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  • 04/20/2017 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    Annual Range Safety Briefing (Existing SRPA Members Only)

    All members and spousal members must attend an annual range safety briefing (RSB) before they can use the rifle/pistol range without Range Safety Officer (RSO) supervision. Junior members are encouraged to attend an RSB. This is not a new rule and was in effect in 2016. It is an essential refresher of range rules and safe use. At the RSB, members will be required to read and sign the liability waiver form.  Note:  The RSB is not new member orientation.

    Members and spousal members may continue using the rifle/pistol range without RSO supervision until 1 May 2017 if they attended a 2016 RSB. After this date they must have attended a 2017 RSB. Past attendance at a 2016 RSB is signified by a small hole punched in your badge. In 2017, you will have a blue RSB-17 sticker attached to your badge. Members are encouraged to remind others of the requirement if they see them using the range without current RSB certification.

    Range safety briefings will be held:

    • After the monthly Cowboy Silhouette matches.  Click Cowboy Silhouette for dates and times.
    • After the monthly Long Range Silhouette matches.  Click Long Range Silhouette for dates and times.
    • On Thursdays during the weekly work party from around 9:30 until about 12 Noon.
    • At the conclusion of new member orientation sessions. Existing members are welcome.  These sessions are not on the calendar and are by invitation only.

    Contact membership@seattlerifle.org for more information or an invitation to orientation.

  • 03/11/2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    An RSO class will be held on March 11th, 2017 from 9 AM to 6 PM.

    COST:  $75

    Class is limited to the first 20 students that sign up. At least 1/3 at this time are already taken.
    To Sign-up follow this link:
    https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=422837&seats=20&State=n&zip=98290&radius=1.1&id=5

    Instructor:
    C. Alex Roeber
    BaR Training LLC.
    "Setting the BaR to a new level in training."

  • 11/18/2016 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,       November 18, 2016 

    RENEWALS:
    You will be getting your renewals soon. The annual dues have increased $25.00.  The website will also generate an invoice for the volunteer hours that you are missing.  The way it looks the majority of the membership will be invoiced an extra $100.00 because we have no record of your minimum 10 hour volunteer requirement. The hours log has been available at all work parties, at the shotgun range and for the Thursday work parties. It is your responsibility to put down your hours. We waived this last year but will not this year. If you have questions about your hours the only way to contact us is membership@seattlefifle.org.  We will be sending an email showing you your hours prior to the renewal invoice sent out.

    The hour log is located in the cabinet with the sign in sheets. If you help set up for a match, take down, fill the wheel barrow with wood, whatever you do log your hours to avoid the assessment. There is still time to get in some hours the Thursday work parties can always use extra help. I understand that this will not sit well with some. We will probably lose some members that is the choice they will have to make.

    We are depending on our new membership website to process renewals this year.  Be sure to check your junk mail.  Renewal hard copy invoices will only be sent to members who do NOT have an email address.  If you wish to be mailed an invoice.  Please email membership@seattlerifle.org.

     

    MATCHES / AWARDS:

    Club matches are back in session. The bullseye match was held on Sunday Nov. 6. High power match was held on Saturday the 12th with a good turnout for how bad the weather was. Saturday the 19th is the Cowboy Silhouette match and Sunday the 20th is the small bore silhouette matches. Saturday the 26th is the long range small bore silhouette match. Since we have had a full year with all matches we will hold our Annual awards dinner on February 25 2017 to recognize club members in their disciplines of competition.  Shotgun has been in full swing and when the weather permits the turnout has been very good. Shotgun is planning on holding two PITA competitions this coming year. Last year’s event was very well attended and the club received great feedback on it.

        

    HUNTER SIGHT IN:

    We had a good turnout for hunter sight in. It was held the last two weekends in September and the first two weekends in October. This a great service that we provide to the public and everyone that attended was very grateful that we are back open. Many of them had been coming to hunter sight in for many years. Also we had several requests for applications or our web address. I want to thank the RSO’s and volunteers that made it great experience for the people that attended.

     

    WORK PARTIES:

    We accomplished a tremendous amount of work at the four work parties. Many thanks to the members that participated in the work parties or helped with hunter sight in. I truly appreciate your help and interest in keeping the club looking great. The work parties and the Thursday work group are what keep the club maintained and we can always use more help and make the club even better. Dates for the 2017 work parties are Saturday April 1 2017, June 3 2017 and August 5 2017. The fall work party date TBD.

     

    RANGE IMPROVEMENTS:

    Now that the berm is done now we have turned our attention to the rest of the safety improvements that we have been talking about. We are exploring baffle designs and how we can separate the pistol range from the rifle range and the archery range from the rifle range. All this takes money and our only source of income is the members. Yearly dues and match fees is what the range survives on and we need long term plans for the improvements. We welcome anyone who would like to help with these projects. We are just in the planning stages now and looking for a design that we can afford to move forward with.

    Any questions, please email me at president@seattlerifle.org

    Kevin Knowles

    President

    Seattle Rifle & Pistol Association

  • 05/26/2016 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    It has been a busy year at Seattle Rifle and Pistol with many accomplishments and many people to thank for their work.

    Annual General Meeting:  The annual club meeting is on June 18.  We will be voting on four upcoming vacant seats on the Board and announce new officers.  

    5:00 pm Social / 6:00 pm Dinner / 7:00 pm General Meeting

    Ballots will be available at the meeting.  Because of our new membership size, it is mandatory that you RSVP. Please email your RSVP by Monday June 11, 2016 by sending an email to rsvp@seattlerifle.org or leave a text or voice message to 425-780-6655. You can always purchase dinner tickets at the door. Please be sure to RSVP!

    •    Adults (Age 13 up) $5.00 EA
    •    Juniors (Age 6-12) $3.00 EA
    •    Kids under 6 free

    Status of Neighbor House:  We bought (and sold!) the house that was the cause of our lawsuit.  Many repairs were needed done on the house before we could put it on the market.  Many thanks to Ed Chin for his work with establishing a new banking relationship for the club in order to buy the house.  Thanks to Alec Schmitt for his work on the repairs and improvements that were needed.  

    Berm Work:  We worked through the county permit process for the berm with the help of Fred Brown and Paul Bustard.  Paul also directed us to the contractor for the berm.  We could not have had a better contractor for the work.  He was willing to adhere to our schedule as much as possible and provided us with quality work.  This also opened up a new 200-yard range that will be completed soon.  Thanks to Tim Eddy and his crew for their work on our project.

    Security Cameras:  We have new security cameras on the firing line and at the gate.  We also installed complete systems at the clubhouse and the shotgun range.  Thanks to the work of Ed Chin and one of his licensed electrician employees for the procurement of the systems and well as the installation.

    Range is Open for General Shooting:  The range is back open to regular member use as long as you have completed the firing line briefing.  This will be a requirement every year at renewal.  We know we had some issues with memberships and I will take responsibility for the problems.  With the new requirements for membership it created a huge job for the membership folks and they did a great job given what was asked of them.  We have refined the process and hope we have resolved the issues.

    Club Events Shooting Update:  We need more member participation in club events!  The pistol matches are fading please come out and participate as these matches are fun and very informal.  We have seen a slight increase in the silhouette matches and the high power matches seem to be picking up.  

    Shotgun and PITA News:  Shotgun is running strong with the first ever PITA registered shoot.  The event was very well attended and many complements about the range and how the event was run.  The only problem was there was not enough help from club members who said they would help but for some reason did not.  Thanks to Jim Rankhorn and Cliff Nelson for organizing the event and doing all the paper work.  Fred Brown, Ralph Dobson and Dwight Hutchinson for keeping the traps loaded and running.  These three guys ran their tails off from 9 am until almost 8 pm.  This event would not have been possible without the very generous donations from Sharon and Ralph Dobson and Marylyn and Bud Solis.  Their donations purchased two of the three new trap machines.  

    Work Parties:  The work parties have been well attended and much work has been accomplished thanks to all who attended.   Next work party is scheduled for June 4 hopefully we can finish the 200-yard target standards and be able to use the new range soon.  Pressure washing and prepping the buildings for paint is another item scheduled for the work party.  

    Illegal Dumping:  We are having some problems with someone dumping house hold garbage in the archery trash cans and animal hides on the club property.  Please be advised if we catch you, you’re done and gone out of the club.  

    Code of Conduct: Please remember that this is a family oriented club and behavior needs to be as such.  We have developed a Code of Conduct for club members to adhere to. Please see this posted on a new website forthcoming soon.  I have cut and pasted this at the bottom of this message for your convenience.

    New Website and Membership Portal:  Ed Chin has been porting our existing website to a new platform that will streamline the Calendar and help automate the member sign up / renewal process.  It will be released in the next couple of weeks at http://www.seattlerifle.org.

    Clean Up After your Dogs:  Please also remember that if you bring your dog to the range, you are responsible to police them because of complaints of dog poop on the trail to the clubhouse and at the archery range.  Don’t be that person that will cause us to ban all dogs on club property!

    Demolition Contractor Needed:  We are in need of a demolition contractor who can take down the care takers house.  If you are or know of one please contact me.

    Treasurer Position Needed:  Ed Chin will be stepping down as Treasurer in order to assume the Vice President position.  If you are interested in this position please email treasurer@seattlerifle.org, we are looking for a qualified individual that meets the following requirements:
    •    Extensive experience of Quickbooks.
    •    Relevant bookkeeping and treasurer experience.
    •    Be able to generate profit/loss and balance sheet reports and understand them.
    •    Be able to retrieve mail from Snohomish PO Box a few times a week.
    •    Be able to reconcile quickbook accounts monthly with online banking balances.
    •    Experience in using paypal from the merchant point of view.
    •    Prepare the books for club CPA at close of calendar fiscal year.
    •    Able to make physical and/or mobile deposits at Coastal and Key Banks (Snohomish or Monroe).
    •    Have access to a scanner / copier to scan physical AR/AP items to submit to the Board in monthly reporting.
    •    The treasurer will be expected to attend the monthly Board Meetings, write checks, handle cash and check deposits, manage online bill payments, and provide financial reports to the board at the monthly meetings.

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    I will be looking forward to meeting new members and continuing the work we have started to provide the best possible range experience for members and guests.

    Kevin

    Any questions please email president@seattlerifle.org.

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    Seattle Rifle and Pistol Association (“SRPA”) Member Code of Conduct
    SRPA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, all individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs.

    We expect persons using SRPA ranges to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. The actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered prohibited in our facilities or programs.

    •    Using or being under the influence of alcohol on SRPA property, in SRPA vehicles, or at SRPA-sponsored programs except at board-approved events (i.e the annual meeting).
    •    Using, possessing or being under the influence of marijuana, illegal chemicals or illegal substances on SRPA property, in SRPA vehicles, or at SRPA-sponsored programs.
    •    Note:  Although marijuana has been legalized in Washington, it remains an illegal substance under federal law. 
    •    Smoking on SRPA property - SRPA and its property is a smoke-free environment.
    •    Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior.
    •    Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, inappropriate or threatening way.
    •    Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting.
    •    Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person.
    •    Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property.
    •    Loitering within or on the grounds of the SRPA.

    In addition, SRPA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages.

    Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff member.

    SRPA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed.
    In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked.

    SRPA will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of SRPA membership privileges may result from a determination by the Board of Directors if in the Board’s opinion a violation of the SRPA Member Code of Conduct has occurred.


  • 03/07/2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENTIAL RANT AND RAVE

    First the Rave: We held our first Bullseye pistol match on Sunday with a fair turn out. Winner was club member John Williams. Congratulations John!  Next match is April 3 2016 come out and give it a try.

    Now for the Rant: I received an email (see below) from a concerned member in regards to the range use on Saturday March 5, 2016. So if you were on the range Saturday this is directed at you!

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     I was at the rifle range today shooting and the lack of common sense exhibited by almost everyone there was ALARMING! Apparently the old members of the club don't believe that the range safety rules apply to them or their guests.

     Rules such as:

     1. Using safety flags

     2. Remaining behind the yellow safety line during cease fires.

     3. Not touching firearms on the bench during cease fires.

     4. Not going in front of the pistol bench to sweep up brass when the range is hot!

     5. Removing your finger from the trigger when the pistol is not pointed down range at a target.

     6. Refraining from pointing the pistol at the pistol bench with your finger still on the trigger!

     There were others. The way it is now there is no obvious way to tell if the other members there have been approved to shoot alone. Someone is going to get hurt!
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    These are serious range violations! This is a warning to all members that ALL RULES shall be followed by everyone. Next time I get a report such as this I will be going to the cameras, log book and gate entry logs and I will call members in to explain their actions to the board. Violations will be dealt the swiftly and severely.

    If a RSO is on the line and observes this type of behavior I would expect him or her to address the offender. If you as a member are approached by a RSO about a safety violation they are pointing it out because they care about safety and the longevity of the range. I would expect nothing less than courtesy and compliance from the membership.

     Kevin

    OLD BUSINESS BELOW

    REMINDER FOR RENEWALS

     Many members have not renewed yet and this is your last call.  You have until March 15, 2016 to have your renewals in if you would like to continue being a member.  Gate cards will be shut off starting March 16, 2016 no exceptions.

    NRA DUES ARE GOING UP

     NRA dues are increasing this year but we can still offer $25.00 memberships until the end of April.  Click this link for discounted memberships.

    WORK PARTY MARCH 26, 2016

     Next work party is scheduled for Saturday March 26, 2016. We have a lot of work to do yet but the positive note is we are open and nearly back to normal operation. Mark your calendar now for the work party. Sharon Dobson will be providing lunch and that should be reason enough to attend.

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

     Dates for new member orientation will be out soon. Membership is a huge job and is even more complex now with our membership screening requirements. Please be patient.  All work is volunteer and they are working diligently to get it done.

    FIRING LINE BRIEFINGS

     I will be conducting the firing line briefings on Saturday 3/19/16 directly following the Cowboy Silhouette match until 3 pm. Fred Brown is available to conduct the safety briefings on Thursdays 9:30 am to 11:30 am during the regularly scheduled weekly work day..

     Any questions please email president@seattlerifle.org.

  • 01/21/2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    STATUS OF THE BERM PROJECT

    The berm has been inspected and approved by Snohomish County. I would like to thank Mac Engineering and Triple E construction for their work on the project.

    RANGE OPENING FOR MEMBERS

    At the January Board of Directors meeting it was decided that the range would open to members to shoot unsupervised starting February 1 2016. We still encourage all members to become RSO trained but it is not required for range use. What will be required is all members wishing to use the range must attend a FIRING LINE SAFETY BRIEFING.

    This briefing will cover the SOP of the rifle and pistol range and the target standard placements. There have been many changes and we want the membership to be aware of them. The onsite briefing will accomplish this and should take less than 1 hour. At the end of the briefing the members will sign the range waver form acknowledging they understand the rules. This will be kept on file for one year. We will require this briefing each year after renewal or new members join.

    I will start the briefings on Saturday 1/23/2016 from 8am until 12:00pm.  On Saturday 1/30/2016 from 8am until 12:00pm and on Sunday the same times. Fred Brown has agreed to hold briefings on Tuesday’s 10am until 1 pm. After the end of the month briefings will be held as needed to ensure members can access the range. Anyone caught using the range without the training will be reported to the board of directors for discipline. Their gate card will be shut off until they appear in front of the board and explain why the rules did not apply to them.

    The 200 yard range will remain closed until the work is finished on the target standards and the ground stabilizes it’s still very soft. We have some new folks that will be working on the web site updating the calendar and upkeep of the site. There are a lot of new things coming our way so stay tuned we will be getting a newsletter out soon.

    Kevin Knowles

    Any questions please email president@seattlerifle.org

  • 02/28/2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    RANGE HAS BEEN OPEN FOR REC SHOOTING

     In case your not aware the range has been open for recreational shooting since Feb 1, 2016 with good results. We have waived the RSO requirement and simply ask that you attend a short firing line safety briefing to be able to use the range unsupervised. Any member caught using the range without the briefing will have their gate card shut off until they come before the board and explained why the rules don't apply to them. Please remember to sign in and out and provide your badge number in the space provided. We have upgraded the camera system and purchased a stand alone camera system for the trap range. We are getting pricing now on the card swipes for the man doors and the gate controller.

    REMINDER FOR RENEWALS

     Many members have not renewed yet and this is your last call.  You have until March 15, 2016 to have your renewals in if you would like to continue being a member.  Gate cards will be shut off starting March 16, 2016 no exceptions.

    NRA DUES ARE GOING UP

     NRA dues are increasing this year but we can still offer $25.00 memberships until the end of April.  Click this link for discounted memberships.

    WORK PARTY MARCH 26, 2016

     Next work party is scheduled for Saturday March 26, 2016. We have a lot of work to do yet but the positive note is we are open and nearly back to normal operation. Mark your calendar now for the work party. Sharon Dobson will be providing lunch and that should be reason enough to attend.

    MEMBERSHIP AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

     Dates for new member orientation will be out soon. Membership is a huge job and is even more complex now with our membership screening requirements. Please be patient.  All work is volunteer and they are working diligently to get it done.

    FIRING LINE BRIEFINGS

     I will be conducting the firing line briefings on Saturday 3/5/16 from 8am to 9:30 am. On Sunday 3/6/16 directly following the Bullseye Pistol Match or at 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm. Saturday 3/19/16 directly follow ing the Cowboy Silhouette match until 3 pm. Fred Brown is available to conduct the safety briefings on Thursdays 9:30 am to 11:30 am during the regularly scheduled weekly work day..

     Kevin Knowles

     Any questions please email president@seattlerifle.org.

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