TSAA Archery News
Issue 28
February 20, 2003

Hi !

In this newsletter:
In Memory of Jim and Mildred Hosford
The Hosfords
Background on the Hosfords
Outgoing President's Address - Rick Stonebraker
Incoming President's Address - Jim Krueger

In Memory of Jim and Mildred Hosford
The TSAA's annual meeting was held recently and the next issue will include info on that event. We will return to the typically more diverse newsletter with the next issue but this one will be primarily about the memory of a couple of true Texans.

Most of this issue is written by Rick Stonebraker, outgoing president of the TSAA. The full agenda and minutes from the meeting are too big to put in the newsletter and have instead been posted on the TSAA Website at this link.

A number of years ago Jim and Mildred Hosford kindly donated some $5,000 to the TSAA, which was used to purchase the large trailer we rely on today. The Hosfords bequeathed $20,000 to the TSAA in their will this last year, and we devote this issue to their memory.

A.Ron Carmichael, editor

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The Hosfords
Jim and Mildred Hosford


How I met them - By Rick Stonebraker
I first met the Hosford’s when I came to Texas in October 1981. The first indoor archery tournament I went to was at Anna Heiis Gym on the campus of University of Texas at Austin. A classic place to shoot archery and is a facility that embroils what archery is all about: you shoot where you can and when you can. No fancy lanes, plush carpet, exotic dressing rooms i.e. college football aura.

The first person that came up to me was an older gentleman by the name of James Hosford. He had my attention from the word go and we sat down and chatted. I was immediately enthralled about the history archery knowledge this man possessed. I had no idea who Jim was but all older people deserve respect and should get that attention. Jim came from back east and was actually living in the east when I first started archery. He even knew who I was back then so when he read I was in Texas, he came to the Austin shoot to meet me. You talk about being honored, I was extremely humbled that day to have this couple, well into their 70’s to come visit a person they never met before. One of the highlights of my career.

I kept in touch with the Hosford’s from then on and made it a point to visit them in Kerrville at least once a year. While they were able to travel, they came to tournaments, just to watch and I delighted in talking with them on every occasion. After a few years, Jim made a very generous donation to the Texas State Archery Association to the tune of five thousand dollars. I accepted the offer readily and purchased a trailer that is used to store enough equipment to stage a medium sized tournament. We stocked the trailer with target matts and stands and accessories for hosting archery tournaments. The trailer has been driven to Houston several times, Kerrville, San Antonio, Eagle Lake and a few other places. A big round of thanks goes out to Jim and Mildred for that donation and I took photos of the trailer and its contents and hand delivered those photos on one of my trips to Kerrville.

Over the years, Jim’s health deteriorated and was no longer able to travel but his spirits were still high in regards to archery and his mind was still sharp. Long before the TSAA had any newsletter to speak of, I documented every event I went to and sent him a detailed report. He often commented that if he hadn’t received those reports, he would have never known what went on in archery.

Jim passed away 12/17/1997. He was born 7/22/1911. I had last seen him just six months before that. Mildred called me to give me the bad news. I was not able to attend the funeral as she called me the day of the funeral and I felt bad about that but I drove down there within a few weekends to chat with her and console her. They had no children so other than Mr. Derwin Kim, they had no relatives to speak of.

I go to Kerrville each year to work with the disabled at a camp sponsored by the Lions Club. A delightful bunch of people who never dwell on their misfortunes but speak on of their abilities. We should learn valuable lessons from the less fortunate. Like we did in 2001 when Larry Townes graced us with his presence. Larry has the use of only one arm and draws the bow with his teeth. Remember - we are never better than those less fortunate, only physically not mentally because they have found a way to overcome their misfortune.

When I am at the Lions camp, I venture over to the nursing home to chat with Mildred every chance I get. In the last couple of years, her health was okay but her memory was slipping. On my last visit in May of 2001, she no longer remembered who I was. She thought I just lived down the hall and was looking forward to seeing me everyday. It was sad to leave her but she was happy and always had a smile on her face. That was my last visit, she passed away a month later on 6/25/2001. She was born 8/2/1910. I was glad to have been there such a short time before her departure.

Both the Hosford’s will be missed. Archery lost some great history with those two.

Rick Stonebraker

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Background on the Hosfords
Jim and Mildred Hosford
(Background) By Rick Stonebraker

Jim & Millie were first and foremost interested in archery and anyone who shared that interest. That's how as kids my brother Boris and I first got to know them. We had one bow between us, a few arrows and not a clue as to how to shoot. I learned to shoot and a lot more from the Hosford's. I'm not a writer, but in the next week or two I'll try to give you a rough chronology and some highlights of the almost 50 years that I knew them.
Derwin Kim

Rick I hope this is of some use. Jim & Millie were originally from Nebraska and Oklahoma respectively. They were married in the early 40's and move to Wash, DC and got federal government jobs. Jim worked for the Navy Hydrographic Office in Suitland, MD (they made charts and things). Millie worked downtown for the Dept. of Interior. I don't know many specifics about what they actually did in their jobs, but I do know that for many years Jim, who was a calligrapher, was detailed from his regular job to the White House Social Office. He worked there during the Roosevelt and Johnson era's handwriting announcements, invitations, placards, etc., for all sorts of White House functions.

I met them because of their interest in archery. My brother and I were introduced to Jim by a childhood friend, Bill (Butch) Wheeler. The Hosford's had no children of their own and the three of us were the first in a large group of kids who were taught to shoot by Jim & Millie. Depending of their interest, these kids came and went (most went), but I stayed in close touch until college. During those years, Jim taught us to shoot, took us to archery tournaments in the Maryland-Virginia-Pennsylvania area, and kept us occupied in worthwhile endeavors. With the help of his "kids" he built two 14-target field ranges, one which was a part of the recreational facilities of the government offices in Suitland, MD, and one on his own land in Cheltenham, MD. He was a hunter, but not big time. He was comfortable shooting "instinctive" in the field or with a sight on a target range and taught both methods.

He and Millie were also very active in camp archery. He was associated with the Teela Wooket Archery camp in Vermont which I went to as a kid, and spent winters in Florida camps and summers in New York camps during their retirement years.

They retired to Kerrville in 1967-8 and I didn't see much of them after that, but kept in touch by mail, until he called me in 1994 to help him out when his and Millie's health was failing. In those 7 years I was often surprised by the number of people I ran into in stores and Doctor's offices who knew of the Hosford's and their interest in archery.

Derwin Kim

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Outgoing President's Address - Rick Stonebraker
Farewell as President By Rick Stonebraker
I lost track of how many times I have been president of the TSAA but I know I have enjoyed every minute of it but it is time for change and give someone else a chance at running one of the best and most successful state organizations in the NAA. The success of the organization does not come from me leading the way, cracking the whip, getting on peoples case when things get down. The success comes from knowing which people to rely on to help out. I or anyone else cannot do it alone, as much as you think or feel like you do sometimes, but it is a collective effort. A person does not need to know everything to get something done; they only need to know who to go to get the job done. And when I lean on people from time to time, it is not to criticize but to make it better for the next time and make you a better person. That is how I learned.

I have been fortunate enough to know that there are dozens of people to rely on to get any one job done and to get it done correctly. If I even try to start naming people to thank that has done the TSAA a great service, I will surely miss someone and I do not want to insult or forget anyone.

Also, mistakes happen and they are inevitable UNLESS you do nothing. The only way you can avoid mistakes is to do nothing. So, get out there and do something, even if it is wrong, you will still learn something from what you did.

"The biggest risk in life is not taking one!"

I want the successor to remember one important thing: delegate as much as possible. There are plenty of people out there who want to help out, they just need to be asked and be directed. Over the years, much work has been farmed out to many different people whether they know it or not. Tom Barker, Jim Krueger and Ben Dybala have handled the 4-H program down south extremely well and have brought many kids into the TSAA fold. All three of these gentlemen have been tournament directors of JOAD leaders and are highly reliable.

Ben Dybala has taken care of our awards and are very nice awards for a very reasonable price. This is an important feature or archery: balancing the cost of awards. You can't give out 'nothing' and you can't give out elaborate awards. You give nothing, you get nothing in return. You give out too nice of awards and you lose all your profit. You have to make the people understand they are there for the competition and camaraderie and any decent award to show them they participated is enough to bring them back, that and the overall warmth of the TSAA archery community. We have had many out-of-state guests come to events in Texas and give us high marks.

We have a highly recognized collegiate program thanks to Tom Parrish, Frank Thomas and Kathy Eissinger. They are easily putting Texas archery on the national scene and there is hardly anyone in archery that hasn't heard of the success of the college program in Texas. This due in part to the highly successful Texas Shootout that draws top archers from all over the country. Without being bias, one of the best archery events in the country. Mainly dues to two things: a large contingent of Aggie archers to do the work and the organization of two highly skilled organizers - Kathy and Frank.

The key is organization and without the use of e-mail, this is much harder to do. The internationally known TSAA webpage gets high marks for the diversification and organization of materials to promote an already successful TSAA. Event calendars, results, profiles, stories, photos, how-to-do descriptions and electronic registration are a major reason for the TSAA's success. Those kudos go to Ron Carmichael.

The biggest round of applause always goes to the archers themselves and the family that supports them. Please always remember this is your sport and you are a major part of its success. I always have and always will give someone the dirty looks if they come to a tournament, shoot and leave. You know who you are. You are part of the tournament and the tournament is a part of you. Help out, even if it is only five minutes. If everyone worked just five minutes, the work would get done in rapid time. The new TSAA tents always bring me to mind. Archers and others put them up and along come squatters who use the shade the entire time and disappear right after the shooting is over. Never lifting a single finger to help out. I firmly believe that what goes around comes around and if lighting ever struck our tent, I hope the free loaders are the ones that it falls one. Just joking there…………slightly……………..but that is me, I try to tell it like it is - deal with it? Archery is what you put it in…always has been that way…always will be that way. You get out what you put in. So, GIVE and don't always TAKE.

It has been fun. Thank you for allowing me to run this fine organization and if I have been too much of a pain in the butt, then you must be one of the ones I chatted about in the last paragraph. On the other hand, thanks to all those good people out there who have always helped out when asked, you have made the organization what it is and I appreciate it. You will be remembered.

Rick Stonebraker President Emeritus TSAA

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Incoming President's Address - Jim Krueger

Hi folks!

I am very excited to be the new President of the TSAA. There have been some wonderful people who have preceded me in this job and I extend my personal thanks to each of them for a job well done.

Over the past decade, we have seen tremendous growth in JOAD, collegiate programs, and the adult and masters divisions. The fact that Texans have become more and more prominent in the international playing field is indicative of the maturity of our archery programs.

Many of us have seen changes within the NAA. The NAA has experienced a reduction of funding due to the economy and have therefore had to raise fees and discontinue some services. Hopefully, this will be short lived until the economy and the corporate sponsors are more financially stable. Some of the reductions have been disheartening, particularly in the JOAD area. But, the NAA is adapting, and hopefully the years ahead will reveal a leaner, more effective organization.

These changes have added focus to the importance of our state organization. To often, we expect our governing bodies to take command and fulfill our every need. I think we are now realizing that we need to determine our own place in the world archery community. Texas has the talent, the coaches, the members and the opportunity to become the leader in developing world class archers.

To do this, we need to evaluate our programs, processes and resources. We need to transition our programs to incorporate the best competitive practices and put them in place. We need to investigate fund raising methods to assist our world class archers with expenses when competing internationally. And above all, we need to encourage and recognize those archers and clubs that add value and pride to the programs in Texas.

If we apply focus to each of the items, I firmly believe we will see that we already have the framework, the people, and the talent. To each of you, I ask the question; "What can we do to make Texas the best place for archery in the world?" Remember that it will take your help to make it happen.

Think about this and drop me e-mail.

Your TSAA President,

Jim Krueger

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