What’s Happening…?

February 8, 2021

Hello Bowmen Members,

I hope you are all aware by now, the AGM is approaching and will be held on February 23rd, 2021 at 7:30 pm by Zoom Conferencing.
In preparation for the AGM we have been seeking candidates willing to stand for the vacant director positions. This nomination process has been extended to February 16th with the hopes of new volunteers coming forward to support our Club.

The list of vacant Director positions and the volunteers to stand for those positions thus far, is listed below. Following that, the listing of current Directors, willing to continue in their positions is identified. Consider volunteering to support our Club and insuring we remain able to focus on the priorities of all Members.

Vacant Positions:
• President (Nominee) Darcy Dean Also Target
• Vice President (Nominee) Richard Kennett Also Family Night
• JOP Coordinator (Nominee) Carlos Erding Also Special Events
• Hunting (Nominee) Richard Browning
• Membership (Nominee) Kara Tibbel & (Nominee) Amanda Barry

Current & remaining:
• Secretary - Kara Tibbel
• Member at Large - Lindsay Mitchell
• Communication - Darryl Whitworth
• Kitchen / Supply - Warren Dick
• Maintenance - Allen Plumbly
• Treasurer - Verna Dick
• 3D - Lance Cook


January 25, 2021

Cowichan Bowmen Annual General Meeting

Request for Nominations:

Hello Bowmen Members,

The Annual General Meeting is set for February 23rd at 7:30 pm via Zoom.  During the AGM we will be required to fill vacant Director positions to ensure we maintain a functioning executive under the Societies Act and to the benefit of our Club.

Although we have not heard from all Directors to this point, we do have several identified vacancies that will need to be filled, including President (or Vice President), JOP Coordinator, Hunting Director and someone to either assist with monitoring / re-directing our Inbox or splitting the Secretary & Membership Director spots to assist Kara.

The list of Directors includes President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Family Night, JOP, Maintenance, Member at Large, 3D, Hunting, Communications, Target, Kitchen & Special Events.  Job Descriptions for any of the Director positions are attached to our website for review.  Nomination any of the Director positions of interest will be accepts and a vote will follow, if required.

If you know of a Bowmen Member, whom you have spoken to and would be willing to stand for a Director position, please contact Richard at Bucky’s Sports or email Roger at president@Cowichanbowmen.com of myself vice-president@cowichanbowmen.com.

Nominations will be open until February 1, 2021.

Voting at the AGM for the Director positions will be facilitated by either a proxy vote prior to the AGM by sealed written submission to Richard at Bucky’s Sports or email to Roger at president@cowichanbowmen.com or at the AGM on February 23rd verbally via Zoom.

We need your assistance to fill the vacant Director positions to ensure we can return to the programs, activities, and competitions we all love.

If you can help, please “Aim to get involved - Target family fun”

Darcy Dean

Vice President & Target Director

Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club


January 18, 2021

Indoor Mailmatch Booking Shooting Times

Hello Bowmen Members,

Anyone interested in participating in the Indoor Mailmatch this year that would be interested in shooting at a consistent day of the week and time of the day is asked to send an email to the target@cowichanbowmen.com email address and I will coordinate the booking on the Bowmen Calendar on our Website. (https://cowichanbowmen.com/events-calendar/)

For those Members interested in seeing when the Clubhouse will be occupied and not able to accommodate extra shooters due to the COVID protocols – also please see the Bowmen Calendar on our Website. (https://cowichanbowmen.com/events-calendar/)

Thank you for your assistance,
Darcy Dean
Vice President & Target Director


January 15, 2021

Archery Canada 2021 National Indoor Mailmatch Competition

Hello Cowichan Bowmen Members,

Archery Canada has made the decision to run the Indoor Mailmatch again this year in a modified - Socially Distanced format.

To register you must first go to the Archery Canada website and enter directly on their link at the bottom of their homepage.

Second, contact me at Target@Cowichanbowmen.com to arrange the scoring and paperwork with the Club. While the scores will still need to be witnessed - the rules around that are obviously changing.

If you have any questions - please let me know and I can guide you through the process.

Good luck and I hope to see some interested Archers.

Darcy Dean
Vice President / Target Director


Archery Canada 2021 Indoor Mailmatch Competition



December 13, 2020

Indoor / Outdoor Range Update

Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club Members

In response to the most recent Health Orders, we have made some adjustments to how the Indoor and Outdoor ranges will operate.

Archers will be required to maintain no less than 3 meters between each other as well utilize the plastic barriers between archers. This will reduce the number of archers on the shooting line down to three from the previous five. Similar distancing practices will be required for archers shooting outdoors.
Masks will be required at all time when not directly shooting.

Clean in and clean out procedures will continue. We ask all our members to wipe down all surfaces they come into contact with to ensure all protective measures remain in place.

Sign in procedures remain a requirement to ensure we know who has been to the club at any date and time.

The new Health Orders allow us to remain open for use but only to the point we all work together. These changes are in addition to the practices and procedures already identified in our Return to Play plan.

Please remain respectful of others, stay safe and continue to enjoy what we have in the best and safest way possible.

Thank you,
The Cowichan Bowmen Directors

“Aim to get involved - Target family fun”


November 21, 2020

JOP (Junior Olmpic Program) and Family Night cancelled until further notice.


November 1, 2020

Family Night - Important Update

Starting Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 everyone entering the clubhouse during Family Night sessions will be required to wear a Cloth Facemask. Visors or shields will not be acceptable. This is in addition to following the social distancing requirement of maintaining 6 feet separation from anyone who does not reside in your household on a regular basis.

If you are sick or feeling unwell please stay home.

Please review the following information regarding Facemasks from the BC Centre for Disease Control http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/masks

Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club


A Message To Members

October 13, 2020

The Upcoming AGM
Request for Reflection by our Members

On November 24th the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club will once again hold their Annual General Meeting, just like in years past. This year, however, one of the key components of our clubs success will no longer be available to us. Roger Walker, our current JOP coordinator and President, will be stepping down as he relocates out of the Cowichan Valley. Originally I wished to put a motion to the floor to bestow Roger with a lifetime membership as a Cowichan Bowmen member – but he has already received that honor. His commitment to our club should no less be recognized with a testament to his dedication. This will be a monumental loss to our organization that will be felt for years to come.

Roger is not giving up archery – just planning on enjoying it in a new community and different club. This will, no less, leave a massive hole in our organization, greater than I can put into words. I doubt there is a member of the Bowmen that has not worked alongside Roger, been mentored by Roger or shot arrows with Roger. He was an executive member when I first joined over a decade ago. I can think of no one more worthy of being recognized as a Lifetime Member. Now that we are faced with recognizing this change we get to the question of reflection by our members. Where do the members wish us to go from here?

This has been a different year for all organizations, businesses and programs. We have been shut down, refocused and limited with what we are able to do. These things are real, current and will be with us for quite some time into the future. So where do we go from here? At our AGM we have, at minimum, three, maybe four, executive positions that will be vacant. We have a core group of committed volunteers and volunteer directors who have repeatedly stepped up to do their best to make the Cowichan Bowmen one of the best clubs on the Island and in the province. So where do the Members wish us to go from here?

Is it the wish of the membership that we detract and limit activities, events and competitions and just be a nice place to come out and shoot some arrows? Do we do what is required to move forward and return to supporting organized events and competitions throughout the year? Do we support the development and coaching of our kids in JOP and introduce them to competitions around the province? Whichever the choice of our members, these questions need to be answered.

The Cowichan Bowmen has upwards and over 200 members on most any year. I am asking that each of those members consider where you would like our club to be in 5 or 10 years. I am asking that each of those members consider what you can do to help support our club, going forward. I am asking that each of those members consider if you could possibly hold a greater role in the operations of our club than you have in years past. Finally, I am asking for your thoughts.

Send me a note or email or come out to the AGM on November 24th and let us know where you would like us to go. The AGM will proceed, as a requirement under the Societies Act and our Club Constitution, so please lend a hand and let us know your thoughts.

Darcy Dean
Target Director


July 22 2020

Clubhouse Open to Members

The clubhouse is open for members use. There are rules and social distancing requirements in place. Please obey all signs and procedures when using the clubhouse. If any reports are made that social distancing or other procedures are not being followed it may cause the clubhouse to be closed indefinitely or administrative action taken against the offending party which may include loss of membership. A maximum of 12 people will be allowed in the clubhouse at any one time and no more than 5 on the shooting line. Only use the backdoor of the clubhouse when entering and exiting the building.

To obtain the backdoor code please use the contact form and select "Secretary" from the drop down menu. If you haven't completed the waiver form  you'll have to do that first and submit it along with your request for the door code. If you have any questions please include them in your message when contacting the club secretary.


July 16, 2020

ATTENTION! - All Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club Members

The club has been notified by the owners of the land that surround the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club that their electric fence is active and turned on to it's maximum setting. DO NOT touch or come in contact with this fence as it could cause you or others that are in your care such as children or animals serious harm. This fence is designed to repel Elk which are large animals so please be careful and stay clear of the fence.

Club Reopening on June 16, 2020

June 15, 2020

Good news everyone!

The Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club will begin opening on June 16, 2020. The opening will be subject to the rules and guidelines as stated in the following document which can be downloaded by clicking here.

It is important for all members to read the document in it's entirety and complete the waiver form to gain access to the club grounds. It's important to note that all the rules, orders, and guidelines are subject to change without notice due to the fluid nature of this pandemic and the requirements that need to be met to help keep our members safe. We will always do our best to keep you updated in a timely manner as to any changes in our policies and the club's operations.

We know it's been a while coming and appreciate all our members patience while we make sure that everything was in place to have a successful reopening. Besides being the right time to open we also had the club grounds to prepare, had meetings to discuss the status of the club, and took the time to make sure how we can best open in a safe manner while following BC Archery and BC Provincial Government orders and guidelines.


Hand Sanitizer and Wipes at The Clubhouse

Any member or guest who uses the clubhouse facilities must wipe down ANYTHING they touch in the clubhouse with the disenfectant wipes which are on a table in the clubhouse. Upon entering or using the clubhouse facilities please use the supplied hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap in the washroom. This is for the safety of everyone.


Now's A Great Time To Renew Your Membership

If you haven't renewed your Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club Membership, or are thinking of joining the club for the first time, now would be a great.  You can download the membership form using the link below and drop it off at the club during family nights, or mail it in. We look forward to seeing all new and returning members. If you have questions, contact the membership director using the contact form by clicking here.

Click here to download the 2019 - 2020 membership form.


Club Motto - And The Winner Is...

5 options were presented for members to vote on.  The one that received the most votes is “Aim to get involved - Target family fun”.  Motion to adopt it for the club’s motto was passed at the November 26 general meeting.

Thank you for all who submitted their votes, and their names were entered in a prize draw for a $50 restaurant gift certificate, drawn at the November 26 general meeting. The winner of the draw is Darcy Dean.  Many congratulations Darcy.


Target Wall Rebuild

A BIG thank you to all who came out to help rebuild the target wall, we did it in record time.

Thanks to: Chris E,  Darcy D,  Frank P,  John P,  Lindsay M,  Norm A,  Rand G,  Roger W,  Russell O,  Warren D and a couple of other volunteers who remain anonymous.


No Shooting Broadheads or Crossbows on Butts

A reminder that broadhead arrows and/or crossbows are to be used in the sandpit only and are not to be used on the target or field butts as they wreck the butts.