I'm involved with a shooting club in NW Vermont, The Sportsman's Club of Franklin County (scfcvt.org). Back in the late 70s-early 80s the club hosted both PPC & Handgun Metallic Silhouette events. I shot in both disciplines, if there's gunpowder and lead involved what's not to like?
Fast forward to the present. I'm not sure when, or exactly why, both those games fell by the wayside, not just at SCFC but statewide. There is one (small) group shooting in Derby, VT, at least they were a couple years ago but that's it.
The club is now hosting IDPA & USPSA (I think that's right) events along with a few other events of the currently popular "action shooting". Those are fine, still gunpowder & lead and they keep people shooting.
I'm going to try doing something with PPC on our 50' indoor range this winter. Biggest issue I'm going to have to deal with is that the club has deteriorated to where nobody wants to do anything to make things happen so I'll be on my own for the most part. We have range room to set up outdoors through the summer but running events is more than a single person can do and still hope to shoot as well.
Any one else here from the Northern VT area?
10 Years ago when I first joined my club there was only one range working, all the target turners were broken and nobody bothered to fix anything because there was still the one range working. It took myself and a mate who joined at the same time 6 months to get the Falling Plate range opened back up and from there we went on a spree repairing everything to the point now that its 100% functional. I guess my advice is not to do all the work yourself but to get enthused shooters with some motivation and clear goals because doing it all yourself will burn you out, perhaps try and get a few busy bee's going and set an open date for a shoot so you have something to work for.
As for running events I just went to a 4 day National here in Western Australia for Action Pistol and the key was that everyone digs in and ranges, spots and helps put up targets and picks up brass. Nothing worse than seeing 50 blokes sit down and expect to have the match run for them, I went to one club in the hills and saw the culture there...sit back and chat while 2 people do all the work. I was a guest so I pitched in but man I wanted to shout out to those leeches to get off their butts and help out but I held my tongue..never went back there btw.