The Second Quarter 2006 LOCKED AND LOADED


Words From RSA President Rich Shepler

Greetings to all. This is my first column as your new RSA President.
I thank those who voted for me at our February Annual Members’ Meeting
in Las Vegas. I will do my best through leadership and other contributions
to the RSA to earn the trust you have placed in me.
the responsibilities can
be broken into pieces so that a single individual
needn’t bear the entire burden. In other instances, we can find coordinators, but need additional folks to lend a helping hand. Some tasks would be one time contributions and others could be ongoing. One thing we do have is variety.
These last nine months have been sad ones for the RSA as we have lost several valuable friends, leaders and contributors to the Society’s activities. They included Leon Wier, the original RemShots, who was President for 11 years, Slim Kohler who was instrumental in the Society
Many of you have skills acquired through your professions, avocations or other activities which could benefit the Society. But specific skills are not required to be able to contribute and participate. Sometimes it is just a matter of needing more helping hands.
since its inception and
played a major role in making the 1997 Cody exhibit a reality, Jerry Swinney, scholar and historian extra-ordinaire, Dr. Harry Parker, authority on Remington Smoot revolvers, Ray Breckenridge, Charter Secretary, and several other long time members. I could go on at length about their accomplishments and their contributions to the RSA in particular, but none of them would want me to do so. They would join Leon in one of his favorite sayings, “Carry on and fight the good fight” … and that is what this first column is about.

RSA needs more of its members to step forward to volunteer to get involved in the activities of the Society. In addition to needing people to fill the RSA Treasurer and RSA Secretary positions, we have many possible activities which would be good for us to do but for which we are lacking the people resources to man them. Some of the jobs are challenging, but with today’s electronic technology,

No one is too old, too young, too knowledgeable, not knowledgeable enough, or too far away. No ability to contribute is too small.

In addition to the sense of positive accomplishment which comes from getting involved, participation in RSA’s activities offers the opportunity to get to know and interact with other Remington enthusiasts, share knowledge, and have fun.

How about it? You do not need to volunteer for a specific task, just let us know that you are willing and able to lend a hand. Please contact me or any of the other Officers, Directors or Managers listed on page 3 of this Journal. All of our USPS and e-mail addresses, as well as phone numbers, are listed there for your convenience. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Rich Shepler

RSA President

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