Club Connection, Volume 14, Issue 2

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Contents NRA Owes Its Success To You By John C. Sigler, NRA President


Goodyear Fire Department Partners with Eddie Eagle By Jon Draper, Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator


2009 NRA National Junior Pistol Camp


Women On Target® Clinics Thrive in Uncertain Economy By Elizabeth D. Hellmann, National Program Coordinator


Established 1995 and published quarterly by the Field Operations Division of the National Rifle Association of America. Ronald L. Schmeits


David A. Keene

1st Vice President James W. Porter II

2nd Vice President

Wayne R. LaPierre

Executive Vice President Edward J. Land, Jr.


NRA Honors 4 Women Common Club Insurance Questions

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Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program


NRA Range Grants


ILA News


Club News


2009 NRA Gold Medal Award Winners


Letter to the Editor


Business News


NRA Affiliated State Associations


NRA Field Representatives


Wilson H. Phillips, Jr.


Kayne Robinson

Executive Director, General Operations Chris W. Cox

Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action NRA-affiliated clubs and associations are authorized to reproduce all or parts of this newsletter. NRA Clubs & Associations Department National Rifle Association Attn: Clubs & Associations Department 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax,VA 22030 (800) NRA – CLUB (672-2582) (703) 267-3939 fax Editors: Elizabeth Bush, National Manager Clubs, Associations, & Range Services (703) 267-1348 Son Nguyen, Marketing Manager (703) 267-1345 Design & layout: Jack Baker, Marketing Coordinator (703) 267-1351

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President’s Column

NRA Owes Its Success To You As you know, NRA’s bylaws limit the president to a maximum of two one-year terms. This means that by the time you read this column, it is likely the NRA Board of Directors will have selected my successor, the 60th NRA president. It also means this is my last chance to speak directly to you, our members. So please bear with me. When first elected NRA’s 59th president, I told the Board of Directors I would use my time as your president pursuing four interrelated priorities, as follows: • For NRA to continue to protect, defend and expand the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes whenever and wherever possible. • To grow NRA’s membership to give NRA the numerical strength necessary to be the powerful political force America needs to safeguard our Second Amendment rights for future generations. • To modernize, enhance and expand NRA’s programs to motivate potential new members to join our ranks, so that every NRA member will have ample opportunity to safely exercise the rights we work so hard to protect. • To build upon and grow NRA’s endowments to ensure that NRA has the financial ability to protect our rights and deliver our programs well into the future. Every month for the past two years it has been my honor and privilege to speak to the membership through this column. And every month I have asked you to assist me in some way to address each of those four priorities. Each time I have asked you to assist me in this endeavor, you have responded in a positive and meaningful fashion, and I thank you. Throughout the last two years, I have frequently asked NRA’s membership to work together and with others to ensure that the politicians on Capitol Hill, in your state houses and city halls, fully understand that you and your NRA will do whatever is necessary to defeat any attempt by any government to strip away your rights or infringe upon the rights of future generations. I thank you for your enthusiastic support of NRA’s efforts to protect, defend and expand our God-given Right To Keep and Bear Arms. NRA has been successful because of you, its members—thank you! Likewise, I have frequently written about the need to recruit new members to the NRA family, and each time you

have done your part to build NRA’s membership into a strong and effective voice for freedom. Through your efforts, active-duty military personnel, law John C. Sigler, NRA President enforcement officers, hunters, shooters and other American patriots who understand the importance of a strong and effective NRA are flocking to our cause and adding their names to NRA’s membership rolls. Again, NRA has been successful because of you, its members—thank you!

I thank you for your enthusiastic support of NRA’s efforts to protect, defend and expand our God-given Right To Keep and Bear Arms. NRA has been successful because of you, its members. In several of my columns I have spoken to you about a wide range of NRA programs, from hunting and competitive shooting to gun collecting, just to name a few. In each case I have suggested that our members should introduce youngsters, women, family and friends to these programs, and you have responded. For example, through your efforts, NRA now sanctions .50 BMG rifle matches in conjunction with the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association, conducts NRA’s Black Powder National Championships in conjunction with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association on their grounds in Friendship, Indiana; sanctions multi-gun and three-gun matches nationwide in support of several groups that have asked to become part of our programming, has branched into NRA Tactical Police Competitions in addition to the standard PPC competitions; and expanded NRA’s long-range rifle program to include F-Class national and international competitions. Not only that, but NRA’s services to hunters and shooters with disabilities have expanded exponentially continued on page 5 Volume 14, Number 2 l club connection l 3

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Goodyear Fire Department Partners with Eddie Eagle, Continues 12-year Partnership By Jon Draper, Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator The Goodyear Fire Department has something new to be excited about this year. They have received their very own Eddie Eagle mascot costume courtesy of the NRA Foundation and the Arizona Friends of NRA. Officer David Acero submitted the winning application for the 2008 Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program mascot costume competition in Arizona. The Goodyear Fire Department will receive an Eddie Eagle mascot costume, at no cost, to aid them in their gun accident prevention efforts. The winning application was selected based on a detailed description of how the costume and program would be used to reach the maximum number of children in a particular community. “The Goodyear Fire Department has a long tradition of teaching firearm accident prevention with the Eddie Eagle program in their community,” said Eric Lipp, Manager of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, “and we’re sure that the addition of an Eddie Eagle mascot costume will greatly enhance their program’s effectiveness.” The history of Eddie Eagle and the Goodyear Fire Department goes back over 12 years! The Goodyear Fire Department incorporated the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program in their FirePal program several years ago, and they have found that the program is extremely effective in reaching children with the firearm safety message. For example, in 2006, a month after an Eddie Eagle presentation at Michael Anderson Elementary School, second grade student Joel Padilla, observed another student with a handgun in his backpack! Joel remembered what he learned during the Eddie Eagle presentation and knew what to do. He immediately informed his teacher, and the Principal was able to deal with the problem without anyone being injured. Joel was honored for making the right decision, and he was presented with the “Right Choice” award during a ceremony held in his classroom. He also received a bicycle and a helmet for his heroic display. “This is a very important event at Michael Anderson Elementary School because the student made the right choice. In an area of town that has a lot of 4 l club connection l Volume 14, Number 2

challenges, this program has proved to be a great tool for our community,” said Officer Acero of the Goodyear Fire Department. Currently, the Goodyear Fire Department has six officers teaching the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, and the new costume should reach up to 10,000 children per year! Eddie Eagle will make appearances in schools, at community events, and in partnership with the Goodyear Police Department. Some city-wide events that Eddie Eagle will be involved with are the “National Night Out,” “Safety Expo,” and local parades. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to learn that the Goodyear Fire Department is the recipient of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle mascot costume,” exclaimed Tanja Tanner, Community Education Coordinator for the Goodyear Fire Department, “Thank you so much for your generous award.” The Eddie Eagle Staff wants to thank the Goodyear Fire Department for their outstanding efforts in promoting firearm accident prevention with incredible enthusiasm. Without the help and dedication of law enforcement agencies and fire departments such as the Goodyear Fire Department, Eddie Eagle’s life saving message would not be able to reach approximately one million kids a year.

Officer David Acero teaching Gun Safety

2009 NRA National Junior Pistol Camp The NRA is pleased to announce that it will once again host the NRA Junior National Pistol Camp. The camp is scheduled to be held July 14 – 18, 2009, during the NRA National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio. The camp will help junior shooters age 12 and above hone their pistol marksmanship skills in international and conventional pistol shooting, in a safe and enjoyable

environment. This year’s camp attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn from three guest coaches, United States Olympic Pistol Team Coach Sergey Luzov, Olympic Silver Medalist and nine time World Cup Gold Medalist Ruby Fox, and nine time NRA National Pistol Champion Brian Zins. The pistol camp activities will not conflict with the .22 cal. stage of the National Pistol Championship match held on July 16, and students enrolled at the pistol camp will be able to also participate in the .22 cal. matches. Entry fees for the National Championships are not included in the camp registration fees. Once again the NRA would like to thank The Ohio Gun Collectors Association for their continued support and generosity in providing first-time campers tuition and travel expense reimbursements up $500.00 per individual and up to a total cost of $5,000.00 for the entire camp. To learn more about the 2009 NRA Junior Pistol Camp or to download registration materials please visit http://www. pdf or contact Chris Thacker by calling 703-267-1481 or sending an email to

President’s Column continued from page 3 over the past two years. Again, NRA has been successful because of you, its members—thank you! During the opening hours of my term as your president, I issued what became known as the Freedom Challenge. I called upon patriots and members like you to help raise new cash, pledges and documented expectancies during my presidency for NRA programs and projects, and to grow our endowments to the point where they can move into the future on a solid financial footing. I have used this column to tell you about the Freedom Challenge, the Voice of Freedom and other similar and related topics, and you have listened. I am happy to report that, as I write this column, we are confident that the Freedom Challenge will be successful. Once again, thank you! It has, indeed, been an honor and a privilege to serve you as the 59th president of the greatest patriotic organization in America. I thank you for the opportunity to serve, but I have one last request before I go. My final request is that you never lose sight of freedom; that you always remember that freedom is not free and that it must be won anew every day; that you always remember that united we can accomplish anything; and that you give my successor all the support necessary to successfully continue our all-important fight for freedom. American firearm freedom is under attack on many fronts. Obama, Biden, Holder, Clinton, Pelosi, Feinstein and other federal officials have evil designs on that freedom, as do others, like mayors Bloomberg, Daley and Fenty, and governors like Corzine and Rendell, plus scores of legislators from coast to coast. They are all biding their time, waiting for the right opportunity to strike—and strike they will, unless we are united and prepared. I sincerely hope that the next NRA president will have the financial resources and grassroots support necessary to fight for American firearm freedom whenever and wherever needed, and that you will unite as a mighty force behind the 60th president of the National Rifle Association of America. Thank you for all that you do for NRA. And thank you for all the support you have given me during my time as your president. Volume 14, Number 2 l club connection l 5

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Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics Thrive in an Uncertain Economy By Elizabeth D. Hellmann, National Program Coordinator, Women’s Programs If your club is looking for a way to increase attendance at its classes, or seeking new ways to attract members and families, Women on Target® may be just the program for you. Clubs and ranges across the country are reporting recordbreaking demand for firearms instruction classes for women only.

Clinic Director Lisa Bunch with fellow Volunteer Instructor, Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club (Mesa, AZ) April 18

The past few years have brought extraordinary numbers of women to clubs -- women in search of firearms training. For a clinic my club is hosting this weekend, there are 85 registrants with dozens of names on a waiting list -- and hundreds of inquiries logged. More than a month ago, I stopped taking names for the waiting list, but I am still receiving calls and emails asking for information. All this, with no advertising other than the mention on the NRA Women’s Programs web page at women/isc/clinics.asp. You may wonder what is driving women to seek firearms training. The kinds of comments I hear include (1) the desire to learn a new skill (2) to try something out of the ordinary (3) the need to learn to use firearms that are kept in the home by a spouse or a partner (4) the need to learn

to use firearms because one’s job requires it, and (5) personal protection. Women often comment that they want their children to learn to handle firearms safely, too, and that they recognize the NRA as the leading organization for firearms safety training in the world. Yes, it’s true! Our reputation goes beyond the borders of our great country. This week alone, in addition to calls from all parts of the United States, I received inquiries from citizens of Canada and homeowners in Costa Rica. Another reason women enjoy Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics is that they offer terrific introductions to a variety of training. At my own club, we offer rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading, archery, Refuse To Be A Victim®, Basic Methods of Concealed Carry, and Buying and Caring for a Handgun. NRA Women’s Programs encourages clubs to be creative in designing presentations that emphasize their interests and the talents of their members, as well as appealing to the needs of the community. For something truly out of the ordinary, Linda Groberg, Clinic Director for Ojai Valley Gun Club (Ventura, CA) recently held a clinic which boasted a special guest: The

Tucson Rifle Club (Tucson, AZ) March 23

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NRA Honors Four Women By Patty Zollman, National Training Coordinator, Women’s Programs The National Rifle Association is proud to announce the 2009 winners of the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom and Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional accomplishments of modern heroines through their legislative activism, volunteerism, and educational contributions to advancing the purposes and goals of the NRA. On a national level, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award is named after a heroine of the American Revolution. The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award is named for the first female president of the NRA and recognizes the achievements of women who have worked at the local, state, or regional levels to promote the shooting sports and defend the Second Amendment.

Linda Walker with Governor Ted Strickland

Susan Bierly

Donna Vandermolen

Linda Walker of Alexandria, Ohio received the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award. Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Awards were presented to: Susan Bierly of Stewartville, Minnesota; Marlene Duncan of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and Donna Vandermolen of Conroe, Texas. To honor women’s contributions in support of the Second Amendment at the national level, the Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award has been awarded since 1995. The Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award has been presented since 2004 and recognizes women at the local, state or regional level. For more information on the accomplishments of our 2009 award winners or how to nominate a deserving woman for the 2010 award visit or call (800) 861-1166. Nominations for both awards are due on November 1 each year.

Marlene Duncan

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NRA Endorsed Insurance

Common Club Insurance Questions Your NRA Affiliation gives you a distinct advantage over other clubs - access to the NRA Endorsed Insurance Program. Created by the NRA and industry experts, the program is designed specifically to cover the unique exposures facing clubs, providing coverage for club firearms and million-dollar liability coverage. More than 8,000 NRA affiliated clubs currently participate in the program. Coverage is written with carriers rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. One of the key elements in your club’s success is its protection if someone is injured. That means securing a liability insurance policy. Because clubs are involved in a potentially dangerous activity, concerns about liability should be a priority for not only the club, but the members as well. Despite how well the club promotes safety, accidents including guest members and the club will happen. Please review your policy for coverage specifics. Below are the general terms of what the NRA program includes: • Club activities occurring away from the club Coverage is not restricted to activities held just at the club premises like other policies. Whether it’s attending a shooting competition at another club, participating in a fundraiser, or other normal club activities that occur away from the club premises, your club is covered. • Coverage for club activities conducted in other states General liability coverage applies in the coverage territory which includes the U.S. and its territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. Worldwide coverage applies for an insured, whose home is in the coverage territory, while away for a short time on your business. The policy excludes any premises used for the purpose of holding one or more gun or firearm shows. These can be insured separately. • Coverage for club members Coverage includes club members as additional insureds. This means an individual member, as well as the club, would be defended for allegations of negligence relating to club activities. • Coverage for guests One of the most common questions is how guests are covered. Remember that members are additional insureds on the clubs policy; guests are not given the same treatment. A common scenario would be if a guest is using your range and causes injury or damage to someone or something else. In these types of cases, the guest is named in the complaint and, since it happened on club grounds, the club is also named. In this example, the club has protection for the guests actions, but the guest is not covered under the clubs policy. The same would hold true for a trespasser that is injured on club property. The club has coverage, the trespasser does not.

• Medical Payments The general liability policy has a sub-limit of $5,000 for Medical Payments per person regardless of whether or not an injury is the result of an accident caused by the club’s negligence. Don’t put your club’s (or its members) security in jeopardy. The NRA Endorsed Insurance Program sales team will assist you in making sure your club has the coverage it needs. Call (877) 487-5407 to begin a free, no-obligation insurance review today. The program offers free, no-obligation rate quotes. Or visit www. for additional information. Please review your policy for specific coverage details.

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The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Qualification shooting is an informal, year-round recreational shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. It’s a drill. We set the standards; you meet the challenge! Progression is self-paced and scores are challenging but attainable. Performance is measured against established par scores and any shooter who meets or exceeds those scores is entitled to the corresponding recognition awards for that rating. It’s an honor system! Shooters acquire the large discipline patch at the onset of the program and as each rating is earned, they are entitled to all of the corresponding awards for the rating. Each rating level has a skill rocker, medal, pin and certificate award that recognizes and highlights the achievement. The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman, Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) up to a nationally recognized skill level - Distinguished Expert - the pinnacle of the program. By the time a shooter completes the Distinguished Expert rating, he or she has attained a proficiency level paralleling that of a competitively classified Sharpshooter. Some clubs and ranges run qualification programs at their facilities, but qualification shooting can be conducted anywhere -- on public ranges, at your favorite club range, even on your own home range. Air gun shooters will find air gun qualification courses especially suited for informal home air gun ranges and family learning environments. Parents can shoot side by side with their children or start a neighborhood air gun shooting sports program for their children and their friends. “One of my main goals for 2009 is to have more Clubs and Ranges incorporate the Winchester/NRA marksmanship qualification program at their facility. Using the qualification program at their facility is a great revenue source. When you have more people coming to shoot, they are spending time on the range, more money on ammo and accessories, which in turn generates more revenue for the facility. What shooter wouldn’t like more time on the range working on their fundamentals before an upcoming shoot. I know I enjoy that extra trigger time,” says Barry Ranney, Program Coordinator for the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification 10 l club connection l Volume 14, Number 2

Program. “Participating in the qualification program is a great way to help prepare you for formal competitive shooting. As you work through the courses of fire, the required minimum scores increase so they help make you a better shooter.” At the 2007 NRA Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, Winchester Ammunition graciously made a $500,000 endowment for the qualification program. “The Winchester Ammunition commitment to this program truly showcases our passion for continued education in the shooting sports,” said Greg Kosteck, Director of Marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “Working collectively with the NRA has allowed us to develop this program into a major resource for people who want to improve their marksmanship skills and we’re proud to be a leader in growing this program.” Bill Poole, Director of NRA Education & Training says “The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program provides the perfect training tool for shooters wanting to improve their skills or for instructors guiding students to the next level of shooting skill development. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of this program by Winchester Ammunition.” If you have any questions about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program feel free to contact the Program Coordinator at or (703) 267 – 1505.

NRA Range Grants Range grant funds are made available at NRA’s sole discretion to qualifying NRA-affiliated clubs and associations by approval of the Range Development Committee -- a standing committee of the NRA Board of Directors. At the NRA’s sole discretion, grants are awarded to assist with acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. Applicants must be a 100% NRA membership NRA-Affiliated Club, with preference given to Gold Medal Clubs. This Range Grant program is limited to $5,000 per applicant per year, and the deadline for submission is August 1 annually. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS AND PROJECTS In reviewing grant applications, the Range Grant Subcommittee will apply the following criteria and recommend to the Range Development Committee only those projects that conform to these guidelines: • Any NRA-affiliated club or association of which 100% of the club’s members are also NRA members is eligible to apply for a NRA Range Grant. Preference will be given to recipients of the Gold Medal Club Award. • Projects and activities eligible for funding include: acquisition, development and/or improvement of shooting facilities; projects designed to enhance community relations, NRA “Range Day, public shooting, and junior programs; and projects addressing range safety, as well as environmental issues i.e. lead reclamation. RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING • Applications for grant funding will not exceed $5,000 for any qualifying NRA affiliate per year. • Grants will be limited to one per year per facility in those cases where more than one qualifying affiliate utilizes the same range. • Range grants will not be approved for multi-year funding of projects. • A final report must be submitted for any and all funded projects. Failure to submit a final report will result in disqualification for future consideration. • All projects must be for the sole purpose of range development/range improvement. Applications for short-term supplies such as targets, firearms, PA systems, manuals, etc. will not be accepted. (Short-term being defined as projects with a life

of less than 10 years.)

Applications must be submitted for consideration each year. Prior year funds awarded shall not be construed as a guarantee of funding in subsequent years. The following activities or projects are also not eligible for funding: 1. Deficit financing. 2. Projects related to commercial ventures. 3. Applications from clubs or associations that have not submitted final reports for previously awarded grants.

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION All applications for NRA Range Grants must be submitted on official application forms. These application forms are available from the NRA Range Services Department or at and should be mailed to the address below (Must Arrive at NRA by August 1, 2009): National Rifle Association ATTN: NRA Range Department – 2009 Range Grants 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 267-1276 or (800) 672-3888 x 1276

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Range Development and Operations Conference Providence, Rhode Island August 29- September 2, 2009

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informative five-day industry seminar on learning how to build a shooting range. The conference teaches methods for either identifying or avoiding common problems associated with range engineering, administrative controls, environmental issues, and safety. Registration for the conference is $450.00 (non-refundable), which includes all conference materials as well as a copy of the NRA Range Source Book on CD-ROM.

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ince 1994, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division has recruited and trained Election Volunteer Coordinators (EVCs) nationwide. EVCs serve in hundreds of congressional districts, helping to make NRA the nation’s premiere grassroots organization. EVCs act as liaisons between pro-gun candidates, NRA members, and gun owners in their districts. EVCs work to spearhead NRA-ILA’s volunteer activities to ensure that pro-freedom candidates have sufficient campaign volunteers, and are also responsible for mobilizing volunteers to advance NRA-ILA’s legislative agenda year-round. Many EVCs have strong personal relationships with their lawmakers at all levels of government, and are often consulted on firearm-related issues from many sources, including their lawmakers.

Arkansas EVC Anne Britton with former Vice President Dick Cheney

Florida EVC Mark Becker Kentucky EVC J.D. Sparks and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

EVCs work very closely with NRA-ILA Headquarters staff, constantly exchanging ideas and information to ensure that the pro-Second Amendment communities are educated and actively working in defense of the Second Amendment EVCs are heavily promoted through NRA-ILA’s websites, mailings, newsletters, political alerts, publications, and also in the field. NRA-ILA staff provides EVCs with practical, hands-on training, both in the field and from NRA Headquarters, including an EVC-only newsletter and e-mail alerts. To IdenTIfy and conTacT The nRa-ILa eVc foR youR congRessIonaL dIsTRIcT, pLease VIsIT cLIck “geT InVoLVed LocaLLy,” and enTeR youR zIp code oR choose youR sTaTe. foR moRe InfoRmaTIon on The eVc pRogRam, oR To VoLunTeeR as an eVc, pLease conTacT The nRa-ILa gRassRooTs dIVIsIon aT (800) 392-VoTe (8683), and ask To speak To youR sTaTe’s gRassRooTs cooRdInaToR. www.NRAILA.oRg,

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NRA Club University Nashville,Tennessee

By Lars Dalseide, Senior Media Specialist, Media Relations Early this year, those of us here in the NRA Clubs & Associations division held our first 2009 Club University in Nashville, Tennessee. Though our expectations were high, they weren’t high enough to believe we’d be setting any attendance records. With over 80 participants traveling as far as Alabama, Texas, and Washington, the sheer number of those attending was only matched by the enthusiasm of the crowd. Gun clubs, rifle teams – even a handful of local Boy Scout officials – came to swanky Preston Hotel to learn how they might improve their overall operation.

“We came to Tennessee because we couldn’t wait to get started,” explained Maria Geiss of Kent, Washington’s Champion Arms. Exactly the kind of zeal we are talking about. “Start on grants, fixing things, and look into building a new back stop. We just couldn’t wait.” And those were just a few items covered at Club U. Jack Baker described the benefits of a NRA club affiliation, Mike Webb gave the crowd a background on NRA Banquets, and Amanda Millward provided rundowns of almost every program the NRA has in its arsenal. There were also sessions on insurance, media relations, marketing tactics, and legislative updates. But there was more than just information at Tennessee’s Club U. Hero-Gear of Winchester, Tennessee put on a display of pistols, rifles, and other accessories for the participants to peruse. They were even kind enough to give away one of their items to one very grateful attendee. In the parking lot, Executive Protection Bureau Training & Investigations provided an AIS PRISim® simulator. With

faux gun in hand, the participant runs through various reallife and tactical situations to test their skills in the field. It was a real hit. “It was pretty cool,” said Carl Wilkins of Awareness in the 21st Century. “One scenario caught me off guard, but I did pretty well overall.” When it comes to operations like Club U, a successful conference relies upon local representatives to make everything work. NRA’s Tennessee rep Mike Webb and Tennessee Shooting Sports Association President Ray Harvey provided some great support and more. “I can’t thank them enough for all their efforts,” said National Manager, Clubs, Associations & Range Services, Elizabeth Bush. “Without their work, well, our job would have been a whole lot tougher.” For those of you who missed the Tennessee conference, there are still two more on this year’s docket. The first in Albany, New York and a second in Sacramento, California. Albany’s conference will feature award-winning marketing and customer service expert Ron Rosenberg of Quality Talk. Given his past performances, it should be quite the show stopper. But you’re not signing up for the show. You’re signing up to learn everything you can about making your club or organization that much better. Better for you, your members, and the surrounding community. No matter how good you’re doing, there is always a way to improve. And, in the words of Texas Thunder Range’s Gina Brewer, “what better way to learn about important issues than hearing it from the NRA.” Please join us for the next NRA Club University in Albany, NY on July 18, 2009. To register please visit www. or for more information call (800) NRA-CLUB or email clubs@nrahq. org. See you in Albany!

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Lake and Trails Organization Makes Youth Outdoor Camp a Reality for 2009 Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio The Lake and Trails Organization has combined a team of volunteers with financial support from sportsmen and outdoor groups in order to host its inaugural Youth Outdoor Camp in Carrollton, Ohio. The 1st Annual Youth Outdoor Camp is being held October 1-4 at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio. On the shores of Leesville Lake in Carroll County, Camp Muskingum has excellent range facilities for a variety of shooting sports. The FFA camp also offers excellent accommodations, with campers and volunteers enjoying three family-style meals each day, lodging, and both indoor and outdoor classrooms. The Youth Outdoor Camp is for children ages 10 - 16. An adult must accompany each child attending the camp. Lake and Trails’ Youth Outdoor Camp is intended to be a four year program, with young sportsmen adding to their outdoor skills each year. The outdoors skill classes are being conducted by experienced volunteer instructors, as well as Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers, Akron Power Squadron representatives and certified NRA instructors. The first year of the Youth Outdoor Camp focuses on an Ohio Hunter Safety Certification, featuring an introduction to small-bore rifle, pistol, archery, shotgun, and muzzleloading rifles on the

various ranges. Second year students learn primitive living techniques, survival skills and basic watercraft safety. They also enhance their range shooting skills and attend various evening clinics. During the third year, youngsters will pursue boating certification through the Ohio Boaters Education Course and have the opportunity to learn advanced shooting and archery techniques. Fourth year students complete the program with advanced shooting instruction on firearms and archery ranges, evening clinics on various outdoor sports, and a live pheasant hunting experience with trained field dogs. The Lake and Trails Organization is supported by a generous grant from The NRA Foundation, which is being used to sponsor the rifle range at the camp. The funds will purchase new rifles, ammunition, shooting supplies, and equipment needed for the ranges. The Lake and Trails organization believes in continuing the education of youth in outdoor shooting skills and Hunters/Boaters Safety. For more information on the Lake and Trails organization, the Youth Outdoor Camp and its’ sponsoring organizations, visit: To provide financial or volunteer support, contact Karen Metzker (

Women On Target continued from page 6 necklace known as Jewlia, as featured in the Random House book, The Necklace. Each woman who was at the clinic had an opportunity to wear the $27,000 necklace while learning the sport of trapshooting. It was definitely a day of mixing guns with glamour! The Tucson Rifle Club in Arizona recently teamed up with Manning Firearms Training to present a Women On Target® Clinic that was packed with enthusiasm. Orientation and safety briefings were held at a local church and then the ladies moved to the firing range for live fire. “I don’t know who had a better time,” said Chester Manning, “the participants, or the instructors.” Won’t you join the fun? Call us today at 800.861.1166 for information on designing your own instructional shooting clinic.

Clinic Director Linda Groberg (Ojai Valley Gun Club, Ventura, CA) March 28, 2009

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Cuneo Combat Club Hosts Practical Handgun Seminar Series Cuneo Providence, Italy

The Cuneo Combat Club was established in 2002. In 2007, the club opened a new range featuring 10 pistol bays (up to 30 meters), a shotgun / subgun bay (50 meters), and a rifle bay with 4 lanes (150 meters). The new range, named Shooterland, draws members throughout northwest Italy and competitors nationwide during matches and events. On February 5 - 9, the Cuneo Combat Club hosted a series of seminars on Practical Handgunning held by noted instructor Randy Cain of Cumberland Tactics ( Randy Cain illustrated the fundamentals of the Combat Triad and the Modern Technique of the Pistol to three enthusiastic groups of Italian students and put them through their paces during practical drills. These defensive handgun courses were reserved to members of the Cuneo Combat Club, Law Enforcement Officers of the Polizia Di Stato and Carabinieri.

Randy Cain’s Practical Handgun seminars were a first for the participants. Cuneo Combat Club members and LEO’s from the Polizia Di Stato and Carabinieri were quick to take advantage of this unique event organized by the Cuneo Combat Club during Randy Cain’s trip to Italy to visit old friends and former students currently living there. The recurring comment of all participants was “eccezionale”, the local equivalent of “outstanding” and each expressed the hope that these seminars would be only the first of many to be organized by the Cuneo Combat Club in Italy. The Cuneo Combat Club (http://www. is not only affiliated with the NRA but also the International Defensive Pistol Association, Federazione Italiana Tiro Dinamico Sportivo / International Practical Shooting Confederation, the Associazione Centri Sportivi Italiani (ACSI). The Cuneo Combat Club regularly hosts IDPA and IPSC matches at Shooterland, and additionally organizes firearms safety courses for handgun, shotgun, and rifle.

Left to right, front row: Paolo Princi, Mauro Marengo, Gabriele Lai Left to right, rear row: Fabio Fare’, Nicola Mandorino, Carlo Massano, Silvio Beccaria, Randy Cain, Masimo Rao.

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Spotlight on Roy McClain

The Old Mill Range Complex, Griffin, Georgia The Ole Mill Range Complex is one of the biggest ranges in the state of Georgia and is as large as the Olympic training facility in Texas. There isn’t another facility like it east of the Mississippi. The Ole Mill Range has experienced two major expansion projects. Roy led the effort coordinating numerous volunteers involved. Roy has excelled in every capacity and performed above and beyond any expectations we could possibly have. ‘To Make The Best Better’ is definitely something Roy knows all about. The knowledge, experience and dedication he brings to our Project S.A.F.E. Program is exceptional. He was instrumental in bringing The Ole Mill Range Complex in as an NRA affiliated club. Roy supports our local Friends of NRA banquets, which consistently supply funds to support or projects. We now have an indoor range with 52 Ten meter air rifle and Five meter bb firing points as well as 14 Fifty foot Smallbore firing points. The Grand finally is the addition of 10 Fifty meter Smallbore points which are almost complete. Without Roy there wouldn’t be a Project S.A.F.E. program in Spalding County. His dedication to educating youth in firearm safety, providing competitive opportunities, building character, providing scholarship potential and changing the future is very impressive. Roy is our visionary and has great dreams for the Project S.A.F.E Program for Spalding County. With his hard

work and being the driving force behind this program Spalding County has hosted many matches including the Ole Mill Invitational, which replaced the annual Gary Anderson Invitational, the Georgia Games, VFW 3P State Championship, NRA 3P State Championship, 3P Junior Olympics and Army JROTC postals/matches, coaches and athlete trainings with US Shooting Olympic Silver medalist, Bob Foth and many others. Roy plans and leads coach’s clinics to share his expertise with others involved in educating youth thru 4-H S.A.F.E. programs and high school coaches. The knowledge, experience and dedication Roy McClain brings to our Project S.A.F.E. Program is exceptional. His dedication to educating youth in firearm safety, providing competitive opportunities, building character, providing scholarship potential and changing the future for young people is very impressive. Spalding County is blessed with such a dedicated Volunteer Leader.

2008 NRA National Championship 3P Air Rifle Team, Left to Right (April Dunn, Matt Branyon, Roy McClain standing, Adam Thrasher, Kyle Whisnaut)

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ActionAirgun Club East Syracuse, New York

Think you have what it takes to compete alongside some of the fastest target shooters in the world? The ActionAirgun Club is waiving its season fees and invites all NRA members to shoot for free, from now until September. Now, shooters will be able to compete on a global scale, from the comfort their own homes, simply by registering for the action on the league’s main web site, www. ActionAirgun’s next season begins July 12 and runs through August 23. The season after that starts September

6. Each season features six weeks of intense shooting challenges. Shooters download three courses of fire per week, practice and shoot as much as they want during the week, and when complete, upload their three best scores to the web site to be ranked against other competitors. Interested shooters can sign up for either season by visiting the Events page on the web site. Shooters participate in the league with the ActionAirgun Advanced Shooting Kit, available for purchase on the web site. One kit can accommodate several players. ActionAirgun, the world’s first Internet-administered action target shooting sport, gives experienced and amateur shooters the chance to compete internationally with each other. Competitors shoot three challenging courses of fire each week from any available 8’ by 16’ area in their own homes, offices, clubs or recreation centers; and then enter their scores on the ActionAirgun Web site for ranking.

Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club Factoryville, Pennsylvania

Sure, there are a lot of Clubs in Northeastern Pennsylvania where you can shoot trap, or pistol, sporting clays, maybe archery, and long guns. Some have skeet too, and maybe a clubhouse where you can get a bite to eat. But how about a Club where you can do all of that, AND throw horseshoes under the lights on a 9-pit course, catch an outdoor concert, take your daughter to a Hunter Ed course, have a great meal, and hunt on over 130 acres? Then you must be talking about the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club. Located in Factoryville, PA, home of legendary pitcher Christy Matheson, the Club is proud to say YES!, you can do all that, and more! With too many events and activities to list, we encourage you to visit our website: for our full schedule, directions, and contact info. Almost all of our events are open to the public, and we encourage you to pay us a visit. If you’re interested in joining, our full membership dues are only $100.00 per year, and junior members can join for only $5.00. We do stipulate membership in the NRA, as it should be. So come see why our members travel from Delaware and New York, Maryland and New Jersey, just to be part of the Club. You’re always welcome! 18 l club connection l Volume 14, Number 2

Masonic Shooting League Davie, Florida

The Masonic Shooting League is a new affiliate of the NRA and is still in its organizational stage. There are 251 Masonic Lodges in Florida and they look forward to a large participation factor. The three divisions under the banner of the Masonic Shooting League are: men, women and youth leagues. They will all be trained by NRA Instructors experienced in competitive shooting. Members will train at ranges in their local areas. They will compete with other lodges in there region, which geographically is several counties in their area. Then, there will be a state championship in south Florida, at an outdoor range we are setting up for the full array of Bianchi Cup type target stages, as well as other competitive stages. Eventually, this League will be nationwide as well as international. With over 1.5 million Masons in this country, and many more all over the world, this should prove to be an interesting endeavor. This League will help further the goals of the NRA. There is a lot of work to do, but we will make every effort to have the largest League in the country, that will be participating in the Bianchi Cup, NRA Nationals and other NRA competitions. For more information, please visit their website at or contact: Mr. Ron Anania 10910 SW 10th Court Davie, FL 33324 (954) 476-9616 (954) 448-1872 cell

Spotlight Featuring Seth Frantz

Izaak Walton League, Loudon County,Virginia The Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League has sponsored a Scholastic Clay Target Program since 2007. The program is open to the public and has received generous grant support from the friends of the NRA. The participants learn safe gun handling skills and earn NRA marksmanship awards while learning the game of skeet. Recently head coach Dave Velke awarded the highest NRA Marksmanship award, Distinguished Expert to 15 year old team member Seth Frantz. To achieve this award Seth Worked his way through the qualifications up to an average score of 22. He is now striving for his 1st 25 straight, which won’t elude him for long. Congratulations Seth, job well done!

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ClUB News

Acushnet Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Acushnet, Massachusetts

The Acushnet Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. was founded in June of 1960, the one acre of land was purchased from the Town of Acushnet for $100.00 with the stipulation that the Acushnet Police Department would have access to the free use of the club with the exception of two nights a week for club activities (Competition League Shooting Monday & Tuesday evenings). Due to increased inquiries about membership, possibilities have been made available to increase club membership because of an increase in firearm purchases throughout the area and nation. More and more citizens want to be armed and protected, and are looking to take a course in firearm safety. The dues for the year of 2009 are as follows; $100.00 for the first year and $50.00 for each year thereafter. (A $30.00 assessment to each member was voted on for the year 2009. Any future assessments will be determined. ) N.R.A. & State Police Certified Firearm Safety Courses are Offered by the Acushnet Rifle & Pistol Club by appointment on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings. Several weapons are brought to the club and you are trained in the safe use of weapons and the laws pertaining to their safe and legal use. Course fees are $110.00 per person. An electronic key card will be issued to members to access the clubs firing range. A photo I.D. Badge will also be issued to members to wear whenever using the club facilities. Range hours of availability are 8 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week. It is an indoor shooting range with 8 shooting stations. There are 4 for use with up to 45 caliber & 4 for use with no more than 22 calibers. Wire retrieval system to send targets out 25 feet and 50 feet. Adjustable, low lighting situation shooting is available at each station. Restroom & refreshments are available. The facility has a heating system for your comfort and is well exhaust ventilated! The Acushnet Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. is located at 215 Leonard Street, Acushnet, Ma. Mailing address is The Acushnet Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. P.O. Box 30070 Acushnet, Ma. 02743.

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Requirements to Join Acushnet Rifle & Pistol Club • • • • • •

You must be a member of N.R.A. (National Rifle Association) ($35.00 per year) You must be a member of G.O.A.L. (Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts) ($30.00 per year) You must have taken a N.R.A. sanctioned Firearms Safety Course You must be at least 18 years old You must provide a 1-1/2 ”X 1” photo of yourself for an I.D. Badge You must pledge that you are a citizen of the United States of America and that you are not a member of any organization or group which has any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States or any political subdivisions by force or violence; and that you have never been convicted of a crime of violence, and if admitted to membership you will be faithfully endeavor to fulfill the obligation of good sportsmanship and good citizenship. Contact: Bob Martin – President (508) – 995-8075 Arthur Plante – Secretary (508) – 995-7541 Bob Cormier – Treasurer (508) - 789-2762

2009 NRA Gold Medal Club Award Winners The NRA offers special recognition by awarding Gold Medal status to those NRA affiliates who promote and support the purposes, objectives, policies and programs of the NRA. Each year numerous organizations apply to achieve the Gold Medal status; an honor presented to clubs who meet the 5 specific criteria. • Be a 100% NRA Club • Have a Club Newsletter • Belong to the NRA State Association of your state • Have administered, or currently incorporate an NRA Youth Program within the Club’s agenda • Actively participate in NRA’s Membership Recruiting Program Clubs that meet the criteria above will be awarded a plaque along with an inscribed bar listing the year. Many clubs show pride in their status by hanging the plaque in their clubhouse or range. Current Gold Medal Clubs are encouraged to renew their status every year and will be given an inscribed bar with the renewal year. The annual deadline for the NRA Gold Medal Awards is February 15. Applications will be mailed out to all NRA Affiliated Clubs that have given proof of 100% NRA Membership in the month of December. To access the application online, please go to Congratulations to all the 2009 Gold Medal Clubs Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee Americana 1800 Adventure Club Anderson County Sportsman’s Club Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club Bell City Rifle Club, Inc. Boulder Valley Sportsmen’s Association Inc. Cairo Sportsman Club Capital City Gun Club Carolina West Shooting Club Cheboygan Hunter Safety Comm Cherokee Gun Club Colorado West Gun Club & Junior Cumberland Beagle Club Cumberland Riflemen Dallas Arms Collectors Association Inc. Delaware Co Field & Stream Association Delaware State Pistol Club, Inc. Delran Jr Marksman Club, Inc. Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Inc. Elgin Rifle Club, Inc. Estacada Rod & Gun Club Eustis Gun Club, Inc.

Forks Rifle Club Fort Hill Rifle and Pistol Club Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club Highland High School Navy JROTC Hollywood Rifle and Pistol Club Howell Shooting Club, Inc. Humboldt Rifle And Pistol Club Hutton Hill Rifle & Pistol Club, Jr. Div. Konocti Rod And Gun Club Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club Lewiston Pistol Club Lincoln Rifle Club, Inc. & Jr Division Magic City Gun Club Inc. Major Waldron Sportsmen’s Association McDonald Sportsmen’s Association, Inc. Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club NM Big Horn Gun Club Norfolk County Rifle Range Northern Dutchess Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Northwestern Connecticut Sportsmen’s Association Northwestern Gun Club Old Trails Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.

Palmetto Gun Club Paradise Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Peconic River Sportsman’s Club Inc. Pine Tree Pistol Club, Inc. Ponca City Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Putnam County Fish & Game Assn Inc. Racine County Line Rifle Club, Inc. Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc. Ridge Rifle Association River City Rifle & Pistol Club Roanoke Rifle & Revolver Club Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club Sebastopol Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Shongum Sportsmen’s Association Silver State Shooting Sport Association South Island Gun Club Southwest Gun Club Sportsmen’s Gun & Reel Club Inc Streetsboro Sportsman Association Telco Sportsmen’s Club, Inc. Tremont Sportsman’s Club Tri State Gun Club, Inc. Zia Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.

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Club News

Who Won the World Series?

Many competed, few walked away with trophies, but all put forth their best effort By Angela Sullins, Reprint Permission granted by NRA InSights Magazine Each year around 4,000 competitors make the summer trek to Ohio for the National Matches at Camp Perry, considered America’s “World Series of the Shooting Sports.” For five weeks, the best civilian and military marksmen and women from across the country compete in rifle and handgun competition. It’s been a tradition since 1907. One group of shooters, who often get overlooked or overshadowed, long to be a part of that tradition and happily make the trip to Camp Perry each year—the junior shooters. Just like everyone else, they also hope to fulfill their dreams. It’s also a chance for them to meet other young people who enjoy the shooting sports and learn a lot about marksmanship, sportsmanship and being a graceful winner—or loser.

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association Junior team took the pistol competition by storm, winning the junior team championship. L to R: Fred Totts (coach), Joey Totts, Ryan Nichols (captain), Shane Creekmore, Chelsea Pertginides and Dakota Creekmore.

The road to the National Matches was also a sweet one for the members of the Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association Juniors team, who arrived at Camp Perry with big dreams and walked away as champions. They bested the field of other junior pistol teams with a score of 2855-46X.

To get the team ready for the National Matches, Coach Totts said the key was, “Practice, practice and more practice,” which included one shot drills, reduced center bull targets, blank paper drills, dry firing and ball and dummy drills. He also had them watch their diet and cut down on sugar and carbs. “…But that is really hard for young shooters to do,” he said. There’s no question that the junior shooters had fun, made new friends and learned a lot from the whole Camp Perry experience, but they also left with a greater appreciation of the shooting sports and the tradition that runs deep at Camp Perry.

Cumberland Rifleman Inc. Educate Youth Members Update from Volume 13, Issue 2 The Cumberland Riflemen Junior Marksmanship Program is in full swing. Following the NRA First Steps program required classroom work, our NRA Certified Rifle Instructors, coach the students in the different shooting positions. Alan Weinerman, VP Cumberland Riflemen Millville, New Jersey 22 l club connection l Volume 14, Number 2

Letter to the Editor

Holbrook Sportsmen’s Club Holbrook, Massachusetts

In these times of anti-gun sentiment, Holbrook Sportsmen’s Club has taken the bull by the horns. Realizing that most sentiments about firearms stem from Mom who teaches her kids to either like or hate firearms, Holbrook Sportsmen’s Club started Ladies Night. Ladies Night is a night at the club, where women who have never fired a gun, are invited to come down and try it out. It’s a fun night with food, pastries, drinks and even jewelry vendors to help raise money for ammo. After everyone is there, I make a small speech welcoming them to the club and introducing them to what we are trying to accomplish. After they are provided with a short safety course, they are then invited to go down to our gallery where we have 14 points, and 14 instructors waiting for them. Each woman gets one-on-one with an instructor. She is able to try either a .22 rifle or pistol. After all the women have a chance to shoot .22’s we bring out the bigger guns, 38, 9mm, .40, .45 and even 44 mags. If you could only see the looks on the faces of these women! They absolutely love the sport! They think its great fun, and they understand the awesome responsibility that goes with it. To date, Holbrook has averaged 35 attendees at each Ladies Night. I think that all clubs in this state, and in this country should introduce this program to help people understand there is the fun side to firearms! Mr. Gary Davis, Webmaster/Vice-President Holbrook Sportsmen’s Club P.O. Box 275 Holbrook, MA 02343 (781)767-4971,,

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Business News

Target Sports Marketing

NRA Affiliate Survey Offers Over $80,000 in Awards By Jeff Moran, Managing Director, Target Sports Marketing Target Sports Marketing (TSM) of Minneapolis, Minnesota will conduct a very important survey of NRA Business Alliance, shooting clubs, and state shooting associations nationwide starting June 20th. There is no cost to participate and respondent contact information will not be shared with third parties. When your organization completes the survey it will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of three prize awards. Your organization will also receive a special copy of the survey results. The first prize award is valued over $50,000. TSM will visit your business, club, or association and conduct customized strategic planning & business development training. This will be followed by a diagnostic assessment and over 200 hours of professional services working on your most important issues and opportunities. The second prize award is valued at over $25,000 and is good for 100 hours of services. The third prize award is valued over $10,000 and includes 50 hours of professional services. The survey opens on June 20,, 2009 and can be accessed by linking to it from Ms. Jessica Ruth is the project contact, email her at Target Sports Marketing (TSM), a consulting and services firm focused on the international shooting industry. TSM delivers strategic management, marketing & communications, and competitive intelligence & research client services.

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business news

The Sherman Law Group offers a 25% Discount on ALL Legal Fees to NRA Members Roswell, Georgia The Sherman Law Group, a law firm with offices in the Atlanta and North Georgia area, is a proud member of the NRA Business Alliance. We’re especially proud of the fact that The Sherman Law Group is one of the less than two dozen law firms throughout the United States that are NRA Business Alliance members. Bill Sherman, a partner in the firm, commented, “We’re ardent supporters of gun rights. And we believe that supporters of Second Amendment rights should also support each other. That’s why we’re directing an advertising program at NRA members and offering them a 25% discount off our normal and customary rates on all our legal fees.” To be eligible for the discount, you must be an NRA member in good standing. Mr. Sherman added, “With our Constitutional right to bear arms under increasing attack, we must stick together and support those businesses, organizations and people who share our values.” Our areas of practice include: family law/matrimonial, bankruptcy, personal injury, labor/employment, criminal/DUI/ traffic, wills/trusts/estate planning, and a number of others. The Sherman Law Group was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Bill and Valerie Sherman. The Sherman Law Group Mr. Bill Sherman 404-729-4106 1560 Warsaw Road, Suite 100 Roswell, Georgia 30076 Phone: 678-215-4106 Fax: 770-587-1767

TruckVault, Inc. Since its founding in 1995, TruckVault, Inc. has led the secure in-vehicle storage industry by offering their customers the best products, service, and overall value in the marketplace. TruckVault customers are among thousands of sports enthusiasts, hundreds of local police and fire departments, all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the US Secret Service, FBI, DEA, INS, ATF, U.S. Marshals, FEMA, BLM, BIA, U.S. Dept. of Energy, EPA, IRS, National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, USPS, and the BCBP to name a few. For more information about TruckVault, Inc., please visit their web site at http://www. For more product and pricing information contact: Tania Kahlor, TruckVault, Inc., Smith & Wesson Licensed Products Manager (888) 321-VAULT, Media Contacts: Don Fenton, (800) 967-8107, Lance Nelson, (800) 967-8107,

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NRA-affiliated state associations Alabama State Rifle & Pistol Association • •

Mr. James Moses, President 2009 Rodgers Drive, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 home Mr. Ramon J. Samaniego,Jr.Secretary/ Treasurer 2505 Isabelle Circle, NE Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-2644

Alaska Outdoor Council, Inc. • Dick Bishop, President P.O. Box 73902 Fairbanks, AK 99707 907-455-6151 office • Rod Arno, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 87-1069 Wasilla, AK 99687

Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. Landis Aden, President P.O. Box 40962 Mesa, AZ 85274-0962 602-524-4437 office 480-854-8823 fax • Ms. Margaret Conlin, Treasurer 1727 East Alameda Drive Tempe, AZ 85282 480-838-6064 home/fax

Arkansas Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. Al Alberius, President 15424 Hartford Street Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 217-0217 • Mr. Fred Buzen, Vice President 4275 Hwy 51 South Arkadelphia, AR 71923 (870)246-2029

California Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. • Mr. Thomas O. Thomas, President 271 Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 office • Mr. John C. Fields, Executive Director 217 East Imperial Highway Suite 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 • 28 l club connection l Volume 14, Number 2

Colorado State Shooting Association

• Mr. Tony Fabian, President 510 Wilcox Street, Suite C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office 303-713-0785 fax • Mr. David Gill 510 Wilcox Street #C Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-663-9339 office 303-713-0785 fax

Connecticut State Rifle & Revolver Association

Mr. Randy Bieler P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 203-239-2106 fax

Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association

• Mr. John J. Thompson, President 113 North Road Wilmington, DE 19809 302-658-3070 office 302-658-3031 fax • Mr. Daniel Lindberg 2010 Kynwyd Road Wilmington, DE 19810 302-475-4228

Florida Sport Shooting Association, Inc.

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Mr. Thomas Brusherd, President 5921 Blackthorn Rd Jacksonville, FL 32244 Mr. Michael D. Langfield, Secretary 5921 Blackthorn Road Jacksonville, FL 32244 407-701-1030 (home) 407-273-9356 (fax)

Georgia Sport Shooting Association

• Dr. Paul Broun, President #450 2300 Bethelview Road Suite 110 Cumming, GA 30040-9475 Home: 706-227-0510 • Mr. Scott Bosso, Secretary/Treasurer #450 2300 Bethelview Road Suite 110 Cumming, GA 30040-9475 (706) 227-0510

Hawaii Rifle Association • •

Mr. Harvey F. Gerwig, President 1039 Kupua Street Kailua, HI 96734 (808) 306-7194 Bill Richter, Secretary P.O. Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-261-2754 Info Line

Idaho State Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. Neill Goodfellow, President 8156 North Penn Avenue Fruitland, ID 83619 208-452-4183 home • Mr. Jon Carter, Secretary 1065 River Heights Drive Meridian, ID 83642 208-888-2829 phone/fax

Illinois State Rifle Association, Inc. • Mr. Don A. Moran, President P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax • Mr. Richard Pearson, Executive Director P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 office 815-635-3723 fax

Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. • •

Mr. Jerry Wehner, Executive VP 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 home Mr. William H. Jordan, President 755 W. 300 N. Greenfield, IN 46140 317-462-3270

Iowa State Rifle & Pistol Association • Mr. John Klopfenstein, President 606 S. Harrison Pl Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 • Mr. Bill Besgrove, Secretary 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 (319) 626-2710

Kansas State Rifle Association

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Ms. Patricia Stoneking, President P.O. Box 117 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (913) 667-3044 Ms. Linda McCune, Executive Officer KSRA P.O. Box 1119 Wichita, KS 67201 (316) 264-2727

League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc.

• Mr. Rick Allen, President P.O. Box 8527 Lexington, KY 40533 859-276-3518 home • Mr. Alex Lea, NRA Representative 217 Dorchester Road Louisville, KY 40223 502-649-8680 cell 502-429-3886 fax

Louisiana Shooting Association

• Mr. Daniel Zelnka II, President 11 Carolina Ct. Covington, LA 70433 504-565-3727 direct 504-588-9750 fax • Mr. Skip Blanchard, Secretary 3324 Lake Trail Metairie, LA 70003 504-887-5842 home

(Maine) Pine Tree State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

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Mr. Leslie M. Ohmart, III, President 73 Sunset Strip Brewer, ME 04412 207-989-7304 Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer 14 Pine Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713

Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Larry Moreland, President 2814 Needlewood Lane Bowie, MD 20716 301-249-4586 home • Mr. Richard Kussman, Chairman 832 Bear Cabin Drive Forest Hill, MD 21050-2734 410-838-1734 home

(Massachusetts) Gun Owners’ Action League – G.O.A.L.

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Mr. John Durkin, Jr., President P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, MA 01532 508-393-5333 office Mr. James Wallace, Executive Director P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, MA 01532 508-393-5333 office 508-393-5222 fax

Michigan Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Leo Cebula, President P.O. Box 530637 Livonia, MI 48153-0637 269-781-1223 • Mr. Mike Wesner, Secretary/Treasurer P.O. Box 530637 Livonia, MI 48153-0637 888-655-6772 office 269-781-1223

Minnesota Rifle & Revolver Association, Inc.

• Morgen Dietrich, Secretary 14500 45th St, NE Foley, MN 56329 (320) 522-1934 • Mr. George Minerich, President 14500 45th St NE Foley, MN 56329 320-968-6898 home

Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association

• Mr. Douglas Bowser, President P.O. Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-249-3315 • Mr. Samuel Richardson, Secretary P.O. Box 2486 Madison, MS 39130-2486 601-898-9832

Missouri Sport Shooting Association

• Mr. Kevin Jamison, President 6140 N. Wagontrail Road Columbia, MO 65202 816-455-2669 816-413-0696 fax • Lee Koester, Secretary Po Box 10170 Columbia, MO 65205 or

Montana Rifle & Pistol Association

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Mr. Matt Egloff, President P.O. Box 4394 Butte, MT 59702 406-782-5704 Ms. Patsy E. Frimodig, Secretary P.O. Box 477 Park City, MT 59063 406-633-2486 home

Nebraska Shooting Sports Association

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Mr. Ronald L. Grapes, President P.O. Box 1585, 3407-19th Ave. Kearney, NE 68848 308-237-7902 home Mr. Terry Copple, Secretary 10285 North Aspen Avenue Hastings, NE 68901 402-744-2049 home

Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

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Mr. Robert E. Smith, President P.O. Box 7512 Reno, NV 89501-7512 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax Mr. Mark Geldmacher, Secretary/ Treasurer P.O. Box 7512 Reno, NV 89501-7512 775-762-1494 office 775-355-8088 fax

Gun Owners of New Hampshire, Inc.

• Mr. Mitch Kopacz, President P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mr. Jim Whittemore, Secretary P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0847

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc.

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Mr. Scott L. Bach, President P.O. Box 651 Newfoundland, NJ 07435 (973) 697-9270 Ms. Judith Iorio, Recording Secretary P.O. Box 1397 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

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NRA-affiliated state associations

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Inc.

• Mr. Roger Buelow, President P.O. Box 30850 Albuquerque, NM 87190 505-345-3646 • Mr. Ken Laintz, Secretary P.O. Box 753 Los Alamos, NM 87544 505-667-0034

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

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Mr. Thomas H. King, President P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181-1023 518-424-1349 518-449-1332 fax Mr. Joseph DeBergalis, VP of Operations P.O. Box 1023 Troy, NY 12181 518-272-2654 office

North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association

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Mr. David McFarling, President P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 919-929-9585 home Mr. David Prest, Secretary P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-639-4742 office

North Dakota Shooting Sports Association

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Mr. Eric Pueppke, President PO Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-967-8450 Mr. Steve Faught, Secretary/Treasurer 701-347-5903 home

Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association

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Mr. David Johnson, President PO Box 571 Dayton, OH 45409 513-934-1468 Mr. Keith V. Bailey, Secretary 175 W. Main St. New London, OH 44851 419-929-0307

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Oklahoma Rifle Association

• Mr. G. Don Scott, President Rt. 2, Box 23 Maysville, OK 73057 405-867-5234 home • Mr. Charles Smith, Executive Director P.O. Box 850602 Yukon, OK 73085-0602 405-324-2450 office/fax

Oregon State Shooting Association

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Mr. Tim Pitzer, President 2815 South Shore Drive SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 home 541-981-2064 fax Mr. Jerod Broadfoot, Vice President (503) 930-4926

Pennsylvania Rifle & Pistol Association

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Mr. Jack Lee, President 100 Wycliff Way Butler, PA 16001 724-865-2597 phone/fax Mr. James G. Johnson, Secretary 405 Hilltop Road Paoli, PA 19301 610-647-2374

Rhode Island State Rifle & Revolver Association

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Mr. Paul Boiani, President P.O. Box 41148 Providence, RI 02940 401-233-0771 office Mr. Donn C. DiBiasio, Secretary P.O. Box 17452 Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0771 office

Gun Owners of South Carolina

• Mr. Gerald Stoudemire, President P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-945-7677 home • Ms. Peggy Bodner 1080 Pinecrest Dr Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-329-8668

South Dakota Shooting Sports Association

Mr. BJ McGuire, President P.O. Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022

Mr. Greg Iversen, Secretary 21421 Richard Road Sturgis, SD 57885 605-428-5488 605-428-5502 fax

Tennessee Shooting Sports Association, Inc.

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Mr. Ray W. Harvey, Jr., President 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-3954 Mr. Ralph Walker, Secretary 1436 Right Prong Blue Buck Road Duck River, TN 38454 615-662-9116

Texas State Rifle Association

• Dan Walker, President 717 Mountain Ridge Dr Leander, TX 78641 512-260-7157 • Mr. Douglas Moreland, Executive Director 4570 Westgrove Dr #200 Addison, TX 75001

Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association

• Mr. Elwood P. Powell, President 4834 Van Buren Avenue Ogden, UT 84403 801-449-9763 office 801-476-8274 fax • Mr. Willis K. Smith, Secretary 1349 West 2600 North Clinton, UT 84015 801-589-5825 home

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Inc.

• Mr. Roy Marble, President 14 Stafford Avenue Morrisville, VT 05661 802-888-5100 • Mr. William Brunelle PO Box 1231, St. Albans, VT 05478 802-524-6320 home

Virginia Shooting Sports Association

Mr. Lucien Charette, Executive Director P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office Ms. Andrea T. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer

P.o. Box 1258 orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 office/fax

NRA Field Representative Directory EAStERN REGioN


• mr. Dave Sotelo, President Po Box 993 ellensburg, WA 98926 509-925-4084 home • mr. monte milanuk, Secretary 4027 Stemilt creek Rd Wenatchee, WA 98801 •


• mr. Barry Hogue, President 1220 Philippi Pike clarksburg, WV 26301 304-624-5363 • mr. Richard c. Whiting, Secretary Rt. 1, Box 272-2 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-623-6093

•Eastern Regional Director Area 1 (ME, NH,Vt, N. NY) Area 2 (NY) Area 3 (Ct, MA, Ri, Lower NY) Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Area 5 (Western PA) Area 6 (MD, NJ) Area 7 (DC, Western VA, WV) Area 8 (Eastern NC) Area 42 (Western NC) Area 45 (Eastern VA)

Brian Hyder Michael Langton Jay Rusnock Eric Bieler Kory Enck thomas Baldrige Brian Swartz Jim Kilgore David Wells Robert Doug Merrill Bob Hipple

276-579-9828 607-427-8404 845-298-7233 860-426-1478 717-689-3200 724-861-0447 973-343-2104 304-255-2916 252-456-2097 828-628-0410 540-6310633

Philip Gray Brian Hoover John Crone Larry Summarell, Jr. Scott taetsch Michael F. Huber Gregg Pearre Mike Webb Lloyd Edwards Allan Herman Wayne Steele

740-773-4119 740-2974255 317-946-7260 270-586-5031 715-873-3360 815-635-3321 573-761-5466 901-382-4789 419-646-3669 989-686-3013 217-233-6784

Al Hammond Dale Carwile Mike Cockerham Howell Lancaster Dick Kingsafer Craig Pace tommy Easterling Gayle Carter-Cook Mike Nevins Jack Cannon Larry Mills

386-462-5421 864-223-9900 478-472-4640 904-521-1945 601-794-0068 334-821-3200 903-330-4901 361-972-2166 501-366-0293 325-617-4460 941-378-9237

•Mid West Regional Director Area 20 (oK) Area 21 (MN) Area 23 (iA, NE) Area 24 (KS) Area 27 (NM) Area 28 (Mt) Area 29 (WY) Area 30 (Co) Area 41 (ND, SD)

tom Ulik Darren DeLong Scott Lembke tim Bacon Rick Chrisman Peter ide Joseph Crismore David Manzer Marc Steinke Clay Pederson

509-895-9407 405-692-8672 218-844-4400 515-332-1285 913-294-9956 505-281-6721 406-293-2498 307-746-2520 719-207-4080 701-522-9622

WEStERN REGioN •Western Regional Director Area 31 (AZ) Area 32 (S. iD, Eastern NV, Ut) Area 33 (Northern iD, Eastern WA) Area 34 (Hi, oR) Area 35 (Northern CA) Area 36 (Southern CA, S. NV) Area 37 (Central CA) Area 38 (AK) Area 40 (Western WA) Area 46 (E.CA, W. NV)

J.P. Nelson Donna Cassity Kim Rappleye Brendon Hill Mike Carey Daniel Wilhelm Lissa Davis Jason Quick Bradley J. Kruger Jim Williams Steve Wilson

480-357-4057 520-316-0620 970-389-0160 509-325-0131 541-385-9404 707-994-5877 818-241-0735 805-239-4246 907-235-9059 253-904-8941 209-847-4826


•Central Regional Director Area 12 (Southern oH) Area 14 (iN) Area 15 (KY) Area 17 (Wi) Area 18 (Northern iL) Area 19 (Mo) Area 43 (tN) Area 49 (Northern oH) Area 51 (Southern Mi) Area 52 (Southern iL) SoUtHERN REGioN


•Southern Regional Director Area 9 (SC) Area 10 (GA) Area 11 (Northern FL) Area 16 (LA, Southern MS) Area 22 (AL) Area 25 (Northern tX) Area 26 (Southern tX) Area 39 (AR, Northern MS) Area 47 (Western tX) Area 48 (Southern Florida)



• mr. Jeff Nass, President N615 Silver lane Pulaski, WI 54162-8320 920-687-0505 • Gary Nichols, Secretary W271N7055 Hansen Dr Sussex, WI 53089 262-246-3317

• mr. mark Spungin, President P.o. Box 94 Guernsey, Wy 82214 307-836-2188 home • mrs. Beverly Spungin, Vice President P.o. Box 94 Guernsey, Wy 82214 307-836-2188 home • mr. Roger Sebesta, Secretary/Treasurer 625 Sweetwater Street lander, Wy 82520 307-335-9323

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