Your 2016 OPTA Board of Directors
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President’s Message – March 2014
I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the end of winter and the start of the registered trap season. Some of you will be going to the southern US to kick start the season. I’m sure you’ll have fun and good luck with your shooting.
The Board is well prepared for the upcoming season. We have planned some meetings with HGC to convey our thoughts on how the Provincial Championship shoot has to be run to ensure efficiency. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Board will not be taking a role in the administration of the Ontario Championships as it did in 2011 and 2012 and we do not want a repeat of issues prior to 2011 when we encountered major delays and frustration, regardless of who may have been at fault.
Emily is doing a great job of developing a strategy to increase participation in trapshooting in the province. It would be overly optimistic to think we could attract new shooters into the OPTA without some initial exposure to the game and the development of the fundamental skills. Initially, this will involve getting gun clubs to try and promote the sport to attract new shooters. The new shooters will be the base from which we attract new OPTA members. Unfortunately, we do not have any statistics on the percentage of new shooters who eventually become registered shooters but it is clear that the larger the cohort of new shooters, the greater the number that will join our ranks. Getting new shooters to participate in registered events will require a strategy and some incentives, such as special shoots, awards, or other approaches and we are considering how that might be accomplished.
The criminal court case is continuing. The Board had been informed that Gord Kerr’s sentencing date was towards the end of January, 2014. As it turns out, this is the date to set the sentencing date so, consistent with most court cases, things are progressing at glacial speed. However, the guilty plea will be a strong factor in our civil case. The civil case has also been moving very slowly so the Board increased the legal pressure on the parties involved to provide the requested information in response to our questions. I’m sure all of us would like to see this resolved and the OPTA recover lost funds, but the Board is particularly keen as the case has been in process for almost four years and it has taken a disproportionate amount of time.
I trust you all had a great holiday and wish you all the best in health, wealth and shooting success in 2014.
Past Presidents of the OPTA
Steve Stiby 2007 – 2010
W. L. (Smokey) Smith 2000 – 2007
Ike Prokaska 1998 – 2000
Brent Price 1996 – 1998
Ray Norton 1994 – 1996
Paul Shaw 1992- 1994
Jerry Mariani 1991 – 1992
Jerry Gilroy 1990
John Van Huesden 1988-1989
Jerry Mariani 1986 – 1987
Bruce C. Lyons 1982 – 1985
Maurice J. Wainwright 1976 – 1981
Jerry Mariani 1975
John Kaylor 1973-1974
Jack Henning 1971 – 1972
Bruce E. Stevens 1969 – 1970
Ed Wladichuk 1953 – 1968
Tom Oliver 1952
Hugh Lennox 1951