Well here we are in July, half the year gone already! It seems like Christmas was only a brief time ago. My, how the time flies when you are having fun.

The prize giving evening on the 28 June was relatively lightly attended, I’m not really sure why as previous events have been well attended? Perhaps it clashed with a major sporting event or the weather/time of year put people off this time. Hopefully those who attended had an enjoyable evening and appreciated the excellent supper that Mike Power and Mark Blackie kindly prepared.

The National Conference is being held in Christchurch during July. Mark Blackie and I will be attending as branch representatives. Branch remits, which unfortunately missed the deadline for last year’s conference were submitted in good time for this year’s event. The theme of this year’s conference is “Growing the Business”, which poses the challenge to NZDA as to how we initiate and accelerate growth in our membership base. I will report back to you regarding the conference in my August report.

July branch events: There are shooting competitions on the 9th and 23rd. The next working bee morning will be happening on the 30th. The member’s night event on the 12th will be a talk on Stuart Island hunting. All are welcome to come along.

I am pleased to report that recent shooting competitions have been very well attended. Hopefully this is the start of a trend that will only continue to increase. We are working on plans to better advertise our competitions and their content. Soon the online branch calendar will be updated to provide additional information about each event, detailing such things as rifle requirements and the quantity and calibre of ammunition needed to compete. Do come along and have a go, you may be surprised at how much fun is to be had.

Your new committee has now convened twice since the AGM in May. I would like to take this opportunity to say how pleased I am at new ideas and suggestions that are being aired. Hopefully we will soon have eftpos payment capabilities operating at the range, which I am sure will simplify things for a great many attendees, I for one hardly ever carry cash.

I’m off to Clements Mill Road for hunt with friends early in July. Hopefully the weather will be kind and any opportunities that may present themselves will not be squandered. Good luck to all who may be planning a trip this month, but above all remember to be careful out there.

I will look forward to seeing you at the range or at one of our events soon.