The 2017 Grand Pacific tournament will be held at the Spokane Gun Club, July 23-29.  An agreement was reached with Spokane Gun Club which will allow the Grand tournament to be presented at no entry fee increase from last year.

You can WIN FREE entry at the Grand Pacific – click here for all the details.

Update 2/14/17:  Oxford Suites is offering special rates for the Grand Pacific.  Click here to view their flyer.

Update 1/31/17: We have been communicating with Spokane and are waiting for the weather conditions to improve (snow to disappear) before we can move ahead with the parking plan.  They are mandated to connect to city sewer in the spring.  This may affect the current 20 amp area and it may delay a bit the overall progress of our parking plan.  If you have received an invoice please pay as soon as possible to confirm your space as there are many people on the waiting list.

Update 11/29/16: Click here to view the RV site map.  All 50 amp spaces (193-213) are full as well as all 30 amp spaces.  Call or email NOW to reserve your space.  Auxiliary power will be provided.  In the next few weeks Sue will be emailing your space # and the amount you owe Spokane Gun Club for your space (do not send your payment to PITA).  She will need your phone number, arrival date and departure date as well as your RV type/length and number of slides.  If you have not done so please email her this information.

Shooters with prepaid RV reservations at ESC will be given priority at SGC or a full refund if not attending.  All RV questions and reservation should be sent to sue@shootpita.com or call 541-258-8766.  Prepays must contact Sue before December 1st to arrange a transfer or they will lose their reservation and a refund will be issued.

We’re sorry to announce that Michelle Wade has taken another position and is moving on from the PITA.  The Executive Committee, upon receiving Michelle’s letter of resignation, went right to work looking for a replacement.  We contacted all of the previous applicants to determine whether any of those people were still interested.  This past Monday evening (1/30/17) we interviewed two applicants and we are happy to announce that the position of Executive Secretary has been offered to Kay Reynolds of Idaho.  Many of you may remember her as a cashier at the Grand Pacific or from shoots in Idaho.  She has been involved in trapshooting for about 15 years and she will begin serving as your new Executive Secretary in about two weeks. Effective February 13th the new PITA address will be PO Box 5276, Twin Falls, ID 83303.  The new PITA email address is info@shootpita.com.

In other news, the PITA is looking for a new Treasurer.  No, our Treasurer hasn’t quit.  He happens to be serving as our President.  Billy Myers has been the PITA treasurer for the past 10+ years and he feels that it’s time for someone else to take the position.  This is a volunteer appointed position so you aren’t subject to election every year.  If you have a background in accounting and think that you may be interested in this position, please get in touch with Billy Myers at bydnsilly@hotmail.com for a copy of the job description.

Speaking of openings….We’re going to have a few on the Executive Committee this summer!  As you may recall, we had some members of the EC resign in October.  Those positions were filled by Mike Riggs, Geoff Fern, Rusty Brewer, Corey Ashbeck, and Jennifer Carter.  The three latter positions are up for election at the Grand Pacific General Meeting this coming July.  Have you always wanted to join the exciting world of Trapshooting Association Management?  Now is your opportunity!  Contact Jennifer Carter at daveandjencarter@hotmail.com if you’re interested!

Jennifer Carter, Chair of the Nominating Committee

 

The Hall of Fame committee is proud to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.  They are Art Fenton, Tom Gray and Grant Lau.  All of whom more than qualify based on the criteria – i.e. wins, targets and Allstar team placement.  The inductees will be honored in a ceremony July 27th at the 2017 Grand Pacific tournament, Spokane Gun Club, Greenacres WA.  Please join us to congratulation these deserving members of our association.

For more details contact any member of the Hall of Fame committee.

2016 is the first year of a modified team selection and additional teams for seniors, elders and sub-juniors.  Click here to see the new criteria and those who made the teams.

All-stars are recognized at their State/Provincial shoot and again during opening ceremonies at the Grand Pacific tournament.  Be sure to congratulate them.

Junior and Sub-Junior All-Stars will receive Y-E-S scholarships as follows:  Top Team – congratulations to Colton Vines – $500.  Junior Captain – Andreas Borgensen – $500, remaining 4 on 1st team – $300 each: Garrett Grubbs, Josh Tiegs, Colten Imhoff, Dalton Land, 2nd place Junior team members – $100 each: Dino Manual, Alexa Paxson, Dylan Nelson, Ethan Alexander.  Sub-junior Captain – Gage Wade-Huber – $500, remaining on Sub-junior team – $100 each: Joe Mundy, Michael Sargent, Cameron Phillips.

 

The schedule of events was set by the Executive Committee at their 11/29 meeting.  Except for the move to Spokane Gun Club there are scarcely any changes from previous years.

The events are as follows:

  • Sunday – July 23rd:  Coon Creek Singles, Black Diamond Gun Club Handicap
  • Monday – July 24th: Dolphin Bank Trucking Doubles, Tilden Trophies Handicap
  • Tuesday – July 25th: 100 28 gauge singles-sponsors Briley, Browning, White Flyer & Shoot To Win Gear, 100 singles – this event is available for sponsorship, All American Restoration Handicap
  • Wednesday – July 26th: 50 pair 28 gauge doubles-sponsors Briley, Browning, White Flyer & Shoot To Win Gear, White Creek Gunstock Blanks Doubles, All American Armory Handicap, evening fun shoot
  • Thursday – July 27th: 1st 1/2 of Championship Singles-sponsored by RIO, TrapshootingUSA Handicap, Hall of Fame Ceremonies
  • Friday – July 28th: 100 singles (2nd 1/2 of Championships)-this event is available for sponsorship, White Flyer Handicap
  • Saturday – July 29th: 50 pair doubles (Championships)-this event is available for sponsorship, Championships Handicap-sponsored by Browning

High Over All will include all registered events except the 28 gauge – total of 1400 targets.

Opening Ceremonies will be Sunday, July 23rd.  We hope everyone will attend and congratulate the 2016 PITA Allstars.

You can download your 2017 membership card using the “Membership Average Card – Download It Now” icon on the right side. Enter your 5 digit PITA number and your date of birth in the format shown (YEAR-MM-DD – example: 1998-06-24 for June 24, 1998). If you have requested a wallet card be mailed ($5 charge) those will sent in the next few weeks. Please note: with the advent of computer cashiering the orange imprint card is gradually being phased out.  If you have a need for one in your area simply request it using the ‘Contact Us’ link in the upper right corner.

As you may have heard, there have been some big changes on the PITA Executive Committee.  On Thursday, October 20, the EC voted to accept the resignations of Jim Rankhorn-President, L.A. Taylor-Vice President, Mike Gregersen-Chair of the Central Handicap and Rules Committee and Director Bob White who resigned by email on October 18th. Director Jim Bradbury later resigned for personal reasons.  If you have questions regarding the reasoning behind these resignations, it would be best to speak with these individuals personally.

At that same meeting, four people were appointed to fill four of the five vacancies.  Those people are Rusty Brewer (OR), Geoff Fern (BC), Mike Riggs (OR), and Jennifer Carter (OR).  These four people will fill the unexpired terms of those resigning.  There is still one vacancy and interested parties should contact any member of the Executive Committee.

The current PITA EC is meeting weekly now in order to get caught up on the daily work of the PITA and to prepare for the 2017 Grand Pacific.  We would like to thank the many State and Provincial officials who helped us work through the events during this time and are continuing to support the PITA.

11/21/16 update:  The last position on the Executive Committee was recently filled – please welcome Corey Ashbeck of Benton City, WA to the committee.

PITA continues to offer free membership for all youth shooters wishing to register targets.  The Grand Pacific provides team awards and individual scholarships for those shooting the Championship Singles.  PITA youth All-stars are also awarded scholarships.

Washington State PITA is offering the following opportunities for youth shooters. Click here to view.

PITA Y-E-S is a 501c3 organization.  Donations gladly accepted.

The annual SHOT Show (Shooting-Hunting-Outdoor-Trade show) was held in Las Vegas January 17-20.  This is a mind boggling event with over 65,000 invitation only attendees browsing over 1,600 product displays.  Mike Riggs, new PITA director, and yours truly representing the PITA visited our past and hopefully future supporters.  This event continues to provide access to a huge variety of potential trophies, product and resources.  A special thanks to White Flyer for introducing us to this event years ago.

Some of our old friends, including Browning, White Flyer, Rio, Briley, Boyt Harness and RCBS are a few of the contacts the SHOT show provides.  These and others are on board for the 2017 Grand Pacific providing guns, ammo and other products. If your business is interested in being a part of our event as a sponsor, advertiser or vendor please contact me.

Sue Brewer, PITA Assistant

sue@shootpita.com  or phone 541-258-8766

 

On Saturday January 14, 2017 the Douglas Ridge Youth Shotgun Team shot the Portland Gun Club New Year’s Tournament.  If you weren’t there you really missed out.  The temperatures fluctuated between 17 and 23 degrees with winds of 20-30 mph and gusts to about 40 mph.  The wind chill temp was 5 degrees.  In a nutshell, it was brutal.

Our Team Photographer, Dave Phipps, took some great photos and has them at  https://flic.kr/s/aHskC9DJNL for your enjoyment. 

These kids are tough!  Obviously, I’m very proud of the Team but I want to especially thank the families for coming out and bringing the Team to the shoot.  Just getting there was an adventure and no one bailed.  We are very lucky to have the support of the gun club paired with the incredible support from the families.

Article by Dale Nelson

 

Are you a PITA life member that has not registered targets in the last 3 years, ordered a yearbook, sponsored a youth membership or Grand Pacific trophy??  If so, this message is for you:

Every year about this time we begin the task of sorting through the life members to determine their status.  Should be pretty easy you would think, mark off those no longer with us and get on with it.  Not true.  Being a life PITA member entails a lot more than your worldly status and has a big impact on the overall operation of the Association.   To address the situation some changes were made to Section A of the Rule Book which I will outline for you.

Life members not registering PITA targets for three consecutive years will be classed as “inactive” and not automatically receive the yearbook or other mailings.  To return to “active” status you simply do any one of the following:

  1. Shoot PITA registered targets at least every third year.
  2. Request in writing (mail or email) to remain as “active”.
  3. Sponsor one or more youth annual dues, cost ten dollars each.
  4. Buy your yearbook, cost fifteen dollars.  Historically, being a life member brought with it the privilege of receiving the Averages & History Yearbook automatically until the Executive Committee realized it had become a waste of funds. Life members must now shoot 2,500 targets a year to receive the yearbook at no cost (100 targets for Elders).
  5. Advertise or sponsor in the Grand Pacific program.

Doing one of the above will keep your membership status active.  You will receive a yearly mailing which includes the shoot schedule and form to order a yearbook, sponsor a youth or trophy and request a wallet size card. Click here to update your status online.

Finally, the Executive Committee values all our life members and considers their membership an expression of support to the Association.

Thank you all.

Sue Brewer, PITA Assistant

The results of the January Multiplex are posted – be sure to check your scores on the Shoot Results page before they become final Saturday, January 14 – 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.

Let’s all hope for warmer and drier weather for the February event!