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June 2013 ATA Delegates Report
I don't have the words to describe the loss we suffered with the passing of Barb Hermes. She was a great lady. Barb's trapshooting skills are evident by the fact she is a three time Illinois Ladies Singles Champion. She won the Ladies Handicap in 1994 and the Ladies Doubles in 2004. She took way too much pleasure in passing out her famous "beat by a girl" pins. Yes, I have one. Barb also gave back to the sport. Barb and Pat donate the Barbie Award annually. Barb created this award which goes to the high "C" or "D" Class Lady in the State Singles Championship.
We can take solace in the fact that she lived every day to the fullest. Barb knew how to enjoy life. I personally feel Barb's greatest asset (there were many) was her sense of humor. Her smile was infectious. I've heard the statement, "This person lit up every room she entered." Barb actually did just that. Our sincere condolences to Pat and all of Barb's family and friends, we will all miss her.
Lots of Illinois shooters attended the Southwestern Grand in San Antonio, Texas. Several achieved a great deal of success. Illinois shooters winning trophies were:
Drew Strohecker - Junior Category:
Event #3 Preliminary Doubles Junior Champion
Event #5 Handicap Junior Champion
Event #8 Handicap Junior Champion
In the Singles Championship, Drew broke 199, Tied for 2nd, lost shoot off.
HOA Junior Champion (1231)
HAA Junior Champion (388)
Andrew Narvick - Junior Category
Event #12 Class Doubles Junior Champion
Event #13 Singles Championship Class AA Runner Up
Event #14 Doubles Championship Junior Champion
Dale Gerlich - Junior Category
Event #2 Preliminary Handicap Junior Champion
Event #6 Doubles Junior Champion
HOA 3rd Junior Category
Mike Jordan - Senior Vet Category
Event #4 Singles Senior Vet Champion
Event #7 Singles Senior Vet Runner Up
Event #12 Doubles Class Senior Vet Runner Up
Event #13 Singles Championship Senior Vet Runner Up
HOA Senior Vet Champion (1239)
HAA Senior Vet Champion (388)
Event #3 Doubles Class A Champion
Event #4 Singles Sub Vet Champion
Event #6 Doubles Class A Champion
Event #9 Doubles Class B Runner Up
Event #10 Singles Class Vet Champion
Congratulations to all who shot well. You make Illinois proud.
Trap & Field announced their All Around Average Awards a while back, and apparently I failed to recognize three Illinois shooters who won: Junior, Anthony Fortino; Junior Gold, Tim Varble and Senior Vet, Mike Jordan. Way to go guys. As always contact me with any newsworthy information or items of interest. I can be reached at:
903 Center Street, Mazon, Illinois 60444
EXCITING NEW STATE SHOOT EVENT
A 50 bird, 20 gauge handicap derby will be held on Wednesday at the conclusion of event #6 event. This derby is non-registered and will be shot from the shooters ATA yardage using ammunition that meets ATA standards. Proceeds will be used to purchase shells for AIM shooters at the 2014 state shoot. The AIM program, its participants and coaches will play a huge part in the future of our sport and we are proud to support their efforts. Grab your 20 gauge and have some fun at the State Shoot.
Champion - $300
Runner-up - $150
First place - $150
Second place - $100
Third place - $50
18 – 19 yd.
20 – 21 yd.
22 – 23 yd.
24 – 25 yd.
26 – 27 yd.
A shooter may only win one prize, so if you win champion, you cannot take a yardage prize. All ATA rule will govern this event.
The cost of targets for this event will be $25. A limited amount of 20 gauge ammunition will be available in the shell house.
What's New For 2013 ?
The ISTA is excited to announce some changes that have been made for the upcoming shooting year. The board of directors has been busy exploring a number of ways that will make shooting in Illinois more fun and interesting in 2013.
After reviewing the Illinois by-laws and in keeping with the policy of the ATA a change in the cost of life memberships has been made. Beginning in 2013 the cost of a life membership for members 65 years old and older will be half the cost of a regular life membership. At present life membership cost $200. In the future all shooters over the age of 65 will be able to purchase a life membership for $100. A life member will have his/her name inscribed on plaque that is displayed in the Illinois Hall of Fame at Brittany Shooting Park. Life members are issued ID cards and will no longer pay the annual membership fee of $10.
Look for a special new category at this year’s state shoot. The board of directors would like to recognize our “elder shooters”, those ages 75 or older with special trophies. The trophies will be awarded in the three championship events, singles, handicap and doubles. Any shooter who qualifies should declare the category when classifying at the time of the entry. Claiming the "elder" category does not preclude winning the ATA category of Sr. Vet. It is possible a person could win both.
May 2013 ATA Delegate Report
The ISTA Southern Zone shoot is May 25th and 26th at the Edwardsville Gun Club. The ISTA Central Zone shoot is June 1st and 2nd at Peoria. The Illinois State shoot is June 10th thru the 16th at Brittany Shooting Park.
The 2013 Grand American is August 7th thru the 17th at the WSRC in Sparta. Two shoots at Sparta that you should consider are the US Open, June 6th thru the 9th and the Fall Classic is Sept 13th thru the 15th. These are fun shoots to attend and I think we should do everything we can to support the facility.
The ATA Central Zone shoot is Aug 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Brittany Shooting Park. Once again, it is a telephonic shoot with Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana and Minnesota participating. For you shooters in Northern Illinois, Wisconsin is hosting the Central Zone Janesville. The 2013 Northern Zone shoot was held last fall. The 2014 Northern Zone shoot will be held Sept 14th and 15th at the Downers Grove Sportsmen's Club in Morris.
The AIM State shoot will be a stand alone shoot this year, June 1st and 2nd at Rend Lake.
I urge you to attend as many of these shoots as possible. Let's make this one of the best years yet for trapshooting in Illinois.
One more thing, I have belated congratulations to Dave and Denise Dressler on their marriage. I didn't even know until I saw a picture of the happy couple in the March issue of the Trap & Field. Best wishes to two great people.
Please contact me with any newsworthy information. I sometimes have trouble thinking of things to write about in my article (like now). I can be reached at:
903 Center Street, Mazon, IL 60444
April 2013 ATA Delegate Report
First we have to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the Minnesota Delegate, Ron Noren. I didn't know Ron until he was elected to represent Minnesota on the ATA Board of Directors. I quickly realized that Ron was a quality person whose decision making was sound and always with the best interest of the shooter in mind. Though I had only known him a short time, I am going to miss him. We all mourn the loss of a good man.
I have been hearing and reading a lot about the demise of trapshooting. I don't believe it for one minute. I personally believe that our Nation's poor economy has affected attendance more than anything else. I also feel the youth shooting movement will keep trapshooting alive for a very long time. I remember when I was first chosen to represent the Northern Zone on the ISTA Board of Directors. At the first meeting (1986) I attended we were discussing youth shooting and what we could do to improve participation. Being discussed were reduced fees and free shells. One of the Directors was against both, saying we would spend a lot of money on a few people and then never see them again once they were grown and on their own. Thank God, that thinking has changed. The growth started with the SCTP Program, and now AIM has become the official youth program of the ATA. Participation has grown here in Illinois every year. Jack Miller, our State AIM Director, has advised me he expects in excess of 250 youngsters will be coming to this year's State Shoot. The volume of shooters has caused a problem with holding the AIM event in conjunction with the State Shoot. This year the AIM State Shoot will be held June 1st and 2nd at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex. I want to thank Jack for his hard work and dedication. He is the one person most responsible for the success of the program. Information about the AIM Program can be found on the ATA website. There are fifteen coaches listed on the site. One name stood out to me, Stu Wright. My friends in the Southern Zone have advised me that Stu has really done a lot of work to facilitate the youth shooting. We thank Stu and all of the coaches for their hard work.
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