What’s Happening?

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.

Respectfully,
Darcy Dean
Vice-President
Target Director

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September 16, 2020

Club News - September 16, 2020

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

If a member has any items or issues that they would liked discussed at this years Annual General Meeting, the topic must be brought forward at the Monthly General Meeting in October.

MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING

The next Monthly General Meeting will be held on Tuesday October 6th, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club. All club members are welcome to attend the Monthly General Meetings and help support their club.

CLUB MINUTES

If your interested to know what happened at the last Monthly General Meeting you can view the club minutes once they are posted using this link https://cowichanbowmen.com/club-minutes/

J.O.P. (JUNIOR OLYMPIC PROGRAM)

Great news! The J.O.P. program has started up again. The program is open to all youth age 6 to 20 (as of December 31 of current year).
The J.O.P. program runs every Monday night from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club.
For more information about the J.O.P. program please visit the the BC Archery Associations website https://bcarchery.ca/jop and the Cowichan Bowmen website https://cowichanbowmen.com/jop/

FAMILY NIGHT

Family Night is being held every Tuesday and Thursday night. Family night is open to all club members, anyone new to archery and want to see what it's all about (you really should), or are considering joining the club.
For more details visit the Cowichan Bowmen Archery Club website https://cowichanbowmen.com/family-night/

CLUB COMMUNICATIONS

If any club member or potential member has a question or comment regarding the club such as events, programs, and membership, you are more than welcome to contact us using the contact form on the Cowichan Bowmen website here https://cowichanbowmen.com/contact-us/

“Aim to get involved - Target family fun”

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.