Brittany Shooting Park
As I sit down to write this letter, it’s the 25th of April and my first thought is WOW! I say this for three reasons. The first wow is for by the time you read this, we’ll be getting ready to head to the State Shoot. The second wow is for how well the shoots have been attended that I’ve been to since back home. The third wow is for as I write this letter it’s the end of April and the weather is raining and it is 48 degrees outside. (Brr!!!)
Speaking of the State Shoot, I’ve talked to some folks this past winter that are going to try our State Shoot for the first time. Our trophy package for non-resident shooters is relatively the same as for our in-state shooters. This makes it a very appealing shoot, not to mention the best and most consistent background of any club in the Midwest.
We have some special events scheduled for this year’s state shoot that you won’t want to miss. The first one is the Vintage Shoot scheduled for Monday, the 15th. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for your convenience. Check the shoot program for a list of guns that qualify. The other fun event is the $1,000 Miss and Out contest on Wednesday evening. It will start at the end of the shoot-offs.
Next, I’d like to remind you of the Hall of Fame Banquet. It will be held on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the clubhouse. We’d like you to purchase your tickets by June 1st so we can have an idea for ordering food. Tickets for the banquet are $10.00 each. To make a reservation, send a check payable to the ISTA to the address at the bottom of this letter.
Once again, the ISTA invites shooters and spouses to a complimentary meal on Saturday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. As you look over the program, take note of several sponsors that graciously donated added money to some of the events. Give them a thank you when you see them, for they greatly enhance our shoot.
Lastly, if you’re interested in being considered for the Illinois State Teams, don’t forget you’ll need to send in an application this year for the first time. Applications will be available at the classification desk during the State Shoot, or you will be able to download one from our website soon. I need to receive your application by November 1st, 2015.
The next topic is the AIM program. Jenna Knott is our State Director for AIM and she has added handicap and doubles to their State Shoot this year. It will be held the weekend prior to the State Shoot on June 13th and 14th. She is planning to have a Silent Auction at the State Shoot this year and is looking for donations to make the event a success. A couple things already on the auction list; a Shell Bag signed and donated by Harlan Campbell Jr, an 8’ Dry-fire Wall Chart to practice your shooting donated by Terry Jordan, two flats of Rio Handicap 7/12’s donated by myself. Bring us some item to sell and help put it over the top.
The other thing AIM has is a gun to raffle. Mark Elliott has donated a TriStar Mono Trap Gun with 34” barrel and choke tubes. The gun retails for $800.00. It will be drawn for between 100’s on Saturday’s Singles. Tickets are $5.00 ea. or 5 for $20.00 and available from your local AIM kids, along with several of the ISTA Board Members, and will also be available at the State Shoot. When you’re buying raffle tickets, or bidding on the silent auction, remember we’re raising money for the kids.
It saddens me to tell you that Jimmy Berry, lovingly known as “Bubba”, passed away in late March. He was spending the winter in Florida with his folks. His friends from the Silver Dollar had a heartwarming tribute to him at Friday night karaoke. My sincere condolences go to Mary and Vinny Berry. Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
I hope to see you in June, until then good shooting and good health,
2410 County Road 800 N
El Paso, IL 61738
The ISTA Board of Directors and the Mohr Family extend an invitation to you to attend the
139th Illinois State Shoot. We have all worked to improve your shooting experience and
make this State Shoot the best it can be. We are continuing to include runner-up trophies
in both category and class for in-state and out- of state giving shooters more opportunities
to accumulate All American Points. Again this year we have done our best to equalize the
distribution of the added money between class and categories.We are pleased to once again host the AIM Championships and Director Jenna Knott is working to make this another successful tournament. We will be throwing orange dome White Flyer targets and express
our thanks to White flyer, Fox Valley Distributers and Sunset Distributers. They will be
sponsoring all three events on Tuesday as well as Fridays handicap. We also thank Kolar
Arms for their donations for Sundays handicap. On Tuesday evening the Illinois State Hall
of Fame Dinner will be held. This is a new attempt to give the inductees a special day of
recognition. Check the program for details. Don’t forget to thank Larry and Carol Mohr
and Family for providing a great place for our Home Grounds. As always let us know your
concerns as we want to continually improve our Illinois State Shoot.
We especially want to welcome the out of state shooters and their families and hope they
have a pleasant experience. Also we thank all of the exhibitors, advertisers, and vendors for
their support and attendance. Be sure to patronize them.
Lastly I would like to thank all of our Directors and our New ATA Delegate Dave Dressler
for their counsel and support.