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News & Notes USAS Seats New Board Members And Selects Offi cers During Spring Board Meeting

USA Shooting’s Spring Board of Directors meeting held May 18 was highlighted by the nomi- nation and election of renowned physician Dr. James M. Lally (Up- land, Calif.) once again ascend- ing to the President’s seat on the 16-person Board. Returning board member Butch Eller (Katy,

Texas) was

unanimously elected to the po- sition of Vice President while Kinsey Robinson (Upper Marl- boro, Md.) and E.C. (Cris) Stone (Birmingham, Ala.) were both re-elected to their positions on the board as Secretary and Treasurer. Robinson has served on the USA Shooting Board for six years.

Stone, meanwhile, is

heavily involved as Vice Chair- man on the Board of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Previously serving on the USA Shooting Board as Presi- dent from 2005-08, Lally takes the seat held previously by two- time Olympic gold medalist and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Vice-Presi- dent Gary Anderson, who served as President from 2009-2013. USA Shooting Bylaws state that offi cers can serve two, two-year terms after which they must take a break of at least two years be- fore they can be returned to the same offi ce. Anderson helped lead USA Shooting through a most successful quad having won four medals including three gold at the 2012 London Olym- pic Games. Dr. Lally is President and Chief Medical Offi cer of the Chi- no Valley Medical Center which is ranked one of the top 100 hospi- tals in America.

Dr. Lally has served as team

physician for the USA Shooting Team since 1993 and is current- ly Chairman of the ISSF Medical Committee as well as a mem- ber of the International Olympic Medical Committee.

He was

fi rst introduced to USA Shoot- ing during the 1993 World Cup fi nal at Prado Tiro. His home and medical practice were in close proximity to the range. He imme- diately became involved as Team physician. He was subsequently elected to the USA Shooting Board of Directors in 1998. Anderson served as the Di- rector of the Civilian Marksman- ship Program (CMP) for 10 years from 1999-2009. In addition to promoting fi rearms safety training and rifl e practice for all shooters, Anderson’s primary fo- cus at the CMP was to develop and sustain successful youth shooting programs at both re- gional and national levels. Without benefi t of a coach or proper equipment (including ammunition), Anderson taught himself how to shoot by dry-fi ring his rifl e for hours at a time. At the 1962 World Shooting Cham- pionships in Cairo, Egypt, he stunned the shooting world by winning four individual titles and setting three new world records. At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Anderson confi rmed his perfor- mance in Cairo was not a fl uke, setting a new world record and winning the 300 meter free-rifl e gold medal. At the 1966 World Shooting Championships in Wi- esbaden, Germany, he won three additional world titles. Anderson continued to demonstrate his dedication to shooting by best-

ing his own world record and winning a second gold medal in the 300 meter free-rifl e event at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

A former Nebraska state

senator, Anderson worked at the NRA where he served as Execu- tive Director of General Opera- tions.

Longtime industry leader Bob

Delfay (Aiken, S.C.) made his fi rst appearance as a Board member of USA Shooting while Eller and fi ve-time Olympian and three- time Olympic medalist Lones Wigger (Colorado Springs, Colo.) returned to the Board they had served on in previous terms. Delfay and Eller replace out-go- ing at-large Board members Allen Harry (Littleton, Colo.) and John Groendyke (Enid, Okla.). Delfay has spent more than

40 years in the hunting and shooting sports industry and related conservation fi elds in- cluding 33 years at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) before retiring in 2002 to pursue private interests in the fi elds of hunting and shooting sports. As Chief Executive of the NSSF, Delfay led the organization through a period of highly signifi - cant growth despite tremendous challenges including a barrage of politically-motivated lawsuits against the industry. During his career at NSSF, Bob was recipi- ent of the 1999 Shooting In- dustry Leadership Award, was named NSSF “Man of the Year” in 2002 and has won major na- tional awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Christian’s Sportsmen’s Fel- lowship and other groups. Since

his departure from the NSSF, he has served as President of the Hunting Heritage Trust and as an advisor to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Eller previously served on the USA Shooting Board of Directors as the Treasurer from 2002-10, and currently holds that posi- tion with the USA Shooting Team Foundation. Former rifl e shooter Mary

(Elsass) Weeks (Valley, Ala.) was elected by USA Shooting eligible athlete members as the orga- nization’s new Athlete Advisory Representative (AAC) and was a participant in her fi rst board- ing meeting after taking over the chair vacated by two-time Olym- pian Connie Smotek (Lyons, Texas). The AAC representative is responsible for broadening ath- lete communication between the USOC and USAS Board of Di- rectors providing input to those bodies with regard to both cur- rent and contemplated policies. The AAC is a member of the USAS Board and sits on the Ex- ecutive Committee. Weeks continued her com-

petitive rifl e shooting after col- lege as a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and as a soldier in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Ben- ning, Ga. During her tenure on the national team, she competed in various national and interna- tional matches.She retired from competitive shooting in 2004 to attend law school and currently practices law in Columbus, Ga. She is married to competitive skeet shooter Mark Weeks.

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