Meeting Notes and Minutes

January 2020 NEWSLETTER 
 
January 27, 2020 8:00 PM  
 
Dues are due January 1, 2020 with a grace period until January 31,2020. There is a list on the bar with all members that have workday credit.  
                                   
There are no scheduled club rentals at this time. Club rentals require thirty days advance notice.The schedule is also posted on the club website 
               
Club elections were held at the December meeting. Our officers and directors are as follows.
 
             
                    President- Mike sheedy 
                    First VP- Bill Dolan
                    Second VP- Tom Morris 
                    Recording Secretary- Kevin Sherry
                    Corresponding Secretary- Chris Gentile
                    Treasurer- Jeff Unser 
                    Financial Secretary- Don Steciak
                    Sgt @ Arms- Wayne Gentile
                    3 year Director- Al Relation 
                    3 year Director- Jim Schmiedel
                    3 year Director- Jim Caruso                                                               
                    1 year Director- Dean Splittgerber
                    1 year Director- Tim parent
Thanks to all for their participation in our club.
 
General news: range are in good condition, PLEASE PICK UP YOUR BRASS WHEN FINISHED SHOOTING.
 
The Mariaville Lake youth fishing derby is scheduled for February 15, rain date is February 22
    
We are looking for candidates to attend Camp Colby or Pack Forest summer camps. Contact Steve Coons for more information.
 
The indoor rifle and pistol leagues have started .
     Rifle League times are Monday at 10 AM and 6PM
     Pistol League times are Wednesday at 10 AM and 6 PM
    There is still time to join.
   

Membership Meeting,December 23,2019

The meeting started at 8:01   There were more than 40 members present.

There are 24 people on the waiting list for membership. 

The minutes of the 11/25 meeting were not read

The dues notices will be out very soon. A work day credit list is on the bar.

The approved treasurer’s report showed we continue in good financial condition.  The report is on file with the minutes for inspection

The rental schedule is updated and on the bar.There are no rentals scheduled for January. There were no openings to clean the club as the year ended. If you want to get your work day in that way reserve a month early. 20 members made the December work day. The club house was and ranges were cleaned. Picnic table brought into pavilion; Backers made for indoor range.

The ranges are in pretty good shape excepting a lot of aluminum (blazer?) cases on the 117 range. The renter shot after the range was snow covered. They assured us a thorough cleanup will occur in the spring

Trap will resume in the spring.

The Schenectady County Conservation Council has ordered tip ups for Mariaville We will have a winding party 7 PM 1/14 (bad weather date 1/21.The SCCC has two campers, can sponsor 4. The club has no requests for scholarships.  Jeff reminded the members that nominations for campers (Colby 12-14, Pack Forest 14-17) are due in January. Call Steve Coons.

SDCCC is asking for donations and sportsmen to help out with camps and the Derby.The club approved $100 for the derby and $200 for “Buck a Member”.The Derby is @ Mariaville Lake 2/15 (2/22 bad weather). Carl Parker reported on the big game season. Preliminary data no big change. Seth Liddle reported on his Fisher survey.

The Supreme Court heard NYSRPA vs NYC early in December. Also,the 6th Circuit heard arguments on the change in regulation banning bump stocks. Even if you don’t like these devices, the issue is arbitrarily changes to gun regs by the bureaucrats..  Virginia passes New York style gun laws, a lot of Virginians object, many local law enforcement agencies are refusing to enforce the ban. 2ndAmendment sanctuary counties/Municipalities are declared. Virginia considers calling out the National Guard.

The appraiser is expected to report in January.

 Wayne Gentile reports Joe Unser’s 13 pt buck won the Big Buck Contest. Darrin McGrath got the smallest buck.

Club elections were held. Pres. M. Sheedy, 1 VP W. Dolan, 2nd VP T.  Morris, Financial Sec D. Steciak, SGt at Arms W. Gentile, 3 yr Die A. Relations (exp 1/23) 3 yr J. Caruso (exp 1/223 yr dir J. Schmidel (1/24) 1 yr Dir D. Splittgerber, T. Parent.

The Indoor rifle league Starts Monday January 8,2020, ends March 23 $35 for the season including the banquet. Shooting 10AM, 6 PM

The indoor pistol league Starts Wednesday January 8 and ends March 25, also $35/ season. Shooting 10AM, 6 PM. It is alleged a shooter participated in the league who did not have a valid NYS Pistol Permit, you will need to show your permit when you register to shoot. New PA system is up and running, thanks Al.

“Rick” from Guan Ho Ha asked Jeff about the Archery Shoots. Jeff said there is not enough interest in our club, and attendance from other clubs is way down.

A motion to replace the white board at the front of the room was approved.

The Good of the club raffle was won by H. Wysomski (with help from the Russians and Ukrainians) # 11 was drawn David Barrone who was not present.

Membership Meeting,November 25, 2019

The meeting startedat 8:00   There were 35 members present.

There are23 people on the waiting list for membership. 

The Dues notices will be going out after 12/7. The work day credit list is on the bar. Please check the list if you think you are credited with a work day.   It was noted that some people have signed up to clean the club for their work day but from the board’s perspective have not done the work. See Don if you do not agree with the list.

The approved treasurer’s report showed we continue in good financial condition.  The report is on file with the minutes for inspection

The rental schedule is updated and on the bar. Are good on club cleaners, thanks to all who helped.

The Supreme court will hear NYSRPA vs NYC (limits on transport of handguns) & Culp vs Raoul (reciprocating handgun permits between States). The court will allow a case against Remington to proceed brought by Sandy Hook parents.

The117 range is swampy (now snow covered) around the 25-yard marker, and on low spots along the sides. The 25 yd range was clean and dry.Do not leave trash in burn barrels, carry it out to barrels by pavilion.

The Archery targets remain in good shape. An early spring youth shoot is under consideration.

The Schenectady County Conservation Council has ordered tip ups for Mariaville They are looking for4-5 campers. Jeff reminded the members that nominations by the club for campers (Colby 12-14, Pack Forest 14-17) are due in January, Call Steve Coons.Mike read a thank you note from one of last summer’s campers. Make your reservations early, space is limited.  Woodlawn will schedule a tip up rigging party.  Next SCCC meeting 12/2 @ DEC Region 4, Westcott Rd. Next ACC meeting 12/8 Schroon Lake

The nominating committee(Al Relations, Chris Gentile, Tim Parent) tried to call all club members. All will give a number of “bad” phone #s to Don. The committee got little positive response from the membership.If you want the club to stay open, we will need people to say yes.

The appraiseris expected to have a report for us by the 12/23 meeting.

A new audio system is being installed for the indoor range

The Indoor rifle league Starts Monday January 8,2020, ends March 23 $35 for the season including the banquet.

The indoor pistol league StartsWednesday January 8 and ends March 25, also $35/ season. Information on the bar.

Club dues will be $100 for 2020

We will need help for snow removal this winter.

Chris Gentile is co-advisor for Schenectady’s Central Park School’s Archery Club. We are considering a Youth shoot at the club in February for 16-20 students. We will need help.

The Good of the club raffle was won by Chris Gentile   #70, Joe Gentile, was drawn, he was not present

We adjourned @8:47

Membership Meeting,October 23 2019

Woodlawn Sportsmen's Club Inc. 3367 Lydius Street Schenectady, New York 12306

Minutes of10   /23  /2019 Meeting

The Meeting was called to Order by President Sheedy at–8:10-----PM

 Officers AbsentMike Sheedy[] Bill Dolan[]Art Henningson[]Kevin Sherry[x] Chris Gentile[x]Don Steciak[]Jeff Unser[]Wayne Gentile[]Jim Caruso[]Eric Forquir[]Al Relations[]SerjayGorbachov[x]Tom Morris[]

 Minutes of a Previous  meetingwere –---read&[ ]approved

NewApplications[  no ]applicants were approved[24 ]in que

Financial Secretary no change in membership

The Treasurers Reportto be read at membership meeting

House Committee schedule provided at September meeting watch the white board north of door

Special Committees

Bldg. and Grounds

No rept

Trap done for year

Archery no rept

 Hearts & Flowers

Rifle and Range seemed ok lots of aluminum cases on 117

SCCC Conservation camp apps due in January,  Tip ups ordered  

 Law &Legislaturelots of “chatter not much hard news

 Safety Class 

Camp Colbysee SCCC

Web Site 

Old Business:Appraiser @ property w/Mike 10/18 she had detailed topo map seemed competent ,knowledgable. Seemed to think swe can make a good case for lower appraisal. Mike said there was no real hurry , we cannot meet w/ Town till January.

New BusinessBill Dolan… Liz Joy running against Tonko , will appear 2 club 10/28… Nov meetings 20  25,  Dec 18 – 23

South Adk pistol league (Frank Sedero) wanted Woodlawn to participate. Monday night  does not work even if we had enough (7)shooters

Dennis ChickowskyUnion College Trap league @ woodlawn ???  probably not  Schalmont High School trap league had folded

Al Relations Indoor range PA system ( used mostly for pistol league) needs updating

Meeting Adjourned @-8”45---PM

Respectfully submitted  

 Art Henningson   acting

                                            , substitute, temporary,

Recording secretary

Membership Meeting,September 23 2019

The meeting which started with a moment of silence in memory of Barry Inman, a life member.

There are23 people on the waiting list for membership. 

The September work day was attended by 18 (I think ) members. Outside tables, chairs and benches were painted. The club grounds and ranges were mowed and weed wacked. Litter was cleaned up and backers were replaced on the 117 and 25 yd ranges in anticipation of fall sighting in. Those of you who do not help, but use the ranges to sight in, need to rethink your plan.

Brian Unser was approved by the BOD as a life member

The approved treasurer’s report showed we continue in good financial condition.  The report is on file with the minutes for inspection

The rental schedule is updated and on the bar. Are good on club cleaners, thanks to all who helped. The rentals: Courts 117 yd 8 AM-4 PM October 1-4,15-18, 22-25 HR 21825 yd 4-7 PM 10/25, John Affinito 25 yd 10/232 4-7 PM

Trap shooting is well attended Sunday mornings. A request to purchase approved by the members.

The outdoor ranges are in good shape.

The Schenectady County Conservation Council is the council will need funds to supply 100 tip ups for the Mariaville Ice derby.

Under hearts and flowers,as above Barry Inman passed and Jim Wagoner is ill.

The Guilderland assessor finally got us the information (after contacted by Senator Ammedore) finally provided the information we requested. The president was advised by an attorney who specializes in tax problems to hire an appraiser. This will cost $2400 and will be done 10/7 or 8. We will meet with the assessor in January with the assessment and prove our case. At the proposed assessment our taxes will increase by $1500 / year.

A suggestion was made get an estimate to enclose the front porch to exclude birds. Any more bird haters out there?

The Big buck contest is up and running $5 for horns, $5 for weight. Previous participants are enrolled. If you want out, or want to participate contact Wayne Gentile.

The Good of the club raffle was won by Mike Sheedy   Number 130 (Bruce McQueen) was drawn, he was not present.Another Board Member has won!  Run for office and get rich!

We adjourned @ 8:50, time off for good behavior?

Membership Meeting, December 17 2018

The December meeting was well attended. About 48 members were present
The meeting started with a report from Kaiaah Rathburn who was sponsored by
the club and went to camp DeBruce. The young lady thanked us and said she
enjoyed the experience and would like to go again.

The Financial Secretary reported receiving $1885(18 members) in dues. There are
25 on the waiting list. We have e-mail addresses for all but 48 members. The
secretary informed the club that Ray Banuls has been made a life member. Mr
Banuls made a work day and made himself very useful despite his disability.
The minutes of the September meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved.
The house committees report is posted in the club. The January meetings will be
BOD on the 23 rd and Members on January 28.

The Building and Grounds chair reported a good work day December 8. We got
the indoor ranges in shape for the rifle and Pistol leagues. Cleaned up leaves,
winterized the AC and hoses. Prepared the snowblower for work. Made $78 from
the brass on the indoor range.

A member reported that another member was firing from less than 50 feet on the
indoor range. The person was identified, confessed and will be disciplined. There
are again many new holes above and below the impact area on that range. Again;
if you cannot keep your rounds on the paper take it outside. Please remember if
you carry something onto the ranges, carry it out. Don’t leave litter around for
someone else to police. The big eye is on you.

The hearts and flowers committee (all of us) noted that Laura Gagnon had a little
boy, congratulations!

Wayne Gentile reported that the DEC has added 190 acres to Brick Yard WMA.
NYSCC is looking to raise more money. There will be a photo contest for woman
hunters and fisherwomen. The club provides most of the instruction at this event
and more people are needed to help guide these new fishermen.

There will be a
rigging party to set up tip ups for the 2-17 (2-23 rain date) Mariaville Lake Ice
Fishing Derby on January 17 at 7 PM at the club. We have 100 tip ups to prepare.

The nominating committee, chaired by Wayne and Chris Gentile made its report
last month. In addition to the existing officers Tom Morris and John Affinito
volunteered to take the directors jobs currently filled by The Piotor Jawoeowski
and Serge Gorbachov. They are both ER physicians and often miss meetings
because they must do their important work. The revised slate was elected. We
would like to thank the good doctors for their help when we were in a bind.
The club’s “big Buck” contest was ending Tuesday 12/18. Lionel Hampton ‘s 10-
point animal is in the lead.

The Monday Rifle League will start Monday January 7 and run 12 weeks
through March 25. Two sessions 10m Am & 6PM. $34.50 / week or $35 in
advance. The best 10 weeks will be used for your score. Great fun, fellowship and
necessary practice if you plan to shoot at some poor critter. Contact Hilliard
Wysomski Jr. 

The Wednesday Cabin Fever Pistol League will be co-chaired by Al
McChesney (10 AM). and Bob Young (6 PM). The league orientation will be December 5 @ 7 PM. If you want to shoot contact them.

The pistol league will cost$35 for either 22 or center fire, or $40 for both for
the season. Those who shoot in both the Monday rifle and the Wednesday pistol
league will get a discounted ticket.

The club approved $165 for our SCCC dues and $200 for the buck a member
fund raiser.

The Schenectady County Clerk’s E mail is down.

The 50/50 was won by Bob Harrick, #24 was drawn and that person was not in attendance.

Membership Meeting,November 19 2018

The November meeting drew only 26 members.

The Financial Secretary reported receiving $225 in dues. There are 20 ?  on the waiting list.

The minutes of the September meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved.

The Building and Grounds chair was absent, there was no report. There will be a work day December 8.  Work getting the indoor ranges in shape for the rifle and Pistol leagues is planned.

Trap shooting is over for 2018.

The archery range will need more work, trees are down.

The Club’s 9/29 Hunter Education class graduated 21 new hunters. Hunter Ed instructors added 61 new hunters this year and will start again in April of 19.

The outdoor ranges are in good shape There was a lot of 9mm brass on the short range. Please remember the carry it in carry it out ruled. Don’t leave litter around for someone else to police. The big eye is on you.

The club will again sponsor 2 young people attending the DEC camps next summer. We have no applications as yet and it is getting late. Early applications are more likely to get the week they want. Members who would like to nominate someone should do so as the weeks the camps fill quickly.

Wayne Gentile noted the SCCC jar for tip ups netted $98, thanks. The club provides most of the instruction at this event and more people are needed to help guide these new fishermen.

The nominating committee,chaired by Wayne and Chris Gentile made its report. If it were not for the existing officers staying on, we would not have an operating club. If this continues the club will have to close down.

The club’s “big Buck” contest is ongoing. $5 for weight, $5 for horns.

The club still needs a chair for the Wednesday Pistol League. T

The Monday Rifle League will start Monday January 7 and run 12 weeks through March 25.  Two sessions 10 Am & 6 PM. $34.50 / week or $35 in advance. The best 10 weeks will be used for your score. Great fun, fellowship and necessary practice if you plan to shoot at some poor critter. Contact Hilliard Wysomski Jr. 

The Wednesday Cabin Fever Pistol League will be co-chaired by Al McChesney (10 AM). and Bob Young (6 PM). The league orientation will be December 5 @ 7 PM. If you want to shoot contact them.

The pistol league will cost $35 for either 22 or center fire, or $40 for both for the season. Those who shoot in both the Monday rifle and the Wednesday pistol league will get a discounted ticket.

The 50/50 was won by Steve Coons, #170 was drawn (Mark Pohl) who was absent

Membership Meeting, October 22, 2018


October Meeting Notes  (.docx)

The following are a summary of previous meeting minutes.  For full minutes, see an officer, or better yet attend the meetings!

Membership Meeting, May 21 2018

About 33 members attended the meeting which started with a notice that Liam was under the weather but feeling better. There was no house report but May’s activities are as noted in April.  

The vacancy noted in April was filled by the readmission of a former member, Paul Peterson, who left in good standing. 

There are 11 people on the waiting list for membership.  

The approved treasurer’s report showed we continue in good financial condition.  The report is on file with the minutes for inspection 

Trap shooting is active Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. The shipment of birds approved in April was received. The members approved up to $100 for parts for the trap. 
The outdoor ranges are in good shape except for the continuing problem of an excessive amount of pistol brass was found on both ranges. Of note however was the handful of live 9MM rounds found on the 25-yard range. These cartridges are a real hazard and might detonate if hit by the mower blade. Repairs to the back stop for the indoor range were made to station # 7 and also #3. The contractor, “Armando” did not submit a bill. The membership approved a check for $200. 

The Schenectady County Conservation Council is seeking “not for profit” status so the council will be eligible for some grants.  The council will need funds to supply ice fishing tackle for the increased popularity of the Mariaville Ice derby. As a recent DEC news item reported, the average age of sportsmen continues to increase. The Mariaville event, and   Indian Kill fishing derby are important in introducing kids to our pastimes. We all should contact our representatives about expanding the crossbow seasons to be concurrent with the general archery season.

Under hearts and flowers, it was Noted that Ken Morris acquired an aftermarket knee. Good news! Hunter Morris was appointed a Maine Forest Ranger.   

A discussion of the media’s response to recent crimes committed with firearms caused the leadership to remind the members that we really need to write and call our legislators so as to give them some sense that there is law am=biding firearms owners in their districts. If you are not a member, join the NRA: they are the best advocates we have.
The combined Monday rifle and Wednesday pistol Leagues donated more than $250 to the CAMP Colby fund.

The club will try “Bugs be Gone” to reduce the ticks which seem really abundant and hungry this spring. If you are out doors, particularly at the club take precautions and check yourself. Lyme disease is a bummer.

The 50/50 was won by Jim Caruso, Number 94 (Steve Kearny) was drawn, he was not present. Two months in a row a board member has won!  Run for office and get rich!



Membership Meeting, April 23 2018


The April meeting was well attended, perhaps 45 members were in the
clubhouse. President Sheedy started the meeting with a moment of
silence to reflect upon the untimely passing of John Domblewski 
Sheedy announced there were 11 people on the waiting list for
membership. We have 1 vacancy (to be filled in May) due the death
noted above.

The approved treasurer’s report showed we continue in good financial
condition. The report is on file with the minutes for inspection
The Archery ranges were inspected and much work was done during
the April work day on the walk around range. Down trees were
removed, bridges repaired and some targets set up. In addition, the
well-attended work day performed the usual clean up of the club
grounds and cleared brush on the trap range. Don Steciak announced a
new notice board (front of the bar) which lists members work day
status, check it out!

Trap is getting underway Sundays at 8 AM, Wednesday at 6PM. $2653
was approved for 4 skids of birds to be delivered. A motion to increase
trap fees to$4 per round, two rounds for $7 was approved.
The outdoor ranges are in good shape except for an excessive amount
of pistol brass was found on both ranges.

The club was not well represented at the Sportsmen’s Rally in Albany. If
we are to maintain our interests we need to be heard and seen. This
applies to both our Second Amendment rights and the hunting
privileges we enjoy. The need to contact our representatives about
expanding the crossbow seasons to be concurrent with the general
archery season was offered as an example. The club is receiving a copy
of the Outdoor News, read it but leave it in the club for others.
Members of the The Woodlawn Sportsmen’s Club provide the principal
staffing for Mariaville Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Participation has
increased substantially in the past few years. The SCCC , in addition to
seeking nonprofit tax status, and stressing voter registration, may need
to find $1000 to buy tip ups for net winter’s event.
The club’s financial records were audited and found to be in good
order. President Sheedy complemented the Treasurer on the good
work he has done, and the fact that it made the committees work
easier.

A motion was approved to spend $200 for a new basement window to
be installed by club members. The immediate need for a window more
easily removed for access to the indoor range was caused by the
miscreant member who used a centerfire rifle on the indoor range.
The members also approved $100 for the purchase of 3 used tree
stands to be used in the hunter education classes.

Events: Outdoor Pistol starts Tuesday May 1 @ 6PM
Trap: Wednesday @ 6 PM & Sunday @ * AM
May 4 a fishing class sponsored by Central Park Middle School
(Chris Gentile) will be held at Iroquois Lake @ 11:30 AM -1:30 PM.

This event like the Mariaville Ice Fishing Derby helps to bring new
people into the dwindling ranks of our pastimes. They deserve your
support.

The 50/50 was won by Kevin Sherry, Number 135 (Jeff Merrihew)
was drawn, he was not present.

February 2018

  • 26 New Members voted in.
  • Capital District Bow hunters Schedule is online (we are not members).
  • 2 kids will be sent to Camp Colby through our Camp Scholarship.
  • Youth fishing was 2/15, with over 100 kids it was a great success.
  • About 400 moose in Adirondack Park.
  • Rentals through May are on the calendar.
  • Get a work day by helping clean.
  • Rifle and Pistol leagues are going great.  Skill shooting.
  • Ranges are clean, but wet.
  • Reciprocity Law is stalled.
  • Club safety class is Tues March 13 at 7pm.
  • Tues May 1st is outdoor practical pistol shooting with Bob Young.
  • Hunter Ed class is already ¾ full.
  • 72 people attended, including new members.


January 2018

  • Ranges are looking good, but icy.  Use caution.
  • Ice fishing derby is 2/15.  Contact Wayne if you can help.
  • A hunter education class is planned for April 7.
  • Monday rifle is up to 33 shooters, and pistol league is up to 28 shooters.
  • Don Streciak and Kevin Sherry are now approved to sign checks.
  • 2018 work days are planned for 4/14, 6/9, 9/8 and 12/8. 
  • May meeting moved to 5/21 due to Memorial Day.



December 2017

On Monday, December 8, we held our final General Meeting of 2017. Arguably, the most important meeting of the year. This meeting always includes the election of club officers, and the club's annual budget proposal. There was 35 members in attendance. Nearly half of which were sitting Board Members and Club Officers.  Every position was refilled, unopposed.  Although these men are all fine, hard working club members, an influx of new blood is needed.  Our membership roles list over 200 names, it is disheartening that only 15% attended such an important event.  Our next General Meeting is Monday, January 22, it would be nice to see a full house.
 
The final work day for 2017, was Saturday, December 9.  30 people showed up, and did a great job cleaning, winterizing, and maintaining the ranges.  A special thanks to all.
 
Rifle League starts indoors on Monday, January 8, shooting at 10am, and 6pm for 10 weeks.
 
Dues are due!