Monday, May 31, 2010

South Carolina's Kickoff To The 2010 NRA Annual Meeting

I attended a Friends of the NRA Dinner in Fort Mill, SC on May 13th at the behest of my friend Wayne Wilkinson. I had a great time, ate some great food, and met some incredible supporters of the Second Amendment.

The Purpose Of NRA Dinners
Folks who know me on Facebook, know that the adjective "shy" does not apply to me. Yet, I was mildly surprised when my buddy Wayne called me to the front of the church before a couple hundred of attendees to talk about why it was important to enthusiastically support this dinner. I was warmly received and spent almost the whole time I was there talking to folks who just approached me afterwards to thank me for coming and to talk about freedom.

If you have attended a NRA Dinner before, you know that is a great event. It is no secret that the purpose of the event is to raise money. The great thing about these fundraisers is that 50% of all generated revenues are funneled back into the local area to support educational and training opportunities in the shooting sports. For example, there was this one young man, about 12 years of age, who addressed the crowd after me who had registered an almost perfect score at trap shooting.

The shooting sports are very popular in South Carolina. In fact, marksmanship training is available in the public schools there. Only in my wildest dream could I envision that something like that could happen in Michigan, especially in Detroit. However, South Carolina has a huge desire to preserve the shooting sports, marksmanship, and hunting in their state.

The Best Reason For Attending A NRA Dinner
I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to have attended a few NRA Dinners in the last couple of years. As a consequence, I have come to understand that the BEST reason to attend one is to meet and fellowship with like minded folks.

I met so many people that there is no way that I can remember them all. A few folks that I can recall and will never forget are the following: Wayne Wilkinson, SC State Rep. Dennis Moss, and the husband and wife team running DES Training, Inc. in SC.

This particular NRA Dinner featured people who take part in historical reenactments of battles during the Revolutionary War. Here's a couple of pictures I took with a couple of actors:



The food at this dinner was incredible. The main course was a SC traditional dish called "Slow Country Boil." It is composed of corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes, and a mountain of shrimp. It is served by literally pouring it on a table. No fooling. I took a picture because I didn't think anyone back home would believe me.



In all, I had a great time, met some really cool people, helped raise money for a worthy cause, and had an awesome meal. I am glad that I went.
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