August 2016 Newsletter


NRA CLUB # B5346
ISRA CLUB # 60445

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MGCA Telephone:  (309) 274-2977
Mailing Address:  MGCA  PO Box 9251  Peoria  IL  61612-9251
August 2016
First thing we would like to say is, we at MGCA hope that you and your family are having a great summer and staying safe.  God Bless America!
We will be hosting a membership sign-up at Bass Pro on November 5 and 6, 2016 and February 4 and 5, 2017.
On  Saturday 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.
 Be sure to check our website listed at the top of this letter before going to the range for up to date information. 
Please note that we have installed security cameras.  It is another step to keep the range and members as safe as possible. 
Recently two members were caught on our security cameras stealing the steel target off of range 2.  The two members have been identified and their memberships have been suspended until further notice.  The Marshal County Sheriff has sent the case to the States Attorney.
Within a week, one member and a non-member were caught on our security cameras stealing the steel targets off of ranges 1 and 2. The two persons have been identified and one person’s membership has been suspended until further notice. The Marshal County Sheriff has also sent this case to the States Attorney.
NO member has the right to take anything off of MGCA property. If you didn’t bring it, then don’t take it. If you do and are caught, you will be prosecuted and your membership will be suspended.
For respect and safety of the club and members, it is imperative that the rules are followed. We had another incident caught on camera where members were dumping their trash.   The Sheriff’s deputy made them remove the trash. This behavior will not be tolerated.  Our range officer, Greg Crank puts a lot of work keeping the range as nice as it is.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation. 
***********************MGCA WILL NOT HOST PERSONS WANTING CONCEALED CARRY TRAINING, OUR INSURANCE WILL NOT ALLOW IT.  We will not allow members to take over a range because they are training other members or non-members. It is NOT fair to other members.  NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO CARRY A FIREARM ON THEIR PERSON ON THE CLUB PROPERTY WHETHER OPEN OR CONCEALED NO MATTER WHAT.  Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises! This includes no using alcohol containers (no cans of any kind, bottles, etc.) for target shooting!  MGCA has a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.   ALSO NO EXPLODING TARGETS! The small percentage of members that are violating these rules will be asked to leave. ***************************

  1. All ranges are open.  Also, you can now shoot slug guns on the Range #1 (lower range). 


  1. The range now has a well that is up and running. 


  1. The board of directors would like to thank ALL of our members who have volunteered their help with the range at any time; your help is greatly appreciated.  A big THANK YOU to all of you.


  1. Bump Stocks can be used if they are used in a safe manner.  However, if there is one incident, bump stocks will be banned.  At this time, our range is the only one in the area that allows bump stocks.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Greg Crank.  And again, check the website for up to date information.


  1.  DEFINITIONS (see below): 

a) A SIDE BERM is the high dirt area located along side of each range from the firing line to the impact area that is used to prevent any wild shots from escaping the range and possibly injuring or killing someone or damaging near-by property
b) A BACKSTOP is the area where bullets are supposed to impact after going thru the target.

  1. Anyone available and desiring to help with Range Maintenance/Repairs can contact Greg

Greg Crank for details. 
1) Gun Control Issues:  Go to the ISRA website and follow the prompts to the legislative bills pending.  If you are not signed up for the free ISRA ALERT SERVICE, do so today.  You can also go to the NRA website and follow the prompts to see pending Federal Legislative Bills and for all states, including Illinois.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESNTATIVES TODAY, both State and Federal, AND POLITELY INFORM THEM OF YOUR STRENIOUS OBJECTIONS TO ANY AND ALL PROPOSED PENDING ANTI-GUN OWNER LEGISLATION.  You should also call and THANK the appropriate Representatives for their support on “PRO-GUN LEGISLATION’ bills. 
2) ARE YOU an ISRA or a NRA MEMBER?  These are the only two Organizations that fight for your rights that allow you to continue to be permitted to own and use firearms.  Join or renew either or both of these organizations today!  The Internet websites are: and   
3) This newsletter and other MGCA Club information is also available on our website 
4) Please for safety reasons, do NOT leave the throwers cocked
The 23rd annual FNRA Fundraising Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 20, at the ITOO Hall, Peoria.  Doors will open at 5:00 pm, with the dinner being served at 6:30 pm.  The proceeds are used to help fund the advancement of the shooting sports, especially for our youth, who are the future of the shooting sports.  Over the last couple of years local area programs (4-H, JROTC, Boy Scouts, etc.) have received over $25,000 in funding grants.  For tickets go online to then to find an Event, click on IL, then Sat, Aug 20, or call Linda Smith (309) 219-6242 or Bob Bjerke (309)692-1800 for ticket information.  PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF THE SHOOTINGH SPORTS!!



Please remember eye and ear protection are mandatory when you are at the range.  Also, you are now required to display your membership card on yourself or your gun bag.  IF YOU VIOLATE THIS RULE, YOU WILL BE ESCORTED OFF THE RANGE.

All members are invited and encouraged to attend all periodic Board Meetings and Quarterly Membership Meetings.
Board Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., @ the Range Maintenance Building, in the months of:
            January           March             May                 July                  September     November
Ernie Rech (2017) Pres 309-699-0471                        Ernie Rech (2017), Website   309-699-0471
Greg Crank, VPres (2019) 309-248-7068                   Bill Fritz (2017), Director        309-274-6096
Mary Harper (2017), Secretary 309-678-0770          Bob Bjerke (2021) Director    309-692-1800
Caryl Crank (2021), Treasurer 309-248-7068            Greg Crank (2019), Range      309-248-7068
Richard Parks(2019), Mbrshp 309-229-7495     
Membership  Phone Number 309-229-7495
(Membership Applications/Renewals) MGCA, Attn:  Membership Director, P.O. Box 9251, Peoria, IL 61612-9251
Any and All correspondence for MGCA is to be mailed to P.O. Box 9251, Peoria, IL 61612.
Mary Harper
Secretary & Editor
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