PSSA Financial Report from Treasurer Bert Schoonover

PSSA Pat Trap Financial Facts

The close of the fiscal year, December 31st, is on the horizon for the PSSA, An immediate priority for the PSSA Executive Committees to pay down or pay off the cost of that initiative as soon as practically possible. The financial facts associated with the purchase of 53 Pat Traps for the Elysburg home grounds is as follows:

  • Pat Trap Cost – $454,316.00
  • Sale of the Super Stars – $188,000.00
  • Donations – $161,480.00
  • Current Pat Trap Loan Balance – $104,836.00

The Loan supporting the unfunded balance of the Pat Trap purchase is through the Northwest Savings Bank. It is a Line of Credit at a Variable Interest Rate. Interest payments are approximately $6,100.00 per year at the present time.

The PSSA is fortunate to possess many loyal patrons in addition to to supporting Clubs and other organizations. Perhaps there are some among this network who could be interested in an IRS Tax Deduction for 2017 through a donation toward the retirement of the Pat Trap debt. It is not to late to take this important step. The new Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association now possesses a 501 3C tax designation. Gifts to the PSSA are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. When a donation is made to the PSSA the Executive Director, Skip Klinger, will immediately author a letter to the donor for their tax records identifying the amount gifted. It is important to note no gift is too small to be appreciated by the PSSA. Another donor option that would be considered is a pledge in some amount specified by the donor.

The PSSA understands not all of our friends are able to make a donation at this time and take advantage of the tax implications. But, hopefully, there are some who could consider such an option. If more information is required contact Executive Director Klinger.

Skip Klinger

PSSA Treasurer,
Bert Schoonover

Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association

2016 saw the successful transition from the old PSSA (Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association) to the new PSSA (Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association). You may ask what is that all about? I am going to hopefully shed some light on that subject in the next few paragraphs.

Our new corporation is a 501c3 tax exempt entity. That means that we no longer have to pay Federal and State income tax and any donation that is given to the PSSA is now tax deductible to the donor, within the limits of the IRS regulations. With that exemption comes additional scrutiny and the need to be very good at keeping records. We need to be diligent that all transactions are above board and transparent in nature.

This change also allows us to become the Northeast Shooting Complex. We can build a Sporting Clays complex along with Skeet Fields. This will open all kinds of additional opportunities and allow us to possibly operate all year long. We will be able to bring in Corporate Trap, Sporting Clay and Charity events.

This will require a lot of hard work and fundraising by me and our members along with the generosity of our shooters and corporate sponsors. The manner in which a gift can be made include, but are not limited to, a gift of money, stock, real estate, guns, bequest or any type of property owned by someone. The person or the estate receives the tax deduction. There is also Planned Giving. This is the planning of one’s estate and in that plan the person leaves part or all of their estate to the PSSA upon their death. I worked with this type of planning during the 32 years I was in the Insurance and Investment business. So if you have any questions I would be more than happy to discuss this with anyone who may have an interest or questions.

The other source is donations from foundations that are willing to give money to shooting program or projects. We would like to thank the R. K. Mellon Foundation for their generous gift of $20,000.00 towards the purchase of our PAT Traps. This brings our PAT Trap debt down to $112,000.00. The first order of business is to get this debt paid off. I would be delighted to have help with the fundraising from anyone who has experience in this or would like to help! Please come and see me or anyone on the Executive Committee. Thank you for being a member of the ATA and the PSSA!

Skip Klinger Executive Director

2017 PA All-State Teams (Preliminary)

The below file contains the preliminary results of the 2017 Pennsylvania All-State Teams.

2017 PSSA All State Teams (Preliminary)

Note that these team placements will become final on October 1st, 2017. Please email Pam Darroch immediately at with any changes or corrections.

Westy Hogans Results – 2017

Below are the results of the 2017 Westy Hogans

Complete 2017 Westy Hogans Results

The PSSA would like to thank all those who pitched in to help with scoring and loading to help ensure the success of this popular shoot!

Grand American Results – 2017

With another Grand in the books, 27 PA shooters took home trophies this year.

Leading the way with 19 was Debbie Ohye-Neilson. She had Lady II wins in the Winchester Class Singles, Clever Ammunition Handicap, Kubota Doubles, Federal Doubles Championship, EZ Go HAA, and Prize Possessions HOA. Her jusband and PA ATA Alternate Delegate Don Neilson won 6 Sub-Vet Trophies during both weeks.

New PA resident Chris Vendel secured 10 Sub-Vet trophies including the Winchester Class Singles and Prize Possessions HOA.

PA shooter Criona Doorly had a great 2 weeks and won 6 trophies. This included Lady II RU in the Remington Grand American Handicap.

PA Junior shooter Luke Cowart won 5 Trophies including the Kubota Doubles, RU in Federal Doubles Championship. Also 3rd’s in Winchester Class Singles and Browning Clay Target Championship.

Ian Fleming came close to going 3 for 3 with a win in the Browning Clay Target Championship. He ended up Junior Gold Champion after previously winning the PA State and ATA Eastern Zone Singles Championships.

Other PA shooters with trophy counts are:

4 – Cody Davis

3 – Evan Mood, Peggy Carney

2 – Christian Koerbler, Frank Pascoe, Bethany Breighner, Daniel Rodgers, Ken Darroch, and Doug Worrell

1 – Wayne Kreisel, Steve Huber, Genevieve Davis, Don Schaffer Jr, Ian Darroch, Dave Dubble, Daniel Bossio, Robyn Bird, John Manning, Sam Lubich, Adam Stefkovich and Kay-Lynn Hamilton.


Complete 2017 Grand Results

Eastern Zone Results

Congratulations to all the Winners this past week at the ATA Eastern Zone Championships hosted by the PSSA.

PA State Singles Champion, Ian Fleming, added the Zone Singles Championship to his resume with a lone 200. John Kirksey was Runner-up with a 199 and extras.

Robert Nihtila Jr won the Doubles Championship with 100 in the program and was Runner-up in the HAA.

Past Doubles Champion, and 2017 HAA winner, Peter Tsementzis, was Runner-up with 99 and extras.

The Handicap again needed perfection to win and was secured by Raymond Bagley Jr.

Ian Darroch was Runner-up with 97 and also won the HOA with 978. His Father Ken Darroch was Runner-up with a 971.

Complete 2017 Eastern Zone Results

New Webmaster

The Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association would like to announce that Jeff Graupp will take over the duties as the new webmaster of our web site.

A Note From Skip Klinger

Our PSSA website has long been lifted as first rate, cream of the crop, top notch …well, you get the idea. The PSSA website has been the premier trapshooting website in the United States and we have Richard C. Hamilton to thank for that. In February of 1999, Richard started the website and we’ve never looked back. Routinely, Mr. Hamilton added something new. From historical information to little known fact to pictures from Dennis Spancake and Blue Dog Imaging – we could always be sure to find something interesting along with, of course, shoot results.

In addition to his longtime commitment to the PSSA website, Richard was the driving force behind our own Hall of Fame. As one of the premier state Halls of Fame, we can thank Richard for the room design, the acquisition of many artifacts, and the ongoing honoring of our finest inductees.

A top shooter, Richard has been named to the ATA Chairshooter All American Team four out of the past five years and has won more than won 44 major chairshooter titles in Pennsylvania, Maine, and the Eastern Zone. Richard now enjoys spending time on his farm in Fleetwood and at his antique shop at Renninger’s Antiques in Kutztown. We are grateful for all that you have done, Richard, and we wish you well.

Skip Klinger
Director, Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Asso.

End Of The Line

Moving forward from today, I have decided that now would be the best time to retire my association as web master of this web site. I conceived this site from the very beginning, back some 18 plus years ago. It is now time for “new blood” to continue the information flowing from the Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association to the trapshooting community of Pennsylvania and for that matter the entire ATA community. Viewers from all over America, as well as the Keystone State, continue to view this web site daily.

I wish to thank the entire board of directors, especially Skip Klinger and Chuck Fritzges, for their support through the years. All I did was chronicle all the work they did. I take great pride for what I accomplished with this web site but I take greater pride in the Hall of Fame. which I started many years ago. It is now in good hands.

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