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Last Updated: Feb 22nd, 2007 - 18:37:03

Straight Shot - Aug 2006
By Frank Addington Jr.
Aug 16, 2006, 09:00

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Frank's web Site: FrankAddingtonJr.com  Email: Aspirinbuster@aol.com

Outdoor Expos:  For the Future....
 
I thought I'd turn today's column over to my friend Dave Lockman from the Weatherby Foundation International so that he could explain the Outdoor Expo concept to you.  It is my hope that you will get behind this program in your home state and support these events!  
   
Here's Dave...
OUTDOOR EXPOS AND Weatherby Foundation International
By Dave Lockman

Weatherby Foundation International was established in 1988 in memory of Roy E. Weatherby, founder of Weatherby, Inc.  Its mission is to educate the non-hunting public on the beneficial role of ethical sport hunting and its contribution to wildlife conservation – “Conserve Wildlife and Preserve Hunting”.  

The Foundation has chosen to make a significant difference with two major contributions Internationally:  1) through annual recognition of an International hunter through presentation of the prestigious “Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award”,and, 2) the promotion and support of Outdoor Exposition Education Events, which give thousands of kids and families in America the opportunity to learn outdoor skills, begin a pathway of participation in hunting and fishing, and to learn about the role of hunting and the hunter in wildlife conservation.  

These Outdoor Expo events are large regional or statewide education events, free-of-charge, to the public.  These are not commercial or fund-raising events. They are “hands-on” events with shooting sports, hunting skills, fishing skills, other related outdoor skills, and wildlife conservation an important part of the venue.  These events are conducted with volunteers from a cross-section of the hunting and fishing community.  The Foundation provides grants and planning assistance to state wildlife agencies that use the Outdoor Expo as a way of reaching thousands of people in “grass-roots America” each year.   Since 1998, when the Foundation launched its North American Outdoor Expo Campaign they have provided $405,000 in grants and planning assistance to 18 states.  In 2006 and 2007 there are 16 states scheduled to host one or more Outdoor Expo events that will reach over 200,000 participants.

Frank Addington, the “Aspirin Buster” attends and performs each year at Outdoor Expo events around the country.  At each event he effectively presents the message, during his performance, about how hunting and archery are important to the family, and the important role hunting and hunters have in conservation.    

To learn how you can support an existing Outdoor Expo, promote one in your state, and become a partner and support the Weatherby Foundation’s Outdoor Expo program visit the Weatherby Foundation International’s website and Expo Campaign pages at www.weatherby-foundation.org, or contact Dave Lockman, WFI Outdoor Expo Project Leader at wyodave@att.net .
Thanks Dave-- great job!   Expos offer a great way to pass on our outdoor heritage to future generations!  THANKS to all of those who's efforts are making a difference and helping to preserve, protect and promote the shooting, hunting and fishing sports!

I'll be doing archery exhibitions at the upcoming Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo in Casper, Wyoming.  Hope to see you there!

Until next time, adios & God Bless!

Shoot Straight,

Frank Addington, Jr.

 

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