SAWWS Presidents Report Fall 2010
Well the 2010 shooting season is in the books and I would like to thank everyone on the executive and all the other volunteers for their hard work and dedication to promoting Cowboy Action Shooting here in Saskatchewan. It’s amazing the things that need to happen behind the scenes to make our group and shoots a success.Things like the props, prizes, target building, stage writing and the work Brad put into the website made the 2010 shooting season the most successful yet despite all the challenges the weather posed. Our membership continues to grow; I believe we are at 73 members and growing. Not to forget a huge thank you needs to go out to the Saskatoon Muzzle Loader Club for the use of their range and the great meals they put on for us during the “Big Bang” and “Last Gasp Shoots”.Their members and facility is a great asset to shooting sports here in Saskatchewan and SAWWS was proud to be able to present a cheque for $1000.00 to them to assist with their range costs.
For all intents and purposes the season began with a range officers courseat the Saskatoon Muzzle Loaders Club followed a couple weeks later by a well-attended AGM. This was the first time we have had more members than the executive attend. Our May “Big Bang” shoot was a success despite the two plus inches of rain that fell on the Saturday. 32 shooters definitely proved that cowboys and cowgirls aren’t afraid of a little water. The August “Last Gasp”was the largest CAS shoot ever held here in Saskatchewan with over 60 shooters from across Western Canada showing up to shoot. For the first time shoot evaluations were handed out and some valuable feedback was gathered.
As the result of the feedback the executive will be looking at implementing a number of changes to our shoots. We will be looking at making our shooting classes similar to the SASS classes both in discipline and age based. That way folks shooting black powder, duelist or gunfighter will be able to compare themselves against similar shooting styles and shooting abilities as we age.
We’ve grown to the point that we need to look at pre-registration through the website, it’s the only way we can do the pre organizational work needed to host the size of shoots we did this year.
Our prize table has been a big hit and folks clearly indicated they want that to continue. It’s a lot of work to organize so be prepared to step up and help out gathering donated prizes. With that in mind we will be looking for someone to take that on this year.
Another area we want to expand is the number and type of props we have available for our stages. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some false front buildings or corral fences to shoot our stages from? So if you have abilities in this area don’t be afraid to step up and lend a hand. We already have plenty of folks willing to provide advice but are short on help.
With the help of Wild Boone and Dr. Pepper we expanded our target numbers and sizes this year and plan to do more of that again. It’s slow going because we are a small group with limited resources but look for more bigger and better targets and props so that our stages are still a challenge to shoot but within the shooting ability of us average shooters. Both Wild Boone and Dr. Pepper attended the Canadians at Rocky Mountain House and after taking lots of picture of the targets swore to build more this winter.
Don’t forget the SAWWS Potluck Christmas Party in Birch Hills November 20th. If you plan to attend and are able shoot an email to Granny Oakley and let her know you’re coming. She would like to know how much turkey to prepare. There is $10.00 charge to pay for the hall and we also ask that you bring a $10.00 gift to take part in the gift exchange. So bring you’re self and you’re favorite dish and be prepared for a fun evening of socializing just like the old timers used to.
Keep an eye on the web page for updates. As decisions are made and shoot schedules developed Brad our webmaster will get the information onto the site for all to see.
See you all at the Christmas Party J