Chillicothe Sportsmen’s

Club News JANUARY 2004






The Officers and Board wishes everyone a Safe & Happy New Year.


If you haven’t sent in your renewal fees yet, this could be your final newsletter.  Your membership expired December 31st, 2003, and the gate lock changed January 1st, 2004.  The club’s current annual membership was full and we have pending applications for new memberships in the file, so get your renewal in.  Please, don’t wait until the last minute to renew your membership.  Late fees of $10/month are assessed for renewals received after January 31st.  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.


An Indoor Range Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th, @ 9a.m.  Contact Dean Martin @ (309) 691-5251 for details.


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.


Results of the December cold and snowy competition were:

First:    Paul Bishop          1911 Schmidt-Rubin         Swiss Ball Ammo      192-5x

Second:   Carl Dalcher         K31 Schmidt-Rubin          Cast Bullet Reloads  189-5x

Third:    Ron Anderson         M24 Mauser                 Military Ball Ammo   185-2x

Fourth:   Joe Lee              M48A Mauser                Cast Bullet Reloads  183-1x

Fifth:    Keith Kohler         K31 Schmidt-Rubin          Handloads            179-2x

Beginning in January, awards will be presented based on scores that are adjusted with a handicap system.  Questions – contact Max Koehl @ (309) 385-1033.

Sister Club News

Our Club’s Sixth Annual Koenigsschiessen (KING’S Shoot) also took place on December 13th with a record number of participants braving the freezing weather.  Rafael Rodriguez fired the winning shot to earn the Ehrenscheibe and succeed Max Koehl as the Schuetzenkoenig for the next year.  Terry Beachler and John Wiesbrock finished 2nd and 3rd to earn the titles of 1st and 2nd Knight. Darren Merrell fired the shot that brought down the Koenigsadler (wooden King’s Eagle) to win the prize money and the title Vogelkoenig (Bird King) for the next year.

Results from recent annual matches at our Sister Club in Treuenbrietzen, Germany, were:

Hubertusschiessen small bore match:  1st – Axel Wilke; 2nd – Walter Wildgrube; 3rd – Dieter Gerst

Bock Bier Schiessen muzzle-loading pistol match:  1st – Walter Wildgrube; 2nd – Axel Wilke; 3rd – Dietmar Lange

Congratulations to all of the champions in both Chillicothe and Treuenbrietzen.

Questions – contact Paul Bishop @ (309) 579-2914.

NRA Basic Handgun Safety Education Class

The class will be held the week of March 15 thru 21, 2004.  More details will be published in the February & March Newsletters.  Cost will be $35.00 per participant.  Questions – contact Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800; Mike James @ (309) 274-6473; Kevin Monk @ (309) 443-5339.

YSSI Shooting Sports Invitational Weekend

The 4th annual YSSI Weekend is set for April 23-25, 2004, at the Club Grounds.  Volunteer HELP is needed on the RANGES (22 rifle, shotgun, archery, high-power rifle, muzzle-loading rifle, buffalo shooting, in the KITCHEN (cooks and cleanup), and as Group GUIDES to the various event stations.  Work hours will be credited.  Questions – contact Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800.

Muzzle-Loading Rifle Shooting Competition

This new event starts at 8A.M. on Range #5 on the 2nd Saturday in April.  It continues monthly on the 2nd Saturday thru October.  Details to follow in future newsletters.  Questions – contact Steve Lewis @ (309) 274-5118.


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.  If you call and get an answering machine, please leave your telephone number also.  Sometimes the machines are unable to clearly record your message.  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

Dale Schroeder    Charles Varnold         Bob Bjerke        Richard Powell

(309) 274-3082       (309) 697-6766             (309) 692-1800       (309) 679-2889
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.