October 2016

Your Officers:

  • President:....................Charlie Winchell
  • Vice President:.............Dick Latham
  • Secretary/Treasurer:.....Rick Freeman

Your Directors:

  • Ken Peters, Mike Marshall, Merritt Winchell, Gail Wiley
  • Mike Pankovich, Laurie Reed, John Crockett

October 2016 

Yes, it's October already and the year is almost over. It was just last week that we were ushering in the new year. Then the round robin was upon us and that flew by and here we are now and good times were had by all....yeehaw!!!

We managed to get through the summer with only one major local fire and not five, so that is a great step in the right direction. Lets keep our thoughts and prayers going for the unfortunate folks in lower lake. There are several families that lost everything in the Valley fire only to loose it all again in the Clayton fire. It's a great time to take a moment and be truly grateful for what we have.

Winter is upon us once more and the great struggle to keep the trap houses dry begins yet again. For many years, several ideas have been tried to keep the trap house roofs from leaking, on the very expensive machines and birds, to no avail. It has been decided to purchase one piece metal roof caps for all the houses. They will fit over the existing concrete roofs and be permanently attached eliminating all leaks. Also, if you recall, Tucker cut a trench in front off all four trap houses to divert the massive amount of water sheeting off the hill away from the houses. So, lets keep our fingers crossed that it will accomplish what we want.

New Memberships

It's that time once again to renew memberships for 2017. You will find enclosed a membership renewal form. Please fill out in it's entirety and return to Rick Freeman via mail or hand deliver during your next visit to the range. It's important we get all your contact information to keep our records up to date. We are also in the process of creating an email notification list in an effort to save us time, printing costs and postage. Please print neat and clearly on your membership forms . It's important we have all information right so you don't get left out of the loop. Flyers will be sent to nonmembers in hopes to get them to come back.

We had our Ironman doubles again this year and, unfortunately, we had a very bad turn out. There was all of 11 people shooting the event. Your input would be much appreciated on when a better time would be to hold this event.....Thanks!

During all these events we need a lot of help from folks to make things run smoothly and I am happy to say that people have been stepping up and helping a lot. As usual, the ladies do a bang up job in the kitchen putting out some great food. Thanks to all of you for doing such a great job, it's very much appreciated. Many hands make things a lot easier for all. There is one specific job that we need a lot more help with and that is scoring. It's not a scary or difficult as it may seem. No one is going to yell at you for making a boo boo or score a loss when you didn't see a chip. It gets fixed and you move on. All our events are fun and learning experiences. This is not PITA or ATA where folks can get a little intense. We are all there to have fun. There is a system of checks and balances to ensure all scores are accurate and fair. Believe me I know from experience that at the end of the day things get a little fuzzy. Scoring singles then calling and scoring doubles, sometimes 9 from 50 is 31.......LOL. You fix it, laugh about it and move on. If you know how to score, please step up and lend a hand. If you would like to learn we will be happy to teach you. Just let Rick, Ken or Skip know and we will hook you up.....Thanks!!

Lets all take a moment to give Thor a thanks and a pat on the back for the great work he has done on the new benches. These things are beautiful with great craftsmanship. They should last a long time and are built strong enough to park a bull dozer on. Great job

Thor.......THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!

The club still has shot for sale at $36 a bag and hats are going for $20. We do get wads & primers, but that is only through a special request bulk order done a few times a year. Talk to a board member about getting onto the list for the next order.

We had our annual club shoot a few weeks ago and all went well having a lot of fun. There was a good turn out and we have a new group of folks that have bragging rights for the year.....Congrats to everyone!!!!

HOA: Andy S.


Class-A: 1st - Larry D, 2nd - Jim B

Class-B: 1st - Barney, 2nd - Spencer, 2rd: Bob W. (LCT)

Class-C: 1st - Mike H, 2nd: Jim O

Class-D: 1st - Dick L, 2nd: John C

Ladies: 1st - Kasue, 2nd: Danielle 



Class-A: 1st - Andy S, 2nd - Tucker F

Class-B: 1st - Rick F, 2nd - Charlie W (LCT)

Class-C: 1st - Mike H, 2nd - John C

Hey, guess what.....two months until Christmas and even less time till our annual Christmas dinner at Howards Grotto in Clearlake. Last year was a lot of fun with several great raffle items to be won which included a lot of good shooting stuff. If you have not attended, please make an effort to come. We have a good time swapping stories and shooting the breeze. The gathering will take place December 9, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm. Please refer to the enclosed flyer for details and information. All payments and meal selections must be returned to Rick Freeman via mail or hand delivered no later than November 25, 2016.

 In the last year we have lost many shooters to injuries. Folks getting back surgery, knee replacements, hip replacement and many other things. Lets wish them all a speedy and successful recovery. Lets get them pain free, back to shooting and having fun!!!

If you have questions about any of our special events contact Rick Freeman @ (707) 987-9189

If you wish, you can mail your membership renewal and Christmas party info back to one of the two following addresses:

Rick Freeman Lake County Rod & Gun Club

16651 Greenridge Road PO Box 341

HVL Ca. 95467 Lakeport, CA. 95453

We look forward to seeing you all at the range soon!

Todd Smith