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Lincoln Rifle Club to hold annual fundraiser, support youth shooting team

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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With about 800 members and two shooting ranges in Lincoln, the Lincoln Rifle Club strives to promote shooting sports and preserve the Second Amendment. “We originally formed in 1923 as the Lincoln Hunting Club,” said Barbara Webster, the chief financial officer for the club, which has gone by the official name Lincoln Rifle Club and Junior Division, Inc. since 1965. “Basically, we are a group of shooters with a common interest,” Webster said. “We get together for fellowship, matches and improving our marksmanship skills.” The club has an outdoor shooting range – the Dillman Range – located on the east side of Highway 65 about one mile north of town. The approximately 11 acres of property were donated to the club in 2000 by Bill Dillman when he retired Additionally, the club has an indoor range at McBean Park, which is mostly used for the junior program. That program, which runs the length of the school year, usually has between 60 and 100 members from ages 8-21. The juniors from Lincoln recently returned from the national match at Camp Perry, Ohio, where they received the silver medal. “This event is for the champions of champions,” Webster said. “Our team from Lincoln was huge.” According to Webster, participating in the junior program helps the youths to learn life skills, including being responsible, dependable and, above all, how to safely handle firearms. Funding the youth program is costly, with the rifle club spending $15,000-$20,000 per year. Webster explained that in order to keep the sport open to youths of all socioeconomic backgrounds, the club pays for as much of the travel, equipment and ammunition as possible. To raise money, the club will host its second annual Support Our Sport fundraising event in the form of a dinner at the McBean Park Pavilion at 6 p.m. Aug.28. Tickets will be $45 each. “Super sponsor tickets” are available for $300 and include two dinner tickets, two $100 raffle tickets, a chance at winning the sponsor raffle – with the prize being a firearm, and other benefits, according to Webster. There will also be a live auction. Membership dues are $60 per year and require membership in the National Rifle Association – for which the club is also a recruiter. Members meet at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the McBean Park Pavilion. Additionally, members do not pay the $10 range fee at the Dillman Range the public is obligated to. For information on when the range is open to the public, visit lincolnrifleclub.com. or call club headquarters at 434-0308. For tickets to the S.O.S. fundraiser, contact Margaret Moore at moorem2@sbcglobal.net. Additional Info: What: Lincoln Rifle Club and Junior Division, Inc. When and Where: Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the McBean Park Pavilion. Membership dues: $60 per year