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~~ John F. Kennedy



We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night
to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

~~ George Orwell



It's Tommy this, an Tommy that,
an 'chuck 'im out, the brute!'
But it's 'Savior of 'is Country,'
When the guns begin to shoot.

~~ Rudyard Kipling





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Special Thanks to our friends who helped out with Club Business;


Thanks to our friend at Dater Hill Kennel.

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A very big thanks to our friends at Kennedy's Garage.

Kennedy's Garage
271 3rd St, Troy, NY
(518) 272-3881




Special thanks to member Bob N. He was kind enough to bring in his equipment to dig the trench from the Club House to the septic tank at no charge. Please keep him in mind if you need any of this type of work!
George's Auto Sales
741 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Office: (518) 286-1857
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NEXT MEETING

→ Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 10am ♣


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March 17, St. Patrick's Day

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, but never catch up.
May your home always be too small to hold your friends.
May your glass be ever full.
And may you spand a day in heaven before the devil knows you're dead.

cheers!

St. Patrick

I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that 'all that I am,' I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.

Daily I expect to be murdered or betrayed or reduced to slavery if the occasion arises.
But I fear nothing, because of the promises of heaven.

The Shield of St. Patrick

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→ Next Meeting: Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at 10am! ♣

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Chuck Berry 1927 ~ 2017

If you gave rock n roll another name, you'd call it The Chuck Berry!
~ John Lennon

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→ Next Meeting: Sunday April 9th @ 10am!

Items on that agenda:

Discussion on repair to driveway!

Discussion on possible problems with and changes to our guests policy!

From Last Meeting:

Funds approved for berm maintenance!

As per our bylaws four members were expelled for non payment of dues and failure to submit a letter of withdrawal!

→ Taconic Guest Policy: Originally written in 1927 our guest policy simply states all members are permitted to bring up to two guests when they visit Club grounds! Since this was written several things have changed! In 1927 most hand gunners were probably still shooting single action revolvers! Because of this it took longer to load and unload they and their guests probably only fired 50 rounds each per visit! A similar story can be told about the rifle shooters of the day too! Keep in mind that a reliable and accurate semi auto wasn't really invented till 1937! So they shot lever or bolt action pieces that also took time to load! The focus of shooters then was MOA accuracy! Hence a 1927 riflemen and his guest probably shot not much more then 20 rounds each per visit! Now if we roll forward to today and the advent of reliable semi autos we see those numbers have changed considerably! Center fire rifle shooters often shoot 50 to 100 rounds and their handgun counterparts 100 to 300 rounds per visit! So what's the point? The point is we have a range that's high in maintenance! So when a member shows up with two of his guests and fire 300 rifle rounds and 900 pistol rounds the damage to impact areas and target holders is quite high! That means dirt has to be purchased and placed and wood purchased and fashioned into target holders more often! That's an expense all members pay for and time and work our volunteers have to give! It's also an increase in noise level and raises the probability of rounds straying off our ranges! Please also keep in mind that according to those who check our ranges for rule infractions the majority of times it is a guest who is the violator!!

The second thing we may need to look at in our guest policy is how many times can a member bring a guest? In some cases we have members who show up every visit with two guests in tow! While that's not breaking any rules we don't think it's what our founders had in mind when they wrote the bylaws! Many Clubs have addressed this same problem by specifying a number of times a member can bring a guest! Others have done this and added a range fee for each guest! While some have even eliminated guests completely! So this all said this subject will be discussed during the March meeting! We may even vote in some solutions! So If you have feelings on it one way or another we urge you to attend!

Pistol Range:

→ Paper targets(this also applies to the rifle range) are to placed so they are within the 2'x2' boundaries of the backing board! this means that any target that exceeds that size can't be used! The reasons for this are simple! Shooting larger targets often means you're destroying the target holders! They cost money and have to be replaced by someone! Also rounds lower will often hit the poles.These rounds can glance off, arch over the berm and land in the cup of tea our neighbor down the hill is drinking on her deck! We don't need that!

Also remember:

Use of rifles on Pistol Range is limited to .22 caliber rimfire! No other centerfire or rimfire rifle is to be used under any circumstance!

→ Badges: There will be no more warnings! Badges as per our range rules must be worn when using any of the ranges! If you are found in use of a range without a badge you will lose your shooting privileges for that day!

→ New Members: On Saturday March 4th 11 new members will attend an introductory and range safety meeting! At that meeting they'll be by voted in by those in attendance! With the admittance of these members our total paying membership will reach it's cap of 250! Anyone who is currently on our pending list will move forward and possibly be contacted in 2018 for membership then!

→ Work Assignments for New Members: President Wilkes is now working on a work schedule for the new members from 2016/2017. When it's completed a copy will be sent to those members!

→ Upcoming Events:

→ Saturday April 22nd: N E Firearms Pistol Class 102 Range Work. Start time 9am!

→ Sunday April 23rd: The start of .22rimfire Bench Rest Competition! Start time 11am!

→ Saturday April 29th: Moe Barbara's Surprise Shotgun Shoot and Pasta Dinner! Start time 11am!

→ Sunday May 21st: N E Firearms Defensive Pistol Class 103. Start time 9am!

Below Information On Northeast Firearms Classes:

for additional info contact Dan @ 322-2045 or go to

https://northeastfirearmstraining.net

Basic Pistol 102 – Range Work

Home/Basic Pistol 102 – Range Work

Class is 5 hours of live fire drills and classroom work.

Reinforce the fundamentals of shooting, working from the holster, malfunction drills, the three reloads, scan and assess, and failure drills. Discussion on concealed carry, holsters, and how to apply it to everyday life.

Cost of this course is $160.

Please make checks payable to Northeast Firearms Training, LLC or you can purchase the course online.

Checks and completed applications can be mailed to:

111 Barnerville Road, PMB #119

Cobleskill, NY 12043

Defensive Pistol 103 – Live Fire

Home/Defensive Pistol 103 – Live Fire

This is a 6 to 8 hour live fire and classroom work course (depending on the size of the class). In this class you will cover working from a concealed holster, multiple targets, into to strong hand and weak hand only shooting, failure drills, 21 foot rule and Tueller drills, shooting from behind cover, discussions on cover and concealment, the four levels of awareness, and more.

Prerequisite for this course: successful completion of the Basic 102 or equivalent.

Equipment required: Strong side holster, firearm, at least 3 magazines, or 3 speed loaders with magazine or speed loader pouch, 300-400 rounds of range appropriate ammunition (call if not sure), hearing protection, eye protection, and a baseball style cap.

Cost: $210.00

Please make all checks payable to Northeast Firearms Training, LLC or you can purchase this course online by clicking the book a class button.

Checks and completed applications can be mailed to:

111 Barnerville Road, PMB #119

Cobleskill, NY 12043

518-322-2045

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From February

Items on that agenda:

→ → Possible vote for approval of funds to fill in shot out areas of Pistol and Rifle Ranges!

→ More Discussion on procedures to be used for new members!

→ Possible Plans to celebrate Our Clubs 90th Anniversary!

From last meeting:

Voted and approved: $50.00 late fee for any member paying after December 31st 2017! This fee will go into effect on January 1st 2018.

Voted and approved: Funds needed to enclose open areas of Pistol Range structure in clear plastic!

Onward:

Upcoming Events:

→ 90th Anniversary Of The Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club:
This year marks the 90th anniversary of our Clubs Incorporation! Since that time in 1927 we've weathered wars,depression, countless assaults on our second amendment rights and the loss of our own Clubhouse due to fire in 1980! After that fire in 80 it was predicted by many in the firearms community that our time as a Club was over! It appeared that way too! We had only managed to put up a shell of a building to replace our old one and were completely broke! Our membership dwindled to less then 40! Fortunately it didn't go that way though! Thanks to the hard work of members, most of whom are no longer with us and who literally had nothing to work with, we learned to hustle. We became quite proficient on making a dollar for our Club. Raffles were run! Auctions, barbecues, competitive shoots held and T-shirts sold! Gradually those dollars mounted and little by little we were able improve our surroundings. It was a long and difficult trail but we made it!
So this year lets all celebrate the fact that we're still here better then ever and we're going to improve even more! Lets also not forget those who gave a lot to make that possible! Maybe even ask yourself what can you do to make sure that the Gun Club where Teddy Roosevelt often shot stays another 90 years! ♣

22. Benchrest shoot: Winter Shoot postponed! New Shoot will start Sunday April 23rd @ 11am! More details to follow next month!

Moe Barberas Spring Fling Shotgun Shoot
with Pasta and Meatball Dinner Day!
Saturday April 29th starting at 11am.
Shoot Entrance Fee: $5.00
Pasta and Meatball Dinner: $5.00
Shoot Coordinator: Moe Barbera
Chef: Scott Schmiedeshof
Janitor: Doc McGarry

More details next month!

→ New Members for 2017: As of this writing we're still compiling the list of those who've paid, not paid withdrawn and not withdrawn. On February 12th as per our bylaws we'll vote out any who've not complied. Once that step is taken we'll then have an accurate figure as to how many new members we'll be bringing in and contacting them! We anticipate new members will be brought on by mid March. Unfortunately for those on the waiting list our loss appears to be very light! This means we're anticipating only a dozen or so of the 60 on the waiting list will be admitted this year!

→ Donations: Cash donations are always acceptable! Donations of any type of materials are not! As per our majority vote a few years ago it's not allowable to drop off any material unannounced! Materials can only be accepted with the consent of The Board of Directors or a majority vote of the membership!

→ Pistol Permit Recertification:
As you may have heard NYS Pistol Permits will have to be updated! Both Bob Mergen and George Hillje have sent in these links to make that task a tad easier:

Online Recertification
(Downloadable Paper Version)
(Downloadable Paper Continuation Sheet (PPB-2A))
Recertification Frequently Asked Questions
Check Recertification Status

→ NYS Encon: Does it seem that those folks down at Encon are forever changing hunting and fishing regulations and not telling you about it? Well if it does you're not alone! For that reason George Hillje has sent the below link! If you follow it and fill out the requested info ENCON will send you weekly updates as to what's going on which will not only make you informed but also admired for your knowledge by those in the hunting and fishing communities!

New York State
ENCON


→ With a little help from our Friends: Thanks go out to Tom Batsios,John Thomas and Jule Kovacs for their work in sealing up our Pistol Shed!

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→ New Projects for 2017!

→ New members work hours!

→ New Members Committee!

Christmas Party: close to 70 people attended and had a great time! Thanks go out to all who brought goodies! There were some wonderful food items there to say the least! A big Hats Off to the entire Barbera family for their efforts with the ham,turkey and all the trimmings! Another Hats off to Scott and Jim for their culinary efforts with the pasta and chili dishes!

→ Dues: Even more thanks go out to the majority of our members for their timely payment of dues! Unfortunately there are still a few that haven't! If you're one of those please send your check for $ 80.00 to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club! 420 Dater Hill Road,Troy New York! If you don't wish to stay a member please respond to this email with "I withdraw"! This will allow you to reenter at a future date(current backlog appx 2 years)! Please keep in mind that you may have to go on a waiting list to do that! Also as of January 1st those who have not paid their dues are not allowed to use the Club or any of it's facilities! Sorry but insurance prohibits this! Reminder: those who haven't yet paid now have until January 31st to do so.If payment is not received by then you will,as per our bylaws,be expelled! Expelled members are never again allowed admittance nor are they allowed on the property! In closing on this subject we want to add we don't want to lose anyone because of a monetary problem! So if that's the case please contact us. It's possible that something (with the approval of our members) could be worked out and your name would not have to be mentioned!

Stinkin Badges: when you receive your new 2017 card please place it in your neck badge!! Remember these color coded badges must be worn when using any Range!

22 Bench Rest Winter shoot Resumes: After a brief break for the Holidays and a postponement due to weather the shoots will resume on the following dates! January 8th, 15th ,22nd , 29th with the last one on February 5th!. Shooting time is 11am each Sunday.

Each shooter will pay $5.00 per week towards targets, prizes and an event at the end of the shoot. If you have a conflict for a particular week you can pre-shoot at the club and your score will be recorded.Any questions call shoot coordinator Scott Schmiedeshof at 518-421-5102 or scot3773@yahoo.com

American Firearms: It should be mentioned that several shooters have mentioned their dismay over competitors showing up for the Benchrest Competition with firearms made in former Axis and Communist countries for this event! So in keeping with President elect Trumps efforts to make America great again these shooters will be competing with rifles that are made in America by companies with names like Winchester,Remington,Ruger,Marlin and Mossberg! They're vowing to send those foreign gun owners back to El Deuce, Adolf and Nakita with losing score totals in their shooting bags! So if you have nothing to do please attend as a spectator to see how this rivalry plays out! Please keep in mind those using American made firearms are the good guys and the others well you get the idea!

Hot Chili: Will be available following the January 8th Shoot! Regardless of which firearms camp you support it will be available to you! Keep in mind though that those who support the American Rifle users will be given a bowl to enjoy their chili with! Those who support the other side won't!

In Closing: We all need to thank two guys for recent efforts to make our Club a Better place!

→ Guy#1: Jim D. Jim donated all of the pasta,meatballs,chili soda and pies that we all enjoyed at our Christmas Party!

→ Guy #2:Scott S: Scott procured for our Club a nice new refrigerator and a convection oven! These two items will make it much easier to prepare for our events!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Our Club and Rules: About a hundred years or so ago a group of people decided the location we're now in would be a great place to build a shooting range! As members we should be thankful for all their efforts and hard work as we still enjoy their choice today! On the other side of the coin many of us would like to ask them WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT MOST RANGES ARE BUILT AT THE BASE OF HILLS AS OPPOSED TO THE TOP? Well that said we now have to live with it! Living with that means we have to pay out money for material to create man made impact areas and berms! It also means we have rules that are probably unique to this Club! Rules that help to insure that fired projectiles don't land on a neighbors property! According to NRA Range Management such an event as that could easily close us down! So here's a list of Our Clubs Rules! We ask you to read them and also show them to any guest you might bring BEFORE that guest uses any of the ranges! We also remind you that rules not covered here are covered in The Proclamation or Standing Rules Of Order located in the back of your copy of The Bylaws! Now after reading all those damn rules make some time to come out to your Club and look around! From where we are located on a clear day you can see the Helderbergs, Taconics, Grafton and even The Green Mountains! As the Sun goes down you'll see one of the nicest sunsets this area has to offer. Given these things maybe we can see how our founders were swayed by this location!

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→ RULES FOR ALL RANGES ♣

ID Badges must be worn when using any range!

Rifle Range Rules:

1. Alcohol is not allowed on any shooting range.

2. Minors under 17 must have adult supervision when shooting.

3. Hearing and vision protection must be worn on ranges.

4. Firearms must point down range when on the shooting bench.

5. Guns must be unloaded with actions open and no one is to handle any firearm when targets are posted or retrieved.

6. Paper targets only.

7. Post targets on designated stands: Bench and target frame must have same number(no cross shooting) Posted targets must fit within the boundaries of the frame.

8. Do not place targets on frames.

9. no 50.cal BMG.

10. Slugs only for shotguns on Rifle Range. No shot of any type.

11. Rapid/reckless (machinegun style ) fire is prohibited.

12. Ranges are closed during monthly meetings.

13. Sunday Shooting after 9am.

14. Work proceeding on or near a range(mowing etc.) precludes shooting on that range.

15. Pick up brass and hulls. Live ammo must not be left behind and it must be disposed of off of Club grounds.

16. All ranges are closed at sunset.

17. Rifle range targets are designed for firing from the sitting position at a bench! no standing ,kneeling or sitting position shooting allowed.

18. All shooting is to be done from inside the rifle range structure.

19. Hunting type pistols are allowed. NO compact carry style.

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Pistol Range Rules:

1. NYS Law. No one is allowed to handle or fire a hand gun without a Pistol Permit.

2. Safety is first. If it looks like fun, don't do it. In an emergency Dial 911 and tell them to respond to 420 Dater Hill Rd Brunswick, NY Send someone to Dater Hill Rd to direct emergency personnel.

3. Eye and ear protection is required.

4. No more than seven (7) people on line at one time.

5. Keep guns facing in a safe direction with fingers off the trigger until ready to fire.

6. When anyone is down by the targets, all guns will be out of shooters hand, empty and the actions open.

7. Shooters that are between lean-to and targets have right away. No shooting around other shooters.

8. Shoot only paper targets. Shooting the frames only adds work for club members.

9. Follow a cease fire order. From anyone.

10. Make sure you are shooting into the berm. We are responsible for all projectiles that leave the property.

11. Clean up when you are done. Take empties, targets and empty boxes. Leave the range better than when you came.

12. This is your club. Have some responsibility and pride.

13. All rapid/reckless machine gun style fire is prohibited.

14. No Sunday shooting before 9am

15. Range closes at sunset.

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Tactical Shotgun Range Rules:

1. Paper targets only placed within boundaries of wooden frame.

2. No Slugs. Shot shells only

3. When done remove target, pick up empties and dispose of off Club property.

4. Make sure Rifle Range is clear before using this area!

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Skeet/Trap Range Rules:

1. Use # 7.5 to # 9 shot shells in low base only.

2. Do not move machines.

3. Pick up empties and dispose of off Club grounds.

4. Make Rifle Range users aware of your presence before using this area

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→ And furthermore I'm including these safety rules:

bullseye Ten Commandments of Gun Safety

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction

  • Don't rely on your gun's safety

  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use

  • Be sure of your target and what's beyond it

  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care

  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting

  • Use proper ammunition

  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting

  • Don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly

  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using
bullseye More Safety Rules
  • ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
    The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule one applies again.

  • NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY
    You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.

  • KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
    This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.

  • BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET
    You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.



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And Speaking of Rules let us not forget this one:

Taconic Beef Jerky Rule:
It's been over five years since we last sighted a sasquatch at our Club! The reason for this is we outlawed the presence of beef jerky on our property! Now as you can plainly see from this image taken by one of our security cameras the damn things are back! Probably because someone brought a bag in and forgot to take it with them! Please remember no beef jerky means no stinking Big Foot!

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→ I have to shorten this page!
All previous posts and info are on the archive page.


→ TVRGC ARCHIVES

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→ From 2016 ♣

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From December:

Voted and approved was a bylaw change that permanently changes meeting times to the second Sunday of each month at 10am!

Discussion on New Member Committee started! Ideas discussed kicked around and tabled till Dec 11th meeting!

Dues: A Reminder: All members dues expire on 12/31/16.Payment must be received by 12/31/16! As of 1/1/17 any member who has not paid their dues will be denied use of the facilities! As per our bylaws any member who fails to pay by 1/31/17 and has not sent in a letter of withdrawal will be expelled at the February meeting! Those who are expelled may never gain membership in this organization again nor will they be allowed on the grounds!

Dues structure is as follows:

If you joined prior to 12/31/15 your dues fee are $80.00!

If you joined after 1/1/16 your dues will are $120.00 if you don't intend to work the required hours per our bylaws. If you do intend to do this work your dues will be $80.00. Please be advised we will keep a close eye on those who claim this will work clause! Be also advised we're looking at the ones who claimed this for 2016. If it's found they haven't performed as they said they would the membership will decide what the next move will be!

Dues Payments or letters of Withdrawals! Please mail to TVRGC 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180!

22 Bench Rest Winter shoot: Beginning December 4th,18th and January 8th, 15th ,22nd and the 29th. Leaving a break for the Xmas holidays. Shooting time is 11am each Sunday.

Any member or their guest may shoot and we encourage our youth to join in. The shoot will consist of 20 rounds at 50 yards and 20 rounds at 100 yards. Any 22 rifle and any sights are allowed. The two top shooters each week and the two most improved shooters each week will win a $1.00 scratch off ticket. Improved shooter prize will begin on the second week of shooting.

Each shooter will pay $5.00 per week towards targets ,prizes and an event at the end of the shoot. If you have a conflict for a particular week you can pre-shoot at the club and your score will be recorded.

Any questions call shoot coordinator Scott Schmiedeshof at 518-421-5102 or scot3773@yahoo.com.

Christmas Party: Sunday December 11th @ 1pm. The Club will provide soft drinks ,pizza and a turkey and ham dinner. As always if anyone feels like bringing something else it will be appreciated! You really should attend this one! Our ham and turkey are being prepared by the world renowned Culinary Family ,The Barberas, who will be flying in from Switzerland to create our dinner! All other preparations are being handled by The Food Channels famous duo of Davin and Schmiedeshof . So it really should be a fun and delicious event!

Guess that's it for now! Let us leave you with the wish that you and yours have a great Christmas Season and a Happy New Year! Maybe to help you along the way on that we're going to share this link sent in by George Hillje with you!

Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club - TVRGC.com

Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club Eagle Mills NY hunting fishing shooting outings

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→ From Sunday November 13th, 10am:

Change of Meeting time and day. It was agreed by all in attendance that the proposed change was not practical! A vote was then taken to amend the original proposal. This was accepted by the maker and it was then agreed that the amended proposal would be voted on at the November meeting!

Christmas Party Chairperson: After last years Christmas Party fiasco( some may remember the Treasurer confused Christmas with Valentines Day and decorated the Clubhouse accordingly) it was decided we need a new chairperson! Seeing the importance of a Holiday Party(and probably not wanting to see the Clubhouse decorated with little hearts and The Treasurer dressed as Cupid again) two of our heartiest members stepped up and said they would co-chair the event! Thanks go out to Jim Davin and Scott Shmiedeshoff for their future efforts! We're sure they're going to do a good job and they'll also keep Cupids arrows on the archery range!

Christmas Party: Sunday December 11th @ 1pm. The Club will provide soft drinks, pizza and a turkey and ham dinner. As always if anyone feels like bringing something else it will be appreciated!

Dues: All members dues expire on 12/31/16. So what that means is soon we all will be getting a bill!

Range Rules and Etiquette: as we said last month as hunting season approaches more and more members turn up at the range to sight in! Many of these folks are not regular users and may not be familiar with the rules and etiquette of range shooting! That's why its of the utmost importance that our more seasoned members take some initiative and bring order to the firing line.Before you or they shoot kindly point out range rules! Establish with them what the terms hot, cold,clear, commence and do you have your ears on mean! Tell them what you are doing and ask them to tell you the same! Making sure they know these things by communicating with them will make theirs and yours shooting day safer and more fun!

Membership Badges: These must be worn when using any of the ranges! Those not wearing will not be allowed to shoot!

.22 Bench Rest Shoot! A big hats off and a thank you to Scott S for his work on this shoot! It not only provided an average of 11 people a lot of fun it also created and in some cases awoke an interest in accurate moa shooting. On an even more positive note we heard Scott is cooking up a similar shoot to start in December! He's even working on a heated area for the firing line! As we get the details we'll pass them on! Oh and look at this! The details just came in! Please read the next paragraph ,it's an update from Scott, to see what's in store for the .22 benchrest shoot!

The fall 22 shoot ended this past Sunday with a prime rib dinner at Two Brothers....a good time was had by all. We decided to continue with a Winter shoot beginning December 4th, 11th,18th and January 8th, 15th and the 22nd. Leaving a break for the Xmas holidays. Shooting time is 11am each Sunday.
Any member or their guest may shoot and we encourage our youth to join in. The shoot will consist of 20 rounds at 50 yards and 20 rounds at 100 yards. Any 22 rifle and any sights are allowed. The two top shooters each week and the two most improved shooters each week will win a $1.00 scratch off ticket. Improved shooter prize will begin on the second week of shooting.
Each shooter will pay $5.00 per week towards targets ,prizes and an event at the end of the shoot. If you have a conflict for a particular week you can pre-shoot at the club and your score will be recorded.
Any questions call shoot coordinator Scott Schmiedeshof at 518-421-5102 or scot3773@yahoo.com

Pistol Classes: We're often asked the wheres and whens of these classes! George Hillje was kind enough to help us out by sending this link in for those who reside in Renns. County!

RCFirearmsTraining

There ain't no fish here: Well that may be the case! This link sent in by George Hillje will at least tell you where they were though!

New York State Freshwater Fishing Records - NYS DEC

www.dec.ny.gov

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A little help from our friends: I forgot last month to say thanks to Robyn Wilkes for all her hard work during the years she was our Clubs Secretary! So thank you Robyn! Now on another positive note Robyn has agreed to stay on as a consultant! We thank her for this too! Her expertise is a very valuable asset!

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Report from Range Officers and Board Members on potential changes that would help to make club safer!

Vote to reimburse the "Accreditation Fee" paid to the NRA by our Range Officers!

Updates on both Rifle and Pistol Range improvements!

Onward!

Range Safety Officers: On July 25th ten of our own fellow members successfully completed this very long course! We're pleased to announce the following are now NRA certified Range Safety Officers:
Jay Wilkes
Tom Batsios
Mark Caruso
Ken Kaskoun
Kevin Busch
Paul Quinn
Lorraine Litten
Nick Calordino
George Fradenburg
Walt Johntson

Stinkin' Badges: Please remember that all Club members must wear their i.d. badge when using any of the Clubs ranges! Don't forget that a vote by your fellow members decided that no badge on the range means no shoot!

With a little help from our friends: thanks go out to Carlos Correa,Doug Doyle,Nick Calordino and Neil Brown for their generous donation of goods to be used in our Club Raffle! Also to our friend,Joe Quintel, who frequently rescues us when mechanical disasters strike!

With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to the following people! Their efforts have helped make our Club better for all of us:

Robyn and Jay Wilkes for designing and paying for the copying of our 2016 Picnic Poster!

Neil Brown for his generous donation of the youth model .22 rifle!

Tracy Church for locating and getting us an outstanding rate on the vibratory roller that was essential in our road project!

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Taconic Items for Sale:

Tee Shirts: Black with orange lettering! Sizes small,medium,no large,ex large,2x,3x and 4x! Normally $3349.00
clearance priced at 15.00 each!

Ladies Tee Shirts pink with black lettering! One medium! Normally $33000.00
clearance priced at $15.00!

Taconic decals: Normally two for $99.00 now clearance priced at $4.00 each!

Taconic 1927 Tin Badge Replicas: Normally $5800 each now $5.00!

NRA : Please don't forget we are an Official NRA Recruitment Center! We can sign up new members
(for as little as 10 bucks) or renew existing ones!
If interested contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc@ 469-8584 !

Doing business with like minded people: Here's some info on fellow members and the services they supply! If you'd like we can add you next month! Just email us a short note with your particulars and we'll send it out in June!

Plumbing and heating: Paul D'Angelo! Paul can be reached at 488-4869.

Building and managing websites: Dylan Macleod. Stonehenge Associates Network Administrator. Dylan can be reached at 518-727-8356

Check out a few of his sites:
http://www.stonehenge-associates.com
http://www.fjfire.com

Engineering and Solar: Cris Schrader owns Seed Engineering and Solar, which provide civil and environmental engineering services and the installation of solar PV systems. The website is
seedpllc.com
and Cris can be reached at
cjschrader@seedpllc.com or 253-6851.
Also, Cris will be donating $500 to the club for any member that installs a solar PV system.
Thank you Chris for that generous offer!

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From April

Thank You to: Kevin Taylor. Kevin donated a nice shadow box containing a repro 1873 Winchester! it now hangs in our Clubhouse!

Some Info sent in by Bob Mergen:

NSSF

Some more sent in by Mark Caruso:

NYSCC

Like Minded People: We'd like to put a list together of members and what type of business they're in! The idea would be that if you needed a service this list would provide you with a source and also insure that your money is being given to a person or company that supports your interest! If you'd like to be listed drop an email with your particulars! Every month we'll make that list available in our Newsletter! So that said here's our first entry: Joe Quintel! Joe repaired our plow truck on the coldest snowiest night possible! When it comes to mechanical repairs,welding or large and small engines Joe walks on water! You can reach him at: 817-6406

Also for March:
Discussion on possible purchase of Video Security System for Ranges!

Progress Report on Rifle Range Baffle System!

Discussion on allowing new members to bring guests!

New Location for Tactical Shotgun!

Enlarging the Pistol Range!

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25 yard Target is missed: at the January meeting a member mentioned how much more difficult it was to sight in his rifle at 50 as opposed to 25 yards! After the meeting several members of the Board came up with the idea of obtaining a lazar bore sighter for Club use! This has been done and that piece of equipment, donated by Neil Brown the largest dealer of fine firearms in Poestenkill, is available on Sundays or by appointment! Hopefully this will make things a bit easier for all concerned!

Pledge of Allegiance! A member recently donated an American Flag to be displayed in our Clubhouse! His only request was that we consider starting each meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance! If there aren't any opposed to this maybe we can start doing this in February!

New Members and Guests: Very often new members share their new club with friends! Since new members tend to be more frequent users for their first few weeks this could mean and has meant that the two new guys show up and bring four friends! What that could mean is you arrive at your normal time and you may have a difficult time getting on the firing line! So the question is do we leave things as are! Or do we change the guest policy a tad for new members? Maybe say that for the first three months new members aren't allowed a shooting guest? Or perhaps they're allowed only one bench? Well that's all in your hands now and you'll let us know how you feel about it in February!

Pistol Range, circa 1983! We really need to take a hard look at this area! It was originally set up in the 80's and built to accommodate a club that only had 75 members! Today our membership more then triples that amount! Now also figure in this range is the most heavily used of all of our ranges! Add to that the fact that the NRA tells us that the comfort level for any shooter is about 6 feet! In other words 2 feet to his or her right and left! That figured it means we can only accommodate 2.5 pistol users at one time! That's assuming we have a .5 person too! Given these things it's more then apparent this range isn't adequate and it's time to start planning on making some much needed changes soon! Maybe it doesn't have to be from soup to nuts! Maybe just widening it and deepening a bit? Maybe Add a tad more berm on the left of impact? A few more feet of berm on left and right? Maybe some drainage for the person that doesn't enjoy shooting in ankle deep water or mud? Maybe the old building doesn't have to come down? Given all these maybes maybe if we can all compromise a bit a more accomodating pistol range could be ours by Summer!

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Rifle Range Use: it was reported that a member and two of his guests were firing standing off hand on the rifle range! They were firing at the 50 yard target and their bullets were impacting at about 75 yards! Another shooter corrected them but when told the policy the standing member said he was unfamiliar with it! Maybe we need to send out hard copies to everyone? Add another rule sign ? Or just toss out an offender or two? So for those who missed it here goes again!

1) Paper targets only! No other types are allowed! These paper targets are to be placed inside the boundaries of the wood frames! The reason for this is so that your projectiles will pass through the 2'x2' openings and impact the berm at 100yds! If placed in any other fashion the bullet could strike the ground and skip over the berm or miss the berm entirely!

2) Benches are numbered. So when shooting from one make sure your firing at the same numbered target!

3) All shooting on the Rifle Range is to be done from a bench! Never step outside the shack and in front of benches to shoot!

4) All shooting is to be done sitting and from a bench! The heighth of targets is configured that way! If a shooter stands to fire this will cause the bullet to strike low, before the berm and possibly skip over the top!

5) Handgun use on Rifle Range is allowed but the same rules as above apply! Also we ask all members to use common sense when doing so! In other words please use pistols capable of hitting at least the 50yd target! We recommend hunting type handguns for this! If you're wishing to use a compact carry handgun here it's not advisable! It's best that you stick to the regular pistol range!

6) those shooting 200yds should check with shotgunners before placing or checking targets if that range is in use!

7) If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing!

Skeet Range Rules Revisited! Please keep in mind that shot carries a good distance! #9's will travel close to 300yds when fired at the right angle! For that reason we specify shotshells used be of low base type releasing either 8's or9's!

Using these will insure that pellets stay on our property! also make sure that when firing your shotgun it's aimed straight ahead! Again this insures pellets stay on our property and don't end up on Farmer Browns field where they're ingested by Bossy the cow who next Spring gives birth to a two headed calf who's faces look remarkably similar to Feinstein and Cuomo (which is an absolute indication of lead poisoning and guess who'll be blamed for that!) !If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! One final also if rifle range is in use please check with shooters there to make sure no one will be approaching the 200yd target!

Archery Range: No broadheads! No apples to be shot of anyone's head unless release form is filled out entirely! Even then apples must be larger then 3 inches!

Pistol Range: paper targets only stapled to 2'x2' backers! No cans ,bottles etc.If others are on the line communicate with them! Be aware of what they're doing and make them aware of what you're doing! Please don't dawdle when it's apparent other shooters wish to use the range!

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Maybe I'll vote and then again maybe I won't: Well you might feel a bit different about that after you read the info on the below link! Seems our beloved governor, who's currently in Afghanistan probably trying to pitch the Taliban on how much better off they'd be if insurgents had only 7 round clips, has even better plans for us! Thanks to both Bob Mergen and Kevin Taylor for sending us info on this!

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After reading the above we hope you chose to vote at least once. We also hope that you'll consider joining one or both of the below if you haven't already:

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE AND PISTOL ASSOCIATION: We now have applications on hand! They can be picked up at the Clubhouse or mailed to you! Contact Doc if interested!

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: you can join for as little as 10 dollars a year.If interested contact George or Doc and we'll get the paperwork to you!

Unwanted Waste Material(garbage): Please remember we don't have any refuse pick up.So if you bring anything with you please remember it also leaves with you!

Don't forget all ranges will be closed Saturday October 4th for our Hunter Safety Course!

Doc

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~Should The Club Pay for a Full Time Zumba Instructor?

→ Hats off time: We all should offer our own Don Miller and big pat on the back. While off duty from his job at the Sheriffs Dept Don made one hell of an apprehension. According to the Newspapers and local TV it looked like something out of a movie too. Seems Don did a flying tackle to take a rapidly fleeing perpetrator down. Jeezas that had to be something to see. That said Congratulations Don and thank you too!

→ Rumor Dept: Once again this month we're going to confirm or deny some rumors that have been floating around the Club!

--- Rumor One: That Pat Rinaldi was once a member of a famous Rock Band! Answer: Yes.He was the drummer for Santana.He left shortly after Woodstock to start his own janitorial company!

--- Rumor Two: That Fred Job played Eddie Haskell on The Leave It To Beaver Show! Answer: Yes and Moe Barbera was The Beaver!

--- Rumor Three: That Doc designed the M-16! Answer: No! He has been known to drink a lot of MD-20-20 though!

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From previous months:

→ Rehashing of Basic Range Rules: We have added 50 new members since last September first. For that reason we'd like to remind all of existing rules!

→ Rifle Range: Please read rules before using. Not mentioned the use of pistols on rifle range is permitted. Pistol shooters must shoot only at existing target distances and at targets placed on existing wooden frames.

→ Skeet Range: Shotguns only loaded with shot from #'s 4 to 9 0nly. No buck or slugs of any type. Magnums are not needed or recomended!

→ Pistol Range: First 8' on left side facing. This open area is for the use of shotguns. Holders for cardboard targets are placed there. Please do not use any area other then those 8'. Pistol Range right hand side: Pistols only. Please place your target only on the 2'x2' plywood!

→ NRA: Given what's happened recently we have to advise all members if they're not currently a member of this organization they need to be. We can arrange this for you.
Contact George @ 421-9635 or Doc @ 469-8584 for info.

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→ Rumors: In any organization it seems you have rumors. We feel if some of these go unaddressed damage can occur. So we've decided to address three that are currently in circulation around our Club!

1) I've heard that you guys invited Andrew Cuomo to our Founders Day Picnic! If you've heard that it's true. He won't be attending though. It seems he refuses to attend dressed as a piñata as we asked!

2) I've heard that Doc was once the Manager of The Supremes! The answer to that is False. He never was. He did come to a Christmas Party a few years ago dressed as Diana Ross though.Heck he even belted out a pretty darn good version of Stop In The Name Of Love!

3) I've heard that Henry Rifle is actually going to be engraved "Fred Job. Worlds Best Gun Club President and Firefighter Extraordinaire" This we've heard too. So we went to Fred and asked him. His Answer was FALSE. That inscription will never be marked on any firearm. It will though ne inscribed on a bronze bust of himself he will unveil at the August Picnic!

→ A Little Help from Our friends: Thanks go to:
Steve Merriman.Ara Shahanian and Scott Favreau for their generous Donations!

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♣ REMINDER:

→ NO 50 cal bmg
rounds are to be used on any ranges!

→ PLASTIC REACTIVE
targets are for .22 rifle only!

→ NO RAPID FIRE ON ANY RANGES:
a count of three is required between each round.This is not new.Its been a rule here for 20 years!!!!

→ PAPER TARGETS
only on any range.They must be placed so they
DO NOT TOUCH ANY WOODEN PART OF THE FRAMES!

→ TACTICAL SHOTGUN AREA
is located on the pistol range. It is the first 8 feet only!

→ CLAY BIRD RANGE:
6 TO 8 SHOT ONLY!

→ CARRY IN CARRY OUT!
We have no garbage disposal. So if you bring it make sure its with you when you leave!

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Keeping with my policy of never deleting anything, I will post all previous info to the archive page.

→ TVRGC ARCHIVES

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→ A Message from George Hillje our NRA Recruiter:

As you may be aware The NRA is the champion of the gun owner and a guardian of the second amendment! What that means is a very important part of you joining the NRA is you actually take a hand in the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. What many of our newer members may not be aware of is This Club is a fully authorized Recruitment Center for The NRA.That means you can join and or renew your membership through us.Even better news is that if you originally joined or even renewed through us before we can do the same for you again with us doing all the work! That's right.No forms to fill out. No dates to remember. No dotted lines to sign. We will notify you appx one month in advance of your next renewal. All's you then have to do is send your check made out to The NRA to us here.If your address has changed simply include the info listed below and send it to the Club at 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180! Or drop it off in person. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime at 421-9635.

Listed below are prices on the various types of membership. With any of them you will receive:

Choice of one of three free magazines!

$5000.00 accidental death and dismemberment coverage at no cost!

$2500 firearms Loss Insurance at no cost!

Life Members receive $10,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Law Enforcement Officers joining the NRA receive $25,000 worth of insurance at no cost!

Associate Membership: One year $10.00(note no magazine with this one)

Full One Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines:$25.00!

Full Two year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $60.00!

Full Three Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $70.00!

Full Five Year Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $100.00

Life Membership with choice of one of three magazines: $750.00

Junior: $15.00! Subscription to Insights Magazine!

If you'd like to sign up here's all will need to get things going!

NAME: First,last and middle!

ADDRESS!

BIRTH DATE!

PHONE NUMBER!

EMAIL!

MAGAZINE PREFERENCE! American Hunter! American Rifleman! American Freedom!

A Check made out to the NRA for the amount that covers the type of membership you want!

Place in envolope and mail to: Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180

It's as easy as that.Take advantage of The Taconic Valley RGC Recruiting Service! If you do you'll help yourself,The NRA and Your Club.You'll also become one of six million Americans who are saying we want our Second Amendment Rights Upheld!

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→ Doug Doyle has sent this! If you fish the Hudson there's some good news for you!
→ DEC NY Permits

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→ Imagine yourself working at a job where almost everyday you and your coworkers risked life and limb to save lives and property! Then one day you're in a situation where you go far beyond what's even expected of that norm!So far beyond that even your coworkers are amazed! They're so amazed by your actions they decide you should receive an award! Guess that something you did would have to be dammed spectacular! Well that was the case last year for Troy Firefighter and our very own Ray Littlejohn! Ray was in situation where a person was trapped on the third floor of a burning building and there was no way out for him! Not until Ray decided to do something anyway! Ray risked his life and brought that man out of the 3rd floor window! Saving his life! For his actions his fellow firefighters nominated him for and he received the 2012 Maltese Cross Award! We'd like to congratulate Ray for his bravery! we're proud to say he's one of us too!

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Speaking of people who help this Club I have to mention Al Chabot! For over 20 years Al has been committed to making this organization a better one! We thank Al for all of those efforts! in recognition of his commitment The Board of Directors has decided to make Al an Honorary Lifetime Member! Thank you Al!

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→ Pat Rinaldi! No matter when or what you can count on Pat to be there and do whats got to be done! Thank you Pat!

→ Those of us who carry might want to read this piece sent in by fellow Jack Borden! It offers some very good advice! Thanks Jack!

→ read-before-you-decide-carry

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Our Mailing Address:

♣ Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club ♣
420 Dater Hill Road
Troy New York 12180

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Rockys Range ♥ And let us all remember those we shall not see here again: Rocky Harris, Isabelle Seales, Joel Konieczny---R.I.P.


♥ Sadly our long time Treasurer Rocky Harris passed away in early May! Needless to say he will be missed! His excellent work as our Treasurer will be hard to duplicate! Still we must try! elected by a majority vote at our May Meeting as Rocky's replacement was Doc McGarry. Filling the Board Position vacated by him was Dan Hartnett.

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The Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club was incorporated in 1927!
It was in existence for many years before that though. In fact Teddy Roosevelt was a regular competitor on our grounds when he was New York City Police Commissioner from 1895 to 1897. In short this makes our club some where around 111 years old! Quite an accomplishment and something we as members should all take pride in and celebrate.
Doc Mc G.

Get action. Seize the moment.
Man was never intended to become an oyster.
~~Theodore Roosevelt - The Bullmoose

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Flag St. Patrick

Apostle of Ireland
Born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387;
Died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

The Lord hath given to me, though humble, the power of working miracles among a barbarous people, such as are not recorded to have been worked by the great Apostles. But I beseech you, let no one believe that for these or the like works I am to be at all equaled with the Apostles, or with any perfect man, since I am humble, and a sinner, and worthy only to be despised.

The Shield of St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Confession




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Thanks Mike

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Two Deer

Skunks
Skunks

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Hawks

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Bobcat


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Welcome to the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club!

compasOriginally incorporated in 1927, the Taconic Valley Rod and Gun Club is located off Dater Hill Road in the hamlet of Eagle Mills, Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County New York. The club property boasts rifle ranges of 50, 100 and 200 yards with covered firing line, 50 foot pistol range with covered firing line, informal trap and archery ranges, and Clubhouse and picnic area. Small by comparison to many other fish and game clubs, this allows for a more close knit group able to respond to the needs of our membership and facilities.rossi 44Few organized shoots are scheduled by the Club. Rather, groups of members will meet for various activities on the Club grounds centered on the shooting sports. Shooting the bull in the Clubhouse is popular on Sunday afternoons!

Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 am in the Tom Parker Memorial Clubhouse. Work parties are held occasionally, usually announced at the meetings, in the quarterly newsletter, or on this website. A cookout is held on the club grounds during August, and a holiday party is held.

In order to join, prospective members should complete a membership application and submit it with an application fee during a regular club meeting, or on any Sunday afternoon when at least 4 Board members are present. Annual dues are required.

Club dues have remained low for several years now, due in large part to the efforts of your officers and board members who never spend a dollar if we don't have to. Please pay your dues promptly.

~~ Doug

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Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club

420 Dater Hill Road, Postenkill, NY 12180