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Thank you to all of our NJOSC volunteers!

Gail Shetler – Match Director Earl Litherland – CRO Ronald Morales – CRO Newt Engle – CRO Charles Platt

Bryant & Morgan Wallizer In Kim

Russ Doucette Steve Faught Eric Pueppke

Lones & Mary Kay Wigger Dan Brown James Vessels Wanda Jewell Bud Kucera Jim Shaver

Above: Earl Litherland watches scores come in during the men’s three-position fi nal while National Rifl e Coach Marcus Raab looks on.

Below right: Carla Kay Switzer works with an athlete during the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

make me cry too and we can’t have that!’ so we got her rifl e into compliance and she went up and shot well and that was the fi rst time that I met Jamie (Bey- erle) Gray so you can see from these little kids that come in…I call them little kids but they’re young adults, and they want it so bad and they train and train and train, and every now and then like with Jamie they see the golden ring and they grab it and it’s just fantastic, I haven’t found it any place else.” Chief Volunteer in charge of it all is Gail Shetler who handles her duties as match director with a stern but loving demeanor that somehow manages to keep 500 athletes, parents and volunteers functional over a three-week pe- riod.

“I like to keep actively en-

gaged and keep the mind en- gaged,” she said.

“I enjoy the

kids; I enjoy the parents; and I don’t have to take them home! But really,

it’s just fun to see

these kids succeed. If it wasn’t enjoyable, I wouldn’t do it. And

by being a volunteer, if some- thing else comes up, I don’t have to be here. I have that freedom and I like that freedom. I worked for over 30 years and I can afford to volunteer, but I have freedom and I love that.” Asked what she likes most about the sport, Shetler asserts: “It’s an individual sport – you succeed or fail on your own. It’s not like a team sport where ‘Oh, you didn’t do your job, or they didn’t do their job,’ you have to take responsibility for what you do and I’m really into that. And then there’s the challenge of it. It’s fun to watch people perform in this sport. It can be like watch- ing paint dry – lots of people say that - but you get to know the athletes, you see them succeed at things, and you get excited for them.”

The Olympic Shooting Center is a special place each and every April as the future of the shoot- ing sports unites and bring with them the bright-eyed optimism and vigor of youth. Witness to it all are a team of volunteers anx-

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ious to shepherd those feelings into safe, quality performances and ensure a joyful journey in the world of competitive shooting. From the people you talk to and the time invested, it’s often dif- fi cult to distinguish who derives the most joy out of this shooting month – athlete or volunteer?

Jeff & Bill Lutz Angela Avril Joel Martin

Carla Kay Switzer Richard McCunney Bill Dutton

Kevin Winters Bobbi Gillio Ron & Sylvia Wyatt James Vessels Greg Shaner

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