BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

As we begin September, the hint of fall heralds the change of seasons and, here at the Network, change is in the air, as well.

Before talking about personal changes, however, I enjoyed feedback from our affiliates and Facebook friends about Marty’s recent analysis of the various post self defense support products in the marketplace ( The calls I fielded expressed a desire for more of the same since this is a valuable topic we need to share with other armed citizens outside the Network website and Facebook page. Please share the above link with other armed citizens online through your own websites, emails, and social media.

The majority of communications I share with Network members comes from affiliated gun shops and affiliated instructors. I pass along what I’m told, so the folks who get mentioned in this column are the ones who regularly supply us with news of their goings on. I’ve noticed that people are a bit reluctant to promote themselves, mistaking it for bragging. Let me assure you that we WANT you to brag! Affiliates, please tell us what you are doing so we can share it with Network members.

With that in mind, listen up, if you live in the Kansas City, MO area! Our Affiliated Instructor Tom Berry has scheduled another Tactical Pistol class in September, with orientation on the evening of Sept. 16th and the range portion on the 20th. Details are on Tom’s Defensive Handgun Enterprises Facebook page at or call him at 816-891-7343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No matter what part of the country you are in, the more people who know about the training and shooting facilities nearby, the better informed and practiced we will all be. I have often thought it would be fun to put together a “training road trip” visiting various parts of the country and learning from professionals all along the journey. We have all the resources right here – in our Network affiliated instructors and affiliated gun shops!

Talking about including affiliate news in this column leads me back to the changes I mentioned earlier. In addition to my long association with the Network, I also have another job as the Community Outreach Specialist for an organization called Senior Services of Seattle. In that capacity, I spend time talking with groups and individuals about the many support programs available to seniors and their families throughout the greater Seattle area, concentrating on transportation options.

My job there grew out of my own experience providing primary care for my aging parents during their last years of life. What I learned from that experience convinced me that my career skills in advertising, marketing and promotion could be well used educating people about programs for senior citizens. Senior Services has not done much promotion in previous years, so I am happy to say that my part time position has now become full time. I am excited about taking on the new responsibilities at Senior Services, although it means I will need to cut back the time I spend on Network projects.

What does that mean to you? Well, I will no longer be writing this column, but journal editor Gila Hayes assures me that she’ll keep it going. Affiliates, instead of sending me your event announcements, please send them by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Network office at 360-978-5200.

Affiliates’ orders for Network booklets and brochures will now ship out of the main Network office, too, so instead of contacting me, please let the office know what you need so your shipments of Network materials can continue to come to you uninterrupted. Still, I will continue to be involved in the Network, so rest assured this is not the last you will hear from me!

Since Gila will be overseeing the projects I’ve been coordinating, it makes sense to hand over the topic to her at this point. Let me say in closing, that I’ll stay in touch as time allows, and that I have enjoyed working with all of our affiliates for these past few years. Instead of good bye, let’s just say, to be…