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4/11/11

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The January – March quarter of 2011 was a great one, attendance wise, for FCS.  Our attendance was 117 people, which was our third best for this quarter; however, if you take away the 25 Buda Chapter (which we no longer have) participants for this quarter in 2008 (for an apples to apples comparison) then this would have been our second best attendance for this quarter.  We blew away what was our average for this quarter (66.77).

We had 11 events, which tied our third best for this quarter.  However, we canceled six events or they didn’t happen because no one showed up:

  • Saturday, 1/1/11, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Bring in the New Year” Shooting Range Shoot at the Eagle Peak Shoot Range near Jonestown.  No one attended, to my knowledge.
  • Friday, 12/31/10 through Sunday, 1/2/11 – Winter Dove Retreat at Lee Ewald’s ranches near Dilley.  No one attended, to my knowledge.
  • Sunday, 1/2/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – Year End Finale (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club ( 8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).  No one was interested.
  • Friday, 1/28/11 through Sunday, 1/30/11 – Non-Guided Hog Hunt at a location to be announced.  We were not able to find a location.
  • Friday, 2/25/11 through Sunday, 2/27/11 – Non-Guided Hog Hunt at a location to be announced.  We were not able to find a location.
  • Saturday, 3/19/11 – Non-Chartered White Bass Fishing Trip at Colorado Bend State Park.  Canceled due to lack of interest/other commitments.

We had eight members renew their memberships and 10 first time guests.

We did not have anyone join the Club during this quarter and had no votes or polls.  Of greater concern than not picking up any new members and canceling/not having scheduled events is the fact that we are down to 39 supporting members, which is 17 below where we were on 12/31/10, a little over three months ago!  This is the lowest number of supporting members that we have had since 2003!  If this trend continues we will eventually either be forced to significantly cut our expenses and/or raise our renewal dues or start having FCS Bake Sales!  If your membership has expired please consider renewing today.  All that is required is to mail your $20.00 membership due check to Kevin Wall, FCS Treasurer, at 205 Covala Drive, Cedar Park, TX, 78613.  Please do not mail cash.  Make your check out to “FCS.”  You can also deliver cash to Kevin or me at any FCS event, our homes, or wherever you see us.  If you’re not on the Membership Renewals page (last updated on 4/11/11) then your membership has expired.  I am not concerned about how many supporting members we have.  What concerns me is that we are able to meet our expenses.

As a reminder, all supporting FCS adult members receive:

  • Quarterly newsletter, Annual Calendar, and Annual Membership directory (for members who do not have web access).

All supporting FCS adult members have the following rights:

  • Make amendment proposals to the FCS Bylaws, Statement of Faith, Annual Calendar of Events, and/or Annual Fiscal Year Budget;
  • Participate in all supporting FCS member discussions and votes; and
  • Check out (borrow) FCS equipment items, videos, and books.

All supporting FCS adult members will have their articles, business directory information, classified ads, hunting and fishing stories, jokes, links, members profiles, pictures, poems, product and service reviews and recommendations, recipes, safety tips, and useful information for sportsmen submissions posted on the FCS website.

Yearly Attendance Grid

Year January – March April – June July – September October – December Total Quarter Average Attendees per event
2011 117       117 117 10.64
2010 75 89 153 111 428 107 9.11
2009 140 * 80 124 105 449 112 8.80
2008 129 145 * 184 *# 160 618 *# 155 *# 8.47 #
2007 73 # 117 138 # 156 # 484 # 121 # 8.49 #
2006 81 111 155 # 167 *# 514 # 129 # 9.18 #
2005 79 80 137 # 111 407 # 102 # 9.93 #
2004 86 74 118 # 83 361 # 90 # 13.37 #
2003 45 16 117 113 291 73 13.86
2002 30 30 81 50 191 48 12.73
2001 34 13 59 40 146 37 9.13
2000 30 27 14 52 123 31 8.79
1999 27 48 95 31 201 50 9.57
1998 73 29 70 9 181 45 12.07
1997 43 53 130 54 280 70 13.33
1996 96 111 135 53 395 99 14.63
1995 96 59 104 20 279 70 15.50 *
1994 113 62 56 39 270 67 11.74
1993 74 45 41 69 229 57 12.72
1992 76 59 75 23 233 56 13.71
1991 54 21 42 27 144 36 13.09
1990 0 9 12 0 21 5 4.20
1989 15 5 6 10 36 9 7.20
1988 N/A N/A N/A 9 9 9 9.00
Total 1586 1283 2046 1495 6410    
Averages 68.96 58.32 93.00 65.00 285.28 71.32 10.46

Yearly Events Grid

Year January – March April – June July – September October – December Total Quarter Average
2011 11       11 11
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 150 145 163 155 613  
Averages 6.52 6.59 7.41 6.74 27.26 6.82

* = Record

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

The next quarter promises to be an exciting one for FCS members and guests.  We have 13 events planned, including:

  • Sunday, 4/3/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – South by Southwest Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 4/9/11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – “April Showers of Broken Clay Targets” Sporting Clays Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Monday, 4/11/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Ron Denison’s home (1009 Ambrose Cv., Pflugerville, 512-670-7717 – Home and Work, 512-217-4677 – Cell).
  • Saturday, 4/23/11, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – “Rabbit Shoot” (Sporting Clays Tournament) at The Gun Smoke Shooting Range (in Snook, near College Station).
  • May (the date has not been set yet) Guided Crappie Fishing Trip – Randall Klimek is putting together a guided fishing trip for crappie on Granger Lake.  The cost will be $100 a person and a tip is highly recommended.  They can take one other fisherman.  Contact Randall at 512-567-6189.
  • Saturday, 5/7/11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – FCS Open” (Two Rounds of Sporting Clays and Lunch at the 290 Café) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707) and the 290 Café in Manor.
  • Friday, 5/20/11 through Sunday, 5/22/11 – Self-Guided Hog Hunt at the Walters Ranch near Jarrell.
  • Sunday, 5/22/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – The Emerald Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Monday, 5/23/11, 3:30 – 9:00 PM – Chartered Hybrid Bass Fishing Trip with Jay Garrett on Lake Belton.
  • Saturday, 6/4/11, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Father/Child and Youth Skeet and Five Stand Shoot with First Baptist Church of Pflugerville followed by FCS Sporting Clays Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Sunday, 6/5/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – McBride’s Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 6/11/11, 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM – Student Instructor/Student Sporting Clays Shoot at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.
  • Monday, 6/13/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Larry Dowden’s home (905 Cashew Lane, Cedar Park , 512-259-2490 – Home, 512-248-8233 – Work, 512-507-5894 – Cell).

I hope to see you at an FCS event soon.

Following His trail, 

Randy Rowley

President

The Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen

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