More than 150 Alta Mesa, Wilton, Herald and Galt residents turned out to celebrate 75 years of continuous operation of the Alta Mesa Gun Club during their anniversary party in Wilton on June 8.
The clear but windy day saw more than 75 trap shooters taking to the shooting lanes to enjoy clay pigeon hunting for a couple of hours before a luncheon was served. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que served a feast of brisket, grilled chicken, baked beans, salad and cornbread to the hungry guests.
“We were very happy with the number of pre-event tickets we sold. We will serve 150 lunches today,” said Iris Ott, Vice President of the club who managed the ticket sales.
The club also raffled a Berretta A-300 12 gauge Sporting Clay shotgun.
This money raised from the celebration will go toward funding a few new projects according to Steve Cecil, longtime member and a former president of the club. New floors for the clubhouse and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance for shooting Trap 1 are listed among the anticipated projects.
“We are thankful that for many years we have had such a great relationship with Boy Scouts of America,” said Jim Kunz, former club president. “Many of the scouts and their families have been club members over the years. In fact, some terrific Eagle Scout projects over the years have been done at the gun club.”
Bringing Trap 2 up to ADA compliance; the installation of the Veterans Memorial plaque; the addition of gun racks at each trap house; and the construction and installation of shutters to close in the outdoor dining area are just a few of the projects done by Eagle Scouts.
Club President Myron Miller was proud of the many proclamations of congratulations the club received for reaching this milestone. Framed letters and formal proclamations came in from: Springfield Armory, American Legion Post 233 Elk Grove, the city of Elk Grove, Colt Manufacturing, Remington Rifle, Winchester, Glock and the National Rifle Association.
Miller’s father, Marion “May” Miller, was a founding member of the gun club in 1944 and was the longest-living founder when he passed away at the age of 97 and 10 months in November 2014. The elder Miller was a member of the club for 70 years.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli were both in attendance and offered congratulatory remarks to the assembled audience.
Cooley spoke about the importance of communities and people being intertwined like bundles of wood, which are strengthened when they are tightly bound. As a former Boy Scout, he noted that over the years he has attended many scouting events at the gun club.
Nottoli noted that he had also attended many functions at the club over the years and commented how great it was to see many of the same faces and families who were in attendance at the 50th anniversary 25 years ago. He quipped that he’d happily attend the 100th anniversary celebration, but vowed he would be out of politics by then.
The club’s monthly membership meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the club. For anyone interested in joining the club or learning more about membership, visit its website at www.AltaMesaGunClub.com. Club shooting facilities are open to the general public on Monday, Thursday and Friday and the second Saturday of the month.