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and they come to help us pro- duce champions. They receive no pay and most of them pay their own way to board meet- ings so more money gets to our athletes. The Board Presi- dent is Mr. Gary Anderson, Vice President of the International Shooting Sports Federation, two-time Olympic gold medal- ist, holder of six world records and many World Champion- ship medals, distinguished in sports and business.


Mr. An-


derson was honored last year by the International Olympic Committee with the prestigious Olympic Order. I will not name all the board members, but I will tell you we are privileged to have Dr. Lally, CEO of a major hospital, and Kinsey Robinson,


president of a national union, plus other high-level active and retired business and profes- sional people all working for us at no cost. Last,


never forget brung you to the dance.”


“who Of


course, it was the parents. What a fi ne bunch we are blessed to have in our sport. The best part for me is to see them working with and sup- porting all the kids, not just their own. That is a real team effort. Have we had bumps along Certainly. Will we Will


the way? have more? Probably.


we succeed? Absolutely. No question in my mind about that. I am heartened by the strength of our senior team


members, and the huge num- bers of developing and junior shooters.


Make no mistake,


the record is clear and speaks for itself: the last eight years were the best ever for USAS. But, from what I see coming we haven’t even reached our peak yet.


Be proud of your organi- zation; it is the best, without question. You can make it even better, but only if you try. Be the team player, athlete, par- ent, volunteer, or coach that pushes us forward.


Please


excuse me for not naming all the terrifi c people who help USAS who are not included in this letter—it would take pages. They know who they are and they do not help us for simple


name recognition for the fact it is a higher calling for all of them.


You know who they


are, so recognize them with a thanks.


The spirit and nucleus of USA Shooting is YOU and me and staff, all of us.


Being


a member of USA Shooting is giving you an opportunity whether shooter, coach, volun- teer, or staff. The question is what are you going to do with it?


I look forward to seeing you all on the range.


D. D. Behrens Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)


Col. Dennis Behrens helps oversee USA Shooting’s Bunker Club, a fundraising group that was formed in 1998 to help pay for new trap machines at the USA Shooting shotgun range in Colorado Springs. Presently, the Bunker Club continues to donate money to help Olympic shooting and gets together for social gatherings. “My vision is to have the money to allow the staff and coaches to provide funds to individual shooters who need help, such as team members, development team members, or other worthy shooters in rifl e, pistol or shotgun.”


The Bunker Club has raised over half a million dollars and has a strong commitment to helping our athletes. There are currently approximately 40 members of the Bunker Club and they are in need of more members to help raise their goal of $3 million for an Athlete Endowment. The cost to join the Bunker Club is $3,000, which provides you a lifetime membership to USA Shooting with inclusion in the Bunker Club including social activities and gatherings. Your donation helps fund USA Shooting athletes in all three disciplines. One hundred percent of your donation goes to the Athletes’ Endowment. If you are interested in joining the Bunker Club, please contact Col. Dennis Behrens at 210-735-2373.


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