About Us

The Friends of Texas BOW (“Friends”) is an incorporated membership organization founded in 2013, exclusively for charitable and educational purposes by a group of women who participated in Texas Parks and Wildlife Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (“TPWD-BOW”) workshops and wanted to help the program continue to flourish.

Learning and experiencing new outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, hunting, geocaching, kayaking, astronomy, and biking had proved so empowering that Friends was compelled to create a way to more fully support the mission of the TPWD-BOW workshops. With the approval and support of Texas Parks and Wildlife and the TPWD-BOW program, Friends quickly took shape. On April 24, 2013, a Certificate of Formation was approved by the Texas Secretary of State and on Nov. 8, 2013, Friends held its initial Board meeting and adopted Bylaws and established its mission.  

On July 22, 2014, the IRS determined the Friends of Texas BOW was exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, your donations to Friends of Texas BOW are tax deductible.

Friends is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. The founding members and current Board of Directors has worked diligently to build a solid foundation on which to grow Friends of Texas BOW.

What We Do
The primary purpose of Friends of Texas BOW is to raise funds to purchase equipment and supplies so that all participants and instructors at Texas Parks & Wildlife's Becoming An Outdoors-Woman workshops enjoy the best possible possible experience. Friends of Texas BOW also provide scholarships for BOW workshops. 

  • Firearm Training Sets
  • Firearms
  • Kayaks
  • Bows
  • Ammo & Skeet
  • Mountain Biking Supplies
  • Binoculars
  • BOW Gift Items
We hold fundraisers at each BOW workshop including a silent auction and raffles. Our members also support us through annual and lifetime membership dues.
2020 Board of Directors
  • Melissa Brown |  President
  • Jeanette Hood | Vice-President
  • Barbara Harmon | Treasurer
  • Shelly Schulz | Secretary
  • Alice Bradley
  • Patti Carothers
  • Kim Clendenen
  • Sarah Padgett
  • Cynthia Williams
The idea for a Friends group was conceived in Brownwood at the Spring 2013 BOW. Founding members stepped forward to contribute their expertise and, eighteen months later, gained approval for Friends of Texas BOW to operate as a non-profit from the IRS.

Founding Members pictured at left are (l-r): 
Sharon Hayes, Lynn Smith, Melissa Brown,
Susan Kalich, Vicki Latour, Cynthia Williams,
Nancy Reese and Linda Yost