* ORGC’s Hearty Party!

~ Christmas at the Club, Saturday, December 9, 2017 ~

* The Well Armed Woman at ORGC

The Well Armed Woman at ORGC
By Marlene Cassata

The Well-Armed Woman’s motto is to educate, equip and empower women. We educate through the monthly meetings by presenting topics such as how to choose the proper holster, or what are the legal requirements for gun ownership in our state.  Each month we will have a session on firearm fundamentals, safety, equipment or safe gun handling practices followed by dedicated range practice.  We equip women by spending time on the range.  We will have certified instructors available to help our members learn how to be the most proficient shooters they can be.  If you are an experienced shooter, we will help you hone and fine tune your skills, or if you are a novice we will help you learn.  We empower women by building self confidence in them. We also encourage our members to get to know each other and form lasting and meaningful relationships.  All of these things are presented in a safe and nonthreatening atmosphere.  We are looking so forward to meeting you and getting to know you.

If you would like more information on our chapter, please go to twawontariony@gmail.com or call Marlene Cassata 585-615-7396, Robin Jones 585-472-0484, Heidi Jensen 585-747-3787 or Frankie LaMarca 585-802- 3781.

Look for us on Facebook and like our page ( https://www.facebook.com/TheWellArmedWoman/ ).  If you would like more information on joining our chapter, or to discover the benefits of membership go to  https://twawshootingchapters.org/find-a-local-chapter/  and look for Ontario NY to join.

* A Reminder About This Year’s Changes to Shooting Hours

This is just a friendly reminder that at the last board of directors meeting a decision was made about shooting hours for Sundays and special holidays:

Please be advised that Sunday shooting hours are now 10 AM to dusk (or 9 PM).

This was established for the sake of our neighbors who have expressed concerns about the noise early on Sundays.  In addition to the Sunday change, please be advised on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving day, and on Christmas day the hours for all ranges will be 12 PM to 4 PM.

Please note that shooting of steel targets is also strictly prohibited after 7:00PM everyday.

We ask that each and every member adhere to these changes.


Any earlier and your FOB will not work.  Also, make sure you are out of the ranges before 9:00 PM as your key fob will cease to operate the gate at that time.

Normal shooting hours are from 9 AM until DUSK daily.

Please adhere to this schedule in consideration of our neighbors.

Thank you,
The directors

* Changes in ORGC Dues (4/2017)

Due to increasing costs of doing business the Board of Directors have approved increases in the club dues for all members. The annual work fee has been incorporated in the annual dues.

The following dues schedule is in effect as of April 1st, 2017:
Single-Member Dues will be $85.00
Family-Member Dues will be $110.00
Senior-Member Dues will be $35.00
Junior-Member Dues will remain at $20.00
Benefactor member dues will increase to 850.00.

Renewal forms and applications for new members can be downloaded here.


* DC loss for gun control puts New York City’s laws at risk.


“DC loss for gun control puts New York City’s laws at risk.”   by Seth Lipisky, New York Post,

The latest fight over gun control in Washington, DC, looks like one for New York to watch. It’s on the question of whether the District of Columbia can require residents applying for pistol permits to show “good reason.”

Short work was made of the question this week by US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. He struck down DC’s requirement that gun-permit applicants provide a “good reason” to own a firearm. And he set an aggressive schedule to speedily resolve the granting of a permit to plaintiffs.

It’s not yet clear whether DC and its police chief, Cathy Lanier, are going to appeal the district court ruling. It is clear, though, that the case will echo in New York and other cities that require a showing of need to carry a pistol.

And no wonder.      Continue reading

* A Message From the Club’s President

We are Coming to another Year end of Growth and Success, I Would like to say, Thank you , to all who have helped make that happen.  Another Thank you for the club members who are participating in the political process by serving the club and those who have helped on work days or other events.  You Folks have made this success possible.

We have elections coming up and we have one or two opening if anyone would like to come join the ranks of Club Officer please contact myself or Steve Verdi.    

We have another Fun and great year planned for 2015 with more Training and special events planned.  If there is something any member would like to add to calendar please contact us about your idea or event.

Now to address some not so positive participation numbers, This year our membership has increased to over 400 members and we only issued less than 70 work certificate’s for 2015. Although we instituted a Work fee for two reasons, The first was to gain more involvement from club members, we fell short of this Goal. The Second was for Range improvement’s, which we have done very well. I hope to see us increase our member precipitation for a 2015.
We need help in all areas of experience from administrative, Range Officers , Club Officers, maintenance and many other odd jobs that can be done anytime throughout the year.  We need Volunteer’s, OUR Club’s future depends on it’s owners, which it is the members themselves.

Thank you, Have a Fun, Safe and Healthy 2015. 
                                        Kenneth Paul

* Important! A newly released white paper regarding the NYSRPA 2nd Amendment lawsuit

An excellent article has been released with a wealth of information and explanation about the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association’s (NYSRPA) lawsuit on the NY SAFE Act and can be viewed on the SCOPE web site at:


Those of us who attended the general membership meeting at the club house last night had the personal privilege of hearing an excellent overview of the white paper by one of our own members and one of the authors of this white paper, Ms. Paloma Capanna (you see why you should attend the club monthly general membership meetings?!~~  ;)

Check out the article and enjoy some good news for a change!

* Photos from The Shot Heard Around the World

Pictures and videos taken of The Shot Heard Around the World at the Ontario Rod & Gun Club on January 11, 2014

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“Concord Hymn”   by Ralph Waldo Emerson  1837

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.



In October 1834 Emerson went to live with his step-grandfather Ezra Ripley in Concord, at what was later named The Old Manse, less than a hundred paces from the spot where the battle took place.  In 1835 he purchased a home on the Cambridge and Concord Turnpike and quickly became one of Concord’s leading citizens. That same year he was asked to give a public lecture commemorating the town’s 200th anniversary.

The “Concord Hymn” was written at the request of the Battle Monument Committee. At Concord’s Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1837 it was first read, then sung as a hymn by a local choir using the then-familiar tune “Old Hundredth”.

The poem elevates the battle above a simple event, setting Concord as the spiritual center of the American nation, and exalting a general spirit of revolution and freedom, a spirit Emerson hoped would outlive those who fought in the battle. One source of the hymn’s power may be Emerson’s personal ties to the subject: his grandfather William Emerson, Sr., witnessed the battle at the North Bridge while living at the Old Manse.

* Many thanks to many folks for a safe and successful day!

Thank you to all who came out to the club today to participate in the Shot Heard Around New York and helped to make the day safe and successful!  We were privileged to be able to present a gift of $300 to the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Squad as appreciation for their heroic work on September 29th. in rescuing one of our club members during a heart attack, as well as standing by today to support the shooters.

Thank you also to the Wayne County chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) for spending the day with us to get the message out to people that they really need to get involved in the political process of our state government and exercise their political right & responsibility to vote!

Today was a fitting expression of our thoughts regarding the New York SAFE Act which was passed by the legislature almost a year ago and the fact that we have not forgotten nor have we given up seeking its full repeal!

( Click here for more pictures of The Shot Heard Around New York )


* Success! We can buy our AED!

Thanks to all of you who made our Philly Cheesesteak lunch such a success today.  As of today we have received enough donations to purchase the AED (defibrillator) for placement at the club.  There is still room for the purchase of some additional medical supplies and a donation to the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Squad so if you would still like to contribute to this fund please do so soon as this fund will soon be concluded.  Thank you especially to Tony M. who worked tirelessly to produce excellent sandwiches for all of us to enjoy (and to Tony’s wife who donated her kitchen last night while Tony prepped the sandwich makings) and to Steve V. for his organizational expertise in bringing this important addition to our club to reality.

* Proposals for changes to club by-laws

This Thursday is the ORGC general membership meeting.  There are three proposed changes to club by-laws which will be voted on.  If you have an opinion on one or more of these proposals, please come to the meeting and voice your opinion!

#1 – Club members volunteering requirements

#2 – Now offering Life Memberships

#3 – Changes to definition of senior membership


* Thanks to our newest member and resident mason

At Thursday’s meeting, Steve requested and received recognition for a new member of the club. Some of you will remember that we were asking for help from anyone who is a mason. We needed to lay a lot of block and concrete to get our new shooter pavilion started with a great foundation. Well Tony Massimi of AJM Masonry answered the call. He donated hours and hours of time and skill to get the pavilion foundation poured and laid, straight and true. And at Steve’s request, Tony was offered a paid membership to the club.
There are many, many more club members who rose the the occasion and put in long hours to get the project moving and we want to thank them all. But Tony went above and beyond and the club thanks him mightily!

* Pistol shooters

Have you tried out an Ultimate Steel shoot at the club yet?  We have been holding them on Tuesday evenings, running concurrently with the trap events.  Last year they were well attended.  This year, not so much.  So, we would like to know if anyone has comment on whether Tuesday evening is the best time to hold these events.  Are you a handgun shooter who would like to participate in a quick, timed event which will enhance your speed and accuracy?  Do you need to practice drawing from your holster?  Would you consider participating if the event were held at a different time?  Please think about this and click “Leave a Comment” to the right and share your thoughts.  Thank you!