The City of Pasadena now requires that archers who use the Lower Arroyo Archery Range participate in a range safety course and be issued a City Safety Certification card.
The Pasadena Roving Archers have developed the safety curriculum, and will be teaching it on the first Saturday of every month from 8am to 10am. Signups are being done online using the form below.
The City Safety Certification course will familiarize archers with the range rules, target layout, and safe archery practices that will be expected of archers on the range. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and bring any archery equipment that you would like our instructors to review. Equipment review is not a requirement; simply a courtesy being offered by the PRA.
At the conclusion of your course, the PRA will submit your info to the City of Pasadena. The City will send you your new City Safety Certification Card shortly after. All archers must carry a card while on the Lower Arroyo Archery Range from sunrise to sunset on Monday through Friday, and from 2:30pm to sunset on weekends.
For additional information about the new laws and enforcement, please contact the Pasadena Police Department or Pasadena Roving Archers.
The 2017 PRA Award Banquet be held in the Mediterranean Room of the Brookside Golf Club (adjacent to the Rose Bowl) on February 18th, 2017. RSVP by February 4.
Registration is now closed.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” Although it may be true that busy people are good at juggling multiple projects and getting stuff done, it’s also true that even the most dedicated volunteer needs a break. Usually within the first hour of any instructor certification class I lead I offer the following advice to my students, “Protect your shooting time.” It’s all too easy to get caught up in the business and busy-ness of our organization and suddenly realize that in spite of spending many hours every week on the range, (usually in service to others) we haven’t actually shot an arrow in days…weeks…or even months.
Tournament Director Extraordinaire Dan Stafford working with Volunteer Coordinator Chris Schabow, and an incredible team of volunteers has organized some excellent tournaments this year. The 21 or Bust and Oak Tree tournaments were very successful AND fun to work on. Our Education Administrator Brian Seagrave, working together with all our wonderful coaches, instructors and volunteers, has done a fantastic job of creating a Saturday class structure that meets the needs of students and instructors in a fun and positive environment.
I’m hoping we can bring the same magic to Sunday Shoots. To make our Sunday shoots run more smoothly, I’m looking for some awesome people to take on the following tasks:
Field and 3D Rounds
* Putting up targets
* Taking down targets and putting away
* Make sure archers sign in
* Collect shoot fees from non-members
* Wear the sexy orange vest and walk the range to ensure safety rules are being followed
And the great thing about these volunteer opportunities is that they still leave time for shooting. The registration and range monitor duties will be organized into shifts. We mean it. We really want you to get your range time in, too!
Whether you chose a working membership or not, please take a moment to fill out our Volunteer Hours form. This helps us in myriad ways, including applying for grants.
PRA members, you’ll find the sign up links in the email that went out July 1. You will receive a confirmation email. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, comments, and suggestions. Thank you so much for all you do for PRA. May your Fourth of July holiday weekend include some range time – just for YOU!
President, Pasadena Roving Archers
We received the very sad news that PRA member Bernie Weinraub passed away this past weekend.
Bernie took up archery in his seventies, after retiring from his teaching position at The Waverly School. He joined the PRA in 2011. Bernie became my student when Coach Eric Tollefson moved to Yankton, SD. We usually met on Mondays, and our sessions always began with one of Bernie’s jokes. He practiced with his Olympic recurve bow several mornings a week, usually on either target 5 or 6. At least once a week he would send me photos of the results of his practice.
An avid cyclist, Bernie was always preparing for a century ride. He swore he had no interest in competition; archery was just for fun. But eventually I talked him into participating in a tournament. Bernie’s first tournament was the 2015 Pasadena Senior Games. He shot the 600 round and earned a gold medal in the Male Recurve, 70-79.
Bernie lived near the Rose Bowl. When his friends and neighbors asked him about the rumors and stories they heard about the range, he shared the truth with them. Bernie wrote to the City Council and attended last year’s epic City Council meeting.
While searching for a photo of Bernie, I found a copy of the email he sent to the Pasadena City Council.
I am a retired teacher. My last position was as an instructor at The Waverly School, here in Pasadena. Out of love for the school I still substitute there from time to time, even though all my former students have graduated.
Two weeks ago I was walking across the campus when I saw a young woman whose windbreaker had the legend “Archer” across its back. I asked if this referred to the girls’ school of that name, in Brentwood. She laughed, and with great pride declared that she was not “at” Archer; she was “an” archer, and a competitive one! She had learned archery as a child, taking classes in the lower Arroyo, given by the Pasadena Roving Archers.
Archery is a popular sport for young people. In a culture which tends to scatter one’s attention, and to value excitement over contemplation, archery is about focus, form, practice, and calm. A young man whom I used to teach took up archery at sixteen, during a troubled time in his life. He is now a successful college student, and competes in statewide archery tournaments.
After years of walking along the Arroyo, with my dog and without, one day I stopped to watch a class being taught by Pasadena Roving Archers, and realized that in this, as in so many other things, young people had something to teach me by example. I decided in my early seventies to to take up archery.
I have been studying and practicing archery in the Arroyo–a short distance from my home in the Linda Vista area–for several years now. As a citizen and someone who knows something about organizations, I’ve developed an enormous respect for Pasadena Roving Archers–for their emphasis on safety, their respect for the environment; their sense of themselves as part of the community.
I urge you to continue the club to operate as it is, and where it is. It is a fine way to utilize the Arroyo as a recreational area, and deserves our support.
I miss Bernie. He was intelligent, kind, and very, very funny. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bernie’s friends, former students, and his family.