Arnold Trail August Newsletter

8/3/2020

What is happening in August at your club?

This Sunday, August 9th starting at 10 a.m. we will hold the Club Championship.  This will consist of three events: 25 5-stand targets, 25 skeet targets & 25 trap targets.  We will divide those who participate into two classes based upon “known ability”.  There will be an A & B Champion in each event and an A & B High-overall Champion.  The cost will be $20 for the 3 events or $10 per event if you only want to shoot one or two events.

On Sunday, August 16th starting at 9 a.m. we will hold our Monthly Club Meeting.  This is when we make plans for September activities.  In September we need to schedule our Modern Skeet Championship and plan for the biggest event of the year – the Lobster Cookout and Fun Shoot – which will be on Sunday, Sept. 27th.    

On Saturday, August 22nd starting at 10 a.m. we will hold the Russ Longley Memorial Skeet Shoot.  Rain date for this will be Sunday, August 23rd.  This will be 50 skeet targets, cost will be $15, with the High Scorer getting their name on the plaque in the club house.  There will also be one ticket, for a free round of skeet, for each of 5 randomly drawn scores. 

I hope you will mark your activity calendar for these events and plan to come out and have some fun! 

ATSA August Shooting Events

Arnold Trail Sportsmen’s Association will host the Club Championships on Sunday, August 9th beginning at 10:00 am. The format will be 25 Five Stand, 25 Skeet and 25 Trap targets. Shooting fee is $20 for all three events. Single events can be shot for $10 each. No pre-registration is required.

ATSA July Shooting Events

The Russ Longley Memorial Skeet Shoot is postponed. A new date will be announced at the July monthly meeting.

The annual ATSA Skeet, Trap and Golf Challenge will be held on Saturday July 25th beginning at the club grounds at 10:00 am. The cost will be $25.

ATSA Opens with Restrictions

ARNOLD TRAIL SPORTSMAN’S ASSOC.

4/22/20

Good morning,

Last Friday, the Governor said she would have a plan to reopen Maine in a couple of days.  Many people showed up Monday at the Blaine House demonstrating the need to get the economy going again and no comment from the Governor.  The Maine Republican Party sent the Governor a lengthy letter stating the need to be involved in the decision-making process (not just the Democrats) regarding the virus and again no timely response. 

The virus is not to be taken lightly, those in the population that are more at risk should stay at home to reduce the chance of infection, but it should be an individual decision not an edict by the Governor acting like a Queen and we’re all her subjects. 

Having said this, after consulting with the officers and directors of Arnold Trail we’re reopening the range as of 4/23 with the following restriction: there will be no organized shooting activities, members will be required to practice social distancing at all times, the club house will be open for bathroom use only and the coffee pot will be on but no group congregating.  Use of masks will be recommended but optional.  Squad limitation will be kept to 5 shooters.  If you are certified to open the skeet or trap field and you and a few other members want to shoot, go for it.  This can be done any day but Monday, remember shooting hours are from 10 a.m. to half hour before sunset.  This also applies to sporting clays or 5 stand – let me know and I will work with you to get it opened up.

COVID19 Rules

Arnold Trail will remain open as usual but with the following limitations.

  1. Practice social distancing. 6 feet or more.
  2. No gathering beyond 5 people. This means that shooting squads are strictly limited to 5 participants.
  3. The clubhouse will be open only for access to the bathroom and to fetch a bottle of water.
  4. If you don’t feel well or if someone in your household or those you have close contact are ill, PLEASE STAY HOME!
  5. It is your choice if you come to the club to shoot. No one will think less of you if you choose not to participate.

Our schedule of club shooting events (please see schedule page) may be modified at a future date. Please note that the State Trap Association has decided to cancel the May 10th Registered Trap Shoot.

The status of monthly club meetings will be determined one week prior to the meeting date.

Thank you for your full cooperation.

Annual Meeting – Sunday October 20th – 1:00 pm

Please be reminded that we will hold our October Monthly Meeting followed by our Annual Meeting on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. All members are encouraged to attend as we will be electing our new Executive Committee slate for 2020.

Shooting will commence at 10:00 am as usual. At noon we will have a Potluck luncheon.

August 2019 Newsletter

Arnold Trail Sportsman’s Association

8/19/19

What is happening at your club!  At the monthly club meeting on Sunday, August 18th several decisions were made.

The club championship that was tentatively scheduled for August 25th has been cancelled for this year.  The Turkey Shoot tentatively scheduled for October 20th was move to September 8th which is also the date of the Richmond Field Day so it is now rescheduled for Sunday, October 6th.  The Lobster Feed and Fun Shoot is still planned for September 22nd.  This is one of our major fund raisers and great gathering of the membership with spouses and family welcome.  Jim will be raffling  off 7 flats of 12 or 20 gauge shells and for each fun shoot event you enter you will get an additional ticket for the over $300 worth of door prizes to be given away.  The meal tickets this year will be $25 for the lobster feed and $15 for the BBQ chicken dinner.  I hope you will mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.

In the past we have tried to hold our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers in January.  The last few years we have run into stormy weather and postponed it till February.  To avoid this it was decided to hold this year’s Annual Meeting in conjunction with our monthly October meeting on Oct. 20th.  More info about the meeting will be coming later.  However, one of the biggest decisions that will be made at the Annual Meeting will be to elect a new slate of officers. President Bill Kirby will be stepping down for health reasons and he now has other commitments that keep him from participating in club matters.  Everyone agrees that Bill has done an outstanding job directing the club for the past 15 years and his leadership will be greatly missed.  Bill does plan to remain a member and do what he can to help the club.  Secretary Jim McMullen also feels he should step down because he plans to spend 4 to 5 months of the winter in Florida.  With annual memberships coming due during his absents someone needs to take over that responsibility.  Like Bill, Jim when in Maine will continue to help guide the club, but during his absence in the winter months, he too will be missed. 

The nominating committee, with Dick Perkins as chairman, will also be looking to replace 2 of the Directors who are also stepping down.  Replacements in these key positions of the administration of Arnold Trail are major decisions.  I want to remind you that we would not have this great shooting facility at Arnold Trail if it wasn’t for the outstanding leadership we have had over the past 15 years. Yes, there is more to maintaining Arnold Trail than simple showing up on Sunday, shooting your 2-4 rounds and going home.  Arnold Trail needs members willing to step up and guide the club into the future.  If you would be willing to take on one of these responsible positions please contact Dick Perkins – 458-8446.

Another decision that was made at the monthly meeting was about a major purchase.  The club needs a tractor.  One that will handle a snow blower to clear the fields in the winter and a brush hog to maintain the open shot fall area in the summer.  This tractor should also have a bucket on the front to move gravel around for repairs to the driveway and shooting fields.  Secretary McMullen was instructed to talk with our good neighbor Dale Tilton at Farmer’s Choice to get a price on a used tractor that will do what needs to be done.  If anyone has such a tractor that they are thinking about selling give Jim a call – 465-3458.

See you at the range, Jim