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New Member Orientation

   
The new member orientation meeting is held on the Tuesday before the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The meeting is held in the Chalet building at 8pm and lasts about an hour. For a preview of the presentation look at the slides we will be using: slide show

Meeting dates: 2001
: Jul 10, Aug 7, Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11 - 2002: Jan 8,
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    The Club These pages contain the information required for our members to able to use our facilities safely and according to the policies of the club. All new members will be formally presented with this information at the New Member Orientation Meeting. All members should know this information so that it can be followed without exception.
    Management
    Committees
    Youth Groups
    Member Responsibilities
    The Business and Rangemaster Authority
    Dues and Assessments
    Special Use Permits
    Policy
    Facilities
   

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The Club
The Wildlife Committee of Washington, Inc. (WCW) is a non-profit sportsman's club incorporated in 1945. It is non-partisan and non-sectarian. Membership is open to any citizen of good character with a desire to promote wildlife conservation and the hunting, fishing and shooting sports.

The WCW has owned and operated the Kenmore Shooting Range for the benefit of it's membership and the local community since 1953. All dues, fees and operating profits received by the WCW are used to maintain and improve its facilities and to promote the club's basic goals. The WCW is self-supporting and debt free.

The club has an Annual meeting on the second Wednesday of April at 8PM in the Clubhouse. This meeting has as its primary busines the election of officers and trustees, and the approval of the next fiscal year's budget. Other club business meetings may be called as needed by the Board of Directors.

Members receive a monthly club newsletter, either by internet or regular mail. The newsletter is the club's primary method of informing the membership of items of interest, policy changes and up-coming meetings, classes and events. Each newsletter has a calendar of the next two month's activities included.

We also maintain an internet web site to which the newsletter is published every month:

http://www.kenmorerange.com

The web site has descriptions and photos of the club and its facilities and activities, a printable new member application form, maps and driving instructions, links to other web sites of interest, and a member's section with the important forms available for printing and classified ads.
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Management
A Board of Directors consisting of six Executive Officers, five Trustees and the immediate Past President manages the WCW. The Board is responsible for managing the facility and the club's business operations, providing administrative services for the membership, handling the finances, setting policy, and managing the employees.

The Officers and Trustees are non-compensated members who have volunteered their time to work on the club's behalf. The Board members stand for election every year. Any member in good standing and desiring to serve may submit (in January/February) their name to the Board for nomination and they will be included on the ballot. Ballots are included in the newsletter sent out at the end of March and are counted at the April annual meeting.

The President is the "Chairman of the Board" and "CEO", chairs the club and Board meetings, insures that all aspects of the club work effectively, and enforces all club rules and policies. The Board of Trustees, a subsection of the Board, is responsible for controlling the physical assets of the club and insuring that the authorized committees operate effectively.

The club's general meeting in April is the "Annual" meeting. This is the start of the club's financial fiscal year and the Board presents a budget for approval by the membership. The approved budget sets the financial agenda for the Board and authorizes the year's spending and projects.

The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8PM in the Chalet. The business portion of the Board meeting is conducted in closed session, however any member may address the Board before it goes into executive session and present any views which may be of benefit or interest to the club. Occasionally the Board may invite committee chairmen to stay through the executive session.
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Committees
The WCW is organized into Committees which are responsible for the approved club activities. The Archery, Range and Shotgun committees each perform maintenance and improvement projects on their respective ranges, under Board approval and supervision, and organize and hold approved events. They offer recommendations to the Board on safety, improvements, maintenance, operation, and activities in their respective areas.

Each committee has a chairman, elected by the committee and approved by the Board, to chair the meetings, make reports and act for the committee on any item needing immediate attention.

The Shotgun Committee meets on the second Monday of each month. The Range Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month. The Archery Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month. The Archery and Range committee meetings start at 7:30 PM in the Chalet and the Shotgun committee meets at 9 PM at the shotshack after a "members only" shoot starting at 7PM.

The Big Game and Fishing Committees host social events, organize outings and provide instructors for the State certified Hunter Safety classes. The Legislative Committee coordinates our involvement with other political action groups who are concerned with hunting, fishing and firearm legislation. They keep the general membership informed on proposed legislation.

The above mentioned committees are all open to any member with an interest in the area and a willingness to attend meetings. All monthly meetings are open and any member can become involved with as many committees as their time and interest permits.

The Firearms Education Committee is open only to NRA certified instructors. Members interested in becoming a certified instructor should contact the committee's chairman. The committee holds NRA certified classes to meet the demand in the community. Home Firearms Safety classes and beginning Shotgun Clinics are held every month.
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Youth Groups
We have several youth groups. The Youth Rifle Group shoots weekly during the school year and receives instruction in four position rifle. They go on several field trips each year to attend matches around the Puget Sound area and spend time working through the NRA junior Olympic qualification courses.

The Youth Archery Group has a JOAD charter and is one of the best in the nation. Our instructors and coaches are nationally recognized. The group participates competitively in national and international matches. The group meets Monday and Friday from 5pm to 7pm throughout the year.
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Member Responsibilities
While we have employees whose primary responsibility is to supervise the safe use of our facility, range safety is the responsibility of each and every member of the club. If a member does not take immediate action when seeing a safety violation or a hazardous situation, he will be disciplined by the controlling committee or the Board. Children on the grounds demand extra diligence on the part of the members to insure their safety and well being. Remember you are responsible for everything you see and we expect you to keep your eyes open and to take appropriate and immediate action when necessary.

The condition of the facility is also the responsibility of each and every member. Anything needing repair or correction should be reported to the Rangemaster or to a club officer. Trash should be attended to immediately. Pick it up!

Alcohol is not permitted on the club grounds for any reason whatsoever. It is the responsibility of each and every member to prevent the use of alcohol anywhere on the property by members or non-members alike. Ask any violator to immediately leave the property and report the incident to the Rangemaster or a club officer.

All members are required to wear their membership cards while they are on the facility. The card should be displayed as to be plainly visible so there is no doubt as to a member's status. This is your individual responsibility…..it is not the rangemaster's job to keep track of the status of your membership. No card, no membership benefits.

Work party participation by every member is encouraged. Work parties will generally be scheduled in the newsletter for club wide projects. Committee initiated projects will be discussed at the committee meetings and may be mentioned in the newsletter. The Board will occasionally call for volunteers with special talents.
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The Business and Rangemaster Authority
The WCW operates a public shooting facility and a retail business operation to support the shooting activities. The club employees are responsible for the business operations and report directly to the Board. The employees have been delegated the authority to control all activities on club property, including the temporary closing of a range for maintenance or safety, and temporary suspension of member privileges for cause.

The club maintains a retail product inventory, which includes ammunition, targets, loading components, shooting accessories, and firearm cleaning supplies. Club members receive a 15% discount over the already competitive retail prices.

The club can usually obtain a wide variety of items not normally carried in inventory. We require pre-payment for high value special order items and the final cost to the member is our wholesale cost plus 10%, plus shipping and sales tax.

To be in the retail business the club is required to maintain an FFL. We do not allow use of the club's FFL by members. We have chosen not to sell firearms and we leave those transactions to our members who are in that business, which includes almost all the gun shops in our geographic area.
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Dues and Assessments
The club is on a calendar year basis for its membership dues ... everyone's dues are due on January 1st of every year. The initiation fees and annual dues are set by the Board. They tend to remain constant for many years; the dues and all public shooter fees were last changed in 1997. The current dues are $75/year for a single membership and $100/year for a family.

The club has a provision for assessments, however it has never been used. The WCW has also remained debt free after paying off the initial purchase of our land. The WCW has been extremely successful in maintaining a strong financial position, operating at a profit, and managing its affairs to avoid emergencies.
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Special Use Permits
Any range activity not normally permitted to a public shooter or a regular member requires a "special use permit". This includes the use of the facilities that are not open to the public, such as Range #1 (the 300yd range) or the Archery Olympic (FITA) range. Those members who have obtained special use permission have a sticker attached to their card to visually indicate the type of special activity approved. There is also a special use report in the Range Office that shows the approved special use activities of every member.

To obtain a "special use" permit a member must appear before the controlling committee and make the request. The approval received is good for the remaining calendar year...it expires with your membership card on December 31.

The purpose of the process is to help insure that those members who are using club facilities under their own supervision are well versed in all the rules, have an adequate skill level, and can play well with others. This process gives a needed level of comfort to our insurers that all our operations are well controlled and safety orientated. To obtain special use for the pistol range the member must demonstrate appropriate skill level (60/100 points on the standard B-17 target) and safety knowledge to the pistol rangemaster during the pistol range public hours.
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Policy
The Board of Directors is responsible to decide what matters are matters of policy and to establish those rules that make up club policy. Club policy includes the Archery, Range and Shotgun policy and safety rules.
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Facilities
The Kenmore Shooting Range is an 80 acre facility owned and operated by the Wildlife Committee of Washington, Inc., a non-profit sportsman's club. Most of the shooting disciplines are uniquely combined at this one location, from high-power rifle and pistol to Olympic style target archery. Although some of the facility's ranges are reserved for members and sanctioned matches, much of the facility is open daily to the general public and available to military and law enforcement units on request.

The WCW maintains strict adherence to our maximum 9AM to 9PM outdoor shooting hours (8PM for highpower rifle). The facility is completely closed 2 days a year, Christmas Day and New Years Day, and closed to the public Thanksgiving Day. It is also closed to all firearms for the 3-D Archery weekend shoots. Open shooting is occasionally closed on specific ranges for matches and for maintenance.

Kenmore Shooting Range
The Kenmore shooting facility maintains the following ranges:

Range #1: A multi-purpose high-power rifle range reserved for members with special use permits and matches. With a covered all weather firing line, it is fully safetied from 50 yds out to 300 yards and will handle any caliber. There are 18 cement shooting benches suitable for benchrest matches.

Range #2: A multi-purpose high-power rifle range open to members and the public. With a covered all weather firing line, it is fully safetied from 50 yds to 200 yards, although restricted to 100 yards during public shooting hours. There are 20 shooting benches with rests and spotting scopes installed on the line.

Range #3: A fully safetied 25 and 50 yard pistol range open to qualified members and two days a week (weekends, noon to 5pm) to the general membership and the public. It has a covered all weather firing line and spotting scopes on 14 of the 28 firing points. There is a built in ransom rest for member use. The range has a turning target 25 yard line and both bullseye and international matches are held. The range has lights and many evening matches are held.

Range #4: International 25 meter pistol range currently under construction. This range will be restricted to members with permission and matches. It is specifically designed for Olympic rapidfire pistol and will be one of only a few in the country.

Indoor Range: Multi-purpose range accommodating archery at 60 ft, small bore (.22 LR) rifle and small bore (.22LR) pistol at 50 ft and air gun at 33 ft. This range is reserved for matches and organized activities.

Archery Flat Range: Multi-distant hunting archery sight-in range with animal targets at distances from 10 to 80 yards and two broadhead pits. Open to members and the general public daily. The range has lights and members can obtain permission to shoot in the evening hours.

Archery Field or Walk-thru Range: 50+ animal targets encountered in a natural setting by means of sequential shooting lanes. Open to members and the general public daily.

Archery Olympic Target Range (FITA): A 100 meter range for Olympic style archery. Reserved for matches and members with special use permits. One of the few dedicated ranges of this type in the country.

Trap Range: The shotgun facility has 4 trap fields which are open to members and the general public five days a week . American and International trap are thrown as well as doubles and continental.

Five Stand: The shotgun facility has a five stand in operation with a 65 ft duck tower, running rabbit, springing teal and 8 other traps for a large variety to shooting situations. This is a simulation of hunting situations and is essentially a static sporting clay setup. Singles, following pairs, report pairs and true doubles may be thrown during the 25 bird experience.
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