Victoria Bowmen Newsletter December 2014

Animated image of snowballs forming "Happy Holidays"
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your Board of Directors!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the latest news including our last Board Meeting (December 15th):

Note there is no shooting on December 25th or January 1st

We have a total of 244 members (71 Renewed for 2015)! If you’re not one of the ’71, it’s time to renew, the combinations will be changed soon.

New Years Shoot:
4 January, 2015 – This will be the first of our ‘Because we can’ shoots ~ a 900/720 Tournament, we’ll start practice at 9, so please show up around 8:15 to help set up and then we’ll take glee in the fact we’ve shot the first tournament in Canada.

New Archer Incentive Program:
The winners of a one year membership for 2015 were Jim Birtwistle and Greg Fong ~ Congratulations! All members participating in our tournaments will be entered, we will be carrying this on for 2015, so it’s another incentive for you to join us!

MICA Tournament:
(Multi-Sites Indoor Championships of the Americas – This is an international ‘Mail-in’ tournament, where archers from all the countries in the Americas compete together. It is a 18M tournament registered with Archery Canada (and, of course, World Archery Americas) Our version is March 1st at the gym, plan to compete it is a great shoot! Practice starts at 11:30 – check in will be in the Pacific Dogwood room. You must pre-register for this tournament, contact Rick Ellis.

Shooting Shirts:
We have enough orders for black shirts now, the order will go in on January 10, so this is your last chance for now!

New Victoria Bowmen shooting jersey, whiteNew Victoria Bowmen shooting jersey, black

Be the first to purchase our new shooting shirts, black or white!

We have set up a payment system if you want to pay via paypal, at our payment page – Go to the Jersey order page and order yours now, for more information contact Jarrod.

New Archer Program
The program will beginning again January 8th. Coaches will be available most shooting days to help, please take advantage. More information.

Coach Training
Instructor Intermediate training will take part on the following dates: Jan 5, 7, 12 and 14 7:30 – 9:30PM at one of the Saanich Recreation meeting rooms. You must pre register to attend, contact Al. If you plan on taking any coach training, you will need these manuals. (Instructor Intermediate)

Ladies Shooting
Dates are set for Ladies only shooting 1:30 – 3:30PM on the  4, 11, 18, 25 May, 8, 15, 22 June. The program offers Archery for Women by Women with Women, we hope to offer introductory lessons also soon. for more information, please contact Diana.

Watch this space for announcements of upcoming workshops on: Recurve, Compound and Longbow workshops. These will be informational targeted at the novice, however, those instructors putting them on will be able to answer all inquiries or find the answers for you.

New Website
Our website is undergoing a facelift, should be live fairly soon!

Latest Board Meeting
The minutes from our latest meeting (December 15) have just been posted to our meeting page. Next meeting January 19.

The following is repeated information, but still topical:

Outdoor Schedule
Our outdoor schedule is coming  together fast, our listing of 2015 shoots are posted here.

Drop in Fee
People who have not shot before and have not been or are not members, may visit the club for a ‘try out’, Because of our insurance issues, we must record the names of such guests, so if you are aware of someone who wants to come out, be sure they sign in first. There is now a register book in the Indoor and Outdoor containers. If you cannot get to the register at the outdoor range, please provide the information us.

Lock the Gate:

  • If you are the last one at the range, please take the responsibility of checking to make sure everything is locked (container compound and gate). Best to go ahead and lock it if you’re not sure.

A few reminders of etiquette and procedures for indoor shooting: – Always be sure your membership card is visible!

1. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):

a) 2 short whistles – Archers to the line
b) 1 short whistle – Begin Shooting
c) 3 short whistles – Retrieve arrows
d) 4 or more whistles – EMERGENCY – All stop shooting.

2. Do not nock arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line and whistle is blown.
3. Shoot 3 arrows, more allowed if you don’t hold up others
4. Step back from the shooting line when finished shooting
5. Never draw above top of butt. Ensure your arrow will hit the butt, if not, move a butt closer
6. When pulling arrows be careful of those behind you.
7. Check your equipment before shooting.
8. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
9. Please help set up, take down and cleanup. Don’t leave this to others, someone has to set up and take down, it doesn’t take long if EVERYONE pitches in! Come a bit early and stay until the end.
10. Ensure the container is locked if you are last to leave.
11. There is NO shooting during work parties, when a work party is called there is no shooting until all the work is complete and the last of the workers has left – The President will open the range when it is appropriate.

Keep an eye on the website, and our facebook page, our tournament schedule is there are as are results, pictures and information on all facets of archery!