March - April 2018


Election Results

The annual election of Directors took place at the January 2, 2018 membership meeting. There were 8 candidates on the ballot for the 5 open positions, Steve Boehm, Paul Joos, Pete Luttrell, Steve Perry, and Jack Stark were elected to the Board of Directors. The Director’s subsequently elected the following officers of the club:• President - Steve Boehm • Vice President - Scott Karman • Recording Secretary - Wayne Perry • Treasurer - Ed Revitsky • Membership Chairman - Paul Joos •At the Board of Directors meeting on January 16, the Board appointed Chuck Heisler and Jason Perry as Alternate (Standby) Directors.- NOTE - If you are receiving this via US Mail you could have gotten it a week ago if you had signed up to receive it via e-mail. To receive future issues of the newsletter on your e-mail, just send your e-mail address to parknews@comcast.net. Use “CSC Newsletter” in the subject line of the e-mail.


Photos for Club Database

As a reminder - ALL members are now REQUIRED to have their photograph for the Club database. Members will have to have this done by 2019. Paul and Jan Joos will be available on the following dates to take pictures for the membership records:
March
Membership meeting - March 6 - 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Board of Directors Meeting - March 20 - 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Work Party - March 17 - 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30pm
April
Membership meeting April 3 - 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Board of Directors meeting - April 17 - 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Work Party - April 21 - 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m


Boy Scouts Are Coming to the Club!

The boy scouts will be on the grounds for a weekend merit badge quest and camp out on March 9, 10, and 11. Boy Scout Troop 510 has also scheduled a weekend at the Club for April 13, 14, and 15. The scouts are usually at the Club starting Friday evening and are normally gone by noon on Sunday.Anyone that would like to come out and assist with the scout outings is asked to please contact Steve Boehm via e-mail at carricksportsmenclub@gmail.com to volunteer and coordinate times with our other volunteers. If you can’t come out, but want to help the Scouts in this endeavor, please consider donating a box (50) of 22lr ammunition for the kids going for their rifle merit badge or a box (25) of 12ga or 20ga shotgun shells (sizes #7 1/2’s, 8’s, or 9’s) for those attempting to garner their shotgun merit badge. That would be a kind and generous offer; in the last five years, no scout has had to pay addition fees for the extra 22lr ammunition required to earn their badge and we would like to also extend that to those attempting to win the shotgun merit badge if we can.

All Ranges Will Be Closed While the Scouts Are On the Property!


New Membership Requirements
The membership at Carrick Sportsmen’s Club has been CLOSED by the Board of Directors. Several changes are being implemented in our membership renewal procedure as outlined below. Membership renewal each year will begin in October and run through January. Renewal payments for 2018 must be made by January 31, 2018. Any member not renewing his/her membership by that date will be removed from the club membership rolls. After a member is removed from the club rolls they MUST reapply for membership and will be placed on the waiting list. Membership openings will be filled once a year from the list of applicants after the renewal process has been completed.
The directors have also implemented a policy that REQUIRES all members to have their picture taken for the club membership data base. This can be easily accomplished if you attend a membership meeting and bring your membership card with you. Current members will have all of 2018 to have this done. Members who do not have their photo in their club membership file by the beginning of 2019 will not be able to renew their membership for 2019. That renewal deadline will be January 31, 2019.
These measures have been instituted by the Board of Directors as a result of the Federal Consent Agreement between South Park Township and the Club. This new policy will continue until further notice. Pictures can be taken at Membership and Director’s meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. throughout the year. During January and February, pictures will also be taken on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Please watch the newsletter for additional dates and times for the pictures.
If, for any reason, you have a hardship that precludes you from complying with these new requirements (e.g., health issues, you’re a snowbird, or a deployed member of the military), please contact a director and let us know of your circumstances and we will try to work with you to bring you into compliance.
Your assistance and cooperation is appreciated by the Board of Directors.


2018 Membership

Your 2018 Membership Dues were due by January 31. If your dues were not received by then your mem-bership was terminated. If you would like to reapply for membership, please forward your application to:Paul Joos, Membership Chairman, 1316 Creedmoor Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 You will be put on the waiting list and as member-ship slots open up you will be considered for mem-bership.


Hunter Safety Classes

      After not offering Hunter Safety Courses for a few years (due to a Game Commission glitch) the Club is once again offering Hunter Safety Classes. We have scheduled a class for Saturday, March 24 and another in the Fall on Saturday, September 1. The classes are posted on the PA Game Commission web site and you may register there. The classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.If you would like to assist our instructors in teaching the course, please contact Steve Boehm for more information at Carrick-SportsmenClub@gmail.com.The class is no longer a 2-day event; the “student” covers much of the preliminary material online and gets the hand’s-on aspects of the course at the club


Junior Rifle Program

     The Club’s Junior Rifle Program, for shooters age 12 to 80 (or old-er), began in October 2017 shooting from 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are two parts to the program - an introductory course and a practice session. The introductory course teaches rifle safety and shooting techniques including handling, maintenance, target acquisition, and shooting. This is a 4-week course and shoots through the month of October. The cost for this portion of the pro-gram is $40 per shooter and includes use of the rifle, all ammunition, and the loan of eye and ear protection.
     The practice session, which starts at the end of the introductory course in November, offers the shooters an opportunity to improve the shooting skills they learned in the Introductory portion of the program. The sessions are held every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. from November through the end of March. The junior rifle program will be ending their shooting session on March 28. There have been 7 - 8 shooters every Wednesday evening. The cost for this portion of the program is also $40 per shooter and includes use of the rifle, all am-munition, and the loan of eye and ear protection

Junior Shotgun Program

The Junior Shotgun program should be back in June. This program will be available to anyone who wants to learn to shoot trap, in a controlled, safe environment with experienced instructors, particu-larly those younger shooters who are new to the shooting sports. The program is for ages 12 and up. Again the program is centered around teaching proper safety and shooting techniques for a shotgun, It will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting on June 6 and will run through June. The cost is $3 per line of 25 birds and $7 for the shotgun shells. The Club will provide the shotgun and the eye and ear protection. To sign up for this program, please contact Ray Noakes at 724-348-5633



Trap Shooting

The Sunday trap shoot will resume on March 4 (weather permit-ting). They will shoot from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Wednesday night trap shoot will start on Wednesday, May 2 with shooting from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $3 a line for either shoot.The Club will be holding a Wednesday trap league again this year. If you are interested in shooting with the League or would like to discuss learning how to shoot trap, please call Joe Montuoro at 412-833 - 0 897

CMP

     The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Hi-Power Shoot has been closed for the winter. The resumption of the CMP program, as previously structured, is under review by the Board of Directors. The cost of ammunition has become a concern because the CMP organization has discontinued selling ammunition at low prices.Our program usually shoots on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m. on the 100-yard outdoor range. We were able to offer the shoot using the Club’s M-1 rifles and ammunition at a cost of only $25 per shoot - and that included 64 rounds for 3 targets. The club’s supply of M-1 ammunition acquired from the CMP organization is just about exhausted and we can no longer offer the program at a reasonable cost.The Directors are considering alternates to the M-1 shoot to re-place the Sunday CMP shoot and will inform the membership when any new program will be offered.For more information on the CMP shoot, please contact Ron Milanek at 412-833-2493 or rontermite@gmail.com


Thank You

The Club would like to thank the following members who made donations to the club.
• David Kiggins - $10 for the Scouting Program
• Evgenly Shchelchkov - $15
• Ray & Amy Russell - $25


USC Rifle Team
Thank You

     Jason Powell, head coach of the Upper St. Clair (USC) School District Rifle Team sent the Club a Thank You letter signed by all the members of the USC team. The text is as follows (unedited):

“Dear Carrick Sportsmen’s Club, On behalf of the Upper St. Clair Rifle team, we would like to thank you for once again allowing us to use your facility. The team is growing every year this year we had 15 students on the team. From the beginning the season the students were determined to improve and they did. The scores that we had this year were highest we have had in years. We have 5 students graduating this year but talking to students at school many students want to try out next year. None of this would be possible without you. I personally want to thank each and every member for allowing us to share the range with you. I love seeing today’s youth so motivated for this sport this is something they can do for the rest of their lives. Thanks Jason Powell Head Rifle Coach”

A copy of the letter which was signed by all the members of the Rifle Team is posted near the indoor range sign in book


Work Parties

     Work parties are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month to do maintenance and improvements around the Club. These work par-ties (Club volunteers) are a critical part of Club operation. Without continual maintenance and an on-going effort to improve the Club, members would find it more and more difficult to use the Club’s facilities.
The Directors ask everyone who can to donate some time to these work parties. Lunch is provided.
January Work Party - The January work party was held on January 20. A partial list of the members who helped at this work party includes Steve Boehm, Jim Davis, Bethany Dragich, Jan Joos, Paul Joos, Scott Karman, Tyler Karman, Pete Luttrell, Joe Montuoro, Ray Noakes, Tony Palmiere, Robert (Lee) Schlernitzaue, Heather Schulte, Bob Senay, and Rita Senay. (Our apologies to those who helped but are not recognized here, the chalk board was erased be-fore I was able to copy the list.) They cleaned up the lead buildup from the indoor range backstop sand pit, replaced the celotex, in-stalled new target hanging cables, began stripping the paint from the baffles on the indoor range, refilled the salt bins, built a security enclosure around the phone and Internet equipment, and cleaned the kitchen area (this is an on-going project.

February Work Party - The February work party was held on February 17. The 10 members who helped at this work party were Steve Boehm, Jim Davis, Chuck Heisler, Jan Joos, Paul Joos, Scott Karman, Robert Low, Joe Montuoro, Ray Noakes, and Ray Schuerg-er. They finished stripping the baffles in the indoor range; reinstalled the air baffle for the new furnace; did general housekeeping; re-placed the lights in the kitchen, men’s room, and the ladies room; patched the celotex on the indoor range; repaired the target holders on the rifle range.


Metro Police Revolver League (MPRL)

     The Carrick Metro Police Revolver League (MPRL) Pistol Team is in their indoor season. They shoot on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and are currently in second place (out of 7 teams) in .22 and in second place (out of 6 teams) in center fire. For more in-formation, please contact Denis Nill at 412-531-5890 or Bill Kramer at 412- 835 -5453.



Membership

As of the end of February, the Club has 389 Senior members, 12 Junior members, and 20 Associate members for a total of 421 members. The Membership committee removed 69 members for non-payment of dues. They are in the process of reviewing the ap-plications on the waiting list to fill our membership to our maximum allowable numbers

Safety Reminder

When using ANY of the ranges nothing is permitted on ANY range beyond the firing line except for the targets, particularly on the Indoor Range.


Safety Before Fashion - Proper Attire for the Ranges

As a reminder and for everyone’s safety, shooters are reminded that flip-flops, open-toed shoes, low cut shirts, blouses should not be worn when shooting. This should prevent a hot cartridge from being ejected and landing on the top of your foot or toe or even down the front or back of your shirt/blouse. There was recently an incident in Florida where a hot cartridge found its way into a father’s shirt and onto his back. In a reactionary motion he reached to pull the shell out with his gun hand and in reaching back inadvertently shot and killed his son who was standing behind him. Be Aware of this potential problem!


NRA Courses


Basic Pistol Course

The Club had scheduled a Basic Pistol class for Saturday, March 3, but only had 1 individual enroll. The minimum number of participants to hold a class is 5 so that Basic Pistol class was rescheduled for Saturday, April 7. It has been posted on the NRA web site. If you would like to take the course or know of anyone interested in it, please go to the NRA web site for more information and to register. The Club has scheduled another Basic Pistol course for Saturday, June 9.For more information on the Class, please call Denny Nill at 412-531-5890.

Personal Protection Inside the Home

Personal Protection Inside the Home (PPIH) classes have been scheduled for Saturday, Septem-ber 22 and Saturday, October 27 (if there is enough interest). The pre-requisite to this class is an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate (or recognized documented equivalent), Winchester/NRA Pistol Qual-ification, NRA Pistol Qualification Card, Military DD214 w/pistol qualification, or passing a Pre-Course Evaluation (Pass/Fail) which permits waiver of the basic Pistol Course. The PPIH course is an ad-vanced course and you will need to be proficient in the safe handling of the firearm, gun handling skills (loading, unloading, reloading), and marksmanship. If you have taken a Basic Course within the past few years but have not maintained proficiency as described, you will not perform as needed in the PPIH Course. Interested parties should contact Denis Nill via e-mail at denisrn@verizon.net

Personal Protection Outside the Home

A Personal Protection Outside the Home (PPOH) course is scheduled for Saturday, Novem-ber 3 and Saturday, November 10 (this is a 2-day course). Eligible club members can sign up for the course before it is posted on the NRA web site. For more information on this course and its pre-requi-sites, please contact Denis Nill via e-mail at denisrn@verizon.net.



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