ve also made changes to the bylaws to reflect the rate changes, clarify some other topics and removed other topics that are no longer relevant. We’ve added a covenant to charge a $25 assessment to all members in the event our income does not cover our basic expenses. This would apply to life and annual members but not associates. The newest adopted bylaws will be on the website for your review.
A new member drive is also in the works and will be headed up by VP Al Tolley. He had some great ideas and is enthusiastic about increasing membership. Anyone with ideas about how to market the club should contact Al or myself. Increasing membership is key to our success. 50 new members would put us on solid ground. Pitch the club to friends and family. It’s a great facility and we have a lot to offer to the novice shooter or to the advanced.
Our annual meeting will take place sometime in October and I will give all plenty of advance notice. I would encourage all to attend. We will cover our required annual business, how the club finances work, and any other topic members wish to discuss. I think it will be enlightening to all members to understand our finances or bring some constructive input to improve the club.
Lastly, I have two topics. First, congratulations to club and board member Simon LeRay who earned a spot at the IDPA World Championships in October in Talladega, Alabama. This is a pretty big deal with over 400 competitors from around the globe. We all wish you success. Second, the onslaught against guns and gun owners continues unrelenting. I would strongly urge you to contact your state and federal legislators about prohibitive new gun legislation and explain to them that you’re a law abiding, tax paying citizen and shouldn’t be punished for the actions of a criminal and demented few. It may or may not do any good, but your opinion still matters.
Thanks for your time, see you at the range.
Tracy Scheffling – President SMLPSA
I’m a little late with the newsletter this month because I really didn’t have to much new to report. We’re into our summer schedule now and are limited to Friday and Saturday’s. Check the calendar carefully before going to the range as our hours may be a little different due to 4H functions. The league, cops and cowboys, and monthly defensive pistol match are still going over the summer and all members and their guests are welcome to participate. If you need more details, contact me at SMLPSACLUB@gmail.com.
On another note, our “executive leadership” in Richmond is planning another attempt at more restrictive gun laws that will drastically affect all of us. Please take the time to contact your local delegate and senator and give them your opinion. See you at the range.
Tracy Scheffling Pres. SMLPSA