Greetings, my Friends
It has been an interesting Summer for
the NAF, at least here in California. We actually had two
Winter Camps, and no Spring
camp, so I think it all averages out. Once again, we
camped at Apache Canyon, near
New Cuyama. Both were fine doin’s with approximately a
dozen members showing up.
The National was held at the Ford Ranch
in Hollister, California. Again, about a dozen members
attended. The biggest impediment to finding sites seems to
be the ever growing problem of fire bans. Please continue to
look for suitable sites and if a place is located, remember
that our needs are simple. It needs to be reasonably remote,
have wood, water, and a place to shoot.
We were graced at the National by a new
member, Jay Webb, who travelled from Ohio to join us. The kind
of commitment shown by Jay is inspirational to me. I am
looking forward to getting to know him better.
He is engaged in hunting for a suitable site in his area for
us to have encampments.
cannot stress the importance of this to our organization.
When Jay locates a site, I am willing to show a
similar dedication as he and take a road trip to the
mid-west. A few guys car pooling can make that type
of trip pretty economically.
On the same note, the Captain informs me that he has
a line on a potential site in Utah for us to hold our 2014
National Rendezvous. Again, a car pool situation is a good
way to make this kind of trip. I have done it many times and
those trips hold some of my most cherished memories.
Our membership continues to grow
slowly, but steadily. The growth seems to be, as
usual, mainly in California. It would be gratifying to me
for us to gain a few new members East of the Mississippi.
We need to balance out our membership, East and West, a
That is about it for this report.
Remember, “Keep your eyes on the
skyline, and your nose to the wind.” WAUGH!!
George “Short Step”
Thompson, Chief Factor, NAF #5