Monthly Archives: January 2015

Survey Says…….

Along with your February issue of The Firing Line coming in your e-mail the next few days, you will receive a copy of the results from the Membership Survey you returned with your 2015 renewal.

In all, we received 317 back, and many of you had a lot to say. Some comments, as you will see, were similar and grouped with like comments, but others were unique enough to stand alone for everyone to read.

Without the Board having a chance to discuss the results (they received their copies yesterday), it’s hard to say what will come about as a result of the survey. Some questions confirmed what the Board’s thinking was, and a few brought up enough that the Board should review the responses in light of policies and by-laws.

Other comments, such as those dealing with the newsletter and the website, are of special interest to me and will be examined closely. As I tabulated the survey results in those areas, I began formulating some basic ideas I will share with you later.

Anytime a survey of a closed group such as CCGC yields 50%+ responses, there is little doubt about the validity of those responses. Discounting the usual survey errors – not completing BOTH pages of the survey, not answering ALL the questions, not making written responses in those areas set aside for such – many of you gave a lot of time and thought to the answers you provided.

Now that the Board is meeting with the membership once a month, it behooves each member to become even more involved with CCGC and its operation. You don’t have to be a Board Member to be an ACTIVE member; you simply have to attend meetings, read your e-mail, and visit the website once in a while to keep up with what is going on.

I hope I speak for the Board when I invite you to the next meeting, February 13,  and begin to participate in the discussion on how to make CCGC even better than we know it is now.

Gun Club Discounts?

I was reminded today that CCGC has a club discount with Missouri Bullet Company. He contacted me and asked me what the code was after he had seen the Club on the list on Missouri’s website – http://www.missouribullet.com/

The club’s code is cherrycreek-gc    You only get 5% off your order, but that cuts your shipping costs a tad. Something’s better than nothing, right?

I don’t know of any other discounts like this the Club can get, but if you do and don’t mind sharing the info with your fellow club members, let me know and I’ll get it out.

Did You Miss SHOT SHOW This Year?

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Missed SHOT SHOW again this year, didn’t you? Well, don’t despair. The best of what went on at the Show each day was printed in a special daily issue of SHOTDAILY, published for NSSF by Bonnier Corp., publishers of Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and SHOT Business magazines.

Now you can get a copy of each day’s publication right here – http://www.shotshowblog.com/shot-daily/

Read them online or download .pdf copies to read later, your choice. See if you really missed anything in Vegas for four days!

Weatherby Launches Video Site for Hunters and Shooters

Weatherby has announced the world premiere of WBY-TV.com, an online destination that offers a wide range of video content created to inspire the dreams of hunters and shooters everywhere.

Video content ranges from hunts and how-to tips to product information and technical applications to the latest and greatest in the outdoor industry. Team Weatherby profiles and never-before-seen, real-life stories—such as a powerful video on Taya Kyle, wife of the late “American Sniper” author and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle—are among other highlights. Behind-the-scenes extras and other unique content also await visitors to WBY-TV.com.

Visit WBY-TV.com to start your video experience. For more information on Team Weatherby celebrities, go to www.teamweatherby.com.

Hunter Education Classes – Sign Up Now!

Hunter Education classes will be first-come, first-served

CCGC will be holding Internet Conclusion Hunter Education Classes on February 14 & March 14. Classes  fill up rapidly this time of year.

If you want to attend one of these classes, we recommend you start checking the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website daily – http://cpw.state.co.us .  The classes are now posted, and are first come, first served

Colorado Parks & Wildlife site: http://cpw.state.co.us
Click on Learning and look under Hunter Education for Internet-Based Courses
Look  for Cherry Creek Gun Club classes to register

News Briefs – Meeting Updates

The CCGC Board of Directors has voted to revise its meeting schedule. Continuing a trial begun in November 2014, the General Membership and Board of Director Meetings will now be held the same evening, the second Friday of each month. An attempt was made to change the evening of the Board Meeting, and other attempts to maintain the two-night-a-month schedule of meetings, to no avail. The format for meetings will be published in the February issue of The Firing Line.

Maintenance at the Club will be coordinated by Jack Orischak and Jack Priest. Contact them if you are interested in helping with projects at the Club and earning back some of the fees you paid to the Club. Security cameras, target carrier maintenance, and installing energy-saving fixtures are just a few of the projects now underway. We know many members have skills that could benefit the Club, and invite you to help make the Club better.

Hunter Education has taken off in a big way at CCGC, and has filled much of the calendar for Winter and Spring. On days classes are running, the Meeting Room and East Range are reserved, but the West Range and the Rifle Tube are still open and available for use. Most are held on Saturdays – check the calendar.

New members will now undergo a New Member Orientation prior to being inducted at the monthly meeting, instead of staying after the meeting. This orientation will be a time agreed upon by a Safety Officer and the New Member.  The first new member (actually a returning member) felt the program was worthwhile and very thorough.

Finally, a few reminders of some rules that are being overlooked at the Club:

1) CCGC has a no-tolerance NO SMOKING policy. Smoking is banned anywhere in the building – meeting room, ranges, tube, or vault. Violators will be invited to visit with the Board and explain themselves, with punishment as outlined in the By-Laws.

2) CCGC rules state that ONLY paper and cardboard targets may be shot on the ranges, without prior approval for certain programs. A recent incident at the Club brought this issue to the front, and also included one member shooting across two lanes at a target, another violation of at least Common Sense.

3) There has been an increase in Magnum brass in the barrels. All of it is NOT being shot on Position 20, where it should be. Added to the list of cartridges that are NOT allowable on the pistol ranges are the CF Bottlenecks. A full list of what you can shoot where will be published again in the newsletter next month.

Meetings, at least from my standpoint, have been getting better and better each month. If you haven’t been to a meeting lately, take one evening a month and see what’s going on at YOUR gun club. This space, Potshots, or The Firing Line can’t do justice to sitting in a meeting listening to the discussion regarding how your club operates.

Turkey Hunt at the Club, January 18

Are you done with post Holiday Turkey Leftovers?!?   Are you sick of Turkey Sandwiches, Turkey Tetrazzie, and Turkey Soup?

Well, come on down to CCGC this Sunday, January 18th, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for a chance to give it back to the TURKEYS!   This is your chance to knock down 10 Turkeys, (also rams, pigs and chickens).   Bring either an air pellet pistol or air pellet rifle and let those Turkey’s have it!

It’s all FREE for CCGC members and just the $10 guest fee for non-members.   If you don’t have an air pistol, don’t worry, someone will usually loan you one.

So come on down and give it back to the TURKEYS!

John Lee