July 2018 Newsletter

Newsletter of the Iredell County NC FOP Lodge #10 // July, 2018

Newsletter of the Iredell County NC FOP Lodge #10 // July, 2018

FOP Lodge 10 To Assist Statesville Officer In Need

The Iredell county FOP Lodge 10 is stepping up to help a 14-year veteran Statesville officer by having a Bos­ton Butt fundraiser to assist with his financial needs incurred during his recent illness. Officer Robert Beard was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, and has endured multiple medical issues and several surgeries while battling this condition. The personal financial drain that occurs while battling an illness like this can be devastating, so the lodge is providing this opportunity for you to help the lodge to help Robert.

Our world renowned chefs from the lodge will be partnering with the members of Cooking for Christ in preparing the Boston Butts, which will be available for pickup on Saturday, August 11, starting at 9:00 AM. Each Boston Butt is $35, with 100% of the proceeds going to Robert. There will be a limit of 200 Boston Butts smoked, which can be pre-ordered NOW by contacting Rodney James (rjamesicso@yahoo.com) or Tommy Chipman (tmchipman@gmail.com). The last date to place an order is Wednesday, August 1, but we expect to sell out be­fore that date. Contact Rodney or Tommy for availability.

We need your help in supporting this opportunity to help Robert. Please consid­er purchasing a Boston Butt today!

4-H Club Members Learn Valuable Skills With FOP Lodge Assistance

The 4-H Trouble Shooters is a program for youth aged 8 to 18 years-old to learn safe and ethnical use of ar­chery equipment and firearms, while de veloping leadership and life skills. Currently they have six disciplines where they work on learning how to use Archery, Shotgun (Trap), Pistol, Rifle, Muzzle Loader and Hunter Skills.
This is a hands on type environment in which the youth utilize their own equip ment.

The club is instructed by 4-H certi fied firearms and archery instructors with a background in the hunting and shooting sports. Due to the nature of this club, and the live –fire practices, a parent is required to remain at the practices and meetings. This allows the instructors to focus their time more on training, and to have the parents assist with the operational safety.

The Trouble Shooters started in August 2014, with 6 members, and current ly the team has 50 members and growing. This year, we had 21 youth com pete in the Regional tournament, and 17 progress to the State tour nament, where 4 made the National Team representing North Carolina. The National team, represented by members from across North Carolina, competed in June at Grand Island, Nebraska, and finished 5th in the Na­tion out of 37 participating States. The Iredell county members of the North Carolina team consisted of Brooke Simpson, Dakota Anderson, Hannah Loftin and Austin Chambers.

The FOP assists the club in it’s important mission by allowing the team to utilize the range facility to practice twice a month. Some FOP members have had the opportunity to meet the team and make some suggestions that have assisted in the growth of our team. Additionally, the Lodge has given the club the opportunity to do work days, which have taught the team that things are not free and that you have to work for them.

The club practices are typically the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM. The practices normally last an hour to two hours depending on what we are doing. If you want to know more about the program, contact Neal Loftin at nloftin@setube.com.

The 4-H Trouble Shooters would like to thank the FOP lodge 10 for their support in making the experience pos­sible for the group from Iredell County. The experience and memories will last a lifetime.

Donation Given To American Legion Auxiliary For Special Event

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organiza­tion devoted to serving and supporting veterans of the US Armed Services. Hundreds of local American Le­gion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. Their projects are accomplished mainly through volunteers and organizations who donate time and money.

The American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary located in Statesville was presented a check for $250 from the lodge at the July lodge meeting. The donation was given to support the Auxiliaries’ “Christmas in July project”, where gift bags are given to veterans living in the VA Hospital Nursing Home and Community Living Center in Salis­bury, NC. The gift bags include a wide range of items the veterans can use, such as t-shirts, pens, pads of paper, toothpaste, socks, shampoo, games, etc. The items are greatly appreciated by the veterans – especially those who have no close family. The veterans appreciate the gifts, but also the time and attention for some­one to acknowledge them and take the time to talk.

The gift bags for this year were filled on July 13, and will be given out on July 26. The Auxiliary is currently ac­cepting gifts of items or money to be used to purchase items for next year. Their website is located at http:// www.americanlegionnc65.org, or you can contact Barbara Waters directly at bswaters2@gmail.com.