February 2020 Newsletter


February is our annual election for elected board members. Any member that wishes to run for an office should notify the COSSA president via the COSSA website. The ballots will come out the first week of February via e-mail.


Banquet & Fundraiser March 21st, 2020 @ 4PM,

Riverhouse Convention Center, Bend, OR

The NRA hosts an annual dinner in Bend. This is a major fundraiser for the NRA. COSSA buys at least one table every year in support of the NRA. We know there are a lot of our members that go to the event. We would like to show the NRA how COSSA and its members support them by having several tables. So, to encourage our members to sit at a COSSA table, if you buy your ticket(s) through COSSA instead of paying the $60 price, COSSA will discount the ticket down to $50 and will reserve a spot for you at the COSSA table. Contact Rich Fleming rfleming@bendbroadband.com as soon as possible if you are interested.


At our General Meeting on February 13, Emily Fishback of In Our Own Backyard will discuss Human Trafficking. Emily will give us an update on the efforts of this Bend-based organization that has had an impact around the world. By our February meeting, Emily will have just returned from Miami and she will report on efforts there to stop human trafficking.

IN OUR BACKYARD has worked for the last ten consecutive years to eradicate sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl through partnerships with top law enforcement, nonprofits, and government agencies in host cities across America. web site: www.inourbackyard.org

Also, our February meeting is when we draw the raffle tickets for prizes for those members that have been putting in work hours for COSSA and have tickets in the work can. We give out a total of $1000.00 in gift cards. The winners of the work credit drawing do not have to be present to win. Winners not present will be notified after the drawing.

Gift certificates will also be given out to the two members that have the highest number of work hours. These will be $200.00 gift cards each.


COSSA supplies sandbags for the members to use at the Fockler Sight In Range.

A recent inventory of available sandbags showed that we had less than 10 left.

I am looking for a volunteer that can sew up some sandbags out of the jeans legs we collect. COSSA will supply the jeans legs and the sand. Anyone interested please contact Bill Lewis, lewis.w.l@hotmail.com The time spent producing the sandbags will count against the membership of the volunteer.


The total payments received in the fee box paid by guests brought in by members does not match the sign in sheet. The COSSA policy regarding bring in guests is very clear. Members may bring in 4 guests maximum at a time and a member may not bring in any single guest more than 3 times a year. COSSA wants to allow members to bring in guests to show off the range and bring in more members.

However, if this privilege is abused steps to change this policy may be taken.

When guests sign in and pay the fee, they are covered by the COSSA insurance for that day. If their sign in is not legible they will not be covered by the insurance.

Make sure we can read your entry!


The work party for January was mainly to work on the New Training Center. It is coming along and is being used for the orientations. The work to finish is all painting. The solar panels should be working before the next work party. Several new metal trash barrels have been put out in strategic spots to use for trash collecting. These are very nice barrels and should not be moved or used as target holders. The plastic barrels are used as barricades when practicing pistol shooting. They also should not be used as target holders. The members on the work party were; Bill Herrick, Dave Semich, Rich Fleming, Jim Mooers, David Sweet, Gene Allen, Eric Brown, Galen Ruud, Mike Conley and Bill Lewis.

Next work party will be on February 19th. Work will be the usual trash pickup, target repair and working on getting the new Training Center finished.


If you are looking forward to hunting sage rats this spring, sign up for this sage rat shoot on April 30. We will travel to Crane on April 29 and check in with Diamond A Guides in the evening.

Bring a swim suit and a towel if you plan to soak in the hot springs. Bring a sleeping bag and a pillow. We will sleep in canvas wall tents.

The next morning, April 30, we will eat the best breakfast you have had all year, then we will head out to the fields. Lunch is provided. We have dinner that evening (provided), stay overnight, eat a big breakfast and head for home May 1.

The cost is $400. Please make checks out to Diamond A Guides.

Hunts are conducted from raised platforms, which give the shooter a ten-foot elevated position for shots that will range from 10 yards out to 400 yards. Most shooters bring a scoped 17HMR, a 22 rimfire and a 22 centerfire.

In most years we use centerfires and rimfires. Note that some fields are closed to centerfires. Bring one or more rimfire guns. Plan to bring at least 500 rounds of ammunition for the one-day shoot.

We have places for 10 shooters only. To hold your spot, bring a check (made out to Diamond A Guides) to Gary Lewis prior to the trip.

Please bring cash to tip our cooks and guide. For information, contact Gary at garylewisoutdoors@gmail.com


The Central Oregon Sports Shooting Association’s (COSSA) brand-new Training Center (TC) officially opened for business last month and its’ first customers were COSSA’s newest members who gathered for the club’s orientation briefing.

The facility is well suited for this type of activity. It is heated, has tables, chairs, electric lights, and will soon be equipped with an overhead projector and Wi-Fi. It has office and storage rooms and with the eager hands of many volunteers, it is completely finished and painted.

The Training Center was the collective brainchild of our Club President, Kent Neumann and Ed Hauswald, Chairman of the Central Oregon Sports Shooting Foundation, (COSSF). The Training Center rapidly grew from conception to physical reality with lots of help from the COSSA community. Now it occupies an area of 48 X 32 X 12 feet on a concrete pad with ample parking for vehicles on all sides.

Funds from COSSA annual dues, COSSF contributions and National Rifle Association (NRA) grants comingled to make the TC a reality. Thanks to Ed Hauswald’s grant writing ability, the NRA not only contributed to the TC, but also gave funds for the gravel on our roads, (and NRA contributions over the past 15 years, have contributed guns, ammunition and targets for our COSSA Kids program and many other worthy projects).

The TC began construction in late 2018 and opened about 10 months later. One of our club members, John Skrovan, designed and engineered the building and assumed overall project management for the construction phase, while the ever hard-working Bill Lewis honchoed the volunteer labor to put the finishing touches on the project.

The TC, obviously, will be used for training sessions like our monthly orientation, firearms safety classes, club and discipline meetings, and any uses presented to and approved by the COSSA board of directors. Last year’s Area One meet used the TC -- while it was being finished -- as a headquarters and coordination center for the myriad of activities surrounding the ongoing matches. The Training Center will be the focal point for many such activities in the future.


The Redmond Rod and Gun Club will hold their annual banquet on February 15th at the VFW in Redmond. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Gerry Glave at 541-699-2518.


Basic Safety Rules:

1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded. Always know the condition of your gun.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you have identified your target and you are ready to shoot. Especially when you holster and un-holster your gun.

3. Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy. This includes your hands and feet, which happens when you holster and un-holster your gun.

4. Know your target, what’s behind it, what’s on each side of it. Remember you are responsible for every round you fire until it stops.

A few other tips:

-Secure your guns so no unauthorized persons can access them.

-Use eye and ear protection – both shooters and observers.

-No alcohol or drug use when you use or carry your gun.

-Make sure you know how to use your gun. Read the user manual. Know how to disassemble, clean and reassemble your gun.

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