Brokenlock Longrifles Gun Club Newsletter

May 1, 2019

Call to Order

President Ben Back called the monthly member meeting for Brokenlock Longrifles, Inc. (BLLR) to order at 7:03 pm on May 1, 2019 at the Smithville Community Center. He led the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. All BLLR officers were present.

Secretary’s Report

No changes to the April Member Meeting Minutes were suggested, so the April Minutes stand.

Membership’s Report

Membership Secretary Andy Hranko presented ten applicants for membership. After John Moore made the motion to accept the applicants and Roger Miller seconded the motion, the 38 members present approved the applicants for membership. They were instructed to meet with Head Range Officer Tim Hess for the final step in the membership process involving the range safety orientation. With these ten new members the membership roster is 284. Sixteen(16) openings remain. Whenever BLLR reaches its maximum membership level of 300, a waiting list will be maintained.

Membership Renewal Information

(1) Membership dues are $100 and are to be paid by June 30th. If the membership dues are paid during July, a $25 late fee must be included for a total of $125. If the dues are not paid by July 31st, the membership is terminated and becomes available for a new applicant.

(2) Copies of both a photo identification (e.g., drivers license) and your NRA card must be included. An NRA Life member only has to submit a copy of the lifetime status once. Any check received without copies of these documents will be returned. Also, please legibly provide any updates to your personal information (address, phone number, email address), if applicable. (3) Send the check and copies to the following address:

                                                            Brokenlock Longrifles
                                                            P.O. Box 1435
                                                            Wooster, Ohio  44691

Andy will have any renewed membership cards available at June’s Membership Meeting (6/5/19) or will send them to the members. Remember the access code will change July 1st.

Grounds Committee

Vice President Dave DeCeuster provided a clarification that BLLR’s insurance did increase slightly more than $5/month due to the addition of the new tractor.

A range workday is scheduled to replace 2x4s and target boards on both ranges on Saturday May 18th at 9:30 am. The plan is to have the materials ready to be mounted on the vertical posts once the old/damaged materials are removed. With adequate help the projected time for completion is 2 hours. Volunteers should bring at least gloves and a hammer and possibly a prybar and nail apron, if available. Again, range workday on Saturday May 18th at 9:30 am. See you there.

More gravel is planned to be ordered for the driveway and new culvert area. After a potential tripping hazard at the parking area near the rifle pavilion is removed and the ground is appropriately lowered, gravel will be spread to the pavilion. Once this improvement is completed, members are cautioned not to drive under or into the pavilion.

While on the topic of additional gravel, discussions occurred about possibly using gravel at a set distance from the target boards at the pistol range to address the muddy areas for the shooters as well as to allow the spent casings to be more easily retrieved by the shooters. Given that the swath of material (gravel) would be at a fixed distance, concerns were expressed about possible ricochets from others shooting from greater distances. Several different materials (gravel, sand, asphalt particulates from shaving roadways, rubber pieces/chips from tires, etc.) were proposed to alleviate these concerns. The depth(thickness) of any such surface also would need to be addressed. Moreover, erosion from seasonal flooding further restricts options. The constructive comments were definitely appreciated and will be taken under consideration. From the general perspective, the Board of Trustees continues to address pavilion options, realizing that the pistol range is used for multiple purposes and the target boards are at a fixed location.

Special Events

The first Jug Shoot is scheduled for May 4, 2019 (1st Saturday). Sighting in the rifles will occur between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Remember the next Jug Shoot is scheduled for September 21st.

The Great Rimfire Shoot is scheduled for June 22, 2019 (4th Saturday). Dave Swartz stressed that the primary purpose of this event is to provide the opportunity for members and guests to socialize in a friendly shooting environment. Free food will be provided. Dave will create a flyer for the event for the next monthly meeting.

A Family Campout is scheduled for July 19-21, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). At this time a bonfire and rimfire shoot are planned. Further details will follow. 

Program Updates

Sporting Clays / Andy Hranko

With the first shoot of the season for the Sporting Clays Program on Saturday May 11th, set-up for the activities will begin the evening of Friday May 10th at 5:00 pm and will continue on Saturday beginning at 7:00 am. The actual shooting will start at 9:00 am and end by 3:00 pm (last shooter sign in 1:00 pm). Funds from the Scott Mykrantz Legacy Youth Foundation can be applied to youth participants under age 18. If you can help with the set-up or shoot or have other questions about youth participation, please contact Andy or Ben.

Scott Mykrantz Legacy Youth Foundation (SMLYF)

Until specific activities for the SMLYF program are planned, the Board of Trustees intends to provide support to children under age 18 participating in other club activities, e.g., the Sporting Clays Program and the 22 Pistol Program.

22 Pistol / Dave DeCeuster

Because the first shooting session of the 22 Pistol Program at the pistol bunker is Tuesday June 4th, the mandatory safety orientation meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 1st at 9:30 am inside the new building on the club grounds. Bringing a lawn chair is recommended. For participants under age 18 (minimum age 12), the Scott Mykrantz Legacy Youth Foundation’s funds will pay the entry fee and any earned award packages.

Bullseye Pistol / Ryan Marthey (not present)

The first shooting session of the Bullseye Pistol Program is scheduled at the rifle range on Wednesday June 12th. The start time is 6:00 pm. Further details along with contact information are available on the BLLR website’s events tab.

Action Pistol & Carbine / Ben Back

The first shooting session of the Action Pistol & Carbine Program is scheduled for Saturday May 25th with set-up at 8:00 am and shooting at 9:00 am. The session consists of action pistol in the morning, a lunch break, and carbine in the afternoon. The entry fee is $5.00, and members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Old Business

BLLR hats in either orange or tan for $15/hat and BLLR shirts ($20/M,L,XL shirt; $25/XXXL shirt) are available at the end of the monthly meeting. Please consider purchasing this merchandise to support the club. 

Now that BLLR is a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)-affiliated club, please consult the CMP website for additional requirements that need satisfied for weapons purchases.

BLLR’s new tractor, Kubotka B2650, has been delivered and is stored in the new building. The Board of Trustees will control the use of the tractor and provide direct supervision on its use to other members as needed.

New Business

Because the back area is too wet, the placement of the Porta-Jon will be delayed.

The firewood pile, which had mostly rotted or decayed wood, has been burned. Please plan accordingly for your camping needs.

As a reminder, ARs can be fired at the pistol range (max 25 yards). This is actually encouraged if there is a concern about sighting in the weapon. Range safety is first and foremost.

Gary Harper reminded the members that he is offering another NRA Range Safety Officer training class in May. Six members completed the last class held earlier this year. Having this certification gives the member the opportunity to support the club in an additional capacity.

Event:              NRA Range Safety Officer Training Class

Date/Time:      May 18, 2019 / 8:00AM to 5:30PM
                      (please bring lunch, snacks, refreshments)

Location:         H K Gunsmiths / Training Room
                        516 West High Street
                        Orrville, Ohio

Cost:                $100 ($25 deposit needed to reserve seat)

Please note: BLLR has agreed to pay for the training class for its members. Your deposit will be refunded along with your course completion card. The company Aru Ready then will bill BLLR at $100/member. Contact Gary if you decide to attend. His contact information is cell number 330.317.8890 and email address Gary@HKGUNSMITHS.COM.


John Moore made the motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Roger Miller. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:15 pm.

Submitted by Secretary / Dennie Richwine

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