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2020 IBS Group Nationals

Jane Dewees News

50th Group Nationals - August 3-8, 2020
Mainville Sportsman Club
Fire Lane Rd.
Mainville, PA 17815

URGENT - IBS Statement on COVID-19 and Registered Matches

Jane Dewees News

The International Benchrest Shooters recommend that all clubs hosting IBS matches
cancel matches from March 17, 2020 through April 12, 2020. This advice is advisory,
and it is up to the respective club to decide whether to proceed. Further, the IBS
advises adherence to guidance or directives from federal, state and local authorities
relative to public gatherings. If you are sick, please stay home or seek appropriate
medical care. The average age of our benchrest shooters put us among the most
vulnerable to COVID-19. As things progress, the IBS Executive Board will reassess
further guidance relative to the match schedule. The usual 30-day notice for
rescheduling of matches has been reduced to 14-days.

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2019 Winter Meeting Agenda Items - No Vote

Jane Dewees News

The 2019 IBS Winter Meeting will be held on January 12 in Harrisburg, PA; we have a full agenda and committee reports. This past year there were three rulebook agenda items submitted in the Score and 600 Yard disciplines. The first was a proposal to recognize additional 2-gun and 3-gun aggregates in the Score discipline. The other two relate to Shooter of the Year points system for the 600 Yard disciplines. Per the bylaws, none of the three can be voted on at the meeting because those agenda items need to be posted 45 days in advance of the meeting. This was not done. It is my job to make sure that it is done. As President of the organization I dropped the ball, big time, and did not make sure the items were forwarded for posting on the website.

Fortunately, in the past we have done a good job of following the bylaws, many of those past agenda items were of critical importance. This year was an exception. The 2018 agenda items will be held and considered at the 2020 Winter Meeting.

To make sure this does not happen again, I am going to request-starting now-that each agenda item proposal be first submitted to the President when first circulated. The agenda item must be submitted in Word format. If the petition(s) secures the necessary 25 signatures then scans of all petition pages must me submitted to the President, Chair of the respective discipline committee, Webmaster and Recording Secretary. The respective committees must submit recommendations on each agenda item pertaining to its respective discipline by November 1.

My sincere apologies to all IBS member and the competitors taking part in our matches shooting “The Most Accurate Rifles in the World”.

Just as a clarification the above is NOT RELATED in any way to the recent paper ballots related to the 2018 rules changes and positions of President and 1st VP.


Jeff Stover
IBS President

2019 IBS Ballot and Agenda Items Mailed

Jane Dewees News

IBS ballots/agenda items have been mailed to current members. If you do not receive a ballot/agenda item in the mail by December 14, 2018, please contact Joan Borden and another ballot will be mailed out.

New Addition to the Safety Section of the rule book

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The IBS Executive Board, effective October 1, 2018, has unanimously adopted a new safety rule. This new addition to the safety section of the rule book (page 16) covers instances where a shooter experiences a malfunction during competition whereby a loaded cartridge remains stuck in the chamber.