I hope you all have been staying healthy while keeping up on your shooting skills. 2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. I wanted to update you on some happenings here at the club. Our Head of Security Jim Collins ‘retired’ from the club July 1st. He was a huge asset to the club; dealing with alarms, video cameras, upset members, midnight callouts, trap and so much more.
Bob Gondolfo, who was a large part of the trap program, club and membership committee ‘retired’ August 1st. Both of you are not easily replaced and will be missed. Thank you for your countless years of volunteering!
Dave Clevenger has been appointed Chief of Security and has been a tremendous help with the membership committee already. Thank you for volunteering!
During this slow down the club has taken the time to make some improvements on the range. A new shooting bench with storage cubbies has been placed at the 25 yard range. There is a new wheelchair accessible ADA shooting bench installed. We have added swinging gates with alarms to ensure that shooters on the line are aware when others intend to head down range. We are sourcing new backings for the target hangers that will be lighter and last longer. Different target systems are being looked at to update both the 25 and 50 yard ranges.
Thank you for your continued support of the MLGC! We appreciate you following the COVID guidelines while enjoying the range. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
The Board voted at the May 11th Board meeting to host a Special Meeting to vote on potential new members to the club. This will be held Monday, May 25th at 6PM. Due to the Covid-19 guidelines, this is being offered virtually through video conference. You can attend the meeting by downloading the ZOOM app to your smart device or computer, by calling the phone number below or by attending in-person. We ask that you adhere to the CDC guidelines if you attend at the club. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or would like an email link sent to you.
We appreciate your patience and continued support of the Mother Lode Gun Club and our shooting sports here in California. I hope you are all staying safe and busy during this interesting time. I encourage you to check the calendar for updates as we are hoping to open up events to members soon.
Topic: MLGC Special Membership Meeting
Time: May 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 862 9181 4317
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Due to the major health crisis in the United States, the Governor of California has issued directives to the People of the State, ordering businesses to close and limiting public gatherings, in an attempt to help prevent the spread of the Corona virus.
The MLGC Board of Directors desires to comply with these rules to help limit exposure of its members and the public to possible contamination. Therefore, the subsequent Club rules and regulations are effective immediately and stay in effect until further notice…
1. All Club sponsored functions, related activities and disciplines involving groups; including activities open to the public, shall be suspended.
2. Membership gate cards will remain active for the purpose of the member to maintain skill and safety practice, provided the member adheres to the following:
A. Follow club regulation of 2 guests only. At the present, a guest MUST be a resident of the same household as the member.
B. Practice “Social Distancing” at the range.
3. Terms of any lessees or lease (rental) agreements may be temporarily suspended, modified or adjusted for loss of use to the renter caused by policy changes.
Please note the General Membership meeting scheduled for Monday, April 13this cancelled. Admittance of new members will be postponed until May 11th; assuming the stay-at-home order is lifted.
We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time. Thank you for adhering to the guidelines and for taking this seriously. I look forward to seeing you all on the range again soon.
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. 2019 has been a busy and productive year so far. The club was host to several youth shooting events, senior projects and helped introduce several new shooters to the many disciplines offered here. With the admittance of nearly 100 members, I’d like to say thank you to the Membership Committee for their hard work and dedication to the club. Volunteers aren’t easy to find and I appreciate the countless hours and organizational skills it takes to keep things running smoothly. A big welcome to our new members!
John Popke resigned as President, with his letter being posted as the May Presidents Blog. He has been a strong supporter and involved member of the club for many years and he will be truly missed. I’d like to say thank you for his continued support and wish him all the best with his move to Utah.
As Vice President, I will fill the role as President until the next election in November. Jim Christensen was nominated from the floor and voted in as new Vice President and Dale Mattier was nominated from the floor and voted in as new Member at Large, leaving us with a fully staffed Board. I look forward to working with this great group of people and appreciate our members support.
Our current club secretary Marti Steiner is moving on to a new position outside of the Mother Lode Gun Club in a few months, with her resignation effective December, unless filled sooner. I would like to thank Marti for her short but active time here as the club secretary. If anyone is interested in becoming part of the MLGC Board or learning more about this position, please let me know.
I am currently looking for input on our current by-laws. If any of our members are interested in joining the committee or have suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of what keeps the club alive. These documents address range safety, guest limits, board member descriptions, membership policies, range rules and so much more. Participation in the re-writing of these policies is highly recommended for those wanting to be involved. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
There are several upcoming projects and events planned for the Mother Lode Gun Club and I suggest that you check the website for updates and attend the meetings if you can. I hope that you will consider joining a discipline, committee or introduce someone new to the sport of shooting
Thank you for this opportunity to serve you and I look forward to maintaining a safe place for our community of shooters.
MOTHER LODE GUN CLUB
P.O Box 1759
Jamestown ca 95327
To: Stephanie Miller, Vice President
From: John Popke, President
Subject: RESIGNING AS MOTHER LODE GUN CLUB PRESIDENT
Mrs. Miller at this time I would like to formally announce my resignation as MLGC president.
Due to our new home location in southern Utah I feel the MLGC will be better served by a president within in the confines of this community.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this clubs membership and elected board and to be a part of a fraternity of people who believe in our constitution and the second amendment.
I would like to say goodbye to all my friends and acquaintances and especially to the staff that served this club, they were the true back bone of the success of the mother lode gun club.
My resignation will take effect a midnight on April 8th 2019.
I would like to take a minute of your time to talk about Safety at Mother Lode Gun Club. We have a reputation in the community for being one of, if not the safest place to shoot in our County. All of you have worked hard as individuals and as a Club to foster a safe environment for members and our visitors.
In order to keep this excellent reputation, it is important to discuss Safety with your fellow shooting enthusiasts, family, and friends. While at the club, take a minute to look around you. Is there something that we could do to improve Safety? Don’t let your commitment to Safety stop there. If you experience something outside the Club, read in a magazine article, or receive from another source, don’t hesitate to share it with a Board Member or Discipline Head and we will pass information along to other members.
Thank you all for making Mother Lode Gun Club we can all be proud of.
Lode Gun Club Members:
If you haven’t attended a recent MLGC meeting let me please reiterate our guest policy. You may bring in only two (2) guests, for a total of three including yourself. You may NOT bring in other people waiting in the car or to watch you shoot if it is more than two. Remember you are responsible for the safety of your guests and other club members.
It is imperative that your guests observe all safety rules and procedures. As the member, you are required to make sure your guests follow these rules and procedures. If you aren’t familiar with them, please read the signage posted at the area you are occupying. If you have any questions or concerns, report them immediately to a Range Safety Officer, Board Member, Discipline Head, or Security Personnel.
Mother Lode Club
Our November meeting was a fantastic event. The membership has spoken and
voted in the new Board of Directors.
President: John Popke
Vice President: Stephanie Miller
Secretary: Marti Steiner
Treasurer: Yvonne Collins
Member at large: Jim Christensen
Member at large: Clayton Powell
I am looking forward to working with you all and putting the Mother Lode Gun Club as the best range in the state.
I would like to personally thank our maintenance worker Ron Keeling for a job well done in the completion of the indoor range. With the hard work of Robert Taylor, Rodger Wilson and Jim Owens the 22 junior program is up and running again. Also with the supervision and support of Vive President Glen Roberts many obstacles were overcame and accomplished in a timely matter. The young adults who participate and train at our club are our future.
I encourage you to come to our stated meeting and enjoy fellowship and the current information on the MLGC affairs. We would like to see you and continue the growth of the shooting sport.
Thank you for your patience.
- John Popke
The indoor range was officially assigned to the junior 22 and hunter safety programs at the September 10th 2018 stated meeting. This was in conjunction with the completion of the air ducting system and new roof on the entire building. The last stage to be completed is the painting of the ceiling and epoxying the floor.
Because the importance of keeping the range lead free and clean only the RSOs for the two shooting programs will be to authorized to use the indoor range until a shooting schedule for the general membership is completed and posted.
I hope to have a schedule at the October's stated meeting. Again I apologize for any inconvenience for those who want to utilize the indoor range but we are getting
Remember the only ammunition that will be authorized to shoot in the indoor range is .22 caliber with solid copper bullets.
Thank you for your patience.
- John Popke
The indoor range is now being retrofitted with a new air exhaust system and a new roof. Completion of the project should be in the middle of September. As I mentioned before myself and the CRSO Jim Christensen will be writing up a procedure for membership usage. As it looks now the only ammunition that will be allowed to shoot in the indoor range is a 22 caliber rim-fire, there will be no 22 magnums allowed. Because of the hard work of a selected few and to ensure the indoor range remains clean, proper ammunition is used and lead free as possible a RSO will be assigned to the indoor range when in use. The details will be worked out soon as it can.
Thank you for your patience.
- John Popke
I am happy to say the indoor range cleaning and construction has begun. The first phase was to clean the inside of the bullet trap, celling, walls and floor. The second phase is a new roof and new air exhaust system. The third phase is to open the indoor range for training only (no live firing) and the last phase will be to open the indoor range (non-lead ammunition only) to the MLGC training programs members and quests.
The goal to open the indoor range for training only will be September 1st 2018. The goal to open the indoor range for live fire training is October 1st 2018.
Because the amount of work and monies spent on the indoor range the MLGC board is in process of a new procedure with the chief range safety officer to ensure the MLGC members have full access to the indoor range but keep the indoor range a lead free environment. As this new procedure is developed, the MLGC members will be updated.
- John Popke
To: Mother Lode Gun Club Members
If you haven't attend the last few meeting a great deal of work and repairs has been conducted at the club. The discipline leaders and support staff have conducted a wonderful job and volunteering several hours to ensure our smooth running operation of this great club.
I cannot cover it all in this letter but will encourage you to attend a stated meeting for fellowship and current event information.
Members can only bring two guests. You cannot leave your guests unattended. If you lone out your card to someone you will be suspended from the club until your disposition notice from the grievance committee chairmen. All members must have their MLGC card on them while at the MLGC property and show any other members if ask to see your identification.
All members are encourage to check shooters while at the club to ensure they are members.
Open public events are the only time you do not have to be member to shoot at the club but the shooters must remain at that event.
Non members cannot shoot on others ranges during public event shooting unless with a MLGC member.
Range Safety Officers RSOs have full authority to govern the range if they see a safety violation. RSOs can and will eject anyone from the MLGC if they make that determination.
- John Popke
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.
- John Popke
Subject: INDOOR RANGE INDEFINITELY CLOSED
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
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
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 would be 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
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
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.
- John Popke
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
RE: RANGE SAFETY OFFICER (RSO) REFRESHER TRAINING MARCH 4 AT
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
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
Thank you for your cooperation,
- Fred Coleman
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.