SHOOTING: Southern Downs Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley was presented with honorary life membership at the Warwick Clay Target Club's Christmas Shoot on Sunday.
Cr Bartley has been a member of the club for 41 years, served a term as president in the mid-1980, has his name on almost every club trophy and is the first father/son life member of the club.
His father, Don Bartley, a club stalwart from the late 1930s, was accorded his honorary life membership many years ago.
Still a club worker and ever-present danger to any shooter in his grade in competition, Cr Bartley has also been conducting firearms safety courses since 1996 to qualify shooters to apply for weapons licences.
Club president Michael Loy said it was a pleasure to present the life membership to a member who had been shooting since before he joined the clay target club.
"Ross was a winning shooter well before I came to the club and he has always been ready and available to help the club or any shooter who has a problem," he said.
"His knowledge of firearms is legendary and is often asked to repair faults and set guns for younger shooters.
"I don't know how many times he's been club champion, but I know he won the championship three years running in the mid-80s. The club is proud to have him as a member and honour him for all his efforts throughout the years."
Cr Bartley, taken aback by the presentation, said he was humbled to receive the life award.
"I'm more than proud to accept this honour. Our family have been involved in the club for many years, which is likely to continue with my son and a nephew also shooting regularly," he said.
"This is an outstanding club which always attracts competitors from throughout the region and inter-state to monthly shoots, is very well run, offers great trophies and has an unsurpassed safety record.
"It's good to be a part of the club and still able to assist in various ways throughout the year," he said.