March 2021 Meeting Minutes

Kern River Valley Gun Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 25, 2021


Meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM at the Kern River Valley Gun Club classroom and began with the flag salute.



  • New Members – None
  • First Time Attendees – John Thome and John Valentine who came as a guest
  • Total members present – 20


Past Meeting Minutes:  Kee Johnson read the meeting minutes for January 28, 2021.  Approved.


President’s Report: Jeff Evans

  • Public opening – Still on hold
  • Resignation of Chief Range Safety Officer (Mark Miller)
  • Appointment of Terry Thompson to fill the vacant Executive Board Position
  • High School Clay Target ProgramPrincipal has been contacted
  • 2020 NRA Grants have been partially awarded (Two 250 capacity standard trap machines, 1 rabbit thrower, 3 wheeled carts, 3 solar panels and 3 wireless release sets) It is being reviewed by the NRA Foundation Board of Trustees for final approval but have requested letters from various groups showing how they would benefit from this grant.
  • 2021 NRA Grants: All grants have been approved at the first level and now move forward to be reviewed by the NRA Foundation Board of Trustees for final approval
    • Range Improvement
      • MEC 500E ATA Trap Machine
      • Atlas Trio Field Simulator
      • Plate Rack (2)
      • Lead Sled (2)
      • Spotting Scope (2)
    • Youth and Women’s Clay Target and .22 Rifle Program (Partially Awarded in 2020)
      • 20-gauge shotguns (3)
      • 12-gauge shotguns (4)
      • .22 rifles (4)
      • Gun Safe
      • Shotgun shells
      • .22 bullets
      • Assortment of Targets Reactive and Paper





  • Youth Archery (Partially Awarded in 2020)
    • Bow Packages (4)
    • Archery Targets
  • Youth and Women’s Pistol Shooting Program
    • Browning Buckmark .22 Pistol (Semi-Auto)
    • Ruger Single-Ten Pistol (Single Action)
    • Ruger SP101 (Double Action)
    • .22 ammunition
    • Safety Glasses
    • Earplugs
    • Paper Targets
  • Range Targets
    • .22LR Texas Star (2)
    • .22 Reactive Paddle Targets (10)
    • Ground Paddle Targets (10)
    • Reactive Animal Shaped Rimfire Targets (8)
    • .22 Dueling Tree (2)
    • Shooting Glasses (5 Dozen)
    • Ear Plugs (1,500 pairs)
    • Shoot-N-C Pistol and Rifle Targets
  • Operating plan has been submitted to the Forest Service. Berm work was done after receiving permission from Forest Service.  Cannot fill the ditch.  They think it is an old stream bed.


Treasurer’s Report: Bob Johnson gave the treasurer’s report.  Club has $37,587.35.

Income:  $5,080.58     Expenses:  $8,175.77 which includes insurance and gun purchases.  Still have $1,147.66 in grant money.

TOTAL MEMBERSHIP FOR 2021: 450 + 96 Life Members


Chief Range Safety Officer Report:  No report.


Competition Director: Dennis Veale

  • Feb 27 – .22 RIMFIRE RIFLE STEEL CHALLENGE – Results
    • 1st Place – Kevin Hinkle
    • 2nd Place – Abraham Llanes
    • 3rd Place – Frank Llanes

15 shooters present.  5 shooters shot in 4 seconds per round and 5 shooters shot in 5 seconds per round.  Lots of good shooters.

  • Competitions Planned


Committee Reports:

  • Shotgun Group – Doug Rudolph gave the report.
    • Upcoming Events
      • Mount Mesa Men’s Club Fundraiser Trap Shoot – May 22, 2021 (Doug will be on vacation but will get RSO’S)
      • February had 8 shooters and last weekend has 7 even though it was very windy
      • Discussion about new or repair concrete work being done.
      • Discussion about 1st Aid & CPR class – Date and interest?
      • Doug has not heard from Joe Price regarding maintenance of the machine. Will be pursued.
      • Discussion about red flag, which means range is hot. Will only fly this flag when range is open to the public.


  • Cowboy Action Group – Bob Johnson gave this report.
    • March 13th results:
      • 1st Place – Snake Shot (New Shooter)
      • 2nd Place – Flip Uberti
      • 3rd Place –Kern Velean
      • 6 shooters present. Weather was good.
    • Upcoming Events
      • Saturday April 10th – Cowboy Action


  • Range Maintenance – Dennis Veale gave this report.

Berms were moved and groomed.  Now at 50, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500 yards.

Some had been at 290 and 340.  They were eliminated.  Ram is at 750.  New steel targets were installed. Tracy Brown mentioned the need for AR500 to replace steel cylinder targets. Please do not bring scuba tanks, soda cylinders and propane tanks to the range.  They will not be used, and we are not a dumping site for these items.

Five sets of pipes are now at 300, 400 and 500 yards.  Should be easier to locate.


  • Weekly:
    • Dump Trash
    • Replace cardboard on target frames
    • Pick up brass
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays – Paint steel targets
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month – Rake Trap Range
  • 4th Tuesday of each month – Berm Weed Abatement




Old Business:

  • New member orientation video.
  • Cleaning station being moved – on hold


New Business:

  • Jeff Evans wants to have a youth trap shoot (10 to 17 yrs. old), a women’s trap shoot and a youth archery shoot. Rich McDonald and Dean Horrell will be in charge of the archery shoot. Would like to have them in April & May. One day event with classroom instruction and shooting.  Trap shooters said the 3rd Saturday of the month would be good with them.  Cost of event was mentioned.  $10 not enough.
  • Kee Johnson talked about flooring for the classroom. Carpet is a NO. Will go back to Isabella Carpet and get an accurate estimate on vinyl flooring and will try to stay in the $3,000 range.
  • Mark Erpenbach talked about surveillance system. We would need 2 systems with 16 camera capacity each, zoom capabilities and night vision.  Ethernet cabling system. Installation would be done ourselves,  $1,380.00 per system starting with 8 cameras.
  • By Laws

ARTICLE VI OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTE:  Only members in good standing with both the KRVGA and NRA shall be eligible for office.  Secretary Kee Johnson is not a member of NRA.  Vote taken.  10 in favor.  8 opposed.  Secretary will be joining the NRA.


ARTICLE VII DUTIES OF OFFICERS: Discussion regarding if the Executive Board Member position vacated by Mark Miller’s resignation needed to be an NRA Certified Chief Range Safety.  It was discussed that this is a title only, not a qualification.  Review of prior versions of the By Laws support this opinion.

From 1990 to March 2015 this office title was “Executive Officer”.

October 2015, called Range Master and February 2017, called Range Executive Officer.  In November 2017, this position was divided into 2 positions – Chief Range Safety Officer and Range Maintenance Officer with the Chief Range Safety Officer being an executive board member.  After lengthy discussion vote taken to return title to Range Executive Officer.

11 in favor.  4 opposed.  Duties remain the same.  NRA certified CRSO will administer RSO classes. Club has five. You do not have to be an NRA certified CRSO to hold this position. Which historically has always been the case.


Blood Drive cancelled due to scheduling conflict.


Suggestion Box – One item:  “Do not take things that don’t belong to you.”  This may pertain to Trump Flag that someone raised but was taken down.  To show respect to all of our members, the range has to remain free of political affiliations.


Next Meeting:

Thursday, April 22, 2021

6:00 PM

Kern River Valley Gun Association Range

6000 Cyrus Road

Kernville, CA 93238


Meeting adjourned at 7:23 PM.                                                          Kee Johnson  3-27-21