After a last minute venue change, the first Archery Club meeting was held at the Senior Center in Webster City recently. Approximatly 40 archers turned out to see what organizer Kent Schell had to share about starting a club in Webster City.
The archers came from Ellsworth, Woolstock, Jewel, Duncombe, Lehigh, and other surrounding areas. The main purpose of the meeting was to gauge community interest and then move forward from there.
"With hand-delivered flyers and a small article in the paper, 40-50 interested archers is pretty good turnout, surrounding clubs have 35-40 members and struggling to keep those, so to start out with 40-50 is a success," Schell said. Many attending said they have friends that would soon be joining the group but were unable to attend this meeting, according to Schell.
He said he had been involved with clubs that had helped with 4H archery shooting sports, archery in the schools program, and taught archery to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This gives the club members an opportunity to payback the community for supporting it.
Schell said the next step was to find a couple of locations for the club to hold meetings and events. "There needs to be an outdoor range, mostly for summer time use and an indoor range for winter use and league,"?he said. Schell explained most outdoor ranges are 60 to 70 yards long and 20-25 yards wide. Indoor ranges are only 10 to 20 feet wide and 60 to 75 feet long with a bit of seating and storage.
Schell said he has had some preliminary meetings with community leaders to find suitable properties for the club's unique events and needs. He said he's working on a proposal to submit to city leaders in the near future as locations and properties come available.
Additionally the club is focusing on a board of directors, so it can apply for nonprofit status. The group identified a few individuals who might be candidates for the board.
Another meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 25. The location is yet to be announced.
Schell thanked the archery clubs and pro shop that are assisting with starting the local club.