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  • Kevin Winkler

September 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to a First Edition of our New Twin City Rod & Gun Club Quarterly Newsletter. In it we will share key updates from around the club, any notable change and hopefully highlight some important people or events taking place within the club or surrounding communities. I will also do my best to add in content that you might find informative, interesting, or amusing. My hope is that these newsletters will be a way for us to reach out to and communicate with more members on a regular basis. Some are not able to attend the Membership meetings or have access to the digital content and this allows us another avenue.

The last 2 years have been a time of challenges and changes as everyone tries to adjust to Covid and the Post Covid world. Ammo and component shortages continue to affect the shooting sports world. Higher costs of all goods affect you at home but also affect the operation of the club. We did put some measures in place last spring and had to raise some fees for our services to keep providing what you expect and deserve as members. Overall, I believe our members understood the need for this and received it well, I appreciate that. The board of Directors will continue to be wise in spending as well as open and honest when it comes to financial state of the club.

General Membership Meetings resumed again in September. Remember they are the 3rd Thursday every Month. Always a chance to win Cash and Gift Cards! New this year is $1 Beer during meetings! I look forward to seeing you there!

Latest Division Updates

The Main Range has been running smoothly and Open for Business this past summer for posted hours - check website calendar for hours!

Our core group of Bartenders and Range Safety Officers have been filling in the calendar and keeping the range operating. The $2/Day shooting fee has been instrumental in helping us keep up on staffing – we appreciate the continued understanding on that fee as we move forward.

The Tuesday Volunteer Group has also been in action the entire summer making sure that the equipment, grounds, targets, and buildings remain in good condition. Thanks to everyone that helps with that.

Calendar for September – November is filled out including Sight in Days. If you are interested in Volunteering during Sight in Days, please contact a director. The Club is also still searching for a Range Director – if you are interested, please contact us.

The Archery Division has been in full swing all summer hosting their regular league along with many special shoots during the summer. During their Annual HHA/Old Glory Honor Flight 3D shoot that took Place on July 9th and 10th they set a new shoot attendance record. This shoot not only generates income for the club there is also a large donation made to Old Glory Honor Flight. Our members do a huge amount of work to make that possible. They also had another year of Volunteering to teach Archery to youth at the Kimberly Paper Fest Days. It was a very busy and very hot weekend. Overall turn out was good. The club could always use more help with this event so if you are able or want to be more involved this would be a great opportunity. Archery league and course is wrapping up for the year. The gate to Archery Clubhouse will close for the winter on Sept. 17th. Remember they do still have a practice area set up that can be accessed from the Sporting Clays Parking Lot. - For More information on Archery please reach out to Kristin Armitage.

Summer league Started on May 2nd and they shoot Monday and Tuesday Nights. With more abundant ammo choices we welcomed a larger group of teams that we had the past couple of years. They will wrap up with their League Party Night on Sept. 13th. During league nights open shooters are always welcome to shoot a round of trap or two! Also remember Twin City hosts youth trap as well during this time. If anyone is interested or knows someone looking to shoot please let them know. Dates and information for winter league trap to be posted soon! As brought up last year the roofs of the trap houses are at end of life and still in poor shape. We have taken temporary measures to protect our Trap kids and equipment. We continue to search for the best solution moving forward and welcome all ideas and suggestions. – For More Information on Trap please reach out to Steve Kuehl.

The 12 station course is open most weekends all summer long for open shooting. There has been a steady flow of shooters especially when the weather is nice on the weekends. The summer season will close up on September 10th this year. Sporting Clays will then take the hunting season off and look to re open in January. Improvements have been made to shooting stands, platforms and brush clean up by multiple volunteers to continue to improve the look and feel of the course. There was a bit of storm damage but other than losing a couple of trees nothing was lost. Winter League will start the first weekend in January so if you are interested in signing up please do! Set Up day will be on January 1st as always and we welcome anyone out to help set the course up for the upcoming season. – For More Information on Sporting Clays please reach out to Pam Swanson.

Kevin Winkler

Twin City Rod & Gun Club Presiden


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