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President's Message:  Thank You for Supporting the 2018 NASGW Expo

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 11/13/18 10:01 AM

I want to start this month’s column by offering a hearty thank you to everyone who joined us in Pittsburgh for the NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo. We had another super-successful show and feedback has been very positive. The show is very busy but I always try to walk the floor a few times to say thank you to all of our exhibitors and get their feedback. But if I missed you, or if you haven’t yet had a chance to tell us your thoughts, we’ve included a link in this InSight where you can do so. Let us know what we can do to make the Expo better moving forward.

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President's Message: Enjoy the Game

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 10/14/18 5:53 PM

Today, I want to write about games… football games in particular, and a bit about the game of life and the 2018 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting about to get underway.

Just this past Friday night in small town in eastern South Dakota, my football fantasies came true on the slightly browning grass of a local football field. I’ll get to the specifics of that in just a bit.

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President's Message: On the Other Side of Fear

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 9/13/18 4:54 PM

I’ve been writing a lot about change lately in columns and articles for industry publications. Maybe it’s the time of year, the change to fall colors, or the change from summer to hunting season. Regardless, there are many changes taking place in our shooting sports industry right now.

And all this reflection on change reminded me of a time in high school when late one day I went swimming at a lake called Battle Lake, very near my childhood home. It was a hot August day. And one of those days when you just knew the thunderstorms were coming.

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President's Message: Blessings in Abundance

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 8/14/18 12:38 PM

I had the exceptional privilege recently to pay a visit to some of America’s greatest landmarks, parks and forests. We are truly blessed to have had leaders with the foresight and understanding that some of these rare and wild places needed protecting.

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President's Message: Communication Just Keeps on Changing

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 7/13/18 3:47 PM

I love a good long road trip. Growing up, we only traveled by car.

As I grew older and began to explore new geographic locations for work and home, long car rides became an even more essential part of life because flying was not an economical option. An all-day and all-night return drive to Bozeman, Montana, from my family’s farm in northeastern North Dakota, with our infant son in tow, is one of the most memorable. 

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President's Message: Don't Get Too Lost in The Fishing

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 6/12/18 1:00 PM

If you're like me, you probably don't spend all your time with a gun in your hands. On occasion, I've been known to pick up a fishing rod. As a kid, it was not uncommon for me to bring a fishing rod with me to the field and take a "long lunch" to fish in the river.

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President's Message: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 5/11/18 4:48 PM

If you only ever listened to the nightly news on the major networks in this country, you might think the good ol’ USA was quickly on its way to the netherworld. Seriously, I simply can’t stand to watch the news anymore because it’s downright depressing, maddening and frustrating. Thank goodness for alternative media sources.

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President's Message: Honestly, We’d Appreciate the Honesty

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 4/16/18 8:24 AM

I suppose it might be too much to hope for, but I hope I never have to hear another anti-gun champion suggest “we really don’t want to take your guns.” The problem with not telling the truth is that you can’t be trusted. Ever. About anything.

 I wouldn’t like it, but at least I could respect a person’s opinion if they were just honest about what they really wanted. When you understand what someone really wants, it can help to facilitate an actual conversation. But when they start out by lying, it pretty much ruins that possibility right out of the gate.

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President's Message: Who Are You Playing For?

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 3/27/18 9:39 AM

Are you playing for the name on the front of the jersey, or the one on the back? There are probably thousands of coaches in the country who’ve asked this question of their players.

I suspect if you’ve played a sport of any kind, or were involved in any group activity, then you know someone who’s forgotten this important lesson. There’s always someone who thinks the name plastered on the back is far more important than the one on the front.

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Celebrating Accomplishment and Achievement

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 2/14/18 4:33 PM

Unless you’ve been spending all your time at the gun range – which is a very good excuse – you’ve likely been enjoying at least some of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games coverage. It’s been on pretty much every evening at my house since it began last week.

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