Author Archive | Bill Grose
March 11 2018, what a glorious day.
The luck of the Irish was certainly with us this day. Sunny and warm almost T-Shirt weather. Walking around the property one would find alligators in the river, moose in the trap field, buffalo in the brush and many more animals (targets) strategically placed to challenge the 109 participants of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Divisions annual St Paddy’s Day 3D shoot. We would like to thank those that gave of their time in setting up the course, taking registration, arranging the draw table, preparing the lunch, the cleanup and most importantly the 109 registered archers. Undoubtedly the weather leading up to and the day of the event helped bolster the numbers. The enthusiasm of the attendees speaks volumes to the health of archery on the Island.
I never even caught site of a single leprechaun the entire day but they are sly little fellows, not to say they were not around in disguise? A Sunny warm day, good health, meeting old friends, making new acquaintances and shooting arrows …. That was my pot of gold, what could be better?
Those, that for reasons unknown could not attend are most certainly ite ag an ead (Irish gaelic) or green with envy (English) for they most certainly missed one of the best shooting days this year so far.
The Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Division like every other club rely on the greater Vancouver Island archery community’s support to make these events successful.
All of the clubs on the Island need our support so remember, get out there whenever possible, get involved with the operation of your local organization and attend as many shoots as possible, it makes us all stronger.
Don’t rely on the LEPRECHAUNS to do all the work…..
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (Happy Saint Patricks day to you)
A huge Thank You needs to go out to the 20 plus volunteers who showed up to clean the new building.
What an awesome morning. Once again, our membership stepped up to help with ongoing club projects. Members from every discipline arrived with their brushes, buckets and hoses in hand to scrub the logs prior to applying stain.
The dry summer months and the endless trucking through club property left the building caked in dust and grime.
It was a pleasure to meet with some of our new members and reacquaint with many of the long term members.
This truly does show the dedication of our membership. Well done and Thank You again.
It has been a couple months since the last building update. Work on the new building is progressing along quite well. As of July 31 the metal roofing is nearly complete and the hope is to have the structure at lock up before the weather deteriorates.
Work is moving forward on a number of fronts including prepping for the soffit installation, interior wall rough in, lighting design, final touch ups to the door and window openings in preparation for installation, placing of the building wrap prior to application of siding on the gable ends and scheduling a general cleaning of the logs just to name a few.
Much of the work is contingent on availability of materials and of course volunteer manpower.
It would seem there is boom in construction and renovations in the local area which has lead to a shortage of some building materials and extended wait times for delivery.
Summer Classic 2017
The summer Classic is now officially in the history file. For those unable to attend all we can say is sorry, you missed a good one. There was a great deal of trepidation on the part of the organizers this year mainly due to the short time available to pull it all together. With work proceeding on the new building and running in concert with the preparation for the Summer Classic there was a real concern about burning out volunteers. John and Ron did a phenomenal job as always. There is a significant amount of time that goes into laying out the trails and getting a crew out to clear trails and haul out targets. Once that task is accomplished the real work of setting up the shoots begins, position a target, layout pins to ensure the shot is challenging for the seasoned shooter and still enjoyable for the novice shooter. Then ask the questions… is the shot safe, are there any concerns for the taller or shorter shooter, and from the pin is it doable for the left and right shooter… adjust as required? Once that is all cleared you go off and do it thirty nine more times…minimum. Set out trail markers, build in safe in and out paths, making up course maps and on and on seems almost endless and is until the first arrow is shot… Many thanks to all that gave their time to help in the many tasked of setting up the course.
The galley crew ( Cathy, Ross and the Larry twins) as always had the early shift each day ensuring the coffee was ready and a hot breakfast available for those that were in need. In addition they were there to set up and prepare lunch each day and work their magic cooking the fish for the potluck Saturday evening.
Registration opened at 8 AM Saturday morning, with seventy nine shooters registering for the day. The numbers were a bit disappointing for the organizers but the attending shooters were a boisterous and enthusiastic bunch. Saturday had a twenty target two arrow round in the morning and a twenty target two arrow round in the afternoon. Comments following the first days rounds were the course were very, very well laid out. Many participants felt it very devilish on the part of the course designer to strategically place various objects (branches, trees, grass, rocks etc) to mess with their head when shooting. In their own defence the course crew was quick to respond “We never placed any of the mentioned objects, we only positioned the targets… that other stuff just happened to be there”. Saturday evening there was an incredible potluck dinner in the back BBQ pit area. BBQed salmon fried oysters a whole array of salads and desserts. As always there was plenty to eat topped off with a generous helping of fun filled kidding and laughter.
Sunday morning brought out a few more shooters with the final tally coming in at one hundred and thirteen. The morning round was a two arrow round and the afternoon round was a one arrow round.
Awards for the leaders of each division were handed out followed by the prize draws. There was a fabulous draw table with over eighty items to be won.
We would like to thank all those members who came out and help pull this event together. It is only through their generous contribution that these types of events can be delivered. Finally we would like to send out a special thank you to all that participated and made the shoot a success.
Since the last update on the Archery building there has been a beehive of activity onsite.
A great deal of work has progressed on the building with all the trusses being installed and braced as per the engineers outline. This job alone took a significant about of time with focused attention on the accuracy of the placement of each truss. Attention to detail and time is required to ensure all the trusses are properly spaced, plumbed and securely braced to facilitate the application of the sheeting which is to follow.
Once the trusses had been installed the false fascia was put in place, the gable ends framed to accept the sheeting, blocking for the installation of drywall on the interior of the structure and placing of the false purlins at each gable end.
This is no small feat when one realizes that it has all been accomplished with volunteers and during one of the wettest Aprils on record.
The month is not yet over and should anyone be around the NF&G property this week end you will see another crew working feverishly applying the sheeting to the roof. No easy task when one realizes there are in excess of 300 sheets of plywood to put down.
WOW what a great month……………
For any members that have not been around the Nanaimo Fish and Game Property lately you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The first stage of a couple major plans for the property is now under way. The long awaited Archery – multipurpose building is well on its way to completion.
The work under taken and completed over the past week is a testament to what can happen when a few volunteers step up and shoulder the load for the benefit of all. The work and effort expended over the last week (greatly appreciated) is minor in terms of time when measured against the accumulated efforts of a dedicated few who had the vision and determination to get us to this point. This project is still a ways from completion and help in a number of capacities is still needed. Many of us are restricted by other commitments and time restraints which may make it impossible to assist in this project but please do consider giving some time to one or more of the many undertakings on Nanaimo Fish and Game Associations calendar for the year.
Around noon Wednesday March 22nd this is what things looked like………
placing the first row of logs was time consuming.
Tuesday March 28th the space was completely transformed……..
Trusses have been ordered and in the coming days will be installed and sheeted in preparation for the metal roofing.
Watch for more updates to follow…
The Archery Division Family/Newcomers Nights (Monday and Wednesday 6PM to 8:30PM) will be suspended for the months of July and August.
All Archery Ranges will be open for archers (with their own equipment) during regular posted hours. Please check the calendar for regular hours and special event closures.
NF&G Broom Busters 2016
Many Thanks go out to the Broom Busting Crew for their hard work and dedication in controlling the spread of broom on Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association (NF&G) property. The function of trying to prevent the NF&G property from being over taken by this stubborn and invasive plant is a long ongoing project. Left unchecked it displaces native and beneficial plants, causing loss of grassland and open forest. It aggressively spreads to form mono-cultures, replacing desirable forage grasses and young trees. Seeds are toxic to livestock and horses. The logging of the property has created an ideal environment for the Broom to propagate and efforts must be made to keep it in check until such time as the forest is re-established.
This project, like many undertaken can only be managed and maintained with the dedication and efforts of member volunteers. Sad to say but the NF&G like many other organizations is suffering from a lack of volunteers to man the many projects and functions required to ensure the longevity and possibly, future of the association. Quite simply the annual dues we pay do not cover off all the costs of running and maintaining an organization such as NF&G. Looking at the Broom Busters 2016 photograph, some not in the picture but in the kitchen or behind the camera, the faces are easy to recognize. You may not know the names but anyone who has been remotely involved with the NF&G may recognize them as – NF&G executives, the kitchen staff, grounds maintenance, painters, political liaison, directors, grant writers, purchasing agents, grant coordinators, function set up crew, range officer, cleanup crew, carpenter, event organizer, rental coordinator, and on and on……. These dedicated few wear many hats.
The average age of the dedicated members in this photo is seventy plus, they have for many years been doing a great deal of the heavy lifting to ensure NF&G remains relevant and recognized as such within the greater community. The need for each of us to help out has never been greater than it is today and unless we as members step up will only become more evident with each passing year. Each member has a certain allegiance to a particular Division under the greater umbrella of the NF&G but must recognize that we are here and benefit greatly because of our affiliation with the greater organization.
NF&G is most certainly more than the sum of the individual parts (Divisions) and as such needs the support of all members. One can volunteer and support a Division but hopefully would set time aside to volunteer in a function or work party, which is in the interest of the greater organization and may not appear to be of direct benefit to the Division.
The Broom Busters and many others with in the NF&G would most certainly appreciate any and all assistance one could give. A great deal of time is not being asked for; quite simply a couple of hours per month on average would go a long way to easing the load and improving the health and ensuring the future of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.