Chillicothe Sportsmen’s

Club News MAY 2010


Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.

PO Box 13, Chillicothe, IL. 61523-0013





Until further notice—the Clubhouse Deck & the stairs are CLOSED to all traffic & occupancy!



Far too many errant shots are being fired into the ceiling (and elsewhere) on the Indoor Range.  As we move to the outdoor ranges this Spring, this is even MORE dangerous—no outdoor ceiling to confine errant shots.  REMEMBER:Finger Off The Trigger & Out Of The Trigger Guard Until You Have Established Your Safe Sight Picture—On All Ranges & In All Situations—SAFETY FIRST !!!





Indoor Range: Saturday, May 1st, 9AM clean range w/lead removal & painting the backstop & Clubhouse Clean-up.  Contact Bob Bjerke @ (309) 692-1800.                                                                               


Grounds:  First, a big “THANK YOU” to all who showed up and did such good work at the April 10th grounds clean-up.  May 1, 2010 is the outdoor cleanup starting at 8:00AM, please bring brush cutting tools, rakes, shovels, etc.  Contact Steven Schneckenburger at 692-7807 if you have questions.  If you need workhours, there is a list of tasks that you can perform inside the bulletin board by the front door to the Clubhouse. Or contact Steve Schneckenburger.


Please pickup targets, bottles, cans, hulls when you are done shooting as per range rules # 9 and 12.


NRA &/OR ISRA MEMBERSHIP.  Are you a member of either or both of these organizations?  IF NOT, WHY NOT?  These are the only Organizations that are continually fighting for your rights that allow to own and use firearms for target shooting, plinking, and hunting!  Anti-gun legislators on both the Federal & State levels are constantly introducing legislation to VOID your 2nd AMENDMENT Rights!  Join or renew in either or both of these organizations today!  Their websites are: and 


NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION (NMO):  An (**) in your middle initial area of your address means you need to attend to obtain your current year’s membership card & gate key.  Check the enclosed calendars for dates & times.  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED OR NO INSTRUCTOR WILL BE AT THE CLUB FOR THE CLASS.  To make your class attendance reservation or to ask any questions - Contact Charles Varnold at (309) 697-6766 or via e-mail at



ALL MEMBERS:  It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that the Club has your current home address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.  If you leave town, bulk mail is not forwarded.  If you don’t ask us to mail to an alternate address or to suspend your mailings until you return, & we get ‘failure to deliver’ notices on you (& return postage fees), we will drop you from the mailings until you let us know your current info or status.



The newsletter and calendar are available for viewing on-line at  The website also lists all Club ACTIVIITIES, events, and contains periodically updated general information as well as the current CSC Membership Application. Tim Vik is the CLUB WEBMASTER and E-MAIL coordinator.  His E-MAIL ADDRESS is

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

Charles Varnold      Jerry Oglesby              Donald Clemens       Lowell Bennett

(309) 697-6766       (309) 274-5413             (309) 274-6870       (309) 274-5586



Your Board of Directors recently received the following letter from a CSC Member.  This letter addresses several issues that the Board has been trying to grapple with recently.  This member’s letter made several good points in a clear, concise and straightforward manner.  The Board decided this letter was well worth publishing in its entirety in this month’s newsletter.  There are excellent thoughts presented here that we all should read, review and ponder from time to time.  Please take the time and opportunity to read this carefully and hopefully we can strive to make CSC an even better Sportsmen’s Club.




Club Members

    The season is once again upon us, and with good weather, all of the ranges will be in use for sighting-in new guns, proofing new loads, and just good plain shooting fun!

    However, with the elevated activities on all of the ranges, we should be reminded that it requires some personal range etiquette from individuals and groups using these ranges every day.  Each individual range has posted rules for that particular range.  Read and understand that range’s set of rules.

    First and foremost on every range is that every individual, WHETHER PARTICIPATING OR JUST OBSERVING, must wear safety glasses and hearing protection.  It is the responsibility of all members to enforce this.  If someone doesn’t comply, ask them to leave and don’t resume shooting until they leave the range or comply.  As a member of CSC it’s your individual responsibility to protect the integrity and possible liability of YOUR CLUB.

    NEVER SHOOT TO GROUND!  Bullets don’t bury themselves, they BOUNCE over berms and backstops.  Place your targets in front of the backstop, not on top.  When you’re done shooting, retrieve your targets and put them in or by the trash barrel for that range.

    Whenever you are on the grounds, pick-up your SHOTGUN HULLS, the plastic will never break down or corrode as brass and steel casings will.  Again, put them in the trash barrels on that range.

    We pattern shotgun loads, not assess their destructive ability on plywood.  If you want to do that, fine, but bring, prop-up, and destroy your own plywood.  And again, put it by the trash barrels when you’re done.

    DON’T SHOOT THE SUPPORT POLES FOR THE TARGET STANDS!  Place your targets so the bullets don’t hit the poles.

    When you’re done on the benches, place the seats on top of the carpet to help hold it on the bench in the wind and rain.  It might stay a little dryer for next time.

    This is a SHOOTING RANGE, not the local dump that most law abiding shooters are forced to hang out at.

    As a member of the CSC you’re part of one of the finest shooting facilities in Middle America!  Let’s make it even better.

    We’re all in this together, and with a little thought and consideration we’ll continue to enjoy what so many would like to take away!!!


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 – Club Number #IL-08

DCM           Department of Civilian Marksmanship (old designation)

CMP           Civilian Marksmanship Program (new designation) - Club Number #52084

NMO           New Member Orientation

NRA           National Rifle Association - Club Affiliation Number  #R0570

ISRA          Illinois State Rifle Association – Club Affiliation Number  #00282


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