Mother Lode
Gun Club

President's Blog Page

To: Mother Lode Gun Club Members

Date: January 20th 2018

Dear Members,
I would like to truly thank the members who attended the stated meeting January 8th, 2018, it was very nice to see the meeting hall so full.

Just a few thoughts for all members to keep in mind.

  • As a member you should check other shooters membership to ensure there is no unauthorized persons shooting on the range.
  • Only two (2) guests per member. You are not allowed to bring several guests and have two persons at a time shooting. This rule must be strictly enforced for the safety of the club and to allow MLGC members access to move around freely and not wait for a shooting lane.
  • The official sun set time for “stop shooting” is Standard Pacific Time (SPT) not the sun below the mountain. Due to the winter conditions, haze or fog it is impossible to be able to determine the visual sunset on the range.
  • A grievance mail box has been mounted at the entrance of the meeting hall for all members. If you have a suggestion or a grievance please fill out the provided form and put it into the mail box. The grievance chairman will take the appropriate steps necessary.

John Popke
MLGC President

To: Mother Lode Gun Club Members

Date: 9-11-2017


Effective immediately the indoor range will be closed for all membership.

In final review form 'Lead Abatement' committee Chairman Fred Coleman and in keeping with the current EPA standards and requirements, the indoor range is closed indefinitely. The lead particulates accumulated within the indoor range have given the board no option but to close the range until a thorough lead cleaning and lead removal be conducted.

I apologize for the inconvenience and will keep membership abreast as progress occurs.

John Popke
MLGC President

Date: August 22, 2017

Dear Mother Lode Gun Club Members,

Dear members, I would like to thank the members who attended the meeting in August 14th, it was nice to see some new faces and move forward with several items necessary to keep the club functioning.

I also want to thank Dick Coffin, Jorge Either, Lance Coruthers and Ricky Mandrell for an outstanding job and the completion of the ADA H’Cap parking for the MLGC, it was a lot of work and devotion from the men. Thank you again.

The MLGC Board is holding our annual budget meeting at Black Oak Casino hotel board room on October 28th 20117 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All the disciplines are asked to attend. Please check in at the entrance for directions.

John Popke

Date: June 20, 2017

Dear Mother Lode Gun Club Members,

Our June 12th, Board of Directors and membership meeting was very productive and accomplished several agreed improvements for our club. With the new structure of the monthly meetings the Board of Directors is meeting at 6:00pm in the MLGC office and the general membership meeting is at 7:00pm in the meeting hall. This has allowed us to spend more time on the agenda and present it to the membership. This setting also allows the Board to interact with questions and concerns with the membership that were not entered in the agenda.

I would encourage the membership to attend the meetings and participate if possible and get involved in the programs offered at the MLGC. It is also nice to see new faces attend the monthly meeting and participate in the direction the MLGC is moving. It be would fantastic to see new faces run for office and continue the goal of the leadership and promoting our constitutional right to own and protect ourselves with firearms.

Also in keeping with the safety of the MLGC I am closing the indoor range "temporarily" starting July 1, 2017 till further notice for the deep cleaning of lead contaminates, electrical wiring and structural examination. The progress will be posted monthly on the MLGC web site.

John Popke

Date: May 14, 2017

Dear Gun Club members, I want to personally thank all the volunteers who showed up for our workday. A special thanks to Dick Coffin for organizing and heading up the workday. Dick told me that that was the largest group of volunteers that he has ever seen. It was very impressive the amount of work that was completed the cleanup the burning and the organization overall. Once the trees are cleared from the lower property by the office we are hopeful to build an additional parking space for the gun club members.

Again, thank you all very much.

John Popke
MLGC President

Date: April 17, 2017

Dear MLGC members, please take the time to read the "range rules" for the MLGC range. The Chief RSO and RSOs recently updated and I approved changes for the safe operations of the MLGC and shooting rules. It is important that all members and guests follow the rules and keep the gun club a safe environment for all.

Thank you,

John Popke

Date: March 18, 2017

Mother Lode Gun Club Member's

Dear Mother Lode Gun Club Members, I would like to personally thank the membership committee volunteers for your hard work in the administrative process of receiving our new members. I would also like to thank the new members for your patience with this long process and now becoming part of this great organization.

The April stated meeting, we will be voting on several addition potential new members and I encourage you to attend and be part of the voting process. We also have unfinished business to complete as several motions were brought to the floor in March 13th meeting. We will be voting to move money from the savings to checking to cover the costs of the new roof and updating the indoor range ventilation system. Most importantly a separate motion was made to assess all members a onetime payment of $100.00 dollars included in the 2018 dues for the additional cost of the roof and ventilation system. The discussion will be very informative and necessary to explain the hidden costs that will occur. Also the board approved a 6:00 pm board meeting agenda and the MLGC stated meeting will remain the same time at 7:00 pm. This will allow the board not take up a lot of time during the general stated meeting. The board meetings are open to all MLGC members but you will not be allowed to have an opinion or vote.

I hope you all can be present for the meeting and enjoy fellow gun club members and friends.

John Popke

Date: February 14, 2017

Mother Lode Gun Club


Dear Mother Lode Gun Club Members:
First and foremost, I would like to thank the MLGC members who attended the February meeting and for taking precious time out of your schedules. I would also like to thank all the MLGC volunteers who, without question, keep the gun club running at a safe and professional level. During the meeting, I assigned the Chief Range Safety Officer and his assistant, Jim Christensen, a task that I feel is very important to the safe operations of the MLGC. They will be contacting all active RSO’s for verification of current NRA certification, overview of policies and procedures, and to develop an RSO work schedule. I am asking that all RSO’s donate one hour a month to oversee the safe operation for the MLGC and assist members and guests with safety and or inquires that might arise. This is also an opportunity to meet MLGC members and their guests. The RSO refresher training course is scheduled for March 4th at 12:00 pm in the indoor range. If you know any members who are interested in becoming a NRA certified RSO, they may attend to observe only and can be considered when a future RSO certification course date is scheduled.

Contact information: Jim Christensen (209) 532-0459

John Popke, President


A member discussed a problem with me that he recently encountered on the high power range. He arrived to shoot and people were in front shooting prone. They did not move when he arrived. There are several issues with this:

  1. Those shooting prone were in violation of the posted rule - no shooting beyond the red line unless it is in a sponsored event.
  2. Those in violation of this rule were inconsiderate since they did not move behind the red line when he arrived to shoot.
  3. Because you are practicing for a match does not give you the right to break club rules.
  4. Shooting beyond the red line is unsafe and you are creating a potential liability for the club.

Solution, practice in front of the red line as though you were in competition until someone arrives to use the benches. Once a member arrives to use the high power range be courteous and move behind the red line. Please, work with us in this matter so that the Board of Directors does not have to become involved.

Once again, do not shoot in front of the red line when others are present at the benches or when members arrive to use the benches. We all need to work together.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Fred Coleman
Mother Lode Gun Club

Please Note: There have been some recent instances of members allowing their access cards to be used by non-members. This practice is strictly not allowed. Club members must be present when they bring guests to the range. Our insurance will not cover non-members, even immediate family of members, when not accompanied by a member and there could be serious problems if anyone were to get hurt or if there was any damage to the club's grounds. If your access card is used by non-members to use the club's facilities when you are not with them, this is considered a serious breach and will be referred to our grievance committee. You could lose your club privileges, incur a financial penalty, or even lose your club membership.

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