Trigger Talk

October 2021 /November 2021

TRIGGER TALK

October 2021 / November 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

President:  Jenny Huber – 228-3842

V. President: Bill Chapman – 716-912-5080

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

 October Director: Wayne Marx – 937-7604

November Director: Bill Chapman – 912-5080

Gun Raffle

We still have tickets available for our gun raffle that we are co-sponsoring with Ducks Unlimited. The tickets are $10.00 each and are available at our general meetings and behind the bar on Friday nights. Come on out and get your tickets, you don’t want to miss out on the great guns that will be raffled off!!!

Buildings & Grounds

Please remember when using the fire pit by the pond, this is for camp fires and cooking only. It is not to burn your garbage. Anything you bring in with you needs to be taken out with you and not left at the pond or burned.

Range Road

The gate to the pond will be closed on 10/18 or sooner if the road gets muddy. The range road gate will be closed on 11/18. The pond and range can still be used during the fall and winter, you just have to park by the club and walk down. Please be courteous to hunters during this time and be aware they will be in the woods if you are down there.

Work Parties

There is only 1 work party left this year. It will be 10/18 from 6-8pm. We would like to thank everyone who worked on the lower range, mowed lawn and attended work parties.

Trap

Trap shooting is winding down for the year. Our Scotch Doubles will end 10/15. Tom would like to thank everyone who helped on Wednesdays & Fridays, your help is greatly appreciated. We will have a shoot off for the Scotch Doubles league on 10/22 from 6-7pm.

Winter Leagues

Sporter rifle will start on 12/3 and lines will run at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. For more information please contact Don Sennett at 525-3151. Trap Starts 1/9/22, please contact Tom Ess at 431-9292 with questions. If you are interested in shooting outdoor archery, contact Joe Attardo at 912-4227 for more information. Indoor archery will be begin 1/9/22 and you can contact Phil Williams at 553-7445 for info. Suburban Pistol will also starting on 10/7 and you can contact Carl Leas at 656-0350 for information on joining this league.

2022 Dues

You can start paying your 2022 dues after 12/1. Please send your check to PO Box 35, Alden NY 14004, or you can bring them to the general meeting. The dues are $50.00 plus $25.00 per hour for any hours not worked for this year and any hours owed for 2020 still. New members must have 10 hours in by 12/31/21 and can not purchase any hours their first year. Call Tom Ess at 431-9292 if you have questions about your hours.

Calender of Events

October

10/1 – Trap 6:00-9:00

10/1 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

10/8 – Trap 6:00-9:00

10/8 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

10/13 – General Meeting 7:30

10/15 – Trap 6:00-9:00

10/15 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

10/18 – Work Party 6:00

10/22 – Trap 6:00-9:00

10/22 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

10/27 – Directors Meeting 6:30

10/29 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

November

11/5 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

11/10 – General Meeting 7:30

11/12 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

11/19 – Indoor Range 6:30 and 7:30

11/24 – Directors Meeting 6:30

11/25 – Thanksgiving 11/26 – Club Closed

 

August 2021 /September 2021

TRIGGER TALK

August 2021 / September 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

President:  Jenny Huber – 228-3842

V. President: Bill Chapman – 716-912-5080

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

 August Director:  Bruce Pfender – 598-0678

September Director: Guy Whiteley – 464-0123

Please Remember

ALL shooting ranges are CLOSED during ALL work parties.  This includes our work parties during the day, at night, any special work parties like for the BBQ.  It does not matter if we are working on the range or not, they are closed during the work party hours.

Buildings & Grounds

We will continue having our regular work parties in Aug. and Sept., the dates and times are listed below in the calendar.  On 8/16 & 8/26 we will trimming the brush on the pond road weather permitting.  If you have a gas hedge trimmer or loppers to cut the brush please bring them with you to you.

Lower Range

The work parties for the lower range will start on Monday’s at 4:00pm.  We will work every Monday until further notice, if you can not make the 4:00pm start time coming any time after up to 6:00pm would be good.  If we get enough help we will complete the new back top this year.  We hope to finish this project this year and need your help to do so.  Any questions about he work parties, please call Tom Ess 431-9292.  If it is raining on Monday we will have the range work party on Thursday of the same week.

Work Party Hours

Last year you were allowed to make up your 2020 hours in 2021 due to the pandemic, but this year we are fully open.  This means you must work your 10 hours for 2021 and additional hours owed from 2020 by 12/31/21 or pay $25.00 per hour not worked.  New members are required to work the full 10 hours during your first year of membership and are not allowed to buy your hours.  Remember this is your club, please help us with maintenance and all shooting venues.  If you need to know how to get your hours in or how many hours you have due still, please call Tom Ess.

We also have an opportunity to work the Federation booth at the Erie County Fair.  They have 3 and 4 hour shifts available and the club will give your any shifts worked towards your yearly club hours.  If you and a spouse work a shift we will give you the hours for both of you.  For example, you and your wife work a 4 hour shift together, you get 8 hours towards your 10 hours due.  To sign up for a shift please contact Hope Melnyk at 444-0766 and also advise Tom Ess of what shift you have signed up for so we can count it towards your hours.  The Federation will pay for your entry into the fair which also includes parking.  This is a great deal as you can get hours worked for the club and see the fair for free!

Trap

Our summer/fall trap league started July 7.  There is plenty of time to shoot the league.  We shoot every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00pm and every Friday from 6:00-8:00pm.  New shooters and children (over 12) are always welcome, instruction is always available on Friday nights.  Tom will have a youth gun to use for any young shooters or anyone who needs a less powerful gun who wishes to try shooting.

Lower Range and Pond Roads

We have had a very wet summer so far.  When you go to the lower range please stay on the high part of the parking lot so that you don’t get stuck or make ruts in the lot that will have to get fixed later.  Also, if it has rained recently when you are going to go to the pond, it is best to part at the range and walk.  The road to the pond gets very muddy and it’s easy to get stuck back there.

BBQ Help Needed

Now is the time to get in some of those work hours.  We need help in a number of different areas for the BBQ on 8/29/21.  If you are able to help out, please call the director in charge of the area you are interested in and they can put you on the list to work.

Drive Thru – Jeff Miller – 937-0993

Clams (Experienced Clam Shucker Needed) – Jim Sivecz – 861-5610

Serving Line – Tim Swartz – 713-0271

Dining Area Clean-Up – Tim Swartz – 713-0271

Venison Needed

If anyone has any venison left from last year that you are looking to get rid of, please think of donating it to the club so we can make our chili this year.  You can bring it to any general meeting and drop it off.

Upcoming Event

The club is going to partner with Ducks Unlimited for a 3 gun raffle.  Tickets for this raffle will be $10.00 each and will be available starting at the September general meeting.  Tickets will be cash and carry only, we will not be passing these out for you to sell as we do with our normal gun raffle.  So start checking with your friends and family now to see how many tickets you are going to need to get…I have a feeling they will be going fast as there will only be 500 sold!

Calender of Events

August

8/4 – Trap 12:00-2:00

8/6 – Trap 6:00-9:00

8/11 – General Meeting 7:30

8/13 – Trap 6:00-9:00

8/16 – Work Party 6:00

8/18 – Trap 12:00-2:00

8/20 – Trap 6:00-9:00

8/25 – Directors Meeting 6:30

8/26 – Work Party 9:00am-12:00

8/27 – Trap 6:00-9:00

8/29 – BBQ

8/30 – Work Party 6:00

September

9/3 – Club Closed for the holiday

9/8 – General Meeting 7:30

9/10 – Trap 6:00-9:00

9/13 – Work Party 6:00

9/15 – Trap 12:00-2:00

9/17 – Trap 6:00-9:00

9/18 – Trap Banquet

9/23 – Work Party 9:00am-12:00

9/24 – Trap 6:00-9:00

9/29 – Directors Meeting 6:30

 

June 2021 /July 2021

TRIGGER TALK

June 2021 / July 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

President:  Jenny Huber – 228-3842

V. President: Bill Chapman – 716-912-5080

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

June Director: Jeff Miller – 937-0993

July Director: Dennis Goodwill – 255-2607

Raffle Tickets

You will notice that your 10 raffle tickets for our chicken BBQ were included with this Trigger Talk.  This is a huge fund raiser for the club and an opportunity to win some great prizes.  You can drop off your sold tickets at the club any time it is open, Friday nights, Wednesday Trap, work parties, meetings.  Once you have sold/bought your 10 tickets if you would like more they can be picked up from the bartender on duty at the club.  Past your first 10 tickets, every additional 25 tickets sold will get you 1 hours time completed for the year.

Buildings & Grounds

 Our regular work parties in June and July are scheduled for Monday 6/14/21 and 7/19/21 and Thursday 6/24/21 and 7/22/21.  The Thursday work parties will be starting at 9:00am and going to roughly Noon.  It’s a great way to get some hours in during the day if your schedule does not allow you to come to the Monday work parties which start at 6:00pm.   

On 6/14/21 and 6/24/21 we will trimming the brush on the range road weather permitting.  If you have a gas hedge trimmer or loppers to cut the brush please bring them with you to you.

Lower Range

The work parties for the lower range will start on Monday 6/7/21 at 4:00pm.  We will work every Monday until further notice, if you can not make the 4:00pm start time coming any time after up to 6:00pm would still be helpful.  We hope to finish this project this year and need your help to do so.  So if you use the range please consider helping when you can.  If it is raining on Monday we will work on Thursday of that week.  Remember the outdoor range is CLOSED during ALL work parties.  Any questions about he work parties, please call Tom Ess 431-9292.

Trap

The spring league will be ending with a banquet on 6/12/21.  The summer/fall league will be starting on 7/7/21.  There is shooting on Friday nights from 6-8pm and on Wednesday afternoons from 12-2pm.  Practice and first time shooters are always welcome.  For additional information, please call Tom Ess at 431-9292.

Range Road Opened Back Up

With the road to the lower range opened back up, I want to remind everyone to follow the rules and be safe down there.  You need to work with your fellow shooters and make sure nobody is walking down range until everyone is done shooting and guns are down.  Also, please DO NOT staple targets to the frames ONLY to the backboards.  I’m sure you have heard how much the price of wood has gone up this year and we do not need to be replacing the frames constantly because people are not following the rules.  Also, please clean up after yourself when you are done.  This is your club and it takes everyone to keep it nice!

Calender of Events

June

 6/1 – Air Pistol 7:30

6/2 – Trap 12:00-2:00

6/4 – Trap 6:00-9:00

6/8 – Air Pistol 7:30

6/9 – Trap 12:00-2:00

6/9 – General Meeting 7:30

6/11 – Trap 6:00-9:00

6/12 – Trap Banquet

6/14 – Work Party 6:00

6/15 – Air Pistol 7:30

6/16 – Trap 12:00-2:00

6/18 – Trap 6:00-9:00

6/22 – Air Pistol 7:30

6/23 – Trap 12:00-2:00

6/24 – Work Party 9:00am – Noon

6/25 – Trap 6:00-9:00

6/29 – Air Pistol 7:30

6/30 – Directors Meeting 6:30

July 

7/2 – Club Closed for the holiday

7/6 – Air Pistol 7:30

7/7 – Trap 12:00-2:00

7/9 – Trap 6:00-9:00

7/13 – Air Pistol 7:30

7/14 – Trap 12:00-2:00

7/14 – General Meeting 7:30

7/16 – Trap 6:00-9:00

7/19 – Work Party 6:00

7/20 – Air Pistol 7:30

7/21 – Trap 12:00-2:00

7/22 – Work Party 9:00am – Noon

7/23 – Trap 6:00-9:00

7/27- Air Pistol Banquet

7/28 – Trap 12:00-2:00

7/28 – Directors Meeting 6:30

7/30 – Trap 6:00-9:00

 

April 2021 /May 2021

TRIGGER TALK

April 2021 / May 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

President:  Jenny Huber – 228-3842

V. President: Bill Chapman – aldenrodandgun35@gmail.com

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

April Director:  Jim Esack – 863-3967

May Director –  Tim Szwartz – 713-0271

Buildings & Grounds

The work party on 4/19/21 at 6:00pm will be for general indoor clean up.  We will also be getting our parking lot & driveway cleaned up from the winter snow plowing (weather permitting).  If the weather does not cooperate, we will have a special work party to work on the parking lot.  The work party on 5/3/21 at 6:00pm will be to clean up from our pork BBQ.  The work party on 5/17/21 will be a general clean up inside and outside.  We will also start our summer work parties on 5/27/21 from 9am to Noon if you are interested in getting some of your hours in during the day.

We will start working on the lower range berm as weather permits (tentative date 6/7).  He dates and further information will be in the next trigger talk, we will need all the help we can get this year so if you use the range or not please consider giving us a hand.  Remember the outdoor range is CLOSED during ALL work parties.  

If anyone has a 3 point box scraper or a sprayer we can borrow please contact Tom Ess at 431-9292.  These items will be used to get the driveway and parking lot back in tip top shape. 

Currently our range road is still closed but weather permitting we will be opening it up 4/18/21.  The pond road will be opened in May some time after it dries out.

Spring Trap

Our spring trap league will start Friday 4/9, sign-up is from 6:00-8:00pm.  Starting on Wednesday 5/5, we will be shooting from 12:00-2:00pm.  This is a 300 bird league, 250 to qualify for your class and 50 birds at the banquet for class shoot off.   The league fee is $20.00, cost to shoot 25 birds is $5.00.  

Practice and new shooters are always welcome.  No gun? No problem!  Come up any Friday night and Tom Ess will have a gun you can borrow.  For additional information, please call Tom Ess at 431-9292.

Camp Rushford

Unfortunately, Camp Rushford has been canceled this year along with all DEC camps.  We thank everyone who submitted a request to go this year and hope that next year we will be able to continue our tradition of sending campers.

 Smoked Pork BBQ

The date is almost here…May 2, 2021 will be out Smoked Pork BBQ.  The dinners will be served from Noon until sold out.  This is going to be our spring event for the club this year and will be in place of our normal Gun Raffle so please come out and support the club and buy a dinner or two or five.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

This will be a drive thru only event like our Chicken BBQ was last year so we do not need as many hands on deck as normal and due to Covid we are still required to keep our numbers down.  We currently have all workers in place for this event but will definitely need help clearing up on 5/3/21 so please come out for that.

Insurance Waiver 

We have taken a number of new members into the club this year and I just want to remind them everyone that you need to sign the insurance waiver if you are going to use this club grounds.  This includes just walking in the woods, so if you have not signed one already please make sure you do so.  Once you have submitted one it’s good forever so if you have already signed one in the past, you are all set.

Now The News You’ve All Been Waiting For

On 5/12/21 we are going to open the club back up and have a GENERAL MEETING!  The meeting will be at 7:30pm.  As we are able to open back up for meetings, we want to let you all know in advance we still need to follow Covid protocols.  Chairs will be set up in the meeting room according to where we will need people to sit, we ask that you do not come in and move them around.  Also, we can not have people standing and congregating at the bar, so when you come in if you would like a drink we ask that you go up and get one and then take it into the meeting room and have a seat.  Also, while entering and walking around inside the club masks will be required at all times.  

Hopefully in the near future we will be able to relax some of these rules but for now the board and I feel it’s a small sacrifice to make so that we can finally get you all back and start to see you again.

 

February 2021 /March 2021

TRIGGER TALK

February 2021 / March 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

President:  Jenny Huber – 228-3842

V. President: Bill Chapman – aldenrodandgun35@gmail.com

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

February Director:  Jim Sivecz – 861-5610

March Director –  Frank Bermel – 566-8297

Buildings & Grounds

Our next work parties will be 2/15/21 and 3/15/21.  We will be doing general indoor clean up.  In April we will be getting our parking lot cleaned up from the winter plowing.  We will also start working on the lower range as weather permits in the spring.

Trap

We still have 3 Sundays left to shoot in the winter trap league.  This is a 300 bird league shooting 50 birds per week, you must have 250 birds in by 2/28/21.  Sign up runs from 11:00-3:00 and practice shooters are always welcome.  Help is always needed and appreciated for our trap leagues you can sign up at the club.  For further information please call Tom Ess 431-9292.  Spring trap league starts 4/9/21 and further information will be in the April-May trigger talk

Indoor 3D Archery

There are also 3 Sundays left to shoot archery.  Shooting starts at 11:00.  We shoot 30 arrows at various 3D targets.  There is still time to join the league or come out and shoot practice.  For more information, please contact Phil Williams at 553-7445.

2021 Dues

We still have a number of people who have not paid their 2021 dues.  If your dues are not received by the end of February your dues will be considered delinquent and you will have appear before the board to be reinstated as a member if you so choose.  Please send your dues to PO Box 35, Alden NY 14004 and include a self addressed stamped envelope to have your member ship card returned to you.  Please call Tom Ess at 431-9292 or Carl Leas at 341-4573 if you need to know how many work hours you have.

If you do not have 10 hours worked, you have the option to pay $25.00 per hour or you can make up the hours in 2021.  For example you have 6 hours for this year, you can pay $100 or owe 14 hours next year.

Camp Rushford

We are looking for candidates to send to camp for a week of outdoor fun and education.  Prospective campers must be age 11-13 or 14-17 years old at the time they go to camp.  To qualify, please send a letter to the board stating why you would like to attend camp.  Please have your letters in by 2/19/21 for consideration.  Our preparation to send kids to camp is hinging on the fact that camp is not canceled this year due to Covid.  You can watch the DEC website for updates as we are doing the same.

Smoked Pork BBQ

Mark 5/2/21 on your calendar…you’re going to want to come out to the club and support our spring smoked pork BBQ.  We are going to do a drive thru only like we did with the last chicken bbq.  More details will come on the help that will be needed in the future trigger talks so watch out for the details so that you can get on the list and get some hours in. 

Even if you’re not working the event, coming out and buying a dinner or two is a great way to help out and support our club.  Our gun raffle is normally a very successful event for our club each year and not being able to have it in 2021 is going to be a shock to all of our systems, so let’s make this smoked pork BBQ just as successful!!!   

Insurance Waiver 

All members and guests who have not signed a previous waiver, must sign an insurance waiver to use the club property for any reason (hunting, fishing, hiking, shooting, archery, etc).  For any member or guest who will be taking part in the trap shooting, archery or sporter rifle leagues, the waiver forms will be available at the sign up tables. They can be filled out and turned in at any time.  For any members or guests who will be using the property for fishing, hiking or the lower shooting range, you can download the forms from our website or pick one up at the club (inside or on the back patio).  After you fill out the waiver you can drop it off at the club or put it in the box at the range road gate.  Our insurance carrier requires all members & guests sign a waiver only once, so if you filled one out last year you are all set.  If you have not please fill one out and return it to us. 

 

December 2020 / January 2021

 TRIGGER TALK

December 2020 / January 2021

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

 President: Bill Chapman – aldenrodandgun35@gmail.com

 V. President: Jenny Huber – (716) 228-3842  

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

December Director: Don Sennett – 525-3151

January Director – TBD

Buildings & Grounds

Our next work party will be 1/18/2021 at 6:00 pm.  We will need someone to clear the snow from the trap fields for Sunday shoots on 1/3, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28 and 3/14.  Please call Tom Ess at 431-9292 if interested in signing up.

Trap

Our winter trap and indoor archery league will start on 1/3/21.  Trap signup is 11:00am to 3:00 pm, this is a 300 bird scratch league.  We ill shoot 50 birds each week.  You can shoot ahead or back as long as you have 250 birds in by 2/28/21.  Archery signup is 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, this is a 3D indoor shooting 30 arrows at various 3D targets.

Please keep in mind all dates and times above are tentative based on what happens with the current Covid situation.  We will practice all NY State Covid-19 protocols at the time.  If allowed we will have the bar and kitchen open, however, if not shooting will still take place based on the color designation the club is currently in at the time.  You will want to make sure to watch the website as all updated information will be posted there.

Tentatively the banquet for these leagues is scheduled for 3/14/21, but if restrictions do not allow us to have it we will pay the winners of each league and refund the remaining league fees to each shooter.  For questions on archery please call Phil Williams 553-7445 and for questions on trap Tom Ess 431-9292.

Winter Leagues

3D outdoor archery will shoot at our club again this year on 1/10, 11/24 and 2/7.  If you are interested in trying it out, please come up and try out a round.

2021 Dues

Please send your dues to PO Box 35, Alden NY 14004 and include a self addressed stamped envelope to have your member ship card returned to you.  We are going to cancel the in club payment options due to the current situation.  Please call Tom Ess at 431-9292 or Carl Leas at 341-4573 if you need to know how many work hours you have.

If you do not have 10 hours worked, you have the option to pay $25.00 per hour or you can make up the hours next year.  For example you have 6 hours for this year, you can pay $100 or owe 14 hours next year.

Elections

 As of the November deadline we only have one person running for each officer position and each director position available.  Therefore we will have the secretary cast one vote per out bylaws in December and out 2020 election will be complete.

Sporter Rifle

Sporter Rifle will start 1/8/2021.  Due to the current Covid restrictions the club will no longer be open on Fridays in December for open shooting.  We will resume next year based on the covid rules at that time.   

Lower Range 

As we are still working on the lower range we ask that you do not hang your targets on the tires at this time.  Please still hang them on the designated back stops until everything is finished next year.  We want to make sure that everyone remains safe during our construction period. Thanks for your cooperation during this time.

Gun Raffle

The board has decided not to do a gun raffle in 2021 due to the uncertainty of the times.  We have decided instead to do a spring BBQ.  We are going to have a smoked pork BBQ!!  More details will come on the BBQ and the help that will be needed in the future trigger talks so watch out for the details to come.

In Closing

It’s been a bad year for everyone including the club.  We are still here and miss seeing all of you at our general meetings (yes the December meeting is canceled).  Hopefully, we will be able to resume having meetings next year.  The officers and directors still conduct our monthly directors meetings in working order for you.  If you have any concerns or questions about club activities, please call any officer or director and we will be glad to help you out.  You can check the website for any updates on club activities as it is being updated regularly. 

From all the officers and directors have a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BETTER NEW YEAR!!!!

October 2020 / November 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

October20 / November 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

 President: Bill Chapman – aldenrodandgun35@gmail.com

 V. President: Jenny Huber – (716) 228-3842  

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

October Director:  Wayne Marx – 937-7604

November Director –  Guy Whiteley 464-0123

Buildings & Grounds

There are only 2 work parties left this year.  There will be one on 10/19 from 6-8pm and the other on 10/22 from 9-noon.  We would like to thank everyone who worked on the lower range, mowed lawn and attended the work parties this year.

Trap

Trap shooting is winding down for the year.  Our Scotch Doubles will end on 10/23. We would like to thank everyone who helped on Wednesdays & Fridays, your help is greatly appreciated.  I would also like to thank Tom and Frank, we could not have done this without you, I know if wasn’t easy with all of the new rules that we had to put in place but you guys did a great job!!

We will have a shoot off for the winter league on 10/30 from 6-8pm.  There will not be a banquet tis year due to the Covid restrictions.  We will instead give cash to the winners.

Winter Leagues

Archery, Sporter Rifle and trap league shooters from the 2020 season will receive a partial refund of their league fees after all prizes are given out.

2021 Dues

You can start paying your 2021 dues of $50.00 after 12/1.  Please send your dues to PO Box 35, Alden NY 14004 and include a self addressed stamped envelope to have your member ship card returned to you.  You can also pay your dues at the club on 12/4 and 12/18 from 6-8pm.  Please call Tom Ess at 431-9292 if you need to know how many work hours you have.

If you do not have 10 hours worked, you have the option to $25.00 per hour or you can make up the hours next year.  For example you have 6 hours for this year, you can pay $100 or owe 14 hours next year.

Website

We have a new page on our website titled “club updates”.  We will post any cancellations or updates as needed.

Elections

As always all officers positions and some directors positions are up for election.  If you are interest in running for any of these positions please contact Jenny Huber 228-3842 (feel free to text me) and I can get you added to the ballot.

Sporter Rifle

Sporter Rifle will start 12/4 and will run from 6:30-7:30.  The first two lines will be for rifle only no pistols as we will have practice social distancing and make sure we have enough room for the league members.  Currently, we will run open shoot in Oct. and Nov. if we have a range office.  Contact Don Sennett at 525-3151 to sign up if you are interested.  This would be a good way to get some hours in before the end of the year if you need them and are currently a range officer.

Range Road

The gate to the pond will be closed on 10/19 or sooner if the road gets muddy.  The range road gate will be closed on 11/19.  If you are going back hunting or shooting, please make sure to park in the lot and not on the grass.  Also, please do not block the road in case there is an emergency and a vehicle needs to get back there.

 

August 2020 / September 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

August 2020 / September 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

 President: Bill Chapman – aldenrodandgun35@gmail.com

 V. President: Jenny Huber – (716) 228-3842  

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

  August Director: Wayne Wheatley – (716) 512-9320

September Director: Mike Raichel – (716) 578-1108

Buildings & Grounds

We will continue having our regular work parties in August and September.  The dates are –

Monday 8/17, 8/31 and 9/14 starting at 6:00 pm

Thursday 8/27 and 9/24 starting at 9:00 am

We will be trimming the brush on the range road on 8/17 and 8/27 weather permitting.  If you have a gad hedge trimmer or loppers to cut the brush, please bring them with you.

The work parties for the lower range will continue on Mondays at 4:00 pm.  We will work every Monday until further notice, if you can not make the 4:00 pm start, 5:00 or 6:00 would also be good.  There will be multiple projects going on so we can practice social distancing.  Any question about any work parties please call Tom Ess at 431-9292.  If it is raining on a Monday, we will work Thursday of that week.

As of the printing of this trigger talk only 122 members out of our total 213 members have any work hours in.  I know it is hard to get your hours this year due to Covid-19, but please consider a Monday or Thursday work party or working on the lower range on Mondays.  We also have Wednesday or Friday trap that you can sign up for.  There are sign-up sheets for trap in the club if you are there during a work party or you can contact Tom Ess at 431-9292.  You can also contact Tom if you can not make it to a work party and need a list of other work that needs to be done at the club that you could do on your own schedule.  If you need to know how many more hours you need to put in this year, please contact Tom and he will be happy to advise you of your time.

Trap

We are currently open for practice on Fridays with sign up from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and on Wednesdays with sign up from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. 

As our practices have been going so well and everyone doing a great job of social distancing, we will be shooting a 100 bird league starting August 5 with shooting Wednesdays and Fridays.  See the website or call Tom Ess for details.  We will continue to practice social distancing during this league. 

Chicken BBQ 

Our chicken BBQ will take place on August 30 of this year.  The BBQ will be a drive thru/take out only for chicken dinners.  We will not be having any of the side food that we normally have due to Covid restrictions this year.  We encourage everyone to come out and get some of that tasty chicken to take home and enjoy with your family.

As you know you received your normal 10 raffle tickets for the BBQ in your last trigger talk.  As of July 29th only 55 members have turned in their tickets.  This raffle is important to the club in normal years past and this year is even more important due to us having to cancel so many other functions.  We encourage you to bring your tickets to the club on a Wednesday or Friday night, during one of the work parties or even mail them back to us.  We will also be accepting them through the drive thru on the day of the BBQ if you would like to bring them then. 

Working During the Chicken BBQ

As we are very limited on the jobs that are available to be worked during the BBQ this year we ask that you do not show up to work unless you have already been contacted and arrangements have already been made for what you are to be doing.  As we need to be extremely diligent regarding our social distancing and have limited jobs available we will not be able to “fit anyone in” if you just show up and are not on the work schedule.

There will be our normal work party on the Monday after the BBQ.  We encourage everyone that is unable to work during the BBQ to come to this work party to get in some hours.  This workparty will be for cleaning up after the BBQ so there will be plenty of opportunity to social distance while we do that.

In Closing

Stay safe everyone!!!  Remember that the club grounds are always open and it’s a great place to come and hang out with your family.  Take a walk through the wood, play in the pond or have a picnic.  Just hang out and have a great time.

 

June 2020 / July 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

June 2020 / July 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.aldenrodandgun.com

 President: Bill Chapman – (716) 912-5080

 V. President: Jenny Huber – (716) 228-3842  

Secretary: Carl Leas – (716) 656-0350

 Treasurer: Tom Ess – (716) 431-9292

  June Director: Jeff Miller – (716) 937-0993

July Director: Dennis Goodwill – (716) 255-2607

 

Club Info    

We understand that the ongoing Covid-19 situation is an unprecedented challenge for everyone both personally and professionally.  We hope that, our members, and their families are safe and well.  At this time, general meetings, remain canceled, until further notice.

Trap

Will open for practice starting 5/29, we will shoot on Fridays with sign up from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Wednesday sign up will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM.

There will not be a bar and there will not be any food served. We will have pop and water available at the sign up table by the garage.

We will practice Social distancing and limit the number of persons in the garage to 6-10 at any one time.

Buildings & Grounds

We will start having our regular work parties in June and July.

The dates are as follows:

  • Monday 6/15 &7/13 starting at 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 6/25 & 7/23 starting at 9:00 AM

We will be having a work party to work on the lower range on Monday 6/15 Starting at 4:00 PM.

We will work every Monday, weather permitting, until further notice. If you are unable to start at 4:00 PM, 5:00 or 6:00 will be just  fine. There will be multiple projects going on so we can practice social distancing. Any questions about any work parties please call Tom Ess 431-9292.

Gun Raffle

The decision has been made to cancel the party for the gun raffle but the drawing for the 11 gun main raffle will still take place on Saturday May 2nd.  We will have two board members and an independent third party there to draw the winners.  We will also video tape the drawing and place it on our web site for everyone to view after the drawing has been completed.  If you are a winner you will be contacted with instructions on picking up your gun from Mike’s Guns & Reloading Supplies directly.   

Gun Raffle Tickets

We would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for our gun raffle, it was a sell out. Due to Covid-19, we could not have our normal party. A video of the drawing is on our website. Thanks to everyone who help in the drawing and the making of the video.

Dues

Starting in 2021 the annual dues have gone up from $30 to $50, assuming you have all 10 hours in. This increase is necessary due to the rising costs, of maintaining our club. Every year our local taxes, fuel, and electric bills increase. This slight dues increase, will help offset, these escalating costs. We need all our members to help out wherever possible.  Selling tickets for the annual spring gun raffle, selling at least your 10 assigned chicken BBQ gun raffle tickets, and purchasing chicken dinners, on the day of the BBQ, all are essential to sustaining our club.

Chicken BBQ Raffle Tickets

Our annual chicken BBQ is fast approaching.  With this trigger talk, you will find your 10 assigned raffle tickets.  Please make sure to sell at least these 10 tickets, to help the future of the club.  If you sell  additional 25 or more tickets, you will accrue 1 hour for each 25 sold towards your yearly 10 hour requirement. If you need more tickets please call Tom Ess 431-9292.

Pond

The road to the pond is now open.  You may drive down there.  Please use caution, when driving there.

 

April 2020 / May 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

April 2020 / May 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Bill Chapman

 V. President: Jenny Huber – 228-3842 

  April Director: Jim Esack – 863-3967

May Director: Tim Swartz – 713-0271

 

Our Club    

I hope this trigger talk finds all of our club members, their families and friends well.  For the first time since our original club burnt down we have had to shut the doors of the club due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our main concern is for our members and we on the board are monitoring this situation and will reopen the doors as soon as we possibly can.  We know your club is important to you and want to get you back there!

The Outdoor Range and the Range Road

While the club building may be closed the grounds are still open.  The range road will be open as of April 6, 2020.  Please feel free to come out and use the club property as you always would during these times, just practice social distancing for everyone’s safety.  We ask that if you go down to the lower range, you stay on the driveway as the sides are still wet and that you park on the higher parts of the driveway to prevent you from getting stuck.  The road to the pond will still be closed at this time but you’re welcome to walk back there and enjoy it.  Don’t forget to also sign the club waivers for you and all your guests if you have not already done so.  The blank forms are  located on the back porch of the club and the completed forms can be placed in the mailbox by the back gate.

Buildings & Grounds

All work parties are currently canceled at this time due to the pandemic.  However, there are many things at the club that still need to be done and would be an easy way to get your hours in during this time.  We need to keep the lawn mowed and everything trimmed.  If mowing and trimming is not your things, please contact Tom Ess at 431-9292 and he will be happy to let you know the other outdoor projects we need completed and assign you one.

Now would also be a great time to remove your tree stand if you still have one on the property.  We are sticking to the rule that all tree stands need to be removed by the end of June.

Gun Raffle

The decision has been made to cancel the party for the gun raffle but the drawing for the 11 gun main raffle will still take place on Saturday May 2nd.  We will have two board members and an independent third party there to draw the winners.  We will also video tape the drawing and place it on our web site for everyone to view after the drawing has been completed.  If you are a winner you will be contacted with instructions on picking up your gun from Mike’s Guns & Reloading Supplies directly.   

Gun Raffle Tickets

ATTENTION: IF A MEMBER BUYS AN EXTRA GUN RAFFLE TICKET, WITH HIS OR HER NAME ON IT YOU CAN EARN 1 WORK HOUR PER TICKET.

We do still have a number of tickets that have not been sold.  We will still be selling them right up to the raffle and you can get yours by calling Tom Ess at 431-9292.  He will make arrangements with you to get you the tickets.  We would like to sell all of the tickets in order to help the club during this hard time.  If you have an extra $20.00 this would be a great thing to spend it on. 

We also have some tickets that are still out there and need to get returned so that they will be in the drawing.  If you have not already been contacted by Tom Ess to do this, please call him at 431-9292 to make arrangements to get your tickets back in as soon as possible.

Club Calendar

You will notice this trigger talk does not have a club calendar included with it.  All club activities have been canceled for April.  May is completely up in the air at this point as we do not know what is going to happen and what will need to be rescheduled.  Please know that any shooting activities and banquets that could not finish in March and April will be rescheduled as soon as possible and they will be completed like normal. 

At this time I urge you to keep checking our website at www.aldenrodandgun.com for updated information.  We are keeping this up to date on all of the current information pertaining to the club at this time.

We will post an updated calendar on the website as soon as we know when the club will be able to open again.

In Closing

Please stay safe, practice your social distancing and take care of your family members so that we can all be back together again soon!

 

 

February 2020 / March 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

February 2020 / March 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Bill Chapman

 V. President: Jenny Huber – 228-3842 

  February Director: Jim Sivecz – 861-5610

March Director: Frank Bermel – 566-8297

 

Winter Trap  

We still have (3) Sundays left to shoot the winter trap league.  This is a 300 bird league shooting 50 birds per week, you must have 250 birds in by 3/8/20.  Sig up is at 11:00 – 3:00 practice shooters always welcome.  Help is always appreciated for our trap leagues, you can sign up at the club.  For further information please call Tom Ess 431-9292.  Spring trap league starts 4/3/20 further information in the April May trigger talk. 

Indoor 3D Archery

There are also (3) Sundays left to shoot archery.  Shooting starts at 11:00.  We shoot 30 arrows at various 3D targets.  Still time to join the league or come out and shoot practice.  For more information please call Phil Williams at 553-7445.

Buildings & Grounds

The work parties on 2/17/20 & 3/16/20 will be for general indoor clean up.  In April we will be setting up for our gun raffle and getting our parking lot cleaned up from winter plowing.  We will start working on the lower range as weather permits in the spring.

Battery Drop-offs

Please note that the club is no longer a battery drop-off site as we no longer have any way of disposing of them.  Please do not bring any batteries or electronics to the club and leave them in the closet any longer.  

Insurance Waivers  

Starting 1/1/2020 all members and guests that use the club property for any reason (hunting, fishing, hiking, shooting, archery etc) must sign an insurance waiver that our insurance carrier requires ONCE PER YEAR.

For any member or guest who will be taking part in the trapshooting, archery or sporter rifle leagues, the waver forms will be available at the sign up table.  They can be filled out and turned in at that time.  You will be covered for the 2020 year.

For any members or guests who will be using the property for fishing, hiking or the lower shooting range ect. You can use the waivers enclosed or download the forms from our website or pick one up at the club.  After you fill out the waiver you can drop it off at the club or put it in the box at the range road gate.

 

CALENDAR

February

2/2 – Super Bowl

2/6 – Suburban Pistol 7:30

2/7 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

2/9 – Trap & Archery 11:00 – 3:00

2/12 – General Meeting 7:30

2/13 – Suburban Pistol 7:30

2/14 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

2/15 – Setup Outdoor Archery

2/16 – Outdoor Archery

2/17 – Work Party 6:00

2/20 – Suburban Pistol 7:30

2/21 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

2/23 – Trap & Archery 11:00 – 3:00

2/26 – Directors Meeting 7:30

2/27 – Suburban Pistol 7:30

2/28 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

2/29 – Setup Outdoor Archery

 

March

3/1 – Outdoor Archery

3/6 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

3/8 – Trap & Archery 11:00 – 3:00

3/11 – General Meeting 7:30

3/13 – Sporter Rifle 6:30, 7:30, 8:30

3/14 – Setup Outdoor Archery

3/15 – Outdoor Archery

3/16 – Work Party 6:00

3/20 – Indoor Range 6:30, 7:30

3/22 – Archery/Sporter Rifle/Trap Banquet

3/25 – Directors Meeting 7:30

3/27 – Indoor Range 6:30, 7:30

 

December 2019 / January 2020

 TRIGGER TALK

   December 2019 / January 2020

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 V. President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

December Director: Don Sennett: 525-03151

January Director: Yet to be determined

 

DUES

Your 2020 club dues can now be paid.  You can do it in person at the general meeting or send it to the PO Box.  If you want your membership card sent to you, you must send a self addressed stamped envelope with your dues.  You have until the January director meeting to pay your dues for the coming year. Just to let all members know that the board is considering a dues increase for 2021.  Our expenses have increased along with some general improvement projects around the club that we are contemplating this. If you have a comment on this let us know.

HOURS

For those of you who wonder how many hours they have as the year goes on we have some good news for you.  Member Brad Bassano has volunteered to keep track of them for the year. He will post sheets on a timely basis so you can check the numbers.  It is imperative that you fill out the hour sheet each time you do something at the club starting in January 2020.

GUN RAFFLE

You can now purchase your ticket for this year’s gun raffle at the December general meeting.  They are still $20 per ticket. Tom Ess will have single tickets for cash and Jenny Huber will have group tickets.  The gun raffle is Saturday, May 2nd.  We will also need side raffle ticket sellers for that day along with parking attendants to direct traffic keep this in mind.

TRAP

Our season has concluded for the year but will start up again Sunday, January 12 with our winter league.  There are details posted around the club. I want to thank all those who helped to make both the Wednesday and Friday trap a success for the club.

INDOOR ARCHERY

We will be offering this the same day we shoot our winter trap.  Shooting will begin about 11am with you shooting 30 arrows at various targets.  There is no league fee and the cost of targets is minimal. If you have any questions you can contact Phil Williams at 553-7445

SPORTER RIFLE

This indoor league will begin the first Friday in December and run for 13 weeks of which you have to have 11 scores for the league.  You will shoot a total of 30 times at 3 different targets each time you shoot. There is a $20 league fee and $4 dollars for league targets and $3 for practice targets.  There are 3 relays beginning at 6: 30, 7:30 and 8:30 if necessary. For additional information you can contact Don Sennett at 525-3151.

SUBURBAN PISTOL

This league has been underway since October 17th with shooting done on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.  Most of the matches are postal being shot at Alden. This is .22 cal. pistols and is a handicap league.  All are invited to participate. For additional information contact Carl Leas at 656-0350.

OUTDOOR ARCHERY

We will once again have this travelling archery league at the club.  We have been selected to have 3 shoots at the club on February 16th, March 1st and March 15th.  We hope to get some increased club participation with this.  They will also need help setting up and taking targets down after each shoot.  For additional information you can contact Joe Attardo at 912-4227 or Chris Lux at 912-5537.

BIG BUCK CONTEST

Anyone who has entered the contest and has a rack to be measure must bring it to the January general meeting. It must be clean or it will be disqualified.

ELECTIONS

We will hold our yearly club elections at the December general meeting.  Please make an effort to attend this meeting and cast your vote for officers and directors.

KITCHEN PLANNER

We are still in search of an individual who would like to direct our banquet cooking at the club.  We want someone who can plan these dinners and direct us as to the amount of food we will need for those attending.   It is because we have been able to prepare meals at the club that saves us money and we can give more back to the shooters.  If you have some experience at this get in touch with us and we can explain this position further. We really need someone to step forward.

CLUB CLOSING

Just a reminder for all club members.  If the Alden school is closed and after school activities are cancelled due to snow our activities if we have any that day will also be cancelled.

MEMBER UPDATES

If anyone has a new phone number, e mail or address change please give it to Carl so we can keep our files accurate for contact information.

WNYOPL

We want to congratulate two of our team shooters for receiving awards at this year’s banquet.  Don Sennett was high average for .22 cal and Tim Nevinger was high average for center fire.

SUPER BOWL

The club will be opened for this game beginning at noon.  There will be a cash bar and chili served for everyone. If you would like to bring something feel free to do so.  If you have any other questions you can see Jim Sivecz.

CALENDAR

December 5th Suburban Pistol                                      December 6th Sporter Rifle

December 11th Gen Meeting                                        December 12th Suburban Pistol

December 18th Director Meeting                                 December 19th Suburban Pistol

December 20th Sporter Rifle                                          December 27th Closed

January 3rd Sporter Rifle                                                 January 8th General Meeting

January 9th Suburban Pistol                                             January 10th Sporter Rifle

January 12th Trap & Archery                                            January 16th Suburban Pistol

January 17th Sporter Rifle                                                January 22nd Suburban Pistol

January 24th Sporter Rifle                                                January 26th Trap & Archery

January 28th Suburban Pistol                                          January 29th Director Meeting        

October 2019 / November 2019

 TRIGGER TALK

   October 2019 / November 2019

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 V. President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

  October Director: Wayne Marx: 937-7604

  November Director: Bill Chapman: 912-5080

 

CHICKEN BBQ

The chicken gods were once again looking down upon us because we sold all of our chickens.  It was a very successful day for the club not just because we sold all of our dinners but we had ample help from the membership.  This is a great under taking for us and everyone came through with flying colors. The winners of the door prizes were Don Sullivan the gun, Grove Mather the smoker, and Frank Nixon the rod & reel.

ELECTIONS

The year end is fast approaching and it will be election time in December.  If there is anyone contemplating on running for a director or officer please let us know.  Open nominations will be in November and you must be present to accept the nomination. If you have any questions about a position please ask any director or officer.  In order to run you have to have been in the club for one year and in good standing.

DUES

Just to make all members aware that the Board is contemplating an increase in dues for the 2021 year.  The clubs yearly operation has increased with some of the projects we have undertaken. In order to remain a stable club this may be necessary.  We are looking at an increase of $20 to $50 per year. This is still a bargain when you look what we provide. We will keep you posted as next year proceeds.  If you have a comment on this please let us know.

CAMP RUSHFORD

We are looking for candidates to send to summer camp for a week.  It is a great opportunity for youths to experience the outdoors at this state camp.  Prospective campers must be 12 to 14 to qualify. All you have to do is send the Board a letter of why you would like to go to camp by the December director meeting.

TRAP

Our season of league trap shooting will end with the banquet on September 21st.  We will have a special Scotch Doubles shoot for 4 weeks.  This will begin on Friday September 27th at 6 pm.   You will be paired with a partner from those who signed up to shoot.  There is a $20 league fee with $10 being returned the day of the shoot off.  There will be no scores posted until the final day. You will shoot at 16 yards, 18 yards, 21 yards and 24 yards.  For any additional information contact Tom Ess at 431-0202.

WEDNESDAY TRAP

I want to thank all the shooter and those who helped this year with our afternoon trap shooting.  This was the 5th year of having this and it has grown into quite a social outing for those in attendance.  We look forward to seeing you all again next May when we do it again.

SUBURBAN PISTOL

Carl Leas has informed us that this league will begin on Thursday, October 17th with a postal match against Fredonia.  There will be a practice night on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 pm.  This is strictly 22 caliber shooting.  For further information contact Carl at 656-0350.

OPEN SHOOTING

Beginning Friday, October 4th there will be open shooting on the indoor range as long as there is a range officer.  You can bring your pistols and 22 cal. rifles and plink away. You can only use lead ammo or nylon coated bullets no jacketed bullets of any kind.  There will be 2 relays one at 6:30 pm and 7:30. The cost will be $3 for 3 targets.

SPORTER RIFLE

This league will begin on Friday, December 6th with the first relay at 6:30 pm with one at 7:30 and 8:30 if necessary. The first relay is for 22 cal. rifles only. The second could be a combination for rifle and pistol depending on how may rifle shooter there are. There is a $20 league fee and the cost of targets is $4 for three targets. You have to have 11 league scores in order to qualify for the league. We always need range officers.  For any additional information contact Don Sennett at 525-3151.

RANGE ROAD

The gate closing off the gun range will be placed on November 14th.

BIG BUCK

The bucket for this is now behind the bar for anyone wishing to enter.  The cost is $5 for each entrant. Archers must be entered prior to October 1st.  Crossbow hunters must be in before November 2nd and gun hunters before November 16th. All racks will be judged at the January general meeting and they must be clean or they will be disqualified.

2020 DUES

You can begin paying your $30 or whatever you owe with the December general meeting.  All dues must be in by the January Director meeting to be considered a member for that year.

GUN RAFFLE TICKETS

These will become available at the December general meeting.  Please don’t wait till the last minute these tickets go fast once we put them on sale.  Each ticket will be $20.

KITCHEN

We are looking for someone who likes to cook and would be willing to help us plan our banquets.  This would involve figuring a menu and how much food we would need depending on how many attend the banquet.  We only have 3 banquets a year plus our gun raffle. If you are interested you can contact Frank Bermel (937-7324).  Being able to do our own banquets helps keep the cost down for each league and make it more profitable for the club.

CALENDAR

October 4th Trap                                                              October 9th General Meeting

October 11 Trap & Indoor Range Open                           October 14th Work Party

October 17th Suburban Pistol                                         October 18th Trap & Indoor Range

October 24th Suburban Pistol                                        October 25th Trap & Indoor Range

October 30th Director Meeting                                       October 30th Suburban Pistol

November 1st Indoor Range                                          November 7th Suburban Pistol

November 13th General Meeting                                   November 14th Suburban Pistol

November 14th Range Road Closed                             November 15th Indoor Range

November 21st Suburban Pistol                                    November 22nd Indoor Range 

November 27th Director Meeting                                  November 29th Closed

August 2019 / September 2019

 TRIGGER TALK

   August 2019 / September 2019

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 V. President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

  August Director: Wayne Wheatley: 512-9320

  September Director: Mike Raichel: 578-1108

 

GUN RAFFLE WINNERS

Sorry that this was not posted in the last trigger talk but here are the winners of the main raffle guns: Gun one Bill Kissell, Gun two Jim Sivecz, Gun three Bill Bolt, Gun four Jessica Barrett, Gun five Paul Satola, Gun six Mike Shaw, Gun seven Nanette Parry, Gun eight Pete Degnan, Gun nine Stu Kelsey, Gun ten Tom Geritiz and Gun eleven Lou DiMatteo. Congratulations to each of you.

RAFFLE TICKETS

By now each member should have received their raffle tickets for the Chicken BBQ.  We now need you to return the sold ones to the club.  We don’t ask much extra of members except at this time of year.  We really need your support to make this event a success.  If you need extra tickets they are available at the bar on Wednesday afternoon or Friday nights.

BBQ COMMITTEES

Last news letter were listed all of our committees and their chairpersons for you to contact if you wanted to work that day.  They are also available on line if you can’t find your news letter.  We need all hands on deck that day.

TRAP

Our fall trap league is under way but there is still plenty of time to join in on the fun.  There is a $20 league fee and each round of 25 birds is $5.  You shoot 250 birds to qualify in a class and there is a 50 bird class shoot off the day of the banquet on September 24th.  If you haven’t ever shot trap you are invited each Wednesday afternoon or Friday night that we shoot to give it a try.  For additional information you can contact Frank Bermel (937-7324) or Tom Ess (431-9292).

BIG BEARD CONTEST

I want to thank all of the hunters who brought a beard to the June general meeting to be measured. We had four successful hunters who managed to get a turkey.  Paul Satola had a beard of 8 ¼”, Bill Roller had an 8 ½” beard, Mike Glowka had a 9 ¼” beard and Gordon Schultz was the winner with an 11” beard.

KITCHEN HELP

We are looking for 3 or 4 individuals that like to cook and would like to help us in the kitchen with our banquets.  Our crew is getting smaller and we need to find additional help so we can continue to provide great food for our shooting events.  We want a pool of people in case individuals can’t make an event we have others who can.  You will get hours for the time spent that day.  Having a kitchen crew allows us to save money by not having to pay a caterer for each event.  If you are interested contact Frank Bermel (937-7324) or any other director or officer that you see.

LOWER RANGE

We haven’t forgotten about everyone that signed up to help with finishing the range shelter and berms.  The weather has not cooperated this year to allow us to get down there with heavy trucks and stone.  We don’t want to rut up the range and have to do extra repair work.  If you have been waiting for this to get hours in I would advise you to find some other means of getting hours in.  We will be working there before the year is out we just don’t know when.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

Everyone has done a great job of keeping the club looking good this year.  We only have a short time before the Chicken BBQ and we really want the place looking good for the public that day.  If we could get the grass cut an extra time or two and the trap fields edged it would be greatly appreciated.  I think this is one of our greatest assets is that our club is kept neat and clean and very appealing to those who visit us. Thanks to everyone for a fine job.

PICNIC TABLES

We are looking for a member or two who have a belt sander and would like to recondition our picnic tables.  They are a little rough and could some sand paper to make it easier to sit at them.  We would like to have them done by the BBQ.  If you are interested contact Frank Bermel (937-7324) or Tom Ess (431-9292) and we will show you just what need to be done.

ELECTIONS

December may be a ways off yet but it’s never too early to think about whether you want to run for a director’s position or officer of the club.  We will be having several positions open this year and are always looking for members to step forward.  If you are interested in doing so ask a present director or officer what it’s all about.

HUNTER SAFETY

The club will be hosting two hunter safety courses in August and September.  They will be taught by the Millgrove Sportsman club.  The first one will be for first time bow hunters on Saturday, August 17th. Preregistration if required by going to the DEC web site and signing up.  The next class will be for first time hunters on Thursday, September 26th and Saturday September 28th, preregistration is once again required.

 

June 2019 / July 2019

 TRIGGER TALK

   June 2019 / July 2019

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 V. President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

  June Director: Jeff Miller: 937-0993

  July Director: Dennis Goodwell: 255-2607

 

BBQ COMMITTEES

Bar: Frank Bermel: 937-7324
Parking: Bill Chapman: 912-5080
Take Out: Jeff Miller: 937-0993
Serving Line: Tim Swartz: 713-0271
Dining Room Clean Up: Tim Swartz: 713-0271
Kitchen: Carl Leas: 656-0350

If you would like to work on any of these committees please do not wait to call the chairman. Many of them have people from last year who will return to volunteer for this year.

RAFFLE TICKETS

With this edition of the Trigger Talk you will receive 10 raffle tickets for this year’s Chicken BBQ in August. This is the only time we ask each member to help the club by selling your tickets. This gives us a boost in case our dinner sales are off for the day. You can also gain hours by selling your ten and an additional 25 for one work hour.

GUN RAFFLE

Initial reports from our treasurer Tom Ess indicate that we did very well on this year’s gun raffle. We had approximately 300 people attend the event and everyone had a good time. There was plenty of help from members which added to the success of the day. The only downfall was the wet weather which made parking a little difficult but we managed. I want to thank all those who were there for the day helping we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks goes out to the kitchen crew who had the undaunting  task of feeding the hoards that attended and the parking crew for keeping everyone out of the mud. Thanks.

LOWER RANGE

Work on this will begin as soon as possible. We are waiting for some dryer and warmer weather before we begin. If you are still interested in helping you can sign up with Tom Ess and you will be contacted when the work begins. The more hands we have the sooner this project gets finished and the range is fully usable.

BIG BEARD CONTEST

Any spring turkey hunter that was successful and entered in the contest bring your beards to the June general meeting for measuring. Also don’t forget a tagged leg to be used for the spur length in case of a tie.

TRAP

Our spring league is moving along in spite of the damp weather. We have about 27 shooters participating with room for more. There is still time to get your 10 qualifying shoots in before the banquet on June 15th. Don’t forget we shoot on Wednesday from noon to 2pm if you’re looking for an afternoon activity. First time shooters are welcomed. 

AIR PISTOL

This league has just begun and will go until the middle of July. It is run by Carl Leas (656-0350) on Tuesday nights with the first relay at 7:30 pm. You shoot .177 caliber pellets from a distance of 33 feet. All shooters are welcomed.

WNYOPL

This league is also underway and runs until September. They shoot outdoors on Sunday mornings at various area clubs. This is center fire or .22 caliber pistol shooting. You don’t have to be an expert to participate just someone who wants to have fun shooting. You can contact Dennis Muetel (668-4686) for further information.

RANGE ROAD

For anyone wondering if the lower range is open, it is. You can now go there and bang away until your heart is content. Please park on the stones because the grass portion of the parking lot is still a little soft. Please keep the range clean each time you use it. Remember safety first. Use some common sense when down there that doesn’t put you or the club in jeopardy.

CLUB SIGN

We now have our front sign back that was blown down during one of our winter windstorms. It had gotten knocked into the ditch and messed up a bit. Thanks to Don Sennett who was able to make the necessary repairs and return it to the front of the club so everyone knows where we are.

INDOOR ARCHERY

Just want to let everyone know that there will be no indoor archery on Friday due to the lack of participation. Thanks to Melanie and Jennifer for their efforts.

CALENDAR

June 4th Air Pistol                                                     June 5th Trap

June 7th Trap                                                            June 11th Air Pistol 

June 12th Trap & Gen. Meeting                                June 14th Trap

June 15th Trap Banquet                                            June 17th Work Party 

June 18th Air Pistol                                                    June 19th Trap

June 21st Trap                                                           June 25th Air Pistol 

June 26th Trap & Dir. Meeting                                    June 27th Work Party                                        

June 28th Trap                                                            July 2nd Air Pistol

July 3rd Closed                                                           July 5th Closed

July 9th Air Pistol                                                        July 10th Trap & Gen. Meeting

July 12th Trap                                                             July 15th Work Party

July 16th Air Pistol                                                      July 17th Trap

July 19th Trap                                                             July 24th Trap

July 25th Work Party                                                  July 26th Trap

July 30th Air Pistol Banquet                                       July 31st Trap

April 2019 / May 2019

 TRIGGER TALK

   April 2019 / May 2019

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 V. President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

  April Director: Jim Esack: 863-3967

  May Director: Tim Swartz: 713-0271

 

GUN RAFFLE

Our annual gun raffle is fast approaching and it is time to get your tickets in that have sold or not sold.  We have a waiting list of people who need tickets and you don’t want to wait until the last minute to get them back.  We still need help with parking for that day and if you would like to help you can contact Bill Chapman at 912-5080. The following Monday May 6th there will be a work party at 6pm for clean up.

 

BIG BEARD CONTEST

For all the spring turkey hunters the Big Beard signup sheet will be behind the bar.  You must be registered before the May 1st opener, cost is $3.  All entrants will be judged at the June general meeting.  Bring one tagged leg with your beard because any ties will be broken by spur length.

 

SPRING TRAP

Our spring league will begin Friday, April 5th and run for 11 weeks.  All are invited to shoot regardless of your skill level.  Sign up will be at 5:30 and shooting begins at 6 pm. There is a $20 league fee and each round of 25 birds is $5.  If you only want to shoot practice you can do that to at $5 per round. For the league you will shoot 250 class qualifying birds and 50 birds the day of the banquet for class champion.  For any additional information contact Tom Ess at 431-9292.

 

WEDNESDAY TRAP

We will begin our 4th year of afternoon shooting on Wednesday, May 1st.  Signup will be at 11:30 am and the first relay at 12 noon.  We will shoot until 2pm. Scores from this day can be used for the Friday night league as well.  If you prefer to shoot during the day instead of at night than this is for you. We have a lot of fun on Wednesday and it gives all the retired people something to do during the week.  For additional information contact Frank Bermel at 937-7324.

 

THURSDAY WORK PARTY

Maurice Malaney has once again agreed to run our morning work parties on the fourth Thursday of the month starting in May and running through September.  These work parties begin at 9 am and go until 12 noon. If you can’t make our Monday night work parties here’s a chance for you to put in some time. Remember there is no use of the range while the work party is going on but you can use it after 12 noon.  Just show up and we will put you to work.

 

LOWER RANGE

We are still looking for help with finishing the lower range cover and berms.  Tom Ess is compiling a list of those members willing to help on special work details to finish the project.  You will be contacted when your help will be needed. Everyone who uses the range should be on this list. We can only move on finishing this if we have enough help.  We want to get this done before the end of summer so it is ready for the fall hunting season. Those interested contact Tom Ess at 431-9292.

 

WNYOPL

Once again the club will be a part of this outdoor shooting league.  You will be shooting center fire pistols, .22 caliber pistols or both if you desire each time you shoot.  This league will begin in May and run through September. You will shoot at various local clubs on Sunday morning.  For additional information you can contact Dennis Muetel at 668-4686.

 

AIR PISTOL

This league is run by Carl Leas on Tuesday night beginning in May and going until the middle of July.  The first relay is at 7:30 pm and a second if necessary right afterwards. You shoot at targets from 33 feet.  For additional information you can contact Carl at 656-0350.

 

TREE STANDS

If you used the club property for a tree stand during the season you have to have it down before the end of June.  You may put them back up in September at your own risk. We as a club are not responsible for them.

 

CALENDAR

April 5th Trap                                                            April 10th General Meeting

April 12th Trap                                                          April 15th Work Party

April 19th Closed (Easter)                                        April 24th Director Meeting

April 26th Trap                                                          May 1st Trap

May 3rd Trap                                                            May 4th Gun Raffle

May 6th Work Party                                                  May 7th Air Pistol

May 8th Trap & General Meeting                             May 10th Trap

May13th Work Party                                                May 14th Air Pistol

May 15th Trap                                                         May 17th Trap

May 21st Air Pistol                                                  May 22 Closed

May 23rd Thursday Work Party                              May 24th Closed

May 28th Air Pistol                                                  May 29th Trap & Director Meeting

May 31st Trap            

February 2019 / March 2019

 TRIGGER TALK

   February 2019 / March 2019

  Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

 President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

 President: Bruce Huber: 595-937-7176

  February Director: Jim Sivecz: 937-6855

  March Director: Jenny Huber: 228-3842

 

2019 DUES

You have until the end of January to get your 2019 dues into the club.  If you got your required hours in for last year it will cost you $30 for this year.  If you didn’t then add $25 per hour to the original $30 and you will have what you owe for this year.  We do not send out a bill if you are looking for one.  So don’t waste time and get your dues in.  Remember to fill out the form that was in the last trigger talk so we can update our membership files.

 

GUN RAFFLE

Tickets are in and are being distributed to members for sale.  Tom Ess has single tickets for cash sale and Bruce Huber has group tickets for those who need more than one.  Remember if you take several tickets get them back to us as soon as possible.  We don’t want to have to hunt you down.  If you can’t sell them don’t worry, we usually have a waiting list of people who want them.  Tom Ess (431-9292) will be looking for ticket sellers for the day and Bill Chapman (912-5080) will be needing help with parking.  Remember if you are going to work that day you need to purchase a ticket.

 

SUPER BOWL

The club will be open that day for anyone interested in watching the game.  There will be a cash bar and chili served.  If you want to bring something you are more than welcomed.  The game is Sunday, February 3rd.  The club will be opened by noon.  If you need any more information see Jim Sivecz (937-6855).

 

SPORTER RIFLE

There are just over two months left for shooting this if you are interested.  We shoot this on Friday night’s beginning at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30.  You shoot 30 times total at 3 targets with your .22 cal rifle.  If you shoot the league targets are $4 and if you shoot practice they are $3.  For any additional information contact Don Sennett (525-3151).

 

WINTER TRAP

You still have time to join this league we have three shoots before the banquet shoot off.  You will shoot 50 birds each time you come out unless you are behind.  There is a $20 league fee and each round of 25 birds will cost you $5. Sign up begins around 11 am and the first relay goes out around noon.  There is good food being served in the kitchen.  Outside help is needed for each Sunday.  See Tom Ess for details (431-9292).

 

INDOOR ARCHERY

This runs the same day as our winter trap.  You shoot 30 arrows at a variety of targets from 50 ft and various angels.  You have the opportunity to shoot either the league or just practice.  They begin shooting at 11:30 am.

 

OUTDOOR ARCHERY

There is only one shoot left at our club for this travelling archery league.  There still may be time to join and finish this league at other clubs besides our.  This is a walking outdoor course with targets at various yardages. For additional information you can contact Joe Attardo (921-4237) or Chris Lux (912-5537).

 

ELECTIONS

We did have an election for three director positions with Jim Sivecz and Jenny Huber being re-elected and Dennis Goodwill elected to his first term.  We thank Vickie Jackobel for her service as director.  We still need members to come forward for president, v. president, treasurer and secretary.  We can’t keep having the same people all the time.

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Tom Ess is compiling a list of people who are willing to work on the new range cover when the time comes in the spring.  We want to finish this as soon as possible weather permitting.  You will be called when work days are scheduled for this.  We have berms and shooting rests to be installed.  Signup sheets for all of our shooting events and director months are hanging on the bulletin board just waiting for you to fill them.

 

CLUB CLOSURE

Just another reminder that if there is inclement weather on the night of a club activity and the evening activities for the Alden schools are cancelled than the club will be closed. Please watch the ticker tape on the news channels for closings. 

 

CALENDAR

February 1st Sporter Rifle                                            February 3rd Super Bowl

February 7th Suburban Pistol                                      February 8th Sporter Rifle

February 10th Trap & Archery                                     February 13th Gen Meeting

February 14th Suburban Pistol                                    February 15th Sporter Rifle

February 17th Outdoor Archery                                  February 18th Work Party

February 21st Suburban Pistol                                     February 22nd Sporter Rifle

February 24th Trap & Archery                                      February 27th Dir Meeting

March 1st Sporter rifle                                                  March 8th Sporter Rifle

March 10th Trap & Archery                                          March 13th Gen Meeting

March 15th Open Range                                               March 18th Work Party

March 22nd Open Range                                              March 24th Trap Banquet

March 27th Dir Meeting                                                March 29th Open Range

December 2018 / January 2019

TRIGGER TALK

December 2018 / January 2019

Alden Rod and Gun Club

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

Mailing Address P.O. Box 35

www.AldenRodandGun.com

President: Frank Bermel Jr.: 937-7324

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

December Director: Don Sennett: 525-3151

January Director: Bruce Huber: 585-937-7176

DUES

We will begin collecting your 2019 dues at the December general meeting.  If you have met your required 10 hours your dues will be $30, if not you have to add $25 per hour that you are short to the $30 to get your 2019 dues.  We ask that you be orderly when paying your dues, it may take a few minutes but please be patient.  You will not be getting a notice that your dues are due now so be aware that you have until the January director meeting to get this paid

 

GUN RAFFLE

At the December general meeting we will begin selling our 2019 gun raffle tickets, we only have 550 tickets and they go fast.  Each ticket will cost $20 apiece.  Tom Ess will have single tickets for cash and Bruce Huber will have group tickets.  If you plan on selling side raffle tickets you need to have a raffle ticket to get into event.  Tom will begin looking for 9 or 10 members to sell side raffle tickets throughout the evening.  Bill Chapman will also be looking for members to help with the parking that day.  If you are interested you can contact him at 912-5080.

 

BIG BUCK CONTEST

Anyone who entered the contest and has a rack to be judged must bring it to the January general meeting.  Remember it must be cleaned or it will be disqualified no matter how big it is.

 

SPORTER RIFLE

We will begin this on Friday, December 7th and run for thirteen weeks.  There is a$20 league fee and it will cost $4 per week to shoot league targets.  The first relay will be at 6:30 with subsequent relays at 7:30 and 8:30 if necessary.  Your first relay will be strictly for 22 cal. rifle.  The other two may have a mixture of rifle and pistol.  You can only shoot lead ammo no coated rounds.  You have to shoot 11 league scores to qualify for the league.  If you have any other questions you can contact Don Sennett at 578-1108.  We are still looking for some range officers for Friday night.

 

SUBURBAN PISTOL

This 22 caliber pistol league is well under way since the beginning of October.  Carl Leas tells us that the team is doing well but they could use a few additional shooters.  This is a handicap league which means that you don’t have to be an expert shot to participate.  Most of the matches are shot at the club so there isn’t a lot of traveling involved.  If you are interested you can contact Carl Lest at 656-0350.

 

WINTER TRAP

This league will kick off our 2019 trap season on Sunday, January 13th.  Sign up will begin at 11am with the first relay around noon.  You will be shooting every other Sunday from then on.  This will be a 300 bird league with 250 for class qualifying and 50 shot the day of the banquet for class champion.  You will be shooting 25 birds at the upper house and then 25 at the lower each week.  There is a$20 league fee and then it will cost $8 for each round unless you shoot practice of 25 birds at $4.  Tom Ess will be looking for help so please sign up to make it easier on the club.  You can contact him at 431-9292.

 

INDOOR ARCHERY

This will run concurrent with the winter trap league.  You will be shooting in our range room at a combination of paper targets, 3D targets and archery butts.  There is a $20 league fee and a weekly target fee to shoot.  You shoot a total of 30 arrows each week.  If you have any questions you can contact Phil Williams at 553-7445.

 

OUTDOOR ARCHERY

For all you archers here is another way to keep your skills up for the season.  This is a travel league that we have offered for the last 3 years.  It is shot at several local clubs on a walking outdoor course with 3D targets at various distances.  If you are interested you can contact Joe Attardo at 937-0430 or Chris Lux at 912-5537.  The dates for our club hosting a Sunday shoot are January 8th and 20th and February 17th.  We are also looking for a couple of members who would be interested in cooking breakfast for those days.  Everything would be provided for you food wise for that day.  You would also receive credit for the time you worked.  See Bruce or Jenny Huber for more details.

 

ELECTIONS

At the December general meeting we will be have elections for two director positions for the coming year.  It is important for members to attend this meeting and cast your vote.  We still did not have anyone want to run for our four officer positions that were open and this is sad.  If members don’t begin to come forward and fill our leadership roles the ultimate price will be no club.  Think about this for next year.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

If you haven’t seen the new lower range cover you should take the time to see what we have done.  There is one person Don Sennett that we need to thank for all of his engineering and supervising skills that contributed greatly to the success of the project.  Through his leadership the project moved much smoother and faster than we had hoped for.  To those members who volunteered their time and effort we want to thank you also.  It was truly a team effort that came together in just a few meetings.  We are planning to finish the range project for full use in 2019 with the help of mother nature and members.  A signup sheet will be available at all general meetings for those willing to help, see Tom Ess.  If you use the range please consider helping!!!

 

UPDATING OUR RECORDS

We need all members with this year’s dues to fill out a form so that we can have current information for our records.  You can either mail it in with your dues or bring it with you to a general meeting and give it to our secretary when you pay your dues.  If you don’t do this you will not receive a card for the coming year. Please be cooperative we are not trying to gather information on members for other purposes.  Your form is in this trigger talk, look for it.

 

CALENDER

DEC 7th Sporter Rifle                                          Dec 12th General Meeting

Dec 14th Sporter Rifle                                        Dec 21st Sporter Rifle

Dec 26th Director Meeting                                Dec 28th Sporter Rifle

Jan4th Sporter Rifle                                           Jan 6th Outdoor Archery

Jan9th General Meeting                                   Jan 11th Sporter Rifle

Jan 13th Trap & Indoor Archery                       Jan 18th Sporter Rifle

Jan 20th Outdoor Archery                                 Jan 25th Sporter Rifle

Jan 27th Trap & Archery                                    Jan 30th Director Meeting

 

CLUB CLOSING

Please be aware that the club will be closed for any type of activity when the Alden school system is closed or evening activities are cancelled due to snow.  This is a policy that we have implemented for the last few years to alleviate the question of whether the club will be opened during snow storms.

 

 

SAMPLE FORM

Name:  Joe Shooter

Address: 112 Gun Club Lane

Town & State: Archery, NY

Zip: 12345

Email: shooter@verizon.com

Home Phone: 716-123-6543

Cell Phone: 716-987-2468

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