The "Meals on Wheels" Turkey Shoot Fundraiser was once again a success due to all of you who participated in shooting and to those of you who helped out. A preliminary total of approximately $7000 was raised in support of this community organization.
Also, congratulations to Don Reimers and Chuck Manning for winning the "Pig Shoot". (No pigs but many clay targets were shot to determine the winners.) Enjoy the good eating from your meat prize-package gentlemen!
Last Saturday was the final Winter Handicap Series Shoot for the 2021-2022 season. Thank you to everybody that participated and helped to make it a success. Throughout the series, which ran from October through March, there were a total of 38 different shooters--with five different winners for each month's HOA honors. The Thompson Family had a strong showing with Eric, Colton, and Roland all winning at least one HOA. Al Burgy and Heather Jackson also were HOA winners during the series. At the series conclusion on Saturday, when all of the scores were computed for a shooters' high five, Kerry Dodson was the HOA winner for the series with 435/500. And during the "Champion of Champions" shoot off between the top scoring shooters, Kerry and Bob Mock battled each other through two extra rounds to get a winner with Bob taking the championship. Congratulations to all of the series winners and monthly winners!
(For a full list of shooters and scores see the "Winter Handicap Series" webpage.)
Several shooters from Old Skagit recently competed in the Amateur Trap Shooting Association Spring Grand held at Tucson Gun Club in Arizona. Among them were Mike King, Debbie Kelley, Dustin Rindal, and The Family Thompson. Colton Thompson, one of our youth shooters, had a very successful trip (shooting his Kolar) and winning Junior in the Singles Championship. Colton shot a 198/200 and won in a shoot off with 99/100 to take the ATA Spring Grand Singles Champion. Quite an achievement!
Colton is congratulated by a proud father.
Colton with Jeff Maitland, owner of Kolar Guns.
As some of you may know, the Farm and Family Missions Church has been meeting at the club during the week. In return they have been helping out around the club and have been providing score keepers at our PITA shoots. They surprised us the other day with an early Christmas present of a new smart television. It has been mounted on the wall and many have been enjoying the programing that is now available to us. Thank you to their members for all of their help and generosity!
Toys and money raised at our Turkey Shoot were presented this evening. The toys will be taken to the Skagit Valley Herald and distributed by them to the appropriate families. The check for $8350 went to the local Marine Corp. League who will distribute the funds to local organizations with needy families. (Due to COVID "Toys for Tots" was not officially operational again this year.)
What a wet few weeks we have had. Hope that everybody is safe and all of your homes are without damage. After the time we have all had with the upheaval to our lives by COVID and now many of us find ourselves dealing with the after effects of this heavy weather. Enough!
Many events have transpired at the Gun Club since my last post and I apologize for not keeping the "News" up to date. What follows is just a short synopsis of the last few months:
I know that many other things have been happening and if I have missed anything that should be highlighted please contact me by email at email@example.com. Sherry
Several of our Old Skagit shooters (and club shareholders) attended the Grand Pacific. All reported having a fun time and a few came home with trophies. For those of you who aren't familiar with this event it is held annually (except for COVID in 2020) and draws PITA shooters from all across the western states and Canada. Two of our juniors competed and brought home trophies and scholarship money from the PITA YES program. Roland Thompson took the sub-junior class in the doubles championship and Colton Thompson won his shoot-off to take B class runner-up in the singles championship. Chuck Manning and Wayne Ottem also won in the doubles championship with Chuck taking veteran and Wayne B class. David Lang won B class in the Northwest Shot singles and also took elder in the Stanfill Homes handicap. (David is a shareholder in MOSGC and used to shoot more often at the gun club prior to his move to the east side of the state.) In addition, Old Skagit Lady shooter Debbie Kelly also made the PITA All-Star Team. (See our "PITA Events Results" webpage for scores and more pictures.)
Congratulations to all the winners and participants.
Old Skagit shooters also did very well over all in the 2020 PITA shooting year. (Even with the craziness of the COVID epidemic.) Debbie Kelly earned her way onto the All Star Ladies Team for PITA* while shooting the most targets of any lady from the State of Washington. Shooters who earned the Washington State PITA High Average Teams* were Debbie Kelly in Ladies Team Singles, Handicap, and Doubles, and Barbara Carlson Ladies Team Handicap; and Michael King for Veterans Team Singles and Charles Manning for Veterans Team Doubles.
*PITA All Star Team members are selected from all PITA members based on a set criteria which include an individual's scores shot at various PITA shoots throughout the target year. State High Average Teams are selected from PITA members registered in that state.
Old Skagit Gun Club was well represented in Olympia at Evergreen Sportsman's Club for the State Shoot on July 7 through 11. Several of our shooters did very well and brought home lots of trophies to show for their efforts. All events (except for one doubles event) had in excess of 100 shooters participating!
High Over All Winners (L to R)--Dustin Rindal D Class, Eric Thompson C Class, Debbie Kelly Lady, Jack Kennedy B Class, Roland Thompson Sub Junior. Dustin Rindal and Eric Thompson were also High All Around in their respective classes. And Jack Kennedy shot 100 straight for a perfect score in one of the singles events.
See the "PITA Events--PITA Shoot Results" webpage for additional pictures and the event-by-event scores for Old Skagit shooters.
Pictures and information courtesy of Debbie Kelly.
Congratulations to all of you for the most successful event in our 15 year history. April 17th was a beautiful spring day here in Skagit County which enhanced our endeavor to raise funds for those in need of this Benevolent Program.
Moose Old Skagit Gun Club hosted a Turkey Shoot designed to have fun & foster camaraderie while making a contribution to our community. A collective effort by many companies & organizations made this success possible.
Anacortes has a young lady named Pam Johnson, who single handily collected thousands of dollars for the cause.
Local businesses supported our efforts greatly; Reisner Distributor, Welch Brothers Construction, S.R.V. Construction, Quantum Construction & Pacific Tank and Body all saw the need & responded. Moose Lodge #1640 from Mount Vernon did a super job of feeding all the participants with a traditional & tasty turkey dinner. Then the Masons from District #9 came out in record numbers to stand with us.
We welcomed the Farm & Family Missions Church who took on duties to assist in our undertaking.
Granite Falls Sportsman Club mustered a contingent to come up & bolstered our efforts. Although, I think it had more to do with whipping us Skagit folks, they did not succeed. Our very own Brendon Toyama led the winning Pig Shoot Team which is always great fun & fierce competition.
At the end of the day our Pay Master drafted a check to Meals on Wheels for $7600.00, an all-time record high. It would be a real understatement to say we’re in tough times; however, a protest of this nature was a breath of fresh air (NO MASK) in our community.
Thank all you shooters for a job well done.
Submitted by Chuck Manning, MOSGC President
Updated information on both of the above has now been posted.
The Social Purpose Report and Plans for the Year are on the "About" webpage.
The Turkey Shoot information is located on the "Meals on Wheels" webpage.
Time to get ready for the Meals on Wheels fundraiser Turkey Shoot to be held on April 17, starting at 10 a.m. For those of you who haven't attended before, this is a fun day of shooting while raising money for the Skagit County Meals on Wheel Program. Last year, due to COVID, this event had to be cancelled. However, thanks to everybody's generosity, the club was still able to donate over $3000 to this project. Come on out on the 17th and help to increase this year's donation amount!
Saturday was the Annual Shareholders' Meeting for Moose Old Skagit Gun Club. The Gun Club is a Social Purpose Corporation in the State of Washington. At the meeting recognition was made of the contributions by shareholders, members, shooters, and various companies--all which make it possible for the club to continue to operate and thrive. (Particularly given the circumstances of the past year.) Thank you everybody! (More information regarding the accomplishments of the club in 2020 and the plans for 2021 will be listed in the Social Purpose Report for 2020 which will be posted shortly on the "About" webpage.)
Also on Saturday, at practice, a special thing happened. Colton Thompson broke 75 straight targets (a personal best for him) and then continued on to hit 100 straight. Congratulations and good shooting!!