GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE PSSA
Dear Fellow Shooters,
As always, I want to congratulate all the PA shooters who were selected to the ATA All-American Teams as well as those selected to the PA State Teams. Being named to these prestigious teams requires outstanding and consistent performance throughout the shooting year. When you look at the limited number of shooters named to these teams compared to all ATA shooters it is a huge accomplishment only obtained by the “best of the best”.
Looking back at 2019 we had a number of accomplishments and also some setbacks. Overall total attendance at our 5 events declined 2.0% from 21,944 in 2018 to 21,552 in 2019 (the 2018 figures use the 2017 Eastern Zone shoot information as we have hosted this shoot every other year). Much of this decline was weather related at the State Shoot when we were down a combined 1,056 entries on Monday and Thursday. A shortage of scorers during the Westy Hogans shoot caused a cancellation of one event. We are working on developing relationships with charitable and fraternal organizations to recruit adult volunteers to be used while schools are in session. Our goal is to have sufficient trained and qualified scorers available at all shoots. Once again in 2020 we will have many shoots with special event sponsors. Krieghoff will return as a very generous presenter of the Kreighoff Challenge on the handicap event on Friday of the State shoot.
By the time this 2020 Shoot Program is in your hands we plan on having ground broken on the sporting clays course of the Northeast Shooting Complex (NESC). During the past 18 months there has been a tremendous amount of work going on “behind the scenes”. We have been working with the civil engineers, Livic Company, on obtaining the necessary permits and governmental approvals. A process that has taken longer than desired but is on track. In addition, our consultant, Aspire Grant and Development has applied for and is monitoring six grant requests. There have been positive meetings with elected officials as well as foundation executives. These grant applications have determination dates mainly occurring in early 2020.
We are anxiously expecting many positive outcomes on these grant applications. Lastly, there are continuing discussions with corporations and individual financial supporters of the NESC. The operational budget for the sporting clays shows a positive cash flow of $325,000 by the end of 2021. There is still a lot to be accomplished but it is an exciting time to be a part of the PSSA and its bright future built on the foundation of the ATA trap shoots. We will not forget our roots but rather build on this great history to create a brighter future for shotgunners!