Let me start by thanking all the Illinois shooters that elected me as your new Delegate for Illinois. Jim has left a big pair of shoes to fill and I will do my best to represent Illinois to the ATA. I met with him just today and he’ll make the transition smooth and easy for me. When you see Jim, offer him Thanks for a job well done.
The 2014 IL State Shoot is now in the history books. Once again we fought rainy and wet conditions. But in spite of the weather, we had increases in shooter numbers every day except Tuesday resulting in a 10% increase overall. Thanks to you for your new and continued support. Congrats to all the trophy winners this year. There are too many to mention, but a few stand out as I scan the trophy list. Tal Seger was the Singles Champ as well as HAA Champ, Wayne Lorenz was the Handicap Champ with a lone 100 straight, also winning two other Handicap trophies in the Sub Vet category, Jack Criner was your Doubles Champ, other multiple trophy winners are Randy Miller, Mike Jordan, the Thornton brothers (Gage & Hunter), and Dale Gerlich. Keep up the good work!! I do feel I need to mention Lumir Drahota, a Nebraska Jr. who had everyone saying “who is that kid”. If I counted right, he had at least 10 trophies to his credit. My comment when I saw this was Wow!! One other note-worthy part of our state shoot was the 241 kids that competed in the 200 bird IL AIM Shoot June 7th. Congratulations to Jenna Knott, Illinois AIM Director, on a job well done. She is hoping to expand next year’s AIM shoot to include doubles and handicap. If you are interested in helping out, Jenna is always looking for donations and support to help make that shoot grow.
I’m going to pull the Illinois chain a bit. At the Friday state meeting, Jim announced that Illinois led the Nation with 19 shooters making the 2014 All American Teams, with three of them making Captain.
On a sad note I must report the passing of Pat Hockings in the past month. My deepest sympathy goes to his wife Jana and his family.
I hope to see you at a shoot sometime real soon. Make plans to attend the Grand in Sparta in August. You’ll not regret it. If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me at: Dave Dressler 2410 County Road 800 N. El Paso, IL 61738, e-mail me at , or call me at 309/275-6873