Wednesday, June 15, 2011

President's Message

Eric and Carol Genz-Mould are the new rangemasters. They are both former Washington residents who have a home in Wyoming. Eric is well acquainted with the Yakima/Selah area, and they both claim they're enjoying the park.

As some of you already know, Judy and I have purchased a house in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and we will be moving as soon as we sell our house in Yakima. For that reason, I have resigned as president of the shooting park to concentrate on selling our Yakima house and making the move, so as of last night, Gary Fairbanks is the new president. For the last two and a half years as the range improved and became financially self-sufficient, I've enjoyed accolades out of proportion to what I deserved, because, after all, I was the president during good times. The accolades were sufficient to overcome any of the heat a president of any organization takes at times. As a result, I said "thank you" many times for good things at the park--things I really had not very much to do with. It was a wonderful experience.

PS: If you're looking to buy a large house with lots of storage for rv's & other toys, give us a call at 509-965-4387.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

President's Message

Raffle Results:
Raffle committee chairman Rodger Lamb and his associates, Buzz Blanchard, Gerald Farnsworth, Phil Lamb, Steve Koenig, Loren Lund, Dusty Rosenthal, Rollie Taylor, Jim Reddick, and Keith Cobain set a new sales record when they sold all three hundred raffle tickets, and Rodger says they can sell more next year. Doug Federspeil chose the youth model .243, Rebecca Rhodes opted for the 7mm magnum, and Joe Headley took the Klickitat River float trip. They also sold four memberships. Good work, guys!

Meet your directors:
Rodger Lamb, above, was elected to a two-year term to the board of directors at the December meeting. He is a big game hunter and a cowboy action shooter.

The board approved graveling the roads at the range, and the bid went to Gene Gamache, the manager of the orchard bordering the shooting park on the south side. Most of the job is complete. As you may know, some of those roads were nearly impassable when wet.

Stairs to high house skeet:
Steve Simon built stairs and installed a door on the skeet range high house. Access to the machine, getting targets to the machine and loading it was an accident waiting to happen. Thanks, Steve. He also has the four-wheeler in his shop repairing it. A dead short was draining the battery quickly. The four-wheeler as well as the small trailer it tows is essential to range operation. You may remember that Mike Murphy donated the Kawasaki some time back.

Plumbing repair:
The broken pipes have been repaired and water is now flowing everywhere it should inside the clubhouse. All restrooms are operating.

Shooting calendar:
Cowboy action shooting 2nd Saturday of each month.
Steel challenge handgun shooting 1st Saturday.
Sporting .22's, 1st Sunday
Informal skeet and trap, Friday noon

Handgun Safety and Shooting Instruction:
Call Beth at the clubhouse (576-0866) for instructor contacts. These classes have been popular.

Wind Damage:
I have told Josh to close down the rifle and pistol range during extremely windy conditions because the wind tears down the targets when they're in the upright position. Diehards may still shoot in the bays or on the long range.

Rolly Heiser's death:
My good friend Rolly Heiser died recently. Rollie has been generous to the range over the years, and he and I have shot ducks, geese, clay targets, and caught fish together for many years. Both the range and I have lost a good friend. RIP

Sunday, February 20, 2011

President's Message

Steve Simon built a badly-needed set of steps to the high skeet house and also installed a door. Thanks, Steve. He, myself, and Bill Fisher plan to shoot skeet Fridays starting at noon, so come join us if you wish. Steve and Bill are both expert skeet shooters and instructors. Rangemaster Josh has pulled trap or skeet for single shooters, but we will soon be in the busy season and he won't have time to do that.

The frozen pipes in the upstairs of the clubhouse have been repaired and water is again running in all the restrooms.

We intend to gravel some of the roads and bids for that job are being accepted.

With the recent increase in membership, procedures that used to work no longer do. We're fumbling our way through the increased usage, so bear with us.

The wind recently damaged the pistol range and can do the same to the rifle targets if they are caught by a wind gust. Josh will be closing the rifle and pistol range during windy conditions, but you can still find a place to shoot in the bays or on the long range. A phone call to the range might be in order on windy days.

We have cleamed and graphited reclaimed shot for sale, and it is good stuff. Check with Beth in the clubhouse.

Matt Petersen, treasurer

Meet Your Directors: You can do that by attending the meetings at Villa Senor's on Fruitvale Avenue at 6:30 every second Tuesday of the month. Several of us come at 5:30 to eat and talk before meeting time. We seldom have visitors, and that's good, in a way. When several members show at one of the meetings, it's usually because they're unhappy about something and I much prefer dealing with happy people. Matt Petersen is one of our newest directors, and his accounting firm has taken over Pat Koenig's job. He was elected to a three year director's term in December.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

President's Message

Rangemaster couple: Beth and Josh Bishop are now living in the house and taking care of the office and grounds. They came to us from Texarkana, Texas, and Payette, Idaho. Welcome aboard.

Dues increase: Annual membership with the shooting park is now $120 per year. That amount buys a family membership including husband/wife, children under the age of 18 living at home, and grandchildren also under the age of 18.

Contributions: David and Debbie Rippee, Steve Simon, Don Joy, and John Clark contributed furniture, tools, cooking utensils, a microwave and other necessities. David and Debbie also provided Josh with two-days employment before he became rangemaster. Since its inception in 2006, the IKA members have been extremely generous. It was they who insured the survival of the range four years ago, and their contributions continue to make projects possible that otherwise would never come about. Yakima has more than its share of generous poeple.

Broken pipes: During the cold snap, some pipes upstairs froze and broke. The damage was minimal, but some plumbing will need to be replaced with PEX(?) when the weather warms a bit. Ice doesn't break PEX.

Yakima Police: Sgt. Chad Stephens of the Yakima Police Department tells me YPD wishes to continue using the range. For the park, that means a healthy addition to our funding. It also means marked police cars will be on the range regularly, and that's good. On two occasions, unsavory looking people quickly disappeared when the squad cars drove onto the property. Thank you, Yakima Police and Sgt. Stephens.

Election of directors: At the December meeting, the membership elected or reelected the following directors: Gary Fairbanks (3); Tim Orth (3); Matt Petersen (3); Rodger Lamb (2); Russ Harmon (1). Their terms in years are in parenthesis after their names. Pat Koenig (treasurer) and Mike Iasella (director) chose to resign or not run for reelection. Pat has done a wonderful job, providing the directors with detailed accounting at each meeting. That has allowed us to live within our budget and to grow as well. Mike Iasella, installed the coin-op on the skeet range and made repairs on other machines. It will be difficult to replace him.

Election of officers: At the December meeting after election of directors, the directors elected the following officers: Jim Pearson, president; Gary Fairbanks, vice-president; Steve Koenig, 2nd vice-president; Matt Petersen, treasurer; Shawn Murphy, secretary. Judy Pearson will continue as assistant secretary.

Nominating committee: I have appointed Tim Orth, chairman; Gary Fairbanks, and Matt Petersen as the nominating committee for the December 2011 election of directors for the year 2012. If you would like to be a director or if you know of someone you think would be a good director, mention it to the nominating committee.

Long-distance range development: I have been offered financial assistance in developing a long distance rifle range. I think we have a spot that will accommodate a 700 yard range on the southwest corner of the property. I envision a military-type range with targets on carriers similar to the 100 yard range so shooting can continue while people in the pits mark shots for the shooters. I would like to have four targets so shooters could fire from benchrests or from the prone position. Steve Koenig is interested in the project and others are welcome to join us, but that is on hold until the snow is gone and the ground is dry. I also want to move the berms on the 300 meter range approximately 15 degrees to the west to provide for a safer backstop.

Thank you: I was pleased the board of directors asked me to again serve as president. During the past two years, our membership has quadrupled giving us the financial base to provide a good wage/benefit package to our employees. For the increase in membership, we need to thank Scott Sandsberry for two Yakima Herald articles about the range, to rangemasters who improved the appearance of the range, to Pat Koenig for dutifully sending out dues reminders each month, and to a board of directors who set a goal of making the range financially self-sustaining. When I assumed the presidency two years ago, I set a membership goal of 400 never dreaming it would come so quickly. In addition to the range projects I have already mentioned, I want three more bays pushed out, one of them being an active-target .22 rifle/pistol range. I also want regular maintenance being performed on the clay target machines, and active skeet/trap/5-stand clays leagues. These goals are all realistic because Sun Valley Shooting Park with its central location and 255 acres of land is well suited to draw membership or attendance from throughout the state. My two-year ride has had its share of bumps, but the rewards have made the trip worthwhile. Thank you.

Jim Pearson, president, Sun Valley Shooting Park