Bylaws Committee Meeting Rescheduled
The bylaws committee meeting originally scheduled for January 3 has been rescheduled for February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin' in Benton.

Visit Us on the Web
Don't forget that the Benton Gun Club has a website at Our thanks to Jim Menth for maintaining the site and keeping it up to date.

January Work Day Coming Up
The club will hold its next work day on January 29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Work days are also scheduled for July 30 and October 29.
Also, don't forget that you don't have to wait for an official work day to fix something at the range. If you see something that needs to be done and you have the means, go right ahead and do it. After all, we're
all responsible for the range.

A Word of Thanks
Paul Stiedle, the 2005 club president, would like to send a note of thanks to those "ghost" members that take care of the range in between work days by changing target boards, repairing target stands, burning trash, and so on. We never see you but we know you have been there. Thanks.
Paul would also like to recognize Craig Boyd, who has been our newsletter editor for the past few years and has done

Range and Match News
Last month, a motion was approved to purchase two new timers for the IDPA and speed steel matches, at a cost not to exceed $300.00. After some research, Pat Holsted learned that we could get a total of three timers for an additional $39.00. He made a motion to allocate the additional $39.00 to purchase the extra timer. The motion was seconded and passed.
In other news, we will be focusing on finally getting the youth program up and running this year. There has been a delay and getting this program going since it was originally approved by the membership, but the club remains committed to promoting the shooting sports to our young people.
Also, Rex Gismond made a motion to obtain bids to construct the shed for the new plinking range. The idea is to get that range up and running as soon as possible so that our members always have a place to shoot, regardless of the match schedule. The motion was seconded and passed.
And finally, Paul Stiedle made a motion to waive match fees for match directors, as a token of appreciation for all of the hard work they do. The motion was seconded and passed.

Please Observe All Range Rules
We'd like to remind club members not to move target stands closer to the sheds or pads. All target stands must be placed directly in front of a designated berm or backstop. Failure to comply with this rule, or any other range rule, may result in revocation of your membership.

Membership Renewals
If the label on this newsletter has an "05" after your name, the club has received your 2005 renewal form, and your new gate key and membership card will be mailed on February 7, 2005. (The 2005 keys will have green paint on one side.)  Please note that the locks will be changed on February 14, 2005.
If the label on this newsletter has an "04" after your name, then this will be your last issue of the newsletter. An "04" means the club has not received your renewal form for 2005 and your membership grace period will expire on February 14, 2005. Your current key will no longer work after that date.
If your label has an "04s" after your name then you have not taken the range and safety orientation. Contact James Squires at (501) 847-2147 to set up a time and date. If you need a 2005 renewal form, leave your name on the club recorder at 501-315-3071.

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Copyright © 2005, Benton Gun Club, Inc., P. O. Box 139, Benton, Arkansas 72018-0139.
Newsletter Editor: Craig Boyd. Send newsletter submissions and "for sale" notices to the club P. O. box.

Range and Club Information Hotline 501-315-3071

Club Meetings

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Benton (I-30 Exit 117).


President Paul Stiedle (888-2930)
Vice-President Pat Holsted (766-4942)
Secretary-Treasurer Rex Gismond (315-3071)
Range Maintenance Officer Bob Elrod (778-2165)
Range & Safety Orientation James Squires (847-2147)
Youth Program Coordinator Jim Emery (455-8081)

Range Subcommittee

Chairman Pat Holsted (766-4942)
Smallbore Rifle and Pistol Silhouette, Falling Plate Rifle
Frank Bray, Jr. (653-0630) or Jim Wood (847-9244)
High Power Rifle Bill Pool (778-8299)
Pistol Larry Egger (803-9002)
Rifle, up to 200 Yards Bill Pool (778-8299)
Shotgun James Squires (847-2147)
Plinking Range Open