NFOA News and Updates
The seasons are changing. The legislative season has ended and the social season has begun.
Now that the session is over, we can focus on more social activities. From the first annual NFOA banquet to planning the annual members meeting, we are planning social gatherings while we make plans for the next session.
It is also campaign season. Elections are coming up soon. As primaries are just over a week away, I feel it is important to mention that we have not taken a position on any of the current political candidates. We are not endorsing any candidate for political office currently. While we have encouraged our members to attend the GOA meetings and other political rallies, we are not endorsing any candidate who may attend those meetings.
The annual members meeting coming up this fall. I’m looking for member input on how to make this a great meeting. Tell us what you want to see.
There are just 5 questions and will only take a minute of your time.
Rodney L Moeller
Nebraska Firearms Owners Association
The Nebraska Firearms Owners First Annual Banquet was held Saturday April 21st at the Great Platte River Archway in Kearney. The Kearney location seemed a good choice partially because of it’s central location (but mostly because Board Member Scott Barry was willing to reserve the site, hire caterers, and do all the hard work and running). Guests began assembling before the official opening at 5:30 with some from as far west as Scottsbluff and as far east as Omaha.
The evening began with an excellent prime rib and shrimp supper with all kinds of fresh baked pies for desert. Through out the evening, guests were able to play games with the winners receiving rifles or a shotgun. After supper, guests were treated to informative and thought provoking speeches followed by an auction of 27 donated or purchased items. Items included a 22 caliber suppressor, signed limited edition print, hearing protectors, firearms maintenance items, steel gongs, self healing targets, passes to the Heartland range in Grand Island, concealed carry class, knives, rifle rest, dinner bell, cryogenic treatments and many other items to numerous to mention. As the auctioneer was about to offer Chris Zeebs donation of a Nebraska & Utah ccw course, he asked who doesn’t have a concealed carry permit. I knew I was in the best of company when only two hands came up. With the support and help of all present, the evening proved to be a success.
You missed some great food and prizes if you missed this years banquet. Plan on attending next years as it promises to be even bigger and better.
Guy Hielscher – Director
John Mark Memorial
John Mark was an avid shooter and loved the shooting sports. He enjoyed shooting the matches at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club as well as throughout the country. He especially loved shooting in multigun competitions. He was a fantastic guy and those of us who shot with him are blessed to have known him.
In 2010, John was diagnosed with terminal cancer and subsequently died shortly thereafter. Before he died, however, John asked that his extensive collection of shooting and reloading supplies be raffled off to his brothers and sisters who shared his love of the sport. When he was asked what should be done with the proceeds, he immediately told his wife and others that they should be donated to the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.
John was proud of the NFOA and wanted to do one last gesture to support the shooting cause in Nebraska. Therefore, on April 15, 2012, the Eastern Nebraska Practical Shooters hosted the John Mark Memorial Multigun Match at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club. The weather was gorgeous that day, and 43 shooters who participated in the match. There was even one stage designed specifically for John as he had told one of his close friends to set up the Carnival Stage that he had enjoyed at a different competition. That stage was a crazy stage that was challenging and fun for the shooters. Prior to the match a memorial tribute was read by his friend, Bill Suiter. Bill was the man who took ownership of the raffle and with the help of the ENPS group, made the raffle happen.
The raffle brought in $1276.00 which was presented to the NFOA at the Banquet in Kearney on April 21st. John will be greatly missed by those of us who knew him, but his memory will live on with his support of the NFOA and the passion he had for shooting.
Julie Howard – Director