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12 Sept 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, item of note:
New gate latches installed by Ron Coleman and Don Babcock, for ease of entry and exit to range while equipment encumbered. Thanks guys.
12 August 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Quartly Meeting
Called to order at 7:08pm. Present Don Babcock led all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present were: Don Babcock, Bob Porter, Pat McCoy, Don Doig, John Konz, Dan Rader, Tim Allen, Bill & Joanne Cummins, Ron Hamm, Ron Coleman
Minutes of prior members meeting and Exec Cmtte meetings were read and approved, upon motion by Bill Cummins, 2 nd Tim Allen. Passed
Current membership is 99, plus have money but no application for Lloyd Studer. I have sent application, too no avail. Mike is to contact him, as he is the person who took the dues.
Financial Statement was discussed. Current balances are $4938.25 in operating account, $6438.63 in construction account, $177 cash on hand (memberships and match fees). Moved to accept report by Ron Hamm, 2 nd by Dan Rader. Passed
Pistol range construction committee reported the 2104 grant application has been submitted to FW&P.
2013 final grant reports have been sent to FW&P and Friends of NRA
Indoor target wall reconstruction was done June 8 th .
Pat sent outlines for intermediate range (to 600 yards) and long range
clinics to Don Babcock. Don has not yet contacted Bob Gardiner.
Improvements of the benchrest tops is still process (delayed by water problems in storage room).
Two nights remain in the Summer .22 rifle benchrest shooting.
Don Babcock has built four each target holders for the 50 yard and 100 yard smallbore targets.
Generator sale has brought only one looker. Decide to re-list with Craigslist at $800 (OBO).
Ron C and Tim A will try to do some ditching on North side of the building to keep water from running up on the concrete after heavy rains or snowmelt.
800 yard steel gong has been reset.
Public Sight-In Day will be held 8:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, Oct 6 th
We will also be doing some clean-up and minor repair that day if you are interested in helping.
Junior Shooting begins Monday Oct 1 at 7:00pm. Ages 12 and up, 10& 11 considered after parent/coach consultation.
Security system discussion was tabled till next meeting
Storage racks have been purchased (3), and partially installed.
Supplies purchase – carried over to Dec mtg.
Pro-rated dues for first time mebers was discussed. Moved by Ron, 2 nd by
Don Doing, to pro rate as follows: Family $40 Dec-April; $30 May-
Aug; $20 Sept-Nov; Single rate for same months $25,$15,$10. Passed.
PPP ammo – tabled
Member waivers. Moved by Ron H, 2 nd by Pat to require full application
including waiver for all members including daily members. Passed.
Ron Hamm asked about the new “.22 only” signs on the East part of the outdoor firing line. Was advised this applies to the targets, and centerfire pistols may be used there on appropriate targets.
12 August 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, New Signage
With the continued abuse of the metal pistol targets as the east end of the shooting apron new signs have been posted to make users aware of the range limitations.
12 August 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Impromptu Board of Directors Meeting
Board and members present: Bob Porter, Pat McCoy, George Kirkwood, Arny Blair, Ben Forkin, Ron Coleman, Don Babcock, Mike Vennard and John.
During the gun cleaning session [see below] Mike Vennard asked if anyone had problems with the purchase of three sets of shelving for storage in the new 'secure room?' After a brief, if not nearly silent discussion no one seemed to object so the Board and members present, with Ron Coleman seconding the action agreed on the purchase of the shelving. [It must be noted that Ben Forkin did volunteer to build the shelves, but the time frame for completion is years away]
12 August 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Gun Safe Disaster.
On Saturday Ron Coleman and Don Babcock looked in the two gun safes out at the range and discovered that a large amount of water had gotten into both the safes and nearly all the Association's guns had significant rust. The guns were removed from the safes and bore snakes run through the rifles and a call placed to the membership to come out Monday evening to try and mitigate the damage as best as possible. The exact nature of how the water entered the safes has yet to be determined but measures are being taken to preclude another disaster like this from happening again. Below are a couple of photos from the clean up session.
Thanks to those who came to help: Bob Porter, Pat McCoy, George Kirkwood, Arny Blair, Ben Forkin, Ron Coleman, Don Babcock and John.Konz.
11 July 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Board of Directors Meeting
MCSA Board of Directors was called to order at 7:32pm by President Babcock.
Pledge of Allegiance was made.
Members present: Don Babcock, Pres; Dan Rader, VP, Pat McCoy, Scty/Treas; Ron Coleman, Range Mgr; Directors: Bill Cummins & Mike Vennard: Joanne Cummins.
Old business: Joanne Cummins and Ron Coleman gave a report on the financial audit. A questions was raised about having gotten paid for the brass we sold for scrap, and suggestion to break down cash deposits as to origin.
Moved by Vennard, 2d by Rader to accept the report. Passed.
Ron and Dan reported they have both been into the bank to give them identification info. I'll check on Thursday to see if the signature card is ready to be signed.
Financial report (attached) was reviewed. Moved by Vennard, 2 nd by Coleman to accept. Passed.
The generator will be advertised for sale on Craigslist at $1100, OBO, where is as is.
Lng range clinic was discussed, and decide we need two of them: one for hunting out to 600 yards, then one for long range shooting beyond that. Pat will make tentative outline for Bob Gardiner to approve.
Don will build four fifty yard smallbore targets, similar to the 100 yard targets.
Ron will build riser/extensions for the lower benchrest tables.
Ron will contact Bob Rooney to get posthole drilled s 800 yard target can be reset.
Moved by Vennerd, 2n by Rader to order 1000 sight-in targets, and 1000 14x20 man silhouette targets. Passed.
Next regiular meeting is August 19 th , Monday, at 7:00pm.
Pat McCoy, Scty/Treas
13 June 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Addition Progress
The addition of the secure storage room is almost complete. A page with photos of progress can be found here:
13 June 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Range Activity
After clean up and efforts to keep the targets in good condition last June 9th. It was recently noticed that someone with a very large caliber gun and most likely armor piercing ammunition took it upon themselves to shoot the 900 hundred yard gong. We will admit that the shooting was top quality but the result is just a bit beyond the pale. Below are front and back photos of the resultant 16 hits. We might hope when it comes time to replace the steel [ probably sooner than later] the shooter would step forward to help replace his handiwork.
It was noted that the editor of the web site might be a bit out of order without a bit of an explanation about the above paragraph. First I apologize to the individual shooter. It is his privileged to shoot at any target he wishes. With any gun he wishes. But in the interest of the greater good of the club, it was posted that restraint, in using ammunition that would otherwise destroy targets, be used. The steel is expensive, the effort to create the targets and install using equipment and time above and beyond the financial capabilities of the Association with out going broke, just to have it destroyed in short order, is a bit inconsiderate in the editors opinion. The Association is in the process of getting targets that can be used by the larger calibers and heavier ammunition, and we would hope those who do want to shoot the "big guns" would step forward and help. Besides the editor wondered if the hit could be seen in the first place? -- Mike Vennard, ed.
9 June 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Clean-up and Maintenance
A scheduled work day to improve and maintain the Range. Early morning saw 11 folks show up to clean, cut, dig, replace, and improve the range. Ron Coleman, our new Range Master brought his riding mower and cut the grass in the inside 100 yard target range. Bob Porter with his magic grass blower cleaned the outdoor shooting apron and target closet, which was no easy task given the state of targets left in disastrous states of repair. Tim Allen and his step son arrived with a backhoe and replaced the fence posts at the 100 yard cattle guard, repaired the barbwire fencing and built up the berms behind the 100 yard target line to mitigate the destruction of the barbed wire fencing. Steve Hicks and Larry Berg ran weed eaters in front and on the sides of the Range house and other spots not easily reached by Ron and the mower. Tony Carver was given a black spray can and sent to clean up the hits on the gongs and hanging targets down range, he also helped on many of the other project as needed.
Inside the Range house was the project of the day. Don Babcock, Don Doig, Pat MCcoy, Tim McCann and Mike Vennard removed the existing target wall, disposed of the practical board that was installed and re-installed strips of conveyor belt as a substrate to hang the self healing absorption blocks on [see here for pre test of the materials]. Hopefully this will eliminate the detritus created when the bullets strike the plywood/particle board backing, keeping the indoor range cleaner and easier to keep that way.
A generous thanks to all that helped out and hope that the rest of the Association will do their daily part in cleaning up after themselves and keeping the range in good operation. Below are some shots of the days activities.
21 April2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Quarterly Meeting
Meeting open with Pledge of Allegiance led by Don Babcock, president.
Members Present: Don Babcock, Pat McCoy, Mike Vennard, Don Doig, Ron Coleman, George Kirkwood, Bill Cumins, Joann Cumins, Tim Allen, Ron Hamm, Gary Smith, Dan Rader.
Pat McCoy read the previous meeting's minutes and two Board of Directors minutes. George Kirkwood made motion to accept, Bill Cumins 2 nd , motion passed.
Pat McCoy read the Treasurer's report, Mike Vennard made motion to accept, George Kirkwood, 2 nd , motion passed.
Although not a committee as defined Pat McCoy reported on the Personal Protection Class. He noted that there were 12 student with one droping out just before the class and one unable to complete all the required classes. The remaining 10 student passed and were awarded certificates of completion.
Mike Vennard reported from the Pistol Range committee, that compilation of bids and writing of the grant for FWP is in its final stages. The grant will be submitted before the deadline date. It is expected that the project will be started in the spring of 2014.
Mike Vennard also reported that the foundation for the new storage room is in place and that there is a hold up in delivery of the lumber and trusses so that a delay of a week can be expected in the progress of this project.
A question about when the rail road ties already funded will be picked up. Mike Vennard noted that if we delay the pickup the cost could be somewhat mitigated if these ties are included in the ties necessary for the Pistol Range construction, in that with the amount ordered we might get a price brake. It was agreed that we should do so.
Pat McCoy noted that the Friends of NRA grant for the room addition has been received and we can go forward with all speed to complete the new addition.
Mike Vennard explained the Constitutional changes that were initiated at the previous Board Meeting, the change of fiscal year, elimination of officer position: Recorder, addition of a Director, spelling correction to the membership and noted that this was the second reading. Pat McCoy made a motion to accept changes, Joann Cumins 2 nd , motion passed.
With the Constitutional changes Pat McCoy asked if it was necessary for the annual audit. It was decided that it should be done, Joann Cumins and Ron Coleman volunteered to do the audit.
Election of Officers was held. With the Constitutional changes there was no need to elect a Recorder. The following ran unopposed: Dan Rader for Vice President, Ron Coleman for Range Manager, Bill Cumins, Tim Allen and Mike Vennard for the three open Directors positions. As there were no additional nominations from the floor a unanimous voice vote for all was made.
The work day will be Saturday June 8 th :
The next meeting will be Monday August 19 th .
Summer Small boor shooting to begin Thursday evening, 6 June.
There was discussion about drainage at the front and back of the building. No decision as to a solution was made.
Mike Vennard is to contact Bob Gardner to decide when he would like to hold a long range shooting seminar at the range.
This year's sight in day is to be October 5 and or 6th.
George Kirkwood motion to adjourn, Tim Allen 2 nd , motion passed.
20 March 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, 2013 Hunter Safety
Early Saturday the 2013 Hunter Safety class led by Dan Rooney began its field exercises. After a briefing by Pat McCoy on the art of handling guns the group was divided into two 5 members sections and while one section took the written test the other had a live shoot indoors at the MCSA indoor range. After both sections shot and tested, the groups gathered outdoors for the tracking and hunter skills portions of the field day, finishing up with burgers and hot dog fest for lunch.
Indoor shooting in the kneeling or sitting position [Instructor Pat McCoy of the Sportsmen's Assoc. at far end]
The 2012 Hunter Safety class [10 students] and instructors.
20 March 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Personal Protection Class
The final exam: Saturday morning and the cold was bitter and wind did howl. But the intrepid members of the 2013 Personal Protection class took their discomforts out on the numerous bottles of water that had gathered outside the MCSA range house. Below are the class members performing their best against the plastic and water.
20 March 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Range Improvements
While I had the camera at the range I though to take some update photos of the new storage room being added to the range facility. The concrete foundation has been laid and with the inclement weather further progress has been postponed until next week. The room is 10x16 with one steel door for access only from indoors and no windows. Funding has come from the Montana Fish and Game shooting range program and the Friends of NRA who generously contributed to the much needed project. Completion of the project is expected in the next month. The room will have an overhanging roof protecting the entrance walkway and additional lighting for evenings.
21 February 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Personal Protection Class
The 2013 Personal Protection Class got underway. This is the first class of 5 for this session. A sixth meeting on the Saturday after the last class will be held for an outdoor any hand gun shoot, where student will be able to shoot a variety of large caliber personal protection weapons. Again this year the class of 12 was full so anyone wishing to take this course will have to wait another year.
14 February 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Board of Directors Meeting
14 February 2013, White Sulphur Springs; City Offices Conference Room
Meeting called to order by President Don Babcock.
Members Present: Don Babcock, President; Mike Vennard, Vice President; Arnold Blair, Director [quorum achieved per MCSA Constitution]
First item of business: Should MCSA sponsor a table at the March Friends of NRA Banquet? After some discussion Mike Vennard made a motion with Arnold Blair 2 nd to sponsor a table for $330. Decision as to disposition of the two tickets accompanying the sponsorship to be made later. Motion Passed.
Several Constitutional changes were discussed and Mike Vennard motioned with Arnold Blair 2 nd that this be considered the first reading of the changes and that the Sec/Tres be directed to inform the membership by mail, email, and posting the changes at the Range House and that the second reading and vote shall take place at the April Meeting.[See below] Motion Passed.
Arnold Blair made a motion to have By-Law #3 be removed as it was duplicated by By-Law #6, and that By-law #8 be removed as the timers on the heaters made the By-Law obsolete. Don Babcock 2 nd , motion Passed.
Mike Vennard introduced a By-Law to state the responsibilities of Association Members about clean-up of the indoor shooting area. After discussion it was decided that this matter should be discussed during the April meeting, and made clear as to who should be doing the cleaning.
It was decided by unanimous agreement that a sign be posted on the door to the indoor range that the curtain should be pulled when air-soft, bb-gun, pellet gun and bow and arrow are to be shot indoors. This is to prevent rebound of these materials as the rubber mats at the end of the range are not soft enough to accept such projectiles.
Finally a discussion of building dividers between shooting positions along the indoor line to prevent ejected cases from striking the shooters in the next lane. This was taken under advisement and will also be discussed further at the April meeting.
A call for additional items of discussion, none heard,
Don Babcock adjourned the meeting.
Article: VII MEETINGS
The members shall meet at a time and place designated by the President on a third Tuesday at least once a quarter and should include December and January.
Delete the portion “on a third Tuesday”
Article: XII AUDIT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
A fiscal year is defined as June 1 through May 31 st .
To be replaced by : January 1 through December 31 st .
Article: IV OFFICERS
The Officers shall consist of the M.C.S.A. President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Reporter and Range Manager, all of whom will serve on the Board of Directors.
Duties of the M.S.C.A. Officers Shall be:
4. Reporter: The Reporter shall be responsible for organizing the proposals from the Montana State Department of fish, Wildlife and Parks, Landowners and other agencies, newspapers, and other sportsmen groups and presenting these files t the officers for review and comment. The Reporter shall be elected to a term of two (2) years. The Reporter shall be elected on odd numbered years.
Article: XI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Shall consist of seven members.
5. Range Master
6. & 7. Two members from the membership (to be elected annually )
The intent of this section is to remove the Officer “Reporter” and replace him with an additional Director. Officers - Sections A and B remove the Reporter as well as #4 from Board of Directors. In #5 of Board of Directors Range Master becomes Range Manager and moves to #4 and #'s 5,6,7 become Three members from the membership. Annually to be change to: for two years.
Article: VIII ELECTIONS
Nominations will be at the January meeting.
Elections will be by the membership present at the second quarter meeting and by voice vote unless challenged or requested for a sealed ballot.
In B. change January to December . In C. change second quarter to January
Article: IX AMENDENTS TO CONSTITUTION
Spelling Error change to: Amendments
These changes will be Revision #3, if accepted , dated April 2013.
The following Meagher Co. Sportsmen's By-Laws are recommended to be removed:
#3.Which is made redundant by #6
#8.Which is obsolete by the installation of timers on the heater on/off switches.
Add the following as new by-law
Shooters at the indoor range are responsible for the clean up of their own spent cases and target wall debris. And the indoor range area be cleaned according to proper guidelines for lead contamination bi-monthly by the membership.
This by-law was not adopted during board meeting 14 Feb 13
21 January 2013, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Quarterly Meeting
President Don Babcock lead the Pledge of Allegence and called the meeting to order.
Members present: Don Babcock, Pat McCoy, Mike Vennard, Dan Rader, Bill and Joann Cummins, Tim Allen, Ron Coleman, Tim and Sandy Harris, Tim and guests Dave and Shirley Edstren.
December Minutes read by Pat McCoy, motion to accept Mike Vennard, 2 nd Dan Rader. Minutes Accepted.
Treasures Report by Pat McCoy. He presented the 2012 end of year Report with explanation, and the value of club assets is approximately 450 thousand dollars and stated that we had $12,400 in the bank. Motion to accept report: Mike Vennard, 2 nd Dan Rader. Report Accepted.
Pat McCoy stated that the Firends of NRA held their meeting last week and we should hear on the status of our grant proposal possilby in two to theree weeks.
Turning target Committee: Tim Allen has returned from Front Sight in Nevada and after investigation has suggested we install all electric turning targets in the to be built pistol range. The targets will be portable so they can be safely stored in the new storage facility, run on battery with remote control, batteries are rechargeable so some allowance should be made during construction for additional electric outlets. The target apparatus complete will cost approximately $1500 per pair. It was noted that the turning response is less that a half second. The committee will draw up a plan of action and a cost basis spread sheet for next meeting.
A call for additional nominations to be elected next meeting was made, with Tim Allen indicating he would like to continue as Director.
Pat McCoy noted that he has gotten a quote on a sign for the club. A 3X4 foot sign in color on an Epoxy based/treated board would be $250. This would include the logo and web site address and establish date of club.
The targets that were on order are in and available.
An unsolicited printer has send samples of different type targets. They were passed around and as we have just toped off our supply, an no action consensus was agreed upon.
The Personal Protection Class has been scheduled to start March 20 th to run for 5 weeks on Wednesday, with a final shooting class on Sat morning 20 April. The cost will remain the same as in the past. An add will be placed in the local newspaper for students to fill out the class.
It is Montana State Legislature bi-annual session and a list of bills before this august body were presented. If anyone is particularly interested in any of these please contact Pat McCoy for further information. The Bill titles are:HB 240 University gun bans SB 145 CWP info private HB 223 Property tax exemption for shooting ranges HB 27 Suppressors legal for wolf hunting HB 2 (State budget - contains shooting range funding [buried too deep to find] ) LC 1040 Sheriffs First, law enforcement cooperation LC 1042 Permitless carry inside city limits LC 1041 Prohibited places exemption for CWP-holders LC 1103 Encourage manufacture of powder and primers in Montana LC 1672 Clarification about kids who forget a hunting rifle in their vehicle at school LC 0902 Employees retain property rights to private vehicles in employer's parking lot LC 0719 Fixing the disorderly conduct law ("firing firearms") LC 1195 Controlling wolves LC 1783 Prohibiting enforcement of new federal gun laws
Pat McCoy reports that CMP is supposedly going to get 100,000 Colt 1911's that are military surplus to sell to the public. At present there is not concrete date and rumors that the congress may suppress the action. It is recommended that you contact your congressman to encourage the continuation of the project.
A good deal came up and Pat McCoy purchased approximatiely $90 worth of air gun supplies for $50. A motion was made by Mike Vennard to purchase the supplies, 2 nd Ron Coleman. Motion Carried.
Mike Vennard made a motion to Adjourn, 2 nd Ron Coleman. Meeting Adjourned.
17 December 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Quarterly Meeting
Meeting was called to order and membership led in Pledge of Allegiance by President Don Babcock.
Members Present: Don Babcock, Pat McCoy, Mike Vennard, Arnie Blair, Tina Pomaroy, George Kirkwood, Bill and Joann Cummins, Charles Stricker, Jess Seacrest, Dan Raider, Brian Fisher, Ron Coleman.
Minutes read by Pat McCoy, Mike Vennard moved to accept, George Kirkwood 2nd, motion passed.
Treasurer's Report read by Pat McCoy, Dan Raider motion to accept, George Kirkwood 2nd, motion passed.
Mike Vennard stated that as Tim Allen has not returned from Nevada there is nothing to report for the Turning Target Committee.
Pat McCoy noted that he has not heard from the Friends of NRA Grant committee on the status of our application for a grant to help with the construction of the 'Secure Storage Room.' It was decided that the FofNRA usually had their meeting about this time of the year and we would probably hear mid-January.
There was a discussion as to whether we should continue the practice of giving a free years membership to graduates of Hunter and Bow Safety Classes. It was decided that we would let the practice lapse due to the changes in liabilities and waivers there in, as well as lack of use of the memberships given in the past, deemed it only a minimum of usefulness.
Mike Vennard reported that he had contacted Bob Gardner and asked him if he would conduct a long range shooting seminar. Bob was agreeable but as it was late into fall/winter that it would be better if it was held in the spring. Bob Garnder will be contacted again in early spring to set a date.
Pat McCoy is still in the process of locating a sign making establishment to get new signs for the building and along the road into the range. Ron Coleman suggested that we also look into prices and availability of metal signs with cutouts, as they may last longer for the cost.
The railroad ties have not been purchased as of yet, and it may have to wait until next spring.
Don Babcock broung up a question of furnace maintenance filter exchange. It was decided that the filters probably do need to be replaced and a mainteance schedule set up for similar items around the range facility. Range Manager will exchange the filters shortly.
Mike Vennard mentioned that a vote of thanks be extended to Larry Berg for taking the initiative to clean up and dispose of the garbage in the two waist bins here at the range. Thanks Larry.
Pat McCoy broached the subject of the Sportsmen's Association get involved in a rewards program for poaching, vandalism etc. He proposed a by-law amendment, 2nd by Jess Seacrest that "MCSA give a $100 reward for information leading to the prosecution and conviction of persons involved in poaching, wanton destruction of wildlife, vandalism and destruction of public or private property." After a spirited discussion a vote was taken and motion defeated 5-6.
Pat McCoy noted that there were a couple of targets on the list for purchase which were not in stock. He wondered if the club should make the effort to purchase these targets. Brian Fisher made a motion the Association allot $150 to buy the targets. Joann Cummins 2nd, motion passed.
Discussion was held concerning having a “sign-in” and “comment” book at the range. Don Babcock will pick up a binder or notebook to put at the range.
Nominations for Association Officers
Director - Mike Vennard
Vice President - Dan Raider
Reporter - no one
Show and tell for January Meeting: Any pump action gun.
Dan Raider noted that a member has accidentally been struck by a discharging clay pigeon thrower, and questioned the storage of such equipment. It was noted that they should have been left in the un-cocked position and everyone should take the effort to leave them in such a position, but as they are stored on the shooting apron everyone has access to them and hopefully the membership and guests would be more care full.
Mike Vennard made a motion to adjourn, George Kirkwood 2nd, Adjournment.
10 December 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Range Improvments
Brian Fisher and Don Babcock install a new bank of lights at the indoor range. These are to be used for Air Pistol and Rifle. With the moveable targest set at the appropriate distance (when next at the range look for the new X's on the floor) these lights will provide the necessary illumination for practice and competition with any manor of pneumantic pistol or rifle. Great Job guys.
13-14 October 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Sight In Days
Saturday was abysmal, rained hard and no one showed. Sunday the 14th was much better. Although cool and gray we had several folks show up and sight in their rifles. At least we got one good day for the efforts of the 4 of us who showed up.
On Saturday with rain and no customers, minor repairs were made to the range building. In the photo President Don Babcock adjusts the apparatus for moving targets indoor range.
20 August 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Quarterly Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance was led and meeting called to order by Vice President Mike Vennard, standing in for President Don Babcock who was otherwise unavailable.
Members present were Mike Vennard, Pat McCoy, Arny Blair, Chuck Stricker, Don Doig, Tim Allen, Boyd Briggs and Dan Raider.
Minutes presented by Pat McCoy, motion to accept Arny Blair, 2 nd by Don Doig, motion passed.
Membership presented by Pat McCoy, it was noted that there are 110 members and 9 still need to fill out standard liability wavier.
Treasurers report presented by Pat McCoy, motion to accept by Don Doig, 2 nd by Boyd Briggs, motion passed.
There were two Committee Reports, both by Pat McCoy.
The first, on finalization of this years grants noted that both were completed in the appropriate manner. Fish and Game needed to have some additional paperwork and was extended to next year. Pat also noted that our submission for funding for the new “security room' to FG&Ps has been funded to the amount of seven thousand dollars.
The second report was on the Thursday evening 50 yard Bench Rest shooting, which has been a success and has been extended another week. And that Indoor shooting at 50 foot offhand will begin the 1 st week of October. And again all are invited to participate. Also the Juniors will restart the last Thursday in September with returning shooters and then the second week of October new shooters will start.
[For further information on either of the two shooting programs contact Pat McCoy via the Association email at the top of the page.]
In Old Business it was noted that only three members showed up for the last clean up day, and even with the abridged crew, several projects were completed. A special thanks goes out to Bill and JoAnn Cummins who came out the Thursday prior and weed wacked an enormous amount around and in front of the Range building, making the place look more than respectable.
In NEW Business there were several items of discussion.
A motion to Adjourn made by Pat McCoy, Don Doig 2 nd . Motion Passed.
4 August 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Hunter Safety.
Below is the portrait of the latest class of Hunter Safety, sponsored by and held at the Meagher County Sportsmen's Range facility. Congratulations is in order to all the participants in their successful completion of the course.
21 May 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Continuing Range Improvements, Part Next
A couple last touches on the inside of the range house and this summers projects are nearly complete. Below are a few more photos of the completed projects.
12 May 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Continuing Range Improvements
Tim Allen and his John Deer 770 Grader with a delivery of road mix from Mikesel's did an outstanding job sprucing up the entrance cattle gate and parking lot, and Mike Vennard posted two new information boards at the Range house to finish up some projects slated for this year. Below are photos of the projects.
28 April 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Community Expo.
Saturday AM, the Association advertised itself by having a booth at the 7th annual White Sulphur Springs Community Expo. This is one of the outreach programs the Association has, along with monthly articles in the Meagher County Newspaper, to promote the Association, its goals of safety with firearms, Hunter safety and Bow Safety, and Personal Protection classes, it's activities and availability for the members of the community. Shown below is a photo of the new presentation board created for this event.
21 April 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Target Installation
On Tuesday the 24th of April a crew of stalwart members went out to the range and finished up the job started earlier in the month. This was to finish placement and construction of the various new steel targets funded by Montana Fish Wildlife and Park. The installation consisted of four full sized silhouettes chicken, pig, turkey, ram placed at their appropriate metered distances and three circular gongs at 600, 800, and 900 yards and a life size antelope silhouette at an undisclosed distance. In the near future it is planed to add one gong at a thousand yard and a second at some other distance.
The range before target installation.
Range with new targets [Oh,yeah cows too]. Note: the 400 yard gong is still there just in front of the 500m ram. The gongs at 100yds are attached with light wire and bailing twine so if you shoot them down, you should go and hang them back up.
A big thanks to all that came and helped.
21 April 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Range Guidelines
With the installation quickly coming to completion of the new silhouettes and gongs in the outdoor shooting area a review of the uses of the various parts of the range by all members of the Association appears to be in order. Presented below are guidelines for the various targets. Please read these and use the range responsibly.
For your safety, the integrity of the range and conservation of materials for all to use, the following guidelines have been established.
Small bore [.22] only to be used in the indoor range; anything larger will destroy the target wall and potentially penetrate through to the outside. [Note the rubber squares that make up the wall have been in place for 12 years and only a few are showing wear. To replace these it will cost over $60.00 per square.]
When shooting air rifle, BB gun or bow and arrow indoors, the curtain must be pulled across the target wall to prevent bounce back endangering the shooter. Only target points on arrows should be used, this is to prevent destruction of the defensive curtain.
REMEMBER THE CATTLE HAVE RIGHT OF WAY, IF THERE ARE COWS/CALVES DOWN RANGE EITHER MOVE THEM OR DO NOT SHOOT.
The tipping target station is for .22 pistols only. Other calibers will destroy the circular disks. Replacement disks are $10.00 apiece at a minimum.
The silhouette animals [chicken, pig, turkey, ram] and the several gongs, placed at various distances, should not be shot with large calibers [.50 BMG, armor piercing, etc.] to prevent major damage to the gongs and support materials. The investment in just steel for these targets is over $400 and the time and effort to replace the targets is substantial.
The set of one-fifth size silhouette targets are to be used on the target stands only and shot with .22 cal. only, this is a specially purchased set of targets used for this type of competition.
Those who wish to shoot the larger calibers are encouraged to bring their own targets, but they also should immediately remove all materials at the end of the shooting session.
Targets such as items made of glass, or other frangible materials are discouraged as they would make the field messy, dangerous and proper clean up impossible. The use of plastic water filled bottles, appropriate steel targets and commercial self-healing targets is encouraged and again prompt clean up and removal should be done.
When using wooden frames for paper targets please take care to not shoot the frames. It takes someone quite a bit of time to reconstruct a single frame from a pile of shot up wood. If you shoot it, take it home and repair it.
Remember it is expensive for the Association, impolite and infringes on other members use of the range to purposively shoot at fencing/fence posts, distance markers, or target support materials and all wildlife. Many members of the Association have spent much of their time to produce and provide this facility and grounds to shoot at, respect their contributions with responsible shooting.
14 April 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Maintenance Day
Saturday morning. Thirteen folks showed up to clean up and maintain the range and completed the job with skill and style. Below are photos of projects in progress and completion.
22 March 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Juniors Shooters End Season
5 Junior Marksmen finish season with Club Competition. After a season of ups and downs the Juniors have completed, for most of them, their first year of learning and growing. The members consisted of Charlie Rooney, Nate Ogle, Erich Butz, Eathen Butz, and Duncan MacDonald. Congratulations to them all.
Preperation for shooting [l] and prone position [r].
15 March 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Range Improvements
Indoor traveling targets are complete and undergoing minor maintenance. The new movable target system allowing shooters to change targets while others continue to shoot have been completed and are in use, in a few cases minor adjustment are being made as problems arise. Below are a couple of photos of the new system.
27 January 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Directors Meeting
Directors Meeting, 27 January 2012, City Hall Conference Room, White Sulphur Springs.
Members Present: Arnie Blair, Jerry Churchill, Tim Allen, Pat McCoy, Don Babcock, Mike Vennard
Call to order.
Business to discuss:
Nominate and approve members to attend Friends of NRA thank you Banquet in Bozeman. Members selected: George Kirkwood, Arnie Blair, Dean Anderson, Tim Allen. Jerry Churchill motion to accept, 2 nd Mike Vennard. Approved.
Two tickets agreed by all present to award to MCSA members, for the Annual Friends of NRA Banquet in March. Nominated: Don Babcock and
Two additional tickets to NRA Banquet in March donated by the Colonel. Nominated: Pat McCoy, Ron Coleman. Motion to accept, 2 nd , Approved.
List of projects reviewed and assigned priorities. [see attached].
Items discussed at length were asking FofNRA for monetary support to hold certification classes for Rifle, Pistol Instructors and Coaches. Getting a design for a storage room and roof cover at the entrance way, an addition to the Range facility. Mike Vennard will do a drawing of the storage room design and submit it to contractors in the area for quotes on the project. Review of the drainage situation on the north side of the Range House.
There was other discussion on several of the projects and final decision was to be at a later date, after presentation to the membership at a subsequent meeting [April].
Pat McCoy made a motion to adjourn, Mike Vennard 2 nd . Accepted.
Things to do for the future: Project Priorities
The next two projects:
This spring – Tim Allen/Mike Vennard- to determine work needed to divert runoff from impacting the Range house and outhouse, perform work as needed.
Starting in Spring – All available - Assemble, locate position, and install the steel targets/silhouettes
Category 1- Make every effort to complete in 2012
Category 1- 2 - Make effort to complete in 2012-2013
Small Computer (note book size) for sec/tres to conduct business, correspondence, bookkeeping duties.
Category 2 - Make effort to complete in 2013
Get FoNRA funds to hold NRA Certification classes for Rifle Instructors,
Category 3 – consider projects for completion after above projects
Category 5- Get someone else to do it
16 January 2012, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
16 January 2012 Meeting Minutes. Meagher County Sportsmen's Association
Pledge of Allegiance and call to order by George Kirkwood, President
Members present: Mike Vennard, Pat McCoy, George Kirkwood, Arnie Blair, Curtis Kerr, Tim Allen, Dean Anderson, Steve Hicks, Don Doig, Bill Cummins, Joanne Cummins, Robert Porter, Ron Coleman, Don Babcock
Minutes of previous meeting read by Mike Vennard. Arnie Blair motion to accept, 2 nd Pat McCoy, motion passed.
Treasures Report read by Mike Vennard, Bill Cummins motion to accept, Don Babcock 2 nd , motion passed.
Mike Vennard made an end of year 2011 financial report noting that $6944 was the amount of income, with $5445 in expenses giving a positive balance of $1498. Included was the one time gift toward the Potter memorial of $870, resulting in a revised ending balance of $620. This is the first balance in positive numbers in several years.
Mike Vennard also noted that currently 49 members had renewed memberships for a total income of $1777.00. This included approximately $500 in additional deposits yet to be deposited in the bank due to the holidays and was not reflected in the Treasurers report [above]. Several additional membership renewals have come in since the report was generated [including at this meeting] which have not been processed yet.Committee Reports
Pat McCoy reported on the status of the Jr. Marksman program, the program being restarted after the holidays. Only one shooter reported with two others away for Basketball. The other three could not be contacted yet.
Pat McCoy also reported that Schuetzen postal matches have started with four shooters. He invited anyone else interested in shooting small bore to join the group on Thursday evenings.Correspondence
A letter had been received from Bridger Friends of NRA inviting interested members to a thank you dinner. President George Kirkwood said to contact him if anyone was interested.Old Business
The election of new officers was held, the nominees were as follows:
President – Don Babcock
Just prior to the balloting Tim Allen indicated that Tami Daily had to remover herself from the race. After the ballots were counted the results are:
President – Don Babcock
The vote on the Constitutional changes was made and passed with a unanimous vote.
There was further discussion about spring drainage flooding the outdoor bathroom. Tim Allen noted that for him to be able to do any dirt work it will have to be before late May depending on the weather, due to his business schedule.New Business
Mike Vennard noted that at the time of changes in the Association Officers that the removal of old Officers being replaced by new Officers on the Bank signature card was to be made. It is necessary to have at least two signatures on checks and there are normally three or four signers to account for unavailability of singers It was there for proposed that George Kirkwood and Arron Blair be removed and be replaced with Don Babcock [President elect] and Pat McCoy [Secretary/Treasurer elect]. Tim Allen made a motion to accept, Steve Hicks 2 nd , motion passed.
Mike Vennard noted that this is an opportunity to fulfill a Constitutional requirement of having the Association books be audited. After checking it was found that two independent members of the Association could perform this task. Joanne Cummins and Ron Coleman volunteered to perform the audit as the books are to be moved over to Pat McCoy, the new Secretary/Treasurer.
A question if weather or not we should support the Friends of NRA Banquet this year. The dinner will be held in early March and cost $340 to sponsor a table. After a short discussion Mike Vennard made a motion to support, Bill Cummins 2 nd , motion passed.
Pat McCoy said that the Personal Protection Class would be held in April this year with the final live shoot on the first Saturday in May. The class will be mentioned it in the monthly news article as well as an ad closer to the beginning of the class. There are already 3 sign-ups, with 5 minimum and 12 maximum for the class.
It was decided without descent that a price sheet will be posted for members to purchase targets on an individual basis in order to reduce Association target expenses.
Ron Coleman made a motion to Adjourn, Tom Porter 2 nd , motion passed, meeting adjourned to view the examples of pre-WWII arms brought in by members.
19 December 2011, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
19 December 2011 Meagher County Sportsmen's Association Meeting Minutes.
Pledge of Allegiance lead by George Kirkwood, President, and meeting called to order.
Members present: Mike Vennard, Pat McCoy, George Kirkwood, Arnie Blair, Curtis Kerr (prospective member), Tim Allen, Dean Anderson, Steve Hicks, Don Doig, Otto Ohlson, Boyd Briggs, Dan Rader, Ron Coleman, Karen Coleman
Minutes of previous meeting read by Mike Vennard. Pat McCoy motion to accept, Arnie Blair 2 nd , motion passed
Directors Meeting of 17 November 2011 minutes read by Mike Vennard and approved by membership. (see attached)
Treasures Report read by Mike Vennard, Pat McCoy motion to accept, Ron Coleman 2 nd , motion passed.
Appreciation letter to Ben Forkn for his generous donation to the Association Jr. Marksman program read by Mike Vennard and approved by membership. (see attached)
Pat McCoy reported on the status of the Jr Marksman program, noting that one junior has dropped out and the rest are progressing nicely.
Pat McCoy also reported that the indoor traveling target installation has been completed and is in operation and being used by the juniors on a weekly basis.
There was no correspondence.
George Kirkwood called for nominations to replace several Officers on the Board of Directors, noting that most Officers had been in office way longer that allowed by the Constitution, thus putting the organization at risk. After much discussion the following were nominated:
President – Don Babcock
There was considerable discussion about spring drainage flooding the outdoor bathroom. Several solutions were suggested and finally Tim Allen said he could take a look at the situation and probably provide the necessary equipment for a late spring 2012 solution.
Mike Vennard presented the new 2012 budget. (see attached) Mike explained the various categories and the 2011 estimates and actual costs; he then answered a couple questions. Arnie Blair made a motion to accept, Tim Allen 2 nd , budget accepted.
Several Constitutional Changes have been presented (see attached)[constitutional changes posted below on this web page]. Mike Vennard read and explained the reasons behind the proposals. It was noted that this is the first reading, and the Constitution with changes will be left on the board at the range as well as being posted on the web site in order the membership have a chance to review them. The changes will be voted on at the January 2012 meeting.
The Association meeting dates for 2012 were presented, and with no further discussion Mike Vennard made a motion to accept, George Kirkwood 2 nd , dates accepted.
It was decided that for the January meeting if you wanted to show your gun, older than 1941 manufacture, you could do so at the January meeting.
Arnie Blair made a motion to Adjourn, Ron Coleman 2 nd , motion passed, meeting adjourned to view the examples of military rifles brought in by members.
19 December 2011, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
During the December Meeting several changes to the MCSA Constitution were proposed. Below are the changes excerpted from the complete Constitution [which may be viewed by clicking the appropriate link above] These changes will be voted upon at the next general meeting to be held on January 19, 2012 at the Range Facility. Items in Bold are to be deleted and replaced by wording in Italic.
Proposed Changes to:
Article: I NAME
Article: II PURPOSE
C. To issue bulletins to inform each member as to major problems and issues affecting the M.C.S.A. members and/or to act report on proposed actions and pending legislation, so the membership may make its will known to the duly elected representatives.
Article: III MEMBERSHIP
A. There shall be three four classes of Membership.
4. Daily Membership. Daily Membership does not have a vote.
C. Annual membership dues shall include one of the following categories:
1. per individual membership
2. per individual membership with class B range access
3. per family membership
4. per family membership with class A range access
D. Annual and daily membership fees shall be recommended by the Board of Directors and then voted on by the members at the December meeting.
Article: IV MEMBERSHIP DUES AND FEES DATE
A. All dues for the Meagher County Sportsmen's Association and range access fees are due and payable on January 2nd each year with a grace period extending until March 1st. Fees and dues become delinquent on March 2nd. New membership dues run from January to January and will not may be prorated. This does not apply to Class C (One Day) range access fees.
Article: V MEAGHER COUNTY SPORTSMEN'S SHOOTING RANGE ACCESS
A. There shall be three classes of range access which may not be separate from membership in the Meagher County Sportsmen's Association
3. Class C range access fee: per individual and shall provide access to the shooting range facilities for ONE DAY. This fee would apply to visitors other than first time prospective members accompanying all other class of members.
Article: VI OFFICERS
Article VII MEETINGS
A. The members shall meet at a time and place designated by the President on a third Tuesday at least once a quarter and should include December and January.
Article VIII ELECTIONS
Article: IX AMENDENTS TO CONSTITUTION
Article: X COMMITTEES
Article: XI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Article: XII AUDIT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
Article: XIII BYLAWS