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Tom grew up in Dell Rapids, SD. He is a 1960 graduate of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He worked as a Standard Oil Rep in the 60’s. He then switched to the banking business and was a loan officer in North Dakota, Wyoming, Mitchell, SD and Brookings, SD. He retired as one of the VPs of First Bank and Trust in Brookings in 2006.
Tom started pistol shooting in the SD Air National Guard in the 1960’s and continues to shoot pistol and smallbore, but favors high power service rifle. He enjoys big game, turkey and upland bird hunting but is still waiting for his Big Horn Sheep. He is a collector of Carbines, Garands, Springfields and Smith and Wessons.
Tom served as the Secretary for SD Shooting Sports from 1978 to 2004.
Bruce Plate lives with his wife Ruby near Vermillion. They have three adult daughters. Ruby was one of the leaders for the Clay County 4-H Horse Project. She encouraged Bruce to become a 4-H leader so he became one of the first leaders to begin the local 4-H Shooting Sports project. He became a certified 4-H instructor and for several years served on the South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Trainer team. Bruce has been involved in the shooting sports since the time he received a BB-gun at the age of 6.
He attended the University of South Dakota and competed throughout the Midwest with the USD Rifle Team. He went on to complete a 27 year career with the Vermillion Police Department retiring as Chief of Police in 2002. He was hired by the National Rifle Association in 2004 as the NRA Field Rep for North and South Dakota. He recently retired from that position.
In 1996 he helped develop the Vermillion Friends of NRA committee. This was only the third committee at that time and is currently the second longest running event in South Dakota. Current certifications: NRA Certified Instructor in rifle, muzzle loading, firearms security, South Dakota Hunt Safe Instructor, Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor, NRA Range Technical Team Adviser Certified Shooting Sports Instructor for Boy Scouts of America.
Memberships in local organizations: Edgemont Trap Club, Clay County Sportsman's Club, Vermillion Pistol Club and the Yankton Sharpshooters. Statewide and National Memberships: Endowment/Life Member National Rifle Association, Life Member South Dakota Shooting Sports, Life Member Amateur Trapshooting Association, Life Member Dakota Territory Gun Collectors, Member of Lions Club International.
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