Irwin Sportsmen's Association's mission shall be the encouragement and development of the honesty, good fellowship, and self discipline which are essential to good sportsmanship in all phases of sports afield as well as the conservation of wildlife and to own or lease grounds and buildings for these purposes.
Special Rules for Accessway Travel
Vehicles coming down to the gate have the right of way. Vehicles entering must not enter or must back down to give vehicles leaving room to exit. This will prevent damaging the sides or drainage of the paved way. Thank you for your help.
I bought my hunting license on June 18th...did you get yours yet. I do not expect to go hunting, but my license fee supports hunting.
Pennsylvania Hunting License can be purchased online now. It is for the season July 1st, 2018 to June 31, 2019. Allow up to 10 days for the online license to arrive at your mailbox. Click on online to go to the site.
Doe tags will be available by mail on Monday July 9th.
You Deserve the Best!
The Commission has a great resource titled “Pennsylvania’s Best Fishing Waters.” These waters represent the best fishing opportunities in the Commonwealth, as selected by PFBC's Area Fisheries Managers. From wild trout to muskellunge and from bluegill to largemouth bass, waters are aligned with fish species and are distributed throughout the state.
In the minds of anglers, warmer summer weather marks the beginning of bass season, which officially opens on Saturday, June 16 across the Commonwealth. One of the main reasons bass is popular is because the Commonwealth has so many fantastic spots for anglers to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, from creeks and rivers to large ponds and lakes. And, Pennsylvania has more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers and more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs to fish, with the majority of these waters containing bass. The number of anglers fishing for bass in Pennsylvania is second only to those who fish for trout, with many anglers visiting Pennsylvania state parks, where families and kids can enjoy fishing along with other amenities, including camping, hiking and biking, and canoeing and kayaking. Buy your multi-year fishing license at more than 900 issuing agents across the state or online at: www.GoneFishingPa.com.
ISA OFFICER CHANGES
Sam Petrill has retired from the position of Financial Secretary. Sam served in that position for many years and did a fantastic job of collecting dues, making out membership cards, advising new members, keeping track of work party participation and amount owed, etc. all by hand, no computers allowed.
Smokey Burdin, formerly our Recording Secretary, has been elected to replace Sam and will be our new Financial Secretary.
Diane Ruffner is temporarily performing the duties of Recording Secretary for two months.
Will you consider taking over the position of Recording Secretary, at least until elections in November? Please contact President Joyce if you are interested or have questions.
The access way has been paved as the above photos show. A special work party on June 9th was held from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM to fill in the sides to prevent crushing the asphalt edging and to promote drainage. Lunch was served. If you came, thank you!
July 4th will be a free fishing day in Pennsylvania. No license required, but all other fishing regulations are in place.
We do not want anyone to be hurt while operating our equipment and machinery. We will continue to keep a logbook of those who are authorized to operate certain machinery. If you wish to be qualified, let any officer or Kevin Kennelty know, and you will either be trained at that time or we will schedule group classes as convenient.A Guide for New Shooters - from NRA Mentor Initiative. Upload from nrapublications/mentor or here. The guide is at the bottom of the page. To print I used the following PDF choices: 11x8.5, landscape, both sides, flip short edge, shrink oversized pages.
We wish to thank our sponsor NORWIN RENTAL & OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT for their donation of a ditch witch, free of charge, to assist in our recent ISA work putting in the new electric line from clubhouse to pistol range. Jack also encourages club members to use our sponsors when possible. It is also beneficial to mention being a member of ISA when using their services.
Note that all shoots will be held rain, sun, cloudy, or snow. This is better than canceling and have people show up to an empty shoot. For instance, at the last Ladies Pistol shoot, 14 showed up in 34 degree weather, 3 went home shivering, 9 were newly attending and stated shooting was what they came for and did it!!! Beat that!!!
Lights will be added soon on the pistol pin shoot range and on the parking lot nearby. Electrical line was put in already. Switch is in the equipment room of the clubhouse and is normally OFF.
All shooting ranges are closed at SUNSET. Please abide by that rule, as it might not take much for neighbors to sign a petition to close us down. Anyone caught shooting after sunset might have their membership card taken and will have to come to a board meeting and explain their reasoning. Ejection from the club is a real possibility.
MAILED NEWSLETTER CHARGE FOR NEXT YEAR
The club is paying about $3500 each year to print and mail the monthly newsletter to some of our members. Members present at our March membership meeting voted to charge for this so that we can use that money towards improving our facility. When our 2019 dues payments start September 2018, member choices will be as follows:
Dues payments of $30 plus any work party charges and an extra charge of $20 to receive a mailed copy of our newsletter,
Dues payments of $30 plus any work party charges and receive a newsletter via email at no additional cost.
If you are presently receiving the newsletter via email, you will continue to do so. If you are presently receiving a mailed newsletter or no newsletter at all and desire to receive an emailed newsletter, please verify we have your correct email address by sending us an email. If we do not have an email or an extra charge, you will not receive a newsletter.
Existing life memberships remain as they are now. New life memberships (65 and over and 10 years continuous membership) can choose to pay $20 to have the newsletter printed and mailed to them or receive an emailed newsletter without charge.
Note that our monthly newsletter is posted on our web site at http://irwinsportsmen.com/, and can be downloaded and viewed and/or printed from there. Several back issues are listed, so you can look back if desired. If you would like us to email you a copy of the newsletter for you to review to make your decision, please request that by emailing us at email@example.com. The newsletter will be attached to an email and will be in PDF format, allowing you to view and/or print. If you have any questions or need help to be able to view and/or print the newsletter, email us at the above address.
MANDATORY WORK PARTY CHANGE FOR NEXT YEAR
We realize that some of our members have commitments that would prevent them from performing any work parties. Therefore, the club membership has voted to remove the mandatory work party requirement starting next year. For the present year one mandatory and two work parties continue to be required. Starting next year three work parties will still be required, and $10 will be charged for each work party that has not been performed, with no mandatory requirements. See our web site work party section for a listing of all the ways one can obtain credit for a work party. Remember to sign the meeting attendance or work party sheet located in the club house at the time of the activity so you will get the proper credit. If you have any questions, please contact an officer of ISA or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies Pistol, 6:30PM, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Safari Shoot, 1 PM, Sunday, $4, .22 rifle and pistol, June 10th and October 28th
Work Party, 5-7PM, Wednesdays, weekly
Action Pistol, 5PM, $3, 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Silhouette Shoot, 9AM, 1st Saturday monthly
Mens Pistol, 6:30PM, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Work Party, 10-12AM, 2nd Wednesday monthly
Pistol Pin Shoot 5PM, $3, 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Officers Meeting, June 7th, 7PM, 2nd Thursday monthly
Membership Meeting, May 31st and June 28th, 7:30PM, Last Thursday monthly
Georgia Firearms and Security Training Academy will be holding a Church Security Team Training Course at our facility on June 23, 2018. The rifle range will be closed for this training. Click on GAFASTA for more info.
Daisy BB Training - Starts 2 PM on Saturday July 28th and every Saturday therafter. See Page.
ISA Open House, September 23rd, 12-5PM, Sunday, annually
Indoor Zombie Pistol Shoot, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5PM, starting in fall
Tack Shoot, indoor pistol, Sundays, starting September 2nd, 1st and 3rd Sundays, through December
Pennsylvania Game Commission has a number of videos that could be of some value to you. One recent one is from a webnar (internet conferencing) explaining how their mapping works. Click on this to go the the PGC exclusive youtube site to select from a list of of various subjects.
If you have any ideas, changes, or improvements to the facility; you are encouraged to give them to any officer for board consideration. Thank you in advance for your input.
Manor and Irwin Police will be qualifying on our ranges on the following dates. The ranges they are on will be closed during their shooting. They have paid dues. An ISA representative will be in attendance in case you have any questions.
Thursday September 20, 2018 Noon-4pm
Wednesday November 14, 2018 4pm-8pm Night Shoot
Please clean up your shell casings on the rifle range. It should be easy as the tools are there to do so and the concrete floor helps. It not only looks untidy, it could be a safety hazard causing falls or muscle strains.
Shooting times - The ranges will be open from 8 AM to Sunset Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to Sunset on Sunday. Not sure of Sunset?...check your weather station/news station, your PA Hunting and Trapping Digest, or online. Its before it gets dark!! Click on SUNSET for sunset times today.
Please shoot on the proper ranges. Pistols and rim fire 22 rifles only on the pistol ranges. Rifles on the rifle range. Shotguns on the new shotgun range (right of the rifle range) and if shooting trap on the silhoutte range,please shoot from center to right only. Please pick up your shells on the rifle range. Don't leave them for someone else to injure themselves.
Membership in ISA is an important venture. The ability to shoot rifles, pistols, muzzle loaders, shotguns, and/or arrows to sharpen your skills and to give you the satisfaction of being "On Target" is valuable. Your membership includes the right of your "significant other" and/or ANY child under 18 years of age to participate with member present. Other family members and guests have to become members. We do have several events that are open to the public, and for these events, invite those not included in your membership and plan ahead for a good time.
Sell, Buy or Trade - Got something you don't use anymore? Want something you really need? Have something you wish to trade. To sell, buy or trade, send info and contact person to email@example.com or call 724-396-4971.
What's Broken? - Anyone noting something that needs fixing or attention please let Kevin Kennelty or one of our officers know. We want to make sure our facility stays viable, respectable, and usable.
Safety/Accidents - Please report any safety violations or accidents to one of our principal officers. The officers and board members need to review and have correct facts to respond to media, members, and public questions. Rumors travel fast and can be distorted. We are not looking for scapegoats or reasons to act against any members. Accidents happen, we all have done our share. If something can be done reasonably to correct a problem, be assured it will be done. Thank you.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
Got something you don't use anymore? Lose something? Need something? Send info by firstname.lastname@example.org to list on the For Sale, Found, Wanted listing.
We have entered into an agreement with Manor and Irwin Boroughs to allow their police to train and qualify on our pistol and long rifle ranges. They have paid to have member rights. ISA will have a representative on hand during the scheduled dates to assist. They will have exclusive rights to the range they are on. 2018 dates are January 25th, May 10th, September 20th and November 14th.
If you are not getting a monthly Newsletter (email saves up to $1.50 over mail) please contact Sam Petrill. If you want to change or add an email, please let us know. Thanks.
If you or your young person harvests game, please send me a photo. I will put it on the webpage and room permitting, the newsletter. They will be excited to see their photo. Send photos to email@example.com.
There is a lot of information and fun to read matters in Outdoor News magazine. One way to get it is to go to this site http://www.outdoornews.com/Pennsylvania/. You can go to other states or a general category can be viewed. You can also subscribe to regular emails and/or magazine from them.
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