Mr. Noble C. Hathaway, President of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, took a turn at the podium during NRA's Club University last weekend in Phoenix. After making sure that every local club was current with their state membership, he hit on some of the highlights in Arizona's programs.
"May 7th is the date for our 102nd Annual State Banquet Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel," said Hathaway. "We've got a number of different dinner packages available, a lot of great exhibits, and special guest Mr. Otis McDonald."
A pet project of Hathaway's is Roadrunner. Designed to spread the shooting sports to all corners of Arizona, the Roadrunner program goes on the road to provide equipment and range time to smaller communities. By reaching out to the more remote areas of the state, Hathaway hopes to get families and juniors everywhere out there to shoot. And that is where his passion truly rests.
"We got to start those Junior Programs and we've got to keep them going," said Hathaway.
With everything from air gun to smallbore to shotgun to a High Power Rifle team that annually treks north to Camp Perry, junior shooting programs in Arizona appear to be on solid ground. And it couldn't make Hathaway any happier.
"Junior Programs," he said with a grin. "That's what I'm all about."