To the Good People of OSTA,
The shoot at Blackhoof went well with the exception of a little weather
on Sunday. Friday and Saturday were
beautiful and it was good to see my friends again. I want to thank the members of the
Blackhoof Bowmen and everyone who
attended for a great shoot. I did
miss seeing some of our regulars and I hope they are doing well. We should keep those in our thoughts
and prayers those who are in difficult situations.
I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement while Jim is
away. Jim has a great opportunity
ahead of him and I hope you will all join me in wishing him well in his new job. I will try my best to help him out or
fill in when needed.
Thanks to everyone for keeping a clean course and camp area. It looked much better than our last
shoot. We should ALWAYS leave a
course and camp better than we found it.
To reiterate what I said in the meeting.
Moving stakes is totally unacceptable.
We have had this issue two shoots in a row now. Anyone caught moving stakes will be
removed from the event. If there are
safety concerns, the range captain or officers should be notified immediately to
address the issue.
Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on things and seek advice, I
would like to address the issues we talked about in the meeting, namely, the
comp. fees. I was not as prepared
for that discussion as I would have liked to have been. I did not explain things as clearly
as I would have liked. I apologize
for not answering the members’ questions or addressing issues as completely and
clearly as I should have.
After much debate and careful thought, the executive committee deemed it
necessary to address the cost of competitive shooting. This issue was not discussed during
the vote last year. We determined an
additional cost of $2 per shooter was necessary to off-set the costs associated
with awards. I believe this
was completely justifiable and necessary for the competition side of our events
to be self-sustainable. Careful
thought was also given as to whether the executive committee had the authority
to do this and there was a consensus that it was agreeable with the OSTA
constitution and rules. I find it
very disheartening, personally, that there has been such an outcry over
‘foul-play’ on a relatively small change in shooting fees (that is to the club’s
financial advantage) when not ONE person complained about not having a vote on a
completely free shoot--which is a relatively large financial issue. Things that make ya go, “Hmmm…”
As far as the issue that was brought up about the EC raising fees to
eliminate competition: that is
completely bogus. If that were the
case the fees would have been raised substantially more to repress shooters.
As Jamie pointed out in the meeting,
these type of decisions were made a few years ago to keep the club fluid. I think we should thank all those
involved with that decision that we are where we are today.
It was stated to me that members have been upset by the changes in comp. fees
for two months now.. If is truly the
case, it should have been addressed sooner.
The officers will entertain compliments and suggestions at any point. There is no need to hold it in and
get frustrated, my friends. There
are issues and we will deal with them the best we can. If there is a burning issue, such as
comp fees, standing rules, etc. and you have a question, feel free to contact us.
My cell is 740-648-5493 and email at
I want to mention that I appreciate Ted’s and Mike’s efforts to keep things
running smoothly at the table. It’s
a thankless job, but we couldn’t do it without them. I appreciate it fellas’!
I also want to thank the group that set the course Saturday night. I believe that was the largest, most
diverse group we have had to set the course.
Well done. Thanks again to
Dave, Dan, Mark and Gregory for picking up my slack. Thanks also to Blackhoof for pulling
our stakes and bringing them back to the clubhouse.
The next shoot will be at Rushcreek
Sportsman in Bellfountaine on July 12&13.
Hope to see you all there.
******* Jennifer Elizondo won membership bow*******
Our newest members. Welcome to the OSTA family!
921 Cliff Dowdell
922 Greg Langley
923 David Cooper
924 Tim Nungester
925 Taylor Bolin
926 Steven R. Simpson
927 Dean Bogan
928 Brian Eady
929 Jason Egyed
930 Thomas Turpen
931 Dave and Nancy Smyers
932 Mike Zombek
933 Kevin Karnehm
934 Joseph Ralston
935 Julia Short
936 Matt Hensley
937 Christopher Neace
938 Jason Good
Pictures from Ross County. Thank you Mike
and Linda Crawford!
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.