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Buhl Named Volunteer Of The Month

Ken Buhl has combined his joy of archery with education to create youth archery programs through the National Field Archery Association Headquarters, located here in Yankton. Buhl has been recognized as the United Way & Volunteer Services' Volunteer of the Month, for his efforts sharing these programs in Yankton and to other schools throughout the state.

In 2009, Buhl with cooperation from the S.D. Department of Education and S.D. Game, Fish and Parks, started a pilot program, reaching out to disadvantaged schools throughout the state. The South Dakota Enhanced After School Archery Program is a regional outreach program which uses the sport of archery as a learning tool to enhance youth's coordination, math and social skills.

“The age appropriate educational games we use to teach really improve the kid's self-esteem,” says Buhl. “You can really see their confidence grow as they learn to shoot.”

Buhl has shared these learning tools to various groups in the area, including the Big Friend Little Friend organization. Big Friend Little Friend Director Stacy Starzl was impressed how the kids listened and worked as a team during their Fun Function held at the NFAA Headquarters. “The kids demonstrated such patience and discipline while learning how to shoot. They listened so well to Ken as he explained the safety rules and how to hold the bow. “

Buhl is also involved with the Ted Nugent's Camp for Kids, a one-day training camp including Olympic Archery, fishing, trap shooting, and other outdoor skills; and Bring Back the Bow, a three-day camp where youth learn traditional bow making skills.

Originally from Britton, Buhl moved to Yankton in 1984, where he owned and operated his own business for more than 20 years. Ken's history of volunteerism in Yankton is impressive, with hours on the Emergency Management team, chairman of the Yankton Planning Commission, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program instructor, and a Big Friend Little Friend mentor. One of Buhl's volunteer highlights is when he received the Governor's School Bell Award for Education while serving on the fundraising committee to obtain computers for Yankton Public Schools in the early 1990s.

What drives Buhl to continue his volunteer efforts today is being able to help the community and make a difference. Seeing the children excel in school and gain confidence in their everyday lives brings him joy. When asked what advice he has to others thinking about sharing their skills through volunteerism, Ken states, “Those that are the busiest, usually have the most to give. Try to find a program that compliments your schedule and what you enjoy. If you find joy in something, those you help may start helping others as well.”