Upcoming Meetings: Board Meeting -> Saturday May 15, 2021 1:00 PM @ DGSC | General Membership Meeting -> May 23 8:30 AM @ DGSC

Desk of DGSC President

Let’s give a round of applause to DGSC V.P., George Adelman for the “Scape, Sand, & Stain” Work Party on April 7. George convinced 18 or 20 members to come out and prep the club for the upcoming ATA & NSSA Events. New members, long time members, Board Members, even a “Past President, came out to lend a hand. Picnic tables & benches were repaired, sanded & stained, trap & skeet fields mowed, edged, & cleaned of hulls (please remember to pick up your empties), trash barrels emptied, Trap houses renumbered. Tom Scroppo provided a hot lunch, meat balls and Italian Beef Sandwiches. The Club really looks good.

The event was so successful, I have asked George if he would schedule a similar event in June. We have needed to update our equipment inventory for our insurance policy for quite some time. No tools or heavy lifting required, just clipboards and pencils. We need to list every trap, skeet, sporting clays machine, as well as golf carts, mowers, trimmers with a description, location, make, model, and serial number. This information is critical should we need to make any sort of insurance claim in the future. It would be an enormous task for two or three people, but a dozen or more volunteers should be able to accomplish this in a few hours. Please consider volunteering .

On another note, at the April 17 meeting, the Board approved the Memorial project in Memory of Past President, Karen VanderVeen. The project, funded by a group of members recognizing the services Karen provided as a member, Board Member, and President, will consist of an outdoor “message center” with acrylic doors on two sides. It will be strategically placed at the east end of the patio. The original message board was lost to wind, weather, and time several winters ago, I understand the original was constructed by Karen’s father, Roy Krohner and Hal Peterson. The new center is a commercially made “weather-proof” product suitable for parks and public areas and should last many years to come. Presently being built to order, we expect installation around Memorial Day. Thanks to all that donated to this tribute.s

Ken Cechura DGSC President

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Vice President Remarks

Please welcome new shooting member John McGrath. Previously, John was a shooting member in the past and has decided to rejoin our great club! Welcome back John!
Have fun!! Shoot often!!

The month of May offers great shooting conditions to enjoy your club! Cool temps with low humidity are ideal to enjoy the outdoors!!!
5 stand has a whole new look with several new target presentations. Check it out!!

George Adelmann, DGSC Vice President

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Secretary Notes

Nothing significant to report from the secretary. It's mostly business as usual this time of year.

Our youth team is off and running with roughly 55 shooters. Here's a BIG thanks to the members helping with coaching week after week, your time is invaluable! The Chicago Tribune is doing a piece on the team, so keep an eye out. I'll try and post a link in the discussion forums once it's live, should be some good publicity for the club!

I hope to meet some of you on the line soon. I'll be shooting most Tuesdays and Thursdays around lunch time. Please stop me and say hi.

Jed Davis, DGSC Secretary

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Shotgun Sports

Summer hours are now in effect – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please arrive early enough to complete your rounds, especially Sporting Clay. We don’t want to turn anyone away.

The Parkview Cristian Academy Trapshooting League is still shooting on Friday Nights. They are all finished by 7 - 7:30. The Trap & Skeet fields will be fully open for practice. Many of the league shooters will be attending the Illinois State High School Clay Target League’s 2021 State Tournament on June 5th at Brittany Shooting Park. Wish them a good time, they did very well last year. Special thanks to Jed Davis and his crew in organizing & running this event.

If you are able to help us on May 16 – ATA May Shoot – please contact me or Stan Systo.

Larry Chambers, DGSC Shotgun Sports Director

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DGSC Entertainment / Events / Marketing

We have started the processes of cleaning the kitchen. It is expected that process will take a few more weeks to complete. In the meantime please refrain from cooking in the kitchen. Many items from the kitchen have been removed, most stored in the barn. If you need to use an item in the kitchen make sure it is washed before and after each use.

On Saturday, May 22nd at 10 am, the club will be holding a practice NSSA shoot in preparation for the Grand Prairie Tournament in June. The shoot will be a 50 bird event, any gauge is welcomed. This is an opportunity for club members to discover what registered skeet is all about without extra fees, dues, or the pressures of registered shooting. Shooters will only need to pay for targets at their regular rate. Your questions are invited. Please contact Tim Donnell, Paul Davenport, or myself for questions or comments.

The club picnic is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th. At present the prizes for the raffle include a Beretta A400, 12ga, 30 inch barrel, Sporting Clays gun and a 24 gun safe. Tickets will be available soon. Other items, including gun cases, knives, fishing equipment, etc, will be raffled off the day of the picnic. Volunteers are needed to make this a great club event. Please let me know if you are available to help.

On Sunday, 26 September, the club will be holding a vintage gun shoot. The program, while subject to change, is expected to be 100 birds of 25 each at wobble trap, low gun skeet, 5 stand, and sporting clays. Look for additional information in the near future.

Ed Shannon, DGSC Entertainment Director and Marketing Chairman

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ATA Shoots

The Downers Grove Sportsman’s Club held its first registered ATA Trapshoot this year on April 25th 2021. The weather was fantastic and 56 people advance registered to shoot.
We had 39 shooters in Doubles, 59 shooters in singles and 50 shooters in Handicap. There were approximately 15-20 Junior shooters.
Senior Club Member Jerry Freiders broke 100 straight in the singles and took home the Veteran trophy.
Handicap was won with a 95 by Joe Schubert.
David Peace won doubles with a 93.
Thank you to all who helped out, as you know its volunteers that make the shoots possible.
Thank you to John Mantsch for the pictures
Our next ATA shoot is May 16th. Any volunteers are appreciated and should contact Larry Chambers or I.

Stan Systo, DGSC ATA Chairman and ISTA Northern Zone Director

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NSSA Shoots

On May 13, we will have a test setup for our MySkeet software. We will setup the computers and printers to verify proper operation. This will also be a good time for anyone volunteering to get acquainted with the software. Fingers crossed we do have volunteers!

On May 22, we will again setup all the equipment and do a dry run of the process. This time shooting could be an option. We see this as both practice for the crew and a opportunity for members to learn more about registered skeet. How the register, select options, elect a squad and payment options would be explained.
Our first NSSA registered shoot is Jsune 19th & 20th.

Tim Donnell, DGSC NSSA Chairman, and Paul Burlington

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Member Broadcast/Website/Social Media

If you have an email account and are not receiving DGSC Broadcast please first add dgsc_newsletter@downersgrovesc.com to your Address Book/Contacts. Then email dgsc_newsletter@downersgrovesc.com and let us know you are not getting emails.
For those that do not have emails or know someone that doesn't have email and/or is not getting DGSC Announcements, setting up a GMAIL or YAHOO email is extremely easy and we can help but you need to ask and let us know you need help doing so.

We are always looking for photos for the newsletter and website, please email dgsc_newsletter@downersgrovesc.com and or share on Facebook any pictures you have or take and we will add them to newsletters and the website.

There is a lot going on in our sport from events at DGSC, other clubs, hunting, and youth leagues - we like to advertise on the website, facebook etc. about our sports so please if you have something that you think would be great to display on the website etc. please email dgsc_webmaster@downersgrovesc.com.

A huge thank you to Sandy Melovic who has been taking some amazing pictures of members enjoying DGSC and our sport. Here are just a few of the latest (we are working on getting these all in a sport on the website).

Debra Fredrick, DGSC Membership Communications | Webmaster | IT Chairman

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Friends and family enter and leave our lives, but the impressions they make on our hearts stay with us forever. DGSC is sadden to share news of the passing of ...
--Mary Vaccarello (Mother to Senior Members Joe and Matt Vaccarello)
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Vaccarello Family.

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Discussion Forum

The club discussion forum continues to be a great way for everyone to stay in touch and chat while having to social distance and not gather as much.
DGSC Discussion Forum can be accessed by Clicking Here (http://www.downersgrovesc.com/Discussion.html)
Anyone can read the threads/posts, but in order to reply or create new topics/threads/posts you must register. To register please click the Register link right side of screen on discussion forum page.

Ed Shannon, DGSC Entertainment Director and Marketing Chairman

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Some Important 2021 save the dates -> ATA (May 16, June 27, July 25, September 11/12, October 10) | Registered Skeet (June 19/20) | Annual Picnic (August 29)

Next Board Meeting: May 15th 1 PM | Next General Membership Meeting May 23rd 8:30 AM

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President Ken Cechura president@downersgrovesc.com
Vice President George Adelmann vicepresident@downersgrovesc.com
Secretary Jed Davis secretary@downersgrovesc.com
Treasurer John Mantsch treasurer@downersgrovesc.com
Buildings Don Cox buildings@downersgrovesc.com
Entertainment Ed Shannon entertainment@downersgrovesc.com
Grounds Kevin McCauley grounds@downersgrovesc.com
Hunting/Fishing Charlie Zib huntingfishing@downersgrovesc.com
Legal/Insurance Richard Niebuda legalinsurance@downersgrovesc.com
Maintenance Jan Gronych maintenance@downersgrovesc.com
NRA Chuck Feuillan nra@downersgrovesc.com
Shotgun Sports Larry Chambers shotgunsports@downersgrovesc.com
Youth/Community Relations Mark Matteson youthcommunity@downersgrovesc.com
ATA Stan Systo ata.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
NSSA Tim Donnell nssa.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
Farm/CRP Dan Bellus farm.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
Grants Ken Cechura grants.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
Membership Communication | Webmaster | IT Debra Fredrick membershipcomms.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
Marketing Ed Shannon marketing.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com
Financial Committee John Semprini and Judson Mann financial.dgsc@downersgrovesc.com

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