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Hall of Fame Banquet

HALL of FAME INDUCTION BANQUET

All Illinois shooters are invited to the first annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Brittany Shooting Park will be hosting the banquet on April 5, 2014. This will be an annual event for our Hall of Fame Inductees and we are pleased to announce that this year John Kravanek we will be inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame.

The banquet will be held on April 5th at 5:30pm. An accurate head count is necessary in order to order enough food for everyone. Please RSVP to Larry and Carole Mohr at 618-278-4462, no later than March 31st. Every shooter who shoots the event will be given 2 free tickets, one for the shooter and one for their spouse. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door for $5.00 per person.

 

May 2014 ATA Delegate Report

The Illinois trapshooting community has lost two of it's members. Rich Van Etten and Donnie Folks passed away recently. Rich was a familiar face at the local shoots. He was always smiling with a positive attitude. The last few years we were aware he was battling cancer, but it didn't prevent him from attending shoots and shooting as much as he was able. The last couple of years he had a Lab pup traveling with him. Both Rich and the pup enjoyed their time at the club.

Donnie Folks was a mentor to many a beginning trapshooter. He was also a competent gunsmith and stock maker. I had Donnie refinish a couple of my stocks and I could not have been happier with his work. He was a great story teller and enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days. After I became Delegate, Donnie would call and ask to meet for coffee. This would turn into a long morning as he offered his advice on what needed to be done to improve our sport. He always had a great story to support his solution to any problem he identified. Both of these men were very active competitors and part of the reason folks say "you meet the nicest people at a trapshoot." They will be missed.

I checked results of the Southern Grand and noticed that several Illinois shooters did well. As usual, our juniors were dominate. Tony Fortino led the way, winning 12 trophies including the Junior HOA (964) and HAA (391), the third high score in each. He also had a 100 and two 99's in doubles. Dale Gerlich and Drew Strohecker did their share with 6 trophies between them. Illinois can be proud of their Sr Vets, too. Mike Jordan won 3 trophies, including Sr Vet HOA. Jerry Sedlacek won a doubles championship and Bill Jordan was Sr Vet Handicap champion. I can't help enjoying seeing our folks do well at major shoots. Nice job guys!

As always, keep me informed of what's happening and I'm always available to answer questions or listen to suggestions. I can be reached at:
903 Center Street, Mazon, IL 60444
815-448-5120 Home
815-735-2974 Cell
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Jim Matteson
Illinois Delegate
 

April 2014 ATA Delegate Report

April 2014 ATA Delegate Report

As I write this report it is late February and it appears there is no end to the extreme cold and snow. This report will appear in the April issue of Trap & Field and as you are reading it the Illinois State Shoot is just around the corner. In a previous report I discussed a couple of events your Directors have added to make this shoot even more exciting. I neglected to mention a Miss & Out shoot on Wednesday, June 11th. Dennis Baker (Southern Zone Director) and his son, Matt, of Baker Lead Reclamation, will sponsor this event. They will provide $1000 added money. There is a $10 buy in and $5 from each entry will be added to this purse. For more information, check page 14 of your program. Also, if you check the program, you will find close to $18,000 added money this year. Try to attend. This is going to be a fun state shoot.

The ISTA Board of Directors will be discussing the rules for the selection of the state team. If you have any thoughts on this subject, please contact me or your zone director. An example of some of the things open to discussion would be the qualifications for consideration. Some states have the shooters apply to the Delegate for consideration. They could declare category on this application. This would eliminate some of the confusion that has occurred with the additional categories. Another might be a vet that does not qualify for the category team, yet his composite average would place him on the ten man men's team. Would a 16 year old female be eligible for either the junior team or Lady I? Let me know some ideas to improve the process. Hopefully, I will see you at a gun club soon.

As always, contact me with any newsworthy items of interest or any questions or concerns pertaining to our sport. I can be reached at:
903 Center Street, Mazon, IL 60444
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home - 815-448-5120
cell - 815-735-2974
Jim Matteson, Illinois Delegate
   

March 2014 ATA Delegate Report

March 2014 ATA Delegate Report

The ATA announced that our own Barry Roach has been appointed to the position of Field Promotions Coordinator. Barry will be using his sales, promotion and marketing experience. He is developing a plan for promotion of the ATA and our sport through our member clubs. The goal is to benefit the ATA, gun clubs and our members. Let's do everything we can to help Barry. It would be nice to grow our sport to the participation numbers we have had in the past.

Your ISTA Board of Directors is planning for the first annual Hall of Fame Shoot and Banquet. April 5th is the date set at Brittany Shooting Park. John Kravanek is going to be inducted into the HOF at a dinner and ceremony at 5:30 on April 5th. The dinner will be free to anyone shooting that day. Dinner tickets for non-shooters will cost $5, plan on attending. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Let's help John celebrate this special occasion.

The ATA will be raffling an EZGO Express S4 gas golf cart again this year. Raffle tickets will be $20 each and I will have them available at our state shoot. The ATA has also announced it will award All American points on the final 1300 targets of any state shoot.

As always, contact me with any questions or newsworthy information you may have. I can be reached at:
903 Center Street,
Mazon, Illinois 60444
815-735-2974 Cell
815-448-5120 Home
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Jim Matteson,
Illinois Delegate
 

February 2014 ATA Delegate Report

1967 Grand American Handicap Champion, Herman Welch of Morris, IL has passed away. Once you met Herman, you never forgot him. He was a big man, but a gentle man with a big heart. He was always smiling. Herman lived a great life. He and his wife, Lorraine, hunted and fished together all over the country. Lorraine passed away last year. It was my honor to present him with his plaque when Herman was inducted into the Illinois Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 2009. He last registered targets in 2008, yet he remained active and involved in trapshooting by helping in any way he could at the Downers Grove Sportsmen's Club. In fact, he moved from Downers Grove, IL to Morris when the club relocated to a site just west of town. At age 93, Herman was still sharp as a tack. He loved to reminisce about his many life experiences. Herman died in his sleep at his home after eating a piece of blueberry pie before going to bed. I'm sure he was content. He was cherished by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

Your directors are always looking for ways to make the Illinois State Shoot fun and exciting. Check your program for details on two non-registered fun events. On Monday, June 9th we will hold the Illinois State Vintage Championship. The event consists of 50 singles, 50 handicap (ATA yardage) and 25 pair of doubles. Acceptable firearms would be: pump, side by side, single barrel shotguns commonly seen on the trap line during the '50's and '60's.

On Tuesday, June 10th, there will be a 50 Target Open Gauge Derby consisting of 50 targets from your ATA yardage. A purse will be paid to Champion, Runner-up, and 5 Yardage groups. At this point, there is $1950.00 added money for this purse. Proceeds from this shoot will be used to support youth shooting.

For your information, the AIM state shoot will be held along with the Illinois state shoot, June 7th and 8th. Come on down to Brittany in June and let's have some fun!

As always please contact me with any newsworthy information, questions or concerns. I can be reached at:
903 Center Street, Mazon, IL 60444
815-448-5120
815-735-2974
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Jim Matteson
Illinois Delegate
   

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