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Sunday Shooting

We get together each and every Sunday at the Club Grounds for a meet and greet shooting session at noon year round , anyone interested in joining in call Mike (440( 227-6756 because things may change during the hunting season . chances are good we will be shooting no matter the weather Hope to see you there!

January~ February~ News!

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Time is just a matter of perspective. What we do with our time is our choice. I for one put off my responsibilities a lot of the time to do the things I enjoy. Doing work takes priority in our lives as it should, second to family matters. It is our free time and how it is spent is what I speak of. I enjoy going to the club and wasting my day (as my wife would say.) I find getting dirty at the Club very rewarding, as it takes my mind off of things and gives me a sense of accomplishment. I am sure I may have been better off spending my time more wisely at home or actually getting paid for my labors, our time spent at the club is well spent. We do it so others may enjoy it as we do. I have met so many wonderful people since becoming a member of Geauga Bowmen. Many have come and gone, but we always have our core group of members that keep coming back every year. We are the Club. We are why the Club still exists. Without our small group of members support, we would not exist for the future members to find out about us and join and stay as long as we have. Our future depends on our past and present. Thank you for your support yesterday today and tomorrow! Mike

2015 Upcoming Schedule:

Turkey Shoot: April 11-12 Swap & Shoot: May 9-10 Camp Out Shoot: May 30-31 Native American Shoot: June 13-14 Cook Out Shoot: July 11-12 African Safari: Aug 8-9 Dog Days Shoot: Aug 29-30 Deer Shoot: Sept.12 Corn Roast: Sept.13

Reminders If you have any raffle tickets that you have not sold, please bring them back to Mike Ballash by the Game Dinner, along with the money and stubs for sold tickets. The raffle will be drawn at the Game Dinner on March 7.

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.

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.

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!

Game Dinner This year's Game Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m. Once again, we will be meeting inside the rustic Great Blue Heron Lodge located at the Rookery. What is the Rookery, you ask? It is a Geauga County Park located just two miles from our Club grounds near Munson Township at 10160 Cedar Rd. It has been the perfect spot due to its location and being part of the park district, it is cost effective. Everyone is invited. Just bring a covered dish or dessert. (Wild game or not.) Coffee, pop and water will be provided. Directions from Chesterland: Take Route 322 Eest to Rockhaven Road and turn right. The road will split  stay right to stay on Rockhaven, and make a right on Cedar Rd. For more information, call Mike Ballash at (440) 227-6756.

Club Involvement Our Club is unique in the fact that we have no mandatory work hours. All work is done on a volunteer basis. Last season our members were very generous with their time. Lots of work is accomplished both behind the scenes and during the events such as: prepping the grounds, setting targets, shopping, advertising, working in the kitchen, pulling targets, and helping at youth events, just to name a few. With all the things it takes to keep things going smoothly, there are enough jobs to go around. For those who are interested, we will find something you are comfortable with so you can play an active role in the Club, as many of us already enjoy.

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.

2015 Shoot Schedule

Traditional Turkey ~April 11th~12th

Swap~and~shoot~ May~ 9th~10 Camp~out~Shoot~Out~ May 30th~31st

Native American Fun Shoot~ June 13th~14th

Cook ~out~ Shoot Out~July~ 11th~12th

African Safari~ Tournament ~ or just for fun~ ~Aug 8th~9th

Dog Days Shoot~ Aug 29th~30th

Deer Shoot ~Corn Roast ~Sept. 12th ~13th

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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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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