Policies

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The following tabs contain a synopsis of the policies in place for each of the major ranges at the Mission & District Rod & Gun Club (MDRGC).  This is not the entire policy manual, but highlights of the key items every member and guest must be aware of. Please see the Club Administrator in the office to view the entire document.

 

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club.  Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

This information is a redacted version of the original document.

Membership in the Club is a privilege.

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property

New Applicants do not have privileges to the club until they’ve completed Orientation and received their Membership card.

Seniors applying for a Family Membership shall pay the additional fee of $30.00.

A Life Member may apply for a Family Membership, and pay the additional fee of $30.00.

A Member in arrears for the current year, upon receipt of payment of any dues during that year, shall have his membership renewed for the current year. Applications and payments will not be held until January unless the membership is current.

All Members must sign in and pay a $1.00 day fee. All guests to the Club must be accompanied by a Member in good standing. The Member must vouch their guest(s) paid their $20.00 fee by signing in to the guest registry and placing the fee in the envelope for each guest. When the Caretaker or Registrar is available, a day pass shall be purchased at the Clubhouse. Being allowed to bring a guest to the Club is a privilege for both the Member and the guest. This introduction is to encourage the guest to join and is not an alternative to membership.

Membership is for the calendar year.

Juniors will not receive the gate code. They must be accompanied by an adult member and cannot bring guests. Dependants do not receive the gate code. They must be accompanied by an adult member and are not allowed to bring guests.

Students must apply to renew in person, producing proof of age and a valid Student ID Card.

Juniors must apply to renew in person and produce proof of age.

Any person joining the Club and wanting to use the venues prior to being issued a membership card and gate code can do so only when accompanied by a Member.

The ranges will not be used for Business Purposes i.e. the Member receives remuneration.

Only two guests are permitted per membership. A member and spouse are not entitled to more than two guests. Family members not holding a valid PAL or POL will require individual supervision and limits the number of guests to one.

A new member is only entitled to one guest until they have completed a full year of membership. All members are expected to exhibit skills necessary to conduct their guests safely and responsibly.

Family membership includes the individual, Spouse and two actively participating dependents. Additional dependents will have a $15.00 surcharge per child. A spouse is not a transferable dependent. Any person not being the holder of a valid PAL or POL, and any youth under the age 18 must receive direct personal adult supervision. Child safety is a paramount concern especially ear and eye protection.

Visitor only passes are available at the Clubhouse when open for $2.00 for non-shooting guests.

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club.  Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

The Archery Range consists of 2 areas. There is a 2D range at the front area of the property across from the skeet fields. A 3D area starts just up the road that runs beside the left side northwest corner of the pond. The targets are numbered from 1-20. The route goes across the back of the shotgun ranges, through the old archery 2D location then around back of the property to the southeast corner of the pond.

 

Range Schedule

Scheduling of events is posted on the website and on the club calendar in the clubhouse. It is recommended that members check the club website before leaving for the range to avoid conflict with a scheduled event.

  • Range Courtesy – 2D Range
  • No broad heads are to be used on the target butts, also only paper or burlap targets are to be pinned to the target faces.
  • Shooters are asked to hold the bow level through the entire drawing and aiming process.
  • Shooters also need to ensure that the line is clear and no arrows are nocked or crossbows cocked while someone is down range.
  • No arrows are to be used with field tips larger than the shaft of the arrow.
  • Bows are to be placed in the racks provided or hung on the wall before proceeding downrange.
  • Never brace or draw anothers bow without prior consent from the owner.

Range Courtesy – 3D Range

No broad heads are to be used on the 3D targets.  Archers must touch a stake while shooting at the targets and archers should chose a set of stakes that match your ability.  One shot per target, second shots are to be taken only on a clear miss of the first arrow.

Please keep groups limited to 4 shooters maximum.   No group shall hold up other groups while searching for lost arrows, slow groups should allow faster groups to play through.  Shooters are also cautioned to leave one member of their group or their equipment in from of the target if they are searching for lost arrows as a warning for other groups following behind.

Shooters are responsible for their arrows.  Do not shoot if the group ahead of you is not clear of the target area or you are unsure if the area is clear.  Remember that a bow and arrows are a deadly weapon.  Protect your sport by being careful and sure when you shoot.

Do not leave the trails and be alert to others that are on the course.  Do not run or go backwards on the trails without making your presence known to groups that might be behind you.

Archers are cautioned that when pulling arrows from the targets do not stand directly behind the arrow as you pull it. If the arrow breaks free suddenly you will discover that the arrow nock is sharp enough to cut.  Not following this advice is the cause of the most common accident in archery.

 

Targets & Butts

The targets and butts are maintained by designated volunteers.  Problems can be directed to the caretaker who will contact those designated for repairs.  No targets other than paper or burlap are permitted on the target butts.  3D targets are not to be moved and only field points no larger than the arrow shaft are permitted.  BB/Pellet/paintball or any other firearms are not allowed to be shot at the targets.

 

Deer & Bears

On occasion, wildlife may appear on this range, in which case, all firing will cease until the animals clear the range proper.

 

Reminder

The Mission and District Rod and Gun Club is a Society with a membership approaching 3000 members, all of which are volunteers. This is your Club and your assistance in keeping its facilities clean and undamaged is greatly appreciated.

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property.

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club. Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

What is Cowboy Action?

Cowboy Action Shooting is a multifaceted amateur shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers; lever action rifles; and side by side double barreled, pre-1899 pump, or lever action shotguns.

The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, Old West style.  Contestants shoot in several one-to-four gun stages (courses of fire) in which they engage steel and/or cardboard targets . Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.

The truly unique aspect of Cowboy Action Shooting™ is the requirement placed on authentic period or western screen dress.  Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, or a Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly.

The Mission & District Rod & Gun Club is home to the “Red Mountain Renegades” Cowboy Action Shooting club. The Red Mountain Renegades are a SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) registered club and as such have adopted all SASS rules, regulations and general guidelines for all events.

Complete information regarding the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting is available in the form of handbooks, published by SASS. Shooter Handbooks, Range Operations, Match Administration and Guidelines Handbooks are available at www.sassnet.com.

Range descriptions

Cowboy Action Shooting utilizes three pits, each 25 meters in length.  The pits/bays are approved for pistol caliber firearms (handgun and rifle) and 12 guage shotgun.  All ammunition used during Cowboy Action Shooting must meet guidelines as set out in “The Shooters Hand Book”.

Each range features buildings and facades constructed to resemble structures similar to those of the “Old West”. Buildings, Props, Target stands, and Firearms Stands, are not to be used without expressed consent of the Red Mountain Renegades. All steel targets are securely stored and only Cowboy Action Shooters, which have completed the RO-1 course will be provided with a key to the secure storage.

General Guidelines

The following information provides rules, regulations, and general guidelines adopted by the Red Mountain Renegades to standardize the rules for Cowboy Action shooting at Mission District Rod and Gun Club, Mission BC.

RED MOUNTAIN RENEGADES STRESS THE NECESSITY OF SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF FIREARMS.

By policy, it is agreed that all members of the Red Mountain Renegades will be RO-1 trained.  The SASS Range Operations Basic Course (RO-1)and SASS Range Officer Training Course offer an in-depth interpretation and further clarificationof these rules along with applicable penalties.

Spirit of the Game

As the game of Cowboy Action Shooting™ has evolved, members have developed and adopted an attitude towards their participation we call “The Spirit of the Game.”  Competing in The Spirit of the Game means you fully participate in what the competition asks.  You do not look for ways to create an advantage out of what is or is not stated as a rule or shooting procedure.  Some folks would call The Spirit of the Game nothing more than good sportsmanship.  Whatever you call it, if you don’t have it, Cowboy Action Shooting™ is not your game.

A “Spirit Of The Game” infraction occurs when a competitor willfully or intentionally disregards the stage instructions in order to obtain a competitive advantage (i.e., taking the penalty would result in a lower score or faster time than following the instructions) and is not assessed simply because a competitor “makes a mistake.”  In such a case, in addition to any penalties for misses, a 30-second “Failure To Engage/Spirit of the Game” penalty is assessed.  Shooting ammunition that does not meet the power factor or minimum velocity is also a “Spirit Of The Game” infraction.  Two “Spirit Of The Game” penalties within a match will result in a Match Disqualification.

Before You Shoot

1.Register in MDRGC sign in book (BAY 2) or with Shoot Event Registrar.
2.Ensure SHOOTING EVENT SIGNS are erected at entrance to Little TombStone.
3.Ensure RED FLAGS are hung at entrance to Little Tombstone.
4.Ensure all participants and spectators are equipped with and wearing protective eye and hearing equipment.

During Shoot

SAFETY FIRST , ALWAYS TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT WAS LOADED.

  • All shooting will be conducted under the direct supervision of a Range Operations Safety Officer (Minimum RO-1 Certification).
  • When carrying a firearm anywhere on the Cowboy range the action shall be open and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Revolvers will be holstered and empty.
  • All firearms, while stored prior to a competitor being called to shoot, will have the action left open (Shotguns and Rifles).
  • There is no DRY FIRING allowed in the SAFE AREA or loading/unloading bays.
  • If a competitor is not wearing a holster the revolver must be carried with the loading gate open and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Only competitors are allowed to wear firearms at the match.
  • All firearms will be loaded and unloaded in the designated SAFE AREA (loading /unloading tables) under the supervision of a Loading/Unloading Officer.
  • When drawing a revolver from a holster the gun WILL NOT BE COCKED UNTIL THE MUZZLE IS AT LEAST A 45 DEGREE ANGLE DOWN RANGE.
  • During competition or while under the direct supervision of a RSO , rifles may be staged with the magazine loaded and action closed on an empty chamber and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Shotguns are always staged unloaded and with the action open with the exception of the Shooting category “WILD BUNCH”.
  • The muzzle of a weapon will never be placed on the ground or a competitor’s foot as this is unsafe behavior and also breaks the 170 degree safety rule.
  • The competitor with a firearm in hand and a loaded chamber under a cocked hammer may only move one foot (similar to the traveling rule in basket ball) until the round is fired or ejected.
  • Competitors wearing cross draw or shoulder holsters must turn their bodies when drawing their firearm in order not to break the 170 degree safety rule.
  • Alcohol, Narcotics and / or intoxicants are not allowed at shooting events. Anyone wishing to compete in an event who is considered to be intoxicated or under the influence of a narcotic will be refused for safety reasons.
  • Treat others with consideration and respect. Everyone is at these events to enjoy themselves. Range Officers, Loading/Unloading Officers, Score Keepers and Shoot Spotters are volunteers.
  • Competitors are expected to appear at shooting events, awards, photo opportunities and social events in attire consistent to the class in which you choose to shoot.

This listing does not cover all the rules of Cowboy Action Shooting as determined by S.A.S.S. or the Red Mountain Renegades. They are intended to serve as basic guidelines for people wishing to compete in the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. Further information is available through S.A.S.S. and found specifically in the “Shooters Handbook”, www.sassnet.com.

Ammunition

All ammunition used at Red Mountain Renegade shooting and demonstration events will be cast lead or lead shot.  Pistol and rifle ammunition may not be jacketed, semi jacketed, plated, gas checked or copper washed.  It must be all lead.  Molydisulfide coated bullets or equivalent are acceptable.

Pistol ammunition velocities must not be lower than 600 fps and not over 1000 fps in velocity.

Rifle ammunition velocities must not exceed 1400 fps in velocity.

Pocket pistols, derringers and long range rifles are exempt from velocity requirements but may be required to be fired at paper targets for safety reasons.

Competitors will be required to provide five rounds of ammunition to match officials for inspection and chronograph testing upon request.

Competitors may be held responsible for damage caused to a target or injury to personnel due to “bounce back” because of inappropriate ammunition.  This major safety violation is grounds for instant disqualification and ejection from the match.

Summary

The Mission and District Rod and Gun Club and Red Mountain Renegades Cowboy Action Shooting Group are available through the efforts of many volunteers.  The grounds, buildings, targets etc, are in place to facilitate enjoyment of sport shooting.  All persons using these facilities should ensure they participate in keeping the property free of litter, which includes picking up their expended cartridges. Further, all participants are encouraged to report any observed infractions of this policy to an RSO, Cowboy Action RO or member of the Mission Rod and Gun Club Executive.

Ron Tarnawski (aka) Preacher Flynn T. Locke
Cowboy Action Chairman
Red Mountain Renegades
Mission & District Rod and Gun Club

Reminder

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property.

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club. Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

 

Pistol Range – General

The Pistol Range is 50 meters in length. It is licensed for up to and including .357 magnum energy levels. No shotguns or center fire rifles are permitted on the pistol range. Rim fire rifles, however, are permitted. Range illumination lights are present; the switch is located at the center of the firing line. This area is monitored and recorded at all times.

 

Range Safety Officers

R.S.O’s are volunteer members of the club who are qualified to assist new shooters and to ensure that all Firearm Safety Rules and procedures are complied with and members and guests are signed in. The R.S.O. has the authority and support of the Club Executive and will report flagrant behavior to the Executive, which can result in suspension of membership. R.S.O’s can be identified by card or by wearing a range safety vest.

 

Range Schedule

The pistol range is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Scheduling of events is posted on the website and on the club calendar in the clubhouse.

It is recommended that members check the club website before leaving for the range to avoid conflict with a scheduled event.

 

Range Courtesy

  • Members firing semi-automatic firearms must be cognizant of members adjacent on either side as regards their brass ejection.
  • Members who are coaching youths or guests must have direct “hands-on” supervision of that person and is responsible for all safety aspects.
  • Members shooting over chronographs should be given some reasonable safe access to adjust the screens when setting up.
  • Members should ensure that they clean up the pistol range properly when they are finished using it. Brooms and dustpans are provided for clean up. Ensure that all spent cartridges are disposed of in the marked buckets. Rounds that fail to fire should be placed in the designated containers.

 

Target & Target Frames

Target frames are maintained by designated volunteers. Problems can be directed to the caretaker who will contact those designated for repairs. Targets should be affixed to approved stands with short staples or map pins. Balloons may be used as targets. No targets other than paper ones and balloons are permitted excepted for those belonging to an approved discipline using club authorized targets. Silhouette, humanoid or facial targets are prohibited; except for law enforcement personal with appropriate identification and only from Monday to Friday. Club targets are available for sale at the clubhouse. Cost is 3 for $1.00.

 

Range Safety Lights

Control of when and when not to discharge firearms is controlled by a series of paired coloured lights across the firing point. When the GREEN LIGHTS are illuminated, the range is SAFE and no firearms are allowed to be handled. Pistols are to be laid on the table with actions open for inspection, rim fire rifles are to be placed on the racks provided. It is the responsibility of the person calling a cease-fire to ensure that all firearms are clear and all persons are behind the red line prior to anyone moving forward. Two access lanes are marked on the left and right hand sides of the firing lines. These lanes are to be used to go forward to replace targets. During a cease fire persons should not be moving around benches and firearms. Under a green light condition, shooters may be downrange affixing or removing their targets. Prior to the lights being changed to RED and live fire commencing ensure that everyone has returned from affixing targets down range. When the RED LIGHTS are on the range is “HOT” or ACTIVE and firing may take place. Firearms may only be moved between the racks and benches while the lights are RED. All firearms are to be un-packed and packed on the firing line during a RED LIGHT only. The switch controlling the safety lights is on the wall near the sign-in book and is marked by a silver cover. All shooters must be conversant with the coloured light system and obey same, even when shooting alone. When the range is vacant, all lights are to be switched off.

For obvious reasons, the Club recommends that appropriate eye and hearing protection be worn while on the range.

 

Amenities

The range “office” at the west end of the firing point is suitable for small group meetings or for those who prefer to load cartridges at the range for load development. In inclement weather, the office can be heated. The timer switch is located near the electrical panel.

 

Deer & Bears

On occasion, wildlife may appear on this range, in which case all firing will cease until the animals clear the range proper.

 

Miscellaneous

The Mission and District Rod and Gun Club is a Society with a membership approaching 3000 members, all of which are volunteers. This is your Club and your assistance in keeping its facilities clean and undamaged is greatly appreciated.

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property.

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club.  Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

 

Rifle Range – General

The Rifle Range is 300 yards in length and provides target frames at 25, 50, 100, 200 metres, as well as 300 yards.  It is licensed for up to and including .338 Lapua Magnum calibre.  The range has “butts” at 300 yards which include contain cantilevered target frames which are not to be used by members other than those authorized and with consideration of all posted safety concerns.

 

Range Safety Officers

R.S.O’s are volunteer members of the club who are qualified to assist new shooters and to ensure that all Firearm Safety Rules and procedures are complied with and members and guests are signed in.  The R.S.O. has the authority and support of the Club Executive and will report flagrant behavior to the Executive, which can result in suspension of membership.  RSO’s can be identified by card or by wearing a range safety vest.

 

Range Schedule

Scheduling of events is posted at the range as well as on the club calendar in the clubhouse.  It is recommended that members check the club website before leaving for the range to avoid conflict with a scheduled event.  Members interested in a particular shooting discipline can contact that discipline’s Chairman by clicking on the appropriate venue on the Club website Contact Page.

 

Range Courtesy

  • Members firing semi-automatic firearms must be cognizant of members on adjacent benches as regards their brass extraction.
  • Members should have only one firearm on the firing line at one time.
  • Members who are coaching youths must have direct “hands-on” control of that young person and be responsible for all safety aspects expected.
  • Members shooting over chronographs should be given some reasonable safe access to adjust the screens when setting up.
  • Tracer ammunition is prohibited.
  • Ammuniton that fails to fire should be placed in the respective containers.

Targets & Target Frames

Target frames are maintained by designated volunteers.  Problems can be directed to the caretaker who will contact those designated for repairs.  Targets should be affixed to the backing with short staples or map pins and positioned low enough that errant rounds do not impact the frames.  Balloons may be used as targets but must be positioned so as to avoid the frames.  No targets other than paper and balloons are permitted.  Silhouette, humanoid or facial targets are prohibited.

Club targets are available for sale at the clubhouse and may be available at the range itself. Payment is by the honour system and cost is 3 for $1.00.

 

Range Safety Lights

Control of when and when not to discharge firearms is controlled by a series of paired coloured lights across the firing point and by the east entry door.

When the GREEN LIGHTS are illuminated, the range is SAFE and no firearms are allowed on the shooting benches and they must be placed upright in the racks provided along the south wall.  Under a green light condition, shooters may be downrange affixing or removing their targets.

When the RED LIGHTS are on the range is “HOT” or ACTIVE and firing may take place.  Firearms may only be moved between the racks and benches while the lights are RED.  The switch controlling the safety lights is on the wall near the west entrance door.  All shooters must be conversant with the coloured light system and obey same, even when shooting alone.  When the range is vacant, all lights are to be switched off.

For obvious reasons, the Club recommends that appropriate eye and hearing protection be worn while on the range.

 

Amenities

The range “office” at the east end of the firing point is suitable for small group meetings or for those who prefer to load cartridges at the range for load development or cleaning firearms.  In inclement weather, the office can be heated.  The electrical panel and timer switch on the north wall control the baseboard heaters.

At the west end of the firing point there is a locked wood stove which can provide heat to the nearby benches. The padlock key is available to those who have access to the west storage lockup.

Carpeted Shooting platforms are available for those who prefer to shoot from a prone position.  These are stacked at the east end of the firing point and must be returned to the stack by the member when finished shooting.

 

Deer & Bears

On occasion, wildlife may appear on this range, in which case all firing will cease until the animals clear the range proper.

 

Reminder

The Mission and District Rod and Gun Club is a Society with membership approaching 3000 members, all of which are volunteers. This is your Club and your assistance in keeping its facilities clean and undamaged is greatly appreciated.

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property.

The policy manual(s) are to be read in conjunction with all common Firearms and Range Safety Manuals as well as the directives and By-Laws of the Mission and District Rod and Gun Club, and the RSO Handbook.  Members should be familiar with applicable Canadian and Provincial Firearms Legislation and govern themselves accordingly.

 

Shotgun Range – General

The Shotgun Range consists of 4 Trap Fields, 1 of which is a combination Trap/Skeet Field.  All Trap Fields are equipped with automatic traps & voice release systems, the Skeet Field has automatic Traps with a manual release system.  All fields are lighted to facilitate night shooting.  A range board is maintained for patterning shotguns with shot only. No slugs are permitted nor allowed.

 

Range Safety Officers

R.S.O’s are volunteer members of the club who are qualified to assist new shooters and to ensure that all Firearm Safety Rules and procedures are complied with and members and guests are signed in.  The R.S.O. has the authority and support of the Club Executive and will report flagrant behavior to the Executive, which can result in suspension of membership.  R.S.O’s can be identified by card or by wearing a range safety vest.

 

Range Schedule

The Shotgun Fields are open whenever the clubhouse is open & additionally on Wednesday evenings.

Scheduling of events is posted at the range as well as on the club calendar in the clubhouse.  It is recommended that members check the club website before leaving for the range to avoid conflict with a scheduled event.

 

Range Courtesy

  • Members carrying firearms, whether from rack to field or in between posts, shall ensure that firearms are unloaded & actions open.
  • Members firing semi-automatic firearms must be cognizant of members on adjacent posts as regards their shell ejection.
  • Members should have only one firearm on the firing line at one time.
  • Treat every gun as if were loaded.
  • Keep the action open and unloaded until it is your turn to shoot.
  • Make sure the barrel is clear before loading,double check barrel after every malfunction.
  • Never load more than one shot in your gun except when shooting doubles.
  • Load your gun at the firing station only.
  • Guns are to open and empty when moving from station to station.
  • Never discard a misfired shell on the ground.
  • All pistol grip shotguns must have a butt attached.
  • Members who are coaching youths must have direct “hands-on” supervision of that young person and are responsible for all safety aspects.

 

Targets & Traps

Traps are maintained by designated volunteers.  Problems can be directed to the caretaker who will contact those designated for repairs.  No targets other than standard shotgun targets are permitted.  Club targets are available for sale at rates to be determined by the Shotgun Committee.  No unauthorized persons shall service or otherwise operate any of the equipment on the Trap or Skeet Fields.

For obvious reasons, the Club recommends that appropriate eye and hearing protection be worn while on the range.

 

Deer & Bears

On occasion, wildlife may appear on this range, in which case all firing will cease until the animals clear the range proper.

 

Miscellaneous

The Mission and District Rod and Gun Club is a Society with a membership approaching 3000 members, all of which are volunteers. This is your Club and your assistance in keeping its facilities clean and undamaged is greatly appreciated.

An agreement exists between Mission & District Rod & Gun Club, Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club, Langley Rod & Gun Club, Pitt Meadows Trap & Skeet Club, Abbotsford Fish and Game Club, & Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association whereby each club honours the other club’s memberships in regard shotgun shooting activities.

Valid Membership Cards must be worn at all times while on Club Property.