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Well, it's getting close to Geauga County Fair time (August 28  Sept. 1st) and members need to sign up ASAP with Mike Ballash (440-227-6756) if you can help. He will be turning in a list of helpers by the time you get this newsletter, so please contact him right away! If you have any raffle tickets that you have not sold, please bring them back to Mike Ballash as soon as possible, along with the money and stubs for sold tickets.

July~ August News

Well, it's getting close to Geauga County Fair time (August 28  Sept. 1st) and members need to sign up ASAP with Mike Ballash (440-227-6756) if you can help. He will be turning in a list of helpers by the time you get this newsletter, so please contact him right away! If you have any raffle tickets that you have not sold, please bring them back to Mike Ballash as soon as possible, along with the money and stubs for sold tickets. Our African Safari Shoot will be August 9th & 10th, and Field Chair Jerry Zamrzla (440-313-8225) needs your help to get the club grounds ready. He will start the week of August 4th, so please contact him ASAP to help! We would like to extend our thanks to John Gadus and David Simmerer for building an awesome Cape Buffalo for this upcoming event. Our targets are back from New Life Target Repair; we gave him 14 to repair for us, and we got back 15! He must have built us one out of leftover parts! They are out on the Traditional Range ready for a shoot. Please note that we have a Donation Box up by the Club building where donations can be made by non-members when visiting the range. We want to establish a nominal fee to charge when non-members are using the range for the first time (maybe $5), but we need to get a consensus from our members. We believe that visitors should become members after the first visit, if they are still interested in the club. PLEASE ATTEND OUR NEXT CLUB MEETING, FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT 6:30 P.M. TO VOTE! We will be working at the Fair grounds that day, but we will leave at 6:00 to go the Club Meeting at Geauga Bowmen, so please make an effort to attend! Unfortunately, our last two shoots were very poorly attended. This is your Archery Club and we need our members to be more active by attending the club shoots and our monthly meetings! We usually have only 3 or 4 people attending the monthly meetings, and it is not very efficient to try and make decisions for the club without your participation. Also, when you attend our meetings you can give us current updates on any personal information, such as your email address and phone number. On that note, we have a lot of membership cards for paid members who have not picked them up. Please pick up your membership cards at the next club shoot or monthly meeting!! Just ask us for your card when you attend

We would like to thank the Lake County Rod & Gun Club for loaning us four dozen arrows for our last shoot because the five dozen arrows we ordered from NASP were not ready for our Youth Program. Thank you, Chris DeFabio, for donating a picnic table with an umbrella on it! Please note: If you camp out or have a picnic at the club grounds, please take your trash with you when you leave. It is okay to leave empty cans in the recycle bin, but don't leave any trash on the grounds! Please help us to keep your archery range clean! A new event -- Mike Ballash indicated he had received 25 mannequin heads, and they will be used to prepare a "Zombie Shoot" sometime in October right before Halloween! Date to be determined. 2014 Upcoming Schedule: Geauga County Fair: August 28th-September 1st African Safari Tournament: August 9th and 10th Dog Days Shoot: August 30th and 31st Deer Shoot and Corn Roast: Septenber 13th and 14th "Zombie" Shoot: October (TBD)

Membership Info

For Membership Info. Call Mike 440 227-6756 or email at bowmofo@yahoo.com I will meet you on the grounds and give you the ten cent tour! Basically it is $75.00 for a single membership $100.for the Family ( we are a family oriented club)with no mandatory work! we are all voluntary with assignments,Membership has its benefits.Our range is open year round! come see what we have to offer.

2014 Shoot Schedule

Traditional Turkey ~April 12~13

Swap~and~shoot~ May~10~11

Native American Fun Shoot~ June 7~8

Camp ~and~Shoot June 28~29

Cook ~out~ Shoot Out~July~ 12~13

African Safari~ Tournament~Aug 9~10

Dog Days Shoot~ Aug 30~31

Deer Shoot ~Corn Roast ~Sept. 13~14

Great Ohio Squirrel Hunt Oct.11~12~ 2014

Great Ohio Squirrel Hunt Oct.11~12~ 2014 This is more than a hunt it is more like a event!not only squirrel but deer,turkey & grouse will be fair game. please traditional equipment only at GOSH camp. what you use in the woods is up to you!

Club Pictures

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The Great Geauga County Fair

YES The Fair is almost here! Once again the Geauga Bowmen will be running the Archery range in the outdoor skills area of the Fair, hundreds of kids young and old are coached in the fine art of sending an arrow down range, The range is open Thursday Aug.28 through Monday Sept.1st.(labor day) we can use all the help we can get, If you can spare some time. please let me know asap. As usual we will be putting on demonstrations a few times daily so bring your equipment. volunteers will have special parking and get in FREE. so contact Mike for tickets and information. (440) 227-675six

Deer Shoot & Corn Roast

Our Deer shoot 3~D tournament September 13th 14th 2014 is unique as it is the only shoot where you pick the steak you shoot from, the idea is you need to decide your own effective range, the blue(cub) steak is worth 5 points, the yellow(Trad)steak 8points, green (HUNTER) steak 10POINTS, and the number (pro) is worth 11 points, you get the points only if your arrow is inside the ten ring, if you are inside the 8 ring you get nothing if your arrow is out of the vitals you must subtract the points given for the steak you chosen. each station you must decide your best shot, once you decide to move up to a closer steak you can't move back, only forward, it may sound confusing at first,if given a honest effort you will realize your true effective range! Corn roast dinner and door prizes both days!

History lesson

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger, it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew." Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French,saying, "See, we can still pluck yew! PLUCK YEW!" Over the years, some 'folk etymologies' have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say (like "pleasant mother pheasant plucker", which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow), the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird".

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