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