To the Good People of OSTA,
Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at the State Shoot. There is so
much that gets done by folks just helping out for just a little while. The
attendance was down a little but that can be expected with the change in
location. We had a few visitors from up north (Michigan). One was Matt Wirwicki
who is a bowyer in the selfbow trade. I met Matt at the Great Lakes Longbow
Invitational in Hastings, Michigan and he showed me an Osage limb bow he made to
honor Sonny Iman. He brought that bow along and donated it to the OSTA Kids Bow
Auction and Diane Suttinger (my lovely wife) is now the proud owner. The Kids
Bow Auction was a success raising over $1700. If you were the winning bidder on
something and did not pay at the auction remember to bring it to the Banquet or
send it ahead. We are planning on putting some of that money to use at the first
couple shoots next year in making strings, building arrows, and cleaning up bows
for the upcoming year. Details will come before then.
The first ever Kid’s Course, a 12 target course set up and run by Dan New, Laub,
and many volunteers, was a huge success. The enthusiasm of the kids who shot,
their parents and grandparents, and those who pitched in, showed us that this is
something that works. Dan and Laub are talking about adding sound effects for
next year. This may have to become a regular attraction at the State Shoot. I
want to say how much I appreciate Dan New and his very detailed and artistic
targets he makes for the kids to shoot. He obviously puts a lot of thought and
time into these works of art that get shot to pieces. I also appreciate the
Elizondo family for designing the score cards and taking all those pictures.
They will be on the website soon. This is a good example of people pitching in
to make something work. If you can contribute in any way to the kids and the
kid’s shoots, Dan New welcomes whatever you have to offer.
The Buckeye Shoot was won by John Clouser who donated the money back to OSTA.
His wife Nikki also won a custom bow by Steve Wagner in the raffle and she gave
it to a new archer. These are two recent acts of kindness by people who care
about archery and this club among the many by OSTA people and its supporters.
This was the last year for the Buckeye Shoot as we know it. In its present
format it has run its course and next year, Matt Fout, who was recently
installed as our next Vice-President, and myself, will decide what to do with it
or if it will return. Thank you for stepping up Matt.
The motion to change the arrow requirements in the longbow class to include
aluminum and carbon arrows was voted on at Saturday’s meeting and it was decided
to not change the requirements by a close vote of 20-18. Good points were made
by both sides and this potentially heated subject was handled with respect from
those on both sides of the argument. It was an intense debate before the vote
but done in good taste.
The folks at the Willard Conservation League went above and beyond to host this
shoot. We are kind of used to these clubs taking such good care of us and this
is my first year actually seeing what goes on behind the scenes. I have been
impressed with every club we visited this year and there are a lot of good
people who donate their time in the clubs who host an OSTA shoot. With all the
added activity at the State Shoot, the folks at Willard were outstanding.They
had the manpower, the want to, an excellent kitchen, and very friendly members.
I spoke with just about all of them and expressed my appreciation. I encourage
you to do the same next year when we are hosted by one of these fine clubs.
Because no stepped up to take on the Treasurer position and after agreeing to it
I am appointing Mike Peters to be our next Treasurer. Mike came to me after the
business meeting to tell me he would take the position. I
will admit it is a little disheartening that no one stepped up after so many
calls to do so, so I want to share my story with you. I heard Jamie ask for
nominations for President at several shoots before I threw my name in the hat. I
thought that since I had never held an OSTA office that I was not qualified to
be the President. The truth is that if you love archery, care about this club,
and want to see it continue and grow, you are qualified to hold an office in
OSTA. There are no special skills involved. Each position has its own
requirements and we are not alone as officers. I have relied on advice from
several of the past officers to get me through this first. The other officers,
previous officers, and advisers will help and support you. The terms are for two
years but most officers usually do four or more just because no one will step
up. Next year the office of Secretary and President will be up again. As of
right now I am planning on serving another term and Ted Lippold who is our
current Secretary will decide later. If there is a need for any of these
positions, there should be someone waiting to fill it without begging. The
officers are volunteers who donate their time, thoughts, and resources to keep
this thing going. Don’t make them feel like they are “stuck” doing this because
no one stepped up. There are a lot of fine people in OSTA who have never held an
office that have a lot to offer and can do this without a hitch. Mike, thank you
for taking the Treasurer’s position.
Next year’s schedule is set including the banquet. The banquet will be returning
to the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The Cardinal
Center has an archery range that is usually closed at this time, but they have
agreed to set targets so we can shoot at the banquet. This is not an official
OSTA shoot and they do charge a fee to shoot their course but it will be
available. Details on the banquet will follow after the first of next year.
For most of us it’s time to focus our attention on the upcoming hunting season.
Be sure to inspect your tree stands and harnesses for damage and wear and
replace your harness if it is several years old. They do have a shelf life. If
you do not wear a safety harness in a tree stand think of the people who care
for you and get one. Thank you for your support, patience through the officer
transition, and for shooting with us this year. I wish you success in the woods
Your President, Jim Suttinger
Thank you Georgia and Ashley Byers for this years State Shoot Photos
If you have any photos from shoots you would like posted, please
send them to me. I will be
happy to get them online to share.