President’s Corner—by Dennis Dias
2017 Dues Renewal

I want to thank Matt Kiolbassa and Tim Brown for their dedicated hard work. 2-15-17 was the deadline for payment. They delivered us into the 21st century with electronic dues payment and made it easy and available at the last several dinner meetings. We ironed out our process and will be even leaner in 2018. This is an improvement to our members and board saving us time and money. It is also building a more turnkey, friendly process for our future board members to follow and allow your board to get to the waiting list applicants much sooner. Matt and Tim, my hat’s off to you!

February Ciopino Meal

The raffle was a Tri-Star trap 12 gauge combo, adjustable stock, with the works. The Ciopino meal was, once again, a big success thanks to John Word and his talented kitchen crew. Shooter’s Warehouse not only secured the trap gun I wanted for my raffle, they also donated one case of 22LR and one case of 12 gauge shells. Shooter’s Warehouse & Supply was presented a special vendors appreciation award for his continued support for his club. Thank you Doug!

Steak & Oyster Fundraising

The date is May 6th, 2017 and tickets again this year will be $40 per person. We will once again be selling whole tables. Last year, for the first time, I asked the membership to donate raffle prizes for this event. Over 60 members donated and over half gave more than one item. Last year we set a record raising $13,000, $8,000 was the best previous year. This year I’m asking the board and the membership to help shatter last year’s mark. There are two key things I believe will help us accomplish this goal. First, we would like to see 8 guns donated to this year’s event. Guns are the biggest cost in years past. Last year, four of our members donated a new gun, plus, we bought several guns. If we can get 8 guns donated this year we will break all previous goals. Second, the board and sections will be collecting raffle prizes and I would like to ask the membership to pitch in. The membership’s support was amazing last year, we had 5 tables and over 30 items, at least, per table. That’s over 150 raffle prizes! It was unbelievable. There will be regular email blasts for raffle donations and there is no such thing as a bad raffle prize. For the second year we will focus on a ladies table. Last year’s had a pink table cloth and lights and was loaded with ladies items including a pink Ruger 10/22. Please contact me, Dennis Dias, at (209) 262-7643 or if you can help the club. This fundraiser and annual dues are the two main sources of income for our club. If you have a resource that wants to help and write it off I can provide you the OSC non-profit information. Finally, as always, this event is open to anyone who buys a ticket from John Word (209)505-5002.

Final Thoughts:

 Donate a new gun to the Steak & Oyster dinner
 Donate a raffle prize to the Steak & Oyster dinner
 Buy your tickets for the Steak & Oyster dinner, it’s open to the public
 Always put safety first when on the range

Dennis Dias, President,

email at or Cell (209) 262-7643