News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 17, 2013

Friends of the NRA banquet coming up at Idle Creek

Kenny Bayless
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — As I sit down to the dining room table to write these words, I had to clear away all the clutter from days of writing myself notes. I realized my memory is about as long as a bobcat’s tail!

I don’t have to remind you of how much our gun rights are in jeopardy, so let’s shuck the corn down to the cob and support our most valuable resource on keeping our guns, the National Rifle Association.

Come to the Friends of the NRA. West Central Indiana Chapter Annual Banquet and Auction on Feb. 28th at Idle Creek banquet Center on 5353 Eldridge Road.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 per person or $55 per couple, $200 for a table of eight. Contact Mike Reed at (765) 832-3218, Troy Hicks at (812) 443-0136, Tim Hammond at (812) 898-2363.

There will be 25 guns given away.

Jim Smith of Prairie Creek Auctions will be crying the auction and has proudly done so for the past five years.

The table guns are a Savage and Axis in a .22-.250 caliber. Sponsor guns means, a drawing for sponsors only and one of every five will win a Smith & Wesson hand gun in a .380 caliber with laser sights.

The big five gun drawing consists of individual tickets for $10 each or three for $20 and the five guns are an AR15 in Olympic Arms, Franchi Shotgun, Smith & Wesson-Body Guard hand gun in a 380 caliber, Henry big boy-lever action in a 44-mag caliber and a Marlin-bolt action in a 30-06 caliber.

Bucket Raffle is a pay $100 for a pack of tickets worth $200. Plus you get one bonus top-tier bucket ticket. With the top-tier prize is an AR15 in a 223 caliber.

Bucket drawings are for a Benelli model Nova shotgun, Rossi model-circuit judge in a .45-long colt and .410 shotgun caliber, Smith & Wesson model body guard in a .380 caliber, Tauris model 85 ultra light in a .38 special caliber.

Live Auction has a M1 Carbine in a .30 caliber, Keltec model 30 PMR in a 22 mag 30 shot hand gun, Keltec model KSG pump 12-gauge shotgun with 14-shot capacity.

Silent Auction has camping gear, knives, prints, jewelry, and something for everybody’s desires. Dinner is a Ribeye served with an open bar.

Tim Hammond has been the secretary treasurer for this chapter the past 13 years and proudly tells me the 24 chapters in Indiana have donated back to numerous organizations in the sum of $321,000 from their 2012 funds. The following are just a few of them. Many 4H clubs, Camp Krietenstien (Boy Scout camp near Brazil) received $4,250, Salem Middle School received funds for gun sports to purchase supplies.

Eddy Eagle program is sponsored by the NRA to teach kids gun safety. Several high schools with ROTC programs teach gun safety.

Hammond proudly says the NRA spends the most money going directly back to the state over all other organizations!

On Feb. 23 and 24th, there is a hunter’s education course held at Roselawn Cemetery on North 41. It is given free of charge by the kindness of folks from the Vigo County Chapter Sycamore Ridge National Wild Turkey Federation. On Saturday the 23rd, it begins at 10 a.m. and on Sunday the 24th starts at noon. You have to be present both days to be certified. For more information, contact Cinda Kueber at (765) 744-5460.


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