PSSA Fall Update

Fellow Shooters,

I would like to congratulate all of our Pennsylvania shooters who made the ATA All-American Team, as well as our Pennsylvania State Teams. I would also like to congratulate our PA shooters who traveled to both New York for the Northeast Grand and North Carolina for the Dixie Grand. Our shooters yet again brought home numerous trophies and several of the championships at both shoots. Pennsylvania again showed that we have some of the best shooters in the country.

The 2020 Westy Hogan’s  held this past September was a success, although attendance was down slightly over the previous year. With help from volunteers, pullers from New York and Virginia, and our traditional staff of pullers, we had more than enough help to conduct the shoot in a timely and orderly fashion. The PSSA would like to thank both those that helped out and those who attended this event for your support and faith in the organization and we hope to see all of you next spring at the Keystone Open.

In the months since the Westy Hogan’s, the PSSA EC has been working on several key items to improve the shooter experience at the PSSA Homegrounds. We are working on several plans for capital improvements to be funded by the money collected by the lead reclamation done over the past year. Improvements to the clubhouse, parking lots, and electrical improvements to the upper campground are being looked at heavily. We will also be making changes to the trophy package at all PSSA shoots, which will again help in improving the shooter experience at the PSSA. 

In the technology department, the PSSA will be revising the current website heavily, with the revisions appearing around the first of the year. The plan is to integrate many of the features of the old website, as well as improvements suggested by our shooters. We will make a formal announcement when this is complete, so stay tuned. The PSSA is now a member of the Amazon Smile program. It is a program that you can have a portion of your Amazon purchase go to a 501c3. You must go to Smile.Amazon.com and enter the Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association as the non-profit before you begin shopping.

In the financial department, the PSSA has filed its yearly taxes through the 990-tax form. This has been distributed via email to the PSSA club delegates. If anyone would like a copy of the form, please reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with one. The PSSA is also planning a review of the financials of the organization. 

The PSSA is still waiting on confirmation/denial of grant applications in order to move forward with the Northeast Shooting Complex Sporting Clays. I have been informed by our grant writer, Aspire LLC, that the RACP grant selections will occur before the end of 2020. 

We would like to thank everyone who came to our events this season, especially with the issues created by COVID-19.  We hope that all of you have an enjoyable holiday season, and wish all of you luck if you venture south this winter. Keep an eye out for further updates in the coming months, and we hope to see all of you in May at the Keystone Open!

Sincerely,

Ken Darroch

PSSA President

President’s Letter

Fellow Shooters,

The year 2020 was a year of challenges and change for the PSSA. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown of the state, the PSSA was forced to cancel the Keystone Open, traditionally held in May. Despite COVID-19, the State Shoot only experienced a small decline in attendance over 2019 but both the PA Grand and the Summer Championships saw a dramatic increase in attendance over the 2019 events. Lastly, the Westy Hogan, like the State Shoot was only down slightly, and we hope to see an increase in its attendance next year.

There are many more changes in store for the PSSA in the coming months. The lead reclamation was completed in the spring/summer of 2020.  As per the VGCC/ PSSA agreement, this money will be used towards capital improvements. Current plans are improvements to the main clubhouse which would include internal and external renovations, further improvements to the roads within the facility, updated voice-call equipment, electrical improvements to the upper campground, as well as a complete reconstruction of the PSSA website.

We continue to work towards the completion of the Northeast Shooting Complex (NESC), and are awaiting the approval of grants through the state of Pennsylvania, as well as the RK Mellon foundation.

We are still accepting donations as well to fund this project, and if interested you may contact either myself or Manager Chuck Fritzges.

Krieghoff will again be sponsoring the 2021 State shoot with the Krieghoff Challenge in conjunction with the handicap event on Friday of the State shoot. With their generous support, this has become the largest event of our entire shooting season, and one of the largest handicap events in the country, second only to handicap events at the Grand American.

PLEASE NOTE: The final 3 days of the PA State shoot have been restructured for 2021: The Krieghoff

Handicap will be the ONLY event held on Friday. The PSSA annual meeting will take place Friday morning at 8 am with the Krieghoff Handicap and the Krieghoff Challenge to follow at 9 am. The Doubles

Championship is being moved to Sunday morning prior to the Handicap Championship. Saturday will stay the same with the State Singles Championship followed by the Hall of Fame Reception and State Team Recognition. We hope that this will make the events flow smoothly and provide our patrons with a more enjoyable shooting experience.

Again, we want to thank everyone who attended our shoots in 2020, and despite COVID-19 the PSSA had a successful year. We hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday season and we hope to see everyone next spring at the 2021 Keystone open in May.

Ken Darroch

PSSA President