2020 Spring Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
Hello and I hope you are all as healthy and safe as you can be!
Strange times these days, to say the least. With the shelter in place order dragging on, I’m sure most of you are chomping at the bit to get out and shoot, I know I am! Whatever your feeling or beliefs are with the current health scare, it is the situation we find ourselves in. So what can we do after we’ve separated, cleaned, waxed and polished everything in the house that even looks like brass? I’m sure you have all loaded just about everything that will hold powder as well! It seems especially frustrating with the sun making short lived appearances all over the state like some kind of rock star!
With all that being said maybe I can give something to look forward to. Our Annual ORPA Raffle tickets will be going out soon! With everything going on this year as far as unemployment goes I’m sending out a call to action to the ORPA Trustees and all Club Presidents! I challenge all of you to donate a minimum of $20 to the Annual Raffle. I’ll start the pot with a donation of $100!
With that in the works we already have some great prizes! First off is an M1 Garand from the CMP. Next up is a Ruger 10/22 donated by The Cardinal Shooting Center. The CMP has also generously donated an Air Gun package: A Daisy 853 Air Rifle, Pellets, and family passes to the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center air range at Camp Perry, Ohio. Then we have an awesome custom knife from Gary Smith. Finally Red Feather Outfitters, the new shooting supply and gun store at The Cardinal Center, is donating 500rds of Remington 9mm ammunition.
I know first-hand several matches have been cancelled or postponed to later in the year. So what can we do at home to sharpen our shooting mind set? For pistol shooters, dry firing is the best training drill we can do. Dry firing with a double action revolver is one of the best dry fire tools I can think of. You don’t even need to look down the sights, just watch that cylinder. If it moves continuously until the hammer falls, you’re doing it right! I’d really like to add a Tips and Tricks forum to the web site. Ideally it would have helpful tips from all of you on what other shooters can do that has worked for you. I hope there is more to come on topic!
I would like to thank Mary Sacco for her years of services to ORPA as both a Trustee and Gunsmoke Editor. Our condolences to her in the loss of her loving husband, Bob, past president of ORPA. Mary has resigned as ORPA trustee, and plans to head south to warmer weather. We will miss them both.
All in all this has been and will be a tough year for everyone. We all need to focus on growing the shooting sports in Ohio any way we can! What are you doing to increase interest in your club? With that, what can we ALL do to increase interest in YOUR state association?
Thanks for your time, and I hope to see you on the range.
Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
2019 Winter Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
First off for 2020, I would like to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Your Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association has a very busy year planned.
As many of you know, we have introduced “The Ohio Triple Crown” to the competitive Precision Pistol shooting community. The 3 “crowns” include Bullseye 2700 matches at three outstanding ranges in Ohio: Cardinal Center, Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Club, and CMP Camp Perry as the final match. The matches kick off with Cardinal Center on June 30th, Canton McKinley July 3rd, and Camp Perry July 7th. Mark the dates and sign up!
Details are being worked out with match directors, and we are obtaining match sponsors. Accuracy X has already stepped up to support this amazing Trifecta of Precision Pistol.
In addition, your organization is working on a new endeavor with Firearms and Safety Training (FaST) headed up by our own Trent Stepp and Jeff Perry. More details on all these exciting programs will be unfolding in upcoming Gunsmoke editions.
Again, this organization is only as good as the members willing to participate. Your support and involvement is key to our success. New ideas are needed, and new members are required for continued program success. At our last Annual Meeting, we had ONE member attend outside of our Board and Trustees.
Fortunately, he had MANY great ideas and shared them with us. One big take away was the idea of “bring a friend to the range” idea. Increasing involvement in our shooting sports community one member at a time. This idea is fantastic. Just think, bringing one new potential member with you to your range each time, encouraging firearm safety, and spreading the enjoyment of our great heritage with others. Increasing your club’s membership, increasing ORPA membership, and increasing the awareness of our amazing shooting sports community. This is a win-win for all of us.
As the year unfolds, consider participating in an ORPA sponsored competition, consider attending the Annual Meeting in November, put ORPA on your calendar FIRST, not last. Ask what YOU can do for your organization. All of us have very busy lives, we prioritize our time, and make time for what is important to us. The tradition of firearms in this great country is only as secure as the next generation deems it to be. Our responsibility lies in continuing the great freedoms we have enjoyed for the next generation. Does this matter to you? Won’t you participate?
I am excited at the upcoming ORPA schedule for 2020, I am enthusiastic about the shooting competitions planned for this upcoming year, and am hopeful that members, that means YOU, will join us in these endeavors.
See you at the range,
President, The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
2019 Fall Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
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.
The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
2019 Summer Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
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.
The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
2019 Spring Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
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,
The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association
2018 April Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
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!
Have a great day and I hope to see you on the range!
2018 February Presidents Letter
By Jim Henderson
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!
Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association