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 email@example.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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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.