February and Early March
We began getting organized here locally and set about finding a local range that would be willing to host our chapter. That in itself was a tough battle and we were turned down by one range, while another wanted so much to help us, but didn't have a facility that would accommodate us - yet.
We finally found a home. We began renting Target World after hours. Its a little late, but its nice that our chapter has the range to ourselves.
In May we had our first meeting and shoot!
For our June meeting, Michael Yoakum, owner of Gary's Gun store in Fairfield, was our guest speaker. He brought along several guns and talked about how to choose your first firearm.
In July we nearly reached our membership limit and had to consider closing membership until we could make arrangements to accommodate a larger group.
For our August meeting Detective David Mize from the West Chester Police Department was our guest speaker. It was very informative and great to hear from a Law Enforcement Officer how to interact with Law Enforcement.
For our September meeting we reviewed The Fundamentals of Shooting.
In October Defense Attorney, NRA Board Member, Buckeye Firearms Leader, and Founder of Second Call Defense, Sean Maloney was our guest speaker. Sean had so much information to share that as soon as the meeting was over we decided to invite him back.
In October we also had 10 of our ladies take the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home at Mad Duck Training.
In November 7 of the ladies began the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. All of them qualified in Basic Pistol, Pro-Marksman, and Marksman skill levels. Since it was winter, most of the decided to finish the program in the Spring when warm weather returns.
In December we had Sean Maloney back to give us more information about our legal rights as gun owners. And two of our ladies qualified as Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert and Distinguished Expert skill levels of the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Program!
All in all, it was a great year! It is amazing to see all these women learning how to protect themselves, improving their skills, and finding a whole new confidence! I look forward to what the new year brings!