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Vol 2001, Nov Issue 


November 2001

The Meeting: (October 16, 2001)

Doris Burress called Dick and said that they still have no speech therapist for Bob. That didn’t stop Bob from saying “Happy Birthday” to his daughter at her party, but he still needs help. Hi is still working at getting better even if it is slow at times. We still pray for you Bob!

Jack Banovic got up and gave an update on the Sportsfest. We actually had 57 kids and many workers.

The board of directors wants to add an extension to the shed outside. We need the extra room to store equipment for the growing shooting sports. We will be adding 21’x25’ at approximately $2,000. for everything. The vote carried in full agreement.

There was some discussion about the concealed carry classes and the instructors. Carl Peskor feels that we should have a contract made and signed by all the instructors. Dick McGuire says he has a Gentleman’s Agreement with them. He knows and trusts the people involved and fully believes the club won’t get burned.

Richard Moore got up and discussed a fund raising idea. We can raise some money by selling hats, sweatshirts and T-shirts with the SJWF logo on them. After some discussion, the group decided to pay to get things going on these projects. We will sell the hats for $10 and the sweatshirts for $20.

Jack Reid is getting ready for the gun show in February and is asking for volunteers to start signing up now. This is a weekend affair and a blast to work. Call Jack or Leah to leave your name and number.

We have three directors who will be renewing their jobs or leaving their positions. The treasurer’s position needs someone and the secretary’s position has to be filled. Leah has to get a full time job out side the home and can no longer do the secretary job. We really need someone to fill these positions!!!

Myron Crockett is busy looking into our non-profit status and where a business amount starts. When concealed carry classes start we will be making more money and we need to find out where the fine lines are. If anyone knows and can help Myron please give him a call. In conjunction, Bond Kinney is already getting calls from people to sign up for the classes.

Our next meeting is Tuesday November 20, 2001 at 7:30pm.       


If you have any announcements, please call Anna Kinney 564-3651, email: ptnopt@fisi.net or mail it to the Federation address: PO Box 1411, Farmington NM, 87499. Anything related to shooting events, lottery winners, etc…. I’ll be glad to put it in. The deadline for the newsletter is 7PM, the Sunday one week prior to the next meeting.

If you move let Anna know!

Range Safety

Earlier this year we had a very serious safety incident at the range. A member was observed committing a safety violation. When questioned he became verbally abusive and physically intimidating. The incident was reported and a special board meeting called. Both members were interviewed. During the course of the interview the offending member became irate and his behavior was not appropriate for a fact-finding inquiry. Based upon the findings the member was disciplined to include suspension followed by a probationary period.

Shooting should be fun not intimidating. Anger and guns do not mix and will not be tolerated!


A firearm was found on the range last month and turned in to one of the board members. Talk about honesty! Ernest Cardona found the piece at the range and called one of the board members and turned it over to him so it could be returned to the rightful owner. If you have lost a firearm in the last month please call 564-3651 and describe. Serial # would be good or a detailed description.

Awarded to Ernest Cardona a one year free membership at the San Juan Wildlife Federation. The board was also impressed with his honesty they awarded him the membership. His action in returning a firearm that he found on the range is a story that I will tell my children again and again. Thank You Mr. Cardona.

Beginning in December the indoor range will be closed on Friday nights.


2001 NRA Youth Sportsfest

Final Report to the Membership

57 participants between the ages of 8 and 18 years accompanied by one or both parents were present.

The following Federation Members were present to help make this year’s event a success:

Chairman:        Jack Banovic

Air Rifle:          Wayland Moore

                        Dick McGuire

                        Clarence Exon

                        Jim Freudenberg

                        LaVeta Hawk

22 Rifle:           Frank Blackmer

                        Jack Reid

                        Andrew Standley

                        Kurt Standley

                        Bill Standley      

                        Sam Hughes

                        Myron Crockett

                        Don Varenhorst

Shotgun:          Dennis Rychlik

                        Matt Herbaugh

                        Bond Kinney

                        James Shelton

Black Powder: Lisa Bible

                        Ken Bomboy

                        Charles C. Phelan

                        Ferol Murusky

Safety Trail:     Leah Ray

                        Robert Ziesmer


Identification: Kathy McKim, NM Dept. of Game & Fish

                       Dena Burgest, NM Dept. of Game & Fish

General Help:  Billy Herbaugh

                       Brenda Herbaugh


Lunch consisted of 50 pizzas, 2 bushels of apples, and 336 drinks, which all present seemed to enjoy.

The following local businesses made contributions to help make the 2001 Sportsfest a success:

                Clay-Groomer Machine Shop Inc.

                Zeim's Ford Corners

                Public Service Company of New Mexico

                Southwest Financial Services

                Big Bear Trading Company

                East Main Trade Center

Richard O. Cutler donated a brick of .22 long rifle ammo because he was unable to attend. Tony Rahn donated a .22 rifle and a 410 shotgun to the Federation. He would have been there but at the last minute required triple by-pass heart surgery. We wish him the best. Our thanks go out to the many who donated the use of their rifles and shotguns and those who donated ammo not listed above.

I have submitted a Grant Request to the NRA Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $1,279.67 to cover the cost of this event.

The 2001 NRA Youth Sportsfest is considered a success by the increase of participation each year and also by the statements of several parents who stated that they were very impressed by the promotion and stressing of safety at each stage of the events. Those members present made this event a success and are to be commended.

Respectfully submitted by,

Jack Banovic, 2001 Chairman


Believe it or not, it’s that time again.  Please start thinking about nominations for the January election.  Nominations will be taken at the December meeting and voting will take place in January.  We will be voting in new President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Range Officer, Indoor Range Officer, Outdoor Range Officer and, Chief Instructor.  There will also be 3 board positions open this time.  We will have to have a new Secretary because Leah will have a full time job elsewhere. If you want to help guide this club then run for something!

Our next meeting is Tuesday November 20, 2001 at 7:30pm.

What a Blast

Those who trade liberty for security have neither.


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