Club Access – News Alert !!!

To all members;

The news we all have been waiting for has been announced by premier Ford today – Thursday may 14th 2020.

Seasonal businesses and services such as golf driving ranges, recreational services at marinas, rod and gun clubs and cycling tracks are allowed to open.

So as of  Tuesday May 19th the Lake of the Woods Gun Club will be able to resume our standard hours of operation.

With this announcement I must add caution to all members to remember health and distancing guidelines and follow all Covid -19 restrictions applied by the board of the Lake of the Woods Gun Club.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Members only, no guests.
  • The number of attendees should not exceed the number of individuals that can maintain effective physical distancing.
  • Attendees should maintain a minimum of 6 feet of space between individuals.
  • Members are required to supply their own hand hygiene supplies.
  • Only 1 person at a time in buildings.
  • Use hand sanitizer placed at logbook locations.
  • Bring your own pen to sign in and out.
  • Those who are sick or symptomatic must not enter/participate. Individuals who are displaying symptoms are required to self-isolate and shall not be permitted into the ranges.
  • When finished shooting please leave the property.

This is all good news, as long as we all work toward keeping each other safe and healthy.

We would like to thank all our members for their patience and understanding during this time of health turmoil.

Hope to see you out at the range

Thank-You

Steve Zabloski President LWGC

On behalf of The Lake of the Woods Gun Club Board of Directors

LWGC Closure Update

To all members.

To keep you all up to date on club status, here is the latest update:

The Ontario Provincial Government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to date under the emergency management and civil protection act.

The order has been extended until May 19th from May 12th.

The government has been opening business in stages and hopefully we will be on deck soon.

With the weather warming we all want to get out and do some shooting, the range operator and myself have been keeping eye on spring thaw and doing the little things to have the range ready to go.

Now…With the latest shot fired by our PM concerning the firearm ban, we must keep ourselves aware of as much as we can, please do not believe in all the rumours, do some reading to keep yourself up to date, please do not take any chances if you are unsure of the rulings.

We must remain calm and not go off half cocked. At this point I do not believe anyone has a clear definition of what all the banning means, I have seen different definitions from different groups.

There are many firearm organizations that are taking actions to repeal or defeat this ban that has been forced on us, so sign a petition, talk to your MP and let them know how it affects you as a legal gun owner and club member.

I would like to thank all the members of the Lake of the Woods Gun club for supporting your club and being patience with all the things that have been going on.

Solidarity will keep us strong.

Thank-You

Steve Zabloski President LWGC

On behalf of The Lake of the Woods Gun Club Board of Directors

Lake of the Woods Gun Club is a 100% volunteer run organization

New Firearm legislation

For All firearm owners

As gun owners, shooters and hunters, it is in all our best interests to have our opinions and wishes acted upon by our elected officials, regarding the majority of Firearm laws, supposedly put in place to “protect the public”.

Our current Prime Minister recently took it upon himself to ban current legally owned firearms, mostly semi-automatic rifles (some of which have been only allowed for target shooting since 1977) and firearms with a bore diameter larger than 20mm.

This will effect 1000’s of legal and licensed firearms owners, including target shooters and hunters.

Most modern 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotguns in Canada with removable chokes will likely fall into this ban because they exceed the maximum bore diameter of 20 mm as defined in SOR/2020-96.

This ban has been put into place utilizing an Order in Council which seems very undemocratic and underhand.

Traditionally, Orders in Council are used as a way for the Prime Minister to make political appointments, but they can also be used to issue simple laws as a sort of decree. In times of emergency, a government may issue legislation directly through Orders in Council, forgoing the usual parliamentary procedure. Orders-in-Council are not discussed by Parliament before they have been implemented.

We (The Lake of the Woods Gun Club Board of Directors) feel that it would be in your best interest to have your voices heard in opposition to this action.

To do this, you can read and sign a Parliamentary Petition asking that this order be revoked.

Please consider adding your signature to this petition.
For further details and signing: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2574

Please feel free to email myself or our Club President with your questions or concerns.

Gun Club Closure

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas.
This is not the news we are all looking for but as we are bound by provincial law, we must comply and remain closed.
At this time the health and welfare of our members is the primary concern of our board.
We are keeping open all avenues of communication with the powers that be to keep our members as informed as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this matter, we will see you all out there as soon as we get the word.
As we get updates, we will send them out.

Steve Zabloski – President LWGC 

On behalf of the LWGC Board of Directors

Club Level Safety Course

We will have to postpone the Club Level Safety Course that was due to be held on the 19th April due to the current Covid-19 issues. Once we are able to resume more normal social activities, we’ll re-schedule it.

Gun Club Closure

To All Members

With the announcement from the provincial government concerning the closure of non-essential businesses if not exempted by the list.

The club has been closed temporarily in order to comply with Provincial law and to promote the well-being of our community.

As of (2359) 1159 PM today March 24th 2020, The lake of the woods gun club will cease all operations.

There will be a private lock installed on the gate to resist access to the property.

I know that this is not the news we wanted to hear but we must abide by the law.

Fines for corporations run approximately $500,000.00 for non-compliance, so let’s please respect the restriction placed upon us.

This decision was not reached easily, there was plenty of consultation with all the ruling parties

CSSA, CCFR   and board consultation.

At this time the shutdown is slated for 14 days, we will do our best to keep everyone informed.

Thank you for your understanding

On behalf of

The Lake of the Woods Gun Club Board of Directors

Club Level Safety Course

The Lake of the Gun Club is holding its semi seasonal Club Level  Safety Course the 19th April.

The course is  a onetime requirement for access to the Pistol Ranges.

If you are interested in taking this course, please let me know as soon as possible, as places are limited and it fills up quickly. lwgcmembership@outlook.com

Pistol range probably accessible in the morning up until 12:00

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Welcome everyone to 2020, returning members and of course all our new members.

It is all of our members that make our club as good as it is and when we pitch in on projects it makes us better. Every little thing helps

We as a club had a very good year in 2019, we had our range inspection, which as a club we did very well. Thanks to all the volunteers for the extra help.

We now have the new action pistol range open and approved by the CFO, we now have a extra place if the police are training.

This year we may run into some issues with possible gun law changes, all I can suggest to everyone  try to stay abreast of changes, we will try to update as much as possible on our webpage.

Right now, on our webpage is a link to a petition concerning how gun laws get enacted it is a good read to understand how things should work.

A reminder to all is let’s try to keep our club as clean as we can, by picking up trash we see, picking up our brass at the rifle range and pistol range and hulls on our shotgun courses and range.  We try to recycle what we can.

Our membership renewal/new  application process on line is working very well, our numbers are returning strong, I hope this helps everyone make the process smoother, and helps us use less snail mail.

We tried something new this year with a get your Card and Key day on January 11th, we had some donuts and coffee and some BBQ smokies, we had over 80 members attend and it seems everyone enjoyed the experience. There was a few good gossip sessions and I had the chance to meet some members. We also had a visit from our MP Eric Melillo He stopped by to lend his support and to avail himself to our members in attendance. This was a very successful day thank you David and Rod.

All our different division seem to be doing good, at this time we have an archery range on shotgun sporting range number 1 on the left side heading up hill to clubhouse, but no division chairman

It has static targets set up to 50 meters, if you use this range make sure you sign in to the book in the mailbox on the shooting station. If anyone has an interest in taking up the chairman’s job and progressing the archery division, please let me know. 

Each division welcomes any member that has an interest in trying something new in our club.  If trying shotgun is something you would like, give me a call, 465-4404. Rifle call Dwayne or Phil          Pistol                co chairs are Bob and Andrew. There may be some possible restrictions.

Well enough rambling. To all I wish a happy new year and a safe shooting season.

Steve Zabloski

President LWGC

Update From Winter Worlds Masters Games 2020 From Innsbruck Austria Where LWGC has 3 members competing.

Biathlon Individual results for today

  • Of our Canadian Team 3 Bronze, 1 silver and one gold on the women’s side. You will see one of these was a Kenora Skier in the Women’s 60+ category!

Tough competition on the men’s side with some excellent shooting but not fast enough skiing to catch ex-Olympians/National team athletes.

My friend Freidl Bartsch from Australia was the only person out of 209 to hit 20/20 today! Super COOL life time dream for every bi-athlete to have perfect shooting and actually quite rare! https://www.racetime.pro/entryservice/resultupload/de/event/136/results https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/langlauf/20200114_biathlon_official_results.pdf

Cheers from Austria!

Tim Wehner