September / October

Alden Rod & Gun Club

12 County Line Rd., Alden N.Y. 14004

President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

V. President: Bruce Huber: 585- 937-7176

October Director: Wayne Marx: 937-7604

November Director: Bill Chapman: 912-5080


This year’s BBQ in spite of some outside competition was a big success. We sold all of our chickens by 2 pm which was a surprise. I want to thank all the committee chairs and their helpers for a job well done. We couldn’t have done what we did without everyone pulling together. The winner of the shotgun was Dave Hill, the smoker was Bob Byrzynski and the rod and reel was Mark Overhoff. We look forward to next year to be an even bigger success.


We have finally finished the dock for the pond and it is in place. Fishermen will now have the opportunity to walk out and fish in deeper water beyond the weeds. I want to thank all of the people who worked on this project to improve our club for all members. I especially want to thank Jeff Miller for all he has done around the pond and Tom Ess for the idea of a dock. Also at the pond the shelter is back in place for everyone to use. Thanks to all members who worked on this to restore it after the wind storm. Remember to clean out young cattails that begin to grow around the edge.


Remember that there are no Monday work parties in November and December.


We will have our member range officer class on Friday, October 6th at 6:30 pm. This should take about an hour and you will be eligible to supervise our indoor shooting. Another way for you to get hours. There is no pre-registration all you do is show up.


Our season will end with the banquet on the 23rd of September. We thank all of the shooters that participated and look forward to you coming back next year. Our winter trap will begin Sunday, January 14th. I want to thank all those who shot on Wednesday this year, we had a great time. We will once again start this next May when the weather warms.


We will once again participate in this local shooting event between area pistol teams. This is a handicap league so you don’t have to be an expert shooter to join. For additional details contact Carl Leas at656-0350. This year there will be an opportunity to shoot center fire matches with the scores posted at the season’s end.


Our 22 caliber indoor rifle league will begin Friday December 1st and run through mid March. There will be three relays each Friday starting at 6:30 pm, 7:30 and 8:30. The first relay is only for rifle with the other two a possible mixture of pistol and rifle. You shoot a total of 30 rounds for score during a relay at three different targets. For additional information please contact Don Sennet at 525-3151.


During the months of October and November there will be open shooting at our indoor range as long as we have a range officer. There will be two relays at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Remember only lead or nylon coated bullets are permitted at the range.


You can begin paying your 2018 dues starting in December and January. If we have not heard from you by the February directors meeting we will consider you not interested in being a member. We do not send out a bill to members as to what they owe for the year. It is up to you to keep track of your dues. If you have all your time in your dues is $30. For each hour you haven’t got in add $25 to the $30.


The road to the range will be closed according to the weather after October. The road to the pond will be closed by November 16th. You can still use the range except that you have to walk back. As you prepare for the deer season please keep the range as clean as possible. No unspent rounds in the burning barrel please.


At the December general meeting will be the first time you can purchase a ticket ($20) for this year’s raffle. We have only 550 tickets to sell and they go fast. Tom Ess will have single tickets for cash and Bruce Huber will have groups of (5) five. The raffle is the first Saturday in May.


All letters from prospective applicants who want to attend Camp Rushford must be in by the December directors meeting. The age limit is 12 and no older than 14 by the time you go to camp. This is open to all members and their children, grand children, niece or nephew. It’s a great way to spend a week during the summer.


The sign up sheet for this year is behind the bar at a cost of $5; all racks will be judged at the January general meeting. All racks must be clean, if they smell they will be disqualified. You must be signed up before your appropriate season begins.


We will hold our club elections at the general meeting in December. All the officer positions and four director post are open for election. If you would like to run for any position please contact any officer or director so your name can be placed on the ballot. There will be open nominations from the floor at the November meeting but you must be present to accept the nomination. Bill Chapman is our election chairman for any questions contact him at 912-5080.


Shawn Weatherbee