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A New Era – Important Rendezvous Update

First and foremost, the Board of Directors would like to thank all of you for supporting the club through another great Rendezvous this year in Ames!  The weather was gorgeous, attendance was up, and the feedback we received was positive and helpful.  

The success of the Rendezvous shows us that traditional archery is still alive and well in the state of Iowa, and poised to grow in the coming years!

Unfortunately, the ITBS has reached a turning point.  We have successfully held and grown our Rendezvous at the Izaak Walton League in Ames for many years under contract – a contract which the Izaak Walton League has decided to not renew.

The membership of the ITBS has always respected the facilities provided for us, striving to leave the grounds in a better condition than we had found them – and I was assured by the President of the Izaak Walton League that their decision was not based on any action of ours.  Their own organization has simply grown to the point where they felt our contract was a constraint on their members.

We appreciate the hospitality they have provided in the past and wish them the best.

As a club, we find ourselves looking for a new “home” for our Rendezvous.  This comes as a bit of a shock for many of us, but it is often the large changes of life which make us appreciate the things we do have.  In our case, we have a strong membership supporting the club – rooted in the past but with a bright future ahead.

The Ike’s venue, while well-suited for the event, was just a piece of real estate.  What has made (and will continue to make) the Rendezvous a huge success is the people involved.

The Board has already begun visiting and assessing alternate locations, but we appreciate any input our membership can provide.  For members who wish to help or make suggestions, you can find a list of basic criteria below.

There may be some bumps along the road, but this is a change which will only make us a stronger club in the end.  A club that is entering a new era – and better positioned to preserve the tradition of bowhunting within the state of Iowa.

List of basic criteria:
  • Central Location within the state
  • Near a main highway (ideally)
  • Campground facilities able to accommodate both tents and RVs/trailers
  • Existing archery range or existing nature trails (ideally)
  • Open area large enough for lob shoot & aerials 

Please contact the Board of Directors via email at itbs.directors@gmail.com with your suggestions.

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