I am very pleased to report that the Remington Society of
America enjoyed a very good year in 2011. Those in our
membership were treated to a fun-packed Annual Meeting,
well-planned gun show meetings in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and
Denver, and four excellent journal issues.
With regret, in July we accepted the resignations of RSA
President, Rich Shepler, and RSA Treasurer, Robert Kneppler.
Both men assisted their successors in the continuum of
leadership following their mid-year departures.
Stepping forward in 2011 were Bill
Hansen, as RSA Secretary and Treasurer,
Dan Pozarek, as RSA Elections Chairman
(from retiring John Gyde), RSA Director
George McAllister as our RSA Membership
Chairman, and Chip Kloos, as our new RSA
Seminar Coordinator (taking over from Rich
Shepler). These individuals rose to the
challenge and performed their duties far
above all early expectations.
Continuing in their duties were RSA VP
David Fagan as RSA’s Website Manager,
RSA Sec/Treas. Bill Hansen as RSA’s
Website Ad Manager, Director Billy Smith
as RSA’s Merchandise Manager, Ron
Paxton as RSA’s Graphic Artist, Director
Corey Creamer as RSA’s Gun Show Coordinator, Director Gene
Myszkowski as RSA’s Remington Museum Coordinator, RSA
VP Mike Strietbeck as RemShots, Rich Shepler as “Knives That
Bite” feature writer, Mark Eddy as RemFacts feature writer, and
Ed Hull as our Remington Bookshelf feature writer.
Behind the scene leaders who consistently went out of
their way to help the RSA include Lou Behling, Bob and Sue
Creamer, Bob Hatfield, John Lacy, John Gyde, Joe Poyer, Charlie
Semmer, Kenny Waite, Richard Rains, Jane Spellman, Sue
Perkins, Gordon Stanley, Jim Ciolli, Bob Funk, and J.D. Hofer. I
know that there are many others that I fail to acknowledge here,
and I seek your forgiveness for any memory lapse.
It was most unfortunate to have to cancel the 2011 RSA Annual Seminar which was planned for the Remington Ammo
Plant in Lonoke, Arkansas. Remington management changes at
the site required that we postpone our seminar until sometime
later. Planning for an RSA seminar is a year-long endeavor, so it
was decided to give incoming coordinator Chip Kloos ample
time to plan the September 2012 Seminar at VMI in mid-September.
Corey Creamer was very successful in planning and
coordinating each of RSA’s gun show tables in 2011. Our
organization now has a presence at the Winter Antique Arms
Show in January, the Baltimore Gun Show in
March, the Annual NRA Convention in
May, and the Colorado Gun Show in May.
Corey is looking to expand our visibility in
gun shows in the second half of the year,
possibly in Tulsa and Kentucky. Volunteers
should step forward to help us achieve this
goal in 2012.
RSA Merchandise Coordinator Billy Smith
finished 2011 with an imaginative thrust in
acquiring a fine array of RSA logo items,
including shoulder bags, badge holders,
Polo shirts, T-shirts, and other items to
“show our colors.”
All in all, 2012 is shaping up to be the best
year ever for the Remington Society of
America. Our membership rolls have swelled to the highest
number of members ever achieved… 634 at last count. And a
continued push to bring in new members will have even finer
results this year.
Leon would be proud of the work put in by everyone involved.
I am humbled by the position you have asked me to fill, and I
promise you all my very best effort this coming year.