North Florida Archers meeting minutes
April 4, 2018

The Club Meeting was called to order by Michael Chesser. The Pledge of Allegiance was completed and a Moment of Silence was observed for the Men and Women serving our country.
 
The Club Secretary, Don Williams, briefed the attendees on the minutes from the prior meeting (March 7)
 
The Club Treasurer provided a detailed summary of Club Activity for the month of March
        We had 5 new members join our Club.
        We had 6 membership renewals.
        Club Expenses were usual and customary with no purchases in excess of $75.
 
Michael Chesser turned over the floor to Billy Loudermilk/ Club Chairman of the Board.
        Billy is still looking for the missing Genesis Bows. CN returned 1 target that was donated from the Christmas Party and several other bows which were brought in under the Sr. Range Officer.
        The search continues for a certified instructor to lead youth instruction efforts which are currently suspended by membership vote. Stay tuned for further details while the search continues.
 
Michael Chesser Talking Points:
        Michael indicated we have a new rep working on the insurance quote and it is pending. A portion of club insurance is due this month with other insurance due in May.
        Work efforts for the Traditional Rendezvous were discussed:
        Rebar needed for target placement
        Footbridges
        Paint shooting stakes
        Need Volunteers
        Smoked pork is on the Menu (thanks Billy) - Side dishes are needed.
        Start time is 12 Noon Friday with cards in by 12 Noon Sunday.
 
VOTE on the 2018 NFA Club Constitution and By-laws discussed at March Meeting with a 30 day member review period.
APPROVED by Member Vote.
        Note - The  NFA Club Constitution and By-laws final update omitted a spending authority limit approved in Committee. This will be included in the version of the Club Constitution approved on April 4, 2018. This verbiage is located in Article IV under the Treasurer Section.
 
Michael then provided a recap about affiliation with IBO / International Bowhunters Organization and the benefits that the club could receive if approved by membership.
        It would only require that 2 members in the whole club be an IBO member - estimated cost about $30/yr.
        It would entitle the club to HOST 1 IBO Event each year.
        With the only other IBO Club within the state located in Fort Lauderdale, it would help put NE Florida and Our Club on the map!
        At IBO events, competition rounds are $35 with IBO only taking $5 and the remainder staying with the Club.
        These events are well attended from all over the US and some from out of country.
        IBO can provide discounted Liability Insurance and save the club a bunch of money that cost. Mike is checking with the City on some specifics.
        IBO has crossbows in a discussion with IBO since our meeting, it will not impact us as we would NOT have to provide/host a crossbow category.
        IBO provides advertising for their affiliate members/clubs to help provide additional exposure.
        IBO is looking to expand their Southeast Footprint and feel like our Club is the perfect fit.
        IBO events provide a variety of classes/competition for both compound and traditional archers.
        IBO website is http://www.ibo.net/
        Mike mentioned from his discussions with IBO leadership that there is potential down the road to Host IBO Qualifiers which could bring lots of people to our Club and help increase our shoot revenues and hopefully membership rolls.
        It would require NFA membership to be on board and to volunteer to help with the effort.
 
VOTE on the motion to for IBO Affiliation
APPROVED by Membership
 
There are certain things that would need to be worked out regarding affiliation. The logistics of hosting a large event, parking, do we combine with Rendezvous, etc....There is some thought that with the exposure potential, the City of Jax would be onboard to help.
 
Michael then turned the Floor over to Debbie Lowe for an update on the The Annual Awards/Holiday Party.
        Debbie explained having a catered event could reduce the cost to less than $15 per member and that the Club would not have to pay a large expense. A venue which remains in research may run just a few hundred dollars to rent. Stay tuned for further details.
        IF you have an idea, donít be shy...let us know. Send an email to Don at jdwjaxfl@gmail.com.
 
A motion was made to require Wood Arrows for Traditional Longbow Shooters at any Club Event with a LONGBOW Class. This change is in line with TBOF Rules and IBO Class differentiation between Traditional and Modern Equipment. If you prefer to shoot carbon with your Longbow you will shoot in the Traditional/Recurve Class.
 
This rule would have exceptions for Trad Rendezvous & Tuesday Working Shoots.
 
        There will be a VOTE on this wood arrow motion at the May 2, 2018 meeting.
 
There being no further business, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn.
 
Respectfully,
Don Williams
 

 

Recorded by Don Williams