January 2017 - Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club Newsletter
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Message from the President


2016 A Year of Challenges and Growth

Summary:  Membership is up.  The community generally backs us in what we do.  And we are continuing to fine tune the operation of all of our ranges.  In years back we often had people show up and a range would be closed.  Today that rarely if ever happens.  Years back we were financially struggling, today we are not.  Years back we struggled to find volunteers.  Today a growing core of volunteers makes the Club a success.  We have passionate people driving the many facets of our Club, people who are passionate about their chosen sport.  We have had people who had left the Club for various reasons rejoin and get involved.  We continue to sponsor programs for kids such as “Day at the Range” where the club covers all the costs for kids to get exposed to archery and .22 target rifle shooting.  We have done this for the Boy Scouts, and for two schools Hyla and Ordway.  The schools sell the positions at a fundraiser auction.  Up to 14 positions for $50 each can be auctioned off and we host the kids.  Each kid gets a dedicated adult instructor when firing a .22 target rifle.  We supply the rifles, the ammunition, the bows, the arrows and safety equipment. We have agreed to do this again for Ordway this coming year.  The auction is on January 21st.  This can generate up to $700 for each school.  Very cool…

Christmas Dinner:  This year we again filled our Club house for Christmas Dinner.  I would like to point out that the three turkeys used to feed the crowd were donated by community but not Club members and they wished to remain anonymous, nonetheless I thank them all.  The seniors enjoy the outing as well as the dinner and it gives them a day out and they are waited on by a host of volunteers.  The Club extends its sincere thanks to Terri Zumwalt, the lead chef, who delivered the feast in the usual magnificent style.  Other key volunteers include Brenda Dority who does the planning and shopping for the event and Jack Air who organizes the event.  The Club owes these people and so many others a debt of gratitude.  Thank you all.  

Thanks to all the Volunteers:  This club would not be what it is today without the numerous volunteers who step forward and make it happen for the community.  Our club is vibrant and growing with well over 200 members.  This is not counting all the individuals who are part of a Family Membership and then the number goes up significantly.  And many of those individuals are the people who make this club work.  Our archery program is a success much to the efforts of Brian Kemkes, Shelley Schwinn, and Scott Tuchel.  Scott is critical in that he conducts the majority of the training including managing our Island Archers JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) program. Recently some of our JOAD youth competed in the Washington State Multi Color Championships wherein the result was a number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in various categories.  We have seven RSOs (Range Safety Officers) who make the archery range hum for its visitors.  Our shotgun range and programs are highly successful because of people like Mike Okano, Byron Bush, Charles Branham and John McMahon and a large gathering of RSOs who run the range on a regular basis.  The pistol range is a success due to Jim Harrington, Pete Cholometes, Andy Frank and Jerry Tonnessen and the more than 20 RSOs who keep the range open on scheduled shoots.  Other significant contributors include Gary Smith whose multifaceted help has made many things happen and Terry Mundorf who has helped us with legal matters.  Then there are the board members who do the back room block and tackle work of keeping the club running.  I would like to issue a special thanks to Sal DeRosalia who has picked up the duties of managing both the web page and the Newsletter.  Thank you all.

Hunter’s Education:  We will again be hosting the Hunter Education at our facility.  The exact dates of the training have not yet been determined as of this writing but that is being developed and will be published here in the next newsletter.  Tom Tanosh again will be the lead instructor for this training.  Tom can be contacted at 360-710-3969. Each of the four events will take five days; Monday through Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and then Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  These classes fill up each time they are offered.  Don’t wait until the last minute to register and attend if you want to be purchasing a hunting license this year.   

Financial Stability:  I am happy to report that financially sound and this last year we did a number of maintenance tasks such as gutters on the archery range and replacement gutters on the Club house.  

Elections:  I should point out that all of the board members and trustees who were on the ballot were reelected by wide margins.  Congratulations to all.  

A Better Year Coming.  We truly had a good year but I expect that 2017 will be an even better year.  And it is all about the volunteers.  There are so very many people who selflessly contributed their talent and knowledge to making our club an inviting and family friendly place to be.  We expect 2017 will be yet another great year.  

As always I can be contacted at 206-842-6016 or email  


Holiday Dinner Success!

The Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners were a big success. We reached approximately 50 people on Thanksgiving and 40 at Christmas. The volunteer crews did a wonderful job, especially Terry Zumwalt and Brenda Dority.

The club is well appreciated in the community for these all volunteer, free events. Catering mostly to Bainbridge Island seniors who might not have anywhere to go on the holidays, all are welcome and appreciate our efforts. 

Thanks again to all the volunteers both members and nonmembers who responded to the local community website as volunteers. Happy New Year !!! 

Jack Air

Membership News

A Busy Start to the New Year!  January is one of the heaviest membership renewal months for the Club, so please watch for your renewal notice in all the year end emails you might be receiving, and thank you to those who renew promptly :-)

An automated email message from Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club will include details on how to renew with the on-line system. We hope you are finding that this system makes renewing quick and easy! If you haven't seen an email from the automated program (it could be in  your ‘spam’ folder), you can find the link by going  to the Club’s website and clicking  on the “Member LogIn” link in the upper right of the main page. The BISC membership system uses the membership program from WildApricot, in case that is helpful to you for checking through your personal email system. 

There is a 30-day grace period for delinquent renewals. Please respond promptly to avoid a reinstatement fee! If you prefer to mail in your payment, please be advised that there may be a delay in your renewal due to the manual process required to ensure your payment is correctly posted.

If your only information from the Bainbridge Island Sportsmen's Club is coming to you via these newletters, please contact so that I can check your membership status and assist you in updating your personal details and expediting your renewal.  And, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or changes you'd like to make to your membership status. 

Reminder: From our membership comes our volunteer base. Your support of Club projects and scheduled RSO times at the ranges is appreciated!

Warm regards,
Shelley Schwinn
Membership Chairperson

Pistol Range News

Despite the cold weather, December was one of our busiest months at the Pistol Range.  Congrats to the many folks testing their new Christmas gifts. Please check the club's Calendar for range availability during winter months:

Our club will be hosting an NRA RSO class on February 18th.  This is a one day class taught by an NRA Certified Instructor. If you are interested in becoming an RSO, please contact me at  

Cowboy Fast Draw events coming soon. Stay tuned.  

Jim Harrington
Pistol Range Manager


Trap News

As previously mentioned, the 1st Saturday Trap Training of every month in 2017 will have a prescribed Lesson Plan.  The 2nd Saturday of each month will have an "open agenda".
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So here is the outline for the  1st January 2017 Trap Training Session, which will be devoted to working on and with the PATTERN BOARD.


  • Theory & Purpose
  • Methods & Technique
  • Application to Sight Placement
  • Implications for Changing the Shotgun's Stock Configuration



The absolute necessity of knowing :

  • POA & POI
  • The percentage (%) of the pattern distribution above and below the POA
  • What adjustments, if any, are required for sighting technique and/or gun "set-up"


  • Grease Paint Board
  • Cardboard & Paper Targets
  • Bench Rest Shots for POA / POI at 16 yards
  • Standing Freehand Shots for patterning at 27 yards


  • Pattern Distribution % determines bead placement relative to the target
    • "50% above and 50% below POI" = favored for Skeet and most hunting
    • "60% above and 40% below POI" = favored for Sporting Clays and some hunting
    • "70-30", "80-20", "90-10", and even "100-0" = favored for Trap
  • How the shot pattern influences the amount of lead and shot timing on various trajectories
  • How knowing the shot pattern allows the efficient use of training devices like the Shotkam


  •   Based on the Pattern Board Results, changes in gun fit may be in order
    • Raising or lowering the comb
    • Having a comb "cut & fitted" by a gunsmith
    • Changing the beads on the barrel to suit your visual requirements

Sporting Clays on television in prime time!  From January through March PSCA shoot offs are on the Sportsman Channel (# 636 on Bainbridge Island) on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM. These broadcasts showcase some of the top shooters in head-to-head competition, at night, under the lights with flash targets for up to $10,000 prizes. It is a format where you can see both shooters and targets. Targets are tough. Some are 65 yards. You may see a WA shooter in some of these shows. Mike Wilgus finished 4th in this format in 2015.  In 2016, he was drawn against some unusually hot individuals in the early rounds so he did not fare as well.  However, he was on the US Team that won gold in the 2016 World Championship and he took 5th place in the individual event there. The full schedule and videos for prior years are online at  


BISC 5-stand is closed through February 2017.  Keep tuned here for opening events.  In the interim, if anyone wants to shoot 5-stand targets, contact John McMahon at  John is an RSO so if there is adequate interest he will open the 5-stand at times other than scheduled shooting times. We have already done so a couple of times.


Poulsbo 5-stand is open on Thursdays from 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM. Their targets differ from the BISC 5-stand targets and they change them regularly.  Check their schedule at


Sporting clays: This game is more fun than other shotgun games and it will help your trap or skeet scores too! If you want to polish your shotgun skills or if you want a bit more variety in your shooting, this is the way to go. If you are interested in trying this exciting game, the closest club is Bremerton and their next shoot is Sunday, January 8th. You can shoot it just for fun. You do not have to be included in the competition shooters.  A full schedule for all sporting clays shoots statewide is at:

Sequim trip in February? It is a loooong time until our next trip to Sunnydell in Sequim.  If anyone is interested in a trip there in February, contact John McMahon at:  

Archery News

Archery News - Winter Programs

Open Range - Regular hours are Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and Sundays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Rental equipment is available. 

Adult Archery - RSO orientation/archery class opportunity upon request, please contact Brian Kemkes for more information. 

Private Events - the Archery range and rental equipment is available for private events.  Please contact the BISC Archery RSO team for information and scheduling.

Youth Archery - The Explore Archery program is offered as a weekend camp, upon request! Explore Archery camp is a basic skill-building class for those who are new to the sport or archers who may have been shooting for a while but would like some formal training, for kids age 8 to 18. The program will include instruction on safety, range etiquette, shot execution, scoring, and equipment knowledge. For a registration form or more information please drop Coach Scott a note or visit our website: Keep an eye out for additional Explore Archery camps being scheduled, if you have an aspiring archer who would like to participate in this fun program. 

Island Archers JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) - this Club is for archers age 8 through 20 who want train for the competitive environment. For more information about all archery programs please contact Coach Scott at or visit the Northwest Archers website at: 

Assessing interest in an Island Archers program - Coach Scott would like to hear from you if you are interested in starting an adult version of our very popular Junior Olympic Archery Development club. As with the junior version this one is sanctioned by and chartered through Team USA. The will be regular meeting times, we will be training to improve our archery skills and shooting to earn achievement awards periodically. We will also be preparing for local, regional and nations competitions (for those who wish to participate in them). We would likely meet on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from around 6:00 - 8:00.  It does not matter what your archery interests are be they hunting, competition, recreation or just something new to try. Both compound and recurve archers are welcome. Please contact Coach Scott at

Thanks to the Volunteer Archery RSOs for your generous donation of time opening the range! 

Brian Kemkes 
Archery Range Manager

For Sale

Tires for Sale: 275/65R18

5 brand new Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT “premium, all-season” tires came with my new 2016 Ford F150. Less than 100 miles on these tires on Jan. 9, 2017.

John MCMahon
206-919- 2799


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