Thanks for the kind words, Erick.
I first met George in the early seventies when I joined what was then known as the PSE Advisory Staff. It didn't take long before George and I became close friends. George developed the original PSE Dealer and Shooter Schools. I spent every chance I could traveling and doing the schools with George and his lovely wife Patti. Spending time with George was always a learning experience. Talk about fun we would laugh until the tears ran down our cheeks. George had a great sense of humor and was always cracking jokes. He and Patti had spent many years shooting archery at the professional level. They both had won numerous State and National Titles. George retired from PSE in 2005 after 35 years. In January of 2006 he and I re-wrote the Tech Manual and continued doing the two day Dealer Tech Certification Schools while traveling around the country for archery dealers and distributors. The program is basicly the same that we used to do at the PSE factory in Tucson Az. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform all the tasks required to run or work in a Archery Pro Shop. A Technical Certification Certificate is presented to individuals after they successfully complete a hands on test and a written test. These certificates have opened the doors to many people who were looking to work in or start their own archery shops.
Sadly in 2009 Patti passed away. On June 11, 2010 George left us to be with Patti. It was difficult for me to just write that. Their phone numbers are still in my cellphone list. George was one of my best friends and a mentor in all aspects of my life. I am a better person because of George and Patti.
George certified two instructors to teach his schools besides himself they are Monty Maliongas and myself, Steve VanZile. Thousands of dealers and shooters around the nation and the world have attended and benefitted from the George Chapman Dealer Technical Schools. George and Patti wanted to start and keep people in the wonderful sport of archery. They wanted to help dealers become successfull and shooters to enjoy archery to the max. George would not want what he started to end. With the approval of George and Patti's family and in honor of George, Monti and I will continue to teach the George Chapman Technical Schools.
Monti and I can not replace George but we will do our best to make him proud.
Currently we are still using our old website at "www.chapmanarchery.com
". The website gives complete explainations of the available schools.
Please use this section of the Doinker Forum for any questions about the schools or technical questions on bow tuning, arrows etc. I will do my best to answer these for you. I love learning new things about tuning, building arrows etc. I know you guys have some great information so let's share, have some fun and talk archery.
Thanks for listening,