Number 2: Bill Johnson
An update on Sky Park at Santa’s Village:
They have managed to pull of 30 days! Everything went well, no back-ups or complaints. They have 300 employees at present. The holidays were pretty much sold out, all of the tickets were sold online, they sold none at the gate.
At the moment, about 20% of the park is open, with pending permits and authorizations still in the works. Bill seems a little upset with the problems associated with getting the approvals, especially with issues regarding groups that oppose the development like the Sierra Club that has threatened a lawsuit.
Bill says the park maxes out at 1000 visitors, has no idea how they crowded 4000 in in past years.
They think about 20,000 people visited the park in December, and they are working on a reduced charge for people who would like to visit to have dinner - everyone likes that idea!
An amazing project!
Number 1: Olivia Baldwin – Gold Star Project for Girl Scouts
Olivia is planning a Literacy and Reading project at the Coop Nursery, and she is looking for volunteers to help out! She managed to find at least 3 in our group.
- Mike – this was new to me, nothing like hanging out with 267 7th graders!
- Denise – If you want to feel old – here’s your game!
- Karyn – enjoyed the culture walk – and all of the great stories!
- Early Identification & Intervention
- Child Development Screenings
- Free Dental Screening
- Zumba for Kids
- Toy Distribution
- Behavioral Health Services
- Free fruits and vegetables
- Coat distribution
Today’s program was offered by Gene Lumsden, owner of Turner’s Outdoorsman.
Gene gave us a bit of his background as to how he ended up in the sporting goods business. It turns out that Gene was discovered as a competitive trap shooter early in life, which led to quite a career as a professional shooter. It all started by buying a $1 raffle ticket that got him a shotgun re-loader. After his father bought him a shotgun, his shooting career became legendary.
As Gene advanced up to Olympic Games, he finally arrived at the idea that he was really good at shooting, but wanted to do more to make his mark. So he began a series of career steps that led up to becoming the CEO of a rifle importer, which purchased a near defunct Turner’s Outdoorsman in 2009. The company has become the largest seller of sporting firearms in California – with more growth to come.
Gene spent some time discussing current and upcoming legislation in California, and the problems the laws present to the public.
Gene spent some time discussing the upcoming “re”-registration requirement for AR style rifles – even if you own one that was purchased and registered in California, it must be re-registered to avoid the owner becoming a de facto felon. Gene thinks that is unreasonable, and discussed the ramifications.
Gene also discussed the upcoming regulations that will require a $50 permit for the purchase of ammunition in California. No one knows how it will happen, who will enforce it, or where the money will go. What Gene suspects is that people will just buy their ammo while visiting Nevada.
An amazing success story! Thanks for your talk, Gene!