March 2020 Newsletter


This year we had record voter turnout with 210 votes, most of those were electronic votes. The electronic voting saves COSSA over $1000.

The results were:

President - Kent Neumann

Vice President - Mark Fero

2nd Vice President - Michael Boyd

Treasurer - Donna Hines

Secretary - Rich Fleming

Safety Officer - JVO Weaver

Director at Large - Bill Lewis

Previous Vice President Ryan Goold was not able to continue his position on the board and Mike Boyd stepped up. In addition, the very important position of Safety Officer has always been a coordinator position and not a board member. This year it was voted on and approved to add that position as a voting member of the board.

I have had a few questions on why we only one person to vote for on each board position. The simple answer is no one else has asked to be on the board. This will be my 3rd year as President and I have let the board know I will not be able to continue on the board after this current year is completed.

The board meetings are posted on the COSSA events calendar and COSSA members are welcome to attend. If you would like to be more involved or consider being on the board in the future attending the meetings would be a great way to learn more about the board.

My Final Year

This will be my 3rd year as President of COSSA. I had several goals when I was first elected. I wanted to continue COSSA’s great track record and do several improvements around COSSA including the Training Center, re-shaping the berms, improving the Gong range so more people could use it, improve our web site, create a 502c3 for tax deductible donations to be made to improve shooting in our area, and more security cameras to better monitor the range.

I also have/had the goal of a permanent lease (called a patent by the BLM) with having about 15 years left on our current lease. As time went on, we research some of the pros/cons of the patent and while we would like to secure the land long term, we decided it was not the right time to pursue the patent.

One leader for too long is not good for the range, but we need have a board that has new fresh energy with new ideas mixed with experienced members. If help shaping COSSA’s future is something you would like to be involved with come to a board meeting and see if you want to get more involved.


Gary Lewis will be presenting about Kids, Guns, Hunting & Shooting at our General Meeting on March 12. Years ago, COSSA helped to sponsor, along with the Friends of the NRA, an offshoot of COSSA Kids. For several years, Lewis and some other COSSA members took kids hunting. Lewis will take look back at some of those hunts and show how hunting and target shooting helped make a difference in the lives of some Central Oregon kids.


We had a good work party for February, 23 volunteers. The main work that we wanted to get done was in the New Training Center. Most of the crew worked in the TC getting the painting done and a storage closet for cleaning supplies put together. The storage closet will allow any users of the Training Center to have access to cleaning supplies for cleanup after use. The main problem will be dirt tracked in and the floor should be swept after each use. It was noticed from the last orientation that much dirt was tracked in from the use of the outhouse. Therefore, the area surrounding outhouse was graveled to keep the dirt from being tracked in. The event sign has been up for a long time at the keypad and we finally were able to get it braced. The bracing probably kept the event sign from blowing over with the winds we had earlier in the week. The winds were over 35 miles an hour at the range. The new weather station on the web site is a great asset when it comes time to decide if the weather is right for those long distance shots. The New Training Center was the main thing we want to get done and it is coming along and with some more painting will be done in the next month. However, the other things necessary to keep the range working were also done, garbage pickup, target stand repair and most important, TP supplied to all of the outhouses. The shotgun throwers were all repaired and should be usable. Let someone know if the throwers need repair in the future. Those attending the work party were; Garrett Erickson, Mike Conley, Butch Eastman, Kevin Peterman, Roy Shirakata, Larry Larson, Don Thomas, Dennis Jones, David Sweet, Ted Anderson, Eric Brown Dave Semich, Fred newton, Bob Wittwer, Frans Hager, Jim Crittenden, Ed Moore, Larry Confer, Bill Herrick, Chuck Singletary, Will Siegler, Jim Judd and Bill Lewis.

Further work has been done since the work party by Eric Brown and Dave Sweet. They worked in training center and have almost completed all of the painting. The right hand berm on the Gong Range was also extended to protect the shooters in the Gong cover from shooters on the 1000 yard firing line on the Hi-Power range.