Saturday May 11th is cleanup day at the club. Please try to come out and help make the club look the best it can be. There is some leaf raking and branches to be picked up. Especially need someone with a trailor to help haul the aluminum cans away. This is a messy job but needs to get done as they are already beginning to stink,
Speaking of dues, for those who have not yet paid, the cost goes up after the March Meeting! PLEASE NOTE that our membership limit of 225 has been met! Any member who has NOT paid by the March meeting runs the risk of losing their seat to any new memberships joining in March and there after!!! Dues can be mailed to Robin Thompson at PO BOX 6471 Monona WI 53716.
_______________________________________________________________________ Next meeting will be held on May 6th, 2013, at the Gun Club.
The 581st meeting of Hope Rod and Gun Club was called to order at 7:34 pm on Monday April 1, 2013.
Welcome to Kelly Vinge , our new secretary.
7 new members joined the club:
Steve Kelso, Brandon Stronach, Kevin Phillips, Tom Thuemling, Mike Larson,
Dustin Walek and Brian Fisher
Thank you’s to Michelle Eldridge for providing temporary fencing material, Jim Kleckner from Farm and Fleet for offering a $100.00 gift certificate and Josh Larson for installing the siding on the pistol range.
Trap shooting starts May 7, 2013. Make sure your team is signed up. There are openings on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Printout for Trap schedule will be coming out soon. Shooting fees to be paid first night of shooting.
High School Youth Scholastic practice to be held Sundays at 5pm.
TRAP TEAM SIGN-UP IS NOW!!!!!! Robin Thompson would like to get the schedule set for the summer trap league. If you have a team, fill out this signup sheet and get it to Robin as soon as possible.
Please RSVP if you want to attend, I will hold a place in the class.
The scope of the training is to provide the knowledge necessary to clear firearm malfunctions, and maintain a safe range environment. If someone has a unique firearm or muzzleloader that we can use as a training tool, please bring it to the class. Do not bring any live ammunition.
Each class will be conducted by Chief Range Safety Officers, Jeff Harms and Carla Johnson.Each class will cover NBSC’s RSO requirements and range specific operations. The classes will be conducted by 2 CRSO’s, allowing for more individual attention during class.
Cost: $125.00 per person +
NRA Certification fee:
Member $26.00 , Non-member $36.00
Total $151.00 or $161.00
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00
Location: Marshall Community and Youth Center
226 Madison ST. Marshall, WI
Items to bring to class: Guns, pens, pencils, highlighters.
Please bring a sack lunch and drinks, we won’t have time to leave the classroom.
A letter to the Members of Hope Rod and Gun Club. February 7, 2012
I sincerely wish to thank all of you for placing your trust in me. When contemplating the idea of running for the Presidency of Hope I kept asking myself “what do I have to offer?” What makes me think I can be successful following the footsteps of the many previous individuals who have guided this organization to the high level of success it has enjoyed over the last half century? I’m certainly not smarter, no harder a worker, no more able in my creativity than they. Hell, I can’t even shoot as good as they can! I thought long and hard. I wanted to do it, but I needed something to convince myself of at least an even shot at success. The one personal asset I could identify that many previous Presidents didn’t have was time. In my life situation I am able, and willing, to devote as much time as necessary to accomplish my goals. But that just raised another question – what are my goals? I realized I needed a plan. That’s how I came up with an agenda, which allowed me to make a decision - to ask not only for the opportunity, but your support in this endeavor. All too often in the past it has been the work of a few that is enjoyed by the many. Think what we could accomplish with hard work by the many! My request to each and every member of this club is to put forth, within your abilities, the work and effort required to make this the Best Little Gun Club in Dane County! Hence, my Hope Rod and Gun Club Agenda:
1) Range Management Plan/Environmental Stewardship Plan:
It’s time to update our post World War Two management plan!! We need to create a written plan utilizing the existing By-Laws, along with best practices, to facilitate the safe and successful operation of Hope Rod and Gun Club. In addition, Environmental issues MUST be addressed in this day and age. It’s one of those things that looks more daunting than it actually is, but is a strait forward process to:
Assess physical property and administrative operations to identify potential environmental issues;
Determine any areas of potential concern;
Describe site-specific management techniques to address these areas; and
Provide an ongoing process to evaluate and document the success of management efforts.
2) Future Land Issues:
We must gain permanent control of an area immediately to the south of our berm if we are to insure our long term existence. The time to act is now. I’m no real estate expert, but I would think with today’s economy and interest rates now may be a good time to pursue something. However, this will only come at considerable expense. We need creative ideas!
3) Woods Clean-up/Preservation Project:
Our Club consists of 14 acres of some of the most beautiful land in this area. Roughly half (7 acres) is wooded. Unfortunately over the last 50 years these woods have deteriorated due to overgrowth of undesirable species. One needs only to see the area of our black powder range to see the results of hard work and a dream! This project should also include the archery range.
4) Pistol Range:
There is great desire among members to establish a safe short (25 yard) pistol and .22 rim fire range. We have the space and location to accomplish this. This will require some expense to accomplish, but utilizing the skills and equipment of or many members it should be very affordable. In fact, it has the potential for generating some income to the club, for example, by offering open shooting as we now do for trap and skeet.
5) Clubhouse Interior Improvements:
Again, like our woods, the clubhouse is in need of some tender loving care. With a bit of clean up and some carpentry this will be a resource of enjoyment and pride. There is also opportunity for generating some income through rentals and fund raisers.
I challenge each of you to think about this list and ask yourself “what do I have to offer?” When you have an answer give me a call or drop me a line. I have in fact already received a call from one of our members offering a great idea and resources that will get some wheels turning! I’m looking for another 150 calls! Let’s get some plans formulated that the members can agree on and then get to work!
The next club membership meeting will be held on Monday, May 7th at the clubhouse.
Our president, Tom Downs, still wants to collect email addresses. If you have an email address and have not given it to the secretary, please do so. By sending the news electronically, the club saves money. Click HERE to email Tom
There is no minimum or maximum age and parents are urged to enroll. Anyone born after January 1st, 1973 must have a hunter education certificate to purchase any Wisconsin hunting license. Residents of Wisconsin must be 12 years of age to purchase any hunting license, including bow hunting. Young students certified will be able to purchase a license and hunt alone (with parental permission) when they turn 14.
Students successfully completing the course will receive a basic hunter education certificate, good in any state.