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    The New NBRSA.... Our Path Forward!

    Hello Fellow NBRSA Members!

    I am both honored and humbled to have received the recent endorsement from the NBRSA Board of Director’s to lead our membership as President of our fine organization towards returning to a path of positive growth going forward.

    I owe our beloved sport so very much for the many life-long friendships and memories I have made as a member the NBRSA for the past 22 years. While I love to compete, I really love to spend time with many of my friends, whom I only get to see at our registered matches….

    As an Alternate Director for 4 years and a Regional Director for the NBRSA Eastern Region for 7 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of serving our Eastern Region members and our NBRSA organization.

    Our NBRSA organization, members and ranges, have all faced great financial and growth challenges during the past recent years. The impact of this year’s 70 match cancellations and reduced match attendance, driven by COVID-19 fears and, most sadly, the increasing loss of the passing of so many of our long-time close friends has taken a toll on all of us. We are not alone in the challenges effecting our beloved Benchrest hobby/sport/obsession. Many other shooting disciplines and organizations are also reeling from these same serious challenges to membership and match participation.

    How do we overcome these serious, current challenges?

    This office, through God’s guidance and grace, will lead Wayne Campbell, our new Vice President, and our eight Regional Directors, in implementing proactive approaches towards a new era of growth during this period and beyond.

    While we fully anticipate the COVID-19 virus will not recede anytime soon, we understand and appreciate many of our members will choose to safely join their friends and attend NBRSA Group, Score and Long Range matches of their choice. Quite simply, many of our members just to want to safely shoot!

    We also, fully respect, our valued NBRSA members, whom choose to abstain from attending matches, due to the health challenges so many of our members currently face.

    But, how do we grow and thrive in this environment of these and so many other challenges?

    We can all agree, there are no simple answers or easy “fix” to help us effect a return to membership and match-attendance growth. I am pleased to share we have a plan!

    Our “Plan”

    Most regrettably, our Benchrest sport is now having to endure the results of the lack of our promotion and visibility outside of our sport, towards nurturing new Benchrest Group, Score and Long Range shooter/members. Succinctly and respectfully, we have done a great job of hiding our sport outside our own respective organization.

    However, with much hard work, this waning membership issue can and will be addressed. In the coming weeks, I will be contacting the following media agencies in an effort to build much needed awareness to attract fellow rare, like-minded accuracy shooters.

    - Outdoor Channel cable network – Shooting USA with Jim and John Scoutten

    - Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Guns N Ammo, Recoil, Reloader and Rifle Magazines

    - The NRA ~ For a Benchrest awareness feature article in the American Rifleman magazine

    Additionally, I will be contacting local news and newspaper outdoor writers, prior to start of all major NBRSA regional/national matches next year, asking them for their coverage/exposure support of our great sport to their respective interested readers and viewers.

    Work with our Regional Directors and Match Director’s to create our own NBRSA channel on YouTube; whereby we may all post lots of solid instructional video content from our membership on all facets of reloading, rifle tuning, wind-reading, neck-turning, etc, etc... and our actual Long Range, Score and Group discipline match format tutorials.

    Establish a new official NBRSA Facebook page which will be maintained, on a regular basis, with new content and positive exposure and communication with both members and non-member accuracy minded shooters.

    We will work with our new (super-awesome!) Precision Rifleman Magazine Editor, Whitney Morman, where we will introduce new coverage of 3 new feature articles: “NBRSA Range of the Month”, “Match Director of the Month” and “Member of the Month” to give our membership some much needed visibility and awareness of our many ranges and friends within our organization.

    Additionally, I am very excited to share, our NBRSA Regional Director team will be establishing a new “NBRSA Shooter Mentorship program” in each of our eight NBRSA regions, whereby we will seek skilled, volunteer shooters, across Score, Long Range and Group disciplines, whom will volunteer their time to work with new shooters or simply our members whom need help or are seeking some assistance to learn new valuable skill-sets with the goal of achieving their respective performance improvement at regional/national matches. Succinctly… the better you shoot, the more you’ll enjoy and love our sport!

    Yes. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done, as I described above, but these action-steps are highly necessary towards growing our membership and match attendance going forward. There is simply no other choice.

    We have all swam halfway across the river…. We can choose to either, stop and drown or… finish our swim to the other side! Together, we can do this!

    Let’s have some fun!

    We all recognize our sport competitiveness level has grown exponentially over the past 10-20 years. I recognize this can be viewed by some as both good and bad…

    For the most part, Benchrest shooting is a competitive sport. However, I am planning to see how we can introduce some fun activities at the major matches next year and create a Pizza or Ice Cream social evening; where we can all get together and establish some new long-term friendships and relax!

    Lastly, I will be attending the IBS Annual membership meeting in January, where I plan to meet with our IBS brothers, where we may have some great discussions on how we may work together, going forward, towards growing this sport we all love.

    To make this plan work, your help is also needed!

    - Could you attend one or two more matches than you normally attend next year and beyond to support our ranges that desperately need attendance increases?

    - Could you become a strong Benchrest ambassador and invite or take a friend to the range or to a local Group, Score or Long Range NBRSA match to expose
    many more to sport?

    - Will you work with your Regional Director to provide them with your ideas and support on how your respective region may attract more shooters/members?

    If everyone makes a little effort, we can, together, achieve some great quantifiable results! “Many hands… make light work for all”!

    If you have an idea on how we can grow or make some positive changes? Call or e-mail me! I would love to hear your ideas!

    The new NBRSA. All. Together.

    Jack Neary
    NBRSA, President

    Cell: 440-590-5299
    E-mail: jack6ppc@gmail.com

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    Thank you Jack for coming to Pheniox and meeting us . You have great ideas and hopefully they will get behind you.
    Thank you

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    Congratulations Jack! WD

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    Applaud the Rededication

    I will help and participate anyway I can. Good luck!

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    Congratulations Jack!

    Let me know how precisionshooting.com can support - I know there are folks who want to see this brand and benchrest thrive again. Lou I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
    Vera

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    Never going back again

    Hey Lou, I've been to Pheniox once but they chased me out of town with blazing torches and sharpened farm implements. Tim

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    Cool

    [QUOT=Jack Neary;839362]Hello Fellow NBRSA Members!

    I am both honored and humbled to have received the recent endorsement from the NBRSA Board of Director’s to lead our membership as President of our fine organization towards returning to a path of positive growth going forward.

    I owe our beloved sport so very much for the many life-long friendships and memories I have made as a member the NBRSA for the past 22 years. While I love to compete, I really love to spend time with many of my friends, whom I only get to see at our registered matches….

    As an Alternate Director for 4 years and a Regional Director for the NBRSA Eastern Region for 7 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of serving our Eastern Region members and our NBRSA organization.

    Our NBRSA organization, members and ranges, have all faced great financial and growth challenges during the past recent years. The impact of this year’s 70 match cancellations and reduced match attendance, driven by COVID-19 fears and, most sadly, the increasing loss of the passing of so many of our long-time close friends has taken a toll on all of us. We are not alone in the challenges effecting our beloved Benchrest hobby/sport/obsession. Many other shooting disciplines and organizations are also reeling from these same serious challenges to membership and match participation.

    How do we overcome these serious, current challenges?

    This office, through God’s guidance and grace, will lead Wayne Campbell, our new Vice President, and our eight Regional Directors, in implementing proactive approaches towards a new era of growth during this period and beyond.

    While we fully anticipate the COVID-19 virus will not recede anytime soon, we understand and appreciate many of our members will choose to safely join their friends and attend NBRSA Group, Score and Long Range matches of their choice. Quite simply, many of our members just to want to safely shoot!

    We also, fully respect, our valued NBRSA members, whom choose to abstain from attending matches, due to the health challenges so many of our members currently face.

    But, how do we grow and thrive in this environment of these and so many other challenges?

    We can all agree, there are no simple answers or easy “fix” to help us effect a return to membership and match-attendance growth. I am pleased to share we have a plan!

    Our “Plan”

    Most regrettably, our Benchrest sport is now having to endure the results of the lack of our promotion and visibility outside of our sport, towards nurturing new Benchrest Group, Score and Long Range shooter/members. Succinctly and respectfully, we have done a great job of hiding our sport outside our own respective organization.

    However, with much hard work, this waning membership issue can and will be addressed. In the coming weeks, I will be contacting the following media agencies in an effort to build much needed awareness to attract fellow rare, like-minded accuracy shooters.

    - Outdoor Channel cable network – Shooting USA with Jim and John Scoutten

    - Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Guns N Ammo, Recoil, Reloader and Rifle Magazines

    - The NRA ~ For a Benchrest awareness feature article in the American Rifleman magazine

    Additionally, I will be contacting local news and newspaper outdoor writers, prior to start of all major NBRSA regional/national matches next year, asking them for their coverage/exposure support of our great sport to their respective interested readers and viewers.

    Work with our Regional Directors and Match Director’s to create our own NBRSA channel on YouTube; whereby we may all post lots of solid instructional video content from our membership on all facets of reloading, rifle tuning, wind-reading, neck-turning, etc, etc... and our actual Long Range, Score and Group discipline match format tutorials.

    Establish a new official NBRSA Facebook page which will be maintained, on a regular basis, with new content and positive exposure and communication with both members and non-member accuracy minded shooters.

    We will work with our new (super-awesome!) Precision Rifleman Magazine Editor, Whitney Morman, where we will introduce new coverage of 3 new feature articles: “NBRSA Range of the Month”, “Match Director of the Month” and “Member of the Month” to give our membership some much needed visibility and awareness of our many ranges and friends within our organization.

    Additionally, I am very excited to share, our NBRSA Regional Director team will be establishing a new “NBRSA Shooter Mentorship program” in each of our eight NBRSA regions, whereby we will seek skilled, volunteer shooters, across Score, Long Range and Group disciplines, whom will volunteer their time to work with new shooters or simply our members whom need help or are seeking some assistance to learn new valuable skill-sets with the goal of achieving their respective performance improvement at regional/national matches. Succinctly… the better you shoot, the more you’ll enjoy and love our sport!

    Yes. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done, as I described above, but these action-steps are highly necessary towards growing our membership and match attendance going forward. There is simply no other choice.

    We have all swam halfway across the river…. We can choose to either, stop and drown or… finish our swim to the other side! Together, we can do this!

    Let’s have some fun!

    We all recognize our sport competitiveness level has grown exponentially over the past 10-20 years. I recognize this can be viewed by some as both good and bad…

    For the most part, Benchrest shooting is a competitive sport. However, I am planning to see how we can introduce some fun activities at the major matches next year and create a Pizza or Ice Cream social evening; where we can all get together and establish some new long-term friendships and relax!

    Lastly, I will be attending the IBS Annual membership meeting in January, where I plan to meet with our IBS brothers, where we may have some great discussions on how we may work together, going forward, towards growing this sport we all love.

    To make this plan work, your help is also needed!

    - Could you attend one or two more matches than you normally attend next year and beyond to support our ranges that desperately need attendance increases?

    - Could you become a strong Benchrest ambassador and invite or take a friend to the range or to a local Group, Score or Long Range NBRSA match to expose
    many more to sport?

    - Will you work with your Regional Director to provide them with your ideas and support on how your respective region may attract more shooters/members?

    If everyone makes a little effort, we can, together, achieve some great quantifiable results! “Many hands… make light work for all”!

    If you have an idea on how we can grow or make some positive changes? Call or e-mail me! I would love to hear your ideas!

    The new NBRSA. All. Together.

    Jack Neary
    NBRSA, President

    Cell: 440-590-5299
    E-mail: jack6ppc@gmail.com[/QUOTE] JACK NICE ARTICFLE REMIND ALL MEMBERS WE DONT NEED CAKE AND ICE CREAM FOR CONVENTIENT AT ALL CLUBS THAT HAVE LIMITED IN COME

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    The new NBRSA

    Congratulations Jack wish you good luck and perseverance as there is a lot to do to bring back NBRSA to where is used to be. I really look forward to see you next year (hopefully) at the Super Shoot and to discuss the future of NBRSA in Europe.

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    Congratulations President Neary! Although my term ends on January 16, 2021 (after 12 years, yikes!), you can be assured the IBS will work cooperatively with you and the entire NBRSA to further our shooting sport. The new incoming IBS President, David Mathews (long range shooter from NC - and a good man) and I would like to have a teleconference with you to fully open our communications channels and see where we can work together for mutual benefit.

    Jeff Stover
    IBS President

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Stover View Post
    Congratulations President Neary! Although my term ends on January 16, 2021 (after 12 years, yikes!), you can be assured the IBS will work cooperatively with you and the entire NBRSA to further our shooting sport. The new incoming IBS President, David Mathews (long range shooter from NC - and a good man) and I would like to have a teleconference with you to fully open our communications channels and see where we can work together for mutual benefit.

    Jeff Stover
    IBS President
    WHERE'S THE "LIKE" BUTTON..................

    Later
    Dave

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Coots View Post
    WHERE'S THE "LIKE" BUTTON..................

    Later
    Dave
    how about those irish on sat. great again.

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    Congratulation on this all, new time and possibilities in Benchrest !

  13. #13
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    I have enjoyed benchrest shooting and being a Member of the NBRSA for over 35 years. Yes the last few years have made me feel sad seeing this GREAT sport going down hill.

    Yes like Dave said where is the like button.

    THANK YOU JACK FOR THE GREAT POST, makes me fill I am going to see this sport come back to life.

    Jack if there is any thing that I can do to help you see this sport of Benchrest get back on it feet for other to enjoy it as much as I have, please let me know. Chet

    Thank You Jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Stover View Post
    Congratulations President Neary! Although my term ends on January 16, 2021 (after 12 years, yikes!), you can be assured the IBS will work cooperatively with you and the entire NBRSA to further our shooting sport. The new incoming IBS President, David Mathews (long range shooter from NC - and a good man) and I would like to have a teleconference with you to fully open our communications channels and see where we can work together for mutual benefit.

    Jeff Stover
    IBS President
    Good Morning Jeff!

    Thank you for the kind note! Thank you for your 12 years of dedicated service to the IBS organization and membership! We really hate to see you go...

    I would welcome a call with both you and David anytime next week. I will give you a call later today to arrange the call!

    Jack

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    Congratulations

    Congratulations on your appointment as our organization’s President

    We in the Gulf Coast Region look forward to working with you in promoting Benchrest in the Texas/Louisianna area.

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