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NRA chapter plans banquet, auction
by Jeff York
May 08, 2014 | 321 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SELMER, Tenn. – A determined teenager is the youngest person in Tennessee to ever start a Friends of the NRA chapter and his work has led to the first-ever Shiloh Friends of NRA banquet. The banquet & auction will be held Saturday, May 10 at the Selmer Civic Center.

Cost of the banquet is $25. This will include a barbecue meal and a chance to win a special gun. The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Ford Hawkins organized the Shiloh Friends of the NRA that began with regular meetings in January. The monthly meetings have been held at the Top O’ the River in Michie.

Hawkins, 17, was in a group who wanted to organize a trapshooting team at McNairy Central only to learn how expensive that would be with putting together a high school trap team.

The Kimber II Pistol 45 ACP will be given away as part of the evening’s banquet. This pistol has been donated by Tennessee Cartridge Company.

Hawkins contacted Mike Webb, the NRA field representative in Tennessee, and found out what it took to organize a local chapter. Tennessee Friends of the NRA honored Hawkins at last year’s state banquet for being the youngest person ever in Tennessee to start a chapter.

There will be live and silent auctions during the evening on Saturday. The fun filled evening will include games and door prizes.

Purchase tickets at State Farm in Selmer (731-645-3468), Sure Match Firearms in Savannah (731-926-2952), T&T Grocery & Sporting Goods in Selmer (731-645-9922), Selmer Hardware (731-645-4317), Jim McCash (731-535-9577), Tim Null (731-610-2598) and Cindy Hawkins (731-610-2843).

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