From Bradd Vickers, a stellar NRA volunteer:
New York State Friends of NRA Communications Director Bradd Vickers (left) with Greene Rod & Gun Club President Nick Freije.
The Greene Rod and Gun Club is a small sportsman's club located in rural upstate New York on 94 acres of land.
The Club recently received one of the largest grants awarded this year in NYS by the NRA foundation. The local club regularly holds registered ATA shoots, trap, skeet and 5 stand leagues, as well as being the home base of the “Border Rangers,” a cowboy action shooter competition. They also offer free use of the club to the Greene Police Department, Boys Scouts, North American Versatile Hunting Dogs of America (NAVHDA), hunter safety courses and youth educational projects. They annually donate to the Greene Lions Club, Rotary Club, and award a scholarship to the Greene High School. They also open their facility to the public for a fishing derby at the well stocked on-site pond for youth five to ten years old.
A contractor recently purchased the land adjacent to the club with plans of residential development. This has forced the club to move five ranges so that they can comply with the "500 feet law."
This involves clearing and grading land, building berms, and constructing a new shelter, shooting benches and a storage building. The grounds will also have to be limed and seeded. The cost of this project is approximately $25,000 to $30,000.
“We greatly appreciate the $5,000.00 grant from The NRA Foundation [which] will help offset some of the expense,” Greene Rod & Gun Club President Nick Freije said. “When Bradd explained how important it was for us to participate in the Friends of the NRA fundraising banquet, we really didn’t expect to see this much money come back to the community.”
“Some of our costs will include purchasing shale, gravel, concrete, lime, hay, and hiring a bulldozer, excavator, and backhoe. However, we hope to complete the project with voluntary labor and many donated supplies," Greene Rod & Gun Club Vice-President Ron Evanchof said. "Our members have already removed trees and stumps, moved dirt, built some berms, and are working on building shelters.”
The Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Chenango County also received a $1536.00 NRA Foundation Grant for their “Kids to Camp” program.
NRA Foundation Grants benefit programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education, conservation, firearms and marksmanship training and safety, and much more.
Through its grant support of eligible educational programs, The NRA Foundation carries out its important educational mission across the country. Foundation grants allow shooting sports-related programs to develop, expand, and enhance their educational curricula to deliver valuable services to millions of Americans.
If you would like to get involved or attend a Friends of NRA banquet in New York, look here. For more information about the club, check out their website.