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Rifle & Pistol Events for June 2021

We hope you can join us for some exciting rifle & pistol range events this summer. June will be a busy month, mark your calendars!  Signups can be a little confusing sometimes. To shoot our matches, you’ll need to reserve a slot using Practiscore (it’s free to create an account) and then register and pay using your member account. For classes and leagues, just go straight to your member account. If you need assistance, call us on (907) 688-2809. First up, Saturday June 5 is our big Military Appreciation Day. FREE ENTRY to active duty military and families, plus door prizes! Join us any time between 10am and 4pm. Bring your guns and ammo, and eye and ear protection. A food truck will be on-site. No signup required. BRSP members please note multiple ranges will be closed during this time. Ranges A, C and D will remain open for member use.  Instructor Amy Abbott is back teaching more classes at Birchwood. Intro to the AR-15 is on Sunday June 6, and if you can’t make it there’s another on Sunday June 27. And yes, we have ammo available for students! There’s also a Pistol 1 class on Saturday June 12. Come get your learning on! Classes are open to members and non-members. Members get a discount. Sign up using your member account or call us. This summer we’re proud to be hosting the annual Alaska State 3-Gun and 2-Gun Championships at Birchwood again. These will be held Friday June 18 to Saturday June 19 (3-Gun) and Sunday June 20 to Monday June 21 (2-Gun). We also have a regular 3-Gun match on Saturday June 12 – last chance to practice before the championship! Sign up on Practiscore, then register/pay using your member account or call us. BRSP members please note multiple ranges will be closed June 15 through 21 for the championship. Ranges B, D and H will remain open for member use.  Our popular Rifle/Pistol Leagues begin their summer season soon. Youth Rifle League starts first, and shoots each Monday evening from June 14 through August 16. Also this season, we’re starting a brand new league for our younger shooters – the Rifle/Pistol Youth Beginner’s League. This action shooting league will shoot Tuesday evenings from June 29 through September 7. Our regular Adult and Beginner Leagues will be back shooting multiple nights of the week, June 30 through to September 10. These leagues are for BRSP members only (youth leagues are for BRSP youth members or dependents of annual members). We’ll have some ammo available for league shooters who need it. Sign up for leagues using your member account.  Birchwood and the Alaska Rifle Club are teaming up again, this time to offer a league series of NRA-approved High-Power Rifle matches. Under match director David Allen, shooters will compete Monday evenings from June 14 to July 19. New shooters welcome, no need for fancy gear! This league is open to members and non-members. Members get a discount. Sign up using your member account or call us.  USPSA Tuesdays continue this summer with evening matches June 1, 8, 22 and 29, and a USPSA Special Classifier match Sunday June 27. Hone your skills before our USPSA State Sectional on July 16-18! There’s also a Steel Challenge match Saturday June 26, with morning and afternoon squads. Sign up for matches on Practiscore, then register/pay using your member account or call us. Phew! This will be a busy month. If you’re on Facebook, please like our page and follow our feed to see the latest updates.  Thanks for helping make Birchwood a great place to shoot. Come on out to plink or practice, sign up for a class, or try one of our many shooting sports. And tell your friends!

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Shotgun Events for June 2021

I know fish are on the brain, but there are a lot of great opportunities to have fun on the shotgun ranges in June! We have something for everyone in this list, so make those plans now. June: Shotgun Games 101 What: Introduction how to play different shotgun games offered and tour of ranges When: Saturday June 5th Time: 10am-12pm Cost: Free Sign up: brspclub.clubautomation.com Bunker Field open: What: Walk Through closed and Bunker open for recreation shooting When: Sunday June 7th, 14th 7am-12pm When: Tuesday June 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th. 3pm-10pm  NSCA Wednesday Night Walk Through What: 100 target NSCA registered walk through When: Wednesday June 2nd, 9th, 16th Time: 4pm-7pm Sign up: scorechaser.com NSCA Wednesday Night Super Sporting What: 100 target NSCA registered Super Sporting When: Wednesday June 30th Time: 4pm-7pm Sign up: scorechaser.com ATA Big 50 What: ATA registered shoot. Singles, Handicap, Doubles When: Thursday June 3rd, 17th Time: 6pm Sign up: at clubhouse 30 min before shoot ATA Salmon Shoot What: ATA registered shoot. Singles, Handicap, Doubles When: Sunday June 6th Time: 10am Sign up: at clubhouse 1 hour before event NSSA Alaska Armed Forces Open What: Registered Skeet Shoot When: Friday June 11th. 6pm. When: Saturday June 12th – Sunday June 13th. 10am Sign up: at club house 1 hour before event NSCA Sporting Clays State Championship What: NSCA registered events including 5 Stand, FITASC, Super Sporting, Sub-gauge, Preliminary, Main Event Walk Through When: Friday June 18th– Sunday June 27th Time: see sign up website Sign up: scorechaser.com ATA Handicap Warm-up What: ATA registered event. 2-100 target events When: Sunday June 20th Time: 10am Sign up: at club house 1 hour before event Beginners Shotgun Class What: Instruction on use of shotguns and breaking aerial clays. Includes shooting 25-50 birds with instructor. Limited class sizes for personalized instruction. When: Sunday June 20th Time: 12pm-4pm Sign up: brspclub.clubautomation.com

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New Membership System Roll-Out

Dear Members, Beginning 21 July 2020, Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park is transitioning to a new membership management program called Club Automation. This software will improve our ability to communicate with you, give you greater visibility of our activities and ease in signing up for them, speed up your check-in process, and facilitate paying fees.   To ease in the transition to this new software we are rolling it out in phases. Phase 1 begins on July 21st and will be addressing your check-in process and membership renewal. You will be given a new member card – similar to a member loyalty card at a grocery store – that you will place in front of a scanner. You will then be given your wristband and be finished with check-in. During Phase 1 we will also begin handling all membership renewals through the front desk, either on the phone or in person. For renewals you will only need to provide payment information so it will be quick and easy.   Phase 2 which we hope to have completed by mid-August will provide you access to your new member portal. Through the portal you will be able to update your information, sign up for activities, reserve RV spots and pay any outstanding fees. You will also be given the ability to have a monthly billable house account if you choose. During Phase 2 we will begin to integrate SMS text messaging if you choose to opt in for this service. While we do not plan on using this frequently, range-wide it will be utilized to announce unexpected cancellations or closures and when we require ice cleats. On a smaller scale we will utilize it to provide information to specific user groups and event participants.   Closely following Phase 2, Phase 3 will bring our mobile app online. This app will give you some of the functionality of your member portal and an easy to use club calendar, in addition to integrating your membership barcode so that you can use your smart phone for check-in at the front desk. The app will also enable non-members to have visibility on what is going on and we hope spark interest in future membership.   Finally, Phase 4 will replace our RFID card readers at the gate with barcode readers. You will be able to use either your member card or your smart phone to open the gate if you have our app installed.   As we begin Phase 1 next Tuesday, when you come to the club to check in please allow a little extra time as we will be asking you to verify your information along with taking your picture to attach to your membership profile.  By having your picture on file we will no longer need to check your ID. We will initially have extra staff on hand to keep things moving, but please be patient with us as we begin to implement this new system.   We look forward to continuing to serve you in the future and are convinced this transition will make your experience at Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park more informed, efficient and enjoyable.   Sincerely,   Melissa Himes Executive Director

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Skeet and Sporting Clays time restrictions starting now

Starting now through the end of August the following fields will be closed at multiple times during the week:  Skeet C&D 5 Stand 1&2 Walk Through 1-3 We will be completing the dirt work on the 5 Stand fields. See the full calendar for a schedule of what days these fields will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to having the hill finished.  

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Mask Requirement

Dear Members, Per Anchorage Municipality Emergency Order 13, beginning Monday June 29 members and staff must wear a mask when in the clubhouse. You may see details here: https://www.muni.org/departments/mayor/pressreleases/documents/eo-13%20signed.pdf You are not required to wear a mask when outdoors. Thank you and have a great week.  

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Membership Dues Increase

Dear BRSP Member, For the past three years your board has been working to put the club on a solid financial foundation.  There have been a number of changes as part of this long term plan.  A long cold stretch this winter followed by the COVID 19 operational restrictions has forced the board to accelerate the final steps of the new financial plan. After a great deal of deliberation the board unanimously voted to raise annual dues to $375.  This dues increase was announced at the annual meeting but the board wanted to provide the membership with some insight to the reasoning behind the changes. In addition to the change in dues we will be making the following changes to fees and operations. This club will become an annual membership only club.  2-Day membership has been eliminated.  The $3/day R&P range fee will be eliminated. Membership will be capped at 3400.  These changes have been put in place to address operational issues at the park such as: Address years of deferred maintenance. Initiate a capital improvement program. Build an emergency fund for situations similar to the COVID-19 shutdown. Become a true members club. Improve the member’s experience by limiting access to the club’s facilities to members and their guests. Eliminate overcrowding on the Rifle and Pistol ranges.  Recognizing members are the backbone of the club by moving to a business model that recognizes this.  The board will be hosting two question and answer sessions so that members have a better understanding of the changes.  These sessions will be Saturday June 6th and June 13th from 4:00 – 5:30pm at the main club house.  We strongly urge any member with questions to attend one of these sessions.  In addition to these two sessions questions can be emailed to board@brspclub.com. The board has invested significant time in preparing information to better communicate the operational and financial decisions.  Please take time to review these documents before you ask questions.  These documents are a summary of the decisions made and why.  The membership price change will be effective July 21st, 2020.  The board has put in place several policies to address this change. Members whose expiration dates occur on or after July 21st, 2020 will not be allowed to renew early at the current fee. Anyone left with a value on a punch card or who purchased an annual unlimited pass will be credited or refunded a prorated amount.  A monthly payment option will be available.   During the first year of the new fee structure, we will be offering a discount to current members who pay in full when renewing. In addition to the price change there will be follow on announcements to address operational changes as we move into the new business model.  These changes when fully implemented will improve everyone’s experience at the park and allow us to operate more efficiently.  Change is not easy but it is necessary and your board has invested significant time in this plan to secure the future of the park, improve the member experience and make the park operations more efficient.  Your board would like to thank you for your continued support and patience as we move forward.  Financial Analysis: https://mcusercontent.com/7d7ad41f836e010aa30668a92/files/4bd238c5-9be1-4528-9652-acecbd753e3a/2020_BRSP_Annual_Member_Dues_Increase_Final.pdf FAQ: https://mcusercontent.com/7d7ad41f836e010aa30668a92/files/c69c6a89-1f5b-4a7f-ae03-266c8556bd77/BRSP_Membership_and_Fee_Change_FAQ_5.25.2020.01.pdf Fee Schedule: https://mcusercontent.com/7d7ad41f836e010aa30668a92/files/1eafbf0e-d0a0-427e-a05e-992983724e3b/Fee_schedule.03.pdf Your Board members: Scott Henderson – President Bill Batson – Vice President John Barnes – Treasurer Justin Larkin – Secretary Clover McNeil Dana Stewart David Arieno Gerald Atol Sarah Stallone

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New Hours, Days, Other Info

Dear Members, Beginning this week, we will be re-opening on Thursday and Friday. You are now able to bring guests on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 – 8pm. Beginning Monday 8 June, we will be resuming normal hours. Once we resume normal hours we will remove restrictions on guest pass hours. Members are still limited to 2 guests per day. We currently do not have the option to shoot as a 2-day member, and we encourage people who used to enter the Park on a 2-day membership to purchase an annual membership. To reiterate, this is our schedule: May 26 – June 7 Mon – Fri: 1pm – 8pm. Guest permitted between 4pm – 8pm. Sat – Sun: 8am – 8pm. No guests permitted. Beginning June 8 Sun – Sat: 7am – 10pm. Guests permitted at any time. No 2-day limited memberships at any time. We are still having some scheduling issues so there may not always be a cashier. If there is not a cashier someone will be checking your card at the gate. We are currently required by the Municipality of Anchorage to follow social distancing guidelines and so the clubhouse is limited to check-in and cashier activities for members and events. Rifle/pistol range bays also continue to have 6 feet of space between benches. Please be cognizant of your fellow members and maintain appropriate distancing at all times. Please do not come to the range if you have been experiencing fever or sickness. We are grateful to our membership as so many of you have exhibited patience and support during these past few weeks. We are excited to get the Park back to normal and provide you with an awesome shooting venue for the summer. Have a great week!

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Re-opening Thursdays and Fridays

This week we plan to be open again on Thursdays and Fridays.  Beginning 8 June we hope to re-open with our normal hours, we are currently working through staff scheduling to make sure we can accomplish this. Thank you everyone for your patience and cooperation during this period. We have so many wonderful members, and your support has been fantastic!

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RV Policies for 2020

Dear RV and Tent Campers, BRSP is endeavoring to keep our RV and tent camping sites available for our event users during the summer of 2020. Given the current government regulations related to COVID-19, please read and adhere to the following: RV and tent camping spots will only be made available if you are participating in a multi-day event on the park. You will be permitted to arrive the day before and you will need to leave the day after your event. All RV spots are open, however no double parking in RV spots will be permitted. Only 15 tent camping spaces are available on a given day. If your group requires additional tent camping spaces please contact BRSP via email and we will discuss your situation with you: admin@brspclub.com You will be required to arrive during our open hours only. No late arrivals will be permitted this year. We are requiring 100% check in at the time of arrival, and we will guide you to your slot. Do not park in your slot until checking in and speaking with a BRSP staff member. If we are closed on a day before your event we will make special accommodation for you, and will contact you beforehand. BRSP clubhouse bathrooms will have restricted hours for showering with a “one in one out” policy and time restrictions on use. The BRSP clubhouse will not be open for general use. Social distancing must be maintained at all times. We request that only members of the same household stay in an RV or tent together. We strongly urge participants that are within commuting distance to not stay on the park. We know that these events are a time to socialize with your fellow shooters from other parts of the state, but please remember our unique circumstances this year. The rates remain the same from last year and are posted on the website. Thank you for your continued participation, and wishing everyone success at their events. BRSP Management

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Park Updates

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday May 12, our clubhouse will have a cashier and be the check-in location once again. We will be going back to issuing wristbands, and all shooters must check in at the clubhouse before going to your range or field. All payments including membership can be made with the cashier. We will be following social distancing protocols and have marked spaces on the floor. We are also allowing 1 guest per member, Mon – Wed, between 4pm and 8pm. You may purchase your guest pass online. We are excited to be making progress toward normal operations Please keep in mind our reduced hours remain in place: Mon – Wed: 1pm – 8pm Thu – Fri: CLOSED Sat – Sun: 8am – 8pm Have a great week!

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Current Hours

Mon – Wed : 1pm -8pm Thu – Fri : CLOSED Sat – Sun: 8am – 8pm Members only, guest access limited to 1 per member M – W between 4pm and 8pm.

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Limited Guest Access Beginning 11 May

Beginning Monday 11 May, members will be permitted to bring in 1 guest a day, on weekdays only (currently Monday – Wednesday), between 4pm – 8pm. Because of social distancing requirements, we have to limit the hours, but hopefully it will give you a chance to shoot with a non-member friend now and again. Guest passes must be purchased online.

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