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September 2017

Martin Capito Sr.

President’s Column

  By G. Martin Capito, Sr.

  11 September 2017

ORPA’s Annual Meeting will be held Sunday November 12, 2017 at the Cardinal Shooting Center. I’d like to invite the membership to attend and see firsthand what your Association has been doing. Committee meetings for each discipline will begin approximately 9:30 am followed by a luncheon and the Annual Meeting at 2pm. You can hear about the year’s accomplishments and the plans for 2018. The election of 11 Trustees will be voted upon by the membership. This will be followed by a short Trustees Meeting solely to elect the officers for 2018. Come on out and be a part of electing your representatives to run your Association.

            We are making progress in straightening out the problems with High Power. The largest hurdle we face is finding a Director to run the program. The mistakes made previously, have made the Trustees doubly cautious in vetting a potential director before assigning them to the position. There has been a consensus of the trustees that putting the high power program on hold would be better than to have a poorly run high power program. If you are interested in the position please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can discuss things. We are very close to having a new director to run our 2018 Annual raffle. It’s a bit premature to make an announcement now but they should be in place by the end of the Annual Meeting. We will also have a couple new prizes to announce for 2018 too.

            The Trustees have been in talks with the Cardinal Shooting Center to offer new matches for the membership, and also to attract new members. Look for some new matches being announced in the coming months.

            I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: we are always looking for new people to help run the Association. In conversations with people they all seem to want more programs offered and to improve what we offer now. Those are great ideas but we need people to implement these new programs. The Trustees are all volunteers and are all very busy with current responsibilities. We need new people to continue the Association’s work, and bring in new ideas with them. I like that we are picking up some young blood to be trustees, but we need even more help to continue the good work we’ve been able to accomplish. But again, we need more good people to continue to move forward.

            If you or your club would like to see some coverage in our Gunsmoke newsletter or on our website, why not submit an article? We are always interested in articles about your club and what you’re up to. We encourage you to submit articles, match results, upcoming events, or something about the history and currents events for your club. Submit the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or both!) to see them published. Articles are printed for free, although we do charge for advertising.

Until next time may all your shots be X’s.

Stay safe,

G. Martin Capito Sr.

President

June 2017

Martin Capito Sr.

President’s Column

            By G. Martin Capito, Sr.

            25 June 2017

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches are just about ready to roll (as I write this) and I’m hoping everyone attending does as well as they hope to. The NRA has moved the High Power Matches to Indiana but will return them to Camp Perry next year. In the meantime the Civilian Marksmanship Program has taken over the running of the National Pistol Championship Matches at Camp Perry for the time being. All the confusion is being worked out as to the why’s and whatnots, but I don’t expect there will be any drop in quality due to the change. The CMP is another top tier organization and they run some fine programs. There is no reason to expect any less. The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association fully supports them and stands ready to help in any way necessary.

The next Trustees meeting will be held on September 10th, check elsewhere in this issue for the location. You’re invited to attend and see firsthand how the Association is run. We’re always looking for good people to help run the Association and welcome new ideas and people to do so.

There are still some Trustee openings to fill, the big glaring one is still the High Power Director spot. We are working out some problems and issues we’ve discovered since the position became vacant but hope to have them resolved in due time. I will report on the developments as they get resolved.

Our annual raffle will need a new person to oversee it, Last year our current director Alan Joseph had asked to step down but had graciously agreed to continue for 2017 since we didn’t have anyone in place to take over. Whoever steps up to take over for 2018 should have a good set of prizes to offer. I talked to several companies at the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta and got some good leads from manufacturers to donate everything from guns to accessories. Details will be worked out and the next director will be in good shape to take over.

Until next time, enjoy the summer shooting season and may all your shots be X’s.

Stay safe,

G. Martin Capito Sr.

President

May 2017

Martin Capito Sr.President’s Column

By G. Martin Capito, Sr.
24 April 2017

This should be the last formal printed issue of Gunsmoke until next year’s Annual Review issue. You should find the raffle tickets attached. A big thank you goes out to all the members that called and emailed to ask when and how they would be distributed.
As for those members that do not have access to email, the Trustees came up with a solution. Since we are paying approximately $15.00 for a year’s worth of printed Gunsmoke, we will pass that cost directly to members that are without email.

Make the check out to ORPA and mail it to:

Alan C. Joseph
Membership Director
Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
P.O. Box 1201
Morehead, KY 40351-5201

Due to our lack of a High Power Rifle Director we have had to make the unpleasant decision to cancel this year’s ORPA High Power Rifle program at Camp Perry. As soon as a new High Power director is in place we will resume the Camp Perry schedule. Our relationship with Camp Perry goes back to the 1930’s and this is the first bump in the road we’ve had to cross. I’d like to send out a personal thank you to the Alliance Rifle Club for stepping up and running the ORPA State Championship Matches in the meantime. Paperwork has been signed and submitted to NRA in mid-April so be sure to check the ARC website for dates and details.

We are always on the lookout for good people that want to step up and help run our Association. Come out to our Trustees meetings and sit in and learn what we do first hand. The meetings are open to our membership and you are welcome to attend. We need good people interested in bettering the programs and improving the Association. The meetings are listed in Gunsmoke. Come on out and get involved.

In the meantime, get to the range and bring a friend or Junior to introduce them to the Shooting Sports. The world will be a better place for it.
Stay safe, and may all your shots be X’s.

G. Martin Capito Sr.
President

April 2017

Martin Capito Sr.

There are two major events to report: First, we have been notified by the government that the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association has been officially approved as a 501(c)(3) organization. What does that mean for us? First of all it will make it easier to solicit donations for our Junior Teams and other events by offering tax deductions to the donors. Under our old 501(c)(4) status, any donations were not eligible for tax deductions. Now the entire donation can be deducted from your taxes. Since I'm neither a CPA nor an attorney, now would be a good time to see your personal tax preparation professional for the specifics on how to do this for your situation when you make a donation to our Association. The one downfall is that we can no longer encourage anyone to vote for or against a specific candidate or issue. We can only say 'get out and vote" but not "don't vote for the zombies, they hate guns!" It's looked on as a reason to revoke our new status. This change to 501(c)(3) status been a long time in coming and I would like to thank Trustee Jennifer Syme and Treasurer Jim Scofield for their hard work and diligence in successfully pulling this off.

The second event is to announce the changes to the HighPower program. Due to financial issues and the direction the program was headed, it was felt it would be in the best interest of the Association to remove the HighPower Directors and find someone to put the program back on track. I have been interviewing and discussing the situation with several people and as of this writing (March) we are still looking for replacements. The previous directors agreed to email out the 2017 programs with them as contact persons, but another announcement will be sent once those replacements are in place. As of now, we have only two HighPower matches at Camp Perry this year: Mother’s Day weekend and Father's Day weekend. If no replacement directors are found, we may have to cancel this year's matches. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause but the problems that have been brought to my attention could not continue. A proper direction in the best interest of Ohio competitive shooters and the Association itself will be found and implemented as soon as possible. No timeline or deadline has been set. It will be in place as soon as it can be done right. If anyone is interested in the position or has a lead for us to contact please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or I can be reached by phone at 513-426-7944 and follow the menu. If I don't answer the phone immediately, please leave me a message and I will return your call. Be sure to leave the message, I don't chase down calls that don't leave messages.

The Association would like to announce the appointment of Abby Stanec and Bob Stachowiak as our new AirGun Director and Technology Director respectively. They were appointed to one-year terms as Trustees until this coming November's Annual Meeting, at which time they will be included in the general trustee election for a conventional term. I'd like to thank them for stepping up and taking over for outgoing directors Tom Paumier and Doug Utsch. Tom and Doug have done the Association a great service during their respective tenures and we wish them well in their future endeavors.

As you can see there is a lot going on within the Association and there is still a lot more to be done. If you are interested in being a part of it please feel free to fill out a nomination form and run for Trustee. Openings are available and the opportunities are only limited to your imagination on how to become a better Association with better ideas for the shooters in Ohio.

Until next time, stay safe and may all your shots be in the black.

G. Martin Capito Sr., President

January 2017

Martin Capito Sr.

Happy New Year to all our members and associates. We were delivered an early Christmas Gift this year with the election of Donald Trump. Thank God the country avoided the fiasco that another Clinton administration would have done to us. Is Mr. Trump perfect? No, not at all, except when you compare him to the alternative. Give him the benefit of the doubt until he shows he's not worthy of our support. Ignore the hate and vitriol coming from the Left, it's just a continuation of the hate and lies they've been spreading from the beginning. Confront them with their lies, most just follow their leaders blindly with no thought of common sense or rational reasoning. It's going to be an interesting four years, let Mr. Trump show us if he's worthy of a second term.

I was admonished about the wording I used in an earlier article in Gunsmoke and on our website www.orpa.net. It appears a member felt I should been a lot harsher towards the enemies of the Second Amendment and less concerned about protecting our 501c status. Truth be told, the position I hold requires me to do whatever I need to do to protect the organization as a whole. This means following laws governing our existence. The article as written was within the guidelines Trustees and Officers must follow. People know our stand, jeopardizing the organization only hurts us in the long run. Our programs and junior teams need our support to survive and thrive. Are we perfect? Of course not. That is why I write so often about needing fresh blood in the Association's Board of Trustees. New faces bring new ideas and we have plenty of room to take on new Trustees. I do appreciate member's comments and encourage people to contact me at President ORPA or I can be reached by phone at 513-426-7944 and following  the menu. If I can't answer the phone immediately, leave me a message and I will return your call. Be sure to leave the message, I don't chase down calls that don't leave messages.

Until next time, use the winter months to hone your dry firing skills and you won't be as rusty when you hit the range when the weather breaks.

Stay safe and may all your shots be in the black.

G. Martin Capito Sr., President ORPA

November 2016

Martin Capito Sr.

The ORPA Annual Meeting saw a nice turnout compared to years passed. The two committee (High Power and Pistol) meetings were well attended and much was accomplished.

I'd like to cover some changes that came about over the course of the day. First of all I'd like to thank out-going Trustees Ed Shank (Long Range Director) and Rick Pozo (Pistol Director) for their service to the Association. Their voices will be missed at the Trustee Meetings.

Speaking of Trustees, the following were elected to a three year term, ending in 2019:
Gwen Bailey; Keith Bailey; John Kiernan; Jim Scofield; Fred Totts; and WIlliam Knall.

 

The following were elected to fill the remaining two years on the ballot from last year. Due to a technical error last year's ballot was appointed to a one year term. This will get the system back on track:
Jim Huntsberger; Mary Sacco; Jennifer Syme; and G. Martin Capito, Sr.

Additionally, the following two individuals were appointed to a one-year term to fill vacant positions:
James Morman and Dane Vogle.

Your new Officers are as follows:
President:                    G. Martin Capito, Sr.
Vice Presidents:          Gwen Bailey; Larry D. Smith; Fred Totts
Treasurer:                   Jim Scofield
Secretary:                   Keith Bailey

There were other changes to the Director positions also. James Morman was appointed as Interim Pistol Director. He is filling the position vacated by Rick Pozo. James has some good ideas to try and I'd like to see the membership give him the support he needs to succeed. I think he'll be off to a good start already.

Bob Stachowiak was appointed as our new Technology Director to fill the vacancy made when Doug Utsch asked to be replaced. There will be a transition period with the two working together for a while but we expect no problems during this time. Bob comes to us highly recommended and brings a lot of experience and ideas to the table.

Thanks to all the newly elected people who stood up to serve.

G. Martin Capito Sr., President ORPA

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