Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me start by updating the membership on the Andrews Firearms Proposal. The bad weather that moved in on the night of the meeting prompted the town council to cancel the meeting, and move the meeting’s agenda to next month on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm (Aug. 11, 2015). So it appears that even the weather is a Second Amendment supporter. With the meeting being postponed until next month, it will give us time to review the town’s proposal and form a game plan. At this time, GRNC has been sent the proposal to review and we are awaiting their input, but upon having reviewed the proposal, I do feel the town council has over stepped their authority to regulate some of the areas referred to in the proposal. Please attend tomorrow’s meeting for additional updates on this matter. We will also be sending out additional newsletters updating the membership as to the status of this proposal as well. At this time though, I would like every member to mark their calendar for the above date, and let’s show up in numbers and show our support for the Second Amendment! Remember if they can do it in Andrews, then it can also be done in Murphy, or any other town in North Carolina!
On a more positive note, next month is the Scott Hogsed Youth Day (Aug. 22, 2015). Once again, mark your calendar for this special event, and if at all possible make plans to help the youth of the area learn correct firearms safety. One never knows when your help or words of safety might save a life. Also don’t forget that next month’s meeting will be held at the Scott Hogsed grounds in Brasstown NC, so bring your shotgun and enjoy the Sporting Clays shoot.
I look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow’s meeting at 7:00 pm at the Murphy Senior Center.
MOUNTAIN COUNTRY ROD & GUN CLUB
MINUTES: Meeting 7 pm Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at the Senior Citizens center in Murphy.
ATTENDANCE: Jeff and Kyler Gustason, John Mattox, Tom Coy, James Smith, Steve Soffer, Jon and Peggy Fischrupp, Roger and Pat Shay, Tom and Judy Herr, John Mullinix, Terri and Ricky Martinez, Dannie and Nancy Lane, Alan Whitman, David Heche, Joe and Sue Liguori, Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, Rhonda Crowder, Mark Graham, Chuck and Mary Ann Hoesch, Clark Molster, Grace and Rusty Frederick, Jackie Hawkins, Dan and Joyce Bius, Sal Munizzi, Fred Hecklau, and James Maloney. Guests were Jeff Anderson, Bob Calloway, Bob Thomas, Bill Long, David Conley, Alex Owen, and Brian Rau.
PRESIDENT JEFF: Jeff opened the meeting to order at 7:04 pm and the pledge of allegiance was led by Mary Ann Hoesch. Jeff introduced guests and new members. Bob Calloway and Sal Manuzzi joined at the meeting. The minutes and treasury report was read and approved. We currently have $2,797.15 in our treasury. Jeff mentioned the Cherokee County GOP is raffling off a Henry lever action .22LR rifle. Tickets are $3 or 7 for $20. September 10th is the drawing. Elliott Southworth is raffling off a 12 ga. Mossberg O/U for the club. Jeff also mentioned a civil war bullet case that is available to the highest bidder.
The kids’fishing contest will be held July 4th at Conaheete Park. Mary Ann has the signup sheet. Time is 9 to noon and our club will supply the bait. Jeff also asked for more support for next year’s handicapped fishing derby. We had 10 members participate this year, down from 25 in years past. Jeff hopes we will get more support next year. Jeff recognized Allan Whitman and Jackie Hawkins for helping with club events last year.
JOHN MATTOX:John announced that we will be shooting sporting clays on Saturday, June 27th. Contact John or Jerry Miller if interested.
TOM HERR: Tom announced the range is in good shape but someone is removing targets and the garbage cans are getting full. If any members are able to help with range duties, please see Jeff.
DAVID HECHE: David announced that July 4th is a free fishing day without a license in any waterway in NC. If you go to our website and click on events you will see fishing events listed. Recently Dave fished the Soco River in GA and caught a dozen trout. Fishing is currently slow at Hiawassee and Chatuge lakes. A guy who works at Waffle King recently caught a 9 lb. trout at Appalachia Lake. Tom and Dave fished on June 10th and some fish were caught. The catfish that are being caught seem to be in about 35’of water.
DR. DAN EICHENBAUM: Dr. Dan announced a county fair to be held October 23, 24 and 25 at the Mountain Folk Center. The saddle club, 4H, farmer’s market and gospel will be participating.
Jeff Anderson from georgiacarry.org was our guest speaker. The organization was formed to help repeal many of Georgia’s antiquated gun laws. From humble beginnings just a few years ago, they now have over 6000 members and have been instrumental in getting the state of Georgia to update and/or repeal some of their gun laws. Because of their actions, Georgia is now in the top five of gun friendly states.
Terry Martinez asked for adjournment at 8:17pm and Mary Ann Hoesch seconded. The meeting was adjourned.