Complaint Review: Roseburg Rod & Gun Club - Roseburg Oregon
Roseburg Rod & Gun Club A "Good Ol' Boys" Club Roseburg, Oregon
*Author of original report: My Response to A Good Ol' Boy's Response
*Consumer Comment: A Good Old Boy Responds
*General Comment: Roseburg rod and Gun Club....the Good 'Ol Boys club
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Soon after I became a dues-paying member of the Roseburg Rod & Gun Club, I was encouraged to apply as a Range Officer (RO), mostly so that I can shoot any time I wanted because I would have the key/s to either/both the pistol and rifle ranges. Because shooting at both ranges are up to tightly controlled scheduling, recreational shooting is a matter of which of the few days one range or another is open. So, based upon the encouragement of what I refer to as "the core group clic" (long-time members), I quickly satisfied the then requirements for becoming both a pistol and rifle RO.
I volunteered as an RO as often as I was needed. I also eagerly participated in "work parties"--cleaning and/or repairing range targets, etc. I was also frequently invited to take NRA classes such as Range Safety Officer, Chief Range Safety Officer, and Certified Instructor, passing each class, and earning my NRA credentials.
As I served as an RO, I noted quite a number of unsafe shooters who required special attention. In one case, on the pistol range, I was nearly shot in the head by an elderly member whom I later learned was a long-time member. He complained that I "mistreated" him because I forced his hand that held the gun that nearly shot me, down onto a table, demanding that he release his firearm. He instantly went from incredulous to angry. Apparently, he reported the incident to club staff.
When attending mandatory pistol and rifle RO meetings, I made numerous sugestions (one such suggestion was that each RO receive and be certified in First Aid and Basic Life Support should there be an incident on a range where such skills might mean a matter of life or death. I was quickly shot down by one of the "good ol' boys" even before I finished speaking as a "newbie" who just didn't know "how things worked around here."
Soon thereafter, I received an emailed complaint, citing that I had violated Club bylaws, and that I was to first be questioned, then appear before the Club board for "disciplinary action." As a volunteer RO with a safety-first mentality, I was floored! My response to the email was asking precisely which bylaw/s I had violated that supposedly misrepresented the club. My repeated attempts at encouraging answered to my queries fell on deaf ears. To this very day, I have no idea which Club bylaws I may have violated, and/or who I may have offended to earn such a complaint...and to be summarily suspended from my RO duties.
When I refused to be "interrogated," and further refused to present myself before the Club's board for "adjudication"/"judgment" regarding my violation of Club bylaws--whatever bylaw I supposedly violated--I then received an official letter from Club board representatives Kerry Boak and Wayne Giles, formally permanently dismissing me from my RO duties.
Over the past five months, I have sought out club members, asking them just what Club bylaw/s I supposedly violated, and just how I misrepresented the Club, to no avail. To this day, I remain suspicious as to the nature of this case and the people involved as to their secrecy and why they summarily dismissed me as an RO, a position a worked extremely hard at earning.
One final comment. MOST of the ROs I have experienced being around and serving with on both the pistol and rifle ranges appeared to be confused about RO procedures, inexperienced with firearms to the point whereas injuries and a possible fatality is of concern. Many of the ROs simply act as premadonas...who have no business interacting with individuals who are just out on whichever range to relax and shoot without being constantly harassed by such individuals the Club has deemed "competent" enough to supervise and, if necessary and/or called upon, to give guidance in the safe use of firearms.
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