Information

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of the following information is to acquaint members with the club organization, the benefits available to the membership, and the responsibilities of each member which go along with these benefits.

HISTORY

A group of 15 shooters, most employed by Chrysler, formed the Blue and Gray Rifle and Pistol Club in 1961. The NRA chartered the club in March of the same year. The first organized club shooting activities were held on the TVA Guntersville Dam 50 yd. pistol range. Members shot at various other places until 1963 when we obtained a lease from the TVA to use of the Guntersville Dam range. The club initiated a range improvement plan and expanded the pistol range to what exists today. We affiliated with the U.S. Army Director of Civilian Marksmanship in 1963 and incorporated in 1964. In 1965, the Blue and Gray sponsored the Alabama State High Power Rifle Championship at Fort McClellan, Alabama. As a result, Alabama sent their first civilian high power rifle team in more than 20 years to the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. The Pot Shots were a junior club started by an Explorer Boy Scout Post. The Club started to sponsor the Pot Shots in 1967 and today the Pot Shots evolved to be solely sponsored by the Blue and Gray. The Pot Shots is open to any boy or girl between 12 and 17 years of age. By 1967, we improved the range as much as the TVA would permit. Consequently, the club searched to locate land for its own range facility. In 2006 the Blue and Gray purchased property near Eva in Morgan Co. Alabama for eventual range development. The Blue and Gray Rifle and Pistol Club is a non-discriminatory organization that has a membership in excess of 300 with all major Huntsville employers being represented. Our range is the most complete private rifle and pistol range in north Alabama. Club policy is to promote the shooting sports as broadly as possible, and make membership as widely available as possible.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Membership is open to any citizen who is at least 17 years of age and a member of the National Rifle Association. NRA membership is a requirement. New members are required to attend a range orientation session before using the range. Failure to obey range rules is grounds for expulsion. Admission or expulsion is decided by the Executive committee. Members desiring to resign should notify the secretary in writing, or so indicate on his yearly dues notice and return it to the treasurer. Potential members must attend an Executive Meeting and introduce themselves when called upon.  A membership application will be available at the Executive Meeting.

ANNUAL DUES

The membership year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.  Annual dues are $60 dues – time worked is 5 hours ($60 dues and 5 hours time worked @ $12 per hour). The number of hours not worked by the end of the club year are payable to the Club Treasurer at the hourly rate in effect for each hour not worked. A six week grace period is allowed at the beginning of the year to allow time membership renewal. Annual dues notices are printed in the January club bulletin and are payable by February 15. Dues not been paid by Feb. 15 are delinquent. Delinquent dues can result in the member being dropped from the active roster, with the resultant loss of club privileges. Inactive members for more than one year are considered new applicants, except they are responsible for anything owed to the club at the time they discontinued membership. For those that join in the second half of the year, prorated dues apply. Please see the Dues and Work Time Proration section below.

ANNUAL WORK TIME REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the annual dues, each club member is required to contribute five hours of his or her time to the club each year. This time is for work on club activities, range construction, home projects, officiating at matches, instruction, assisting in the preparation and mailing of bulletins or other work items deemed necessary by the executive committee. Some of these jobs will be published in the monthly bulletin. In general, members must take the initiative to volunteer for jobs to do. For some jobs, members may be contacted by phone for individual work assignments. When work is done it should be reported to the Range Maintenance Coordinator, who is responsible for the records of work time. It shall be the individual member’s responsibility to report the number of hours worked, date, and job performed to the range maintenance coordinator. Those members who can’t satisfy their annual work requirements must pay the treasurer $12 per hour (as of April 2010) for the  portion not worked for that members annual requirement. This amount is due and payable at the same time the member pays annual dues for the next year. The amount is considered an obligation of the member whether or not he renews his membership. Individuals who apply for membership after being inactive will be required to pay any work due amount if they did not do so when they resigned.

DUES AND WORK TIME PRORATION

For new members who join after the first half of the year, the following prorated dues apply: After July 1st the prorated rate is 50% = $30 (+ 3 hours of work time for the remainder of the year) After Oct 1st the prorated rate is about 33% = $20 (no work time for remainder of the year).

CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP

Senior members who have spouses or dependent children (under 18 or full-time students) who use the range may enroll them as dependent members. These members are covered by the clubs liability insurance. A dependent member’s dues are $10 per year (as of April 2010) and they can only use the range when accompanied by the senior member. Senior members who move more than 50 miles from Huntsville and wish to keep informed of club activities may elect to become corresponding members. Dues are $5.00 per year and the only benefit is the receipt of the bulletin. The executive committee may name honorary members each year. Customarily these memberships are given to individuals who assist the club or the Pot Shot programs.

OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The six elected officers of the club are president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, executive officer, and chief instructor. These officers each serve a one year term and are elected by the membership at the annual meeting held in January. In addition to the above, three advisors are elected by the membership to the executive committee. Each advisor serves a term of three years with the terms staggered such that one advisor position comes up for election at the annual election. The six officers and three advisors comprise the executive committee which is also the board of directors. This committee meets once a month and has the responsibility for directing all club activities and financial matters. Each member of the committee has one vote. All motions, resolutions, financial appropriations, etc. passed by the committee can be overruled by a majority of the club membership. Committee members’ work requirements are fulfilled by committee work. The executive meetings are announced in the bulletin and any interested club member is welcome to attend.

INSURANCE

The club, the TVA, senior members, dependent members, honorary members, and members of the Pot Shots are covered by liability insurance. Guests are not covered.

CMP (DCM) PROGRAM

The Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has had many changes in the past 20 years due mostly to changes in congressional funding and policies. The Civilian Marksmanship Program was created by the U.S. Congress. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksman if later called on to serve the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. From 1916 until 1996 the CMP was administered by the U.S. Army. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (TITLE XVI) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety, Inc.(CPRPFS) to take over administration and promotion of the CMP. The CPRPFS is a tax exempt, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that derives its mission from public law. The public law authorizes the Corporation to continue to sell M1 Garand rifles. The CMP is authorized to provide support and encouragement to clubs and state associations with emphasis on strong junior programs. These programs will include instruction in the basics of marksmanship, firearms and range safety, competitive marksmanship and subjects related to firearms safety.  The Blue and Gray is affiliated with the CMP.

MONTHLY BULLETIN

A club bulletin is published and mailed to each member once each month. This bulletin is the primary means of keeping the members informed of club activities, work parties, scheduled competitive matches, etc. Advertisements are run in the bulletin free of charge to members. It is important that members keep the Secretary informed of changes of address, phone numbers, etc.

ANNUAL MEETING

The club holds an annual business meeting and the time and place are published in the bulletin. At this meeting, club business is transacted, forthcoming club activities are discussed, a financial report is given, officers are elected, and items brought up by individual members are discussed.

COMPETITIVE SHOOTING PROGRAM

The club generally schedules one or more competitive matches per month at the Blue and Gray range at Guntersville Dam. The dates, type of match, etc. are set by the executive officer and are published in the monthly bulletin. All members and non-members, novice or expert, are encouraged to participate in competitive events. In past years, the club sponsored high power rifle matches at Fort McClellan, AL. Due to circumstances beyond the clubs control these matches have been suspended. Currently, we sponsor full course matches as well as the Alabama State High Power Rifle Championship. Those matches are usually held on The Army National Guard range located at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

INSTRUCTION COURSES

All club instruction is under the direction of the chief instructor. The type of courses and the number of times per year they are repeated are determined by the interest shown by the membership. Pot Shot training sessions are usually held two Saturday mornings a month during the school year at the Guntersville Dam range, and are open to adult members as well as juniors as long as space is available.

RANGE FACILITIES

The Blue and Gray range is located near Guntersville Dam on land leased from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The facility consists of three individual ranges. These are: A pistol and plinking range with fifteen covered firing points with target frame holders at 25 and 50 yards A 100 yard rifle range with 14 firing points A 200 yard rifle range Range with 12 firing points and two bench rests These facilities are open for use by club members and their guests, and to TVA personnel. Scheduled club and maintenance activities, such as matches, instruction, and grass mowing always have precedence for the use of facilities. There are no range fees.

RANGE LOCKS

Entrance to the range facility is through a gate which blocks the road leading to the range. The combination each member receives will open the lock on this gate as well as the locks on the two houses used to store target frames. The gate will be locked both after entering and leaving the range. Members should be sure to remove the combination from the lock immediately after opening it so that it will not be seen by non-members.

RANGE RULES

A copy of the club range rules is located at: http://www.bgrpc.org/rules.html OBEY THEM. Deliberate violation of these rules or careless handling of weapons can result in expulsion from the club.

INTERNET RESOURCES

The Blue & Gray is on the Web at: http://www.bgrpc.org and you are there. Club match schedules as well as information about other Alabama and Tennessee shooting events are located on the site. The Blue & Gray also has an electronic discussion group that can answer questions about the club, competitions, cleaning guns and any other shooting related subject. Use the link on the menu to go to the forum.  You do not have to be a club member to join the forum.

OTHER INFORMATION

If the foregoing information has not answered all your questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the club officers. See the monthly club bulletin for the most recent contact information.