02/07/2022 – General Membership Meeting03/07/2022 – General Membership Meeting03/12/2022 – Wild Game Dinner & Gun Raffle04/04/2022 – General Membership Meeting
2022. A New Year and new hopes for a return to a new sense of normalcy, whatever that may be. If I remember right; sounds like the same thing I said a year ago. As we look to this new year, we will focus to strengthen our club and grow membership. And we realize to do this we must be current and relevant to attract new members. To that end, I ask you all to invite extended family and friends to consider joining the club. As you all know (or should know) our membership rates are by far the most affordable of any local shooting clubs out there. Our new website is working great and new members can sign up online! Did you ever imagine LHFC would get there? And thanks again to Mike Walters for his time, energy and persistence to make this a reality. At last, we had our initial meeting with our engineer on the pond project and a second meeting bringing the project into sharper focus. We will meet again in February to present the project to the Officers and Trustees and hopefully find a way to make it happen. Now for an announcement... The Club Officers and Trustees on the Wild Game Dinner committee have made the decision to suspend/cancel the event originally planned for March. There were a few reasons for the decision but the one most concerning was the poor response to the food donations request required to support this event. This is a kick in the you know what... The Wild Game dinner has historically been the single most successful fund raiser for the club. Our intentions are to reschedule an alternative event, most likely in June. As we work out the details we will be sure to announce the event with plenty of time to spare.Remember, your annual membership dues are due and for your convenience you can renew online, via USPS, or in person at February's general membership meeting. And as you prepare to renew invite that extended family member or friend to join your club as well! Regards, Kevin
First of all, I would like to apologize for the silence coming from your club for the past several months. I have been dealing with several things in my life, not the least of which was the dreaded covid. Unfortunately, I was laid up for about 6 weeks and lacked the energy or mental faculties to issue the newsletters. On the positive side, unlike so many of our other friends and colleagues, I have recovered sufficiently enough to resume publications.Now to get down to business:As Kevin said, 2022 membership dues are now due. For veterans of the club, you are aware that access to the ranges is rescinded for those who fail to renew by April 1st. For newer members, this may be fresh information, but currently our only method of limiting access to the ranges is to change to combinations on the locks, which we do every April 1st. Therefore, your membership renewals must be received by March 15th in order to avoid delayed access. New for 2022 is the ability to pay with a credit card online! To do this, go to our new website, LaGrangeHuntClub.org, and check it out! Of course, we will still take dues at membership meetings in cash or check, or by USPS – simply send your renewal dues (in check form) to P.O. Box 131, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.Also, if you know of someone who may be interested in joining, the application for membership is available on the new website (LaGrangeHuntClub.org > Membership > Become a New Member.) They can either join directly online, or they can print the Application and Waiver and send via email (Membership@LaGrangeHuntClub.org) or via USPS to the address above. And for 2022, the dues schedule has not changed.I will be creating 2022 badges and sending them out around the third week of March. If you have paid your dues by then, you will see no interruption in your access to club grounds, assuming the cooperation of the USPS, of course.Regards, Rick
The Junior Members Fund will provide a sponsorship to help cover the camp fees for The Lake & Trails – Youth Hunting / Shooting Camp again in 2022. Our Junior Members President, Jace Walters himself has attended all four years of this camp, and plans on returning in 2022 as a Junior Instructor. Jace wants kids to go to this camp because it is a really good learning experience because you get to learn how to shoot many types of guns; including rifles, pistols, air guns, black powder and some archery items as well. You will also get the chance to throw axes, make a knife and even make primitive items. You will also learn about wildlife, how to trap, and even get your Ohio Boaters License and Hunter Safety Course if you need to. And most importantly, you get to hangout with other kids who like the outdoors like you do.
To qualify for the sponsorship you need to help out at a couple general memberhsip meetings and do a work party. Attend a general membership meeting and talk to the Junior Members President, Jace Walters for complete details and to sign up. If you would like to contact Jace email him at Recreation@JaceWalters.com
Gun Range NewsHours of operation: 10:00am-dusk, Mon.- Sat.Work Parties: None scheduled at this time. If interested in participating in future events, please contact Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard and leave a message.Remember to lock the gate behind you when leaving. The locks must have the combination dialed in to close, then roll the dials to lock.Make sure you review and adhere to the rules: SAFETY FIRST!! Always, Always, Always, Always! We have never had an accident at our range – don’t be the first to break this 89-year-old record! Remember your badge. Without it, you will be considered to be trespassing on club grounds and asked to leave! Sign in and sign out. Review the rules before each use of the range. They are posted on the boards. Pick up after yourselves. Police your brass and trash. Be courteous to fellow members. If you have any questions, or find a deficiency, please contact your 2021/2022 Range Marshal Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard.
Archery Range News
Come spring, one of the first changes you will see will be in the 3D Archery range. More animals will be put out, and in a manner where they will not need to be removed in order to mow the grass. Future plans include creating a walking 3D course in order to help simulate hunting and tournament conditions. After that a slight redesign of the bag target range.
Wild Game Dinner Cancelled… AgainThe Trustees and Officers have decided to cancel / postpone the Wild Game Dinner for 2022. Some members expressed concern in holding the event while covid-19 was still a going concern, which was dutifully taken into account. The primary reason was the lack of donated game. The Wild Game Dinner is the largest fund raiser the club has but it depends on donations of game taken by members on their annual harvests. Thank you to those of you who did offer venison, duck, goose, rabbit (and even an offer of financial aid). But, unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly enough to hold the event. As the 2022 hunting and fishing season progresses, please remember your club and this annual event. Without your donations, it cannot happen. 4th Rolling Gun Raffle, tickets now availableThe fourth gun in our rolling raffle is a Glock G22 40 Caliber. As before, $10 donation and only 250 max will be sold!Call Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard to reserve yours!Big Buck Contest:So far, we have received only two submissions for the 2021 Big Buck Contest. The winner each year gets to take possession of the coveted Big Buck trophy. Very prestigious! Rub your buddies’ noses in it – send pictures of your kill to:LaGrangeHuntClub@gmail.com
New Trustees for 2022:We would like to take the opportunity to introduce your three new Trustees for 2022. Thank you for your commitment to the club, Nick Rivera, Dusty Shell, and Rich Varady! Sorry if we twisted your arms a little too hard. And let’s not forget our three outgoing Trustees. Thank you for your contributions!