Founder/Editor of the US & International Archer
For Arlyne Rhode archery has been a lifetime pursuit and keeps her fit and focused. She won nine consecutive Minnesota National Field Archery Association competitions in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1978 she won the Women’s Professional Flight champion crown and became a record-holder as the Women’s Footbow Flight World Record with a distance shot of 1,113 yards, 2 feet, six inches – a record that still stands in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Rhode has continued to inspire athletes of every age with her record breaking performances. As the 2008 Arizona Senior Olympic Champion, Rhode stunned the world when she qualified for the 2009 National Senior Olympics.
In 2011, continued her winning ways by taking first place in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah in her age division.
Co-Founder of the US & International Archer
Bob Rhode loved every part of archery – the sport, the industry, its history, and the people involved. He was a great and very competitive archer who came into prominence in 1954 when he became the first archer in history to win both the U.S. Target and National Field Championships in the same year. Bob went on to become the uncontested archer of the year. In 1955 he attended the World Archery championships in Helsinki, Finland where he finished with the silver medal, after losing to the Swedish champion. In 1957 he was the National Field Archery Association Free-Style champion, and in 1959 the International Field champion. During the next ten years he was always one of the top ten archers in every competition he entered. Bob first began competing with a recurve, then took up shooting with a compound, and also competed in flight shooting. Bob received many awards, but among his most cherished, were the N.F.A.A. Compton Medal of Honor and the NAA Thompson Medal of Honor. He was also one of the original inductees of the Archery Hall of Fame
Bob’s career in archery began with the Ben Pearson Archery Co. Later he worked with American Archery, Bear Archery, P.S.E., and Hoyt USA where he retired as their senior Vice President. Bob was one of the founders of the Professional Archers Association, and was a lifetime member of the National Archery Association and the National Field archery Association. He was also known as an experienced tournament director and officiated at the first indoor professional tournament held at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
Bob became archery’s historian by taking on the task of gathering 150 years worth of historical information and photographs about the sport. He compiled and published over six volumes on the history of FIT A, the NAA, and the NFAA along with three volumes titled “Archery Champions.”
Without any doubt, Joe Johnston says it best, “Bob will be out there waiting for us, bow in one hand and the other stretched out to bring us home.”
–From the US & International Archer, written by David Rhode