one of the following codes: "05" means the club has not received your renewal for 2006. The grace period for renewals ends on February 13. "05s" means you have not had your range and safety orientation and you will not receive your 2006 renewal form until this is done. "06" means the club has received your renewal form and you have had your new range and safety orientation. "06s" means the club has received your renewal form but you have not done your new range and safety orientation. This will need to be done sometime during the year 2006.
To make arrangements for taking the safety orientation, contact James Squires at 847-2147. To obtain a renewal form, leave a message on the club information line, 315-3071.
The new key and membership cards will be mailed on February 6. The new key will be brass and  marked with "M27" on one side. The locks will be changed on February 14.

BGC Festival Planned
A motion was approved at the November meeting to host a Benton Gun Club Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2006. This event will be open to the public and will promote all matches and shooting disciplines. Club members will provide the guns and targets, and we hope to obtain donations for all the ammunition. Further details will be announced at the club meetings and in the newsletter.
Of course, this event won't be a success without help from you. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the club officers at the numbers shown below.

Range and Match News
Frank Bray made a motion to obtain funds to cover some of the expenses for the smallbore silhouette regional match, coming up on March 18. The requested total is $1,200.00, which breaks down to $400.00 for food, $200.00 to the NRA, $300.00 for awards, $250.00 for target setters, and $50.00 for statistics. This motion was passed, but because it exceeds $1,000.00, it must be confirmed by a second vote at the February meeting. Please make a note to attend.
Another motion was made to cover up to $1,000 in expenses related to promoting the September smallbore silhouette state championship. Each year the match directors attend the SHOT show to promote the match and obtain sponsors. This trip has previously been paid for out their own pockets. This motion was approved and takes effect immediately.Finally, a motion was made and passed at the January meeting to re-grade part of range 2, the smallbore silhouette range. The work is needed to get rid of some standing water and to keep the culvert from filling up with silt. The cost will be no more than $600.00.
Oh, and thanks to Bill Morris, Jim Wood and Rex Gismond for replacing the center posts on the 100-yard target boards on upper range 1.
Match Directors, the 2006 plaques are in the shed. Please takes only as many as you need. If you have any leftover plaques, please turn them in so we can have them updated.

A Note from the President
I wish to express a special thank you to the club members who donated their time, talents, and tools to erect the plinking range this past year. As with any list I am sure to leave someone's name off and if I do, please forgive me. Bill Morris, Bill Duncan, Steve Ashley, Bill Harris, Jim Wood, Rex Gismond, Gerald Kitchen, George Craig, Pat Holsted, Leroy Squires, James Squires, Larry Morgan and Dr. John Watkins.
Thank you, guys, for a great plinking range. Touché for a job well done.
I would also like to thank those "ghost" members that take care of the range in between work days by changing target boards, repairing target stands, burning trash, etc. We never see you, but we know you have been there. Thanks.
Paul Stiedle.

Membership Renewals Mailed
All 2006 membership renewals have been mailed out. If you didn't receive yours, call the club number and leave your name and current address. On the label after your name will be

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Copyright © 2006, 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 Chuck Anderson (602-2971)

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 Open
Pistol Larry Egger (803-9002)
Rifle, up to 200 Yards Open
Shotgun James Squires (847-2147)
Plinking Range Open