LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Club supports academy

Jul 6, 2011


As the only shooting sports facility in northern Ottawa County, the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club was pleased to host the 911 Academy on June 23, at the trap and skeet ranges for shotguns, and the Outdoor Range for rifle and pistol shooting. Despite the poor weather, Dennis Harpe, Tim Olt, Michael Knes and Jim Fellows volunteered their time, personal firearms and ammunition to ensure all participants had the experience of shooting a variety of firearms and different shooting disciplines with expert instruction and supervision.

I certainly hope that future coverage of this important program includes the contribution made by the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club. It is integral to what the 911 Academy seeks to achieve.

— Mark H. Welch, president/North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club



In my younger years of life, my father would take me with him to the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club, and I would make sure his skeet shooting ammunition and supply's were in order. I know that he could have easily done these small tasks, but it was his way of introducing me to Guns, Ammunition, Supply's, and most importantly, Safety. I also remember taking Gun Safety classes at the Club, which I really enjoyed. When I was of legal age to be on the Junior Skeet Team my dad bought me a shotgun that I could handle safely. I also went hunting with him and his friends and everyone was very aware of Safety First. Even in Elementary School we would have an annual Firearms Safety Assembly where either someone from NORGC would be the instructor or an Officer from the State Police or Sheriffs Office. This was a natural part of our everyday life. More than half of the father's of kids hunted, shot skeet, or both. We knew the difference between real guns and our Toy guns. When I was a kid, most of the TV Series involved guns with good and bad guys getting shot and killed in every episode. We knew that the Actors weren't really killed, they were Acting. Some of the TV Shows I remember were, Gun Smoke, The Riffle Man, The Bounty Hunter, Bonanza, Palladan, and many more. At that point in time, the Wild West story lines were very popular. My parents bought me my own Toy Hand Gun that shot rolls of caps, and I also was given a Toy Rifle unlike any other Toy Rifles around. It had a Scope, a space for rolls of caps to be loaded, and had the weight of a real gun. Even though these were Toy Guns, we still had the respect of Safety in mind. When pointing these Toy Weapons we would point them off to the side of our opponents actual body. Firearm Safety was built into us as part of our natural everyday lives to be practiced. I remember when I was a Teenager NORGC choose myself and a friend of mine to go to Conservation Camp which was a very big honor for them to sponsor the two of us. The CC was a training camp where the instructors helped refine our skills in Target Shooting .22 Rifles, Fishing, Boating, Canoeing, Hiking, Survival and much more to give each student a well rounded perspective of the Outdoor Life. It was totally a dream come true for me and I know my friend as well. The NORGC is so much more than a place to shoot guns. It helps instill the attributes of One's Self, Safety Awareness all around, Giving, Helping, Guidance, Respect of yourself and those around you, and a Love of the Great Outdoors. I hope I've given you the Idea of the Great Attributes the NORGC offers those who ask. I asked and got more than I could have ever imagined.


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