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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

~~ 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


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

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

Thanks to our friend at Dater Hill Kennel.


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
Cell: (518) 368-1284

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Eagle Mills, New York

It is not down on any map; true places never are.
~~Herman Melville


♣ Next Meeting:
Sunday September 14th, 2pm ♣


→The Start time for the Next Meeting is 2PM, 9/14

Items on the agenda:

Election of Officers!

Updates On Berm Rebuild! Vote for Honorary Membership!

From Last Meeting: Ken Kaskoun was appointed by President Wilkes to go over the treasurers books!

Raising Of Membership: Tabled pending more study!

Doc McGarry was also appointed by the President as Temporary Parliamentarian!

Members Only Raffle Winner! Tony Oppelt was the winner of the Henry .22 rifle! Congratulations to Tony on that and we hope he enjoys that gorgeous rifle! Thanks to all who supported this raffle too! We made enough to pay for our well and road problems this Spring which is good news! That means we won't have to remove funds from our savings to cover the unbudgeted expenses!

Picnic: In all we were very lucky to have such a perfect day for it! I didn't count attendees but those who did told me we had well over 80 people show up! Judging from the amount of food we went through it appears they were pretty hungry too!

Swap Meet! Seemed to go well! Like anything this being our first time out it wasn't perfect! Next year though, with the help of Dan Place, we'll make some improvements based on this years experience and Dans observations and we promise it will be even better!

Rifle Range Side Berm and Pistol Range Berm was completed by Ron Showers in August! The increased heights hopefully will insure projectiles don't stray off of our property!

Rifle Range Impact Berm: We've gathered material and are poised to start but Mom Nature hasn't been cooperative! As of Saturday 8/30 the ground is still far to soft to put on any of the equipment needed! So wait we must!

Entrance Road: Thanks to Tracy Church,Frank Spillane,Tony Oppelt,Walt Johnston,Mark Caruso and Ken Dippel our entrance road was repaired! Looks like these guys did a heck of a job too seeing it's held up to several heavy deluges! I'd also like to take the time to deny the rumor that says I was hiding in Rays cornfield when this work was being done! The simple truth is I became disoriented from the heat ,wandered in there and just became .......lost! Or something like that!

Honorary Membership: As mentioned above we'd like to award that position to someone who's unfortunately very ill! This person is a life long friend of one of our members! it seems one of this persons strongest desires is to be able to target shoot as long as failing health allows! We'd like to help them with this.If you feel the same way please attend the September Meeting and vote accordingly!

Hunter Safety Class: Will take place Friday October 3rd from 6 to 9 pm! Saturday from 8:15 to 5pm! Registration for this class: WILL NOT be handled at Club level as in previous years! Potential Students must sign up at DEC's website when class is posted late in day on Thursday September 4th! Potential students are advised that this class will occur both inside and out.So please dress accordingly! Lunch will be provided by our Club on Saturday! Please also be aware that because of insurance regulations we must shut our range down on Saturday October 4th! Any questions write here or call 469-8584 !

In closing: We'd like to say thanks to Tracy Church! Tracy,who's famous for loving to wear is ID badge, generously donated two truck loads of crushed stone for our road repair! He also donated the use of a vibrating pounder that packed the stone down like concrete! Even better then that he wouldn't let any of us use that machine.Probably because he knew we'd all end up in the Emergency Room! This all said thank you Tracy!

Speaking of thanks we have to say that to Ken Kaskoun, Pat Rinaldi and Moe Barbera.They did an outstanding job preparing food at the picnic! Also Jim Davin for bringing himself and 40 lbs of salad! Boy was that potato salad outstanding! Thanks also to our Mr Brown for.....well truth is he's got his hands into so much it's hard to pick one! Lets just say Mr Brown thank you for all you do!

One final Thanks! This one for Mark Caruso! Seems Mark knows a guy who can fix anything in life! I'm not kidding! If you think I am tell Mark your problem and he'll pull his phone out and in no time he'll hook you up with that guy! Such was the case when our standby Hunter Safety Instructor Guy said he couldn't hold a class this year! Well I mentioned it to Mark and sure enough he knew this guy and ....well that our class this year!

Now I'll say thanks for reading and hope to see you soon!


→ Discussion on Rifle Berm Rebuild!

→ Wiring repair for Ladies Auxiliary Building!

→ Discussion on possibility of having .22 r/f rifle Metallic Silhouette shoots!

→ Possible creation of a Facebook Page for our Club!

Purchase of Olympic size swimming pool postponed till all Life Members agree to become certified lifeguards!

→ Opening of Taconic Valley Rod Gun Casino Resort Aquatic Park Convenient Store and Trailer Park postponed pending zoning board approval!

→ August 17th Members Only Rifle Raffle: Tickets are available! They're priced at $5.00 ea or 3 for $10.00! They can be picked up at the Club most Thursdays and Sundays! Or if that doesn't work for you call 469-8584 or write us here and we'll arrange to get some to you! First prize will be a Henry Heritage .22 lever rifle! Runner up prizes(and this list will grow as we get closer to the drawing date) are as follows! 500 rounds of Federal .22 l.r. 525 rounds of Remington .22 l.r. hp's! One Years Dues for Taconic Rifle Rod and Gun Club!

→ Swap Meet/Flea Market! Sunday August 17th! Members and members family members are invited to bring any type of item that day for swap or sale! Items can also include firearms and ammo! An FFL holder ,Mr. Neal Brown, will be on hand to make sure all Federal ,State, local and intergalactic laws are observed! For all who just have one or so items they'd like to get rid of The Club will also have a table! Donated items can be dropped of there!

→ Annual Picnic: Will also take place Sunday August 17th! As always this is a free event to all members and their immediate family! The Club will be serving real hamburgers ,chicken and soft drinks! If anyone would like to bring an additional food item it's definitely encouraged!

→ Carry In/Carry out! Thanks to all members who've made an effort to not leave their trash behind! After the first month of the start of our busier season the grounds are looking remarkably clean! We all hope it stays that way too!

→ NRA: A reminder we're an authorized membership station for the NRA! If you wish to join, renew or upgrade we can handle it for you! Questions? Just write us here!

→ New York State Rifle and Pistol Association! We have applications to join if interested(and you should be).

→ With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to Bob Dore for his tractor expertise and advice! John Rubino for his emergency repair of our pump house wiring! Mark Jolicoeur for his donation of wood! And last but not least Tom Madsen for cleaning up our metal mess!

→ A fond Farewell! We've learned that Glen Hammond will be leaving our Club in July! Seems he and his family are moving back to Arizona! While we can't say we blame him for that we will say that we'll all miss him! Glenn was a heck of an asset to our Club! We all wish him and his family the best and hope he knows he's welcome back any time he's in town!

that's it for now! Doc

→ From May

→ Discussion about repairs and architecturally correct historic restoration of our pump house! (in other words lets bang some nails into it quick before it falls down)

→ Relocation or repair of Club Sign at entrance!

→ Discussion on filling out application to turn Club into a casino!

→ From Last Meeting: It was reported that an anonymous donor had made a number of telephone poles available to the Club for its berm work!

→ Meeting times: were temporarily changed by majority vote! Please be advised that for May, June, July and August start time will be 11am! (please note also May meeting rescheduled to third Sunday in observance of Mothers Day)

→ Disposition of Ford plow truck: Approved by majority vote!

→ Well: Just prior to the monthly meeting it was learned that our well was not operating! By majority vote it was decided to have repaired!

→ Oh well! As mentioned above we experienced loss of water from the well! After attempts to solve problem by fellow members failed we had to bring in a professional! The end result was replacement of our 40 year old pump! Hopefully this will be the end of any water problems for another 40 years!

→ Annual Picnic! Will be Sunday August 17th! As always a free event for members and immediate family!

→ Swap Meet/Flea Market: Will take place the day of the picnic! Members,members family and friends of members are invited to bring their goodies and set them up on their own tables! Any type of item may be brought along! This includes firearms and ammunition! These items must be dealt with according to all laws! Meaning the sale or swap of these must go through an FFL holder who will be in attendance! Thanks go out to Neil Brown for providing that service!

→ Gun Raffle and Drawing that day! If you recall last year we had a very successful rifle drawing! Three nice firearms were given away and the Club made quite a few dollars! That was great! What wasn't so great was that none of our members won them! This year we're going to change that! This year we'll be raffling off a very nice Henry Lever .22 rifle! This raffle will only be open to members ! This means The Club probably won't make any money! That's ok though! As long as a member wins and we break even things will be ok! Tickets will be $5.00 each! Or 3 for $10.00! If you're interested contact Doc!

→ Reminder on Range Use! NO SHOTSHELLS ON RIFLE RANGE!


→ Guests: Please remember you are responsible for your guests behavior! That said have them read our Range Rules before using any of our ranges! "I didn't know" will no longer be taken as an excuse for violations!

→ Garbage: We've mentioned before we don't have a waste removal service! That means if you bring it with you make sure you take it home! This includes cans,bottles,coffee cups old targets and empty shells! Oh ,and umbrellas too! Someone actually left a broken one on the range! We don't want to threaten anyone! The fact is most of our fellow members are going the extra mile on this! The very few who aren't and won't though may want to consider looking for another Club to join!

→ Stinkin' Badges: Please remember they must be worn when using any Range!

→ Club Clean Up! Is scheduled for Sunday May 18th following the monthly meeting! Please do your best to help out!

→ Taconic Valley Rod Gun and Gambling Casino! As we mentioned earlier we intend on applying to become a Casino! We've filled out all the needed paperwork but have lost our backer on the million dollar application fee! Seems our money man,Neil Brown,had the funds buried where his wife planted her new rose bushes .He now won't be able to make a "withdrawal" till Fall! So if there's anyone else interested please contact us!

→ T-shirts! We have a limited amount of Taconic Valley T-shirts available! Price is $12.00.If interested call Doc @ 469-8584

→ With a little help from our friends! Thanks go to Bill Halse and Chris Loiselle for searching out our recent electrical problem!

That's it for now! Doc

From April:

→ Continued talks on Rifle Range Berm rebuild and target return system!

→ Scheduling of a Spring clean up day for Club!

→ Approval for disposition of Ford Plow Truck!

→ Funding approval for Ford Tractor repairs!

→ From Last Meeting: Based on reports that some members were refusing to wear badges when on ranges meeting membership unanimously approved a mandatory 30 day suspension for any offender! So please wear your stinkin badge!

→ Raising of Membership cap! Put on hold pending farther range use observation!

→ Amended By laws! Essentially those found on page 8 of our Clubs bylaws were approved for change! The details of this have been posted in the Clubhouse!

→ Ranges! Once again we remind all members that paper targets are not to be posted on the wooden parts of target stands!

→ Shotgun/skeet range! A reminder that only field load (low brass) 6 to 9 shot is to be used!

→ Muddy conditions: Please be careful where you park!

→ Sunday April 27th staring at noon! Informal shotgun shoot! We'll be using our automatic machine for this! Shooters interested must provide their own skeet and shells! There'll be no prizes but don't complain because there's no entrance fee! Hotdogs and burgers will be available at incredibly low prices!

→ Lost and found! If you can tell us the manufacturer of the following items they must be yours! Magazine for semi automatic pistol! Folding pocket tool!

→ With a little help from our friends! Thanks to Tom Batsios for his donation of a very nice refrigerator!

From March

→ More discussion on Rifle Range Retaining wall!
→ More discussion on rifle range target return system!
→ Admission of four new members!
→ Discussion on possibly raising membership cap!

→ LAST MEETING: 11 new members admitted!
By-law changes for election and voting approved(details will be posted and existing bylaw copies changed to reflect this)!

→ Newer plow truck: the February 13th/14th snowfall left two feet of heavy wet snow on our property! Drifts that ranged from 2 to 4 feet filled the driveway! Our old Ford managed to clear all of this before end of day on the 14th! Apparently it was a bit much for Ol' Blue because it passed away quietly on the 15th! According to our mechanic the cause of death was listed as a bad fuel pump! This left us in a lurch. Resurrect Ol' Blue(cost several hundred dollars) or find a replacement fast! Fortunately a replacement was found! A 2002 rusty Dodge 2500 with a plow became available! We had our mechanic go over it ! he told us although ugly it was a sound vehicle. So it was purchased and now stands ready to finish out the snow season!
It's understood that The Ford Museum in Dearborn is now in negotiation with President Wilkes on purchasing our old vehicle. Seems they want to put it in their collection. Guess it might be placed next to Charles Kuralt's motorhome!

→ In search of Mr Whipple: Back in November of last year the Board of Directors instructed the Clubs Treasurer to put together figures that reflected a five year average for monies spent on the different areas of the Club. Apparently this was needed so they could create our 2014 budget! The Treasurer reported that this was relatively easy for the most part! Things like insurance, taxes and utilities are always recorded! Where he had problems though was in finding out how much money was spent on a very important item! Toilet paper! It seems in going back 5,10 and even 20 years he couldn't find where the Club had even purchased a single roll of that important paper product! Given that how could we estimate the cost for this year? Could it mean that toilet paper couldn't be purchased? Well one morning the answer came. The Clubhouse door opened and in walked Pat Rinaldi with a case of Charmin! When asked what the cost was Pat replied "nothing. I've been donating this, hand towels and soap for the past 20 years"! So mystery solved. The next time you see Pat don't squeeze him.Just say thanks.If my guestimate is correct he's saved this Club over a thousand bucks since he started his donating!

→ As I sat down to write this I received a phone call. The caller told me that he'd just heard that in Connecticut The Police had started confiscating unregistered "assault weapons". I don't know how true this is but considering the Whistle Blowing Reward that's now offered here it's a distinct possibility it could start happening in NYS! That's why it's of the utmost importance that if you're not a member of one or both of the below organizations you become one quick! Don't forget the old saying! There's strength in members!

→ 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!

→ With a Little help from our friends! Thanks go out to Jack Stroh for his generous cash donation! Dan Hartnett for helping us out with snowdrift control! Also to Anonymous for the $200.00 donation toward the purchase of our new old truck! Oh! And one final thanks! This one to Tracy Church for always wearing his "stinkin" badge!

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

St. Patrick

A Special St. Patrick's Day Post

From Previous Meetings:

→ Bylaw change discussion on voting procedures!

→ 2014 Club Budget!

→ Funding approval to begin search for a new plow truck!

→ Discussion on 100 yd rifle berm rebuild!

→ Dues: 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 $ 75.00 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! 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!

→ Badges: As of January 1st we all must wear our badges when using any of the ranges! The exception to this would be any member who has the Club logo tattooed on their back. It must though be similar in size and proportion to those worn by the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club! This tattoo must also be in the proper colors! While on the subject of badges we are mailing them out as dues payments are received! Please allow about ten days to receive yours! If this fails to happen please call Doc @469-8584 and it'll be taken care of! One final thing on this subject! If someone asks to see your badge please don't respond with "I ain't got no stinkin' badge! I've already used it to death and have been threatened with physical violence if I say it again!

→ 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!

→ Club accessibility: we do our best to keep the Club open and ready for use! Often there's a lag between snow ending and plowing though! If you have any doubt about our road being open call Doc @ 469-8584 before heading out!

→ Ranges: Please remember paper targets only!

→ Pistol Range: Our excavator was able to get most of it done before bad weather set in. Unfortunately there's a small gap between the backstop berm and the right hand berm. So for the time being please shoot no closer then the 21 foot mark!

→ Applications for membership: We're still accepting them! While we can't guarantee those submitting new applications membership it appears we'll be allowing about 30 in. We currently have 25 apps on file!

→ With a little help from our friends! Thanks to those members who made a donation this month! thanks also to Neil Brown for his work on our plow truck! That's it for now! Hope to see all soon!

→ Dues! Another reminder that every members dues will expire on December 31st!
That means it's time to send in your check for $75.00. Our mailing address is: 420 Dater Hill Road Troy Ny 12180. If you feel you don't want to stay on as a member please send a brief note saying so. This could allow you to enter at a future time. It will also stop you from being expelled in February as per our bylaws!

→ New Members! We are currently accepting applications for membership.
admittance by new members is contingent on availability of membership positions.

→ Sign in Sign Out!
At the November meeting a compromise was reached on this issue! What was voted on and approved was the wearing of neck badges that hold our Club membership card! These are to be worn when using any of the ranges.
As members pay their dues we're giving out these badge and lanyards set ups free! If you've paid yours and haven't received one yet( they arrived just prior to Thanksgiving) give a shout. We can either mail you one or they can be picked up at the Clubhouse most Thursdays and Sundays.

→ Pistol Range Problems!
Thanks to a report from Bob St.Dennis we're now aware of a potentially dangerous situation! This problem involves the right side of the pistol range. It seems with the foliage down it's very apparent that a stray projectile could easily leave our range and land on the neighbors property. It seems the quickest way to solve this situation is by constructing and earthen berm on this open side. We've contacted our excavator man, Ron Showers, and he's given us an outstanding price of $1000.00 to do this. We'd like to take a few minutes of the upcoming Christmas Party to make a formal vote on this! We hope no one minds but it's felt this really needs to be taken care of asap!

Well that's it for now! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for their help and support this year! We'd also like send them wishes of a safe and happy holiday!

Our Club Today ♣

Old Glory










~Continued discussion on Sign In for Range Use!

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

→ September Election Results:
♣ President: Jay Wilkes
♣ Vice President: Tom Batsios
♣ Secretary: Robyn Wilkes
♣ Treasurer: Doc McGarry
♣ Director: Mark Caruso

→ NRA Membership: George Hillje wishes to remind all members we're still an official NRA Recruiting Station! That means if you want to join or renew and existing membership we can do it! Any questions write us here or call George @421-9635. Don't forget part of your NRA dues come back to our Club as a donation!

→ Hunter Safety Course: Our thanks again go out to Instructors Johnny Bobo and Mohamed Zamani for conducting another Hunter Safety Course at our Club! Thanks to their efforts in September there will be 30 new hunters afield this year!

→ Club Dues: Last year a few members asked for an earlier reminder that dues will be do January First! Well this is it! Kidding aside please don't forget that we must receive your payment no latter then January 31st! Changes in the bylaws now tell us that after that date a member can be expelled! So lets try to avoid that and get your check for $75.00 before then!
Our mailing address is: 420 Dater Hill Road Troy NY 12180

→ A little help from our friends: Thanks go out to Jay Wilkes, Pat Rinaldi, Bob Kelleher, John Siple, Mark Caruso and Neil Brown for their efforts in rebuilding our 100yd berm. It not only is safer it looks pretty darn nice!

→ From September:

→ Voting On Motion to sign in and out on Ranges

August Auction and Picnic! Thanks to all the many who helped make this day successful! When the dust cleared the Clubs Treasury was $2000.00 richer! This may not sound like much but that amount covered the cost of our School Taxes and recent road work and rifle range excavation!

Ranges: A reminder that when using a shotgun at the Pistol Range you are to shoot cardboard targets on the first 8' as you face that range! The 16' to the right is reserved for pistol use! Thank you!

Rifle Range: Please no shooting from in front of the enclosed firing point! And please place your targets within the boundaries of the target frames! Not on them!

Lost and Found: Lost during our Auction! One Mec 12 ga reloading press! Please return it or send in a check for $60.00!

Left Over From Auction:
One green 5'x8' wool oriental rug! Once owned by Mike Tyson this rug can be yours for $30.00!
Two Vietnam era medium size field jackets! Price $25.00 each!
One box .45 acp 230 grqin box of 50 rounds! Price 25 bucks!
One 1957 Ferrari 275 Spyder color black; Clearance priced at $27,000,000.59!

Conversations with our liability provider indicate that we may have to start a mandatory sign in sign out procedure!

Allocation of funds to do road repair work and re-dig drainage ditch located along side and behind rifle berms!

With a little help from our friends dept! Thanks go out to Charlie Testo and Neil Brown for their work in rehabbing a few of our picnic table! Also thanks to Moe Barbera for his donation of a brand new deep celled battery for our skeet machine!

From July

Possible Vote on raising membership!

Announcement by prospective candidates for Office!

Possible formation of a week night or weekend league to shoot Sort Of Trap!

Candidacy for Office: As mentioned potential new Club officers have to the July 14th meeting to announce their interest in seeking office! As per the bylaws any member in good standing(must have been a member for 1 year) may do so.Also prosepective candidates need to have attended at least three meetings in the prior year! Prospective candidates should also have a very strong understanding of The Clubs Bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order! They should also be aware of the duties and limitations of the Offices they are interested in as described by both Our Bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order!

In other words please know what the Hell you're doing and getting into! You're only going to gum up the works if you don't!

Trap Machine: We recently took delivery of a Do-All automatic trap machine.This unit is portable and can't be left outside permemnatly! What we'd like to do is make its use available to as many members as possible.In order to do this we'd like to work out a schedule where responsible members would have access to the machine and also make sure it was properly returned to storage after use.If anyone is interested please contact us here!

There'll be no fee for the use of this machine but please bring your own clays!

Fathers Day Sort Of Skeet Shoot: Moe B and Ken K did a wonderful job with this.In all 21 shooters participated while close to 20 onlookers....looked on I guess!

Winners were: Ladies Division: 1st Place Danielle J

2nd Place: Amelia B!

Mens Diviosion: 1st place: Moe B!

2nd place: Nick C

Dead Last in both mens and ladies divisions: Doc

Copies Of New By-laws are available for pick up at the Clubhouse!

T-shirts and Beer Mugs: Still available and priced at $12.00 and $5.00 respectively!

With a little help from our friends: Thanks to Bob Bornt and Skip Collins for their expertise.It helped us save close to $700.00! Thanks go out to Neil Brown for his plumbing abilities and the use of his front end loader! Thanks also to Chuck and Emily Aloia and Joe Hunt for their donations. Also Dave Robillard and Alisha Gimlick for the loan of their Trap machine!

From June

From last meeting! New bylaws have been passed! We hope to have copies available by mid June for members to pick up at the Clubhouse! Please make a note that as result of these new changes Hunting on Club Property is no longer allowed. Also the time for dues to be past due has been shortened to 31 days( This means January 31st). After that a non paid member can be expelled from the Club! This is just a partial list of the changes. Please make sure you read the entire new set! Sorry to be brief but there's a lot going on.

June 2nd Raffle Winners:
1st place: Henry Engraved Golden Boy Winner: George M! Ticket sold by Bob H!
2nd place: Henry Blue Lever Winner: Gerry W: Ticket sold by Robin W!
3rd place: Henry AR-7! Winner: Lee H! Ticket sold by Wayne H!
4th place: $250 gift certificate to Veterans Gun Dept: Paul T! Ticket Sold by Paul T!

Thanks to all who sold tickets! This was the most successful Raffle we've ever had!

--> from May ♣

Ladies Auxiliary Building! At least that's what it was called in 1932.Since then it's deteriorated and become underutilized! That's changing though.Thanks to an effort spearheaded by Pat Rinaldi the building will again become of use.Pat is currently leveling floors and enclosing a wall.When completed this building will be used for storage and a repair shop. This means the very overcrowded and congested closet in the Clubhouse will be emptied and then turned into a much needed office. Thanks Pat for your work on this. It's really appreciated!

Rain drops keep falling! Have you ever stood outside the Clubs front door when it rained? If you have you've gotten wet. That's not a wonder though given the condition of the roof! Well that won't be the case anymore! Seems Fred Job,Dick Beeble and Ray Patton have taken it on themselves to remedy that situation.Recently they tore off the old and replaced it with new.The end result is a new roof that's guaranteed to keep all who stand underneath dry. Thanks to all of them for taking the time for that improvement!

One door closes and another open! Least that's how the old saying goes! This was never the case in our Clubhouse though! As you may have noticed we only had one door.This is no longer the case though! Thanks to the combined efforts of: Joe Gable,Mike Groudas,Bob Kelleher,Tony Deththomas and Mike Stefalono we now have a second door.These guys were amazing to watch. They worked together like a team of top surgeons as they cut open a wall and hung the new door.So precise was their work they even managed to not harm our existing siding.That may sound like much but not having to replace that siding saved the Club several hundred dollars. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say thank you to these five for your work.It really does look great!

Freds Souveneer Shack! Fred would like to remind all of the following:

The Classic Black is Back: The time honored and highly collectable classic black and orange Taconic T is again here! Available in sizes from small all the ways up to 4x.All sizes are priced at the incredibly low price of $12.00 bucks.So make sure to grab one!

Ladies Limited Edition Taconic T in pink.That's right pink! Available in sizes from small to extra large these pastel beauties are only $12.00. So buy one before they're gone!

Taconic Beer Mug: Hand crafted by a retired firefighter from Sycaway these mugs are sure to become a collectable! While supplies last,I mean we can't do this forever,they're only $5.00!

Taconic Decals! Available in small and large they're priced at $3.00 and $4.00!

Items on the agenda:

Ongoing bylaw changes
Expulsion Procedure
Trap/Skeet Range Improvements
Nocturnal Renting of Fred's Truck

→ Pavilion/Garage: Has been ordered. When weather is better ground excavation will be started. Fred Job and Joe Gable are preparing to add our new door and reside the outside of the pistol range side wall. If all works out we hope to have the structure up and all completed for the June 2nd Picnic!

→ Fred's Souvenir Shop! Fred Job will be opening a Taconic Souvenir Shop in the very near future. Located in the closet at the Club it will specialize in Taconic Gun Club merchandise. reds already come up with a few deals for his Grand opening(slated for April 21st).Among these will be: Taconic Decals: Offered in two sizes($3.00 and $4.00 respectively) they are the perfect way to show your support for your Club! Taconic Classic T-shirt: Available in sizes from small to 3x and priced at $12.00 this is the perfect item to show you're a gun owner and Club supporter. Fred also reminds us that with graduation and wedding season not the far off they're also the perfect gift for that graduate or bride to be! Now if that's not enough Fred informs us he's working on a line of unisex fragrances. His first,which will be called Fragrance de Taconic,will be blended with Hoppe's # 9 and burnt gun powder.FJ tells us that this combination is not only pleasant to the nose but also tells those within smelling distance to be careful because the wearer is probably packing! Sounds good Fred let us know when it's ready!

→ Membership: As of this writing it looks as if we've retained our highest percentage of members ever. While that's good news it also means unfortunately we won't be allowing any new members in this year. The earliest possible new admission will be February of 2014!

→ NRA Membership: Given the political climate there's no member who shouldn't be a member. George Hillje can help you out if you'd like to join too. For only $10.00 George can sign you up! Interested? Call George at 421-9635!

→ There are still good people: On July 15th 2012 ,one of our own,TFD Captain Tom Witkowski arrived at the scene of a blaze in Troy.He then took actions that resulted in the lives of three people being saved. On March 15th of this year Tom was the recipient of The Maltese Cross Award.For those unfamiliar with this award its given to a Firefighter that has shown beyond doubt his willingness to sacrifice,if needed,his own life in order to save others. As fellow members and friends of Tom we here at this Club are in awe of Toms actions and we are very proud to say he is one of us! Congratulations Tom!

→ With a little help from our friends: Thanks go out to Pat Rinaldi,Dick Beeble,Tom Witkowsky and Matt Plumley for their combined efforts on disassembling,moving and reassembling one of our woodsheds. Sounds like a simple task but it certainly wasn't. Also thanks to Bob Kelleher and Fred Job for selling a crazy amount of raffle tickets. Without guys like those two our drawing wouldn't be nearly as successful! ♣

From March:

Ongoing proposed bylaw changes
Updates on rifle range improvements
Updates on Storage/picnic pavilion
Updates on Rifle Raffle
Potential Trap Range Construction
Introduction of evidence for expulsion of member
Creation of an emergency bank fund

→ Rifle Raffle: Firearms have been purchased. Engraving has been ordered and tickets printed. Tickets can be picked up at March tenth meeting or will be mailed to each member shortly after!

→ Rifle range: fill has started to be brought in. Railroad ties for reinforcement have been located!

→ Shotgun Range: Throwing machines will be inspected and parts ordered where needed and then replaced!

→ Archery Range: New target to be purchased. Input needed from archers as to what is the best type!

→ Pistol range: Input needed from clubs pistoleros as to what improvements they'd like to see this year!

→ Dues! It's last call time for those who haven't paid their 2013 dues. If dues not paid by the end of March delinquent members will be expelled from club in accordance with our bylaws. To avoid this please pay or withdraw. Those withdrawing will be allowed back in at a future date. Keep in mind that readmission is subject to availability. In other words you could be placed on a waiting list! Currently we have 20 people on that list!

→ NYS SAFE LAW: I can't speak for you but I'm not feeling any safer since this law was "passed". I am feeling a lot more confused though about what may be legal and what may not! I'm sure I'm not alone on this too! Fortunately for us Glen Hammond who's a fellow member and local attorney has offered to help us out.On March 10th,following our meeting,Glen will give a presentation on the law followed by a question and answer period. Thanks Glen.

~Announcement from the front: ~NY Supreme Court Considers SAFE Act Injunction ♣

This just in at TTAG command central:
Good News. The New York Supreme Court has stated that they will issue an injunction against the new SAFE Act on April 29th-unless the state can prove that the law is constitutional. This puts the burden of proof on the state of New York to show the Act is legal under the newly re-affirmed provisions of the Second Amendment, which is impossible. From WKTV . . .
The Buffalo-based attorney who is spear-heading a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent gun laws said that Wednesday was "monumental," as a State Supreme Court Justice issued an order requiring New York State to show good cause that the law is constitutional. New York State has until April 29 to respond or else an injunction will be issued.

Bear in mind that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that firearms "in common usage" cannot be restricted. And since the NY SAFE Act's entire purpose is to restrict ownership of the single most popular firearm in the United States, there's no way they can make a case that their law complies with the Second Amendment. If this injunction is upheld, then it opens the door for New Yorkers to challenge the standing "assault weapons" ban and other gun laws as well.

NY Supreme Court Considers SAFE Act Injunction ♣

→ OOPS! I made a mistake! Last month after the regular meeting I was approached by several members who had a question about our bylaws rules on expulsion. In particular the one that mentions Conservation violations. I said the rule stated "convicted" on said type of charge. I was wrong. Investigation has shown me that even being charged would cause a violating member to be expelled. Farther investigation also showed that this type of violation does not just include hunting or fishing related charges. It also includes things like illegal dumping! Interesting and I stand corrected!

→ 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!

Well that's enough for now. ~Doc ♣

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From previous months:

→ Topics to be discussed

→ Wedding At The Taconic: One of our members and his bride to be have requested the use of The Club Grounds for a Saturday afternoon wedding in September. With your permission their wish will come true!

→ Dues: Are past due. If you intend on staying a member you must pay. If you'd like to withdraw and rejoin latter you can.Simply respond to this email saying "I withdraw if thats your choice you'll need to possibly go on the waiting list! . Whatever your choice please act quickly.

→ 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.

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

targets are for .22 rifle only!

a count of three is required between each round.This is not new.Its been a rule here for 20 years!!!!

only on any range.They must be placed so they

is located on the pistol range. It is the first 8 feet only!


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

I will post all previous info to the archive page.


→ 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!





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!

vote decided that this Club will stay with present NRA approved Insurance Carrier for our shooting only liability! This means we will have no hunting insurance coverage! It was decided that if there are enough interested parties we will obtain that coverage at a future date!

2'x2' cardboard pieces have been cut and placed at the shooting point on the Rifle Range. All members are asked to use these as backing material on target frames. It's hoped that by doing this frames will last longer and projectiles hit the burm as the design was intended!

All of the machines have been rebuilt.If any fail to operate please do not attempt to fix. Instead contact President Job ,who being a graduate of The Trius Online Skeet Machine Repair University, will make the appropriate repair

Looks as if this area is getting a lot of use. We do ask all users though to place their targets so pellets not strike the guide wire. Also there is a limited supply of cardboard available for target backing material in the Clubhouse.Feel free to use it. A reminder to all members.Please clean up all empties and used targets on all ranges!

→ Shotgun: It's become very difficult for our members to figure where shotguns can be used according to Club Policy! So here's a breakdown we hope is helpful!

→ Shotguns on Rifle Range: Solid projectile(slug) only! NO SHOT!!!!!

→ Clay Bird Range: Shot only! Sizes #6 to #8 fired out of low based type shells!

→ So Called Combat Shotgun Range: This is the 8 FOOT OPEN AREA FRAMED WITH YELLOW PAINT located at the Pistol Range! In this area any size shot can be used but NO SLUGS! For this area Clips have been attached to the guide wire where you can hang your targets! PLEASE DO NOT HANG TARGETS ON PLYWOOD!

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS DEPT: We're very fortunate to have a lot of great members! The names I'm mentioning now are for the folks who have gone way above and beyond this month in helping to make this Club a better one! John Livolsi! Freeman Loyner and Bill Weaver! I'm sure I don't speak alone when I say thank you for what you've done!

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

→ 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!

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!

→ 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

Rockys Ridge


U S Navy Seals

Job Well Done,
Thank You Very Much.


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.

→ USMC Corporal Jake S. wearing his Taconic T and holding his M-16 40 miles west of Baghdad!

Cpl. JS

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

Flag St. Patrick

Some pictures here courtesy of Mike R.
Thanks Mike

2 deer
Two Deer




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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 2:00 pm 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.

Total membership ranges between 70 and 100 members. 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


Taconic Valley Rod & Gun Club

420 Dater Hill Road, Postenkill, NY 12180