Cedar River Bowmen Archery Club is a private, non-profit organization, that boasts many of the attributes an archery club should, including unmatched ranges, facilities, and highly dedicated club members, committed to promoting the sports of archery and bowhunting. 

CRB was established in the early 1950’s, and continues to thrive today. Originally established by our founding fathers over 50 years ago as an archery club through Boeing, we have carried on the time-honored traditions, goals and dreams of our predecessors.

CRB has a rich, thriving and very successful history of handing down the love and passion for archery and bowhunting, that would make our founding fathers proud, and help them realize the dream they created many, many years ago.

It is this deeply rooted passion, that keeps CRB at the forefront of archery clubs around the northwest. Nowhere else will you find the kind of passion, loyalty, and dedication that CRB members possess. Our club members have a drive that lies much deeper than that of most other clubs of our type. It is this drive and passion that pushes us ever forward, in a relentless pursuit to be the premier archery club of the northwest, always striving to set the standard for what archery clubs “should be”, and to pass down through the generations, the traditions and respect for archery and bowhunting.

Come see what a long-standing, rich tradition in archery and bowhunting can mean to you, your family, or your group, and join the proud, “generations-old” tradition that is Cedar River Bowmen.

If archery or bowhunting is your passion, Cedar River Bowmen is where you will set those passions free, and where your archery and bowhunting senses will come alive.

A Bit of CRB History …

The Club Logo by Alan Jones

The crazy Indian has been the logo of the Cedar River Bowmen for many, many years. Today, in our politically correct society, there certainly exists some concern about the caricature of an Indian as a mascot for a club. But back when this logo was developed by Lloyd Omura, it was just a great idea and a greater piece of artwork.

Many years ago, in 1964, the Cedar River Bowmen Archery Club was only a few years old. It was meeting at facilities of the Green River Community College because that’s where one of the board members, Art Benny, was teaching and could get a room for the members. Art, Lloyd, a fellow by name of Johnson whose first name has been lost in history, and Joe Line were all working as drafters at Boeing. Lloyd was not really an archer, although he had played around with the sport like many young men. The board of directors at Cedar River Bowmen knew that Lloyd had worked professionally as a cartoonist for an ad agency before joining Boeing, so they asked Lloyd to design an Indian logo for the club.

Lloyd, who was 34 at the time, consented and came up with the fierce Indian with an arrow in his mouth. He didn't copyright the drawing and donated both his time and the drawing to the club. For his generosity, the club presented Lloyd with a trophy. Even then, members of other archery clubs told CRB members what a neat mascot they had with the crazy Indian.

The idea for the Indian motif may well have come from one of the founding families of Cedar River Bowmen, the Tooks. Carlene and Gene Took were Yakima Indians and, according to Ivan Burns, the glue that kept the Cedar River Bowmen Archery Club together in the early 1960s when it might otherwise have folded up. In those days, a typical annual banquet might have had only a dozen attendees. When Gene Took passed away, much of his family from the Yakima area attended in full buckskin garb. The Tooks were obviously proud of their heritage. Carlene even owned a ceramic shop and for years produced most of the trophies that CRB awarded to archers.

Lloyd Omura worked at Boeing for 42 years before retiring as a Supervisor Instructor. Art Benny went on to become the Director of Vocational Education for the State of Washington.

Editor’s Note: Since this was printed the mascot has been changed to a different Indian with Cedar River Bowmen draped around it.