All members of the Marion Road Gun Club are invited to attend a special meeting at the range on Marion Road, April 29th, 2018 beginning at 2:30 p.m. and lasting until about 5:00 p.m.
The Long Range Planning Committee has received the drawings/plans from Ocmulgee Engineering and we will have rough cost estimates for each range improvement/development.
There are seven projects that include:
C-2.1 Pistol Range Regrading, Berm & Drainage Improvement
C-2.2 100 Yard Rifle Range Regrading and Berm & Drainage Improvement
C-2.3 200 Yard Rifle Range Grading and Relaxation of High Side Berm Angle
C-2.4 Pistol Bay #1 (nearest Marion Road)
C-2.5 Pistol Bay #2
C-2.6 Pistol Bay #3
C-2.7 Pistol Bay #4 (far end of the 200 yard line)
Plans will be available for review and discussion on prioritization encouraged. We will vote on which projects are to be completed in what order so as to cause the least disruption of activity on the range.
The total cost of the projects is estimated (without management or governance) to be roughly $300,000.
We will discuss options for funding these projects at this meeting. At present the LRPC has a budget for 2018 of $65,000. You can see we are a quarter of a million dollars short of the funds needed to complete all projects. We are hoping that you’ll be able to make it to the meeting (location: Old Black Powder Overhead Cover Area) and look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on funding and the order in which we attempt the improvements.
I’d like to thank all the members who’ve contributed to the LRPC and most especially Richard Gambill for chairing this committee. Mr. Stone is also due a special “thank you” for hosting our meetings at his offices and for his guidance as we’ve moved forward with this planning.
Changes on Multi-purpose Range (Dec 2017)
The firing line on the multipurpose range has been moved forward. New cover has been set up and all firing should take place from that point. This was done to reduce ricochets onto the adjacent property due to the slope of the range. Parking is allowed on the range.
As this Club grows and expands, more and more labor has been needed to keep the range operational and looking great. Until this time, the same small group of members (about 10% of the entire adult club membership) have been able to make all of these things happen. This year we have removed 25 tons of trash from the property, smoothed the parking lot, surveyed the property, set up steel targets on the pistol range, performed a controlled burn, installed signage, reset target wire posts, cleared tons of shrub and trees, repainted range structures, and many more tasks. A few individuals provide well over 150 hours a year to the service of this club including their own tools and heavy machinery.
Now we need everyone’s help to make this club even better. We already have work days where we ask for volunteers to come out and help and this small group comes when they can, but we need you too. If you can come out help us for a half day per a year (about 4 hours) that would be a huge help. We could publish a budget of labor required to perform some long-standing (and short term needs) tasks on a an annualized schedule. Instead of having a very few people working under the direction of a single person, we'd have multiple "project managers" tasked with organizing separate maintenance activities of small groups of volunteers on any work days. This scaling up of improvements or clean-ups will make our club that much nicer in a shorter amount of time without the need for hiring a lot of contractors. We just do not have the budget for that. Remember that we are working with the same annual dues schedule we had in 2007 and all of our costs to operate have continually risen over the past 8 years.
Your half day's service doesn’t just have to be these workdays so if you have specialized skills, let the President know your alternative idea for service such as running matches or special projects. We will provide medical exemptions to those unable to come help, but just know the Chief Range Officer is an 80 year old Marine.
The club members in attendance at the August business meeting proposed and approved unanimously a reading of the language to amend the bylaws of the club to require 4 hours of service from each adult member of the club annually. The language was read and approved unanimously at the September business meeting and is published below in accordance with the club's bylaws, and a planned vote at the October business meeting will be conducted Tue Oct 20th 7pm at the American Legion Post 3, Thomaston Rd, Macon. This business meeting is open to all active club members and guests, although guests will not vote on this measure.
Proposed By-Law Addition
All adult members will be required to perform work for the club to total at least 4 hours in a calendar year. Most hours will be performed at periodic work days throughout the calendar year. Members can provide service in alternative ways such as professional services as approved by Club President. Members can also apply for a medical exemption through the President. If the member does not wish to perform service, they may pay $50 at time of renewal, or it will be charged in addition to next year’s dues
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