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Notification of By-laws Changes Requiring A Membership Vote

Notification of By-laws Changes Requiring A Membership Vote

Good day fellow CCRP club members! There are a couple of changes to the Club’s By-
laws to be voted on during the Board of Directors and annual Members meeting on December
29, 2022. The meeting begins at 1900 hours. To change CCRP ByLaws a membership vote is
needed to adopt the revision(s). As per the Bylaws YOU MUST BE PRESENT, IN PERSON,
TO VOTE. You may not proxy vote for others. Ballots will ONLY be available on site just prior
to the vote. A majority AYE vote will put the new Bylaws in force on 01 January 2023. A
majority NAY vote, of course, will reject the change(s).

The first item concerns the printed version of the Plinker. Fewer than 7% of the
membership still opts to receive a printed Plinker by mail. However, the costs of printing,
labeling, and postage are much higher now and there is a high waste of the printed Plinkers as we
have to purchase more that are mailed. There rest end up in the trash or as fire starter at the
Indoor Range. The proposed change is as follows:

The Plinker, and thus “official club communications,” will be 100% electronic, available
on the website, and will no longer printed.

The next item on the agenda concerns the requirement for NRA membership by the
Club’s members to be a member of CCRP. In the past, the club’s insurance was “backed” by the
NRA, which reduced the annual cost considerably. I learned last year that requirement was no
longer in effect but was unable to get it in writing until a couple of months ago. Please,
understand that we support organizations that defend the 2 nd Amendment and, thus, all of our
Rights. We encourage and recommend each member to support such 2A organizations whether it
is the NRA or any or the others. The proposed change is as follows:

The requirement of NRA membership to qualify for CCRP membership is to be removed.

The CCRP Board welcomes membership participation, and invites all to our monthlyBoard meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month at 1900 hours, in the main clubhouse. We,
the Board of Directors, look forward to seeing you there.

Chris Moffet, President, CCRP

Notice to members regarding proposed increase in membership dues

PROPOSED INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP DUES

Club members; A recommendation to increase our membership dues has been made to the board. Some of us can remember that our dues of $70 per year have remained at that lever for approximately twenty years. In this day of rising costs for everything, mainly due to inflation, it can seem only natural that our dues will climb along with our costs for club operation.

In order to consider all sides of any increase in our membership dues, a committee of five interested members was formed. This was the same committee that worked on the subject of increasing our annual assessment, which we agreed should stay at $80 per year. Perhaps you didn’t even hear about that because no changes were recommended.

On the subject of an increase in the annual membership dues, this committee argued several points, from rising inflation to major proposed expenses. Our club is not in trouble but we must look to the future. Points that were considered included how much money would be generated in our accounts with particular dues increases, providing that our membership numbers would remain the same. We have to realize that an un-warranted increase in dues will likely drive some members away. We also realize that the club, CCR&P, is a club for the members which simply means that without a strong membership, we will fail. And we wanted any increase in membership fees to be acceptable to all members. A certain amount or percentage of our members are on fixed incomes, perhaps Social Security or disability compensation, and we recognize that as a fact without the need to determine the exact number of fixed income members. Any increase in dues will certainly affect those lower income shooters. We also considered leaving the annual dues as they are, at $70, and asking for further voluntary donations in addition to the annual dues. One tiny point in favor of the donation is that they wouldn’t be sales taxed. What finally boiled out of the committee was to recommend a $10 increase in the annual dues for all members, which will increase the dues to $80 per year, primarily to counter inflation that has long since taken place. In addition, the committee is to prepare a 5-year rotating plan of expenses so the club will have a good idea about financial needs for the future.

This recommendation will be presented to the board at the September meeting, where it will naturally be discussed further. While the board will vote on whether to increase our club’s dues or not, general members are certainly invited to attend the meeting and to offer their points for the discussion. The intention is, if the dues are raised at the September meeting, to advertise the change for three months in the Plinker and on the web site, before having the change take effect on January 1st, 2023. We’re all interested in this subject, please consider attending.

Mike Nesbitt, V.P./Membership Director

Standards of Behavior and Disciplinary Actions

The Capitol City Rifle & Pistol Club Board of Directors recently acted to expel a member from the
club due to a confrontational incident. The Executive Committee of the Board conducted a
thorough review of the incident and determined the appropriate course of action through a
unanimous vote. That course of action was upheld through a vote of the entire Board of
Directors.

The Executive Committee determined that the member had demonstrated a pattern of
aggressive behavior while attempting to enforce range rules and procedures. While the motive
for enforcing range rules may have been well intended, the methods employed eventually lead
to a serious confrontation with a high potential of becoming violent.

CCRP Club members must always treat other members and guests with courtesy and respect.
We all have a responsibility to politely point out safety issues when we observe them. However,
we cannot escalate a conversation into a confrontation. If a member does not correct a safety
issue, or you feel that the conditions on the range remain unsafe, please leave the range and
submit an Incident Report to the Club Safety Officer. Any incident requiring a Law Enforcement
response or EMS (Emergency Medical Service) must be reported to the Club President
immediately. The Incident Report form can be found on the club web site at www.ccrpclub.org
under Forms/Documents. Please provide as much detailed information as possible including
names, license plate numbers, and a complete description of the incident. The Executive
Committee will review and take appropriate action on all Incident Reports. The members of the
Executive Committee are identified on the back page of the Plinker, and can be contacted
through the club web site.
Gary Thorsen

 

NRA Membership and CCRP Membership

As I’m sure you are all aware, membership in the Capitol City Rifle and Pistol club
requires a current, unexpired membership in the NRA. As part of the conditions set by the NRA
for backing our club insurance (which greatly keeps the cost down), the NRA requires that 100%
of the club members be NRA members.

As we have had some issues with CCRP members no longer wanting to maintain an NRA
membership due to conflicting beliefs, members that forget and let their NRA membership
lapse, and members whose NRA membership ends just before, on, or just after they renew
their club membership, we have had to tighten up on that policy.

If your membership expires anywhere around your club dues anniversary, I highly
suggest that you consider renewing early. For example, if your dues are due September 1 and
your NRA expires September 30, you could be paid up and still find yourself locked out on
October 1. Thirty days after that, your membership would be terminated.

Another thing to think of concerning the renewal of your NRA membership is the delays
created by the COVID overreactions. If you mail your NRA renewal check to the NRA, you are
looking at 4-6 weeks before you hear anything and that’s provided they have even processed it
by then. Please, go online to do your renewal and ask for a receipt.

It is incumbent upon you to provide the necessary information and have it done in time.
Frankly, the more time I have to spend tracking NRA memberships, the less likely I am to be
lenient on late memberships.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Chris Moffet, club president,
through the club website contact page.

 

Notice of Amendment to Club Bylaws

Published Notice of an Amendment to the Club Bylaws

This notice will be published for three months in the Plinker and on the club website in accordance with CCRP Bylaws. A vote by the full Board of Directors will follow at the first meeting after the three months.

A clarification is needed in paragraph G of Article IV and is added as the ending sentence of paragraph G as follows:

“Work hours and certifications are to be recorded on the assessment work hours card and the original submitted by the member, completely filled out, with the member’s annual dues and proof of NRA membership upon receipt of their annual invoice.”

While the assessment deduction for new member recruitment has been in effect for some time now, the decision was never voted into the club Bylaws. The following paragraph is to placed at the end of paragraph G under Article IV.

“Members may reduce their annual assessment of $80.00 by recruiting new members who join the club. The reduction is $40.00 per new member and is limited to two reductions per calendar year. Accordingly, two new members will bring the recruiting member’s assessment to a zero balance for that member’s calendar year and will be credited to the member’s account for the anniversary following the recruiting. Recruiting assessment reductions are applicable only to assessments, will not apply to dues, are not transferable nor do they roll-over to the following year if more than two new members are recruited in one year. The recruiting and proof of the new member’s completion of the New Member Orientation can be recorded on the assessment work hours cards, certified by the NMO instructor, the club Training Officer, or a member of the Executive Committee, and then submitted by the recruiting member with their annual dues and proof of NRA membership.”

For questions and comments, contact the club president, Chris Moffet, through the contacts link on the club website, www.ccrpclub.org . 5Aug2020