Visalia Sportsmen's Association is a non-profit organization which is governed by the regulations set forth in The Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The section of the code which we fall under states that we are to be exclusively a social club, organized and operated for the pleasure and recreation of our members. The specific purposes of the club are:
1) to unite in the effort of solving local, county and statewide problems pertaining to the protection and propagation of fish and game and other natural resources in our area;
2) the conservation of our natural resources through the promotion and fostering of good public sentiment for better fish, game and forest management;
3) the encouragement of organized shooting activities among adult and junior members and the general public, so as to provide a better knowledge of safe handling and the proper use and care of firearms; and,
4) to take lawful steps to bring into effect those measures deemed to be in the interest of member sportsmen.
The Visalia Sportsmen's Association has the distinction of being the oldest group in the state of California, devoted to outdoor sports. The club was founded in the spring of 1893 and had as its first president, M.L. Weaver. Sub Johnson served as the first secretary of the newly created oranization. Those who formed the assocation were a Who's Who of Visalia's early pioneers: Ira Chrisman, Sr. L.C. Hyde, A. Crowley, A.R. Orr, W.E. Wild, C.T. Buckman, Sr., Tom Chatten, Abe Murray, Guy Gilmer, S.LN. Ellis, J.O. Thomas, Ben Maddox, P.M. Norboe, Dan Overall, Robert Rouse, Austin Grant and Clarence B. Little.
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