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Membership Meeting & Elections: Dec 6, 2022

MSI 2023 officer and board voting will be held on Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at 7:30 PM.

We have new officers and board members running, we also have 3 bylaws changes we will be voting on.

The 3 article amendments we will be voting on 12/06/22 are as follows:
  • Article 4 allows for only the President to call an emergency meeting. Amendment would also allow for any two officers to call an emergency meeting.
  • Article 5 requires a minimum qualification for President and Vice President to have been a club member for 3 years. The amendment would reduce this to 2 years.
  • Article 6 requires that the Treasurer only disperses club funds by check only. The amendment would allow regularly recurring charges to be set up on auto-pay (ie, garbage, electricity)
What we currently have as those bylaws with the changes in bold:
4.4 The President, or any two officers, can call an emergency
board meeting at any time, provided he has attempted to give
at least a 24-hour notice to the other board members, and there
is a quorum of board members present for the meeting.
5.4.4 In order for a nominee to be elected he must receive a simple majority vote of those
members present. Nominees for President and Vice-President must have been
members in good standing of the Club for at least three (3) 2 years to be elected. All
other candidates must have been a member in good standing for at least one (1) year.
6.4.1 The Treasurer will endeavor to manage the Clubs financial affairs. This
should include but not be limited to collection of all dues, revenues, and any
other income accumulated by the Club. Make deposits of all funds collected
in to the Club’s designated bank accounts. The Treasurer will disburse Club
funds by checks only, with the exception of regularly reoccurring charges
which may be set up on auto-pay as approved by the Board. All checks will
be co-signed by the President, or, in his absence, another authorized Club
Officer. Incomplete checks cannot be signed. The Treasurer will make written
monthly financial reports and read them at the Club’s general meetings,
pay all authorized bills through the 31st of December, and cause the Club’s
financial records to be kept. The out-going Treasurer will turn the
financial records over to the auditing committee at the first meeting in January.
The incoming Treasurer will present the auditing committee’s report for
the previous year to the Club’s membership at the February general
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to one of the board members or message us online via email, facebook, instagram.

Annual Meeting: December 7, 2021 at 7:30pm

Hello Members,

Just a reminder to come out Tuesday to the annual meeting.  This is the meeting where you will vote for the next years Officers and Board of Directors. Any member who has  been a member in good standing prior to June 30th 2021, is eligible to vote in this election.

The Officer positiions are running un-opposed: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Sgt At Arms.  We have 14 Nominations for 7 open Director positions.

There is also a proposed By-Law Amendment that you will be voting on as well:


Membership Meeting July 6, 2021 at 7:30pm


A quick note to let you know, the club is re-opening.  The Club house is now open to members only.  This gives you access to the building with restrooms, the indoor range and easier access to the attendant.  We will open the building for the general public sometime around mid-July.  The ranges are now back to full capacity.

We will begin holding our regular monthly members meetings starting with July 6, 2021, at 7:30pm.  I hope to see you there.  We will be discussing many of the changes which have taken place over the past year. Please plan to attend. Should you have any questions please feel free to call me at 209-204-2510 or e-mail me at


Long Rifles of the San Joaquin – Dec. 12, 2020

Dear Long Rifles,

We had 8 shooters today in cool wet conditions with some wind for our bowling match.  We had 8 lanes set up thanks to Jerry and Rudy, so each shooter had a lane.  The results are set forth below, with the number of shoots in parentheses, up to a maximum of 6, following the YTD score:

Shooter                                                Rifle                       Pistol                     Total                      YTD

Christie Abbott                                   158                          20                         178                        896-1  (6)

Tony Abbott                                        142                          40                         182                     1185-9  (6)

Bob Barker                                           DNS                                                                                    214-1  (2)

Mark Barley                                         152                         30                          182                     1176-6  (6)

Aubrey Campbell                                DNS                                                                                          76 (1)

George Chesnut                                  114                         20                          134                           825  (6)

Rudy Dezzani                                        DNS                                                                                      597  (6)

Doug Echelberger                                148                           0                          148                          676  (5)

Jake Henderson                                   DNS                                                                                       463  (6)

Larry Iwatate                                       Score not reported

Fred Jones                                            DNS                                                                                        548  (3)

Arnold Jorge                                        DNS                                                                                    851-2   (5)

Joe Kroeze                                           140                           40                         180                     1049-6  (6)

Brian Medler                                       DNS                                                                                          76  (1)

Terra Romero                                      DNS                                                                                    779-3  (6)

Jerry Smith                                          140                         40                            180                    1084-1  (6)

Kenny Wright                                      DNS                                                                                        179  (2)

The final 2020 scores  for the top 5 are as follows (highest six scores counted):

Tony Abbott       1185-9

Mark Barley        1176-6

Jerry Smith        1084-1

Joe Kroeze          1049-4

Christie Abbott   896-1

Each shooter with six shoots touched off 240 shots with the rifle and 60 shots with the pistol this year.  Mark grazed, but did not knock down, one of the bowling pins today worth 10 points, which would have put him in first place by a single point.  That is how close this was.  Of course, there were any number of shots throughout the year which could have been difference makers.   Thanks to everyone who helped us persevere through 2020 despite the Covid restrictions.   We hope to go forward with the Freezearse in January, and that will be on the agenda for the board meeting this Tuesday.  I will keep everyone informed.

Rudy confirms we will have a black powder cartridge match this Monday, December 14, starting at 8:00 a.m., for those interested.

If I do not see you Monday, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tony Abbott

Long Rifles of the San Joaquin – Nov 14, 2020

Dear Long Rifles,

We had 12 shooters starting the match yesterday in cool overcast conditions with some wind.  Thanks to Rudy for his creative targets.   Jerry Smith won the match with a 219.  The results are set forth below, with the number of shoots in parentheses, up to a maximum of 6, following the YTD score:

Shooter                                                Rifle                       Pistol                     Total                      YTD

Christie Abbott                                   110                          29                         139                        841-1  (6)

Tony Abbott                                        172-1                      33                          205-1                 1178-10 (6)

Bob Barker                                           DNS                                                                                    214-1  (2)

Mark Barley                                         155                         43                          198-3                  1158-6  (6)

Aubrey Campbell                                DNS                                                                                          76 (1)

George Chesnut                                  133                         38                          171                           812  (6)

Rudy Dezzani                                        37                            0                            37                           597  (6)

Doug Echelberger                               153                           0                            153                         528  (4)

Jake Henderson                                    72                           0                                                            463  (6)

Larry Iwatate                                       DNS

Fred Jones                                            157                          0                           157                         548  (3)

Arnold Jorge                                        152-2                       42                          194-2                  851-2   (5)

Joe Kroeze                                           124                           27                         151                     1027-6  (6)

Brian Medler                                       DNS                                                                                          76  (1)

Terra Romero                                     116                          30                            146                     779-3  (6)

Jerry Smith                                          183-1                      36                            219-1                1065-1  (6)

Kenny Wright                                      DNS                                                                                        179  (2)

After 11 months, the top 5 are as follows (highest six scores counted):

Tony Abbott       1178-10

Mark Barley        1158-6

Jerry Smith         1065-1

Joe Kroeze          1027-6

Arnold Jorge       851-2 (5 shoots)

As you can see, Jerry Smith moved past Joe Kroeze into third place on the strength of an outstanding shoot combined with a low throw-out score.  Our last monthly shoot for 2020 is set for December 12.  In past years we have done team bowling with muzzleloaders, but we will have to inventory the pins to be sure we have at least 6 sets which will stand up.  If anyone has alternative suggestions, let me know.   In the past, December has also been the month for our potluck dinner, but we will have to take a wait and see on this due to the Covid drama.

Tony Abbott