Monthly Meeting and Steak Dinner.
Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. Come at 6:30pm and enjoy a tender steak dinner before the meeting for only $15.00 per person. Steaks are given out from the kitchen, you then grill your own to your preference!
2017 Election of Officers
The 2017 Nominating Committee consisst of Chuck Griffin, Pete Dyer and Dan Spencer. They will present a slate of candidates at the January monthly meeting. If anyone has an interest in running for office please contact one of the committee members. Nominees will be published in the Feb. newsletter.
Feb 18 Game Dinner has been CANCELLED due to lack of game donations.
Lee Road Proposed Firearm Training Facility Presentation to the BOD on 5 July
On 5 July the CT The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection and Department of Administrative Services gave a presentation to the Board of Directors on the proposed firearm training facility to be located on Lee Road. This presentation can be viewed at the below listed links.
The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection and Department of Administrative Services main site is: http://www.ct.gov/csprange
Here is the direct link to the presentation:
As a part of the process, we will be afforded an opportunity to submit questions and express any concerns the Club may have. ANY MEMBER with questions, comments or concerns please email them to Terry Chance at email@example.com. I will bring them to the BOD and they will be collated and presented to the State in a formal letter. Remember this is a long process and we are in the early stages.
Skeet & Trap
Dan Spencer is the Skeet and Trap Chairman. For any information regarding the skeet program please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skeet Shooting Program
The winter league is in full swing. Here is a link to the winter ECSC Schedule.
Shooting is allowed from 8am to 10pm. except for satudays during pheasant season, when ALL outdoor ranges are closed. The skeet field is open Thursday evenings from 6:00pm until 10:00pm when members socialize and have a good time shooting under the lights. Skeet and Trap tickets have increased to $2.50 a round or $25 for a ticket of 11 rounds. For skeet information or questions Dan Spencer. Please make sure there are plenty of targets in the houses when finished shooting. If you don't have access please call Dan and let him know.
We will begin giving instructions on adjusting the skeet machines in May, the exact date to be determined. The training will be conducted at the Griswold clubhouse. The first skeet shooters to receive this training will be the 2 skeet team captains Tim Stahl and Devin Maloney along with any of their team members who want the training. Other skeet shooters, who desire to have this training in the future, should contact the skeet chairman to be placed on the waiting list. This training will not be given to new skeet shooters at this time.
I want to remind all skeet shooters to pick up your casings after shooting and place them in the dumpster or take them home. Do not throw them in any of the trash cans. Sponsors need to ensure their guest follow this practice as well.
I thank all the skeet shooters who are making the stocking of targets from the basement a success. If you enter the high or low house and there are not 4-6 cases of targets there, then you can thank the shooter who shot before you for not restocking. I want to encourage those shooters who have keys to the target barn to restock the basement as needed. This has been done but can be improved. We normally restock the basement on Thursday night and Sunday morning.
Recently, the Skeet Log has not been filled out correctly causing me to spend extra time in my monthly reconciling of the log. The cash round envelopes are also not being filled out correctly. I want to remind the sponsor of the guest it is the sponsor’s responsibility to ensure their guests are filling them out correctly. There is a sample envelope attached to the skeet board with all the information that is required. The log and envelopes are not that complicated. Take your time and print clearly. Here a few of the problems: Incorrect dates in the log and no dates on the envelopes. Club members are encouraged to use your ID number instead of names. If you do not know your number, look it up in the membership list enclosed in the skeet log or on your membership card. Please no names in the membership column. Members and Guest are encouraged to PRINT CLEARLY. Cash rounds are being place in the area for skeet league matches. Skeet league matches are on the far right of the log sheet and should not be used by individual shooters. This area is for team captains to enter their team information. Shooters are placing ticket numbers in the cash round columns and vice versa. Names in the skeet log and numbers on cash rounds envelopes and vice versa. Please take your time, which will save my time…Thanks
We have had a couple of incidents at the field on Thursday night, by accidently turning off the field lights by mistake. This causes a “delay of game” penalty by about 30 mins as the lights need to cool before they are re-energized. To help prevent this from happening I am installing a cover over the switch and labeling the switch. Hopefully this will end the “Delay of game” penalty.
THE SKEET FIELD CAN NOW BE USED FOR PRACTICE ON SATURDAY EVENINGS STARTING 1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET.
Pistol Safety Course
The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is now a blended training course. Phase 1 is conducted in an online environment through the NRA and is completed on your own time. Once you have completed Phase 1 and have a PIN number, contact Walt Woycik at 860-884-1409 or Jim Gauthier at 860-884-4795 to schedule the Phase 2 instructor-led portion. You must successfully complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 in order to receive your NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course certificate.
Register for the Phase 1 at https://onlinetraining.nra.org/online-courses/nra-basics-of-pistol-shooting-course. The Stonington range will be closed during the pistol course.
Lock combinations were changed the first week of June. To operate the door locks, enter the combination, then press * and the lock should disengage. Just operate the handle and the door should open. If you have trouble contact Terry Chance at 860-235-0203 or Chuck Griffin at 860-908-9571. If you did not receive a 2016-17 membership card please contact Terry Chance at 860-235-0202 or email email@example.com
To open the combination lock on the gate enter the 4 digit combination on the angled portion near the base of the lock and then pull on the shackle. The bottom is just a seam from assembling the lock and NOT the indicator bar.
The Winter league is well underway, with matches on Monday night starting at 7pm.
Link to Schedule for 2016-17, Link to League Rules.
HELP NEEDED AT GRISWOLD
Volunteers are needed to mow the Griswold property. It's a great way to get your work hours in. The club provides all the equipment and fuel needed as well as instruction/tips. The areas that need to be mowed are numerous and include the skeet field, the field to the left of the skeet field, the hillside up to the parking lot, the outdoor rifle range, the picnic area by the pond and the area by the dam, outhouse point and the caretaker property. In addition to the mowing there is plenty of weed-whacking to be done. Lawn tractor, mowers and required tools will be provided. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! If you can spare the time to do any portion it would help. Please contact John Clark at (401) 527-5825 for details or to volunteer and get checked out on the lawn equipment.
We thank Joe DeGange for stepping up to be our new archery chairman. He can be contacted at 860-204-7006 for any questions or suggestions.
Suggestion Boxes: Suggestion boxes have been placed at both Stonington and Griswold. Please let us know how to make OUR club even better.
CCTV cameras - A reminder to all members that CCTV is in operation both at Griswold and at the Stonington clubhouse 24/7.
The RED metal containers are for MISFIRED rounds only. Misfires are NOT to be placed in the brass bins. Recently misfired ammunition was found in the brass bin.
Use COMMON SENSE and OBSERVE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS when using the range. TRACER AMMUNTION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. ONLY PAPER TARGETS affixed to the wooden pallets are authorized. EXPLODING TARGETS, SELF HEALING TARGETS OR ANY TARGETS PLACED ON THE GROUND OR ON THE BERMS IS PROHIBITED. NEVER SHOOT AT THE GROUND OR ANYTHING WHICH CAN CAUSE A RICOCHET. WHEN IN DOUBT DON'T!!!!!! LEAD BULLETS ONLY ON THE INDOOR RANGE !!!!!! DO NOT SHOOT AT WATERMELONS OR ANY OTHER FRUITS OR VEGETBLES. THE RESIDUE CREATES INSECT AND VARMIT PROBLEMS. All Shooters are reminded to police your brass when finished shooting. Steel and Aluminum casing go into the trash and not the brass bins. The salvage yard will not accept the brass if other materials are mixed in. An EXPLODING TARGET was found at the 25 yard line of the pistol range. These types of targets are PROHIBITED on all MRGC ranges, and anyone caught using them (in-person or on VIDEO SURVEILLANCE) will have their membership revoked and forfeit all dues paid.
Griswold Facility Chairman - Eric Sabo is our Griswold Facility Chairman. Please contact him regarding matters concerning the Griswold Facility. Reminder - No wood is to be removed from the Griswold property without the prior approval of the President, Vice President or Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Members are reminded to use ONLY the remote control for the gas fireplace. Shutting the isolation valve secures gas to the pilot light which is not a good thing.
For work around the Stonington Club House contact Pete Dyer. Volunteers are needed to mow the grass around the club-house. Volunteers can use the club's mowers or use their own. There is light duty work available for those who cannot handle much physical labor anymore (help with monthly dinner preparation, raffle ticket sales, snack bar operation, newsletter prep and labeling, etc).
MRGC Reading Library -
The next time you visit the Stonington clubhouse take a few minutes and browse the Coleman library. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT BOOKS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CLUBHOUSE. Any donations of quality books will be greatly appreciated.
The Club's By-Laws are avaible on line at: (Current By-Laws).
Range Logs and Waiver Forms:
Members are reminded to sign in prior to shooting. If you bring any guests and they have not previously signed a waiver form, please ensure they do so prior to utilizing the facilities. Waiver forms are located at the Stonington range, and at the Griswold clubhouse. Folders are provided for the completed forms. Your support is appreciated.
NEW Connecticut Gun Law Forms
Connecticut Gun Law CLICK HERE
Application for Ammunition Certificate (PDF form - fill in an print)
Mike Pietraallo our Steward is doing an outstanding job preparing for the meeting night dinners. He is always looking for volunteer help. This would be an outstanding way to get your workhours in. If you can help in the kitchen please let him know. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-218-8640. It's a good way to perform your work hour requirements.
New members are welcome so please ask your friends if they would like to join. An application form can also be downloaded from the website by clicking on the following link. Membership Application.
Junior Rifle - Sunday Evenings - 6:00 pm Junior Rifle Training
Rifle and Pistol practice is Sunday nights 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Contact Jim Gauthier at (860) 884-4795 or email@example.com for more info.
FISHING - Anglers are reminded to review the fishing rules as outlined in the General Rules and Common Sense Practices. Joey Grispino is the fish chairman. (Link to Rules)
Anglers are reminded to sign in the log located in the clubhouse. We are collecting harvesting and catch data, in order to evaluate the summer holdover rates. This data will be used to plan for future stocking requirements. Your accuracy in log keeping is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or suggestions contact Pete Dyer. If you use a boat you are required to have a personal flotation device for everyone on the boat. When finished using the boats, please turn them upside down (keeps water out) and store them next to the trees to keep parking spots free.
Edward S. Comrie Jr. Scholarship
Two $500.00 scholarships were awarded last year. Helene Donahue of Stonington High School and Joseph Allyn of Fitch High School. Congratulations to the winners. We wish them success in their educational pursuits. Special thanks to Chris Zauner and the scholarship committee. For information on the Edward S. Comrie Jr. scholarship please contact Chris Zauner at 860-961-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form can be found here (Scholarship Application).