2018 December Newsletter

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December 2018 Victoria Bowmen Newsletter

This is the last newsletter of 2018! It’s been a great year for our members – many accomplishments can be proudly carried in our quivers into the New Year! The executive wishes everyone a happy holiday season and looks forward to another positive year!  Below is a newsletter full of reminders, new info and updates. Happy reading and happy shooting!


Hello Members! Now is the time to consider renewing your Victoria Bowmen membership for 2019 – we do hope you will join us for another year. The application by BCTransit to use our outdoor range area has been rejected by View Royal Council so we will likely have use of that range for at least another year. More details here:

The terms of our insurance and use of both indoor and outdoor ranges require that members be fully paid up and renewed, starting January 1st of each year.

Renewing is very easy using our PayPal system at the website – all you need is a credit card:

If you have changed your details (address, tel# or email) please notify:

Indoor Shoots over the Christmas Season

 Just a reminder that indoor club shoots are Thursdays from 7:40 – 9:30pm, and Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Gym at Saanich Commonwealth Place (unless notified otherwise of gym closures).  Over the Christmas holidays there will be regular indoor shoots at the regular times at the gym on Sunday December 23, Thursday December 27th and Sunday December 30th. As always, please come on time to help set-up, and please stay to help take down. Again – many hands make like work!

2019 BC Indoor Championships

 We will be hosting the 2019 BC Indoor Championships April 19 – 21! Once again we will need ‘all hands on deck’, so if you can offer some time and/or expertise, please watch the club information for upcoming meetings to discuss what we’ll need to accomplish. If you will be available, please contact Al Wills at The main thrust of work will be our load/delivery day April 18th, then set up on the 19th, take down and put away the late afternoon of April 21st. So, please boost those dates as we’ll need all the help we can get. We also need people to assist with various jobs throughout the weekend, so if you can drop by for even a few hours, please save the date.

SATURDAY January 5, 2019 – First 900/720 Tournament of 2019! Make it a goal!

The first 900/720 Tournament of 2019 will be on SATURDAY January 5, 2019. Yes, that’s Saturday and NOT Sunday. Why not make participating in these monthly tournaments a goal for the New Year? The 900 consists of distances are 55, 45, 35 meters (30 arrows at each distance), BUT there is a 900 training distance tournament consisting of 35, 30 and 25m distances, again at 30 arrows each distance.  The training distances are a good way for anyone new to tournaments to get used to a tournament environment – perfect for the beginner – and when comfortable, an easy progression to the longer distances! You don’t have to be a ‘perfect’ shot – just do it!

The 720 tournament consists of 72 arrows (12 ends/6 arrows each) at either 70m for senior recurve, or 60m for master recurve. Compound archers shoot at 50m.

So make participating in a tournament a goal this New Year! And what a better place to try than at your home range with familiar folks!  We have been blessed with relatively good weather these days, so get your sight markings for each distance and get practicing!

Indoor Mailmatch – Starts Thursday January 3, 2018

The Victoria Bowmen will once again be hosting the Archery Canada Indoor Mail Match tournament, from January 3th through to March 28th, 2018.

For those of you new to the Mail Match format, the tournament runs for 13 weeks, during which you may shoot a weekly Canada 300 round.  You can submit a maximum of twelve weekly scores.  At the end of the tournament, your top six scores are averaged, and are then compared against all other participating archers across Canada.  You may shoot in any of the Olympic Recurve, Compound, Barebow, Compound Unlimited, Compound Fixed Pin, and Hunter classes.  At the end of the tournament medals are awarded, with Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards to the top 3 male and female archers in each division, along with Gold medals awarded to the top score in each classification.

The cost to participate is $10 per archer.

For more information, please contact Brad Barclay (  We look forward to seeing you on the shooting line!

Next Club Meeting – all welcome

The next meeting is on Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 7pm in the Pacific Dogwood Room at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

The Minutes from the November 20 meeting are posted on the website.