2017-10-12 / Living

Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce pulls the trigger to aid fire department

Timothy Mucciante
View Newspapers correspondent


Corey Robinson shooting from Station 5 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Corey Robinson shooting from Station 5 Photo by Timothy Mucciante GRAND BLANC TWP. — Gunshots heard by Grand Blanc Fire Department firefighters usually mean trouble. Not last Wednesday though, when those shots were at the Grand Blanc Huntsman Club – meaning that some extra money would end up in the fire department’s bank account.

The Take Your Best Shot Clay Shoot event was organized by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Chamber to support the Grand Blanc City Fire Department.

Unfortunately, right after lunch, but before the main shooting event started, the Grand Blanc City fire firefighters in attendance at the shoot had to leave to answer a call.

According to Jet Kilmer, president of the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, this is the 10th year for this event. “In the past we have supported veterans, we have supported FISH, the Grand Blanc Fire Department, and we look for ways that we can be of service all over our area, but locally. This year we are helping out the Grand Blanc Fire Department.”


Mark Lugher shoots from his station facing a beautiful water scene 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Mark Lugher shoots from his station facing a beautiful water scene Photo by Timothy Mucciante Kilmer said one reason the Chamber of Commerce partners with the Huntsman Club is that the Huntsman Club has never had a single gun-related accident in its 60 years of existence.

After a catered lunch, the shooting teams went to their assigned stations, where the shooters would have a chance to shoot two targets, launched when the shooter called “pull.” The two targets were designated as A and B targets, and would be launched from right or left, respectively, of the shooter.

Eric Smith, the owner of Scooter’s Bar and Grill, was one of the shooters. “I think this is my fifth year. I believe it's been five years, but I think I started at the very beginning of this when they started doing this little shoot right here for the Chamber of Commerce,” Smith said.

Smith said he really enjoys this event, and a friend introduced him to it, “A buddy of mine said, ‘Come on. Let's go shoot.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ It's a good time. It's a lot of fun. This is a great group of guys. Teams are anywhere from four to six people per team and they pay, I think, first second and third place. It's a good time. It's a lot of fun,” Smith said.

Smith said he has been shooting for about 15 years and that now he shoots “…about four or five times a year,” always at the Grand Blanc Huntsman Club.

Kilmer, chamber president, was very pleased at the success of the event. “The 2017 Clay Shoot was a wonderful success. The weather held off for our shooters to enjoy a day out in the woods to compete for Top Gun and the "Don't shoot the bear" first place Trophy,” Kilmer said. “Top Gun was shared by two excellent shooters who shot 70 out of 70 and split the winnings. Third Place Top Gun was Dale Statson, who donated his winnings back to the Chamber. First Place was won again by The Grand Blanc Huntsman's Team, Kilmer added.

Kilmer also thanked the chamber’s sponsors, which included Al Serra Auto Plaza and Security Credit Union, among others.

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