AGM reports another successful year for local marksmen
Brigadier Mark Phillips has been elected as the new President of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) when that entity held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Police Officers Mess, Eve Leary, on Monday last.
Retained as Honorary Secretary was Ryan Sampson, while Ray Beharry was elected as the new Treasurer.
The AGM, which was chaired by ACP Paul Slowe (Ret’d), saw reports delivered by the Hon. Secretary, Captains of the Fullbore and Smallbore Sections and the Treasurer.
Honorary Secretary Ryan Sampson reported that the Association’s membership continued to grow in 2013. There were 98 financial members, but a larger number registered. Sampson noted that the association still continued to experience the problem of non-active members who have joined and have not participated in activities.
Sampson implored his colleagues to propose prospective members who are truly interested in the sport of shooting while lauding the media for their great support and coverage over the year.
Smallbore Captain Dale Hing reported on the local competitions and trips to Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname which saw credible performances by the shooters. However, Hing lamented the great shortage of ammunition which affected the shooting programme immensely. It is his wish that the local dealers will be able to meet the demand of the GNRA.
Fullbore Captain Mahendra Persaud reported that the team retained the West Indies Long Range Team title – Milex Cup, while surrendering the Short Range Team Title at the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Championships which was held in Barbados. Guyana had recaptured the Short Range title on home soil.
Persaud reassured members that the level of complacency which cost the team to lose in Barbados will not be repeated in Jamaica at this year’s championships.
The Guyana NRA also hosted the GB Rifle Team which was made up of world class shooters. Persaud reported that it was a privilege to have the GB Team in Guyana as part of their West Indies tour in 2013.
Their visit was used as preparation for the fullbore team’s participation at the WIFBSC. Guyana also had three marksmen – Lennox Braithwaite, Sigmund Douglas and Mahendra Persaud – participating in the Imperial shoot at Bisley, England.
The GNRA continues to proudly represent the Golden Arrowhead on the Shooting circuit with pride and excellent results.
The AGM was notified that association has stalled its pursuit of an Indoor Range and Club House. Land was allocated at Tuschen on the East Bank of Essequibo, however, the GNRA has been unsuccessful to date in having this
revised for an area closer to the city.
Members were informed that the association continues to adhere to a prudent accounting system. Treasurer, Lt. Col Stuart highlighted in his report, the financial status for the last year expressing gratitude to the Government of Guyana and some of its agencies along with members of the business community for their donations and sponsorship over the last year.
Special gratitude was extended to GNRA Patron, His Excellency President Donald Ramotar for his continued support.
Thanks were also extended to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, The Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Customs and Trade Administration.
Members of the business community coming in for high praise were Crown Mining Inc, Industrial Safety Supplies, Queensway, Modern Optical Services, Demerara Mutual Life Assurance, Banks DIH, Citizens Bank, Scotia Bank, Noble House Seafoods, North American Resources, JAParts, Sterling Products, Citizens Bank, Bank of Guyana and Mohamed’s General Store among others.
ACP (ret’d) Paul Slowe in his closing remarks congratulated the new executive and urged them to work assiduously for the betterment of the Association.
Following is the full list of Executives:
Brigadier Mark Phillips President (Elected)
Mr. Richard Fields Vice President (Retained)
ACP Paul Slowe Vice President (Retained)
Lt. Col Wilbert Lee Ex Officio Vice President – GDF
ACP George Vyphuis Ex Officio Vice President – GPF
Ryan Sampson Honorary Secretary (Retained)
Mr. Ray Beharry Treasurer (new/former Auditor)
Mr. Hemant Narine Assistant Secretary/Treasurer (Retained)
Mr. Mahendra Persaud Full Bore Captain (Retained)
Mr. Dylan Fields Full Bore Vice Captain (Retained)
Mr. Dale Hing Small Bore Captain (Retained)
Mr. Gordon Richards Small Bore Vice Captain (Retained)
Mr. Lennox Braithwaite Committee Member (Retained)
Mr. Vidushi Persaud Committee Member (Elected)
Dr. Johan DaSilva Committee Member (Retained)
Lt. Col. (res) Terrence Stuart Auditor (new/former Treasurer)
Mr. Leo Ramalho Auditor (Elected)
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