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This page provides the latest news and updates for Club Members from Club Meetings, as well as to provide information to the Membership from the Board of Directors.

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#From the August 2018 Club Meeting: Pat has the motor for the Running Deer, he is trying to see if it can be fixed. Pat also did the final reading of the proposed ByLaw change. The vote will take place at the next meeting, which will be Monday, September 10th. Wayne and Jen will be getting together with the Monday & Wednesday Group members to work on an NRA Range Grant for the Wall Project. With the new siding, we really don't want to put up the old sign; it would suit the building better to have a newer, nicer looking sign on the building. Wayne will work on the design, perhaps a throw-back to the design Bill Seastrum made years ago. The JJRC will hold a New Junior Class the weekend of Sat/Sun September 15th & 16th from 10am to 2pm both days. The Indoor Range will be closed during the class. For questions or to register, contact Wayne or Jen Schmitt. Jen gave a report about the JJRC Juniors and NYS Jr. Team at the CMP Smallbore National Matches in July; they did very well, earning many awards and almost beat Army in the Prone Team Match! Charlie has tickets for the Federation. Legion Gun Raffle tickets were passed around, please do your best to sell them as this is a big fundraiser for our club! New York Precision will be holding it's Precision Rifle Series Finale Match at the Olean Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, September 22nd. There are a lot of cool items on the prize table for participants! If interested, visit the website for New York Precision here to register or ask Jen and she will put you in touch with Marc Diana, who runs the matches.

#From the July 2018 Club Meeting: Chappy's Outdoors sent us a Thank You letter for our donation of $50. They raised $2855.00 at their benefit shoot in June. Wayne and Gary ran the transit for the wall project. Items from the Board Meeting on June 25th were addressed. It was discussed that we may possibly repair the motor for the Running Deer event at the Deer Shoot. Discussion also took place regarding getting rid of the old sign and possibly installing a new one. The proposed ByLaw change was read. Congrats to Mike Jackson, Dave Allen and Jen Schmitt on becomming National Champions in the 2018 NRA Light Rifle Sectional Match, for taking High Veteran, High Senior and 3rd Overall, respectively! The proposed ByLaw change will be read again at the next club meeting, which will take place on Monday, August 6th.

#From the June 2018 Club Meeting: The old meter and service boxes are off the building. Dave hopes to have them replaced with newer boxes this summer. We are having a problem with non-members coming down to use the range without a member present. They claim that the member gave them permission to do so. Per our insurance, members must accompany their guests. Any member who sends down a guest and doesn't accompany them will have their membership suspended. The Federation steak fry fundraiser is Saturday June 9th, for tickets see Charlie. Thank you to everyone who helped at the 3P Smallbore Regional match in May! Pat read the proposed amendments to the ByLaws. Need to add in the section on Membership that NRA membership will be required for all members. Anyone who is not a member may join using our recruiting program. If NRA membership lapses, they will also lose their membership in the club. The changes will be effective as of January 1, 2019. There will be an exemption for anyone who is already a member of the club but not a NRA member as of 1/1/19, as they will be grandfathered in. The section defining a voting member of the club will also need to be amended to read that a voting member of the club will be anyone with the right to vote or hold office who is a full paid member. Family/Associate members cannot vote as they are not full members. The proposed amendments will be read again at the next meeting, which will be Monday, July 2nd at 7:30pm, so yes we will be having a meeting in July! Larry asked for the police use of the range to not be scheduled on Wednesdays. Per Boyd, it is ok for members to shoot indoors while the police are using the outdoor ranges. As far as scheduling, there isn't much we can do because that is the time that works for the departments. Wayne is recovering well from his knee surgery, he hopes to be here for the July meeting. The next outdoor match will be Sat/Sun June 16th & 17th from 9am to 3pm both days. Due to safety reasons the 50yd range will be closed during the matches so we will try to get done as soon as possible so members can use the outdoor ranges after 3pm. Volunteers are needed and will receive work party credit. There are Precision Rifle Series matches being held monthly at Olean, they are tactical move and shoot on steel style matches, like what we have here but out to 600yds. If anyone is interested see Jen for more info.

#From the May 2018 Club Meeting: Further discussion about becoming a 100% NRA Club took place. In order to do so, there are requirements that the club must meet (a ByLaw change indicating the change in membership requirements; a newsletter or website; the club must be an affiliate of the State Association; the club must have an active junior program and also have a recruiter program). Since we meet all the rest of the criteria, all that is left is a ByLaw change. By being a Gold Level 100% NRA Club, we could receive $5,000 every year to use toward range/capital improvements. A proposed ByLaw change would have to be read at 3 consecutive meetings and all members must be notified by mail prior to the vote. A notice will be sent out to all members prior to the vote. The committee working on this will put together wording for the proposed ByLaw change and will present it at the next meeting. Mowing Season is here so as long as the weather is nice Dave will be planning on mowing every Friday morning until noon. There was talk about expanding the parking lot. If done, this project would be considered after the other projects (Siding, Wall) have been resolved. It would cost roughly $10,475 and we would need +/- 400' of stone and both the pine trees would need to come down. Discussion came up about improving the existing far parking lot but we would need to fix the sluse pipe anyway. There is consideration regarding putting a gate up at a later time. The next JAWS will be May 26th, volunteers are needed! At the Board Meeting held on April 30th, the Board talked with Gary Carlson and he's going to dig around the building so we can put stone around the building and also in the parking lot. A motion was made for $1,000 max to be used to do this, the motion was 2nd and passed. It was reported that the building should be sided by the end of June.

#From the April 2018 Club Meeting: The Building Committee went over the bids received and recommended doing the siding but not the gutters and recommended this to the Board. At the Board Meeting held on March 26th, it was decided to go with Kurt Sturzenbecker to do the job. A motion was made to follow the decision of the Board; the Motion was 2nd and approved. The color of the siding was also decided as Ivy on the bottom and Slate on the top. Adding gutters will be decided at a later date. Dave was working on putting the LED lighting in. The possibility of becomming a 100% NRA Club was approached. A Motion was made for all new members to be NRA Members so that we could pursue the requirements of a 100% NRA Club. This process would require a ByLaw change. The discussion was tabled for a later date. At the last couple meetings the parking lot has been so full that members have been parking on the road. Please do not do this as it's a safety issue! The possibility of expanding the current parking lot will be addressed at another time. The club has received complaints from the neighbors regarding the use of tannerite. The Rifle Club had already banned its use at an earlier meeting. We may need to post a sign on the ranges; a notice will be put up on the website. The wall status will be discussed further at a later date. The Chautauqua County Federation will be doing a Steak Fry Fundraiser at the Lakewood Rod & Gun on Saturday, June 9th from Noon to 4pm, tickets are $25 each, see Charlie for tickets.

#From the March 2018 Club Meeting: New range furnace was purchased and installed. It has a lifetime guarantee on the heat exchanger. Had the meeting with Chad from Jamestown Mechanical on Feb 10th regarding the wall project. Looking at 10 ft. high and cost around $12,000 for materials. Wayne did calculation for the angle from the extreme far end of the 100 yd. range to the proposed end of the wall; if were to leave 15 ft. from the back of the building there will be no way to pass a shot through from the 100 to the 50 yard range. It will be a slow moving project. Motion was made to move forward on looking into building the wall. Motion 2nd and passed, none opposed. Thank you to everyone who helped during the matches, we are officially done with the 2018 indoor match season! Dave installed an LED light above the oval table. Question arose do we want to replace all lights in the club. Would be $450 to replace all fixtures in the club room with those lights and then will put existing fixtures up in the attic with LED bulbs to make it safer and easier to see up there. Motion made to purchase 6 light fixtures, then was amended to 9. Motion was 2nd and passed, none opposed. There is also officially no longer a $10 initiation fee for new members. Dave will fix this on the paper forms and Jen will ammend it on the website. Discussed putting in the new lighting fixture in the parking lot. Wayne will discuss this more with Dave and Dawson White regarding doing this project. Will said that the Building Committee had 3 quotes plus 1 other one that wasn't ready yet regarding the siding project. The 3 quotes which were in hand were presented to the membership. The membership present voted on two topics: siding vs. painting (vote was in favor of siding, none opposed) and gutters vs. no gutters (majority voted in favor of gutters, none opposed). An official vote for which contractor and items to be completed will take place at the next meeting after we receive the last bid we're waiting on. Discussed becomming a 100% NRA club. If all members are NRA members we would get $5000 from NRA each year like Ridgway does which we could use for the improvement projects. Discussion was tabled until a later time. All program leaders need to get their 2017 attendance numbers in to Jen ASAP for the CMP Annual Report she needs to submit by April 1st. A workparty will be held on Sat April 14th at 9am to clean up the outside parking lot and the indoor range backstop, volunteers needed! Saturday April 21st will be a Hunter Ed Class here from 8am-4:30pm. All students need to register online at the DEC website and must complete the required homework and bring it with them to the class (info can be found on the Hunter Ed page). Reminder that the ranges are CLOSED during the Hunter Ed Classes!

#From the February 2018 Club Meeting: The pop machine got a new compressor but is now blowing fuses. Wayne will talk with our electricians about it. Thank you everyone who helped Wayne and Jen with the Jr. Olympic and Jr. Sectional matches. The January JAWS class had 29 ladies attend which is a new record! Tickets for the upcoming Friends of NRA dinner at the end of this month are due in to Charlie no later then the 17th. Wayne has received complaints from members saying there's too much talking during the meetings so starting next month 50/50 tickets will only be sold until the meeting starts, not during the meeting. The range furnace is bad, the heat exchanger and exhaust motor are shot which presents a safety issue. Wayne got quotes for a new furnace through both Carrier and Payne. If we get the Carrier furnace, we would save $ if we pay by cash or check. Motion was made to purchase the Carrier furnace, motion was 2nd. Discussed that we may not need a thermostat which was included in the quote as we already have one on the timer. Vote: all in favor, none opposed. Discussion has taken place especially in the Wed morning group regarding building a divider wall between the 50 and 100 yard ranges. Would leave approx. 20 ft. between the building and wall for the mower to fit through. There will be a meeting on Sat February 10th at 1pm with a contractor to go over specs and answer questions. The project will cost +/- $12,000 for materials but we could apply for an NRA Range Grant to help pay for it. The project will be stretched out over a couple years to get it done along with all the other improvements we are working on. The Building Committee is looking at getting quotes to do the siding project. Any info please get it to Will ASAP so they can present the quotes to the membership at the next meeting, so the membership can vote on what we're going to do. Congrats to 3 of our Juniors for placing in the Jr. Olympics match. A medal for High J2 was presented to Junior Ben D'Angelo.

#From the January 2018 Club Meeting: The pop machine is having problems, we are working on getting someone down here to fix it. For all members who got their Pistol Permit before 1/15/13 must recertify either online or via paper form before the end of this month! Key Fob payments are due, fobs will be shut off if not paid by the end of the February meeting. Dave put a shelf in both bathrooms for storing items. If anyone wishes to look at the books, let Dan know. Dave needs volunteers to help with the numerous duties he does around the club. A Jr. Olympic match will be held the weekend of Sat/Sun January 20th-21st, volunteers are needed to help Wayne and Jen run the match. If anyone is interested in helping with the Chaut Co Friends of NRA Committee, meetings are each Tuesday at 7pm at the Frewsburg Legion. The dinner will be Sat February 24th. Any questions ask Jen, Charlie or Boyd. Dan has the new NRA Membership books which have the price change. The new books are in the office.

#From the December 2017 Club Meeting: The Deer Shoot did make a small profit despite a low turnout this year, thank you to all the volunteers who helped run it. Will and the Building Committee are still working on quotes. Help get the word out about upcoming Pistol Permit Classes! Dave only needs paperwork from the Life Members if anything changes. Discussion took place regarding the use of tannerite on the premises. Motion was made to ban tannerite use on JRC property, motion was 2nd and passed.

#From the November 2017 Club Meeting: The Building Committee met and chose to eliminate some items from the previous quote. They are waiting on more quotes. Concerns about items being eliminated from the quotes were addressed as well as questions about water problems around the building. When there are packed meetings do not block the entrance to the far parking lot as we will need it! Don't forget to vote! Elections were held, Dave was up for re-election for the Board. Motion was made to keep the Board the same, motion was 2nd and passed. The club now has a Facebook page, be sure to check it for upcoming events and news.

#From the October 2017 Club Meeting: Quotes for the building were revisited. A motion was made for a committee to be formed to get quotes during the winter months. The motion was passed, Will Ortman will Chair the committee and report back to the membership. Tickets for the upcoming Deer Shoot were passed around. The Federation will go with chicken at their next banquet, as doing the prime rib was too hard this year. Dave got a quote to do LED lighting in all the rooms. We will be hosting an NRA Level 1 Smallbore/Air Rifle Coach School on the weekend of Sat/Sun October 14th & 15th. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the club prior to this class.

#Update from the Pistol Permit Instructors on 9/25/17: The Pistol Permit Class now has a Facebook page! Visit us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news surrounding upcoming classes! Click here to visit the group "Chautauqua County Pistol Permit Classes at Jamestown Rifle Club" or click on the link at the bottom of the Pistol Permit page and Like Us!

#From the September 2017 Club Meeting: Quotes for both insulating/siding vs. painting the building were discussed. Pending further quotes, the topic was tabled until the October meeting. Remember the upcoming vote in November for a NY Constitutional Convention. The Yes/No vote will be located on the back of the ballot. Be sure to choose one as NYS will interpret no mark as a "Yes" vote. Watch the calendar for upcoming classes, leagues and Police use. Be sure to sell your raffle tickets for the Legion drawing in October! The Club makes $5/ticket sold!

#From the August 2017 Club Meeting: Discussion resumed regarding the updated Bylaws. No further changes/corrections were proposed and the updated Bylaws were adopted. The application for the Federation Youth Lifetime License is on the Home page, direct as many youth to apply as possible! Wayne got a quote to do the siding for the building, including insulation. Additional quotes for both siding and painting options will be gathered and presented to the membership at the September meeting.

#From the July 2017 Club Meeting: Discussion took place about the proposed Bylaw changes. Other than a few typos to be corrected, most were in agreement as to the changes. Typos will be corrected and final vote on the amended Bylaws will take place at the August Meeting. The tractor has had repairs done but is still having some problems which need to be addressed. It is strongly encouraged that everyone read the article that was in the June issue of the NYSRPA "The Bullet" magazine regarding the upcoming vote this November for a Constitutional Convention. Charlie Cardinale is selling raffle tickets for the Chautauqua Co. Federation to raise funds for the Youth Lifetime License Drawing at the end of this year. There are a lot of really nice prizes! See Charlie for details and tickets, they are $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will take place in December.

#From the June 2017 Club Meeting: Discussed putting in LED lighting in the club and a new light fixture in the parking lot. One of the Juniors is looking to help us with the outdoor lighting project in order to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Ideas as far as lumens needed and the cost will be determined and reported back to the membership at a later date. A draft of the revised Bylaws will be available for members to look over. Discussion regarding the proposed changes to the Bylaws will take place at the July Meeting. The new Policy regarding Pistol Permit Courses held at the JRC was read and posted. As of January 2017, Pistol Permit Classes held for personal profit may no longer be held on Club Property. All proceeds from all Pistol Permit Classes must go to the JRC in accordance with the Bylaws.

#From the May 2017 Club Meeting: Work on the cover/pad and Indoor Range door has begun. The Board will be meeting again later this month to finalize proposed changes to the Bylaws; an update will follow at the June club meeting. A fundraiser for Jeremy Catanese, husband of our Chaut. Co. Pistol Permit Clerk Betty Catanese, will be held at the Stockton Fire Hall on Sunday, May 21st at 2pm. All proceeds go to help the family with medical expenses incurred while he is battling cancer. Betty is one of our biggest supporters of our 2A Rights here in Chaut Co and she works hard everyday for us up in Mayville. For all she does for us, let's help her out during this difficult time! The Rifle Club will be making a donation on behalf of our membership but we are still encouraging as many of our members as possible to still please attend this event!

#Update from the BoD on 4/5/17: The Work Party which was initially scheduled for Saturday April 22nd is being pushed back to Saturday, May 6th at 9am instead, so there will not be a Work Party on April 22nd. This change is reflected on both the Main page and on the calendar.

#From the April 2017 Club Meeting: The doors are in and the only item left to decide was the color which they will be painted. Medium gray was decided. Please check the updated Club Calendar, as new events and times in which Law Enforcement will be using the range(s) have been added. Thank you Tim Mara for donating a new American flag for the club! Thank you everyone who came to the breakfast on April 1st to support Clayton Hanson! It is estimated that a little over 100 supporters attended the event! A note was found by Wayne on top of a full garbage can which said "I'm too full". It is felt that if you have enough time to write a note, you have enough time to empty the trash... please help keep our club clean!

#From the March 2017 Club Meeting: The Bylaws haven't been updated since 2002, so the Board will be meeting this month to sit down and update the Bylaws. Helpers are needed for the Hunter Ed class on Saturday, April 8th from 8am-4:30pm. Please contact Charlie Cardinale if you can help! Also a work party will be held on Saturday April 22nd at 9am to clean up the outside. Volunteers are needed! Please bring rakes and shovels. Replacing the doors and security was also discussed. Jacketed bullets have also been reported as seen on the indoor range. Remember, no jacketed bullets larger than .380 ACP are to be used on the indoor range! To refresh on the Range Rules, click here.

#From the February 2017 Club Meeting: A Handicapped Parking sign has been put up to accomodate senior & disabled club members. Since we are a private organization the police cannot give tickets to people parked in the spot that don't have tickets up, but please do not park in the spot unless you have a handicapped parking permit. Again, this is in respect to our senior and disabled members. Also, Dave Allen is stepping down from many of the responsibilities that he had been undertaking at the club. Any and all help from members in taking over the tasks he is not doing anymore is greatly appreciated!

#From the January 2017 Club Meeting: The members of the Monday morning group completed building 9 new benches for the outdoor ranges, thank you to everyone who built them! We need to advertise our club events more in the NYSRPA Bullet magazine.