Friday, January 30, 2009

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Trade/Swap meet March 1

Let me know if you plan to exhibit during the trade/swap meet at the range Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The upstairs door will be open at 9 a.m. for exhibitors only. If you have a card table, please bring it along. Contact Jim Pearson at 965-4387 or e-mail at

Help Needed: Sportsmen's Show

Help is needed for set up on Feb.12 and to man the booth from noon Feb. 13 and all day Feb. 14 & 15. Please contact Jim Pearson at 965-4387 or e-mail at as soon as possible if you can help out.

Abbreviated Minutes, Jan. 13, 2009 Executive Meeting

The meeting was called to order by president Jim Pearson. Also attending: Pat Koenig, Steve Koenig, Tom Perry, Gary Fairbanks, Mike Iasella, David Lazorik, Kerry Jorgensen, Drew Schlepp, & Judy Pearson. Judy acted as secretary in Shawn Murphy's absence.
Rangemaster's report: Weekly income at the range has been between $200 & $300 in recent weeks. Drew is making a list of maintenance & repair needs to give to Jim when complete.
Treasurer's report: David has turned accounting records over to Pat. Pat distributed a written report showing an item sales summary for the 2008 4th quarter: total sales during that time, $11,948.99. She will submit these reports in the future, thus providing a means of comparing sales income from quarter to quarter and year to year.
President's goals:
1. Double the present membership. Actively recruit members from the Yakima area as well as other regions.
2. Mail dues reminders regularly. Pat reported that she set up her computer software so that 30 days in advance of a member's dues expiring, an invoice to this effect is automatically kicked out. Pat agreed to send out the dues reminders as part of her treasurer's job.
3. Develop a job description for the rangemaster. Those present agreed that such a job description needs to be finalized.
4. Improve the outside appearance of the property.
5. Develop contingency plans for future rangemaster replacements, including pay/incentive packages to offer future rangemasters.
6. Establish skeet and 5-stand leagues.
7. Use club facilities for social events among members & non-members.
8. Find other sources of income for the range.
9. Hold a swap/sell/trade guns and shooting items event for members. After discussion, March 1, 2009 was set for the first such meet.
10. Review fee structure annually: membership, day fees, clay fees, etc.
11. Increase membership participation at general meetings.
New business:
David reported that CWRC has rented a booth at the Sportsmen's Show. Set-up is Feb. 12, & the show is Feb. 13, 14, & 15. Discussed raffle prizes. Gary Fairbanks & Mike Iasella will choose a good quality, name-brand rifle or shotgun for the top raffle prize. Jim will find volunteers to set up and man the booth.
Old business:
David will continue to work with Burrows Tractor Co. to obtain an industrial lawnmower with a wide swathe at a reasonable price.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Next meeting: Feb. 10 at Shari's in Union Gap.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Action Pistol

Action pistol is a popular competition held regularly at Sun Valley Shooting Park. Highly modified "race" guns compete at short distances, and the match winner must be fast as well as accurate.

Long-range rifle

Rifle shooters can test their zeroes to 300 yards using one of the concrete benchrests. Shooters using this range must be members and two people have to be in attendance at all times.

5-Stand Clays

This sport may be the ultimate game for hunters wishing to improve their wing-shooting skills. Targets come from all different directions flying at varying speeds. A rabbit target even rolls along the ground.


Is skeet your game? This challenging shotgun sport is available at Sun Valley. A regulation course, complete with a lawn surrounding it, lies just below the clubhouse.


Shoot trap from 16 to 27 yards, and do it without being in a squad or needing someone to pull for you. When you call for the bird, a voice-activated system sends your target flying downrange.

Cowboy Action

Cowboy Action shooters meet on the first Saturday every month, register under an alias, and shoot old guns, mostly replicas, at short range targets. The shooting scenario is different at each match. Most of the shooters, to some degree, dress as old time cowboys or soldiers. This is the fastest-growing shooting activity in the world.

100-yard rifle range

Twelve concrete benches under a roof provide all-weather shooting comfort for rifle shooters on a 100-yard rifle range. You can safely paste or replace your targets while others continue to shoot. Simply walk around the berm to a tunnel leading to the military targets. Remember the military known-distance rifle ranges? That's what this is, but the range is limited to 100 yards. Farther to the west is a range, complete with bench rests, that go to 300 yards.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Shoot your handgun at targets posted on ready-made stands at ranges from 7 to 25 yards. A benchrest on the left side of the pistol range accommodates rifle shooters who want to get a short-range zero before moving over to the benchrests at the rifle range.