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.
WHAT IS GOING ON At ISA
Nomination of officers will be held at our next membership meeting on September 29th. Voting will occur at our November membership meeting. Since the normal meeting date is Thanksgiving, a new date will be announced. Stay tuned.
The ISA’s Ladies Instructional Pistol Shoots (LIPS) 2016 season ended on August 23, 2016 with a big celebration. It was a fun shoot with reactive targets – pins, clays, balloons and pink targets. All the ladies received participation certificates, packets of information, targets, as well as gifts and prizes. The ladies had a great time even though it rained. They even got to “call out their instructors” in a head-to-head competition of instructors. Thanks to State Representative George Dunbar for the pamphlets, PA Gun Law and Firearm Inventory books that were included in their packets of information. Thanks to ISA for hosting and to all the instructors and participants in making it a very rewarding experience. Hope to see you next April.
NOTICE: All ranges will be shut down during work parties for work party safety. Please arrange to complete your shooting every Wednesday at 5 PM to 7 PM and the first Wednesday of the month during the hours of 9-11 AM (work party can extend if complex). Thank you. You are welcome to join the work parties before or after your shooting. I understand only two showed up 2 weeks ago, one last week, but about 15 this week. Please put Wednesdays on your calendar and come help. We are gearing towards a great Open House and your help will make a difference. Thank you.
Open House September 25th 12-4 PM - Have 5 crock pots promised, looking for 5 more. Please consider a delicious recipe you might have and contact Diana Ruffner, 724-744-2514, to participate. Also desserts (cookies, PIE, CAKE) are needed for our feast. Please contact Diana Ruffner so that she can plan and spread out the desserts in the three categories.
Electrical update completed. A few internal things need to be done, but the work has been inspected and it meets code. Numerous problems were found, some that could have been serious causing personal injury or fire.
Special Work Party on October 9th - 2 work party credits. 8-12 with free lunch. Wear long pants, have gloves, bring weed wacker if possible. Numerous projects on list that require special attention. Please put on your calendar and plan to attend.
We have a number of new members with varying degrees of experience and safety training. If you see someone doing something unsafe, please help them know the right way to do things. In particular, keeping ones muzzle down range is something that has to be learned and enforced. Another rule is that we unload guns and keep the action open when someone is down range affixing targets. Our officers will work up a safety listing to pass out to new members.
Please use your guns on proper ranges. Pistols and rim fire 22 rifles only on the pistol ranges. Rifles on the rifle range. Shotguns on the new shotgun range (on the right of the rifle range) and if shooting trap (from center to right only) on the silhoutte range.
Starting October 6th - Indoor 3 Gun Zombie Shoot, 22 Pistol, Rifle and Revolver. Dates 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 12/22. Starts at 4:30 PM, Cost $4. Contact Mike McCauley at 724-527-3055 for questions.
September 3rd - Silhouette Shoot
September 13th - Manor Police, 12-4 PM, pistol and rifle ranges
October 23rd - Lucky BB Shoot, 20 and/or 12 Gauge, 12-1PM patterning if desired, 1-4PM 10 rounds at $2 per round. Ammo furnished. Open to the public, all are welcome. $15 gift certificate for winner of each round. Paper targets at 30 yards. For more info contact Al Ceol at 724-396-7010
November 9th - Manor Police, 12-4 PM, pistol and rifle ranges
OK...so you have a large family and you need a bigger space to hold a picnic, or gathering for confirmation, graduation, or other celebration. Or...all the pavilions in the area are reserved the weekend you wish to have your party. Or...you need a large covered location in case of inclement weather. Or...it is an adult party and you wish to serve some alcohol and it is not allowed at public pavilions. Or...you don't have the extra funds to rent a firehall. Well now...you can rent our clubhouse with covered picnic table area for $50 per day. Contact any of our officers to reserve the space.
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, a few coming up soon. Invite your family and/or guest(s) to them and plan ahead for a good time.
Our annual Open House will be held on September 25, 2016 from 12 to 4 PM. Reduced new membership prices, open to public shooting, food, exhibits and more will be on hand. Invite a friend or family members and have a fun afternoon. In addition to our tasty hotdogs and sauerkraut, we will have up to 10 favorite crock pot dishes for sampling. Click here for more info on crock pots.
Got something you don't use anymore? Want something you really need? Contact ourisanews@gmail or call 724-396-4971 for Ron to list.
No one should work alone. If you wish to perform some work at the club using your or club equipment, please call one of the volunteers to help and to provide additional safety. We don't want someone hurt and be by themselves. The list will be maintained here and in the clubhouse.
Joe Curran 724-744-4329 or 412-610-3692 Anytime except Thursdays
Kevin Kennelty 724-493-9565 Anytime basically
Please consider volunteering to assist the Trapshooting Committee. Contact is Lauren West (724) 244-9053.
Anyone noting something that needs fixing or attention, please let one of our officers or Jack Ruffner know. We want to make sure our facility stays viable, respectable, and usable.
Remember that the club house can be rented for the low sum of $50, as long as the weather is expected to be above freezing (we turn off the water when the weather changes to prevent pipes freezing in the unheated clubhouse - usually Thanksgiving through March). The rental includes the club house and pavilion with tables outside. Alcohol is allowed in only these two areas with a rental. That graduation, confirmation, first communion, baptism, funeral get together, birthday, family picnic, or better can be held there. Go to our Club Rental page for additional info.
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
It’s too late to enter Saturday’s drawing for one of the 124 Pennsylvania elk licenses to be issued by lottery this year. But even for those who missed the deadline, there’s still one last chance to take part in the state’s 2016 elk hunt – and do so in style during a 57-day season. Hunters have until 8 p.m. Friday to go online and purchase chances for a raffle, the lucky winner of which will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge. Raffle chances also will be sold at this weekend’s Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, to be held Saturday and Sunday in Benezette, with in-person sales to close at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The raffle drawing will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Elk Country Visitor Center. The winner does not need to attend the drawing to win. Chances for the Elk Conservation Raffle cost $25 each, or six chances may be purchased for $100, but there is no limit on the number of chances that may be purchased.
September 24 - Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League 79th Annual Banquet will be held at Delmont Fire Hall. Featured speaker will be Wayne A. Laroche, Bureau Director of Wildlife Management with a topic of CWD - "Chronic Wasting Disease."
August 19 – 27 - Westmoreland County Fair, Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League will have a booth to sell tickets and pass out info about shooting clubs. They could use help in manning the booth during the fair. Contact Smokey Burdin at 724-396-7365 if you are interested or wish to ask a question.
Check out the new items in the For Sale/Wanted area. Got something you don't use anymore? Want something you really need? Contact ourisanews@gmail or call 724-396-4971 for Ron to list.
We have entered into an agreement with Manor Borough to allow their police to train and qualify on our pistol and long rifle ranges. They have paid to have member rights and have tentatively set dates for the training March 15, August 2, September 13 and November 8, all Tuesdays, from 12 to 4 PM. ISA will have a representative on hand during the scheduled dates to assist.
If you are not getting a monthly Newsletter (email saves up to $1.50 over mail) please contact Sam Petrill. If you 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.
Lymes Disease is expected to be on the increase this year. Watch out for ticks, etc.
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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