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Janina Rybicki


I was born in Poland but lived in the United States for the majority of my life. I grew up in Chicago and am the proud product of the city’s “finest” – the tough neighborhood public school system. After moving to Bloomington I attended ISU, from where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences - Food and Nutrition.

Growing up in a communist country and later in Chicago (two very similar systems!), I never had a chance to see a handgun, let alone use one. Always a firm believer in equal rights, I could not perceive my husband to be the only one in our household to own a firearm. He, without my knowledge, applied for and received a F.O.I.D. card and bought a long gun. Naturally, I wanted one as well. I bought something just to have it – it was shiny, it looked pretty, but I had no idea what to do with it. I’ve come a long way since then; I now participate regularly in state and national bullseye championships.

I have served as Treasurer of both statewide and local ISRA Women’s Shooting Committee and have chaired and co-chaired the East Central Illinois Friends of NRA dinners. I am a NRA Endowment Member and ISRA Benefactor Member. I am a NRA Certified Instructor in Refuse To Be Victim, personal/home protection, pistol, rifle, and shotgun disciplines, and am also a graduate of Massad Ayoob’s LFI-I training program.




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