Mystic Rod and Gun Club
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monthly Meeting and Steak Dinner.
Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month. Come early 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! Fixin’s are included. All members are encouraged to attend.
Monthly Newsletter.

Work Hours:
Work hours for 2014 started on the November 1st 2013 and will end on 31 October 2014. 
 Please make sure any work performed is documented on a work slip, and turned in to Sunnie Robinson via the containers at Griswold and Stonington. When submitting a work slip please be sure to write legibly and include your NAME and MEMBERSHIP NUMBER, otherwise you may NOT receive credit. Starting immediately work hours will be posted on the website and updated monthly. Recorded work hours can be viewed here (WorkHours). Work hours are current through 9-13-2014. If you have questions about your work hours, Sunnie can be reached at MRGCWorkHours@aol.com.

TEAM SCHEDULES
Mohegan Rifle League
New London County Pistol League
E.C.S.C. Winter Skeet League

Hunting Program:

The 2014-15 hunting season is almost upon us. Chris has updated the 2014-15 pheasant hunting guidelines. View the pheasant rules and guidelines here. Members are reminded that permission slips for deer and turkey must be signed by Terry Chance, Mike Robinson or Chris McVeigh.

RANGE SAFETY
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.

NOVEMBER ELECTIONS
This November CT citizens will be voting for both STATE and CONGRESSIONAL candidates. Please educate yourself on the merits of each candidate. The below link is a list of candidates and how they stand on the 2nd amendment as related to CT Senate Bill 1160 the anti-gun law passed last April.  Election Choices


Griswold Facility Chairman - Eric Sabo is our new 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.

Stonington Facility Chairman - Gerry Knotts has expressed a desire to step down as chairman and we are seeking a volunteer to assume those duties. Gerry has held the position for a number of years and done an EXCELLENT job. He will be hard to replace. Anyone interested please contact Terry Chance, Mike Robinson or Jim Gauthier.

Stonington Facility- For work around the Stonington Club House review the board inside the clubhouse or call Gerry Knotts (860-705-8607). Volunteers are needed to mow the grass around the club-house. Volunteers can use the club's mowers or use their own. Jerry will be happy to show you how to operate the club's mower. 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 -
A special thanks to Life Member Jerry Coleman for donating a library of sportsman's books to the club. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT BOOKS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CLUBHOUSE. Any donations of quality books will be greatly appreciated.

BY-LAWS
The Club's By-Laws were updated in Feburary 2014 and 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.

Key Cards:
Members are reminded that the new key cards (Silver) went into effect on 1 June. If you  have not received your key card please contact the Financial Secretary, Frank Allen at (401) 596-8586.

NEW Connecticut Gun Law Forms
Connecticut Gun Law CLICK  HERE
 
Application for Ammunition Certificate (PDF form - fill in an print)
Frequently Asked Questions - (Click here for link)
Locate your Legislators:  http://www.cga.ct.gov/rwd/cgafyl/default.asp

Mike Pietraallo our Steward has been doing an outstanding job preparing for the meeting night dinners. He is always looking for volunteer help. If you can help in the kitchen please let him know. He can be contacted at mikepietraallo@yahoo.com or 401-218-8640. It's a good way to perform your work hour requirements.

Indoor Range - NLCPL Winter League
The range cleanup was a huge success. Shooters from the Pachaug Outdoor Club, the Eagles and Mystic teamed together and performed a major clean-up and  prepared the range for the NLCPL winter league. Thanks to all who participated. The kitchen crew provided sausage and peppers, burgers and dogs. Another job well done. The Winter League will  be starting on the 8th of September.
(Winter Pistol League Schedule)
(Range/Club addresses)
(League Rules)
 
Pistol Permit/Handgun/Safety Course
The next scheduled classes are scheduled for:
28 Oct 
18 Nov
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Class size is limited to 12 students. Pre-registration is required, so register early to ensure a seat in the next class. Please contact any of the following for registration information: Mike Robinson or Chuck Griffin at 860-908-9571 or Walt Woycik at 860-884-1409.


Membership
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 james.gauthier@comcast.net for more info. On Sunday Sept 15th, will be the first night of NRA Basic Rifle and Boy Scouts Rifle Shooting merit badge course at the Stonington club. Contact Jim for more info.

Skeet Shooting Program
The winter skeet league starts October with the first home match on the 26th. The skeet field will be closed to all other shooters from 9am until the scheduled shoots are finished. The starting times will be set by the scheduled Team Captains. Please keep in mind that some dates have more than one match scheduled. The skeet field will be open for all other shooters after the end of any home matches. Winter Skeet League schedule.
The skeet field is open Thursday nights from 6:00pm until 10:00pm and on Sunday from 9:00am. Skeet and Trap tickets have increased to $2.50 a round or $25 for a ticket of 11 rounds. For skeet  questions email  Vinny Sauer at 401-419-5049. 

Mohegan Rifle League:
The winter league will be starting on 1 Oct. There are changes this year to the match format and rules. View the 2014-15 rules and schedule here
. New shooters are welcome, jackets and rifle's are available.
 
Fishing:
Opening day was Saturday the 5th of April. Creel limits are posted in the clubhouse. 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. Pete Dyer is our fishing Chairman, so if you have any questions or suggestions contact Pete. If you use a boat  CT state law requires you 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 this year. Helene Donahue of Stonington High School and Joseph Allyn of Fitch High School.  Congratulations to our 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 cszauner@sbcglobal.net.

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