Jan
03

1/3/12 – State of the Club (President’s Column)

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The October – December quarter of 2011 was a very good one for FCS. Our attendance was 122 people, which was our fourth best for this quarter. We blew away what was our average for this quarter (65.00). We had 16 events, which was our second best for this quarter. We would have had 18 events but we canceled a guided duck hunt (lack of interest) and a chartered bay or deep sea fishing trip (the leader had a work conflict).

We had nine members renew their memberships and 10 first time guests!

We conducted two officer votes.

Yearly Attendance Grid

Year January – March April – June July – September October – December Total Quarter Average Attendees per event
2011 117 74 152 122 465 116.25 8.94
2010 75 89 153 111 428 107.00 9.11
2009 140 * 80 124 105 449 112.25 8.80
2008 129 145 * 184 *# 160 618 *# 154.50 *# 8.47 #
2007 73 # 117 138 # 156 # 484 # 121.00 # 8.49 #
2006 81 111 155 # 167 *# 514 # 128.50 # 9.18 #
2005 79 80 137 # 111 407 # 101.75 # 9.93 #
2004 86 74 118 # 83 361 # 90.25 # 13.37 #
2003 45 16 117 113 291 72.75 13.86
2002 30 30 81 50 191 47.75 12.73
2001 34 13 59 40 146 36.50 9.13
2000 30 27 14 52 123 30.75 8.79
1999 27 48 95 31 201 50.25 9.57
1998 73 29 70 9 181 45.25 12.07
1997 43 53 130 54 280 70.00 13.33
1996 96 111 135 53 395 98.75 14.63
1995 96 59 104 20 279 69.75 15.50 *
1994 113 62 56 39 270 67.50 11.74
1993 74 45 41 69 229 57.25 12.72
1992 76 59 75 23 233 58.25 13.71
1991 54 21 42 27 144 36.00 13.09
1990 0 9 12 0 21 5.25 4.20
1989 15 5 6 10 36 9.00 7.20
1988 N/A N/A N/A 9 9 9.00 9.00
Total 1586 1357 2198 1617 6636    
Averages 68.96 59.00 95.57 67.38 290.91 72.73 10.15

Yearly Events Grid

Year January – March April – June July – September October – December Total Quarter Average
2011 11 10 15 16 52 13.00
2010 11 10 14 12 47 11.75
2009 16 9 14 12 51 12.75
2008 18 * 22 * 19 *# 14 73 *# 18.25 *#
2007 9 # 14 16 # 18 *# 57 # 14.25 #
2006 10 13 15 # 18 *# 56 # 14.00 #
2005 6 8 13 # 14 41 # 10.25 #
2004 6 6 6 # 9 27 # 6.75 #
2003 4 2 7 # 8 21 # 5.25 #
2002 4 3 4 4 15 3.75
2001 5 4 3 4 17 4.25
2000 4 3 2 5 14 3.50
1999 3 7 5 6 21 5.25
1998 4 4 5 3 16 4.00
1997 5 5 6 5 21 5.25
1996 6 8 8 5 27 6.75
1995 5 6 5 2 18 4.50
1994 7 6 5 5 23 5.75
1993 5 4 5 4 18 4.50
1992 5 5 4 3 17 4.75
1991 3 3 3 2 11 2.75
1990 0 2 3 0 5 1.25
1989 2 1 1 1 5 1.25
1988 N/A N/A N/A 1 1 N/A
Total 150 155 178 171 654  
Averages 6.52 6.74 7.74 7.13 28.13 7.03

* = Record

# = Includes Drott and/or Sullivan season dove lease hunts

2011 was a very good year for the Club. We had 465 attendees for the year, which was out fourth best year to date. We hosted 52 events, which was also our fourth best year to date.

We had 37 more attendees and five more events than last year. Our average number of attendees per event declined slightly from 9.11 in 2010 to 8.94 in 2011.

As was noted on the Statistics page, we set five event categories attendance records for 2011, including: sporting clays and skeet shoots (152, the old mark was 134), sporting clays tournaments (44, the old mark was 14), ministry events (30, the old mark was 20), student instructor/student sporting clays shoots (17, the old mark was 16), and deer and hog hunts (14, the old mark was 12). We tied the attendance record for duck hunts (21).

We also set two event attendance records in 2011; including the parent/child deer and hog hunt (14) and a student instructor/student sporting clays shoot (14).

Nine scheduled events did not occur: three hog hunts (we were unable to fit them into the land owner’s schedule), a student instructor/student sporting clays shoot (the head instructor had a schedule conflict), a winter dove hunt (lack of interest), a self-chartered white bass fishing trip (lack of interest), a guided crappie fishing trip (the leader had a work conflict), a sporting clays tournament (lack of interest), and a shooting range shoot (lack of interest).

We ended the year with our second highest number of first time guests (43; the record is 50), our fifth highest number of membership renewals (36; the record is 52), our ninth highest number of active members (46; the record is 81), and tying our tenth highest number of new members (7, the record is 32).

During Fiscal Year 2011 (9/1/10 – 8/31/11) we took in $ 1,454.50, which was our fifth best to date (the record is $ 1,791.87). We spent $889.32, which was our eighth highest amount spent.

We did not meet any of my 2011 goals (but came close to meeting three), which included:

1. Gain eight new members (a 60% increase over 2010) – not met, we gained seven.
2. End the year with 63 supporting members (an 11% increase over 2010) – not met, we ended the year with 46 supporting members.
3. Have 471 participants (a 10% increase over 2010) – not met, we had 465 participants.
4. Implement 55 events (a 17% increase over 2010) – not met, we implemented 52.
5. Implement a Clay Target Shoot for a youth organization – not met, we implemented a Parent/Child and Youth 5-stand and Skeet Shoot for First Baptist Church of Pflugerville.

For 2012 I have seven goals:

1. Have 512 participants (a 10% increase over 2011).
2. Gain eight new members (a 14% increase over 2011).
3. End the year with 51 supporting members (an 11% increase over 2011)
4. Have 46 guests (a 10% increase over 2011).
5. Host 57 events (a 10% increase over 2011).
6. Implement a wild game dinner for an apartment complex that houses persons who are elderly and/or disabled.
7. Implement a Clay Target Shoot for a youth organization.

The next quarter promises to be an exciting one for FCS members and guests. We have 16 events planned, including:

  • Saturday, 1/7/12, 3:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Self-Guided Freshwater Duck Hunt on Lake Stillhouse Hollow near Harker Heights.
  • Friday, 1/13/12 through Sunday, 1/15/12 – Parent/Child Deer and Hog Hunt on Frank Hamilton’s ranch near Trickham.
  • Saturday, 1/14/12, 3:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Self-Guided Freshwater Duck Hunt on Lake Stillhouse Hollow near Harker Heights.
  • Saturday, 1/14/12, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – “Clay Targets Covered with Ice Sickles” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Friday, 1/20/12 through Sunday, 1/22/12 – Self-Guided Saltwater Duck Hunt near Port Aransas.
    Saturday, 1/22/12, time TBD – Promatic Open Sporting Clays Tournament at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Friday, 1/27/12 through Sunday, 1/29/12 – Self-Guided Hog Hunt at the Walters Ranch near Jarrell.
    Monday, 1/30/12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Officers Meeting at Mighty Fine Burgers (10515 North MoPac # B205, Austin, 512-524-2400).
  • Saturday, 2/4/12 – Guided Upland Bird Hunt with the Schumann Brothers near Dime Box.
    Monday, 2/13/12, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting and Chili Cookoff at Charlie Batts’ home (9706 Bordeaux La., Austin, 512-258-8773 – Home, 512-750-2225 – Cell).
  • Saturday, 2/18/12, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – “Spread the Love (Broken Clay Targets) Around” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Friday, 2/24/12 through Sunday, 2/26/12 – Self-Guided Hog Hunt at the Walters Ranch near Jarrell.
    Sunday, 2/26/12, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – Red Apple Open Sporting Clays Tournament at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 3/3/12, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Spring “Break the Targets” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Friday, 3/23/12 through Sunday, 3/25/12 – Self-Guided Hog Hunt at the Walters Ranch near Jarrell.
  • Thursday, 3/29/12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Wild Game Dinner at St. George’s Court (1443 Coronado Hills Drive, Austin).
  • Saturday, 3/31/12 – Self-Chartered White Bass Fishing Trip at the Colorado Bend State Park.

May the Lord bless you with this coming new year and always.

Hunting His way,

Randy Rowley

President
The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen

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