Syria Shriners Gun Club
Organized November 1955 – “Shooting…. A Noble Sport” – AAONMS
The Gun Club meets monthly on a Saturday morning year-round at a Sportsman’s Club in the 5-county area to which one of our members belong. Normally, each monthly event is held at different location. The event includes trap shooting, followed by a brief business meeting and an adjournment for late lunch at a nearby restaurant:
In late summer, we shoot in competition against the Rajah (Reading) and Boumi (Baltimore) Shrine Gun Clubs with the host club rotating each year. A Tri-Shrine trophy is awarded to the winning Shrine and individual winners and runners-up are awarded trophies for each of the events in which they participate. The occasion is informal and Shrine fellowship is the order of the day.
All our shoots include the company our Ladies, some of whom shoot with us and are quite good at it!
Dues are a modest $10.00/ year and membership in the Shrine is required. Guests, especially Masonic guests are always welcome to shoot with us.
During the year, our members conduct various raffles and other fund-raisers in an effort to raise significant funds for the Shrine Hospitals for Children in Erie, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. We also are a major sponsor of the Syria Sporting Clays Shriners Hospital Charity shoot at 7-Springs. This effort is our major reason for being as we have fun and enjoy the sport and fellowship. We hope you will join us.
Our major events for the year include:
- A late summer/fall trap competition with the Boumi (Baltimore) and Rajah (Reading) Shrine Gun Clubs Trophies and awards are presented at a reception and banquet following shooting competition.
- Our club’s top shooters compete at the annual Pennsylvania American Trapshooter Association championship competition in Elysburg, PA in June, where we have raised over $25,000 for the Shrine Hospital For Children in Pennsylvania.
- We help sponsor and participate in the Syria Shrine Charity Sporting Clay’s shoot at the Seven Springs resort which benefits the Shrine Hospital for Children-Erie. Most recently, this event raised in excess of $100,000 for our Erie Hospital.
- We also conduct an annual gun raffle as part of our participation in the Syria Shrine Sportsman’s Bash held in June which is a Fraternal Charity and usually raises another $3,000.
Shooting skills require knowledge and practice of safe handling and use of a shotgun, usually 12-gauge. Shooters of all levels of proficiency are welcome and coaching is always available.
Prospective members may call Andy Young, Secretary, Syria Shriner’s Gun Cub, (724) 869-2085 or email shrinetrapper(at)gmail.com for more information.