Led by RVAC president, Scott Green, each year since 2018 has provided an additional financial boost toward the ultimate goal of completing the interior green spray foam insulation that could stand up to a biting Saskatchewan winter season.
Green explained that the large, open arena has proved ideal to set up an indoor archery training facility that includes traditional bullseye targets, plus a 3D wildlife target range – consisting of a number of artificial trees and life-size animal models. Now, those interested in archery as a sport, or for hunting practice, can now hone their skills during the winter months without the impediments of wind, cold, or snow.
“Archery is a great choice for just about anyone,” offered Green. “We’ve had children, men, and women of all ages participate. Some enjoy it as a sport, and some use it to sharpen their hunting skills. We’ve even had one member reach the Archery Nationals.”
Green explained that although there is an initial expense of buying one’s own equipment, he feels the long-term expense is considerably less than many other sports.
“Once you buy a bow, you can use it for many years. I always say that archery is far more affordable than many other sports – like hockey, where you have to constantly upgrade to new sizes and equipment.”
Over the past few years, the club has seen community fundraising success from raffles, wing nights, and rib nights with live music and karaoke held at the arena. An upcoming raffle draw set for December 11 features a Saskatchewan Roughriders gift pack and a selection of alcoholic beverages. Information on tickets and pricing can be found on the club’s Facebook page.
“We are truly grateful for all of the community support that has helped us achieve our goal to insulate. Every dollar helped,” said Green. “On behalf of the club, we would also like to acknowledge the very generous donations that we received from local businesses and corporate sponsors. It was the support of these organizations that helped us finally meet the funding of this project.”
In addition to spray foam insulation, some of the funds raised went towards the purchase of a new insulated Quonset door at the far end of the arena. Green says the door will be a big part of heat retention in the massive building. In the future, Green says the organization would like to further insulate down the sides of the walls.
“With the heaters, we’re going to be a lot more comfortable during training and events this winter. We still have to continue raising money to get the walls sprayed with insulation, and once that happens, we’ll save a ton on heating bills.”
The major sponsors behind the insulation project included: Saskatchewan Rivers Chapter Safari Club International (SCI), Kinsmen Club of Yorkton, Assiniboine Valley Transfer Inc., and Grain Millers, Yorkton.
According to Green, the next step for the club is to build a name sign for the building, as well as a sponsor board to acknowledge all major supporters. The club would also like to acknowledge the Veregin Rec Board for use of the arena.