August / September 2018

Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 927-7324

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

August Director: Wayne Wheatley: 512-9320

September Director: Michael Raichel: 578-1108


Our fall trap league has begun as of July 6 and will run until September 21st with the banquet and class shoot off on Saturday, September 22nd. All are welcomed to participate and you can shoot either on Wednesday at noon or Friday at 6 pm. If you only want to shoot practice you can do that to. If you are going to use a hand trap to throw birds you must stay in the hand trap area and nowhere else in the field. For additional information you can contact Tom Ess at 431-9292.


If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday morning and you’re a pistol shooter this is for you. You can join the team at several local pistol ranges each week and test your skills. You can shoot center fire pistols, 22 caliber or both if you like. The team shoots into September and is always looking for new shooters. For any additional details you can contact Dennis Muetel at 668-4686.


This is right around the corner and we need everyone’s help to make it a success. You all received ten raffle tickets with the last trigger talk and the club needs you to sell these and get them back to us by the BBQ. Selling those tickets goes a long way to ensure that the day is a success. Bill Chapman (912-5080) still needs help with parking and I (Frank Bermel 937-7324) need help behind the bar. Besides the chicken we will be having clams, hot dogs and hamburgers and trap shooting for your enjoyment. See you on Sunday, August 26th. There will be a work party the day after to finish cleaning up at 6pm.


The end of the year is fast approaching and those members that are short on hours could be in trouble. Our number of work parties both Monday and Thursday are decreasing with each passing month. Our directors for the next months still need help for Friday nights and trap could use some help with scoring, loading the houses and opening and closing each night. In order to make our club work we need your participation.


This is another important election year both nationally and statewide. Now is the time to get off your duff and let your voice be hears. If you are not registered do it before the September primaries so you can vote in November. If all up state people of legal voting age vote we can override the New York City vote with ease. Your vote does count.


The club is still looking for applicants for next year at Camp Rushford. You need to be 12 by the time you go to camp in the summer. You will spend a week at the state run camp and learn so much about the environment. All you have to do is send a letter to the board why you would like to go to camp. For additional details contact Frank Bermel (937-7324).


We will begin changing the range before the end of summer. We have an estimate for digging all the post holes and plumbing each 6 x 6 post. Once this is done we will begin placing the roof and bench over the entire shooting area. This work will have a minor affect on the 100 yd range but will not affect the remainder of the range. If necessary we will have a special work party to get this work done before winter. Next year we will be placing the new shooting back stops at various yardages and tear down the old covered range. When we are finished all shooters will be on the same firing line which will make it much safer for everyone.


Millgrove sportsman club will have a hunter safety class at the club on Thursday, September 27th and Saturday, September 29th. You have to attend both sessions to get your certificate. I don’t know if there are any openings left for this but you can check on line.


This indoor 22 caliber league will begin in early October. For anyone who is interested in participating you can get in touch with Carl Leas at 656-0350 for more details. Most matches are shot at the club as postal but you will travel to various clubs from time to time weather permitting.


Our club elections will be held in December but it’s not too early to think about running for an officer or director position. We need members to fill these positions and see what it’s like to run the organization so we can have experienced members lead the club into the future. Many members say how nice the club is but we need new leadership from time to time to keep it as good as we have it now. Seriously consider running this year.


Air pistol is finished for the year with the top Alden shooter being Tim Swartz and the top overall shooter being Heather powers. Thanks to all who participated.