New ExCom Members Elected
The association's board of directors held their annual meeting during the June Shoot and elected officers for the 1997-98 year. Voted into his third and final term as President was Marty Murphy. Russell Griffing was re-elected as First Vice President and Jim Fulmer was continued as Second Vice President. Ron Ehlert replaced Willie Boitnott as Third Vice President. Randy Koerper took Pat King's place as Secretary, and Chuck Hearn became Treasurer, the position having previously been filled by Dan Kindig. These officers are the Executive Committee (ExCom) and their first scheduled meeting is planned for the Fall Shoot.
Membership meeting Update
The board, in a marathon session that began at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, and ended at 1:15 a.m. Friday, June 20, rejected the ExCom's recommendation. Even though many board members agree that holding the National Championship matches in June is similar to holding the World Series at the beginning of the baseball season, and even though some board members wonder whether the demise of so many charter clubs is not the result of removing the incentive of shooting all summer in preparation for the Nationals in the fall, they nevertheless chose other reasons for maintaining the status quo. One such reason was that while junior shooters shoot the same number of aggregates at both the June and September Shoots, they shoot more re-entry targets at the June event. This June, of the 1,653 registered shooters and tradesmen, 127 were juniors.
For the eleven years of 1975 through 1985, when the National Shoot was held in August, the average participation was 2,034. For the years 1986 through 1997, not counting 1996 and its flood, the average is 1,740. This year's number of 1,653 is the lowest since 1975. Some of the decline in these numbers may be due to normal attrition--we are growing older.
Field Reps of the Year Named
1997 Blackpowder Hall of Fame Winner Announced
This year, the board was pleased to add Lt Col V.K. Goodwin to the NMLRA Blackpowder Hall of Fame. Lt Col Goodwin was president of the association during the years 1971-74.
EVP Honored at Annual Members Meeting
Search Committee to Meet, Interview
The committee met in February to finalize the job description and to place ads in trade magazines. It met again in May to review applications and to select six candidates for interviews.
Interviews are scheduled to be held at the NMLRA office in Friendship, Indiana on July 12 and 13, 1997. From these, it is expected that the search committee will select a final candidate for presentation to the full board during the September Shoot. Newly elected members of the Executive Committee have been afforded the opportunity of sitting in on the interviews as observers.
June Shoot Declared a Success
The first Saturday saw a particularly large crowd. The campgrounds were full, as were the parking lots. Unfortunately, the portable toilets were also full and the contractor's failure to show up for servicing the units didn't help. This seemed to put an extra strain on all the facilities and they never fully recovered. Vandalism of the facilities during the shoot added to the problem.
Sensing the frustrations this caused for many of the participants, long time board member and newly elected treasurer Chuck Hearn announced at the Annual Members Meeting that he was taking personal responsibility for all the sanitary facilities on NMLRA's grounds. Hearn promised that by next June all facilities would be completely repaired, cleaned, and painted. He further promised there would be no leaks. Chuck's commitment was greeted enthusiastically.
Other than the toilets and a little mud from the rain, everything else progressed in its usual clockwork
fashion under the able guidance of NMLRA's Director of Operations Rosie Magner, and it was another
wonderful Friendship experience.