Tammy is a longtime APEA member, has been a member of both CEA and SU, and
has been instrumental in supporting APEA and the Juneau CLC in sponsoring
several years of CLC-AFL-CIO – Union Sportsmen’s Alliance – trap shoots in
Juneau, which have successfully raised money for USA, engaged Juneau members
in AFL-CIO and local union activities and provided wholesome entertainment
to members and their families.
We are proud of Tammy, appreciative of her work on our behalf and
congratulate her for this well-deserved recognition.
On July 20, her fellow
trapshooting competitors honored her with an induction into the Alaska
Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame.
It was an honor that came as a
total shock, she said. No one had been inducted into the hall of fame
for more than three years.
Inductions are based on two
criteria: Trapshooting accomplishments and contributions to the sport in
Alaska. Fellow trapshooter Dave Kaiser said Kramer had wholeheartedly
earned the award not only for her adept skill as a shooter, but also for
her contribution to the sport in Juneau and throughout the region.
Kramer and her husband moved
to Juneau at a time when the Juneau Gun Club was something of a “good ol’
boy” club, she said. Despite the fact she had grown up bird hunting with
her father in eastern Washington, Kramer sat on the sidelines while her
husband participated in local shoots.
“We didn’t know there was a
gun club in Juneau until one of my husband’s friends told us about it,”
At the time, the club was
small, Kramer said. The finances were in disarray and volunteers needed
One day, she was asked if she
wanted to shoot. That, Kramer said, is what started it all.
“That’s how I got hooked,” she
said. “I soon became president — the first woman president.”
And she started making
changes. Kramer said she helped to revamp Juneau’s Gun Club, she ran or
helped to run the JGC winter league since its inception, brought ATA and
PITA registered trap shooting to Juneau on a regular basis and, with her
husband and other members, helped to upgrade JGC equipment and organized
the bank balance, to name a just a few.
Kramer also became one of the
first 4H Shooting Sports Shotgun Leaders in the state and one of the
first nationally trained 4H instructors, Kaiser said in his induction
speech last month.
“In fact, (Kramer) certified
me as a 4H Shotgun Leader while I was working temporarily in Juneau,” he
Kramer was also the first AIM
director for Alaska, established a women’s shooting program with the JGC
and hosts the annual Shoot for the Cure (a fundraiser for breast cancer
awareness and research) in October. For the last three years, Kramer has
served as an instructor in the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Workshop,
hosted annually by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kaiser said
she has also served for several years at the Juneau representative on
the ASATA board of directors.
Kramer has been participating
in the gun club since 2000, winning competitions with her keen aim. She
shoots a 12-guage Beretta Combo Trap Set, by the way. And, to this day
continues to mentor shooters of all ages.
This year, Kramer said she’s
distanced herself a bit from the sport to focus her attention on work.
Despite her time away from the targets, Kramer still managed to shoot a
perfect score (10 out of 10) in one of the three events in which she
competed last month at the Alaska State ATA Shoot. This regional shoot
attracts competitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and Idaho, she
Kramer loves the sport and
plans to continue, even though she’s stepped down as current president
of the JGC.
“I’m still teaching, I’m going
to continue to do what I do. Shooting is one sport where men and women
are pretty much equal; we shoot the same guns and we shoot at the same
targets,” she said.
Juneau may be seeing a lot
more of Kramer.
“I’ve taken up archery,” she