Meeting Notes and Minutes

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!