Rotary aims for success with sporting clays tournament
by Matt Shinall
Mar 16, 2011 | 2154 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Searching for a new fundraiser, the Rotary Club of Bartow County was looking for something unique and participatory. The committee landed on hosting a sporting clay tournament for both veteran shooters and beginners alike.

Raising funds for multiple charitable organizations throughout the county, the Thursday Rotary Club opted for an active sporting event after recent years' raffle ticket fundraisers.

"We really just wanted something different and interactive," said Melissa Porter, planning committee member. "This will be something fun and interactive. It's a little different than anything we've done in the past."

The March 26 sporting clay tournament will be hosted at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville on the Springbank Plantation. Sporting clays have recently increased in popularity with nonprofits including the August tournament held by United Way of Bartow County, also at Barnsley.

"I was hoping to do something new and different this year," said Ivy Jordan, club president. "We decided to do a sporting clay shoot. It's something different that not many other nonprofits had planned before and something that we could do year after year, so we're hoping to make this an annual thing."

The Rotary Club of Bartow County is a service club of business professionals supporting several local nonprofits including Advocates for Children, Bartow County Women's Resource Center, the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of Bartow County and the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter among others.

"Rotary's motto is 'service above self' and we are a group of professionals in our careers that have come together to serve our communities. Our club really focuses on raising funds from the community to give back within the community," Jordan said.

As of press time Tuesday, 70 entrants were signed up to participate. Event organizers are looking to fill tournament spots with 144 registered shooters. Entry costs $125 per person, participants may register individually or in teams of two or four. Some sponsorships are also still available at varying levels.

All experience levels are invited to participate. A warm-up round is included in registration as well as introductory lessons for beginners.

"We have many novice shooters attending and even a few ladies groups that are shooting so we're just asking anyone who is excited about supporting the community to come out and shoot," Jordan said.

At the completion of the tournament, a Browning over/under shotgun will be awarded as an individual grand prize as well as prizes for top team and nontraditional awards including "worst shot."

"I think it's just going to be a good time and that's kind of what we want, we want everybody to come out and have a good time," Porter said.

Registration is due by March 19. For more information call Butch Emerson at 770-315-8517 or 770-606-6970. For more information and a copy of the registration form visit www.rotaryskeetshoot.com.