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Minutes: December 11, 2020

WTA Meeting
December 11, 2020
Sherwood Lodge

The 12/11/20 Board of Director’s meeting of the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association was called to order at 9:05 am by Fritz Thistle, President.  Directors present were N/E Don Chrapla and YZ Weisensel, N/W Keith Lehmann (phone) and Rich Johnson, S/W LaVerne Lehmann (phone), S/E Tyler Buchanan and Bob Ebbers (phone), ATA Delegate Kevin Doerring (phone), 1st Alt. Delegate Dwight Paulin, 2nd Alt. Delegate Fritz Thistle, Treasurer Taylor Katzenberg, Executive Assistant/Shoot Coordinator Amy Jenkins.

Also present were:

Glen Grabski, Catheryn Johnson, Ken Michels, Al & Laura McCord, Dennis Minks, Brad Bomkamp (phone), Gary Witzke

Meeting started at 9:05 am.

Old Business:

WiFi/TV Responder:
Kevin will not have anything until we can get the product shipped from the border.  Fritz had a meeting scheduled with Solarus but it has been rescheduled.  His original bid was $22,000 for wifi for the grounds.

EVR Water:
Can’t do anything until we can turn the water on in April.  It is unknown if we can do this in the spring or not because we will need to be watching the funds.  Chops has been working on the water from the pump house to the building.  He needs to talk to Bob Ebbers about how to run wiring to the building.


Expansion:  This will be on hold now due to the pandemic.  We did not get the tourism grant that we applied for.  Connie appealed the denial however it was still denied.

5 Stand:  The machines have been sold by MEC so this is on hold for now.

Youth Guns:  The Friends of the WTA purchased three semi-auto shotguns from Midwest Shooter Supply for the Homegrounds.  The Friends also plan to purchase a youth model 20 gauge as well.

WTA Staff T-shirts: Chops shared some prices on shirts and hats.  Chops will give a copy to Fritz and the contact information.  YZ will follow up with his contact again.

West end pavers:  Chops worked on the west end for a full day leveling everything out.

Entrance Seal Coat:  No update from Fritz

Mowers/Carts:  The mowers have been serviced and put back in the building.  Someone will have to take care of getting the gators and carts serviced in the spring.

New Business:

Secretary Report:
Amy shared an update on camping for the 2021 state shoot.  There is a very large waiting list at this point.  It is like a jigsaw puzzle trying to juggle the few vacant sites (not renewed from 2020) with the ones on the waiting list.  She explained that the ATA has a new system for secretaries to log in to for ease of scheduling registered shoots.  It appears that there is a way for her to email all registered shooters in the state.  She also explained that we have a bunch of members with unpaid ATA dues that she is following up on.

Treasurer’s Report:
Taylor reported that we have $95,499 in the checking account and $7854 and $5621 in the savings accounts.  The Managed Forest Land (MFL) withdrawal fee has been paid as well as the first half of property taxes. Taylor has filed the 2019 taxes.  Paul and Mary Becker have donated $15,000 for an expansion trap field.  There is $45,000 in the WTA Campground account.  We will just need to be very cautious on spending until the spring.  Taylor reported that we made $23,000 profit from the Central Zone shoot (that was after expenses and paying the ATA fees; however, it does not include paying the kids).  Chops reported that $710 was made from the state shoot clothing booth and was donated to the Friends.  In addition, the 50/50 raffle was $1126 and was donated to the friends as well.

Don made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report.  YZ seconded.  So carried.

2021 Shoot Schedule:

May 22 & 23 – May kick off shoot (CHANGE from previous date scheduled)

Chops proposed to change the WI Fall Classic to Labor Day weekend and make it a three day shoot.  Brad said that they are not in support in moving the fall classic on their team shoot weekend.  Bob asked if we would have enough help to run the shoot with Brian’s kids.  Taylor said that she doesn’t think it is a good idea to have it Labor Day weekend.

Tyler made a motion to move the WI Fall Classic to September 25 and 26.  Rich seconded.  Bob opposed.  So carried.

State Shoot Program:
John and Amy will work on the program. Amy and John were wondering if we need to print a program for 2021.  We still are uncertain what will happen with the pandemic and how the state shoots will be affected.  Ken suggested selling digital ads and play them on the computer screens in the building in the mornings when people are squadding and paying.

Hall of Fame Nominees:
Gary Strasser, Paul Becker and John Reeb were nominated for the 2021 Hall of Fame.

YZ made a motion to accept the nominee of Paul Becker for the Hall of Fame.  Don seconded.  So carried.

Rhino made a motion to accept the nominee of John Reeb for the Hall of Fame.  Don seconded.  So carried.

All State Team:

Kevin provided the all state team names.  The names are listed below.  Changes can be made if need be.

Men’s Team

George Hass                       96.48     Captain

Jon Denman                       95.55

Dan Haag                             95.45

Dwight Fitzsimmons       94.38

Shawn Lepple                    94.37

Matt Riffe                           94.30

Dan Campbell                    93.48

Don Wagner                       93.35

Pete Rustad                        93.18

Tyler Buchanan                 92.92


Sandra Jo Jack                    92.17     Captain

Samantha Schultz             90.66
***Revised on 12/28/20 per Kevin Doerring

Janet Reding                      89.82

Carol Keeley                       88.87

Kelsey Lorenz                    88.62

Karlie Klas                            88.35


Gerald Demulling             94.63     Captain

Don LaBarge                       91.99

Tim Curtain                         91.87

Jim “Chops” Gurkowski 91.76

Rich “YZ” Weisensel        91.27

Sr. Vet

Bruce Wiegmann             92.55     Captain

Dwight Paulin                    91.84

Don Mittag                         91.25

Don Chrapla                       89.77

LaVerne Lehmann           85.28

Sub Jr.

RJ Gropp                              92.22     Captain

Sage McGeough               90.57

Lillian Longworth             82.71


Logan Denman                  93.77     Captain

Cody Barwick                     92.81

Hunter Knotwell               92.06

High Averages:

Singles – George Hass                     99.56     1600 targets

Handicap – Jon Denman                93.70     1000 targets

Doubles – George Hass                  98.20     1000 targets

Don made a motion to approve the all state teams and high average names.  Tyler seconded.  So carried.

Round Table:
Fritz:  WACO membership is about $600 a year.  He suggests we join again this year.  We need to get programs made and the deadline is December 15.  5000 programs for $295.

Don made a motion for Fritz to revise and get the program to Ettrick for printing 5000 programs and to renew the WACO membership for $600.  YZ seconded.

Shooter Calendar:  Carol Keeley is asking if we want to continue paying for a shoot calendar or go fully digital.

Don made a motion to continue printing the shoot calendar.  YZ seconded.  So carried.

Hall of Fame banquet:  Need to start thinking about what we are going to do as there will be four shooters to induct.  Preliminary plans will be to hold it at the golf course on Wednesday night.  Stay tuned.

Beer License:  Fritz would like to pursue getting an annual beer license rather than just the picnic license for the state shoot.  Brad asked if that would raise our insurance.  Fritz will have to check on that.

WTA Rules & Regulations:  Fritz said that these need to be cleaned up so that when new directors are elected they are aware of the reimbursement policies, etc. Taylor will update the rules.

Honorary Membership:  Fritz would like to be able to do an honorary membership for certain individuals.  He would like to adopt a program to recognize individuals that make extraordinary contributions to the WTA organization that may not be shooters.

Al McCord:  He read an email from the Beaver Dam club about being mad that the zone shoot rotation is not consistent and they should not be having the zone shoot every year on the same weekend.  The email was pointed towards Amy and Kevin for not being consistent with the flipping of zone shoot weekends.  Amy explained that there is no longer flipping of weekends; the scheduling of the zone shoots are around the youth weekends in June.

Chops:  Event 14 and 15 – Chops would like to see a paid lewis class

Chops mentioned that the Fall Classic was not mentioned in the Trap & Field magazine, but Gateway was.  Fritz said that any information should be given to Sandy Jack as she is always looking for input for articles.

YZ:  Are we still looking for golf carts.  Fritz said that we should always be looking for carts.  Don will talk to Tate about what to look for.

Glen:  Still looking to hold some marathon shoots at Homegrounds.

Dennis Minks:  The added money for state shoot championship events coordinates with the rebate. Will need to look at that when doing the program as our rebate from 2020 will be significantly less due to all of the canceled shoots in 2020 from the pandemic.  Fritz thanked Dennis for continuing to work with us on the trophies.

Gary Witzke: A few years back, Gary challenged other clubs to hold shoots on National Trapshooting Day.  Berlin has done that for the past few years and donated the money to the WTA.  He presented us with $494 from their shoot in 2020. They had 51 shooters and no rain!

Rhino:  He stated that we need to make the all state team requirements back to the regular criteria for 2021.

Brad:  He suggested that we use Shamrock for some of our trophies.  Brad thanked Gary for the National Traphshooting Day shoot and donation to the WTA.

Next meeting will be January 15, 2021 at 9am at Sherwood Lodge.

Rich made a motion to adjourn.  Don seconded.  So carried.

Meeting adjourned at 11:16am.