Thursday, March 27, 2014

Club Update for April!

Spring has officially arrived, at least according to the calendar, while many of us are still digging-out and cleaning-up after a rough Winter.

There are lots of club events ahead, plenty of opportunities to get those work hours in and even more planned in the way of sporting and social gatherings.

  • General Membership Meeting - Friday, April 4th at 8 p.m. 
If members haven't yet received their Spring Raffle ticket books or need more to sell, pick them up at the meeting.  Red Mastrobuono will be ready to start taking reservations for our Family BBQ in August and, no, it's not too early to plan on attending!  Price for Adults will be $20.00 with Kids 8 and under at $10.00.  Keep in mind that there will be no walk-ins the day of the event!
**Members are reminded that our ranges open for shooting at 10 a.m. (not before) and close at dusk (not after).  Everyone is asked to be considerate of all those living in/around the area of our club by staying within this range-use timeframe**

  • Spring Clean-up - Sunday, April 27th at 9 a.m.
The clean-up was moved to this later date as it conflicted with Palm Sunday and there is still a fairly decent snow cover on club grounds.  Hopefully, this will melt by the end of April.  Members are asked, as usual, to please bring along shovels, metal rakes, leaf blowers...anything that can be used to get club grounds in shape.  Coffee, refreshments and lunch will be provided to everyone contributing their time.

Sign-in for everyone working at this event will be cut-off at 10 a.m. and all work hours will be recorded.

Coming May and June!

  • Family Day at the Range - Sunday, May 18th at 10 a.m.
 It was decided to give a new twist to our former Youth Shoot and make it a day for families at the club ranges with special focus on all the ladies!  Family and friends are all urged to attend and a response will be needed by May 10th!

Please note the following.....this event is open to children ages 10 - 16 with the younger children shooting air rifles and the older kids shooting .22's. 

The ladies in attendance will be invited to try their hand at both and join in some competitive, and fun, target shooting and more.  It has been our experience with both our Pistol Courses and other club events where the ladies participate, that they do an impressive amount of accurate shooting and we can't get them off the ranges once they start enjoying themselves!

Following a safety orientation from our NRA Certified Instructors, those participating will learn:

  • Basics of Firearms Safety

  • Basics of shooting a BB rifle, Pellet rifle and .22 caliber rifle.

From there, everyone will head out to the ranges for some family fun, under the supervision of both our NRA Instructors and NRA Range Safety Officers. 

Parental permission will be required; members attending with their children can sign the required permission slip on the day of the event.  Those children not having their parents present must pre-register before May 10th by return email and provide the following information:

  • Participant's Name and Age.
  • Parent's Name and contact information - email and/or telephone

Again....ALL registrations must be in before May 10th!

  • Spring Raffle - Friday, June 6th at General Membership Meeting
Sell those raffle tickets and put a big smile on someone's face!

  • Pistol Safety Course - Sunday, June 8th at 8 a.m.
Please pass this along to everyone preparing to obtain their pistol license or to those needing an upgrade to an existing license.  Our 8 hour course is complete with range time for the fee of $95.00 per person.  Members and immediate family members receive a discounted fee.  For more information, hop over to our On Target! page here on our website.

  • Pan Fish Derby - Sunday, June 15th - 12 noon weigh-in

Hopefully we will get more participation for this year's event which doesn't cost anyone anything but...time spent fishing with a child.  Awards, prizes and lunch will complete the day!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Club Update

March is here but Winter seems far from over with snowstorms intent on taking aim here in the Northeast.  But, no amount of bad weather impacts events here at the Kent Rod & Gun Club!

Our recent Ice Fishing Party was another huge success with a great turnout from members, families and friends.  The best part was introducing several youngsters to the fun of Ice Fishing.  A great time was had by all.  Thanks go out to Red Mastrobuono and his crew for providing a great breakfast, and more, to all who attended!

Upcoming club events:

Be advised that all reservations for our Annual Corned Beef Dinner are now closed.  We've had a great and timely response and have reached our max for seating at this event.
             No further reservations will be taken and there will be no walk-ins

  • General Membership Meeting - Friday, March 7th at 8 p.m.  Plenty to discuss and, as always, something good cooking in the club's kitchen.

  • NRA Pistol Safety Course - Sunday, March 16th.  This is an intensive, 8 hour course of instruction for those seeking either a first-time pistol license or an upgrade to an existing license. Course fee is $95.00 ($25.00 for club members and immediate family)...a deposit will reserve your attendance. 

Please contact John Sparano to reserve your spot and for further information!

  • The Mid Hudson Friends of NRA will be holding their banquet on Saturday, April 5th at the Ramada Conference Center in Fishkill.  Those members who would like to attend and make up a table to represent our club, please send your response to us as soon as possible.  No banquet tickets will be sold at the door. 
 To make up a table, contact Don Hopko