Monday, October 24, 2011


A brief message from ASRPA President Noble C. Hathaway.

To all Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association Members:

It has come to our attention at the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association that protecting the Pioneer Village Museum, and by extension BASF, has become one of the hot topics in the Phoenix Council Dist. 1 run-off election.

Being involved in many of the issues relating to the Ben Avery Range and the Pioneer Village Museum, I can tell you Thelda Williams has been a long time friend and supporter of the ASR&PA, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, and the Pioneer Village Museum.

Thelda recognizes that the Pioneer Village Museum is also a critical buffer for the northern perimeter of the Ben Avery Shooting complex and that is one of the reasons she has been a key player in helping to keep the Pioneer Village Museum protected and open to the public.

Whenever BASF or Pioneer Village was at risk, Thelda was always there showing strong leadership. She has stood up for both facilities. Many of you may be aware that many years ago a common group of Arizonan's came together and founded both Ben Avery Shooting complex and the Pioneer Village Museum. There were few threats to them at that time but the group did see a future where there could be plausible threats to the Museum which in turn could endanger the Ben Avery Range.

This turned out to be great forward thinking as for many decades thousands of children and families have enjoyed the many historical benefits of preserving our western heritage. The Museum has in turn provided protection for the Range just across the mountain to the south.

Many of you may also remember when ASR&PA members participated in the Phoenix Bond Election several years ago in which we citizens voted for the funds to help preserve and protect both BASF and Pioneer Village.

The future of the Ben Avery Shooing Facility is still dependent on having range friendly planning and zoning from the city of Phoenix. Make no mistake, Thelda Williams is critical to the preservation of the Ben Avery Range and the Pioneer Village Museum.

I urge members throughout our association and especially those in Phoenix City Council District 1 to give their continued support for Thelda Williams.

Thank you

Noble C. Hathaway

Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association

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