Dear Members,

The PITA Executive Committee has decided that we will not have a Grand Pacific in 2020.  As I have stated many times, the health and safety of our membership is our No. 1 priority and that was one of the factors that led us to this decision:

·       A significant percentage of our membership is in the “at-risk” age group for COVID-19

·       As shoots have been canceled, postponed and rescheduled, we see that our clubs are doing everything they can to recoup some of the losses they have experienced this year.  The Grand Pacific takes one whole week out of the shoot calendar and we don’t want to take up days that could be used, by clubs, for weekend shoots, and Multiplex.

·       The further we get into late summer and early fall, we have hunting seasons and (hopefully) the start of a new school year to contend with. This affects our junior shooters’ ability to attend and the club’s ability to obtain trap help.

·       Throwing a Grand Pacific this year, even an abbreviated version, would cost more than we are likely to bring in.  Any money we spend holding an event of this caliber, would have to be deducted from what we are able to spend to produce a Grand Pacific in 2021.

This is the first time, since 1945, that the PITA has not held a Grand Pacific and I want to assure you that your PITA Executive Committee did not make this historic decision without careful consideration.

Thank you for your understanding.  We all hope to see you out shooting again soon.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at carter.d.j@hotmail.com or 503-931-4211.

Jennifer Carter, PITA President

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2019-Celebrating 99th birthday

An elder statesman is defined by Webster as an eminent senior member of a group or organization…who unofficially advises current leaders… To meet this definition you should also be universally well liked, generous to a fault and humble in your relationships. We have just described Chuck Curtis, Harrisburg, Oregon, who has passed away on April 27th, just some 28 days shy of his 100th birthday.

Chuck had many accomplishments during his life including PITA President 1984-85 and leaves behind legions of friends that would fill a book. Given the current health crisis no service is planned except a celebration of life at some later date.  To read his obituary – click here.

Cards may be sent to the following addresses:

  • Virginia Bonser, 2683 Oxford Court, Eugene, OR 97404
  • Gloria Lutz (daugther), 2140 Willamette Drive, McMinnville, OR 97128

Donations in memory of Chuck may be sent to the following:

  • PITA-YES (Youth-Education-Shooting), 38753 Collins Lane, Lebanon, OR 97355
  • Harrisburg Fire Department, 500 Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446
  • Harrisburg Historical Museum, 490 Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446
  • Flowers-Virginia Bonser, 2683 Oxford Court, Eugene, OR 97404

A previous profile story published in Trapshooting USA (2010) is attached for your enjoyment.
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Dear Members,

The PITA Executive committee met this past week (4/15/2020) and decided to change our Target Year back to November 1 through October 31.

As you may recall, a few years back, we changed the Target Year to September 1 through August 31.  The reason for that change was a request from one of our State Associations.  They were having difficulty getting a good date for their State Shoot and wanted to have more time in the late summer/early fall.  After much discussion, we made the change.

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The Executive Board met April 15th.  One of the topics was the May Multiplex.  After a brief discussion it was decided to allow clubs to throw these events starting on May 1 through May 25 (Memorial Day).  All scores will be final on Saturday May 30.  It is important that clubs notify the PITA office 48 hours in advance (per PITA rules) of shoot dates.  It is also necessary (per PITA rules) to notify immediately the PITA office if events are cancelled.
It is also important to follow all local guidelines for sheltering  in place and to continue to abide by social distancing safe practices.
Billy Myers, PITA Multiplex Committee Chairman

Our recent bank reconciliation shows the PITA has a number checks issued to shooters that were neither cashed or deposited – UPDATED 4/27/20.  If your name is on this list and you do not have a check from PITA waiting to go to the bank contact Kay.  If you would like to donate the funds to PITA or PITA-YES, just let Kay know.  Please cash or deposit your check today.   Here is the list:  CHECKS NOT CASHED. Please call Kay at 208-312-0314 today if your name is on it or simply use your money.   Thanks for your help with this matter.

Checks for the Winter Multiplex have been mailed so watch for yours! HELP US OUT….cash/deposit your winnings and any past checks immediately ~ thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS to the High Over All winners – you will receive a custom HOA Multiplex pin in about 6 weeks (custom production time-pending COVID-19 restrictions).

  • HOA – Jason Nelson (Newman)- 422/450
  • BC – David Leung (Langley) – 390/450
  • CA – Kyle Seever (Lake Co) – 421/450
  • CO – Trevor Vaughn (Pawnee) – 413/450
  • HI – Chris Cacatian (Honolulu) – 394/450
  • ID – Roy Williams (Boise) – 411/450
  • NV – Matt Coffin (Spring Creek) – 416/450
  • OR- Krys Schindler (Roseburg) – 411/450
  • WA – TJ Main – 419/450

The RANDOM DRAW winners for the Winter 2020 season are Billy Myers, Brad Eatmon, Clay Brown, Dave Fruth, Fred Hoven, Dale Lebsock and William Driskell.  Please email info@shootpita.com to let us know your choice of prize – either a $25.00 gift card from our sponsor R&K Shooting Supply or a $25 PITA gift certificate to be used for membership or at the next Multiplex event you attend.  Gift certificates must be claimed by May 31, 2020 but do not expire until Dec 31, 2020.