June of 2019 marked the 15th + year for the free Youth Shotgun Classes held at the White Oak Rod and Gun Club. The idea for the classes came from two past presidents of WORGC, Robert Coester, and Edgar Soyke. Both of these Gentleman, now deceased, had a passion for teaching safe firearm handling to the youth of our area and supporting WORGC’s mission statement “To Support Youth Outdoor Life”.
I was privileged to have been asked to be an instructor for the first of these classes, and have been involved ever since. This year we had 55 young people, 12 girls and 43 boys, register for the classes.
There were three separate classes, June, July, and August, each being held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 till 7:30 in which the students were taught safe firearm handling, proper care and maintenance of a firearm, while having fun learning how to break flying clay targets.
This year, as in past classes, we had young people that never handled a firearm of any type before to young boys and girls that have taken the classes in the past and have become quite good shots. It should be noted that each year I have parents express their gratitude to “The Club” for teaching their children a skill they were not quite comfortable with teaching themselves.
The classes are underwritten by The NRA Grant Program and WORGC. The instructors are volunteers from the membership of WORGC.
I would like to personally thank the Gentleman who gave their time and talents to the youth of the area.
Bill Balaban, Brian Calabrase, Brian Cerra, Bill Eckenrode, Paul Krystocek, Jeff Parry, and Greg Viceli.
Gentleman you are making a difference.
NRA Instructor/ Course Director/ President WORGC