Martin, Butz and Cook Elected to Archery Hall of Fame

By: Diane Miller

Gail Martin, founder and patriarch of world renowned Martin Archery Company, and a pair of outstanding target archery competitors from the 1960s – 5 time PAA Champion, Ann Butz and World Champion Vicki Cook – comprise the Archery Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. AHOF Executive Director Diane Miller made the official announcement following the Hall’s February board of directors’ meeting in Las Vegas during the National Field Archery Association’s World Archery Festival. Formal induction ceremonies are slated for September 15th 2012 at the AHOF and Museum’s new facility at Bass Pro Shop’s super store in Springfield, Missouri.

“We are pleased to welcome Gail, Ann, and Vicki to the Archery Hall of Fame,” said M. R. James, AHOF President. “Each has contributed significantly to our sport and is deserving of this exceptional honor and public recognition. They will join the AHOF Class of 2011, which includes Holless W. Allen, the father of the compound bow, and top target archery competitor Frank Gandy, at the mid-September induction ceremony.”

Founded in 1971, the Archery Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals whose lifetime contributions to archery at the national level have earned them the respect of their peers and a nationwide following. All inductees have been formally nominated and voted on by a panel of electors including historians, members of the archery industry, media, and related groups and organizations. AHOF categories include bowhunter, coach, competitor, contributor to the sport, educator, influence on the sport, innovator/inventor, and lifetime achievement. To date, 72 qualified men and women have been elected to the Archery Hall of Fame. That number includes the Hall’s five newest members.

Besides Miller and James, current AHOF officers and directors include Ann Clark, Vice President; Marilyn Bentz,  Secretary; and directors Steve Kaufman, Rick McKinney, Jane Johnson, Billy Staples and Joe St. Charles.

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