My father gave me a Marlin Model 1 for Christmas, 1959. It replaced a Daisy Red Rider BB gun.
After I learned the safety rules Dad took me out to a convenient patch of desert and taught me to shoot. I learned more as a Boy Scout taking Marksmanship merit badge, and earning medals as a junior member of the National Rifle Association.
I went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry, including a tour in Viet Nam.
I am a director of the Buck and Bull Club, Kerrville, as well as a life member of the Texas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association. I am a director of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association.
- School Safety Instructor
- Concealed Handgun Instructor
- Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Instructor
- Hunter Education Instructor
- National Rifle Association Instructor
Texas Department of Public Safety, since 2018,
The fifteen to twenty hour SSC class I teach is based on ALERRT's "Avoid, Deny, Defend." First trying to avoid a killer in the school, if that's not possible actively trying to deny the killer access to victims, and as a last resort defending innocent people from the killer. It provides training in the protection of students, interaction of license holders with first responders, tactics for denying an intruder entry into a classroom or school facility,, and methods for increasing a license holder's accuracy with a handgun while under duress.
Texas Department of Public Safety, since 1995,
The four to five hour CHL class I teach covers Firearms Knowledge, Use of Force, Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, Firearm Storage and Safety, Basic Marksmanship and Range Safety, Handgun Proficiency, Public Contact With Law Enforcement, License Requirements and Restrictions, and the Final Exam and Certification.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1993 to 1998.
The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program grew out of a 1990 Wisconsin study which found that out of 21 identified reasons why more women don't participate in outdoor activities, 14 centered on lack of introductory training. The smorgasbord BOW weekends seek to remedy that. The first ever event was held in 1991. Next year there will be BOW weekends in most states, and a number of events in Texas. What happens at BOW?
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, since 1989.
The Texas Hunter Education course includes Our Hunting Heritage, Hunting-A Tool of Wildlife Management, Hunter Safety and Responsibility, Modern Firearms, Primitive Sporting Arms, Survival and Wilderness First Aid, and Basic Hunting Techniques.
National Rifle Association, since 1984.
Certified to teach students Basic Rifle and Basic Pistol courses, Home Firearms Responsibility, and Personal Protection.
I have averaged six State Communications Contest awards a year since my first contest in 1986, and won four national awards in the affiliated National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. My Concealed Carry lesson plan won a national first place in manuals, and the PowerPoint version won a national first place in visual presentations.