A new beginning for Manatee Gun and Archery Club (w/Video)

Over that past few years, I’ve written more than 50 stories about Manatee Gun and Archery Club.

Most of the stories have focused on problems –problems with a stagnant board, problems with the RSO cadre and problems with the officers and board members themselves.

Now, it looks all of these issues will soon become a thing of the past.

Saturday’s election was a game-changer for the club — one of the most important days in the club’s storied history.

Our friend Chris Baden was elected president. This alone would be a great move, but the membership also chose a full slate of new officers and board members who, together with Chris, will breathe new life into what has always been a fantastic shooting facility.

We know many of the new officers and board members — great folks all!

They’re the type of people who put progress before personalities, and they’ve hit the ground running.

The new executive committee is meeting tonight — just two days after the election. And the half-dozen committees — so vital to the club’s future — are already filling up with eager volunteers.

Things are finally starting to look up.

For those of you who have told me you’ve been waiting for the issues at the club to be resolved before becoming a member, the wait is over.

Now is the time to join.

We here wish Chris and his team nothing but the best as they move forward!

Good luck!


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Rickey Ruebsamen on

    Thanks for keeping up with our Club and its “goings on”, Lee. The next year should be interesting.

  2. Robert Parker on

    … as a friend of Gene, and also a Marine, I would suggest that your placard place the EGA on the right side. We don’t want Gene ‘dragging anchor’ …. 🙂

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