Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club
at Swallow Hill
289 Rindge State Road
Ashburnham, MA 01430
(Mailing address:  Po Box 594 Fitchburg, MA 01420)


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Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club, Inc.
PO Box 594
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Incorporated October 5, 1921


August 3, 2014

Dear Fellow Sportsmen,

Our monthly meeting was held on Monday, August 3, 2014. President Dennis P. Ring welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7:30 PM with a moment of silence for deceased members and our brave members of our Armed Forces. He then led our members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of June 2, 2014 were read and accepted as read.


Correspondence pertaining to club business was received, event announcements that may be of interest to club members were posted on the bulletin board.

Treasurer's Report

President Ring read the Treasurer’s report, all bills are paid with the exception of the engineering firm. The Treasurer’s report was accepted as read.

New Member Applications

Vice President Erickson read the applications of John Paine, Virgil Bagdonnas, Nick Gamache, Kimberly Cole, Dominic Carbone, Joseph Carbone, Martin Spiller and Anthony Mercadante were read and will be finalized at the Board of Directors next week.

Reports of Committees

House and Grounds

Tom Forgues reported a great deal was accomplished on June 22nd, the work party cleaned and repaired the Wallace Pond Dam. Brush was remove and 80 pounds of cement were used to repair the hole in the sidewall.Tom along with Dan March, Tony Genova, Jerry Nichols, Randy Nichols and Esther Erickson Are thanked for their hard work. The following day, Dennis Ring along with his Sons cleaned and removed all brush from the top of the Dam as well as below. Thanks for your work also. Tom purchased new locks to replace old ones that were difficult to operate.


Ken Rehler reported that he has contacted someone to repair the stove and is waiting for him to reply.

Fish and Game

Leo B. Ross reported the Pheasant are in and there will be a workday at the pen not yet scheduled.


Michael Debonis reported that the turnout continues to be excellent. Trap is every Wednesday at 6:00 PM. The Rifle Range is closed at that time. Hamburgers and hotdogs are usually available at the shoot. SPECIAL NOTE: The last beginner Trap Clinic will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The clinics are free and open to youth ages 10 and up, parents must be present. The Rifle Range will be closed during the Trap Clinics.


New Target frames have been put out, please try to position your target so that you do not hit the frame. Please remember to follow all the range rules including use of flags at all times when using the ranges. Shooters are reminded to position your target so the target area is not over any portion of the frame. We have a great number of frames ruined by this practice. Please note that the Rifle Range is Closed on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM when the Trap Range is in use for the evening. DUD ROUNDS MUST BE PLACED IN THE CANS PROVIDEDAT THE RIFLE AND PISTOL RANGES> They will be plainly labeled DUDS. This descision was made at the Director’s meeting and the metal buckets with covers will be purchased and marked. Please use them for safe disposal.


President Ring said that he is hopeful that archery will start up on Wednesdays. Neil Beauregard has volunteered to head up Archery.


The Report from the Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence “Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” has been released. Goal has released a response and a rebuttal and recommends that everyone contact their legislators to voice your opinions. You can get more information at .or visit them on Facebook at: or GOAL members mobilized and inundated the Statehouse with calls, emails and visits and finally got The Speaker's Bill changed to eliminate draconian restrictions upon lawful licensed firearms owners. The Govenor has yet to sign it..

Worcester County League

Andre Moraes reported that there are many bills that have been introduced, the use of crossbows for hunting was favorably considered. Please go to the following: For info you may e-mail:, To get to the League web page, go to:

Youth Turkey Hunt

This year's hunt was very good and you can expect to receive information on future hunts when next years schedule is known.

Old Business

President Ring reported that other Labrador clubs are interested in using our facilities. One is looking to hold another event. The Lab Club of greater Boston reported an excellent trial on June 8th. Mr. Eino Kauppi was thanked for holding a Fly Fishing Clinic at the Club and donating the proceeds to the Club. The inspection report of Wallace Pond Dam was received citing improvements/repairs that must be made to the dam. Major money for repairs is recommended. Other options are being considered.

New Business

President Ring reported we will have an open house with a Pig Roast on Saturday, September 20. Kevin O’Hare will help with the roast.
Special Note: A Black Powder Turkey Shoot will be held on the 20th from 9:00 AM to Noon. Scopes and Iron Sights are allowed and will compete within separate classes. Volunteers are needed to help with the shoot. PLEASE CONTACT THE SECRETARY IF YOU WANT TO HELP 978-342-5928.
A display of Iver Johnson Firearms and Militaria is planned for the Open House. The public is cordially invited to attend. Kids Day will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM. Creature Teachers will present a live animal program of approximately one hour. The Kids will have a choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or hotdog with a soft drink and a bag of chips. The program is free and the Public are cordially invited.
The Fitchburg Police turned in all their brass to the Club.

President Ring also reported the Secretary is in touch with Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL to have him as a guest for one of our meetings.


Attendance: Member # 418, Kevin Ring was not present. The prize for the September 21 meeting will be $833.00.

The 50/50 was won by Philip A. Madonia Jr.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM Respectfully Submitted

Yours in Sportsmanship

George F. LeBlanc, Secretary

Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Beginners Trap Shooting Clinic 9:00 AM. Rifle Range Closed.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 Workday, 8:00 AM to Noon. All Ranges Closed.
Monday, September 8, 2014: Range Orientation 6:30 PM.
Monday, September 8, 2014: Director’s Meeting 7:00 PM.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 Open House and Pig Roast Time to be Announced. Black Powder Turkey Shoot, 9:00 AM to Noon. Public is invited, participants must wear glasses and ear protection, only participants are allowed on the range.
Sunday, September 21, 2014: Meeting/KIDS DAY 2:00 PM Creature Teachers live animal program.The public is cordially invited to attend. Kids will be treated free to a choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or hotdog and receive a bag of chips and a soda after the program. Adults may purchase food and beverages, the program lasts about an hour. Photos are permitted.
Monday, October 6, 2014: Range Orientation 6:30 PM.
Monday, October 6, 2014: Members Meeting 7:30 PM.
Monday, October 13, 2014: Director’s Meeting 7:00 PM.

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