By G. Martin Capito, Sr.
18 November 2017
ORPA's 2017 Annual Meeting was held Sunday November 12, 2017 with much accomplished. The Code of Regulation changes (to bring the wording in line with 501c3 requirements) were passed. Additionally a change was made to reduce the number of Trustees from 33 to 24. For the last 10-12 years we have been having a hard time finding and recruiting interested members to serve on the ORPA Board. With membership in a decline, we find ourselves in a position that most other organizations are in: top heavy with too many open slots to fill. The Trustees felt it was best to reduce the number of Trustees. This was the last year to elect 11 Trustees: future elections will be for 8 positions.
Speaking of the election, we had a full slate for the first time in over a decade. There were 12 people running for the 11 slots. The elected Trustees are Newt Engle, Russell Evans, Dane Hogle, Don Hunter, Richard Martin, James Morman, Robert Sacco, Larry D. Smith, Yvonne Smith, Bob Stachowiak, and Abigail Stanec. Appointed to one year terms were Samantha Henderson and Jim Henderson. They filled out the Nomination forms for next year and will be the first two on the 2018 ballot. Since we still had open slots I was going to appoint the 12th applicant to a one year term. But he was a no-show, so there was no way to ask if he was still interested. It pays to come to the Annual Meeting!
The Trustees have been discussing adding a new Director of Procurement. The sole function was to solicit prizes for the annual raffle as well as more prizes for the competitive shooting matches. Jim Henderson accepted this position and is already checking out prizes. Anyone with an idea for prizes may contact Mr. Henderson.
I'd like to thank Mary Sacco for the fine job as the Nominating Committee Chair. She had to step down after this year's election, and Larry D. Smith stepped up to handle the election process and nominating forms for next year. Thanks to Larry for volunteering for the position.
After the Annual Meeting a short Trustee's Meeting was held for the election of the Association's Officers. Jennifer Syme was elected Secretary, making her appointment earlier this year a bit more permanent. Jim Scofield was reelected Treasurer to assure the Association's finances are in top shape. The Trustees elected four Vice Presidents: Larry D. Smith, G. Martin Capito, Sr., Fred Totts, and Russell Evans. As for President, The Trustees elected Jim Henderson to be your next President. I have every intention to support him and advise him in any way I can to promote and better the Association. Please give him your support, he's a good man and has a lot of great ideas to move the Association forward.
It's no secret the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association has been going through some difficult times the last couple years. That's the reason I agreed to step up and serve as President again in 2015, to help solve some of the problems. Since then, the Association has been able to turn into a 501c3 organization so donations can be tax deductable. We were able to convert five of the six annual issues of Gunsmoke changing them from a printed copy to an electronic copy. This alone should save us approximately $12K to $16K per year in printing costs. I'm happy to say there have been a very minor number of complaints about it. Offering to charge existing members $15.00 per year to continue receiving the printed version has gone over very well. New members, however, will receive the electronic version only. We will eventually convert almost exclusively to an e-journal. Member clubs and associations will continue to receive the printed version to keep in their respective club houses; that will not change. The sixth issue (voted on as the June issue) will continue to be a print version mailed to all current members. This will be a recap of articles, reports, association news, and contain the annual raffle tickets. The Trustees are excited about the new format and ready for the change.
I've said often that there is no one bigger than any organization. To that extent, it was time for me to encourage others to step up to lead. I was able to meet all the goals set, but only because of the dedication and loyalty of the ORPA Trustees to see the ship righted. It was only a series of tweaks for most issues, but they persevered and got things done. Now it's time to grow the Association and it would be better for another to lead us through the process. We need a fresh face and new ideas and I strongly believe Mr. Henderson is the person to do that.
It's been an honor to lead the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association. With the past two years completed, I've now served as president for a total of five years out of my 29 years as a Trustee. I've met some great people and made some lifelong friends at both the State and National levels. I encourage others to step up and lead the organization as trustees, directors and officers. It's the only way for an organization to stay fresh and relevant to its members.
Thank you for the opportunity, and may God Bless.
May all your shots be X's.
G. Martin Capito Sr.