August news letter
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Board Actions – August Meeting
Range Manager Report given by Brian. New RSO's orientation brought in 2 persons. New rules for RSO's will be given in Sept. Inventory report was submitted. All indoor projects started have been competed.

Discussion was held that that work parties should sign in and out in pass it on log book. This will track hours of volunteer labor and help with liability.

Membership Report -1600+ currently on the books.

Outdoor Range
Kelly reported that project is moving forward with new range cover in use and 2nd cover to be started in next 4 weeks.

McKinley Mountain Men sheds to be allowed on MVS property and will be painted to match MVS Building.

Prioritizing projects will be suggested at Board Meetings and moneys saved to make it possible.

Motion passed to: Continue AOAA membership for one more year.

Minutes to be posted on bulletin board.

(See posting for complete version of minutes-Steve)

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting will be held September 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the MVS Range complex.
All members are always invited to attend Board Meetings and share their concerns, questions, and address issues pertinent to the operation and function of the club.

Current Membership

MVS has 1633 members as of 7/1/09.

Upcoming Classes
There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, August 29th at 7:00 AM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on Sat. October 24th. This class is from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. This class is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

Scheduling Meeting
The next scheduling meeting is set for Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM.

Events must be scheduled through Allen Chapman 357-2840 or by e-mail at

Outdoor Range Committee Members:
Dick Barlow 745-2784.
Mike Kelly 357-6562
Jim Kaufman
Earl Lackey 376-1003

The outdoor range remains unavailable for general use until we announce it as open to the public. Questions regarding the progress of the outdoor range should be directed to the Outdoor Range Committee.

Ladies Night
Our “Ladies’ Nights” have ceased for the summer. This program for Ladies only shooting was held every other Tuesday throughout the winter season. Ladies Nights will resume on Tuesday, September 15.

User Group News
Matches are held the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Contact Allen Chapman for details/schedule. 357-2840 or by e-mail at

The Alaska 49ers Cowboy Action Shooting Club completed its last indoor shoot for the 08-09 season. The club will shoot outdoors at Birchwood until returning to MVS on October 25. Contact Brenda Montgomery (Outpost Rider) at 746-3090 for details/schedule.
For more information contact: Andrea Tesch 333-0265.

Parting Shot…

Currently, at many town-hall meetings across our country; citizen protesters are being maligned, belittled, and made fun of for speaking their minds. Citizens exercising their 1st Amendment right to free speech are being called “Un-American”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Speaking up has always been an integral part of who we are as Americans. Our country was founded by a group of tax protesters; who when they spoke out, were maligned, belittled, and made fun of by the King of England.

Because of the sacrifices made by the Founders, and the blood shed by patriots; our country has a 200-year history of freedom of speech. Never let anyone tell you that it is “Un-American” to speak up and speak your mind. Whatever your cause, never be bullied into silence.

Words of Wisdom
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
---George Washington (American commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775-83) and subsequently 1st US President (1789-97), 1732-1799)

Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
---Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.”
---Harvey Fierstein

Current MVS Board Members
Steve Montgomery, Pres., 746-3090
Earl Lackey, Vice-President 376-1003
Leonard Toop, Treasurer, 745-0386
Mike Kelly, Secretary, 357-6562
Jon Leary, 745-8531
Bob Lochman, 248-9676
Pat Reed, 376-6826

Brian Pinney, Range Manager 232-6480