Robyn Sandoval attended the third GNO. She was a fervent anti-gunner for most of her life, but had recently become a gun owner for the first time. Her husband, Mike, learned about the GNOs, and encouraged Robyn to go. Robyn nervously attended and embraced the opportunity to learn. She found a new circle of friends, explored different ideas, and grew as a marksman. Like other women in the group, Robyn began volunteering at events and helping the club grow.
Attendance began to grow organically with more women showing up to GNOs each time. Soon a fledgling Leadership Team was established with Julianna (President and Founder), Renee (Vice President and Co-Founder), Jennifer (Membership Director), Auristela (Secretary), Christy (Member Service), Wende (Vendor Partners), Marcie (Leadership Coordinator), Krystal (Finance), and Robyn (Marketing & Technology). When IDPA featured Julianna in its newsletter, other instructors around the country reached out to learn how they could get on board. From the start, A Girl & A Gun was special, and women wanted to be a part of it. By September 2011, A Girl & A Gun had become a membership organization and had opened 3 chapters in Texas, and shortly after the 1-year anniversary, chapters began opening in other states, too!