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Texas Rangers Association Foundation Plans Sporting Clays Fund Raiser August 3

Jamie Downs, Texas Ranger has extended an invitation to the LLECAAA to assist with their annual fund raiser. On August 3, Saturday the Lubbock Shooting Sports facility located a few miles south of Lubbock will host the event. LLECAAA volunteers will be operating the button which throws the clay pigeons for the participants. The plan is to have to “flights” of shooters, one group in the morning and another after lunch. The goal is to provide a dozen volunteers for both the morning and the afternoon. You may volunteer for both “flights”, if you would like. Each station will have a shaded area from which volunteers will operate the thrower. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and refreshments during the day.

During a meeting with Commander Albus of DPS along with Jamie Downs, Company C, Commander of the Texas Rangers, I was made aware that each year the TEXAS RANGERS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION presents a Sporting Clays Competition. We have been approached with the opportunity to volunteer as support staff for this year’s event.

Let me give you a little history. The Texas Rangers can be traced back to 1893 and Stephen F. Austin, when an informal militia was formed to protect early Texas settlers. They have continued in constant service to this day. Everyone has seen a Texas Ranger. White Cowboy hat, stiffly starched white shirt, dark tie and the iconic badge (along with one on their duty weapon holster). The Texas Rangers are steeped in tradition and held to the highest standards of integrity. These men and women are the stuff of legends.

In truth, the Texas Rangers serve as the investigative branch of the Department of Public Safety. Today 172 Rangers are dispersed across the seven regions designated by DPS. Through the years they are credited with everything from thwarting attempts of assassination made upon US Presidents, to stopping the crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde. They remain a reminder of the great American West. Well known around the world, their stories are part of Texas history and mythology.

The Texas Ranger Association Foundation (TRAF) was established in 1981 and since 2001 maintains the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco. The Mission of TRAF is to support active and retired Texas Rangers and immediate family through scholarships, financial assistance, and operational support in service to the Citizens of Texas. TRAF has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to over 1500 children.

If you are interested in learning more about the Texas Rangers Association Foundation please visit their website @

This year the TRAF event will be held at the Lubbock Shooting Sports Complex, south of Lubbock. The date for the event is August 3, Saturday. The event expects to have about 90 shooters, (45 in the morning and 45 in the afternoon). There will be 10 clay throwing “stations” for each group. These are electrically operated machines which throw a clay pigeon (think small clay 5" frisbee) each time you press the button. The machine operators are called "pullers" because participants yell "PULL" each time they are ready for you to push the button. "puller" positions will be well out of harms way and a shade tent will be provided for each "puller".

Breakfast and lunch, as well as refreshments, will be provided during the day. Each station will have a shaded area from which you will operate the throwing machine. You will also have the opportunity to meet many of these great men as they come by your station during the day.

We need 12 morning volunteers and 12 afternoon volunteers, 25 spots. You may, if you would like to, volunteer for both morning and afternoon shifts. Lets help these guys out!

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