Chillicothe Sportsmen’s

Club News March 2003







Any member interested in bidding for the 2003 Club mowing contract should be here on Saturday, March 9, 11:00 A.M., for a WALK-AROUND and to receive the written bid specifications sheet.  Written Bids will be reviewed and approved at the April Board Meeting.  Dale Schroeder, 274-3082, and Mike James, 274-6473, are co-chairing this function.


The semi-annual Gun Show is set for April 5 & 6, 2003, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse.  Gun Show Work Party’s are set for April 4, 9:00 a.m. till done to clean and setup for the Show and April 7, 9:00 a.m. till done to tear down and cleanup from the Show.  Desserts (Pies & Cakes) are also needed for the Show.  Work Credit Hours will be given for help and desserts (1/2 hour per dessert).  Contact Cal Loser @ 309/274-4833 if you are going to help.

Indoor Pistol Practice

The indoor range is open for informal shooting from 1:00 to 3:00 P. M. on Thursday afternoons. Pistols (no magnum loads or jacketed bullets) and .22 rim fire rifles only. Range fee is $5.00. ALL PERSONNEL MUST WEAR ADEQUATE EAR AND EYE PROTECTION. For additional information, contact Dean Martin at 309/691-5251 or by e-mail at

WORK PARTY DATES:    There will be work party’s to clean up the indoor range on Saturday, Mar 8, and Saturday April 19, both starting at 1:00 p.m.  We will be removing lead from the impact area and vacuuming and mopping the floor.  If you want to get in some of your work hours, call Dean Martin @ 309/691-5251, days or evenings.  Please leave a message on the answering machine.  The answering machine is used to screen calls.


The archery range is looking for volunteers to help set up targets on Friday before each 3-D shoot. We are going to set up teams, either two, three or four people on a team. This team will be responsible for setting up 10 targets on Friday before the 3-D shoot each month. Team one might set up the first 10 targets before the first shoot and then they would rotate to targets 11 thru 20. They will be able to use their own imagination when setting these targets as long are placed in a safe manner. The course will be checked for safety before shooters are allowed on the course. We are also looking for people interested in pulling these targets down on Sunday afternoon after each shoot. If you are interested in helping please contact one of the three numbers to sign up for a team or arrange your own team or to help on Sunday and get signed up.  Larry Pollack @ 309/274-9653; Fred Anderson @ 309/579-3250; Greg Howald @ 309/657-7002.


Youth Shooting Sports Invitational Weekend

The 3rd annual YSSI Weekend is set for April 25-27, 2003, at our Club Grounds.  Volunteer HELP is needed on the RANGES (22 rifle, shotgun, archery, high-power rifle, buffalo shooting, muzzle loading rifle, cowboy action pistol), in the KITCHEN (cooks and cleanup), and as Youth Group GUIDES (escort groups to each station during the day on Saturday).  The Club also needs re-loaded shells in applicable shooting areas.  Work Hours will be credited.  Please contact Event CO-chair Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800 with your availability and preferences.

NRA Basic Handgun Safety Education Class

Do you own a pistol or revolver?

Do you feel that you need some Basic Training / Education on using your gun properly and safely?  If so ---

The CSC will be hosting a NRA BASIC PISTOL CLASS during the week of March 17 – 23, 2003, in the Clubhouse.  Class dates and times are:

Monday – March 17    7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. -- classroom

Thursday – March 20  7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. -- classroom

Friday – March 21    7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. -- classroom

Saturday – March 22  9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. -– range

Sunday – March 23    9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- range

Cost is $35.00 per participant.      (Fees due by March 10)     Maximum of 30 participants.  SOME OPENINGS STILL EXIST.  For details / invitation letter contact or see one of the following:  Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800:  Mike James @ (309) 274-6473:  Kevin Monk @ (309) 443-5339 -- all have answering machines – Please leave a message if  no one is available.

Mauser Matches

Mauser Matches are held on range #1 each month through April on the 2nd Saturday at 10 AM.  At 50 meters, rules are:  open sights, center-fire, 20 shots standing per relay, re-entry.  Results from the February 8th match are:  1st Place – Paul Bishop, M96 Swede, handloads, 197-10X; 2nd Max Koehl, M48A, 1945 Turk Ball Ammo, 196-8X; 3rd Carl Dalcher, Turkish Mauser, Cast Bullets, 194-5X; 4th Chris Knapp, M48A, 1945 Turlish Ball Ammo, 183-0X; 5th Keith Koehler, M48A, Cast Bullets, 180-3X.  We had 14 competitors inspite of the bitter weather (20 degrees, 10-20 mph winds, snow)!  Come out and shoot with us on the 8th of March!  For more information call Max Koehl at 385-1033

 Trap News - by Dale Schroeder

TRAP WORK PARTY on Saturday, April 5, 8:00 A.M. to NOON.  We will be cleaning the building, turning on the water, raking trap wads, etc.

League Meeting will be held at 11:00 A.M. at the Trap Building, April 5.  Eac team should have a representative there for input and vote on any potential rules changes and for the drawing of first night starting positions.  Leagues will start on April 10.

We need volunteers to help with the YSSI weekend.  Each shooter needs an instructor when on the shooting line for instruction and safety concerns.

We are open on Thursday nights – if weather cooperates.  We shoot the 1st & 3rd Sundays except for May when we WILL NOT shoot the 1st Sunday (Bullseye Pistol Match).

USPSA Practice

Starting in January, there will be USPSA indoor practice on Tuesday nights from 6:00PM to 9:00PM except the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Cost for participation will be $5.00 per session.  Contact Chuck Varnold at 309/697-6766 for more information.

Club Web Site and e-Newsletter

   The newsletter and calendar are available for viewing on-line.  Back issues of the newsletter are available as well and the club activities information has been updated.  Check it out.  Also, please let Tim Vik know if you are willing to get the newsletter via e-mail.  This is an excellent way of saving the Club some money by eliminating unnecessary printing and postage charges by getting the electronic version of the newsletter.  Contact Tim via e-mail at

If you have any questions or concerns about your Club you may contact any Club Officer listed below or any board member.


President                              Vice-President                                    Secretary                             Treasurer

Cally Morgan      Charles Varnold         Bob Bjerke        Dale Schroeder

(309) 691-3427               (309) 697-6766                           (309) 692-1800               (309) 274-3082


Please try to get all newsletter information to me by the Sunday following the Monthly Board Meeting.  Microsoft Word 97 is the preferred version, however, Microsoft Works (Windows 98) will suffice.  Call me for my email address.      Thanks!       Bob Bjerke, Secretary.

MATCH DIRECTORS are reminded that you should check with Bob Bjerke, Secretary, to ensure that your dates are listed in the 2003 Club Calendar.  All 2004 and Future Requested Dates, including Special Event Dates, are to be in by the September 2003 Board Meeting to preclude future scheduling conflicts.
Acronyms - What the heck do they mean!!???!!?!?

Wonder what all the acronyms used out on the range and in this newsletter mean? This area of the newsletter is dedicated to helping explain these. If I forget some or misidentify them, please let me know.

SASS          Single Action Shooting Society

USPSA         United States Practical Shooting Association

DCM           Department of Civilian Marksmanship (old designation)

CMP           Civilian Marksmanship Program (new designation)

IPSC          International Practical Shooting Confederation

NRA           National Rifle Association

PPC           Police Practical Combat

Contact Tim Vik via e-mail at if you would like to receive the CSC Newsletter and calendar of events via e-mail at no cost to you.