The annual meeting of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club took place at the Stolte Shed on Jan. 19 with about 100 people attending.
The group meets each winter for its business meeting, to enjoy a catered meal of pot roast, prepared this year by Connie's Restaurant, and to share in the pleasant company and fellowship of like-minded sportsmen and sportswomen.
The club has been an important and active part of the Surface Creek Valley's social institution landscape since the early part of the last century.
The club owns and operates a range located above Green Valley west of Cedaredge. There, the members conduct events focusing on safety, skill, and community building interactions among members and invited guests. Exercise of Second Amendment rights to own, use and trade in firearms is an important focus of the Club's purpose, and a point of particular concern to all of its members.
The Club also hosts the annual Senior Shoot event for graduating Cedaredge High School seniors. During the pre-graduation spring event, class members turn out, in ever greater numbers each year, to get instruction on firearms safety and proper use. They enjoy lunch provided by the Club. Then the young men and women compete in an afternoon competitive trap shoot that sparks a first love of the outdoor life for some, and that helps all recommit the high school friendships and good memories for the years ahead of them.
During the annual meeting last Saturday evening, the current officers and board members of the Club were recognized and thanked for their service. They are Doug Scarlett, Chuck Dalpiaz, Ray Hanson, Jason Purvis, Jan Quick, Ken Miller, Roger Hanson, Chuck Church, Todd Fairchild, David Turner and Jeff Houghton.
Board members re-elected to their posts by acclamation for new terms were Miller, Purvis and Ray Hanson.
Quickly read minutes from last year's meeting including an account of the special thanks that was given to Ray Hanson for serving 20 years in the post of club secretary and treasurer. Quick also presented the treasurer's report.
A very special thanks went to Leisure Time Sports of Cedaredge for its continuing and generous support of the club and its activities. Members were encouraged to make a point of patronizing the local business and to say a thanks for all the business does for the local outdoor sporting scene.
In addition, Dick Churchley was thanked for a donation to range upkeep. Scarlett said that various range improvements are being planned for the coming year, and other Club members were awarded a word of appreciation for their ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the facility.
The highlight of the club's annual meeting is a raffle for dozens of high-quality items that sportsmen and sportswomen use. Around $1,000 worth of merchandise went to the luckiest ticket holders, and Cabelas and Sportsmen's warehouse were thanked especially for their support of the event.
Finally, there was a big round of applause from the assembled members for the Firearms Rights event that had been held in Grand Junction earlier that day. In the audience were a number of members who had traveled to attend the rally and express their support of the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment rights it guarantees.blog comments powered by Disqus