Shooting Sports Club to host annual NRA dinner

The North Central Montana Friends of the NRA plan to hold their 13th annual banquet at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Conrad at the Pondera Shooting Sports Club.

A Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with prime rib dinner at 6 p.m.Tickets may be purchased in Conrad from Jerome Glimm at 278-3574, Scott Johnson at 590-3256, John Shevlin at 788-6908, Harvey Hollandsworth at 627-2459. Tickets may be purchased in Valier from Steve Nelson at 949-3288 days and 279-3381 nights.

Thirteen years ago when the Committee started the North Central Montana Friends of the NRA, the intent was to rotate the dinner between Conrad, Cut Bank and Shelby. Up until now neither Conrad nor Shelby had a building that would house the dinner.The committee and the Pondera Shooting Sports Club with the help of the 4H Shooting Sports Club will host the dinner this year.

Next year, the dinner will return to Cut Bank. This will give the supporters of the Friends of the NRA a great opportunity to view the fruits of money raised by these dinners. The PSSC/4-H has obtained $56,800 through grants from Friends of the NRA.

This year we will also have the Dirty Dozen Raffle and the Single Gun Raffle, which will be a Colt Stainless Commander.

Friends of NRA is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community services related to firearm education, hunter safely, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, law enforcement and other shooting sports interest.

Working with NRA field representatives, the members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings and fellowship.

Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participation vendors.

Half of the money raised by each Friends of NRA banquet will be spent in the state in which it was held.The other half supports qualifying national-level programs like the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program, Women on Target and other educational and safely services.

State fund committees made up of volunteers review grant applications from local organizations and make recommendations to the NRA Foundation on how the money might best be used in their areas.

Editor’s note: For more information about Friends of NRA, visit www.friendsofnra.org.