Vol. III, Issue 23
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
All previous officers and trustees were re-elected at the June meeting for the 2020-2021 term. We welcome two new Trustees, namely Travis Foose and Joshua Christ. We thank them all for making Perry such a successful association. We encourage our members to volunteer for officer and trustee positions.
There is a patterning stand for shotguns located between trap-house #2 and #3. Please refrain from firing shotgun shot shells at the pistol ranges at the shorter 10, 15 and 25 yardages. Shot shell pellets at such short distances quickly deteriorate the target mats requiring replacements and more frequent maintenance. Limit shotgun use at the range for sighting in slug barrels. only at 50 yards and beyond.
Your copy of the 2021 club calendar is enclosed. Please keep it handy so that you don’t miss any club events. Current club officers and trustees are listed. Events and/or changes that develop during the year will be posted on our web site.
16th Annual Women On Target®
Perry, along with the NRA Women-On-Target® program and NRA Foundation Inc. held our 16th annual non-competitive, instructional clinic in recreational shooting and hunting sports this year on September 12th. Twenty-six (26) ladies total completed the clinic and enjoyed the day’s events in safe firearms handling, hands-on pistol, rifle, shotgun and archery shooting. Congrats to the ladies who attended the clinic. The June 14th event had to be cancelled due to insufficient students and Covid-19 concerns. Two clinics are tentatively planned again for our 17th annual events, one on Saturday, June 19, 2021 and the second on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The NRA Foundation provides merchandise to support the clinics.
2020 & 2021 Board Shoots
The shoots for April and May had to be cancelled; but Perry will hold two more Board Shoots for meat trays during 2020, November 8th and December 13th. The first two Board Shoots during 2021 will be held April 11th and May 9th. Sign-up begins at 8:30 a.m. and the shoots start at 9:00 a.m. Splatter boards and strip tickets for meat trays are also sold during those events. For every entry sign-up your name is also entered in a special drawing after the December shoot for a Cabela’s gift card.
Big Game Contests
The $50 winner in the longest turkey beard contest was Marvin Burkert with an entry of 10-1/2 inches. The next bear and deer contests end at 8:00 p.m. on 1/26/2021 and 2/232021 respectively. The next longest turkey beard contest ends at the June 29, 2021 regular meeting. Bring your harvests to the club for measurement.
While using club facilities we encourage you to take and post photo’s of the enjoyment of shooting and activities at our club. We also post special activities and events on Facebook. This is an easy way for exposure to the Perry Township Game Association. social media.
Redners Holiday GiftCard Raffle Ticket
Perry is again holding a holiday raffle for $50 Redners Market gift cards. One gift card will be awarded for every 20 tickets purchased. Enclosed are four tickets. Donation cost is $5.00 each, or $20 total for all four.Sell 10 of the tickets and receive a free ticket for yourself. The drawing will be held at the December Board Shoot on Sunday,December 13th. Ticket holders do NOT have to be present to win. The gift cards will be mailed to the winners.
Perry has the best members. Thank you for supporting our Association by purchasing and selling our raffle tickets. The gun/cash progressive raffle on 9/6/20 was very successful. We added 7 additional guns and eight cash prizes due to the brisk sales. A total of 26 valuable prizes were awarded. Winning numbers are posted on the web site. Raffle tickets accompany our two annual newsletters and we hold two special cash/gun raffles in the spring and fall and four 250 club raffles during the year. Come to the club or contact a club officer to participate in all raffles. The profits raised allow us to do more property enhancements.
Hunter Safety Education
Unfortunately, we were not able to hold our program this year due to the coronavirus restrictions imposed by Governor Wolf. This course is normally held annually during the first week in August. The 2021 schedule will be posted on the Pa. Game Commission web site sometime during March, 2021. Students need to register on their web site for our program.
NRA Membership Recruiting Program
Perry is a registered recruiter for the NRA. The Association receives a recruiter fee if you join or renew your current membership with the NRA through our club.We offer discounted rates; for example $10 off an annual membership.Log on to our web site or stop by the club for further details.
We had to cancel out trap shoots during April and May this year due to COVID-19; but we were able to resume on June 7th when we hosted the first shoot of the shortened 2020 Berks County Amateur Trapshooting League. Perry finished fourth in that league. Six of Perry’s shooters won in the league shoot-off. The 2020/2021 Inter-valley League started September 20th at Pricetown. The new venue established last year is in effect again for this year’s shoots. A new Browning Model 725 12 gauge shotgun will be awarded by drawing at the end of the season. Lenhartsville won the Monday evening league by 98 targets over Perry this year. We hold 50 target public shoots the first Sunday of each month. We host the Berks Inter-Valley league at our October and December, 2020 monthly trap shoots and we will have a regular trap shoot on November 1st. However, the normal 2021 monthly trap shoots are cancelled for the months of January through April. The typical poor turn-out during those months produces very little revenue and it is also costly to keep the trap fields free of snow and ice those months. We will be starting up again with our typical Monday evening handicap shoots every Monday during April, 5th, 12th and 19th and 26th. The Monday evening league will start May 3, 2021 at Perry; and Lenhartsville will host the shoot-off next year.
The Moments of Peace Adventures organization will provide a video presentation of some of their trips at our December 29th regular meeting. They grant disabled youth who have life threatening diseases with fully funded fishing and hunting experiences. Perry supports this organization both monetarily and free use of the shooting range. Please attend if you have an interest in or wish to volunteer for MOPA and see first hand Perry’s support for same.
CLUBHOUSE EXPANSION DEDICATION to GEORGE FAUST
At our August 2nd trap shoot we dedicated the clubhouse expansion to our former President, George Faust. George’s family and friends were invited to the dedication and we treated them to lunch. We placed a portrait, a plaque and some other noteworthy items in George’s honor on one new wall. Check them out during your next visit inside the clubhouse. George was involved in the purchase of our new property and clubhouse back in 1976. He supported the club in many, many ways throughout the years.
Normally we hold four 250 club raffle drawings and blowouts each year; but 2020 was an exception. We had to cancel the April and June blowouts due to the COVID-19 restrictions placed by Governor Wolf. However, the raffle drawings took place for those two events. You may claim your prizes if you paid for those tickets. We resumed the blowout on August 4th with a poor turnout. You missed delicious hoagies, etc. One blowout remains on November 3rd. We hope to be back in full operations for that event. Lots of OPEN raffle tickets are available.
Membership Dues and Changes
We now have all members under a one year membership based on payment month. We have eliminated all previous grace periods and/or late fees. Unpaid members will be dropped as soon as their card expires and a $10 re-join fee will apply. We will notify you by mail and/or e-mail when your renewal is again due. However, it is important that each member know your expiration date and renew during the month of your expiration date or before. New members who now join will receive a new card good for one year based on the actual payment month. Payments will be due within 30 days of the expiration of the individuals’ specific membership dates. We strongly encourage every-one to pay on-line via the updated web site $20 renewal payment button. Please notify us when you change your mailing and/or e-mail addresses.