By Lars Dalseide | August 6 2013 12:08
Ticket to Redding, California's Friends of NRA Event

NRA's Philip Schreier shares stories of firearms and Teddy Roosevelt at Friends Event

Redding, California - Just in case you were wondering about Senior Curator Philip Schreier's conspicuous absence from the opening festivities at the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro, he was off pinch speaking for NRA Past President David Keene.

President Keene was expected to serve as the keynote speaker for last weekend's Redding, CA Friends of NRA Dinner, their 20th Anniversary, but was forced to cancel at the last minute. Who better to pinch hit for the Past NRA President than NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier. With an overnight bag full of Old Bay & cigars, he lit out for the West coast to arrive the dinner with moments to spare.

"Getting there was quite the experienced," Schreier explained. "Flights were delayed, cancelled and all but disappeared."

Ultimately, it was a light into Sacramento followed by a four hour drive up the coast to Redding that made it all possible. Greeting by a hall filled with Second Amendment enthusiasts, it brought to mind a certain Milwaukee speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and the trouble he experienced on that October day.

Schreier thrilled the sold out crowd of more than 400 supporting with tales of Roosevelt's spech, the Headquarters' Museum as well as the opening of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Hosted by the Redding Friends committee chaired by Rich Howell & assisted by NRA NoCal field rep Daniel Wilhelm, the Scrheier ended his appearance with the Roosevelt's memorable line "You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose." It was enough to bring everyone to their feet calling for more.

US Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R CA 1st) and Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko spotted bids during the auction that was as well run and smooth an operation as Schreier had ever attended. A near record amount of money was raised to support the shooting sports in Northern California.

Friends of NRA banquets are filled with supporters of the Second Amendment looking to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to thrive across the country or make as near an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

For more information, visit the Friends of NRA website at www.friendsofnra.org.

This story is based on a report filed earlier by Senior Curator Philip Schreier.

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