Salem shooting sports teams receive donation

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Pictured from left to right: Salem AYSSP Coach Kullins Koelling, David Campbell and Salem FFA Advisor Wayne Neal. Campbell recently visited Koelling and Neal to present a $2,500 donation to each shooting program. The donation was made possible by the disbanded South Fork River Regulators gun club.
Lauren Siebert

The Salem High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Shooting Sports team and the Salem Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) received a large donation from the former South Fork River Regulators, a gun club which has since disbanded, but was active in Fulton County for many years.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, David Campbell traveled to the Salem High School to present FFA Shooting Sports coach Wayne Neal and AYSSP coach Kullins Koelling each with a check for $2,500 to be used to help support their teams.

According to Aemi Thompson, friend of Campbell, the donation was a result of the disbandment of the South Fork River Regulators gun club.

“They were active in the area for many years, but recently disbanded. They sold their property and because they were a 501-c3 they’re distributing the money to other non-profits and chose the two shooting sports clubs at Salem High School,” Thompson said. “He made the donation of the money in member of Edna Louise Campbell. She went by Louise.”

Louise was a founding member of the gun club and she and David volunteered tirelessly for club events.

“She was chief cook and bottle washer, she was the one that kept score on the shooting range when they had tournaments. Her husband David was security when they did the gun shows at the fairgrounds. She passed away in June so they decided to donate the money in her memory,” Thompson said.

When asked why he chose the shooting sports teams to make the donation to, David said he believed in supporting and promoting shooting sports.

“I want to promote shooting sports any way I can. I have always been a shooter and I’m not lately, I’ve not been able to get out much. I did this in honor and in memory of my wife. We were both members of the club,” Campbell said.

Both Neal and Koelling said the funds given to their teams will go a long way in helping to educate students and help them fine tune their skills.

“I’ve been here for two years now, but I have been a shooting sports coach and a hunter’s education instructor for the last 19 years. For me, this is really going to help the students I deal with through the FFA program and they have been doing it for three years,” Neal said.

“This is my second year here, I’m the head of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program here and this will allow shooters that previously didn’t have an opportunity [to participate] due to financial restrictions to have the opportunity to engage in shooting and learn what it means to be a sportsmen and carry on the tradition of safe practices and furthering conservation in our wonderful state,” Koelling added.

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