2/22/2017 USRA Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting
6:00pm February 22, 2017
The Patio, Lombard, IL

Karl Schweitzer
Kyle Stambler

Dave Blaskey
Bill Essling
Ed McComb

Officers Reports
Treasurer – Thor got check for range donation. Steve S got the check for Chili.
-will get $100 gift card for boot camp caterer in the mail
-keeping up with memberships
-provided balances of accounts
-need to move funds out of PayPal to savings

-corrected typos for dates from Jan meeting minutes. No other revisions.
Promotions – Dave B
-no report
Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy
-Gravy requested email addresses for Ginger, Fred, and Lloyd
-need IIT shirt sized for tan t-shirts

Old Business
NRA grant request approved at the state level, now to NRA trustees for review. Grant provided through the Friends of the NRA.
-Request included 4,000 rounds of Winchester 22LR, 1,000 20g shells, 100 12g shells, steel targets, including 2 ‘falling man’ targets.
-Attend a Friends of the NRA dinner. USRA should consider buying a ½ or full table for the Fox Valley dinner.
-Request organizers of the Youth Hunter Ed class to add ‘Ammunition brought to you by the Friends of the NRA’ to their flyer.
IL Class Dates:
Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22 2017
Chilicothe- events are on our web page!
May 6 Tac Carb1
June 3 DEF HG
Aug 5 DEF HG2
Nov 18 Tac Carb2
Lockport-private range.
May 21-Def HG1 scheduled. May have to pay $20 per student.
Still confirming-July 16 Carb I, Aug 20 HG2, Sept 10 Carb2
ASC- out of the question
Pontiac – Karl to check, HOLD for Lockport status. Event would be later in the year
Rockford Range – Doug. ?
Def Handgun II COF – Doug
Instructor Training
-NRA Pistol instruct
-combat medical—Eel to contact S&S, request estimate for ½ day and full day course
-land navigation—gravy to put together syllabus. Pacing beads?
-range estimation
-tactical shotgun. Karl has a COF for review. To be covered at March meeting. Test at boot camp. Shotgun match course like Knob Creek?
USRA Shirts. Reviewed proof by Bruce B.
42 on sleeve, for instructors shirts only. Red shirt, INSTRUCTOR on back
Sell shirts at classes? Give away as part of class? Consider and get shirt prices
Request for performance cloth shirts
Red USRA ball caps to sell
New Business:
Web site
-send improvement ideas to Karl. Review at March meeting. Find best practices from web site designs using WordPress.
-member page for members only
USRA Charter
-Karl handed out hard copies. Members to review for amendments. Available on web site.
Goal setting—send new goal ideas to Karl
-web site updated
-add 2 new instructors
-Increase boot camp attendance
-what long term goals do we have? Can request another NRA grant
-more paper and steel targets
-dummy rounds
-force on force learning, request equipment such as air soft pistols/rifles
-target hit detectors-flash, for long distance
-if add more USRA courses, need more instructors
YHEC Youth shoot. Friday June 16th. Fred & Karl & Dave B. volunteered. Bill E is ‘maybe’.
More instructors welcome. Last year had ~300 kids.
Discussed sending out reminders for renewals
Instructor shoot, April 22nd, Carbine II, at Pappy’s
Eel received ~100 updated ‘What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense Law’ booklets from the Armed Citizen organization. Motioned and approved to donate $100.
Motioned and approved to purchase 2 electronic shot timers from Eel for $75 each.
Armed Citizen organization. Motioned and approved to donate $100.
Motioned and approved to purchase 2 electronic shot timers from Eel for $75 each.

Next Meeting: Wed March 22nd at 6pm. The Patio restaurant in Lombard, IL

1/17/2017 USRA Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting
6:00pm Jan 17, 2016
Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL

Karl Schweitzer
Kyle Stambler
Ron Berg
Dave Blaskey
Bill Essling
Ed McComb

Officers Reports
Treasurer – reviewed account balances. Voted to transfer funds from Paypal to savings
-reviewed 2016 year end financials. 2016 income greater than expenses
-reviewed expenses and payments from 2016 boot camp
-approved $100 gift card for BBQ caterer
-approved CMP membership renewal for $30
-approved $7/month for quickbooks for club book keeping. Try for 1 year.
-no changes to meeting minutes from boot camp
-no business meeting at Moosejaw
Promotions – Dave B
-promote Chili dates electronically
Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy
-voted to implement instructor training guide

Old Business
NRA grant application. Dave B. Jan28 is grant review meeting.
Range donations. Voted to donate $350 to Chili and $500 to Osage.
IL Class Dates:
Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22 2017
Chilicothe- events are on our web page!
May 6 Tac Carb1
June 3 DEF HG
Aug 5 DEF HG2
Nov 18 Tac Carb2
Lockport-private range. Initiating discussions. Up to 20 students on the fire line.
May 21-Def HG1 scheduled
Considering-July 16 Carb I, Aug 20 HG2, Sept 10 Carb2
Durand- Youth Shoot?
ASC- if Lockport works out, skip 1 course at ASC
Pontiac – Karl to check, we would offer Def Handgun
Def Handgun II COF – Doug
Boot Camp 2017 Oct 14-21. On web site!
Instructor Training
-NRA Pistol instruct
-combat medical
-land navigation
-range estimation
-tactical shotgun. Karl has a COF for review.
USRA Shirts. Bruce B to submit proofs for review. Discussed selling shirts at shoots.

New Business:
Web site
-request System Admin to add administrator with rights.
-want a design that is easy to read, easier to navigate. Need to add tabs. Needs to be mobile friendly.
-Karl to check some other sites for best practices, use as examples
-if you have suggestions, send them to Karl
USRA Charter
-group needs to review & update charter and by-laws
-add instructor qualifications
RSO & CCW class, by Ron B. Encourage our instructors in training to get the RSO cert.
Goal setting—send new
-web site updated
-add 2 new instructors
-promo ideas
-email blasts 3 weeks prior to class
-discounts for members, discount for spouse or child
-handout at shoots for upcoming classes and boot camp
-certificate of completion at end of course
Meeting venue
-looking for new location
-criteria: serves food, gun friendly, reasonably centrally located, free, not loud
Lead Instructors- esp. for tactical carbine class. Ideas?
-discussed a few names of instructor candidates.
YHEC Youth shoot. Friday June 16th. Fred & Karl going. Dave B. volunteered. Bill E is ‘maybe’.
More instructors welcome.

Next Meeting: Wed February 22nd at 6pm. Location TBD.

8/9/2016 USRA Board Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting

6:00pm Aug 9, 2016

Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL


Karl Schweitzer

Kyle Stambler
Dave Blaskey

Chris Graves

Ed McComb

Officers Reports

Treasurer  – Reviewed balances of association’s checking, savings, and PayPal accounts.

Secretary – No comments on minutes from May meeting

Promotions – Dave B – Oct Def HG2, Nov Tac Carbine2

Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy presented the Instructor Development document Rev 8/8/16, 2 pages plus a training log example.  Provides a 4-step procedure for becoming a USRA instructor including an Instructor In Training phase.  Will be send around for comment.


Old Business

1         Shoot reports:

a.       NRA Youth Hunter Education event Richmond, IL Friday June 3: Lot of fun, 150 kids.  5 stations.  Tough to man on a weekday.  They used our gear for rifle, with Fred & Karl leading the shotgun station for young kids.

b.       IL Def Handgun I.  Chilicothe.  Sat May 14th.  Had 8 students.

c.       Tact Carbine I. July 30th 15 students.  Hard to instruct from memory when we only instruct 1-2 times per year.

2         Tactical Carbine II COF.   Will be worked on after Defensive HG II COF [Doug].  Refine at boot camp.

3         Tactical Carbine I COF . More than just the cheat sheet.  Karl S will send out draft for review and feedback.

4         NRA grant application.   [Dave]  Application is open.  Due Dec1 for northern IL.  Need EIN, Not-for-profit info, financials.  Application includes what our org has done, what we want.  Would be good to tie to youth shoots like the one in Richmond.

5         IL Range Dates:

a.       Aurora Sportsman Club – need to contact Nancy

b.       Buffalo Range Shooting Park, Ottawa – NO GO.  They are using Appleseed.

c.       Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22

d.       Chilicothe- [Steve S], Def HG2 Oct1, Tac Carb2 Nov 6

e.       Durand- [Doug] Sold.  Pecatonica??

f.        ISRA- [Berg] No update.

g.       Pontiac – plan for 2017.  Range more receptive to hand gun.

6         Def Handgun II COF—Reviewed at May meeting.

New Business

1.       At boot camp, review offering class discounts for couples..spouse shoots for ½ price.

2.       Boot camp:

a.       Reviewed proposed menu for boot camp. Looked good.

b.       Start thinking about how many events we want for 2017.  We now have 5 courses we can offer with American Marksman.

c.       What are instructors’ availability and capacity?

d.       Karl would like lead instructors to step up and own a range, like Steve does for Chili.  Not burn anyone out.

e.       Sunday memorial, spread Guy’s ashes

f.        Reviewed “42” patch design for Guy.  Not much interest in patches.  Would rather include a “42” memorial on our USRA t-shirts.

g.       Need to check inventory of red (instructor) and tan USRA shirts.  Ed to contact Eel.  Also on patches and hats.

h.       Can we offer a performance poly shirt as opposed to the cotton?

i.         $190 for members, $250 for non-members.  Includes a meal plan.

j.         Reviewed Boot Camp schedule

–          Add course Def HG2 on thur

–          Split out competition day over two days Wed & Fri

–          Ask Mike Royal about bowling ball cannon and Tuler drill

–          Special events:  bird house demo?  Can someone lead a 3 gun drill?  Night shoot – doesn’t 1 Shepard shoot at night?


Next Meeting:   Tuesday September 13th, 6:00pm,  Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL

Great USRA T C 1 class 7/30/16

Tactical Carbine 1 07/30/16

Super USRA Tactical Carbine 1 class!
Excellent students, so glad you could make it!

Everyone did a great job, a huge thank you to the instructors for their time!

You can see in the picture there was a good sized group too :^)

5/3/2016 USRA Board Meeting

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Chili’s in Aurora


Review and vote to adopt Def Handgun II course

Treasurer’s Report

NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge

How to best memorialize Guy

Range Dates

New Business

USRA Founding Member Memorial

A founding member of the USRA, a husband, a father and a friend to many passed away Saturday Morning April 16th after a long fight with PSC. Chris “Guy” Gibb would have been 42 Today Monday April 18th. Guy inspired hundreds, perhaps thousands, to be better citizens, better riflemen and better people. His unique style of instructing, along with his personality, made him a person you wanted to get to know better and to call your friend. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday April 23rd at:

Presbyterian Church.

224 S. Margaret St.

Piper City, IL 60959

From 1:00-3:00PM with the service starting at 3:00PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Those that are not able to attend but would like to share a memory about Guy to be read at the service please send those to either Chris Midkiff or to HYPERLINK “mailto:info@usriflemen.org” info@usriflemen.org and we’ll make sure they get there.


Information will be available soon and will be provided if you wish to make a donation on Guy’s behalf to fight PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis)


Please take a moment to consider becoming an organ donor. Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. People of every age give and receive organ donations. In Illinois you can become an organ donor at the Secretary of State’s office or go on line to HYPERLINK “https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/” https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/


4/5/16 USRA Board Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting Minutes

6:00pm April 5, 2016

Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL


Cherie and Karl Schweitzer, Kyle Stambler, Ron Berg, Shane Thurston, Chris Graves, Dave Blaskey, Doug Fink

Treasurer’s Report:

-Meeting with Steve S completed last month for turnover

-Reviewed balance of bank and PayPal account

Old Business:

NRA Youth Hunter Education event Friday June 3 at Richmond Hunting Club in Richmond, IL 8:30-4:30.  Looking for volunteers and loaner rifles.  Contact Terry or Fred.  See 3/8/16 USRA Meeting minutes for more details.

April 16 USRA Instructor shoot at Pontiac, IL. Open to instructors and potential-instructors.  Not open to public.  Post on closed group page?

Adding Ron Berg as a second USRA web site admin

Tactical Rifle II COF will be worked on after Defensive HG II COF.

Karl S working on building out the Tactical Rifle I COF, more than just the cheat sheet.  Karl S will send out draft.

Clarification on Youth Shoot ammo.  USRA procured ammo last year for a shoot.  We will use it for August youth shoot in Durand.  At the March 2016 meeting the group decided to donate $300 (or $300 in ammo) to Richmond Hunt Club for their youth shoot.  Note: NRA grant application due in November.

Reviewed draft course of fire for USRA Defensive Handgun II course. Debated several specific COF items including addressing any potential safety scenarios, types of drills and how to tie everything we learned that day into the “Grand Finale”

New Business:

Buffalo Range Shooting Park, Ottawa—someone working on shoot dates?  Could be added to current shoot schedule

Discussed individuals including a donation in cards for Guy or passing the hat (like we did for Bruce S) at the instructor shoot.  Possible for USRA to donate meals for Guy and his family?  Doug F going to check with local contact

How can IL Team support MO Team?  Recommend taking advantage of web forums and posts for advertisements.

Next Meeting:   6:00pm Tuesday May 3rd, Chili’s in Aurora, IL

2016 Classes

Spring is in the air and classes are getting arranged for you!

Registration will be possible soon. . .

Two new dates so far:

May 14 – Introduction to Defensive Handgun

October 1 – TBA

Keep checking back to see when and where you can join the fun!