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Nominations Requested for Bill Hunter Award.

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Las Vegas 1000, Apr 14, 2011.

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  1. Las Vegas 1000

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    As the main feature of our Awards Dinner on Friday, May 20th for the Las Vegas 1000, we are honoring Bill Hunter by presenting the Bill Hunter Award for Service to Trapshooting. For those of you who don’t know or know of Bill, Bill has quietly donated over the last several decades well into six figures in support of our sport. These donations have been in numerous areas such as gun club equipment, trophies, HOF, hundreds of ATA Life Memberships for shooter awards, etc, etc. For his generosity, Bill has not only been inducted into the ATA Hall of Fame, link here: http://www.traphof.org/Inductees/Hunter-Bill.html but into over a dozen State HOFs as well.


    Bill was very instrumental in supporting our shoots at NHSC and like so many others in our sport, we can’t thank him enough. Plus, he is a real gentleman and a wealth of trapshooting stories. Consequently we are looking for nominations for a recipient. In addition to the award, we will provide transportation to Las Vegas and accommodation so that the person selected can receive the award in person.


    While there are some obvious nominees because of their own financial generosity and/or time devoted to leadership, people such as Bill and Pete Martin and Neil Winston come readily to mind, we really want to hear about people who have worked to the best of their own resources, in either time or money to make the sport better whether registered or club shooting.


    So, post up your suggestions or send me a PM. Certainly, every club, every state has some guys that are the engines that make things happen. Take this opportunity to at least give them a hat tip and a “thank you” for their efforts. We look forward to announcing our selection about May 1st.
     
  2. W.P.T.

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    Bill and Le Ann Martin hands down Period, no questions asked or needed ... I can give you 400,000 reasons plus other support they supply in and about the trapshooting community ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  3. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    I agree...Bill and Le Anne Martin!
     
  4. Fast Oil

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    Only if you go to the Grand.

    Fire away. Flame retardent suit is ready
     
  5. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    Not true. Have you not been around? Bob and LeAnne donate all kinds of stuff to lots of trap clubs, not just at the Grand.
     
  6. dverna

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    If the award is to recognize someone who has given the most financially to support the sport, the award becomes restrictive and a bit "tainted". Appreciating the generosity of those who were lucky, smart enough, and worked hard enough to amass a fortune and who have decided to share their wealth is appropriate but results in a limited list of potential recipients.

    If the award is to recognize someone who has invested their time, their heart, and their intellect to better the sport, Neil is a strong candidate. There are more possible "contenders" if the award has a broader base than who can write the largest checks.

    There are many worthy people who deserve recognition. We are fortunate to have both givers of resources, and givers of talent and time.

    Don Verna
     
  7. Shawn

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    The Martins would certainly be a good choice. They have donated Pat Traps to Tucson and a number of other gun clubs. I think the number of traps donated was over 60 the last I heard.

    The award is a great idea who ever it goes to.

    Shawn
     
  8. perga1

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    Pat Ireland, a man who donated countless hours and personal fortune to the sport and was a great ambassador as well. He was always there to help new shooters, seasoned shooters, and clubs. JRM
     
  9. W.P.T.

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    Cy-Kick,

    You obviously have no idea to what extent the Martins donate to and for trapshooting besides the donations at the Grand ... Instructions : Open Mouth, Insert foot, now chew ... There are a lot of people who know to some extent but won't make what they know public because the Martins do not want any pats on the back or recognition for what they do ... Your statement about being limited to the Grand is out of line, I assure you ... Bill and LeAnn are very down to earth good people, if you knew them you would know that ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  10. Las Vegas 1000

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    Hey guys, let's not argue who deserves the award more. We want to hear stories about all kinds of people who work to make trapshooting work. How about some of the gals who work the food and scoring and have been doing it for years or the guys like Pat Ireland who work the handicap desks or organize the pot shoots. There are a lot of great stories out there. Here is a chance to tell us about those folks.
     
  11. recurvyarcher

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    Pat Ireland is another who gave a lot to the sport, and will be remembered well. His wife gave of her own time as well, and let us borrow Pat extensively.

    Leo and Karla (and their daughters and mother) have also given back a lot to the sport over the years.

    At a young age, Matt and Foster Barthalow (and Budd and Char) continue to do a lot for youth in our sport everywhere.

    Phil Kiner has given a lot of his time and attention.

    There are many more.
     
  12. recurvyarcher

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    Roger and Marcia Beardsley work tirelessly as SCTP and AIM coaches. There are a LOT of youth coaches in the U.S. who give of their time
     
  13. Las Vegas 1000

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    Come on guys, who are the people who make your club or association run?
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    Steve Carmicheal, All American, in the Hall of Fame and a all around good guy ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Steve Carmicheal,would be my vote. Always runs a great shoot. Stuck with the sport through tuff times. A great model for young shooters.
     
  16. Las Vegas 1000

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    Steve Carmichael has been a great addition to the Clark County Shooting Park and is making our job a heck of a lot easier.
     
  17. Fast Oil

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    OK, I will "open mouth" (again). I read the description above. The first recipient of this "Award for Service" should not be given to someone because they have "financial generosity". What will you do the next year when another person gives more money then the last, it becomes a money game?

    Here is my nomination:

    It's a club in it's total. All members, especially those that have given their time to sit on the BoD. Go out and reload traps, pick up hulls. Cook lunch for the shooters. Go to County Commision meetings to speak for our right to use a county owned facility, fight to try to keep the cost of targets down. Convince Parks & Rec. employees that spare parts should be kept on hand. Work with government to expand from trap & skeet to include Sporting clays.

    It started with the vision of a group of skeet shooters. Using a county owned facility where the county did not have the expertise or ability to do anything more than to collect money for practice shooting. They then got some trap shooters to join and then saw sporting clays as a group to include. They worked events from 2 picnic tables in a 3 sided pavilion in the beginning. Got help from a ATA delegate to convince Parks & Rec that a building was needed.

    Grew from a single monthly regisisterd shoot for NSSA, to include ATA and then NSCA. Helped with charity events. Got kids involved in the sport. Held 2 and 3 day events for all the clay target venues. Held memorial shoots when members passed.

    It was this club that was able to get one of the first PAT Traps installed. This then allowed the ATA shoots to throw doubles. They could not do that before with the automatic traps that only threw singles. Members that modified the house to accept this new trap. Bought with their own money Canterbury systems, because they knew this was the future. Consulted with the county to help with proper upgrades to equipment.

    Thanks to all the members for your time, everyone in the club. That includes those that have paid their dues all these years. Without all of you we would not be a club.

    (club name omitted)
     
  18. W.P.T.

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    CY-Kick,

    That response made a lot more sense than the first one, but don't you feel then that every club would be in contention because every club has a number of people who are exact replicas of those you described at least to a degree ..? Your point is well made and taken as such ... Now, as exceptional as those people are what about the Individual State Associations BOD who work diligently during the course of the year so the State Shoots come off without a hitch ..? The planning, getting trophys, setting up the shoot with clubs to host same, planning and providing the dinners, setting clubs dates for shoots, and the list goes on and on ... Now, you have to single out one State Association that does it best ..? Trap is already a money game unless I missed something ... That starts at the top of the heap for reasons formerly disclosed and that went away far to quickly before anyone could get any answers ... This is a great idea, but will cause many hurt feelings in the end one way or the other and I am sure thats not what its intended to do ... Talk about a can of worms, sit back and watch this as it progress's and picks up speed ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  19. Fast Oil

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    Now your thinking!
     
  20. Las Vegas 1000

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    Generous people can be generous with their money, their time or both. The key is that they are willing to invest their resources in the common good. In our case, they are the people who make our sport possible.

    If there is someone that you think deserves some recognition for making our sport possible, this is your chance to mention their name and at least give them a hat tip for their efforts.
     
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