Membership Cards

2017-2018 Membership Cards have been mailed and should arrive soon. If you do not receive your card soon, please contact George at 337-304-1920 


Convenient NRA Membership Information Link 

If you need to change some of your information in your NRA Membership Information, check on your expiration date or need to print a new card, there is a convenient way to do this. (When I did it, I found the NRA still listed my area code as "318", which has not been our area code in Lake Charles in a long time.) If you wish to check your information on file with the NRA, you may go to NRA Member Services and register to view, edit or print a new card or other details of your membership.




The first Tuesday of July falls on July 4th and the Genesis Fitness Center will be closed, therefore, the July meeting of the Club will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30





The Club pays a contractor to mow the Range about once a month  If you are at the Range when the tractor/bush-hog rig shows up to mow, or he is there mowing when you arrive to shoot anything anywhere on any Range, please remember mowing takes priority over any shooting activities. Please yield to him for safety's sake so he can finish mowing safely without delay.  Take no chances.  Don't assume anything.  Make contact with him and get a clear understanding of where he is mowing and where he needs to go next to finish. Send no shot downrange unless you are positive of the location and planned activity of the mowing tractor so that it will be safe.






Notices and Alerts  


  • SAFETY ALERT! “Do-All Traps” ground bouncing targets, such as the ‘Dancing Ball”, “Hot Box”, “Gun Ball” and “Top Hat” are NOT APPROVED for use on our range. Please report any observed use of these targets to a club officer.
  • SAFETY ALERT! EXPLODING TARGETS, SUCH AS SEEN ON TV, ARE NOT APPROVED TARGETS FOR OUR RANGE! Please report any observed use of these targets to a club officer.
  • SAFETY ALERT! Please do not put live rounds into the burn barrels! Place in yellow containers located at several places under each shed. Also, please don’t leave live rounds on the ground where they can be hit and set off by the mower.
  • Proper Locking of the Gate: Members are reminded that when locking the gate please leave slack in the chain so that the lock can be accessed from either side. Do NOT wrap a turn of chain around the locking post; this makes it difficult to manipulate the lock from both sides of the gate. With the locking post and socket design of our gate, it is not necessary to wrap the chain tightly.

Blocked and Rejected Emails:  The Club is now sending the Newsletter and other important emails using our Membership Management software.


If you have not received the newsletter recently, your email address on file is either incorrect or is being rejected for some reason.


It is important to be able to receive emails from the Club, because this is now our primary means of communications with our members. Ranges closures, meeting notices, dues notices, newsletters and any other communication will be done via email.


I apologize for the inconvenience, but I hope we can figure out how you can receive emails from our Club.



Upcoming meetings & events

June 25, 2017 8:00 AM • 5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, LA (for GPS use)
July 08, 2017 8:30 AM • 5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, LA (for GPS use)
July 11, 2017 7:30 PM • Genesis Fitness Center, 2800 Westwood Road, Westlake, LA 70665
July 16, 2017 8:00 AM • 5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, LA (for GPS use)
August 01, 2017 7:30 PM • Genesis Fitness Center, 2800 Westwood Road, Westlake, LA 70665
August 13, 2017 8:00 AM • 5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, LA (for GPS use)
August 26, 2017 9:00 AM • Lake Charles Civic Center on the lake in Lake Charles

Description of the New Membership Management Software and Website


The Club has subscribed to Wild Apricot, which is web-based software that automates and simplifies the management of our membership and our website. This software was recommended to our club by a large gun club in Houston who has used the software for a couple of years. The address www.swlarifleandpistol.club will take you to the club's website.



With Wild Apricot, the Club now has the ability to create "member-only" pages. The software uses your email address as your user name, so in order to have access to the "member-only" features, you must have a user name and password.


Soon, members who have submitted email addresses to the club should receive an email prompting you to create a password. If you have not furnished the Club with an email address, please email the Secretary at george@swlarifleandpistol.club with "subscribe" in the Subject field; include your full name in the body of the message so we can match the email to your name in our database. You will then receive an email regarding establishing a password.


Once you have created a password, please sign in and check your member profile for accuracy and completeness, especially your NRA number and expiration date. Important! If you have any type of NRA Life Membership, such as Patron, Benefactor, etc., that does not expire, please enter the date 1/1/2100 into the Expiration Date field. Please do not leave the Expiration Date field blank.   


You may also update your membership by photographing your membership card and emailing the photo to george@swlarifleandpistol.club. This information not only ensures we are following our by-laws, it is required to qualify the Club for NRA range grants. Only the Club’s officers can view membership information. The Club values our members’ privacy and does not share member information. 


Most pages are public and you can view all public pages without logging in, however, if you wish to update any information in your profile, or access any other member only features, you will need to log in using your email address and password. This will allow you to view "members only" pages. At the moment, the only page that is designated as member only is the member profile page, where you can change your address and update your NRA membership information. In the future we may offer the ability to renew both your Club membership and your NRA membership through the site, but we are taking baby steps initially.


One of the features of this online system is the ability to send out email blasts. This will eliminate the need to break down the membership into 10-12 small groups to email the newsletter. The Club will be transitioning to this new method of newsletter distribution requiring members to click on a link to access the newsletter. This will be in full operation for the January 2015 Newsletter.


Another one of the options now available to the Club is the ability to accept online payments for renewals, match entry fees, donations, etc. We also have the ability to track our finances, create reports and integrate our finances into QuickBooks, if we choose to use those features. As of this moment, the Board has not made a decision on whether or not to accept online payments or utilize some of the other features, as we need to investigate the usefulness, procedures and costs involved, but it is now an option.


To learn more about Wild Apricot and the features now available to the Club, visit their website at http://www.wildapricot.com/about-us.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 518, Lake Charles, LA 70602

Range Address for use with GPS:

5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, Louisiana 

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