Member News

2022 Membership Renewal is Now Open

2022 Membership Renewal Forms Now Available

Don't forget to renew your key to the kingdom. Here's what to do

Attention, current Mill Creek Rifle Club members: The updated 2022 membership renewal form is now available to begin your renewal process. Click here to go to the membership renewal page.

You are welcome to renew your membership at any time between now and May 31, 2021. However, we ask that you remember a few points:

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Reminder: Get your Event Scheduled for 2022

The 2022 Calendar is Open! Get your event scheduled now

One of the services Mill Creek Rifle Club provides for members and the shooting community is the privilege of reserving one or more shooting ranges at the club for events. To reserve your event, the following conditions must be satisfied:

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How to access the members only site

How to access the members only website

The club website is an important gathering point to keep in touch about club business. But if you're not accessing the members only side, you're missing out. Additional benefits include past issues of the Crow's Roost newsletter and a member forum, including a space to buy and sell equipment with fellow members. Here's how to access the full website:

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Get your Mill Creek Gear Here!

Get your Mill Creek Rifle Club Gear

Looking for that special gift for the Mill Creek Rifle Club member who has it all (like yourself!)? Get your branded Mill Creek hats, shirts, jackets, and more!

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Mill Creek Needs You!

The Board of Directors Needs your Leadership and Skills

Nominations are due February 21

As a non-profit organization, the administration of Mill Creek Rifle Club is conducted by an all-volunteer board of officers and directors elected by you, the membership. If you're interested in being part of that leadership body, or if you know of a good candidate you'd like to recommend, the elections nominating committee would like to hear from you.

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Is the Right to Carry about to be Federally Recognized?

 

Legislative Alert: Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen

One November 3, 2021, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Second Amendment dispute that could have a major impact on state laws restricting the carrying of concealed firearms outside the home. The case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, challenges New York state’s 108-year-old handgun licensing law. The Court has not issued a ruling on the Second Amendment since the McDonald case in 2010 following its landmark decision in Heller in 2008. The Heller decision confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, regardless of service in an organized militia. The McDonald decision held that states and local governments, not just the federal government, are required to respect that right.

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Fall Work Day 2021

Please Join Us for Fall Work Day October 10

Suit up your work clothes and join fellow members in this bi-annual tradition

We need your volunteer spirit and your hard work coming up October 10.

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Club Picnic is Back!

The Club Picnic and Swap Meet is On!

September 12 - 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

After much too much delay, the Mill Creek Club Picnic and Swap Meet returns on Sunday, September 12. Bring your spare parts and collectables, your wish list, your family, kids, or one guest. Tour the new club ranges added this winter, shop for everything from complete firearms to gun parts and knives, ammo to reloading supplies, blackpowder to collectibles. It's also a chance to take that long awaited opportunity to socially converge with your fellow members and enthusiasts. The swap meet will be held in the Pavilion, followed by a club BBQ catered by the local Boy Scout troop. Members need to show ID badges.

If you're interested in displaying at the Swap Meet, reserve your table space today. Tables are available in half-table increments, and they are available on a first-come/first-served basis. Available table space goes fast, so reserve your space now. 

You can reserve your table space by specifying your preference in an email, phone call or text to Club Secretary John Podolonka, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

New Safety Director Jason Roth

Meet New Safety Director Jason Roth

I became a member last year after moving here to Kansas from Georgia.  In Georgia, I was a member of Athens Rifle Club for 8 years and served on their Safety Committee, implementing several improvements.  My passion is teaching new shooters the fundamentals of shooting accurately and safely.  I have been involved with the Boy Scout Shootings Sports program for the last 10 years when I became an NRA certified Instructor.  Since then, I have added to my list of certifications including Chief Range Safety Officer and Training Counselor.  In my career, I work for a local Animal Health company making RNA vaccines similar to the ones currently used in the COVID vaccines.  In my previous work life, I worked in Biosafety Level 3 laboratories (actually with the first SARS virus in the early 2000s) where safety is literally a matter of life or death, just like the range.  Because of my training and experience, on and off the range, and willingness to serve the membership, I graciously accepted this appointment from the Board.

I wanted to join Mill Creek when I moved to Kansas because of the immense shooting opportunities, not only for the variety of competitions but also the freedom to shoot short and long guns on a vast number of ranges.  When I became the Safety Director, I was most impressed by the impeccable safety record Mill Creek has, given the high number of members and steady use the range on a daily basis.  Usually as membership increases, safety decreases. But not here.  I believe this to be true because my predecessors set a high bar in safety standards and also the strict vetting process to obtain membership thanks to our Membership Director.  We have high caliber (pun intended) members here and it shows, but that doesn’t mean we are all perfect, as we still catch members and guests shooting without the proper eye protection on, the most common infraction.

Besides carrying on the legacy of our previous Safety Director, Gabriel, whose unfinished business includes installing permanent steel for all members to use and form a group of Range Ambassadors, we have several other improvements to make our range safer and more enjoyable:

  • First, I would like to move the steel permitting process more online by creating a webpage on our member site, where the information and application can be accessed by all and permits can be granted and renewed faster.
  • Second, a team of several board members are working to refurbish, restock, and update signage for the first-aid and trauma kits at each range.
  • Third, increase the opportunities and level of firearms training available at Mill Creek.  On the second Sunday of every month, we are going to offer NRA basic courses, such as pistol, rifle, shotgun, range safety officer, and reloading, depending on interest.  In coordination with our Public Relations Director, we plan on setting up a webpage dedicated to available trainings offered at MCRC, including more advanced level firearms courses offered from other instructors. To kick this off, on September 12, coinciding with our annual Membership Day, Millcreek Rifle Club is sponsoring an NRA Firearm Safety course free for the first 40 MCRC members and family guests.  This course is a short 4-hour classroom course (no range time) and covers safety, ammunition and cleaning basics, and unloading all types of firearms.  We will start at 7:30 am and will be done by 11 am to enjoy the rest of Membership day.  Please follow this link, NRA Firearm Safety, to register for this free course.

Thank you and see you at the range,

Jason Roth, PhD

MCRC Safety Director

NRA Training Counselor, Instructor, Chief RSO

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Upcoming 2021 Training

More Training Opportunities Available

Special opportunities for Mill Creek members!

Sunday, September 12th, same day as the Club picnic and swap meet, is a NRA Safety Class geared toward families.  Among other things it will cover firearm safety in the home.  This class starts at 7:30 AM in the clubhouse, there is no cost for this class.  Reach out to Safety Director Jason Roth for more information.
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Tentatively, the Club will host a Hunter Safety Class for youth on September 26. Please watch the Club calendar for more details. 

High Power is Back...and Better!

High Power Returns...and it's Better than Ever!

With renovations finished on the Mill Creek Rifle Club High Power Range, Wednesday mid-range evening shoots have returned and are continuing into September. Here are a few things you’ll find even better about the new high-power shooting options at Mill Creek:

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Lead remediation starting

Lead Abatement Begins April 19

Expect rolling range closures for two weeks

For several months I have been informing the membership about the environmental studies the club has undertaken. In 2017, the board of directors commissioned a firm to create an environmental best practices manual for the club.  It is a detailed document indicating how the club should manage its environmental risks.

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Spring Work Day 2021

Please Join Us for Spring Work Day May 2

Suit up your work clothes and join fellow members in this bi-annual tradition

This year has left Mill Creek Rifle Club with a long--and still growing--list of minor maintenance items, from sign hanging to warning-flag replacement to plumbing to groundskeeping.

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Cancelled - Spring Work Day 2021

CANCELLED - Spring Work Day May 2

Or better said: Postponed...

Due to unforeseen circumstance, the biannual club workday scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. Watch this space and your email Crow's Roost for announcement of rescheduling. Thank you, stand down, and stand by.

 

 

Democrats pushing new gun laws

Legislative Alert: Democrats Pushing New Gun Laws

Encouraged by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats at the federal level are pushing major new gun control laws, starting with expanded background checks, enlarging the time period for the ATF to conduct background checks, and significant changes to the NICS system.  

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Construction update April 2021

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Construction Update: Coming down to the final tasks!

Final additions to range expansion being made

Construction on the new range expansion approved by the membership last October is putting on a final push to get everything done for spring. Here's what's coming up in the weeks ahead.

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Range Closure UPDATE

Range Closing Update April 5

As of April 5, the following is the status of range closures for construction: 

High Power Range. Closed until hydroseeding is completed.

Benchrest Range. Closed through Monday for additional dressing of the field. The area disturbed by installation of the septic field will be seeded by Mill Creek Rifle Club maintenance later this spring and may necessitate short closure during that operation.   Note:  Safety Concern!  No vehicles will be allowed on the lateral field at any time!  Only lawn cutting equipment will be allowed.

Pizza Range. Still closed. Pizza Range may be opened by Thursday, April 8, as the septic contractor finishes up the tanks beneath the range. It will also need to be seeded by Mill Creek Rifle Club maintenance later this spring and may necessitate short closure during that operation.  Note:  Safety Concern!  No vehicles allowed on the septic tank at any time!  Only lawn cutting equipment shall be allowed.

Shotgun Range. Closed until further notice.  Mill Creek Rifle Club maintenance needs to install signage, table, safety equipment, and more before it is available. Note: Safety Concern! There is NO SHOOTING ON THE FLY available at Mill Creek Rifle Club at this time.

Are you our next Safety Director?

Mill Creek Rifle Club Seeking New Safety Director

Have some ideas to improve club safety? We may be looking for you

Mill Creek Rifle Club Safety Director Gabriel Sanchez has announced his resignation. If you're interested in serving on the board of directors of the club to fill the remainder of Gabe's term, here's how to apply for consideration.

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April member meeting

April 2021 Member Meeting

Join us April 6, 2021, at 07:30 PM Central Time as Vice President Michael Borkon chairs. Business will include recruiting for a new safety director and a review of proposals for lead remediation on some ranges.

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No wing shooting right now

WARNING: There is no safe wing-shooting space available at Mill Creek right now 

If you are shooting anything on the fly, please cease

The morning of March 11, the contractor building the berms for the range expansion was running a trackhoe atop one of the new berms, when he heard what sounded like gravel being thrown against the side of his machine. He turned toward his open door and front glass to see the source, and was peppered in the face and shoulder with bird shot.

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Spring 2021 Training

Training Opportunities

Special discount pricing for Mill Creek members!

Don't miss this special opportunity to get valuable NRA safety and shooting training at a special price for members only. Member Jason Roth, principal of Roath Training LLC, will be offering monthly firearms training courses at the club, beginning with NRA Basic Pistol course scheduled for March 14.

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Range Closure UPDATE

Update March 7: Expect pistol bays to be inaccessible this week

Septic system work will close access temporarily

First, the good news: The clubhouse restrooms are open and operating! All restroom "closed" signs have been removed, the restroom doors are unlocked, and Maintenance Director Joel Campbell has contacted the cleaning service to have the restrooms cleaned this week. The photo above is a look at the new septic tank system installed beneath the Pizza Range.

Now, the bad news (temporarily): Our contractor, Dailey Construction, will be at the club Monday, March 8, to start trenching across the road in order to run the line to connect the tanks to the planned lateral field that will be installed beneath the Benchrest Range. That trenching will cut across the entire road, cutting off access to the 15-Yard Range and Pistol Bays 1 through 5 to car traffic.  Dailey's crews will have to hand dig the center of the road to work around the existing power cable there. So, I am anticipating road closure through Tuesday, March 9.

Because emergency responders would not be able to drive to those closed ranges while the road is trenched if an emergency were to occur, Safety Director Gabe Sanchez has requested that members not walk down to the Pistol Bays, but consider them all closed for use until the work is complete.

Once the line is laid and the trench closed, work is scheduled to then begin Tuesday on the 1,500 lineal feet of laterals underneath the Benchrest Range. That work will close the entire Benchrest Range until installation of the laterals is completed!

Watch this space for further updates as Dailey Construction continues work next week on this critical update to our facilities. Thank you for your patience and observation of these closings.

Respectfully,

Mike McGovern, Mill Creek Rifle Construction Director

Range Closure UPDATE

Pistol Bays will NOT be closed this weekend

Attention, Mill Creek Rifle Club Friends

Due to the cold temperature and adverse weather, the contractor replacing our club septic system, Dailey Construction, has confirmed their work schedule has been delayed. They will not be onsite to begin work until about 9 a.m. Monday, Feb 22. Therefore, access to the 15-yard Pistol Range and Pistol Bays 1 through 5 should be readily available for the weekend activities.

Once Daily Construction begins work on February 22 to start locating lines and mobilizing equipment for the work on the Pizza Range, the road behind the Clubhouse will be closed. At some point during that week, expect the road to Pistol Bays 1 through 5 to be closed in order to cut the trench to run the septic line from the Clubhouse to the lateral field under the Bench Rest Range. Click this link for further details.

Watch this space for further updates as Dailey Construction begins work next week.

Respectfully,

Mike McGovern, Mill Creek Rifle Construction Director

Notice of annual meeting

Notice of Annual Meeting, Expenditure Review, Budget Presentation and Elections

The Mill Creek Rifle Club Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 2, 2020, by web video conference only. No live meeting will be held in the Mill Creek Clubhouse.

Members will conduct the following business:

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2021 Membership Renewal is Now Open

2021 Membership Renewal Forms Now Available

We are open for membership renewals. Here's what to do

Attention, current Mill Creek Rifle Club members: The updated 2021 membership renewal form is now available to begin your renewal process. Click here to go to the membership renewal page.

You are welcome to renew your membership at any time between now and May 31, 2021. However, we ask that you remember a few points:

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Range Closures

Be Aware of these Range Closures

More than one construction project is underway

Long-term progress sometimes means short-term inconvenience. In the case of Mill Creek Rifle Club, the range expansion project approved unanimously by the membership last October, as well as unscheduled renovation on the club's waste-treatment system, means some temporary closures of ranges. Here's the breakdown:

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New Range Construction Update

The Vision is Shaping Up

New ranges are approaching completion

“If you’ve been out to the Club, you’ve seen a lot going on,” reports Construction Director Mike McGovern. Stainbrook Construction has completed the earthwork for the second of two new 100-yard ranges. The contractor will move to hydroseeding the berms and ranges as soon as weather permits.

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Please don't leave your key card in your vehicle

Please think before leaving your key card in your vehicle

It may happen to you, and it can cost you

If you're reading this story from the Missouri side of the state line, congratulations (or sympathies...); you are in the auto theft capital of the United States. This member found out what that means the hard way....

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Interested in serving on the board?

Interested in serving on the board?

Nominations are due February 15

If you're interested in serving as an officer or a member of the board of directors of the Club, it's not too late to submit your nomination, or nominate someone else.

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Ghost Guns, and more

By Paul Day, Legislative Director

On January 30  2020, U.S. Rep. Henry Johnson (D-Ga) introduced HR 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020. A week later, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma) followed up with the Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 3254. 

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