BIGFORK GUN CLUB
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
May 19, 2013
|Dear Bigfork Club Gun members,
Bigfork Gun Club is a successful and well-respected shooting facility not only here in the Valley, but also around the state. We've successfully applied for and received grant monies from such sports groups as the NRA and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for range improvements. We grown significantly from the initial handful of shooting enthusiasts who pulled together enough resources to enjoy some trap shooting and being able to sight in hunting rifles in the Fall. Our membership today is just shy of 400 men and women who, with a host of regularly attending non-members, take part in trap and skeet, small-bore and high-power rifle activities, various handgun events, cowboy action shooting, Hunter's Safety field days, DFWP's Becoming an Outdoor Woman, plus efforts to establish various shooting-sports opportunities for our junior boys and girls.
All this is realized through the voluntary efforts of dedicated members. Outside of basic fees to cover costs of targets, materials, repairs, training materials, etc, and any other approved expenses associated with our programs, no one takes home any regular wage or salary. While the BOD may approve some modest level of compensation for time and energies expended in special training events, most of what we do is done because we love the sport of shooting, and are extremely proud of our facility and what we've accomplished.
With this increased growth and success, however, BGC is approaching a fork in the road: what is essentially the same number of officers and directors when the club had only about a one hundred members is now trying to meet the wants and needs of four-times the shooters. We're putting out a simple request: HELP! Inside this growing membership, there MUST be some folks with a few hours of free time to donate to the good of the facility. Many hands make light work!
Will we need to increase annual fees by, say, $20-$25 to allow hiring outside help in completing some maintenance and administrative needs, or do we have the resources already available from within our ranks?! We understand and accept that a percentage of our membership simply want to pay and play, buying their memberships and coming out only to enjoy the range offerings. That's OK. But bottom line, as we continue to grow and expand, there are certain basic needs and functions that have to be met. What can and are you willing to do for the overall benefit of Bigfork Gun Club?!
L. D. Gross, chairman