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State of the Club - 2017

#1 Post by BlogBot » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:47 pm

State of the Club - 2017

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So, we just finished our awesome annual meeting hosted by our Texas chapter. Lots of new faces, some press and some good vibes. I thought I’d highlight some of the successes over the year, and talk about the future. It’s been a fantastic year for the club, and I am excited to share it all with you. There is a lot to tell, so sit back, grab a glass of Chardonnay, and listen to my story :)

New Podcast
Earlier this year, an enterprising new member from Florida, Keith Ellis, asked why we didn't have a podcast. Like all good volunteer orgs, this meant he wanted to produce one, obviously. Now at 4 episodes and counting, including the most recent which included an awesome interview with Dr. Charles Menifield, Dean of School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, it seems to be a thing that will last a while.

Keith came to the Annual Meeting with his audio gear, interviewed members, and, interviewed the Politico reporter and his Photographer. It was meta. And it will be available in an upcoming podcast!

Subscribe to it on PodBean!

Also on iTunes!

If you have ideas for future episodes, drop by the forums and let us know!

Meet the Press!
We've been in the press a fair amount over the last year. The BBC ran a piece, The Trace (yes, that The Trace) ran a piece, Politico (yes, THAT Politico) showed up at our Annual Meeting, our Executive Director spent time with Boston Magazine, our National Spokesperson has been on NPR  twice, Irish public radio and Australian Radio, as well as on a few industry podcasts, and just recently, Nightline (yes THAT Nightline) spent a whole day with our California chapter. Lots of little local pieces, lots of mentions in larger stories. Each required some time from someone at the club. Time we were happy to invest.

While the tone of the stories is still one of surprise at the existence of the unicorns that are Liberal Gun owners, the frequency AND prominence of the articles is driving new members to us every day. The more we talk to the press, the less we rant and rave, the more likely we can shift that dialog. Working with the press has become one of our most powerful outreach tools, and there is more to come!

The NPR of Gun Clubs
We decided to re-organize the paying membership levels, and have started to figure out perks. In addition to now being able to print your membership card directly from the portal after you join, we restructured the levels to actual look more like public radio (imitation and flattery, and all that). And of course, beyond the CMP benefits, we are bringing some exciting new membership perks online and they will be available to you folks soon, as a thanks for support.

The new levels are:

Individual - Individual membership type Individual Every 1 year (starting from join date) $10.00 (USD)
Contributor - Individual membership type Individual Every 1 year (starting from join date) $25.00 (USD)
Individual Sustaining Member - Individual membership type Individual Monthly (starting from join date) $5.00 (USD)
Premium Sustaining Member - Bundle membership type Bundle (up to 2 members) Monthly (starting from join date) $10.00 (USD)
Elite Sustaining Member - Bundle membership type Bundle (up to 3 members) Monthly (starting from join date) $25.00 (USD)

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Stay tuned for more benefits! If you have not joined, why not join now? You can even become an upper level Sustaining member and add a friend or family member!

All Politics is Local
Chapters are the core of the club, getting together with people you like spending time with, and can be yourself without hiding your politics (or lack thereof) is one of the real, tangible benefits to joining the club. After the Annual Meeting, we launched a concerted effort to help you guys organize. I'm absolutely stunned that we went from a handful of loosely organized groups, to 16 active chapters with the requisite number of members. If you have joined, hit us up on the forums or on Facebook and find a chapter near you!

SIXTEEN chapters and counting, to find one near you you have two choices after you become a paying member, you can hit up our forums and ask to join the local forum or, if you are on Facebook, you can join up there. Make sure you have your member number handy!

The Liberal Gun Club - MA
Liberal Gun Club: Oregon
The Liberal Gun Club - Texas
Liberal Gun Club- Rocky Mountain
The Liberal Gun Club - NJ
The Liberal Gun Club - Arizona
The Liberal Gun Club MD/VA/DC
The Liberal Gun Club - MO
Liberal Gun Club - OK
The Liberal Gun Club - Florida
Liberal Gun Club-Arkansas
Liberal Gun Club Group: North Carolina
The Liberal Gun Club - TN
The Liberal Gun Club - IL
The Liberal Gun Club - MI
LGC California

And of course, our discussion forums are always lively, but if you prefer, we have a main, private, Facebook group to discuss and organize things as well, have a look!

Each chapter has at least an interim president, and 5 paying members, reach out via either website and join up. On a related note, these chapter presidents will form our first official advisory council in a long time. We want the club direction to serve the members, and what better way than to make sure each chapter has the resources and advice they need to grow and prosper, and give us feedback on how we can help. Stay tuned for updates!

Education, education, education!
Some 20 total instructors in 11 states and counting! You can find out more and get in touch with them here, or reach to us to become one yourself!

California
Oregon
Utah
Illinois
Iowa (Southeast)
Michigan
Minnesota
Massachusetts
Oklahoma
Virginia
Wisconsin
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Our Master Instructor and Assistant Director of Training programs, Daniel Postilnik has been cranking through the instructor candidates and getting people certified in our three course offerings, including our newest Intro to Defensive Shooting class designed by LGC friend, Grant Cunningham and launched last year!

More course offerings are in the works, and last I checked, we had some 30 Instructor candidates going through the process!

I can’t do it alone!
Finally, I am excited to announce we are expanding the board beyond just me, and are adding two new Vice Presidents. Their names are familiar, because they have been the face of the club in the press and behind the scenes, doing incredible work to support the membership growth and our public presence you’ve read about above.

Lara Smith is our National Spokesperson and the President of our largest local club - California, and will be overseeing our social media and press outreach. Lara has been spearheading the media push we have had this year and is working to get us even more visibility. Lara is a lawyer in California, and also does quite a bit of Second Amendment law and political outreach, going to both D.C. and Sacramento to meet with lawmakers and put a different face to gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.  A prior anti-gunner, she became interested in Second Amendment advocacy after her USMC husband convinced her she didn't have a solid basis for her anti-gun positions, and that she should at least learn the basics of shooting a gun. Three and a half years later, she is an avid rim-fire shooter, occasional competitor (when time allows) and a big fan of the frustration and skill-building that is Sporting Clays.

Eric Meyers doubles as our Director of Membership and Director of Training, (with huge amounts of help on the training side from Daniel, who every instructor in our organization knows). Eric brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the table, and as a multiple time small business owner, helps with the clubs strategic planning, membership program development, and club marketing. He's also been shooting rifles and pistols from an early age, is an avid reloader, and in the last couple of years developed a serious trap shooting problem.

Together, we will continue to make our voices loud and clear.

So that’s the year in review. Drop by the forums, the Facebook page, ping us on Twitter, or better yet, join the club and join the conversation. Let’s make 2018 the year of the liberal gun owner.

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#2 Post by Inquisitor » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:51 pm

In case you missed it.

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#3 Post by senorgrand » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:53 pm

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#4 Post by Bacchus » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:40 pm

Outstanding! :)

This is some serious acceleration; these are exciting times for the LGC.

Ed, Lara, Eric, et al.: Good job! :clap:
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#5 Post by Marlene » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:31 am

:bow:

This thing is just moving right along!

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#6 Post by Elmo » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:25 am

Great job, everybody, and a great report!
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#7 Post by Inquisitor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:44 am

We’ve tried to do one major new thing each year. This year it seems like we can do more.

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#8 Post by shinzen » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:13 am

Warm bodies help :D
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#9 Post by CDFingers » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:25 am

Zhweet.

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#10 Post by Bucolic » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks. A great read that makes me proud to be a member.



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#11 Post by joemac » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:51 pm

:clap:

Well done...and thank you for reminding me to re-up my membership dues :blush:

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#12 Post by sikacz » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:55 pm

Very positive, congrats!
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#13 Post by MaxwellG » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:57 pm

Glad this organization is here and that I'm a part of it...yeah I'll be re-upping.
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#14 Post by YankeeTarheel » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:28 pm

Just joined LGC last week after a couple of months on the forum. Now I have to get in touch with the NJ chapter!

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#15 Post by wlewisiii » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:31 am

Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

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#16 Post by K9s » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:40 am

wlewisiii wrote:Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

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That's depressing. I haven't seen a lot of pro-NRA stuff here, but I am new.
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#17 Post by Elmo » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:54 am

wlewisiii wrote:Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

"Proceed!"
I generally avoid the gun policy"2a" threads here. I agree with you, wlewisiii, that there is too little fair-minded and innovative thinking on those topics.

However, I still enjoy the general politics threads and shooting enthusiast threads, and I hope we'll still see you there.
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#18 Post by lurker » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:30 am

wlewisiii wrote: "Proceed!"
i see you're still here, and i'm glad.
so, you're just going to quit? please don't.
yes, most of us (I think) want to work within the system. we are not here for the politics, but to get away from the politics.
yes, we see problems with the system, but we don't want a revolution. i don't know what's right, or how to get there, all i can do is try to be civil to everyone (lord knows i fail at that often enough) and work towards the good.
i implore you to keep on head-butting that wall :wall: , because if not you, who, and if not here, where?
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#19 Post by Inquisitor » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:34 am

wlewisiii wrote:Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

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That’s your decision. Many here disagree with your interpretation. Good luck.

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#20 Post by SailDesign » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:04 am

Woo-Hoo!! Good read.
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#21 Post by CDFingers » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:46 am

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#22 Post by YankeeTarheel » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:11 pm

wlewisiii wrote:Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

"Proceed!"
I came here for just the opposite reason. I've seen too many RWN assholes for whom ANY limit on their "2nd Rights" they oppose. If it means being blocked by law from letting a toddler play with a loaded .45, they were against it. If it means stopping a diagnosed psychopath from being able to walk into any gun shop and buy a six-barreled mini-gun with 20,000 rounds of ammo, and mounting it facing the town square, they were against it. If it means they couldn't walk into a court of law where their friend was being tried, armed with fully automatic weapons, they were against it.

And if you DARED challenge them you were a lib'tard, commie, homo-secks-shul, lazy, welfare cheatin', child-molester who hates God, Jesus and 'Mur-ca, loves Moo-slims, who's gonna take away their guns and get the gummint's hands on their Soshul Scurety an' Medicare, wants to kill unborn babies, but waste $$ takin' care of 'em when they are born.

Here, I can engage in heated, but not personal discussions with almost everyone, we can agree on facts, or even agree on what facts we disagree on, nobody gives a shit if someone's straight, GLBTQ, male, female, cis, trans, married, single, young, old, and range from those who believe in sensible controls, like me to those who seriously and honestly believe that it's insanely difficult to nearly impossible to define reasonable, non-rights-impinging controls.

That's why I'm here, because there's only one other gun advocacy group I know of that ISN'T the NRA or even worse.

I became a gun owner because when Trump won the election on a technicality, it instantly unleashed the violent, hate-filled bigots, racists, misogynist jingoist White supremacists who now felt they could come out from under the rocks like the gross bugs they are, with THEIR guns ready, willing, and able to shoot down anyone who DARED get in their way.

Until they face people just as well armed who won't let them pass.
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#23 Post by bornin69 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:39 pm

wlewisiii wrote:Today should have been my renewal.

I have chosen not to, anymore.

There is very little here, anymore, that is any different from any other NRA approved fascist meme zone. What I see is either half assed justification of the usual NRA crap or Puritopian stupidity that allows the fascists to win no matter what is right.

Once upon a time I believed this place would be different.

It is not and has not been for a very long time. Now it's just another NRA apologetic on it's rare good moments. I haven't seen anything socialist here in years.

May God have mercy on us all.

"Proceed!"
I just got here and I'm certainly not going to judge you on whether you choose to stay or leave, however, I'd be really interested in hearing how this has become that which you hate. any whosit, you sound like you might just get along with these down home, hardcore, southern fried socialists.
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#24 Post by Inquisitor » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:55 pm

Largely he’s for certain bans.


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#25 Post by bornin69 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:30 pm

Inquisitor wrote:Largely he’s for certain bans.


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copy that. that's definitely a tricky one. hopefully he finds a home somewhere.

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