Each year, the members of the club go above and beyond when it comes to raising money for St. Jude's. Members, their families and friends turn out in numbers to support this worthy cause and raise money for St Jude's Children's Hospital.
It all started about twenty-five years ago. The first St. Jude Days were headed up by Wayne Valerie a long standing member of the Meriden Rod and Gun Club in conjunction with United Bow hunters of Connecticut most of the money was made by pledge sheets you had sponsors for your pledge sheet for so much a point and them you used your bow and arrow to garner points.
The first couple of years Meriden Rod and Gun Club averaged around $4,000 at the club function another 15k or so was raised by the other clubs.
We had a falling out with UBC and thatís when CT Shooting Sportsmen For St. Jude came into being. The last couple of years have been spectacular for the club with close to $25,000 being donated.
Hunter Safety/Archery Safety
We run Conservation Education/Firearms Safety courses through out the year, these are administered by the Department of Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division. All our instructors are certified and there are no fees for any of the courses and all materials are provided free of charge.
Cast And Blast
The Meriden Rod and Gun Club holds an annual cast and blast in October on the club grounds the event is open to the public . You can fish in the well stocked trout pond and also have use of the trap and rifle range. Food will be served thru out the day with a raffle hold at the end of the days event, a good time for all .