The GARC Committee 2018-19
Paul Shepherd has volunteered to take over from Bill Howie as Committee Member and Keyholder for Denwood. The handover will be a gradual process and Paul, like Bill before him, will need your support to ensure that Wednesday evenings run smoothly so please do what you can whether it be volunteering with chores, setting up and taking down targets and cleaning up at the end of the night.
Club Secretary Steve Ludlow has announced that he'll be standing down from the position in the coming months due to family committments. Anyone who has attended an AGM or Committee meeting will have been impressed by Steve's professionalism and I'm sure we all thank him for his service.
Consequently, we'll need a new Club Secretary. Steve tells me that the role isn't that demanding, doesn't take up much time and is largely small amounts of Admin. He'll also provide some instruction and guidance when he hands over the reins so his successor won't be thrown in at the deep end.
We now have a GARC Online Forum. The idea behind it is to aid contact and communication between Club members.
It's easy to use - just click on the link in the GARC Forum page, register by creating an ID and password and away you go.
Forums thrive or wither depending on the participation of users and only time will tell if it becomes a useful feature so let's see what the uptake is like and take it from there.
Thanks to the efforts of our illustrious Field Marshal Paul Bates, every Sunday is now a Waulkmill Sunday. It's also half price so you can go twice as often!
And, not only but also, Paul will be doing bespoke guided tours of Waulkmill - see the New Members Info page.
Competition and Sales Days
As raised at the AGM, The first Wednesday Denwood session of every month is going to be Sales Day - bring along any kit you have for sale, stick it on the gunrack and see what happens.
And the last Wednesday of the month will be Competition Time as Chris Ward will be cajoling us all into some interesting shooting challenges - money, prizes and perhaps trophies will be up for grabs so keep an eye on the Competitons and Events page.
Chris Ward has been voted onto the Committee at the recent AGM to organise competitions. His title hasn't been agreed yet but, because my suggestion of Concert Party Commissioner a la It Ain't 'Alf Hot Mum was ignored, we're going with Competiton Co-ordinator in the meantime. Give him your support and feel free to bombard him with ideas for future events.
The minutes of the 2018 AGM can be viewed here -
Dale "Barney" Barnfather has stepped down as a committee member due to a new posting in Lincolnshire. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
A new Committee position has been created - Waulkmill Liaison Officer.
Field Marshal Paul Bates has selflessly (been) volunteered to be the main point of contact between GARC and George at the Waulkmill shooting range.
Treasurer, gunsmith and HFT'er Dale Harris has been recognised by AirGun Gurus for his commitment to GARC and Airgunning with a Certificate of Commendation.
Nominated by Bill Howie, Dale is 2018's first recipient of this honour - well done, Sir!
See the AirGun Gurus page here https://www.airgungurus.com/air
Update - the previously excellent Airgun Gurus website has suffered a catastrophic "improvement" and the link doesn't work now but, take our word for it, Dale was in there.
Letter to all GARC Members from the GARC Committee.
At the GARC 2017 AGM, held on 22nd November, it was agreed a letter explaining some of the discussions (and including the minutes) would be sent to all members.
In accord with the GARC Air Weapon Certificate, the Club is limited to a membership of 120. We are approaching that limit and envisage the possibility of a waiting list for membership. Looking at the attendance record sheets for the Denwood and Waulkmill shooting venues, it appears some members joined GARC as a convenience for their Air Weapon Certificate application.
As a responsible club wanting an active membership, and facing the prospect of a waiting list, a minimum attendance requirement has been set:
12 shooting evenings/days (Denwood and/or Waulkmill) per year INCLUDING
6 shooting evenings/days (Denwood and/or Waulkmill) in any 6 month period.
In exceptional circumstances the GARC Committee has the authority to waive all or part of the attendance requirement.
Achievement of this minimum attendance requirement will be considered at the time of receiving membership renewal application.
Membership renewal and payment of membership fees is due during December 2017.
To aid access to current (and time dependant) Club information, Bri Munro has volunteered to be the Webmaster for the GARC website (www.grampian-air-rifle-club.co.uk). For Information, the GARC facebook page is @GrampianAirRifleClub.
If they so wish, any member can provide their email address to email@example.com for inclusion in a distribution list of GARC communications. The list will include only current members.
And finally - Land acquisition. If you are aware, or become aware, of any potential land that could be suitable for GARC usage, criteria being:
Minimum 6 acres, preferably 8
Has Shooting Rights
Free of covenants that are restrictive
Suitable for all GARC activities, not just HFT
then please contact a committee member or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and safe shooting.
As of January 1st 2017, everyone that goes to Denwood or Waulkmill MUST sign in and out WHETHER THEY ARE SHOOTING OR NOT. The Registers, in the case of Denwood, will be on the counter directly in front of the door and, at Waulkmill, in the filing cabinet top drawer.
This is a stipulation of our Club Approval Status from Police Scotland and must be taken seriously.
Failure to sign will result in a warning. Two warnings gets you a suspension. Three warnings and you're banned so just sign the book as no-one needs the hassle.