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  • Shooting sports volunteer receives third annual Chuck Catino Community Leadership Award

    Apr 17, 2018 | Read More News
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    Jack Moreland is the third recipient of the Chuck Catino Community Leadership Award, named for the longtime volunteer and founder of the Born Again Jocks Association (BAJA) Sporting Club. Pima County District 4 Supervisor Steve Christy presented the award to Moreland at the April 17 Board of Supervisors meeting.

    Moreland volunteered his time and expertise when Pima Jack Moreland receives award from Supervisor Steve ChristyCounty’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department was first getting its trap and skeet range online back in 2012. He quickly proved himself indispensable by volunteering at the Clay Target Center as well as at the Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range, said Leonard Ordway, who manages the County’s Shooting Sports Program.

    “Not only did Jack bring clay target shooting expertise to us, but he also brought extensive experience and expertise for clay target facility operation, management, maintenance and machine works,” Ordway wrote in Moreland’s nomination letter.

    “Along with the two program managers, Jacks helped form the nucleus to make the facility a success.” 

    In fact, Moreland was so knowledgeable about shooting sports that he was appointed an assistant range master, despite his volunteer status. In five years of volunteering at the range, Moreland has given about 600 hours of time annually. He even recruited his wife, Carol, to assist as a cashier and field safety officer.

    “The Morelands form a volunteer dynamic duo that is impossible to beat,” Ordway said.

    Moreland grew up in southeast Missouri where he was active in waterfowl hunting, fishing and clay target shooting. For 30 years, he took part in state and national skeet shooting competitions, winning numerous awards. 

    “Jack is, quite simply, a ‘Jack of all Shooting Trades,’ and is probably one of the most productive and valuable volunteers to ever have served for the County,” Ordway wrote in his nomination letter.

    Nominees for the Catino Award must be at least 45 years of age and be unpaid volunteers. Nominations are accepted each fall, then candidates are recommended to the Parks and Recreation Commission in February. Contact Valerie Samoy at 520-724-5220 for details.