Monday, January 28, 2019

Last Week & This Week

Conceal Carry
Friday’s Shoot
Our conceal carry class was hosted by Border Patrol agent Alex Gonzales. He did an excellent job of giving us the foundation for shooting from concealed positions.

Our 'take home' was that we need to practice - practice - PRACTICE!

So we are scheduling another Conceal Carry practice, where a quick review and live fire practice is planned. Dates will be posted on the February calendar shortly.
Conceal Carry Practice
Concealed carry and shooting bring much responsibility requiring a proper mindset and much training and practice. They require much time, effort, and money for training and acquiring the best firearm for your use and the proper equipment, holster, and gear. They require you to think ahead and not make the common mistakes made by new concealed carry licensees and shooters. With planning and proper decision making, you will be confident knowing that you’re properly trained and equipped to carry concealed, shoot, and to defend yourself and your family.
Shooting Schedule
NRL22 Rifle Shoot - Tuesday 1/29/19
Time Change to 12-30p,

Our range is part of a national program with the, shooting 10/22 rifles.

Each month a new course of fire is published by the NRL22 and our scores are combined with the other ranges nationwide.

This is a fun shoot - we shoot from 25 yards to 100 yards, steel and paper. There is one stage which requires us to shoot off a sawhorse and the back of a chair. We can do this!

Come on down, give this one shoot a try. Don't have a 10/22 rifle.... just let us know!
Pistol Coaching
January 30th, 9am -Noon
We will have pistol coaching for those who want a bit of help getting back on track with pistol shooting. Fee is $20. Space is limited. Contact Bonnie Fogg

That's a Wrap!
Nicely done everyone! Without your support we would not have touched so many families!! 322 cards were purchased, a total of $16,612 was received ... there are still a couple of checks to arrive, hence the $16,800.

Great Job Everyone!
For more info:
Niles Deden Email (651) 380-9112 Bonnie Fogg Email (630)688-3594
All activities can be found on the calendar.  RANGE CALENDAR. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Border Patrol Project - Update 1/26/19

Border Patrol Gift Card - Update 1/26/19
Closing Down
Now that Trump has re-opened the government, we are trying to wind the gift card project down. Agents won’t get paid until some time next week, so there is still some demand. Both Bonnie’s and my phone number have been circulated among agents. We are still receiving phone calls asking if the gift cards are available. We have mailed out more than three dozen cards.

The decision was made to stop accepting donations effective Friday evening. We know there are checks in the mail, but we will return them.

Donations have been stopped at a total of $16,612. We have $812 cash on hand. $800 will be spent to purchase 16 additional gift cards. The $12 will be used to purchase stamps to cover postage expense.
332 Gift cards will have been purchased. We have 21 cards in inventory. These cards are being tracked by serial number and recipient names recorded so that none of these cards are lost. If we are still holding gift cards one month from now, a decision will have to be made about what to do with the unused cards.

The $12 was the only money spent on expenses.

Thank you to all our donors, who were extremely generous.
Thank you to all our volunteers, who spent a solid week working on this project.
Thank you to all the Border Patrol agents who keep our villages and border safe.

Thank you all!
Niles Deden

One Last Story
On Friday when visiting with Guest Services at BPV, we were told our last story. Several of their guests were walking on the levy on Friday. A BP vehicle stopped each couple, got out of his truck and walked over, extending his hand. He wanted to thank them personally for their contribution. He shared, he didn't realize how much our communities appreciated the work of the border patrol. He greatly appreciated the money, but he wanted them to know that our project meant more to him than the money - the fact that we cared meant everything. THANK YOU.
For more info:
Niles Deden Email (651) 380-9112 | Bonnie Fogg Email (630)688-3594
All activities can be found on the calendar.  RANGE CALENDAR. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Border Patrol Project - Update 1/24/19

Border Patrol Gift Card - Update 1/24/19
A Wonderful Day!
Who would have thought the first part of the week that we would still be giving gift cards on Friday. Today Bentsen Palm Village Guest Services collected $890, and their Margarita last night generated $1420!.

At the end of business today, we have spent $15,800 to purchase 316 gift cards. We handed out 36 cards today, to bring total distribution to 261 cards. We have 55 cards in inventory to hand out tomorrow. In addition, we have received one HEB $50 gift card and two $50 Visa gift cards in the mail, which we will also hand out.

While Ginger was working today, two Border Patrol RETURNED two $50 cards because their supervisors would not let them accept gifts over $20 (government regulations). Ginger is a pro. She accepted the two returned cards and then handed them two cards with different pictures on the face and said, “Here are two $20 cards”. Don’t mess with Seniors!

The plan is to hand out cards at the Clubhouse Friday and then close down that part of the operation. Many Border Patrol now have my phone number. If they don’t get paychecks on Monday, we expect that some will call again and ask if cards are still available. If they don’t get paid Monday, we will give a second card, while the supply lasts.

People have asked about Facebook donations and a “Go Fund Me” page. Our answer has been, “No”. We are not a legal entity. We do not have 501 C3 status. We are just two RV parks that felt compelled to donate money to Border Patrol. We don’t want publicity. We just want to quietly show our appreciation to the men and women who keep us safe.

By tomorrow, you donations will have exceeded $16,000+. Ya’ll should feel very good about what we have accomplished.

Thank you,
Niles Deden
Today's Story
The appreciate from the CBP was seen today by two different guests at BPV. While walking on the levy an agent stopped his truck, got out and shook their hands, expressing his appreciation for the generosity of our community. A feel good moment for all!
For more info:
Niles Deden Email (651) 380-9112 | Bonnie Fogg Email (630)688-3594
All activities can be found on the calendar.  RANGE CALENDAR. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Todays Updates 1/23/19

January 23, 2019
Border Patrol Fund Project Update 1/23/19
Exceeding Our Wildest Expectations!
Bonnie ... share this message.

Another day, another dollar... or two.... or one thousand..... or two thousand. Last night's email said that we had $9,000 in donations. Shortly after that email went out, an anonymous donor showed up at my door with one thousand dollars. Today we received two $500 checks, multiple anonymous cash donations, and MANY other cash donations.

As of today we have purchased $11,250 worth of gift cards. We have given out 225 gift cards. We are holding $1,700 in cash for tomorrow morning to purchase more cards.  Our donations from Tuesday evening ($9,000) have reached $12,950 by
Wednesday evening.

PLUS, Bonnie and I were invited over to BPV Margarita night to explain the gift card project. At the end of the presentation, people were asking who to make the checks payable to.  I just heard from Keith at BPV their 'pass the hat' collected $1,420.

When Bonnie and I drove back into Retama at 5:00 o'clock, two Border Patrol agents were at the Clubhouse door looking for gift cards (which they received). The one shared that his wife is undergoing cancer treatments -- good news he is still covered under his medical.

Your generosity has directly affected 225 Border Patrol families. That kind of good will is priceless.  I can't say thank you enough times.

Niles Deden

Notecard from this morning
Today's CBP messages:

On a happy note, a CBP arrived first thing this morning with a tray of cookies, she said it was a small token of her appreciation.

Another Agent commented to a fellow CPB that walking into the Retama Clubhouse yesterday was difficult, he didn't like asking for charity. However our Villagers welcomed him in so graciously that when he got in his vehicle he was overtaken by emotion.

A wife (CBP) shared that her husband and she are both agents, no income. This card allowed them to put fuel into their car.

"Our community are the angels on the earth, thank you", shared another.

Leaving today on a brighter note. Several agents over the course of the last couple of days, walk into our clubhouse ..... they stop and look around, and say something like "Wow! This is a very nice place! We've only seen it from the outside, and at night! ". :)

A notecard from this morning,

Friday Conceal Carry Shoot 1/25
An opportunity to train
Friday morning we are holding our first conceal carry shoot. This is not our traditional pistol target shoot, but rather an opportunity to shoot those little pistols that might be tucked into your holster, purse, or near the bedside table.

Friday morning isn't about hitting the bullseye, but rather getting the shot on the paper, and on the target. We will share tips, shooting fundamentals and much more.

So bring your carry gun to the range for a little trigger time, we begin practice at 10:30am. Weather permitting!

Hope to see you there! And it's free!
Pistol Coaching Classes
Bonnie's pistol coaching class today was postponed because of the windy cold weather. She has two classes planned for January 30th and February 06th, both on Wednesday. Let her know if you want to book the class. Space is limited. Details are on the Range Calendar, links below.
For more info:
Niles Deden Email (651) 380-9112 | Bonnie Fogg Email (630)688-3594
All activities can be found on the calendar.  RANGE CALENDAR.