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July 2018 Newsletter

Victoria Bowmen Association – July 2018 Newsletter

Open House – Sunday July 29, 1-3pm

We’ve invited our neighbors for a barbeque, so members please be sure to join in the Open House on Sunday July 29 from 1-3 pm!  Hot dogs on the bbq, drinks and snacks will be available. It’s during the usual club shoot, so be sure to bring your bow and shoot.  Info about the club, past and present, will be on display, and guests will be welcome to give archery a try.  Hope to see you then!

JOP Program Suspension

Due to the low attendance at the JOP sessions in recent weeks we have decided to suspend the JOP program for the rest of the summer. We will be resuming when the indoor season starts in October.
As members, you are still fully welcome to shoot at the range as long as junior members have adult supervision. If you are interested in further instruction during these summer months please contact lessons@victoriabowmen.com

Next General Meeting – Tuesday July 31, 2018 – 7 pm – Saanich Commonwealth Place

The club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday July 31, 2018, 7 pm, at Saanich Commonwealth Place in the Arbutus Room. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming 900/720 Tournaments: 

Never done a tournament? Now is your chance to try, especially while the weather nice!
For the Canadian 900 tournaments, there are two distance options:

  • The standard 900 distances of 55, 45, and 35 meters (30 arrows at each distance)
  • The 900 training distances of 35, 30 and 25m (30 arrows at each distance)

The 720 tournament, with options of either a morning or afternoon session or both, consist of 12 ends of 6 arrows each at either 50, 60, or 70m, depending on bow classification as well as age.
For further information on rounds, categories, and distances for each age group, refer to Chapter 4 of the Archery Canada Rulebook or visit our pages on archer categories and tournament scoring on our website.

Upcoming tournament dates are: August 19September 9, and October 7. To register email Billy Sanderson at tournaments@victoriabowmen.com   $5 for Victoria Bowmen club members. $20 for guest competitors.

Hot Days at the Range

It’s hot these days, so here’s a few reminders when out there getting perfect golden ‘X’s:

  1. Don’t forget to bring lots of drinking water with you. We have no tap and heat exhaustion can sneak up on you quicker than you realize!
  2. Those yummy blackberries are ripening, which means those nasty wasps will be back soon.  Wear bug spray and don’t leave bottles of sugary drinks open and on the line while you shoot.

3.  There IS a garbage bag for odds and ends of trash plastic/paper trash, but please try to take food and drink related trash home with you if possible. The heat makes old food and drinks rot faster and stink – don’t forget about those wasps! – and little furry critters get hungry and make a mess. A club member volunteers to change the garbage bag and take the trash to a dumpster, but they can’t be out there all the time.

  1. Sunscreen! Slather on the Coppertone – you will burn quicker than you realize. You want to be able to come back and shoot and not be in pain from a nasty burn, right?

  2. Always lock both gates when you leave, even if it’s still light out and you think there might be a chance someone will come by.  Security and safety is important for everyone, including our precious range.

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