National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day is making progress. Every time I type that out I wish I had come up with a shorter name, LOL.
We launched the idea just about 3.5 weeks ago. In that time, we have started a non-profit corporation to serve as an umbrella for fundraising and coordination, we have launched a website, been contacted by over a dozen ranges and growing, passed 850 likes on FaceBook, found wonderful volunteers to help with writing, graphics, even an on-line store for logo merchandise! And…our first event is in just less than four month! YIKES!
One of my more exciting moments came when I was contacted by the folks at USA Shooting. They recruit, train and work with the Olympic Shooting team. They had heard about us and wondered if we could cross promote each other. Tell kids about the opportunity to shoot and dream of competing in the Olympics? Ah, YES! See Path to a Dream on the website.
This will be an Annual Event. We will start planning next year in July. We heard from a lot of ranges that wanted to participate but there wasn’t enough lead time to get their boards to approve and promote the event. So, if you can’t do it this year, plan to do it next year. If you can’t find a range in your area…Plan a Family Day of Safe and Fun Shooting on your own. We will all be with you in spirit and then send pictures! We will be posting lots of photos from events and private outings across the country.
On an administrative note, we really need some financial support for the infrastructure. None of the directors will receive any compensation. However, we have been spending our own money to incorporate, start up the website, get legal reviews of documents, etc. We are happy to do it, but can’t afford to sustain this on our own. By next week there should be a donate button on the website. In the interim, if you can afford to help, anything is greatly appreciated. Please visit the website for Sponsorship information and how to contact us. We are running this with volunteers, and using electronic media as much as possible, but there are some overhead costs. If we can get a small nestegg growing, we can be self sustaining and continue to grow and promote safe shooting and empowerment of young women for many years to come.
Thank you for all of your encouragement and support.
Please visit us at www.NationalTakeYourDaughtertotheRangeDay.com.