The last 3 months have been a challenging time for everyone to say the least. The Covid 19 outbreak and its repercussions to the economy and our way of life to the general upheaval that’s spreading across the country is shocking at a minimum. The club is back to a normal operating schedule as of about mid-May due to all 4H camps and functions being cancelled due to the virus. This has freed up summer hours that we do not normally get to enjoy on the range. It has also put the 4H and the club in a difficult financial spot. Much of the 4H revenue for the year has disappeared and let us always remember that they subsidize the club. Over time we have narrowed the gap, but we are still not 100% self-sufficient. I ask all members to come out and utilize the range. Your hourly range fees offset the burden to them and the club.
Due to the state ordered range closure in mid-April all annual memberships will be extended to Dec 31 and all punch card expirations will be extended another 2 months. We are going to start the 2021 membership cycle on Jan 1st thru Dec 31. This seems to make more sense for record keeping and accounting. Once again, I ask all life members with more than 3 years in to consider rejoining as an annual member to ensure long term viability of the club.
Not to anyone’s surprise the onslaught against your 2ndamendment rights continues unabated. The rioting, looting, and general lawlessness we see on the news everyday is proof of why these rights are necessary and not open for debate. Take time to voice your opinions to your legislators, state and federal, regarding any future “laws” restricting your ability to defend yourself and your family, friends, neighbors, and property. I’ve mentioned them before but VCDL is a state organization that defends your constitutional rights and is worth joining. When it’s time to vote, get out and support a candidate that supports the 2nd amendment.
Lastly, most of you have heard about what happened to life member and range safety officer John Menna. John was the victim of a senseless act of violence in his home. He was involved with the club since the very beginning. John was a lifelong shooter, gun enthusiast, hunter, fisherman, and friend to many. I spoke to one of his son’s this week and they plan a memorial service in New Jersey and in Virginia for the future. The covid issues have put the plans temporarily on hold but I will try to keep everyone informed.
Thanks for your time.