CLUB NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
FNRA Event The Southwest Michigan Friends of NRA Committee will hold it’s 13th Annual Friends of NRA Banquet on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Van Buren Conference Center 490 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan. The evening will start at 5:00pm with a Social Hour, Games, and Silent Auction bidding. A prime rib dinner or vegetarian meal upon request will be served at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm the evening will continue with Silent Auction, Raffles, and Live Auction of official NRA provided and donated items. All net proceeds from this event will benefit the Shooting Sports in the State of Michigan and Nationally.
Posted: February 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Nick Wagner
The Southwest Michigan Friends of NRA Committee will hold it’s 13th Annual Friends of NRA Banquet on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Van Buren Conference Center 490 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan. The evening will start at 5:00pm with a Social Hour, Games, and Silent Auction bidding. A prime rib dinner or vegetarian meal upon request will be served at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm the evening will continue with Silent Auction, Raffles, and Live Auction of official NRA provided and donated items. All net proceeds from this event will benefit the Shooting Sports in the State of Michigan and Nationally.
Spring Clean Projects
Posted: January 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Nick Wagner
Saturday May 7 will be Range Clean Up Day this year, and we will be in need of volunteers with tools, talent & time to come out and help improve the club grounds and facilities. This is the time each year where we organize a group of volunteers to get together and help get stuff done.
FREE LUNCH – catered and delicious!
A list of projects will be published on this site soon.
NOTE: As members of the club, you have an idea of areas which need attention. Your suggestions are requested and welcomed! Please contact us through the CONTACT page with your proposed projects to repair, replace and/or improve areas of the Indoor & Outdoor ranges. We value your input!
Missing Plaque From Downtown (Indoor) Range
Posted: January 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Nick Wagner
For the last 45 – 50 years, a plaque has adorned a wall at the Indoor Range that listed the founding members involved in the construction that range. Unfortunately, that plaque is missing. While it has no monetary value, the plaque has considerable historical value as it identifies some of the earliest club members.
If you have any information on this plaque, please contact us through our CONTACT page.
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm by Nick Wagner
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart, on behalf of the members of SMGC and the board of directors we note the peaceful passing of Wayne Herring on the afternoon of December 15th. Wayne was 84 years old.
Wayne had been at home for over a week following discharge from Borgess Hospital where he was battling kidney disease and eventual failure following open heart surgery months prior.
A few members were fortunate enough to spend a little time with Wayne in his home. While visiting with Wayne a couple of days prior to his passing, Wayne was asked what we could do for him, in typical fashion Wayne said he couldn’t think of anything he needed. Wayne did say he was at peace with his situation and stated he led a long, good life, done a lot of things, been in many places in this country, had the love a good woman for more than 40 years and he was ready to rest.
Wayne was the longest standing member of SMGC, he was a member of the Kalamazoo Revolver Club which in 1954 was renamed and reorganized as Southern Michigan Gun Club. The newly formed SMGC purchased the building on Crosstown Parkway which remains as SMGC’s Indoor Range. Wayne served on the board of directors of the newly formed club and was also involved with the purchase of the White Oaks Gun Club property which remains the SMGC Outdoor Range property.
Wayne was perhaps the most giving, patient person we have ever met. Wayne would spend his ‘range time’ helping others improve their performance, or share his extensive knowledge and love of hand loading rather than shooting. Wayne competed in most of the shooting sports: trap, skeet, smallbore rifle, and several types of handgun use. Wayne was also an NRA Instructor and assisted with the Ladies’ Day events for several years.
The last few years Wayne could be found volunteering (working) in the Pistol Pit setting up for a practice or a match, all the while struggling with a poorly performing cardiovascular system. We pistol pit critters recall on more than one occasion it would take two or more volunteers to get Wayne to sit down and rest. Wayne was not one to allow others to share the work effort while he rested.
We the board of directors, SIGs, SMGC members, his friends and family, can take solace in the knowledge Wayne sits in the presence of his Lord and has touched the face of his God.
We cannot think of a better man, a better friend, or a more giving person. May Wayne rest in peace.
SMGC BOD, SIGs and General Members
FIXED!!! NEW USER REGISTRATION
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Nick Wagner
ATTENTION SMGC MEMBERS – The New User Registration function is working properly now.
I apologize for the delay.
ALSO: The FORGOT PASSWORD link is working again for everyone who has forgotten their password and was unable to reset it during this registration problem.
SMGC To Host 2016 AAFTA National Competition!
Posted: November 4, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Nick Wagner
SMGC is proud to announce that the American Airgun Field Target Association has awarded our club the privilege of hosting the 3 Day 2016 National Championships! Chris Martin has been working hard to promote our club to the organization and his hard work has paid off!
For more info CLICK HERE for a press release.
October New Member Orientation
Posted: September 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm by Nick Wagner
The New Member Orientation for October has been posted. If you are interested in joining the club, go to our SMGC EVENTS page and fill out the New Member Orientation registration form and follow the instructions.
Only 30 spots available, so sign up quick!
WEEKDAY RSO SCHEDULE VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Posted: September 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Nick Wagner
The current Weekend RSO Schedule Volunteer will be happy to meet with anyone to train them in the way it has been done.
The skills needed are:
- Computer user with a basic understanding of navigating websites.
- Ability to use basic functions of Excel.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Must have a means to send emails to multiple recipients. Many email providers limit the number you can email at one time.
If interested, please email the website administrator through the CONTACT page.
Thank You, Stan!
Posted: June 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Nick Wagner
I received a call from Stan this morning and he officially resigned from mowing the outdoor range. There are no hard feelings on Stan’s part but his arthritis and the time the job required is becoming too much for him. Stan has mowed for the past 8 years and truly made our outdoor range a show piece. Stan stated everything is completely mowed and would be willing to show any replacement how to operate/maintain the equipment.
Stan wants to spend more time shooting so if you see him at the range be sure to thank him for an excellent job over the past. There is no question Stan will be hard to replace and at this time each SIG will be responsible for mowing/maintaining their foot print. All in all over the past asking the SIGs to mow has been less than successful as what happens is inexperienced people end up destroying our equipment and no one takes the time to do general maintenance.
Gallery SIG Head Position Open
Posted: June 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm by Nick Wagner
Tom Dyke has stepped down from the position of Head of the Gallery SIG. This group is looking for a volunteer to head this group for the upcoming Gallery Season. Please use the CONTACT form to send an email stating your interest in this position.
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