If you like to shoot, love a great meal, and want to help a good cause, the Storm Lake Friends of NRA Banquet is probably just for you.
Chris Persoon, Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) chair, said the banquet scheduled for Monday, Sept. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 1507 E. Lakeshore Drive in Storm Lake is a fund-raiser for local projects. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. followed by the meal at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. auction. Tickets are $25 a person.
Last year's banquet raised $2,000 in profit which went to the national organization. The local group applied for and received a total in $4,000 in grants, $900 for the junior club and $3,060 for upgrading the indoor pistol range.
"The profit of the $2,000 from last year's banquet brought this club $4,000 so the return is pretty good," Persoon said.
The Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club has about 100 members and 20 junior members ages 12 and up, Persoon said.
"The club runs strictly on members' dues so the Friends banquet is going to help a great deal," Persoon said.
"The club runs strictly on members' dues."
In another fund-raiser this week, the Friends held a raffle to raise funds to make a restroom at the club house handicap accessible.
One example of the many projects the local chapter of Friends of NRA has done was the Department of Civil Marksmanship or DCM shoot Wednesday at the Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club north of Storm Lake. Junior Club members practiced on a 200-yard range with military-style weapons including the Colt AR-15, M-1 .30 caliber carbine, and the 30.06 M-1 Garand. Those who pass DCM qualifications and are at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check can buy surplus military rifles such as the semiautomatic M-1 Garand, the old standby for World War II the Korean Conflict.
The local Friends of NRA chapter offers a hunter safety class to about 70 persons free of charge twice yearly. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources requires the class for those born after January 1967. Those taking the class need to be at least 12, Persoon said. Once a hunter reaches 16, that person must have a license.
The Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club is always looking for new members, both adults and youth. Those interested in joining or in learning more about hunter safety classes or who want to purchase banquet tickets may call Persoon at 732-6239