Candidate Information Ricky Diederich:Ricky Diederich - Candidate for GBAA President
I have been a member of the NFAA/GBAA since 1982 when I started shooting in the local Archery clubs in Savannah, Victory Bowmen located on Hunter Army Air Field, the Military base in Savannah, and the Ogeechee Bowmen of Savannah. I was elected V. P. of the Ogeechee Bowmen in 1989 and President 1990 and have held several Officer positions since then, the last being Sectary/Treasurer, also served as GBAA Bowhunter President back in 1992-1994. There have been many changes over the years, some good and some not so good. But as I see it, the GBAA is about its members, and its affiliated clubs, to help one another promote the Sport of Archery that most of us love and enjoy. I have met and made many good friends over the past 38 years shooting State, Sectional and National Tournaments. Lord willing, I plan to keep shooting and making new friends. What I have seen over the past is that we need better communication between the members, clubs and officers of the GBAA. We have to work together to make our state shoots better for our members and our Hosting clubs. Without our Associated clubs and their members, we cannot have State Tournaments.
My plan is to bring back clear open communication between our members, clubs and the state officers so our Archery Organization can grow, to work together to make Archery Fun and rewarding for all. There are some changes for 3-D that were discussed at the August meeting that John Chandler put down on paper, and at the GBAA Indoor meeting on Saturday afternoon it was discussed and there will be a trial run at the GBAA Spring Turkey, Hosted by TGM Archery. There are good ideas out there among our members, and Associated Clubs that can help make our State shoots more enjoyable to attend and shoot.
Our GBAA Organization is a NFAA State affiliation, which allows our state clubs the opportunity to host NFAA Sectional shoots in conjunction with a couple of our State Shoots so you don’t have to travel out of state to shoot the NFAA Sectionals. Even though we are a NFAA affiliate, the NFAA does allow the states to have options they may set up for some shoots if a state sees a need for it.
Many of you all know me, or may have seen me at all of our state shoots over the years. I try to talk to as many folks at the shoots as possible to, see if they are having a good time, or if they have any questions. Some state shoots, like the GBAA state field, can be confusing for first time archers or even seasoned archers. I just want folks to like and enjoy the sport of Archery as I do. I would like to be your GBAA/NFAA President and help grow our GBAA organization to one of the Best membership and Club affiliate driven organizations that its members can be proud of and enjoy shooting.
Thank you for your consideration in electing me as your new GBAA/NFAA President.