1 of 1000 Events at Friendship

Friendship Patch 2015The September 2017 National Championship Shoot at Friendship was an eventful time for the 1 of 1000 Endowment Program. The annual 1 of 1000 Match was held, immediately following the opening ceremonies, on the offhand line. Many members helped to make the match a success. NMLRA Director Andy Larson, #4, coordinated the match and served as range officer. Forty-six shooters participated, including Arlie Thayer, 1 of 1000 member #3. Susy Larson, #145, loaded her rifle 29 times for various shooters to use. Don Blazier, #363, loaded Max Vickery’s .54 caliber Hawken rifle for those wishing to use it. Jim Fulmer, #41, and Rick Repovsch, #79, plotted the shots on the target provided by Dick Chubb, #113, the 2016 match winner. Sharron Smith, #44, kept track of the shooters’ names and numbers. Pete Wygant, #555, won the match with his shot being closest to the secret winning spot chosen by NMLRA Office Manager Joyce Vogel. Pete is a very strong supporter of the NMLRA. For many years he has created and donated beautiful shooting boxes as prizes and auction items. His boxes are always highly sought after and treasured by those fortunate enough to acquire them. Pete will be providing the 2018 Match target. By winning the match, Pete won a 1 of 1000 bolo and a handcrafted domed wooden chest made and donated by Dick Truex, # 35. Like Pete, Dick has been donating his creations to support the NMLRA for years.

The annual 1 of 1000 members’ reception was held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Rand House. The food and fellowship were enjoyed by all attending. This annual event is looked forward to as an opportunity for members to visit together and support the 1 of 1000 Endowment.

2016 1 of 1000 membership goal was to reach member #600, representing a gain of 100 members over the 2015 goal. We achieved the goal and had a drawing for 2016 1 of 1000 Powder Horn and accompanying accouterments, made and donated by the Honorable Company of Horner’s member Roland Cadle and family. The drawing was held at the Sunday evening membership meeting. The horn was won by the Prairieland Frontiersmen, #554, of Illinois.

The 2016 horn and pouch were presented to the Prairieland Frontiersmen, #554, representatives Lyle Kruger and Alan Daters by Andy Larson, #4, at the Tuesday night banquet and auction. Also at the auction, a 1 of 1000 membership was offered to the highest bidder. The winner of the membership was the Joseph Cindric Family of Ohio, #604.

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The 1 of 1000 membership goal for 2017 is to reach 650 members. Join today for permanent recognition as a supporter of the NMLRA, with a gift that will always be there protecting our muzzleloading heritage.
Individuals can and do make a difference!

The 1 of 1000 Endowment of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association was conceived by NMLRA Past President Merrill Deer. His idea was to create a $1,000,000 endowment fund to support the Association. This goal will be accomplished by offering participation in a special part of the NMLRA for a $1,000 contribution to the organization. The funds will be placed in a permanently restricted endowment fund. The principal will remain in the endowment and can be used only to generate interest or to purchase a permanent asset such as land. The interest earned produces income for the new and innovative programs that help ensure the long-term viability of the organization and help it to prosper. Getting involved is very easy and you don’t have to be wealthy. You can join for as little as $27.78 monthly over the next three years. You may also pay $250.00 down and the balance over three years. Some choose to make a one-time contribution of $1,000.00 or more. Select the payment plan best suited for you and become a part of this unique group of NMLRA members. There will never be more than one thousand participants in the program. Each participant will receive a special certificate, a sterling silver pin recognizing their contribution to our financial security, and a FREE David Wright, limited edition signed and numbered print entitled, “The Spirit of America,” while supplies last. Shipping, if required, will cost the member $22. 1 of 1000 members names will be on a permanent, public display at the NMLRA headquarters. Members are also eligible to shoot in an exclusive 1 of 1000 Match at the NMLRA National Championship Shoot held each September at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship, Indiana. The National Muzzleloading Rifle Association is a non-profit educational organization with a 501(c)3 tax exemption from the IRS. Donations to the NMLRA such as membership in the 1 of 1000 Endowment are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

*Photos Courtesy of Ava Francesca*