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April 25, 2015
New York State 4-H Shooting Sports
16th Annual Banquet & Auction Fundraiser!

Fort William Henry Resort
Lake George, NY

Towers Hall, Fort William Henry
Towers Hall, Fort William Henry

The 16th Annual New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George, NY – please join us lakeside, at historic Towers Hall, for our largest fundraising event of the year!  Stay tuned to our website for upcoming photos and updated auction event information.  All proceeds from this event directly benefit and support the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program!

Tickets are $38.00 per person and include bountiful complimentary hors d’oeuvres through the early hours followed by a Grand Buffet Dinner served at 7 P.M. featuring beef, chicken and pasta selections plus much more with cash bar available.  Doors will open at 4 P.M. to an abundance of outstanding items up for grabs to the highest bidder in both the Silent and Live Auctions along with many other offerings that make for an overall great evening that is not to be missed.

Our Live Auction features a variety of high quality items including Firearms - Safes - Archery - Knives - Sportsman Packages - Fishing - Golf - Carvings - Patriot's Package - Farm to Market & Photo Safaris plus much more!  All pertinent NYS Restrictions/Checks for Firearms, Knives, etc., will apply.  (Auction services provided courtesy of Talk of the Town Auction —John & Bev Stanislowsky & Jim Carter, Auctioneer.)

For 2015, our Artists of the Year will be Honoring Our Veterans in a very special acknowledgement of their service, dedication and sacrifice through several Veteran and patriotic inspired pieces - with contributions from both new as well as past NYS4-HSS named artists included in our auction event.

Eagle by Brian Ruth
Eagle, by Brian Ruth, one of several contributions from past NYS4-HSS Artists of the Year
Honoring Our Veterans up for bid in the 2015 Live Auction

If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend, please contact NYS4-HSS through CCE Saratoga County at 518-885-8995 or you may download the Reservation Form here through our website.

~ Seating is Limited, Please Make Your Reservations Early ~

Detailed Event Information & Auction Item Photos Will Be Posted Soon!

Please join us for our most important evening of the year and help us make a real difference for the future for our youth and the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program.  We hope to see you there!

(To view photos from our past events, be sure to visit our Banquet & Auction pages.)



Seneca County to Increase 4-H Shooting Sports Programming

Bill and AVe

NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd (left) and Ave Bader (right), Executive Director of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension, discuss the announcement that Seneca County is dedicating significant staff time in a major effort to broaden 4-H Shooting Sports, at the recent 2015 Winter Instructor Training in Ballston Spa, NY.

Schwerd sees Seneca County as a regional hub with the potential growth in the coming year to introduce many more interested youth and adults to the statewide New York program.

An important announcement regarding this NYS4-HSS expansion will be forthcoming!


NYS 4-H Shooting Sports
On Target with Positive Youth Development!

In 2013, New York State firearms law and its corresponding regulations underwent significant revision.  The confusion and misinformation that followed these statutory changes prompted one pro-firearms blogger to state that youth firearms safety education and marksmanship programs were doomed - he even went on to say that 4-H Shooting Sports (among other programs) was dead.  He could not have been more wrong!   

The New York State 4-H Shooting Sports program entered a new era when it passed the 20,000 youth participant mark in 2010 and we have continued to grow in numbers now averaging over 28,500 youth state-wide participants for each of the past three years.  Steady growth, supported by two very successful annual Instructor Trainings that reached between 150-200 instructors per year, has reinforced important programs that continue to develop and expand.  Such trainings have also enabled new programs to become established in many New York counties that either did not previously have a program or whose program had once gone dormant.

In 2014, eight NYS 4-H Shooting Sports instructors attended a National 4-H Shooting Sports training in order to bring back the newest training information and curriculum outlines to the New York program. Also in 2014, NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Bill Schwerd and Assistant Director, John Bowe, sat down for a pivotal meeting at Cornell University with Dr. Keith Tidball, our faculty-liaison at Cornell, Andy Turner, NYS 4-H Director, and Karen Ferris and Jamie Ferris of PW Wood Insurance to discuss how to make the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program both stronger and more compliant overall.  This meeting led to a staff driven re-write of the Financial Office Resource Management (FORM) Code applicable to the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program and has resulted in a much clearer and more specific outline that balances our program with the NYS Penal Code. 

As of early 2015, there are over one hundred instructors registered for the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Winter Training.  In addition, three counties have already undergone refresher training and other counties are lining up to do the same.  Finally, in January 2015, John Bowe, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director, was elected to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee and assigned as the liaison for the Evaluation Sub-Committee.  

Brace yourself … we’re still growing!


John Bowe Receives IHEA Award

Congratulations to New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Assistant Director, John Bowe, for being the recipient of an International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Champion of Hunter Education Award for his outstanding efforts and work in the Hunter Education field! 

John’s award is featured in the IHEA Hunter & Shooting Sports Education 2014 Fall issue on page 33, please click here to access the article.  













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