There are two major events to report: First, we have been notified by the government that the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association has been officially approved as a 501(c)(3) organization. What does that mean for us? First of all it will make it easier to solicit donations for our Junior Teams and other events by offering tax deductions to the donors. Under our old 501(c)(4) status, any donations were not eligible for tax deductions. Now the entire donation can be deducted from your taxes. Since I'm neither a CPA nor an attorney, now would be a good time to see your personal tax preparation professional for the specifics on how to do this for your situation when you make a donation to our Association. The one downfall is that we can no longer encourage anyone to vote for or against a specific candidate or issue. We can only say 'get out and vote" but not "don't vote for the zombies, they hate guns!" It's looked on as a reason to revoke our new status. This change to 501(c)(3) status been a long time in coming and I would like to thank Trustee Jennifer Syme and Treasurer Jim Scofield for their hard work and diligence in successfully pulling this off.
The Association would like to announce the appointment of Abby Stanec and Bob Stachowiak as our new AirGun Director and Technology Director respectively. They were appointed to one-year terms as Trustees until this coming November's Annual Meeting, at which time they will be included in the general trustee election for a conventional term. I'd like to thank them for stepping up and taking over for outgoing directors Tom Paumier and Doug Utsch. Tom and Doug have done the Association a great service during their respective tenures and we wish them well in their future endeavors.
As you can see there is a lot going on within the Association and there is still a lot more to be done. If you are interested in being a part of it please feel free to fill out a nomination form and run for Trustee. Openings are available and the opportunities are only limited to your imagination on how to become a better Association with better ideas for the shooters in Ohio.
Until next time, stay safe and may all your shots be in the black.
G. Martin Capito Sr., President