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Email Etiquette – IMPORTANT
Posted: April 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm by Nick Wagner

In this time of identity theft, we should all be very aware of how we send out our emails. I’m sure everyone has gotten mail with many email addresses in the addressee line. Do you ever wonder how many people you don’t know see your email address?

As a member of several really large organizations I am always aware of how emails come to me. I know I don’t want everyone “out there” to have mine!

There is a very easy way to make sure we don’t send emails with the addressee’s information showing.

When sending an email to many people, remember to use the “BCC” button, this will keep everyone’s email address from being seen. BCC means blind carbon copy, and what it does is keep everyone’s email address from showing. Please see the sample below. One simple click will ensure better security for everyone to whom you regularly send emails.

Comment by Max Wellman, SMGC Board Secretary

If you receive an email with a long list of addresses attached you should try to delete them before Forwarding the message. If that doesn’t work then do a “cut and paste” (highlight just the material you want to forward, Control X, Control V) into a new message so no names are forwarded with the new message. Then do the BCC step above to select mail recipients.

Southern Michigan Gun Club does not allow the use of our member’s private information for any purpose other than communicating normal club functions such as member renewals and information on available training classes. Those messages, including the monthly newsletter, come only from the Membership Secretary who solely maintains the member contact information database. Anything else you may receive about club activities did not come from official club sources, although there are a number of informational mailing lists which provide updates to participants of several shooting events. These are not club sponsored or endorsed, but private emails to people who self-identified to the sender in order to stay in touch with club events.

All club events are posted on the website Calendar (www.southernmichigangunclub.com) and the Lock, Stock, & Barrel monthly club newsletter Calendar.

Spring Work Day – May 6, 2017
Posted: April 6, 2017 at 2:17 am by Nick Wagner

SMGC spring cleanup day is fast approaching and there are many projects for improvement that need to be accomplished. All our ranges will be closed until all projects have been completed.

We have many projects such as painting, improving our landscape, building/repairing our backers, cutting new backers, cleaning up clay targets and many other small jobs. If you have trade skills please bring your tools but if you don’t we can always use rakes, shovels and loppers for general cleanup.

This is an important date which will allow you to interact with other members and save monies for the club which all goes towards keeping your membership fees as low as possible. Even if you can only help a couple of hours it will make a difference.

Come out and make SMGC the most outstanding club in our area. As always lunch will be provided for all participants. Hope to see you there.

Please note the May 13 date indicated in the paper newsletter is incorrect.

2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge
Posted: February 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Nick Wagner

The Rockford Sportsman’s Club (RSC) will again host it’s annual NSSF Rimfire Challenge Michigan State Championship match on Saturday, 13-May-2017. This match is now designated as the 2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Michigan State Championship.

The NSSF Rimfire Challenge can provide individuals or families with a fun and exciting first-time competitive-shooting experience. Shooting ranges can utilize the concept as a Second Round component to NSSF’s First Shots program. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Match schedules, and rules can be found here.

Click here for a detailed pdf document of this event.

Self Supervised Shooter Training Notice
Posted: February 9, 2017 at 1:54 am by Nick Wagner

The Board of Directors has recently approved the resumption of the Self-Supervised Shooter program at SMGC for members of at least six months.

It’s most important to note that this program is about SAFETY first and will emphasize safe range practices and habits. Better marksmanship through increased practice during approved range hours (10 am till sunset or 9 pm in the summer) is the objective.

Training classes are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month beginning February 18, 2017. Class time is 9:00 am until around noon. If you’re running late don’t bother to come. Sign up for the next available class as we will not accept tardiness to a safety class. If you want to be there, BE THERE ON TIME.

The application is available on the SMGC EVENTS for you to complete and reserve your space in the next available class. Seating is limited to 20 people per class. There is no charge for members taking the class.

Classroom training material will be provided but you will need to bring a pen & pencil for note taking and test taking.

Every question on the test will come from the classroom discussion, so coffee and staying alert will also help you breeze through the course.

You will need to bring an unloaded firearm and Indoor Range approved ammunition for it (non-jacketed, less than 900 fps) to the class for your live fire safety demonstration proof test following the classroom portion.

Successful members will receive a yellow SSS card and lanyard immediately at the class conclusion.

Questions can be directed to the club Safety Officer, Tom McKenna, at smgctom@gmail.com.


FNRA Event – Saturday, April 29, 2017
Posted: February 9, 2017 at 1:50 am by Nick Wagner

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Van Buren Conference Center.

Click here for full details.

Handgun Essentials Classes Scheduled For April 22, 2017!
Posted: January 18, 2017 at 11:18 pm by Nick Wagner

Check out the SMGC EVENTS page for the new Handgun Essentials I & II Classes scheduled for April 22, 2017 and held in the lower range Pistol Pit.

These classes are open to Non-Members as well!

You will find more info there along with requirements and what to expect.

Clay Shooting Added as a Vicksburg Schools Club Sport
Posted: January 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm by Nick Wagner

By Sue Moore from South County News


What kind of interscholastic sport is this? No travel to other schools to compete. Scores kept digitally across the state. All scoring available on each athlete’s smart phone. It purports to be the safest youth sport in America, yet it involves shotguns in order to compete.

It is the Vicksburg Bulldog Clay Target Team, newly sanctioned as a club sport for Vicksburg students in grades 6 through 12. Members of the team will learn to shoot trap, learn safe gun handling and compete with other students across Michigan in what is reported to be the fastest growing youth sport in America by the USA High School Clay Target League.

You can read the full article here.

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