Since its foundation our club continues to welcome new members year after year.
The Cherokee Archery Club was established in 1975. The founders were Mr. Jack Shutt, President, Mr. Bill Murphy, Vice-President, and Mr. Dean Hayworth, Secretary/Treasurer. The first shoot was held at the Johnson County High School football field. All of the shooters used recurve bows.
Over the past 40 years, the club has had the archery range in many locations; e.g.,
Doe Valley, Mountain City, behind Johnson County High School, and the Crackers Neck community.
The club founders and members bought the current site of approximately 18 (+ -) acres. On February 12, 1981, The Cherokee Archery Club had a name change and became incorporated as: The Cherokee Bow Hunters Club, Inc., with the mailing address of Route 4, Box 10, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680. The names of the incorporators were: Junior Eastridge, Jack Shutt, and Earl Gambill. Our current 911 address is: 394 Trout Run Road, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680.
During the year 2000, a project began to build an Indoor Archery Range - club house. The inmates from Northeast Correctional Complex with the permission of their Warden, Mr. Howard Carlton, performed all the labor and completed the erection of the 32' x 100' building in December 2000.
In March of 2009, the members began construction of a 30' x 50' metal building to be able to increase the size of our indoor shooting facility. The new construction was finished just in time to start our 2010 indoor season.
Since the beginning, the club has had members to win various awards; e.g., State Indoor Championships, State Outdoor Championships, Southeastern Indoor Championships, North American Outdoor Championships, the First North American Long Distance Championship, target distance was 200 yards, Shooter of the Year (ASA), receive sponsorships, etc.
Our current 2015 officers
Mr. Shane Pennington, President
Mr. J.W. Tester, Vice-President
Mr. Jerry Jordan, Treasurer
Mr. David (Buddy) Kirby, Secretary
Mr. Doug Calhoun, Range Captain
Mr. Michael Moody, Range Captain
Mr. Jamie Thomas, Range Captain
Our Board of Directors are:
Mr. Kevin Icenhour
Mr. Josh Bryant
Mr. Shane Jones
Our Club Officals
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