I don’t feel that I can say 2016 ended on an archery high note for Sharon or I.
Despite through the year we were placed at several shoots and with both of us securing placings at the NFAS National Championships again this year. We feel pretty low archery wise.
So why is this the case?
Simple, In December we were sent a formal letter from the club committee, informing us we have had our club membership for 2017 refused, in effect thrown out of the club. So despite our efforts in winning medals, reroofing shelters and setting courses at the club, we weren’t wanted. As is so often the case the rumours in the archery grapevine have already started as to what has caused this. Don’t worry I’m not going to have a whole soap opera style hissy fit or start throwing accusations. What’s done is done. So Why did happen or trigger this?
There were a number of reasons cited in the letter but in short we’d upset long standing members of the club by our actions and behaviour, having an over-officious attitude possibly when setting course or doing safety checks. We don’t know and since there is no appeal we can’t find out. These members had complained in writing over several months to the committee. Apparently they also believed we wanted to take over the club. I’m not going to cite the entire contents of the letter but I think you have the feel of it.
Why didn’t they just talk to us in person or committee mention the concerns rather than leave it to this final action? Who knows, guess only they do.
What I do know is the end of the 2016 found Sharon and I clubless and thinking long and hard about our future in archery. Sharon has been very hurt and upset by the whole thing, as have I.
We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who when they heard or read our Facebook posts and comments have offered support. Not forgetting those who have called or spoken to us directly. Please believe me when I say we both appreciate it greatly.
The whole thing has left me feeling numb and second guessing myself. You try your best to contribute and support your club, but I now wonder whether our actions were wanted. You do your best to set a good standard of safety and support to all members, new and old, but is it seen as a threat? As I’ve said I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and second guessing myself. It’s also made me question any future role in any club, society or whether being a panda is better plan.
Why a panda ? Well it’s a phrase I heard from a fellow archer some years ago.
Eats, shoots and leaves: a Panda doesn’t look to do anything else other than turn up, shoot their bow round the course and leave or in short just turn up and shoots without the complications or involvement. Guess it is a good way to avoid being hurt.
Normally at this time of year I would be looking at the shoot calendar working out which ones to book on but not so sure now.
So 2017 is a year we start clubless and unsure whether any club would now want us as members having been thrown out of a well established previous club. It’s also made me want to step back from archery. Sharon is still passionate about archery, wanting to get back out shooting. I’m less comfortable with the thought of this right now. There are many people who I miss seeing but have in the back of my mind the thought that some of the supposed friends weren’t or maybe weren’t as honest as we thought. Also wonder what people will have heard about us, after all we’ve effectively been thrown out of a club for our behaviour.
It is said that memories last far longer than the events which trigger them and I am cursed with a long memory .
Thanks for reading. Good luck to all in 2017.
Sad to read of that Rob, how can you be criticised for attention to safety? I’m a newby to field archery but totally understand the need for a thourough approach for shoot planning and execution – in some ways its dangerous stuff we do – these are in no way toys! Maybe just a short break and then come back to it? For me 2016 started really optomistic in archery and finished with me not shooting at all since since August, not being able afford my club fees (but still in the NFAS) and not being able to make any arrows. Maybe mixed up with a work situation that sees me given notice of redundancy on December 16th to cap it all off……10/3/17 is my last day of work so getting a job is the number 1 thing right now, however I plan to “reboot” archery for me in February….
all the best, Scott
Thanks for the comments and sorry to hear about the redundancy. Here is hoping 2017 proves more positive for you and good luck in the job hunting. Sharon has been through redundancy and it can knock your confidence as well as your pocket.
Well I don’t want to get involved in any dispute between you and your club but it does seem a bit unfair what has happened. Yes maybe at times you can come over as a bit officious, but your commitment to a club is to be commended. Many clubs would welcome people who were so willing to work and help organise the club.
The problem can be that long standing members see new enthusiastic younger members as ” young whipper snappers ” coming in as if they own the club!!
That’s life I’m afraid, but don’t let this stop the pair of you from doing what you so obviously love. Take time out from a club and carry on shooting, you are both an asset to the NFAS that we can’t afford to lose.
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So sorry to hear this Rob. Safely laid courses and adherence to the necessary rules are what allow us to return home unharmed after a day pursuing a hobby which we all love. If we didn’t police safety effectively and unnecessary injuries started occurring then we’d see insurance costs skyrocket and potentially more and stricter legislation put in place. Hope to see you at Paget in February.
All the best,
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Thanks for the comments Richard. We haven’t been able to get into Paget as it’s already fully booked.