Club President   

By: Joe Dotterer - Club President

Nothing to report.

Joe Dotterer
(951) 897-5685 
Club Vice President

By: Pete Whitworth - Club Vice President

An overall opinion comment here…. Plus a reminder to vote.

We need more help. What we need is some people to join the core group of the club. Sure we always need, and most of the time we get people out to help setup, cleanup, etc. What I am talking about is the fact that we need people to actually join the group. Come out and hang around on a regular basis, have a Brew or Mountain Dew. Help us figure out how things can be done and we all help to get these things done, much of which is things that we haven’t even discussed yet.

I’m not talking about work parties. The work of running the club is actually something that is going on all the time and I am sure many people don’t even notice. The guys that hang around on weekdays who maintain equipment, fix leaks, drag limbs out of the way, empty trash cans, etc. are all part of the core group. We stop in when we can to work and shoot. Lots of times we don’t have time to shoot, because; we decided to do a few things in between bench racing and that beer I mentioned earlier.
That’s the only thing that keeps any club going. Lets face it, the trash doesn’t empty itself. It’s always that main group of friends that enjoy hanging together with a common goal of making the club survive that make sure the bills get paid, the oil gets changed, the flood gates get opened on days when it’s pouring lions and wolves. There is nothing in it for you. You can’t justify it in financial terms, because; membership is dirt cheap anyway. The reason we all show up is because we are all friends and we aren’t going to let a friend down.

I led off by saying we need more help, apparently; the conclusion here is that we need more friends, I hope that’s you. You see us out there now and then. Stop over and say hello. Hang around a bit and see if it works for you.

This next meeting on Tuesday 2/14/23 is our election. There is only one position being contested. The position to be voted on is for Hunt Chairman. Our incumbent Hunt Chairman Chriss Bowles, is challenged for the seat by Kevin Carlson.

Most people know Chriss as a hunter and for his work running Hunter Education classes, being an Official Measurer for the Big Game Club and President of CBH.

I can’t personally speak to Kevin’s qualifications, however; he has been helpful around the range and assisted with the Leg Fund fundraiser. Hopefully he will put something in the newsletter to present his skills related to the position.

You do not need to stay for the meeting to vote. Just show up, sign in, vote. Staying around for the meeting is optional.

Pete Whitworth
(909) 223-5822
Club Secretary

By: Amanda Duchardt - Club Secretary

Hello Oranco! 
At the February 14 Oranco Club meeting (7pm at the clubhouse), we will be hosting elections for our 2023 Board of Directors. Nominations were closed at the January meeting and current nominees include: 
President - Al Wiscovitch 
Vice President – Pete Whitworth 
Secretary – Amanda Duchardt 
Range Captain – Jose Lara 
Tournament Chair – David Bacon (Jason Connor resigned and withdrew prior nomination) 
Hunt Chair – Chriss Bowles and Kevin Carlson 
Membership Chair – Roland Fraterrigo 
Range Secretary – Mark Houston 
Treasurer – Louie Lopez 
League Chair – Brad Belvedere 
All Oranco members with one full year of membership are eligible to vote.  
The Hunt Chair position has more than one nominee and votes will be cast by paper ballot. The Hunt Chair is responsible for administering the Oranco hunt program and chairing the hunt committee (including presenting hunt awards at the annual banquet).  
The Special Board Member position is appointed by the Board of Directors. Members do not vote on this position. The Special Board Member is typically a past club president or long tenured club member.  
We hope to see you at the meeting. Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Amanda Duchardt

By: Louie Lopez - ob.treasurer@outlook.com

Nothing to report.

Louie Lopez
(714) 538-7202
Range Captain
By: Chriss Bowles - Club Range Captain

It has been quite some time since I last wrote an article for our club newsletter. Hoping this one reaches you all safe and well.

So, election season is here and for the first time in a long time there are some contested spots on the Oranco board of directors. As many of you may have heard, I have retired from my position as Range Captain in order to spend a little more time hunting, fishing, and enjoying archery. I took the time to nominate Jose Lara as the incoming Range Captain and I know he will do a great job. At the same time, I was also nominated by Robert Tehee to stay on the Board of Directors as the Hunt Chairman at Oranco. Hunt Chairman has a little less responsibility for the day to day maintenance of the facility and range and should be a good fit for me and my available time commitments. Many of you may not know who I am so here is a quick history.

I am originally from Missouri and have been hunting and fishing all of my life.

My college degree is in Forestry (now you all know why cutting up trees is so easy for me!).

I came to California in 1994, joined Oranco, and got heavily into archery in 2005.

I was immediately placed on the board as Secretary as Nannette Rolsheim and her husband Robert had retired and moved to Tennessee. Club meetings at that time were little more than the Board and that was it.

I took over Range Captain duties two years later in 2007 when Dale Boyer retired from Oranco. I have been Range captain to date.

I was placed on the 3 person board of Orange Belt Field Archers Region 59 of CBH/SAA in 2010 when Ken and Connie Miller retired and moved to Arizona. I remain the Secretary Treasurer for the region.

I was nominated for CBH/SAA President in 2018 and remain the President of the state organization.

I am a 10-year veteran Hunter Education Instructor. I have been teaching at Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises for all ten years and am also a Bowhunter Education Instructor and have taught several classes at Oranco.

I am an Ad Hoc member of the CBH/SAA Big Game Club committee and work yearly to put on the State Broadhead and have overseen to purchase of equipment and mounts to restart the BGC measuring clinics.

I have been Tournament Director for every State, Sectional, and International championship tournament that Oranco has held since 2008 with the exception of this year’s State Marked and Unmarked which was run by Al Wiscovitch/Brad Belvedere and this year’s NAFAC which was directed by Jason Conner.

In closing, I would like to say that it has been a pleasure serving the Oranco membership for a few years. Although my position as CBH/SAA President kind of prohibits me from saying it too loud, I would say that Oranco Bowmen is the finest Archery Club anywhere. No one rivals our size, quality, and commitment to excellence and promotion of the sport of archery. I would very much like for all eligible members to come to the club meeting on Tuesday the 14th and participate in the election. I would appreciate your vote for Hunt Chairman at Oranco!! However you choose to vote I look forward to seeing you out on the range and in the field!

All the Best,

Chriss Bowles
(951) 757-4571
Hunt Chairman

By: Jose Lara - Club Hunt Chairman  

Nothing to Report.

Bill Leal 
(909) 706-1149 - Cell
Range Secretary

By: Mark Houston - Club Range Secretary

Hey Oranco Bowmen 

I hope this letter finds you all in good health and doing well, with some quality time to shoot your bow. We happened to have some opportunities for you to do just that starting this coming weekend!

Sun. Feb.12th @ 9am - Rendezvous 1-arrow, 42-3D'S - food and drinks, fish tacos - awards after shoot. Open to public. 

Sat. Feb. 18th @ 8:30am - Winter 3D League 2-arrows, 12-3D'S - 24 unmarked stakes. Members only.

Sat. Mar. 4th @ 9am - Club Champ Shoot 
4-arrows 14-Field, 4-arrows 14-Hunter, 1-3 arrows 14-Animal targets, free for members, may bring 1-guest $10. Free food and drinks, awards presented at Annual Awards Banquet.

Sat. Mar. 11th @ 8:30am - Winter 3D League 2-arrows, 12-3D'S - 12 marked and 12 unmarked stakes. Awards and free burgers, hotdogs, and drinks after shoot. Bring your best potluck dish.

Sun. Mar. 12 @ 11am - Celebration of Life for Joe Dotterer. Please come join Joe's family and us all at Oranco Bowman Archery Range to honor our Club President Joe Dotterer in a Celebration of Life. Share your thoughts and stories about Joe and his 40+years of service to Oranco Bowmen and the Archery Community. Lunch and drinks will be served at 12pm.

Because of the recent heavy rains and wind we've have a lot of work party credit opportunities available.

Please contact:
Al Wiscovich 
Pete Whitworth
Mark Houston 
Bill Waltz

Through Oranco Bowmen website contact list for dates and times, and/or come this Sat, 2/11 @ 8am for target set-up and range clean-up for Rendezvous Shoot.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at these events and helping out around the range! Thanks!

Mark Houston
(760) 605-1155
Tournament Chairman

By: David Bacon. - Tournament Chairman

Nothing to report.

David Bacon
(909) 217-4441
Membership Chairmen 
By: Roland Fraterrigo- Club Membership

Fellow archers, as your yearly renewal for CBH NFAA comes time, I am sending out a reminder at the beginning of the month for you to renew and to send me a copy of the CBH OR NFAA CARD. At the end of the month, I send a second reminder that if you already sent it to me, to disregard the message. If you haven’t please do so immediately. Only a picture of the card mailed to me, or a copy (which can be made at the office on Sundays) is acceptable. Electronic receipts are not taken. 

If you haven’t received the new gate code it is due to your CBH NFAA MEMBERSHIP lapsing.

Roland Fraterrigo
League Chairman

By: Al Wiscovitch - League Chairman

Hello Oranco bowmen,

Hope you all are doing well and shooting your bows? As we finish our first month of the New Year it has been a very busy month of January, with lots of trees being blown down by the winds and lots of needed rain. Good and bad. Good: green grass. Bad: haven’t been able to mow it due to being too wet out there. Not having our chipper has been a setback as well. We now have our chipper back from the repair shop and we are getting the down trees cut up and chipped. Grass is being cut, but we are still behind as we are needed to get caught up as we near our first big shoot of the year (rendezvous 3-D). So please look at your calendars and save some time for next Saturday February 11th work party.

As we are finishing our third week of our winter 3-D league it has been going well with lots of good shooting each week. I would like to thank those of you that have been taking me to come down and help with set up and needed range work Maintenance.

As we now are moving into the Month of February we will be holding our annual board members elections at our next meeting on February 14th this year we will be seeing Kevin Carlson and Chriss Bowles running for Hunt Chairman. This position previously held by Jose Lara, who will be our new Range captain. So please come out and vote for one of these guys.

Thank you for taking a moment to read our newsletter.

If you have any questions for me or would like to add something to our newsletter please drop Justine Houston our newsletter editor. Email her at: ob.newsletter@outlook.com

Al Wiscovitch
(909) 322-3869
Two Year Board Member

By: Bill Waltz - Two Year Board Member

Nothing to report.

Bill Waltz
Kevin Carlson Nomination

My name is Kevin Carlson. I’ve been a member of Oranco Bowmen since November of 2019. I am honored to have been nominated by our secretary, Amanda Duchart, for Oranco’s Hunt Chair position. I accepted this nomination because of my love and passion for hunting and fishing and the sport of archery. But more importantly, because I want to represent the members of Oranco while advocating the “purpose of Oranco” defined by OUR bylaws.

Below are three bullets that summarizes the description of the Hunt Chair board position in the Oranco bylaws:
· The Hunt Chair shall keep a record of all game legally taken during the year and present appropriate awards at the Annual Banquet.
· The Hunt Chair shall make this record available to the Board of Directors and the general membership whenever called upon.
· The Hunt Chair shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or By-Laws.

The hunt chair position requires someone who is organized and keeps track of all the game cards that are turned in. Then they assure the awards are presented to those hunters who have turned in the game cards and earned awards. I feel like I am qualified for these tasks due to my professional experience leading successful food service equipment business. In my position, I must be a leader with great organization and communication skills along with being proficient with the computer and having good networking skills. The most important thing about a good leader is realizing it takes a strong team to be successful. If elected for this position, I will build a team of Oranco members to help me with the bowhunters awards system and other duties and responsibilities that come with the being a board member.

If you are looking for a new face on the board, someone who will listen to you, is open to new ideas and will help you get more involved in our club and activities, consider voting for me.
In Memory of Phyllis Barker

On January 18, 2023, the Oranco Bowmen family lost one of our longstanding members and friends, Phyllis Barker. Phyllis loved archery and would often tell us stories of her journey to join the Olympic archery team and how tournament hosts would add her name to the participant list last because they knew if other archers saw her name they wouldn’t register. She was that good!

Each deer season, as we told tales of our latest hunt, she would reminisce on a handsome buck that gazed innocently into her eyes and that was it… her hunting career was over. But she encouraged others and invited a few of us ladies to her property for an archery rabbit hunt and BBQ.

Phyllis often volunteered at the Oranco cookshacks and everyone knew who was in charge when she was around. She was a feisty little firecracker and often butted heads with our former President Joe Dotterer. One of the board members recently remarked, “Luckily Joe got a head start. If she catches up to him (in heaven) this could be epic!” LOL.

In recent years, we watched Phyllis battled dementia. We now know that she passed away from lung cancer and a brain tumor. It’s a good reminder that we never really know what someone else is going though and learning to treat others with grace and compassion is a lifetime lesson.

Phyllis grew up in New York. She left home at 18 years old and dedicated herself to school where she graduated with scholarships. She was a strong, independent woman, whose career in nursing took her to Japan, Germany and Russia. She never stopped trying to learn something new. She was also a private pilot that flew millionaires to ranches in Nevada.

Those that knew Phyllis best will be planning a small potluck at Oranco in the near future where we can reshare our memories of Phyllis… her impromptu archery tips and lessons, the infamous snacks that she brought to the range, and how much she loved her dogs and spoiled them.
If you are looking for photos of previous shoots check out Tony Nguyen's fantastic photography in the link below! He has an amazing gallery organized by shoots and dates he's participated in:

Oranco Bowmen Archery Range

Occupying about 45 acres, Oranco Bowmen Archery Club is a NFAA certified 5-star range. This is the highest certification given by NFAA. We are the only range in Southern California with practice butts from 10-80 yards in 5-yard increments. If you need a place to "dial in" your bow, this is it! 

Oranco also has two NFAA roving courses: Our Valley Course is a level 28-target course, consisting of 14 animal and 14 hunter paper targets. For those who desire a bit more of a physical challenge, our Mountain Course is a hilly 28-target course offering 14 Field targets and another set of 14 animal paper targets. The Layout changes occasionally.
Oranco Bowmen Archery Club - Range Map 
Oranco is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

Please remember to lock your vehicles when you are not present and always take your equipment home with you. We have received reports about stolen equipment, and want everyone to understand that you alone are responsible for your belongings. We advise you to put your identification information on your belongings and try not to leave anything unattended.

Remember: We are open to the public on Sundays and during shoots. During these events it is much more difficult to track who is on range property, especially if people do not sign in at the office.

Be safe and responsible everyone.

Range Beautification Party: We would greatly appreciate your help and support to the upcoming Work Parties. Keep an eye out for the email blast. All Club Members and their families are invited. Per Joe Dotterer, Club President there will be an “ALL YOU CAN EAT LUNCH” served for ALL of our Volunteers who come out and help.

Your assistance ensures that the Oranco Bowmen Archery Club remains the best in Southern California. There is a reason why people travel from all over California to shoot at our Archery Club. Get involved and help us out.  
Cook Shack Workers Needed: Positions are still available for volunteers to help out during the upcoming shoots. Tony Tobinis back and will be taking over Cook Shack Assignments effective immediately. Terry Lopez will no longer be accepting calls for Cook Shack volunteers.

Please contact Tony Tobin in order to reserve your spot at: Cell# (626) 354-2268. Due to poor cell service in his area please contact him via TEXT message to assure he can receive your information. First Come, First Served.  

Target Camping: This is NOT Allowed...Period. Your Membership will be terminated for doing this! The Practice Butts are for sighting in, improving your archery skills, and honing your accuracy. The Roving Range is just that, Roving. Shoot 4 arrows, Score them, then move on to the next target. 

You have been warned. Don't do it. It is not worth it. 

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