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2019 Fall Presidents Letter

Jim HendersonPresident’s Column

By Jim Henderson 

June 2019

 

 

Hello ORPA members, and what a great shooting season we had this year!

I hope everything is as good as it can be for all of you!  Before I talk about the shooting season, I wanted to briefly touch on the NRA and all the news surrounding the organization.  I've heard everything from they will all go to jail, to there is nothing wrong, everything is fine.  Truthfully, I don't know what to think.  I believe protecting the 2nd amendment and lobbying sides of the house will survive.  More than likely continuing as they have through many different administration for decades.  As far as the competitions side of things, that's where I have some trepidation as to the future of the competitive sports.  In my opinion moving Pistol Nationals to Indiana was questionable....at best.  With 10 months to go until Nationals 2020, and as far as I know at the time of this writing, construction has not started on any of the proposed ranges or buildings.  To me, this doesn't bode well for completion of the advertised projects.  It seems we as competitors are in a holding pattern on making decision on how best to use or vacation time next year.... yet again.  All that being said,  I'm hoping they get it done!  Any new or updated range space is a plus for the shooting community as a whole .  The more positive light we as hunters, competitors and even the newest of plinkers can shed on the shooting sports and firearms in general, the better off everyone will be!  These are hard times for firearms owners and we need all the positive light on us we can get!  

So as I said.... What a great shooting season we had here in Ohio!!  It looks like Bill  "Fletch" Knall and Cowboy Action shooting is doing very well!  Check out his report later int eh issue.  As most of you know, Dane Hogel has taken over as Pistol Director.  Not only is he doing a great job maintaining the strong program he inherited from Jim Morman, but he has some very interesting and solid plans for growth of the Pistol sports in Ohio!  Dane maybe we can get three NTT teams to the line next year!

Fred Totts and the Junior Pistol team had a great year of growth and success!  I have hear some say "big deal, they got 2nd place"... Really?  In my mind the biggest part of any junior program is not about the trophies they win, but more about the adults and responsible gun owners they can become!  Sure, everyone wants a trophy, but than's no how real life works.  As a parent of seven children, I wanted nothing but for all of my kids to be pro shooters and set the shooting world on its heels with what awesome people and champions they would become!  Well life has a way of changing even the best laid plans.  Three of the five boys are into guns, but only one is into the competitive side of things.  Sam Henderson is an awesome SR shooter.  If you haven't heard of him, you will.  He is also a stand up citizen and Army Reservist.  Do I attribute a lot of the life lessons he's learned to competitive shooting and conversations he and I have had after matches?  No doubt in my mind?  The highs and lows of the competition cycle, if you're truly being honest with yourself, are some of the most deeply remembered lessons of all! 

So all that being said......  Coach Totts, you're doing a great job my friend!

ORPA Junior High Power was lucky enough to have Serena Juchnowski accepted the role as Director for that discipline.  She has done a great job getting some legs under this junior program.  All the while being a full time student and maintaining her own shooting skills!  One of her Juniors even got a 4 point leg during SAFS! She even got anew Time shirts made!  Again, great job and I personally thank you for doing what you're doing.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about member involvement in ORPA.  Since I became President of ORPA I've been doing my best to increase membership and overall involvement by the different factions of the Ohio shooting community.  

I feel like I have failed at doing either of those things.  

Membership is not where I hoped it would be, and we have several Directors and Trustees that are completely inactive.  There are many ranges across the state that see no reason to be part of ORPA.  I've heard some say the get nothing out of membership.  Why should they pa a fee if..... this, this and that.  In reality, the fewer clubs and members that we have, the less ORPA can do for members.  It just a bottom line dollars and cents decision.  If I was filthy rich I'd give away awesome prizes and trophies to all the State Champions and every member club we be getting very lucrative donations.  Sounds awesome right?  Well I'm not rich and neither is ORPA.   Over the last couple of years as President,  I advocated some very much needed changes to the structure of the organization.  In taking the position of President, I accepted the fiduciary responsibilities inherent in that role.  I felt the changes I proposed would help keep the lights on and the doors open for the foreseeable future, and bring more revenue to the pot.  While I believe we are operating more efficiently, we are not gaining ground.  

ORPA needs your help.  I'm not asking for more money from anyone.  Although as far as state association fees go, ours is pretty low at just $30 a year.   What I am asking for is you help with getting/being involved!  The organization needs people to be involved with  whatever it is that you shoot!  I talked to a friend of mine who is President of her state association looking for some advice.  Her state has some of the most strict gun laws in the country, yet they have hundreds of people attend their annual meeting, and they have a VERY involved shooting community.  Their annual meeting is a coat and tie affair with some pretty good food and prizes from what I hear.  At our last annual meeting ORPA had I believe five non-trustee members attend. 

I really hope that the 2019 Annual Meeting at The Cardinal Shooting Center in November will be better attended.  If for nothing else than to air your feelings on why you feel YOUR state association isn't worth joining. 

I look forward to hearing your comments and concerns. 

Thank you,

Jim Henderson

President, 

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association

 

2019 Summer Presidents Letter

Jim HendersonPresident’s Column

By Jim Henderson 

June 2019

 

 

Hello ORPA members,

I hope you are enjoying the extension of Winter that we are having and have invested in a high quality rain jacket.  

We have a great prize table this year for the 2019 Sweepstakes!  I started it off with 500 rounds of Remington 9mm ammunition, then we gat a very nice fixed blade knife from Todd Wielinski at TrueSaber.  There's a Henry Golden Boy 22 LR Rifle, an M1 Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program and a custom hunting knife from Gary Smith.  All proceeds of the Sweepstakes go to support the ORPA Junior programs so please buy as many tickets as possible.

I had the pleasure of representing ORPA at the 20196 NRA convention this year in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a cost cutting measure I did not use the traditionally set aside funds that ORPA provides to the President to attend this annual meeting.  As I am sure you are all aware, Oliver North resigned as President of the NRA.  While on the subject of the NRA, it needs to be mentioned that starting in 2020 all NRA competitive National Championships will be held at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  

Lastly, I encourage all of you to take an active roll in this organization.  We are looking to increase our involvement in new arenas such as the action shooting sports and revisiting our support of a steadfast classic in Cowboy action.  Other goals of the organization are to expand our Junior programs and rebuild our director positions.  We will have an opening starting June 30th in High Power and many of the current directors need assistant directors. 

As always I would appreciate any constructive ideas to make YOUR state association better.  

I wish all you competitors the best of luck on the range this shooting season.  

Jim Henderson

President

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association

2019 Spring Presidents Letter

Jim HendersonPresident’s Column

By Jim Henderson 

 April 2019

 Jim Henderson

ORPA President

Hello everyone!
I hope you’re doing your best to stay warm and finding plenty of things to keep you busy indoors!
I wanted to send a quick note to catch everyone up on what ORPA has been getting done for the betterment of the organization during these frigid months.


The Board of Trustees is proud to announce we have a brick and mortar head-quarters in the great state of Ohio once again! Last year we spent a great deal of time going over the operations of the organization to see where we could adjust things to streamline the day to day operations. With that being done we were able to afford to lease a building space at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo OH.


The complex is about 35 miles north of Columbus, and as centrally located in the state as we could find. With ORPA’s 501c3 status we won’t be able to use it as a store per se, but more of an HQ to run the operations from, store and display all the proud history of the organization, and hopefully several member get togethers! More on those as we get established in the space. I’ll be proposing to the Board at our next meeting that we have an open house for the space at some point this year. I’m thinking we could do it at the annual meeting. Have some food and prizes and such. I’d love to have everyone come out and see the display of Ohio Shooting history!

I hope everyone had a great holiday and is surviving/enjoying the winter weather as best you can! I hope to see all of you at the Annual Meeting!

Thanks again for your faith and support,

Jim Henderson
President
The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association

2018 April Presidents Letter

Jim HendersonPresident’s Column

By Jim Henderson 

 April 2018

 

Hello ORPA!

 I hope all is well with you and yours and you are getting all the range time you can stand!

I’m guessing at this point everyone is loading up their Sunshine Loads in anticipation of Spring and the Outdoor Season. I plan on having a loading weekend pretty soon!

My family and I recently got back from a week long vacation in Hawaii! We got to see some very good friends we hadn’t see in almost six years. It was also my first time traveling with a toddler. There were a couple extra logistical concerns but Charlotte was a real trooper! She only complained a little bit on the 8+ hour flight home! The scenery was as beautiful and prehistoric as everyone said it would be. The sunrises and sunsets were amazing! We did a three mile hike one morning up to the Makapuu Lighthouse just to get some pictures, it was perfect! We got to check out the North Shore and the waves were big to me, but I’m told they weren’t that great.
Great trip all in all!

As the outdoor season starts let’s all work together to mesh as many range schedules as we can, so that every range in the state gets as much participation as possible! I understand it is probably too late for this year, but if you can make it to a Board meeting at some point this year, we can talk about next year’s schedules and be ahead of the game.

Your High Power Director is hard at work getting that program back up and running! I believe we have some tentative dates set and are just waiting for the final ok to release them. Please bear with us as Samantha works on this, she is also the Mother of an awesome 15 month old, and has a very full time job.

I believe the outdoor Pistol schedule is out so start making plans to attend today!

Make sure you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions, concerns, ideas or solutions with anything Pistol.

One last thing. If you have any noteworthy happenings at your club, say a range record, someone moves up to a higher class, anything you can think of that will help spread the word please email or call me. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have a great day and I hope to see you on the range!

Jim Henderson
ORPA President

2018 February Presidents Letter

Jim HendersonPresident’s Column

By Jim Henderson 

 February 2018

 

Greetings ORPA members! I hope the new year finds you all happy and healthy! 

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and give you all a little of my background. I joined the Army at 17.5 years old in January of 1985. Went through Basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft Knox, Kentucky to become a glorious member of the US Army Armor Corp! For a kid from Pasadena California, the Kentucky winter was a rude awakening!

I started as a bullseye pistol shooter in 1989. I was picked for assignment to the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) in 1990. Funny thing was, I had no idea there was such a place within the Army. To be honest, before 1989 I’d never really considered there was such a thing as competitive marksmanship. I’d watched Biathalon in the Olympics as a kid, but that was about it. I spent 4 years at AMU then went off Active duty and went to the Reserves in 1994.

I then moved to Missouri and ended up working some jobs I didn’t really like. After a couple of years I was hired as a Lineman for AT&T. Worked there for almost 9 years. In that time 9-11 happened and the war on terror was in full swing. After winning NRA Pistol Nationals for the first time in ‘06, I felt the need to be back on Active duty. January 2006, I went back to USAMU, even volunteered to go to Afghanistan for a short trip to help them get an AMU of their own started. Only 3 months, easy peasy. I then served another 11 years to finish out my 20 years of active service. With my Reserve time that gave me 33 years of total service. While there were hard times to be sure, I wouldn’t change a thing.

In 2006 I met my wonderful wife Samantha. Who by the way is also your High Power Director. She is dedicated to getting that program up and running again!!! Samantha is from Oak Harbor. Since I had dragged her away from her family to Georgia, I promised she could choose where we moved after retirement. So here we are! We are in the middle of having a house built in the Marengo area and it should be completed by April/May.

So, what can you expect in the coming year from your State Association? My big push is to get High Power off the ground, and honestly, we could use your help! As it stands now we only have a few places we can shoot full course matches. We are very open to any suggestions, in or out of the box. While we are working towards getting this program back to life, I promise you there will be complete transparency. Not just with High Power, but with all aspects of ORPA.

I will also be looking at ways to increase membership in our Association. With that I will ask all of you for your help.  If you or someone or some business you know has a “thing” that could be given away as a prize, please let me know. My goal is to build a war chest if you will, of prizes to be given away at matches, meetings, whatever. We need more people involved. Right now, we have 2500(ish) members. I’d like to see that number climb by 100 this year. I think we can do that easily if everyone pitches in. To help get people interested in signing up new members and clubs, I’m giving a prize away to the person that signs the most new members or clubs this year! The more things we come up with to give away, the more things we can give away! Right now, I have a few custom knives, Aimpoints, trigger job/gun smithing certificates and a few other things I’ll leave as a surprise! My belief is that we can all work together to help grow our State Association! I’d love for us to be the reason that people move to the state!!

As always please feel free to contact me or any of the Board members to voice your comments or concerns, and especially your ideas to help!! Thanks again and good shooting to you all!

Jim Henderson

President

Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association

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