Chillicothe Sportsmen’s

Club News NOVEMBER 2003




YOUR Club’s 2004 elections will be held on Tuesday, November 11th, at 6:30 P.M.  All members are welcome to come and cast YOUR vote for the 2004 Officers, one (1) open 2003-2004 Board Seat, and four (4) open 2004-2005 Board Seats.  The announced candidates at this time are:

President:      Cally Morgan

Dale Schroeder

Vice-President: Charles Varnold

Jerry Oglesby

Secretary:      Bob Bjerke


Board of Directors:    Fred Anderson        Dean Martin

Walt Stroyeck        Paul Brenkman

Mike James*          Steve Smith*

(*) - Denotes Annual Member


To get your name on the ballot for any of these positions, please contact one of our Nominations Committee:  Dale Schroeder, Chairman @ (309) 274-3082, Kevin Monk @ (309) 443-5339, Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800.


Your membership expires on December 31st, 2003, and the gate lock changes on  January 1st, 2004.  The club’s current annual membership is full and we have pending applications for new memberships in the file, so get your renewal in.  Don’t wait until the last minute to renew your membership.  Some Associate Life Memberships are available for those who want to upgrade.

Annual Members:  Dues $50, Land Fund $10 and 10 work hours or $10 for every work hour not worked.  Annual Members with no work hours will have a renewal fee of $160 for 2004.

Associate Life Members:  Land Fund $10 and 10 work hours or $10 for every work hour not worked.  Associate Life Members with no work hours will have a renewal fee of $110 for 2004.

Life Members:  Land Fund $10 and 10 work hours or $10 for every hour not worked.  Life Members under the age of 65 with no work hours will have a renewal fee of $110 for 2004.  Life Members over the age of 65 are EXEMPT from the 10 work hours requirement and will have a $10 Land Fund renewal fee for 2004.

Please be sure to return your 2003 membership card with your dues and/or fees even if you don’t have any or only partial work hour credits.  This includes both non-renewing and renewing Annual Members, Associate Life Members, and Life Members (both under and over 65) all with or without work hours.  We need your membership cards for our records.  Thank you.

It is not absolutely necessary to return your old gate key, however old gate keys in good condition can be re-keyed.  It would be appreciated if you would deposit your old keys in the mailbox in front of the Club House.  This action will help save the Club money.  Thank you.


Because of the demise of Cal Loser, our Gun Show Manager, the Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club needs someone to take on the responsibility of managing our semi-annual gun shows, which occur each April & September.  Responsibilities include all planning, setting up before, running the show, cleaning up after, and all of the details in between.  The Board will assist you in any way it can.  If you are interested in taking on this responsibility, please let one of the Board Members or Officers know by or at the November 11th Board Meeting (also election night).


Be sure to check out this month’s and next month’s included calendars for All Scheduled Archery, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, and Other Events and Starting Times.


GUN BAN BILLS HAVE NOT GONE AWAY!  They have been tabled.  Detrimental bills to our right to own and use most firearms could resurface at any time.  The Illinois Legislature will soon reconvene for a short veto session later this fall and there are several anti-gun bills that could be considered.  Two prominent bills are SB 1195 (banning most firearms with a bore diameter of .50 or greater) & SB 947 (Gun Show Ban / Major Restrictions).  Additionally, any number of anti-gun measures could be added to pending bills via the amendment process.  Please remember to make periodic POLITE and FRIENDLY written/telephonic reminders to your legislators about your position on proposed firearms related issues.  Their local telephone numbers are listed in your telephone book.  Their office can give you their Springfield telephone number and e-mail address.

Web sites with information and details relating to firearms ownership related bills are:           and 


Open Trap is available on Thursday evenings @ 6:00 p.m. & the 1st and 3rd Sunday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m.  We will need help running Sunday shoots with Hunting Season starting.  Questions – contact Dale Schroeder @ (309) 274-3082.


Mauser Matches: are held on range #1 on the 2nd Saturday each month at 10 AM.  Signup begins at 9 AM.  The October 11 Match had perfect weather.  There were no surprises in the top 3 place finishers.  The “LUCKY SHOOTER” prize went to Dennis Rainville who drove in from the Aurora, IL area to participate.

Mauser Matches are held to provide an informal and inexpensive marksmanship opportunity.  The next Mauser Match is November 8.  All are invited.  Questions - contact Max Koehl @ (309) 385-1033.


Again, if you have moved, or are moving, please let us know your new address.    Please mail your new address to the Club at P.O. Box 13, Chillicothe, IL 61523 or call one of our officers with it.  Thanks.


   The newsletter and calendar are available for viewing on-line.  Back issues of the newsletter are available as well and the club activities information are periodically updated.  Check it out.  The web site address is listed at the top of each monthly newsletter.

Many of you newer members and some of you older members have provided the Club with your e-mail address.  The Club will be e-mailing you your monthly newsletter.  If you have provided your e-mail address and have not received your monthly newsletter via e-mail, please let us know via e-mail so that we can get your correct e-mail address. (Some of the e-mailed newsletters have come back as undeliverable due to a bad e-mail address)  You will also continue to receive a hard copy of the newsletter, until we hear from you that the e-mail version is sufficient.  The Club can then delete your name from the club newsletter printing and mailing list.  This will save the Club money (just over $.50 per).  Tim Vik is the CLUB WEBMASTER and E-MAIL coordinator.  His E-MAIL address is  Thanks!!

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
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.