Come share in the friendship and unity of fellow archers. We invite you and welcome your participation in our events.
Brevard Archers membership is made up of all levels of shooters from beginners to champions and all styles of shooting including traditional, Olympic recurve, and compound.
Brevard Archers is an FAA/NFAA Charter Club. We are also chartered through ASA (Archery Shooters Association).
Our range is open to the public at all times with 14 field archery lanes, a practice range with target butts at 20 to 70 yards, and adjacent to it an area for 900 round competitions. We also have a nice wooded area with 20 lanes dedicated to our monthly 3D shoots. All shooters are welcome to participate in all of our shoots.
Fred was born to Anna May Stringham and John Cooper Bremen on New York City's City Island on February 21, 1925. This tiny island with a strong maritime heritage would have a lifelong influence on him. He and his three brothers, Sam, Ed and John, each joined a different branch of the US Military. Fred joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater as a Boatswain's Mate Second Class during World War II aboard the USS William M Wood and LST181. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the American Theater Victory Medal.
After an Honorable Discharge in 1946, he returned to City Island, and shortly thereafter met Geraldine Gesicki. The inseparable pair were married on June 22, 1947, and they shared over 67 years of love and laughter. Son Fred, Jr. was born less than a year later, followed by Tom in 1951.
He joined the State of New York's Apprenticeship Program with the renowned sailmaking firm Ratsey and Lapthorne, ultimately moving the family to Miami to open a Ratsey sail loft there. When that business closed, he was asked to return to New York, but South Florida had become home. He opened Fred A. Bremen, Sailmakers, a business he eventually ran with first one and eventually two of his sons. He retired from that career when he moved to Palm Bay, Florida in 1981. Bremen Sails is still run by son Tom and daughter-in-law Jill.
As a sailor, Fred had many achievements and won many championships, but his proudest moments revolved around his relationships with young people and helping them achieve their dreams through the perfect sail and years of sailing experience. He was instrumental in starting the International Optimist Dinghy Sailing Program, and young sailors from around the world clamored to own a genuine Bremen Sail. Perhaps none was as distinctive or memorable as the bright pink sail framed with red hearts that he made for his only granddaughter, Mandy, an international champion herself.
In 1972, rather than take a long-planned trip to Hawai'i for their 25th wedding anniversary, they instead purchased a 15' long Dutch Craft travel trailer and a sky-blue Ford pickup truck, and set off to "look for America." That was replaced by a larger Holiday Rambler the following year, and long summer vacations became a tradition while son Fred Jr. ran the loft in Miami. Joining them on the many journeys through 48 states and Canada was their third son, Gary, grateful beneficiary of all the lessons learned with Fred and Tom.
In Palm Bay, Fred became active in the Lions Club and learned to play golf...poorly. A renewed interest in an earlier passion, archery, led him to become a founding member of the Brevard Archers. He participated in many Florida Senior Games and Sunshine State Games, bringing home many medals. He worked as a Browning Pro, shooting with the latest equipment for all to see.
Those who knew and loved him have no doubt that he will not "rest in peace." There is just too much to do, too many places to explore, too much fun to be had.
He is survived by his sweetheart of 67 years, Geraldine Gesicki Bremen, son Fred Bremen, Jr. and Fred's Daughter Mandy Bremen, son Tom Bremen and Tom's wife Jill Kamilar-Bremen, son Gary Bremen and Gary's partner Roger Boone, would-be son Mike Guido and Mike's wife Rhonda Guido, and countless friends who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Frederick A. Bremen Memorial Fund to purchase supplies for a children's archery program. Make checks payable to Brevard Archers, PO Box 410031, Melbourne, FL 32941.
Exerting its influence over a profoundly long time period, from 25,000 BC to 1600 AD, archery is one of the most influential inventions in human history. The versatile bow and arrow harvested more protein and calories than any other tool until the invention of the plow (6,000 BC) and played a decisive role in military conquests and defenses.
As a result, it is highly likely that one one or more occasions in the last 1200 generations, the survival of one of your ancestors was attributable to a particular arrow in flight finding its mark - to stave off hunger, or emerge victorious in battle. Thus, to learn archery is to touch and experience the family history of one's own primal past.
Taking an archery class is an excellent way to see if you are interested in archery - all equipment is provided. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it. All lessons are at the archery range at Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL.
Congratulations Nathan Langfitt of Palm Bay for winning a free set of bow strings at Action Gun and Archery. Each time an archer shoots a "center 12" on the mosquito target at our monthly 3D shoot, a ticket is entered in our lottery. Every three months a winning ticket is drawn. Nathan won the drawing for July, August and September. Well done Nathan!
Feel free to attend the next business meeting held 3rd Tuesday of every month, at Denny's in the Suntree area, Melbourne, 7pm. Click the link for a map. See you there.