President's Message

IBS Members,

I want each and every one of you to know I’m honored to receive your votes of confidence in me to be the President of what I consider the premier benchrest shooting organization in the country. The International Benchrest Shooters. First, I want to acknowledge I have some big shoes to fill and have nothing but respect for former President Stover.  He has led us through some very rough times. I would be lying if I told you that we are in some very uncertain times in our sport and our country and I feel that this is the time to come together as one and help each other across disciplines and from range to range and most of all shooter to shooter. I come from the Long Range side of our organization but I am doing my absolute best to learn about all of our disciplines and I will trust each of our committees as I do that. Our organization is truly run by the shooters and I want to emphasize that the shooters have control and that’s exactly how it should be. We have already started a program to help ranges with range improvements. These improvements are our effort to help with the IBS events held at the range. This program is a work in progress and you will see more information on that soon.

I also want a method that our members can constructively discuss possible changes within the IBS.  I would like to see a way that members can post items for sale or ask about items that they are having difficulty finding. At the same time give members all across the country a chance to communicate with others about our sport.

I have spent a lot of time as a match director and I truly understand the needs of our ranges and our shooters. Along with that, we have to come up with different ways to attract and keep shooters and that’s not an easy task. But I challenge each of you if you have an idea, please let the committee chair person know your thoughts and help implement that idea.

I personally think I have the absolute best E-Board possible. They all have a love and passion for this sport that runs deep and they are as proud of this organization as anyone.

I truly believe, if we don’t create a atmosphere for shooters to have fun we will not last,  I’m all about having fun if any of you have seen me shoot it has to be fun for me to stay because my shooting skills are not that great.

Last but not least, I want to thank God for Blessing Donna and I, for the ability to engage in a sport that we love, and to be able to meet the best shooters and people in the world.

With that I promise I will do my very best to grow our sport and work with our shooters and other organizations as well as supporters to continue to be the best Shooting Organization in the world.

God Bless You All,

David Matthews

IBS President