Bowls Australia

Chairman’s report for 2021

 

Bev Johnston

December 2021

As we approach the last weeks of 2021 and Christmas is just around the corner it is often the case that while we reflect on the year just past we look forward happily towards the Festive Season and spending time with loved ones.  Holidays, food and carols and decorations get us in the festive mood.  Our Ladies held their Christmas luncheon and Presentation day recently and good food, conversation and fun was had by all.  A final meeting of the ladies, for 2021,  will be held soon.

On Monday 22 November, your Management Committee discussed at length, how we would approach the future with our Queensland Government planning to open our border to residents from areas outside the State.  Now we all have the opportunity to be vaccinated to protect ourselves and others, it seems that some will not be able to fully participate in all activities,  if Legislation currently being framed for consideration becomes law.  As things stand it seems Clubs such as ours may not be allowed to admit Members or guests to all our facilities, who are not fully vaccinated.  Your Committee is watching, reading, listening and deciphering all the information available, because, not only do we need to determine what is best for our Club Members and visitors but how the law and our final decisions will be put into practice.  Perhaps the first step for all Members and society generally is to acquire their Vaccination Certificate.  If you have an iPhone and are double vaccinated, the steps are quite simple.  The Certificate is your Passport to participate as fully as possible in society.  More information will become available as we get closer to 17 December 2021.

Your Management Committee also discussed the insurance claim we had lodged with our Insurer to rectify damage from the severe hail storm experienced in Rockhampton in 2020. We have had numerous discussions with our Insurance Broker Representatives and the Insurer’s Assessor and have been advised that the Insurer has accepted the claim to replace the roofs on both the Clubhouse and the Cover over the Green and including the Solar System on the roof over the Green.  We have been advised the Roofing Contractor should be able to do the work on the Green roof with as little disruption to bowling activities as possible. Hopefully this is so.  Members will be kept informed as this major undertaking unfolds.

As those Members who have recently visited the Club will know, the northern lounge area has had floor coverings laid, with plans to look into replacing the front metal floor level louvres with safety glass.  An Operable door to be installed, will allow the rooms to be individually utilised.   Our Building Committee is seeking suppliers/prices to replace the upstairs kitchen hutch shutters with a roller door or something similar.   Quotations have been obtained from a Floor Sander/Polisher to re-polish the entire balance of the upstairs floor including hallways.  We will seek advice from this contractor as to when is the best time to complete this task to gain the best end result, but of course, also when the work can be done.  A Working Bee is hopefully to be held to clean up the Storeroom and Workroom in the southern end of the building downstairs and many hands make light work.  Please help where you can.

As with domestic matters, it is not all house building but a certain amount of housekeeping needs to be done in all Organisations.  At the recent Management Committee Meeting we discussed the need for all voluntary Club Bar Attendants to have an RSA Certificate and to add the details to the Club Register, some proposed amendments to the Club rules documentation and revisiting the Club Code of Conduct which has perhaps not been strictly adhered to by all players and visitors to the Club at all times.  The latter often comes to the fore, when there is a difference between players which escalates.  I have since placed copies of our Code of Conduct in the Club for all to read.  When the list of Members who have acknowledged the Code of Conduct has been updated, those who have not already signed the Register of Acknowledgment will be asked to sign.  Our Secretary will frame copies to be prominently mounted in the Clubhouse. A Committee Member has given an opinion regarding Non- Declared Members joining our Club and how to best include them for proper governance.

It is now time for all Members to consider putting themselves forward to help with the running of the Club.  I have been Chairman for two years and together with our Committee members we have managed to negotiate some very difficult times and accomplish some improvements to the Clubhouse.  I know that to do the job of Chairman satisfactorily, a committed team, working together is essential.  Nominations for positions on the Committee for 2022 should be posted on the Notice Board well ahead of the AGM to allow the Secretary time to collate all into end of year documents.  While nominations can be taken from the floor at the AGM it is less than satisfactory to almost embarrass or entice people into accepting a nomination when they have not given serious thought to the positions.

On a very sad note, we have farewelled our long term and much admired Member, Kev Weaver who passed away recently.  Kev was a member of RBC for many years but was also well known throughout Rockhampton as a suburban butcher, Member of Service Clubs and a much loved family man. Members observed a minute’s silence, raised a glass or cup of tea in Kev’s honour at RBC and recently a Wake was held by the Weaver Family also at RBC.  Rest In Peace Kev.

November 2021

Bev reflects on 2021
As the end of our year approaches it is a time to reflect on the
year that was and what has been achieved and where things might have
been done better. Our Champion Men’s Bowler, Clem Magee and Champion
Lady’s Bowler, Jean Graff have had a successful year. We can all try
to play bowls better too, but bowls is also a relaxing pastime. It
is satisfying to me, to see the number of Members who are in their
eighties and nineties and who play regularly. The friendly banter on
the Green makes each play day a social occasion too.
Grants, a real blessing.
With our recent Grant money, we will pay for an Operable Door to
divide the lounge and the larger room upstairs and to purchase floor
coverings. This week I spent some time at supplier’s premises
seeking advice and ordering. Our volunteer workers advise there is
still some painting to be done. The Builder will mount the Men’s
Honour Board, Life Members Boards and Memorial of Members and their
sons lost in WW1 on the walls. Because of the age of our building,
some electrical work is necessary to bring it up to an acceptable
standard. Locating correct light switches can be a challenge. The
flooring in the hallways and the main upstairs room will all need to
be refurbished but not perhaps before Christmas.
Insurance claims
Our Insurer has had an Assessor inspect both the Clubhouse and the
Roof over our Green, the purpose being to assess damage which may
have been caused by the hailstorm in April 2020. We have also had
our Solar panels, examined, and cleaned. I have had a phone
conversation with the Assessor, and he has sought advice from our
Insurer, as to whether he might personally update the Management
Committee. We would welcome this, but of course the Assessor works
for the Insurer.

Always be alert.

Recently, it was noticed that one of the cement steps treads up to
the first floor has shown signs of crumbling and we have asked Mark
Faulkner, the Builder for his advice as to what can be done to make
it safe, and he has reported to Jeff Slater. More disappointing is
the time taken to complete the work on the Mercure building next
door.
Functions always in demand.
Our functions this year are popular and from when this report has
been written until our AGM, we have functions every weekend with a
large event in December, on the Saturday between our proposed
Christmas Function and our AGM. Hopefully it will be ‘all hands-on
deck’ to make this an event to remember for all the right reasons.
We will, before year end, meet with those involved in functions and
other interested people, to consider, where to in the future and if
any changes should be made to how we conduct these events in 2022
Training is available to learn more skills.
We need people with skills in maintaining our Website and Facebook.
Kiwi Gardiner had brought it up to date but now we need a few people
to step in to help. Training will be provided in WordPress, by
experts. If you feel able to commit to training and to regularly
updating the medium, please let us know. Two people have expressed
interest and we need more so they can help train others moving
forward.
Now is the time to consider nominating for positions on the
Management and Ladies and Men’s Bowls Committees. The quiet
achievers in Clubs are often the people who are not noticed, but who
keep the wheels turning. A successful Club cannot operate without
those people who record the Club meetings and deal with
correspondence, manage finances, purchase stock, prepare the green,
keep the grounds tidy, seek Sponsorships and who organise bowling
and do the day-to-day tasks such as cleaning. I have heard people
say, will they get paid for what they do. I can assure Members that
payments of Honorariums to our Members are intended to partly
compensate them for their expenses and time spent doing Club work.
No one does this work for the money. Volunteers at functions are
entitled to a meal and a drink.
Our Club needs willing individuals to step up to gain skills in
organising and running a ‘Not for Profit’ Incorporated Entity in a
modern environment. Yes, bowling is our ‘Core Business’ and income
from bowling should cover the costs of that activity, but we are an
Organisation which receives support from Local, State and Federal
Governments as well as local businesses, to provide a Community
Facility. This could include Junior Bowling, Social or Barefoot
bowling, Community Organisation Activities and more. It is not good
enough to claim, we just want to bowl. We have a Committee Member
currently appraising suggested changes to our Constitution and
associated documents. There are some changes required by government
legislation and other changes which simply are intended to
streamline. Any final document needs to be approved, at a correctly
convened appropriate meeting and our Committee Member advises, must
be lodged with the Department of Fair Trading.
Other news’

I wws.as asked recently whether we are still producing our Newsletter.
In fact, it may be that this Member received Newsletters by mail
when we were locked down during 2020. I do not know this, but our
Newsletter is produced every month and is available along with
copies of the Queensland Bowler at the Clubhouse. Of course, it is
also published on-line and emailed to Members, Sponsors,
Organisation’s, and others. Hard copies of the Newsletters are
printed by the office of our Federal Member for Capricornia. This
has been the case for many years.
Of course, the effect of the pandemic will be felt for many years
but so far in Queensland, we have not been affected too badly. Who
knows what the future will bring once our borders are opened to
other States and overseas? Hopefully, most of us who are eligible,
will be vaccinated and so maybe the illness may not be too severe
even if we do individually get infected.
Do keep safe during this storm season. It reminds me of my childhood
when during October and November we were frequently drenched by
storm rains and hail and the lightning and thunder made for a
spectacular light show. Our teacher at my country school would keep
us at school until was safe to ride our bikes home. No Mum’s Taxis
at that time in my life.
Bev Johnston, Chairman.

 

October 2021

As we enter the last quarter of 2021 and as Members of Rockhampton Bowls Club, it is time to turn our attention to what future direction we want our Club to take and what we are willing to do as individuals to make this happen. I think it is fair to say, that the golden era of lawn bowl’s clubs, just for lawn bowls, has passed. In our modern world, where the community has many more avenues for leisure and sports, both men and women are working in paid work longer and enjoying a wider range of interests than in the past, we must change, so that our sport appeals to more people.

Our facilities are intended to be enjoyed by the community from very young school children learning about the sport and for physical education, to the very competitive bowlers in their middle to senior years and veteran bowlers who just want to enjoy a relaxing few hours playing with likeminded fellow bowlers. Everyone should get pleasure from playing. Indeed, it is relatively easy no matter where you travel in Australia to find a game of bowls and Rockhampton is no different.
Of course, many people who enjoy our facilities are not interested in becoming serious bowlers, but are looking for a few hours, barefoot bowling and enjoying a BBQ and socialising with friends and workmates. For those willing to be a little more competitive, we have Jack Attack which provides the social interaction, BBQ, and bowls in a light-hearted atmosphere.

Some activities conducted at Rockhampton Bowls Club have little to do with bowls at all. We have card days once a month, meetings and seminars and some functions whose participants are not wanting to bowl but simply wish to celebrate weddings or birthdays or more somber events such as wakes.
All of this requires input from members, from those who willingly give of their time to Committees to conduct the business of the Club or organise and run the bowls activities, to those who volunteer for functions or those who purchase food and drinks, cater, clean, attend to maintenance, maintain our green, sell raffle tickets, organise card days or the various bowling social play days, competitions and carnivals and other special days.
The fact remains that the legitimacy of the Club still depends on the number of active bowling members. The growth of the membership relies on attracting new and hopefully younger members to carry on the tradition and sport of lawn bowls. Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, I have been very concerned at the reduction in the number of bowlers playing week to week. This is 
particularly obvious in our lady’s section where playing numbers seem to reduce every week. It says to me, that many Members are not enjoying their bowling experience.

Now is the time for our younger, newer members, both men and women, to become involved in organising and running bowls and indeed taking on the management of the Club. Our veteran bowlers have the knowledge and experience to help others become familiar with procedures and they would realise that now is the time to encourage active participation by those newer members. Do consider taking one of the roles which will be vacant at year end and think how you can help make bowling a positive experience for everyone, perhaps by volunteering your time to help. Perhaps you would like to see change and the best way to do this is to actively participate.
I have been speaking with our CQDLBA Executive and they also would like to see each Club in our area providing at least one representative on that Committee. No one automatically has the knowledge or experience to do these jobs. We all must start somewhere, make mistakes, gain experience, and learn. Each of us has lives away from bowls and so the more people actively involved the more time we all have for our families and other interests.
At Rockhampton Bowls Club, we have been fortunate over the years to have community spirited people follow on from Members who have come before them and so assure the longevity of the Club. Bernie Gottke is working on an account of the history of the Club at present and I am sure, it will reveal an impressive story when brought to the current day.
Bev. Johnston, Chairman.

 

September 2021

Here we are with Spring almost upon us and saying goodbye to our
southern visitors who have boosted our numbers of social bowlers
over the cooler months. It is with some concern we say ‘safe
travels’ because we know many of their homes are in our southern
States of NSW and Victoria and in those States, COVID is proving
difficult to control. I hope they arrive at their destination, safe
and well.
In conversation with our Members, it is good to hear that many have
had at least one vaccination for COVID and quite a few have had or
are nearly due for their second vaccination. At present, it seems,
being vaccinated is the best course of action, not only for those in
their senior years, but for most people over sixteen years and
perhaps even younger. This may be only the beginning of the battle
to control this virus and allow us to live with it.

Members will see that the renovations to Mercure building have been
started, albeit moving slowly. At the time of our agreement for the
Builders and their contractors to use part of our car park, we did
not envisage the work would take such a long time. We are looking
forward to the time when we will have full use of our carpark back.
We are, however, pleased for our Sponsors, Mercure, that their
property will be repaired soon.

With our own Builder due to start the next stage of our upstairs
renovations, we are now looking forward to other improvements, which
might benefit our Club and Members. Of course, we need to consider
possible benefits, the cost, available Grants and who we might
approach for assistance. We have determined that the roof over our
Green may benefit from painting with a heat resistant or heat
deflecting paint. We have two quotes from contractors and are
planning to apply for a Grant.

For some time, our Management Committees have been concerned about
our unsealed car park. Certainly, the dust hazard is adversely
affecting our Clubhouse and Green and no doubt, our neighbour’s
business premises and their customers cars. We had obtained a
quotation for sealing our car park perhaps two years ago and of
course it is quite expensive, but we may be able to secure Grant
Funding for this or other projects. Michael has advised he is
struggling to keep the green free of bird feathers and other less
desirable side products and so perhaps we could look at deterrences.
Now that half the year is behind us, it is appropriate for Members
to be thinking about the Committee to manage the Club for 2022 and
to consider who may be interested in being involved. If you are
interested in the running of your Club and think you or another
Member would like to be involved now is the time to find out from
the current Committee Members what is required of the Committee and
the Executive.
In our Club which is an Incorporated Entity, we have a Management
Committee which runs the business of the Club and a Men’s Bowls Sub-
Committee and a Ladies Bowls Sub-Committee which manage the bowls
activities. Of course, we also have a number of positions which are
not Committee positions but are essential for the running of the
Club, such as Bar Manager, Providore, Function Manager, Volunteer
Manager and others.

Soon I will be calling a Special Meeting of the Committee and those
who are directly involved in organising our Functions. The purpose
of the Meeting is to discuss all aspects of our Functions from
promotions to costs, prices, and policies. We may also include our
electronic media site management in the discussions. If you are
interested but not yet involved but would like to be, please contact
me or other Committee Members.
Now that the cooler weather is behind us, it would be so good to see
more players on the green, particularly on Ladies Day and for social
bowls on Saturday and Sunday. We require a coordinator for
Saturday social, so if you are interested in running this day,
please call or see me. Every effort will be made to support you.
CQDLBA have a Grant to provide training for people interested in
officiating games of bowls. If this interests you, do get in touch.
With our Secretary indisposed I have found myself dealing with
duties normally performed by Phil. This of course makes for a very
busy Chairman. Any Member who feels they may have skills to offer
help in this area is welcome to talk to me.
Bev. Johnston, Chairman.

August 2021

While winter brings with it challenges, particularly for those in their senior
years, who feel the cold more than most, in Central Queensland, there is
nothing quite so enjoyable as being out in our beautiful sunshine. Even if we
just venture out into the garden or for a walk or to play bowls, being
outdoors is so good, not only for our physical health but also our mental
health.
My mind is on the health of our members currently, because in the last couple
of weeks I have found several of our Management Committee Members on the ‘not
so well list’, including Jeff Slater, Men’s Bowls President, Phil Robinson,
Management Committee Secretary, Joan Wilson, Ladies Bowls President and Eric
Barber, Men’s Bowls Secretary. I wish all a speedy recovery and apologise if
I have missed anyone. I know Tony Zonca will be away for a time for medical
treatment and that Peter Lawton will assist on Tuesdays. Sadly, a few Members
have recently suffered bereavements in their families, and I wish those
Members well as they grieve.

I have been asked ‘where to now’ with the first-floor lounge refurbishment and
about the progress of the major works on the Mercure building next door. Some
of our Building Committee met with a representative of the Contractor of the
Mercure building recently and have been advised by the Builder’s
representative of expected progress.
Your Management Committee has determined that we will move ahead with the next
stage of the northern lounge refurbishment. We have quotations for the
building works which we will finance from Club Funds and have applied for a
Grant for the funds for a Bi-Fold Door and floor treatments. Your Building
Committee spokesman, Bob McGowan, will provide further details. It must be
said that a small band of Members have been gradually getting painting and
carpentry and joinery adjustments done. This has resulted in a considerable
saving to the Club, and I thank each and everyone involved.

We have been fortunate that we have managed to accumulate funds from bowls and
functions which will assist in paying for much of the refurbishment. Bearing
in mind that we have Committee Members unwell and our small pool of willing
regular helpers at functions, if you think you might be able to assist from
time to time, please see, Marion Dobbs or Committee Members and let us know
how you would like to help. For those who cannot drive at night, this week we
have two-day time functions and so they are not all night-time events.

Moyna Richardson and her willing band of helpers are taking school groups for
bowling lessons, as part of their regular physical education classes. These
young people should be seen as our future bowlers and the exercise as part of
our community contribution and Moyna can always use more helpers. Moyna and
Bill contribute their time to the school children as well as nurturing plants
around the club, recycling containers for change and Moyna also helps by
supervising bowls at functions from time to time. My thank you to Moyna and
Bill and all those Members who help where they can.
Michael Hagen has stepped in to help by maintaining the green in Jeff’s
absence and caring for the grounds and gardens. He advised us that the RRC
will soon begin charging for green waste drop off and so I have spoken with
Councillor Drew Wickerson, our Patron, regarding this matter and he will
assist us with this cost burden. Change is also upon us with regards to
plastics and we are attending a seminar soon which should enlighten us of
‘where to next’ with our disposable plates etc.

Our second season of Jack Attack will commence mid-August and we will be
looking for help to run this popular Friday event for non-bowlers. It has
been suggested by several Members that Twilight or Corporate bowls were
previously a very popular pastime and possibly would raise funds for the Club
equally with Jack Attack and provide an enjoyable pastime for bowlers and
perhaps boost Member numbers. This may well be so, but we have written advice
from Bowls Queensland that those who play bowls regularly must become Members
of a Lawn Bowls Club or the Club may lose its affiliation with our Governing
bodies. This has been a sticking point with this event, as some players do not
wish to become Members of a Lawn Bowls Club.

I have been asked recently as to why we are insisting at Rockhampton Bowls
Club on seating only four to a table when other venues are not doing so,
particularly for Club events. I have canvassed our committee and the opinion
appears to be that we are managing the COVID restraints according to Health
Department advice at this time. Our primary concern is protecting our members
while allowing them to enjoy their bowls and events as far as possible under
imposed constraints. As I write this report, the southern States are
struggling to bring the Delta strain of the COVID Virus under control. We are
being unrealistic if we believe we are going to be immune to the threat posed
by this Pandemic. In fact, as I write this, I heard that a Flight Attendant
has tested positive recently to COVID and was infectious when flying into
Longreach in Central Western Queensland. I do not wish to scare monger, but
please keep in mind, we are as vulnerable here as anywhere. Yes, there are
more cases in Victoria and NSW, but more than half the country’s population
lives in those States, and it would be expected there would be more cases in
an outbreak.

The matter of non-playing Member’s and past Member’s bowls occupying space in
our bowls room will be discussed at our July meeting. If you have bowls or
know of someone who has bowls in the bowls room which are no longer being
used, please consider discussing with the owner, and/or removing them and
perhaps putting a FOR SALE Notice on our Noticeboard.
We should enjoy our chosen pastimes that make life worth living. Do keep
bowling and enjoying each other’s company. Observe the rules of hand washing
and sanitising, keeping a safe distance from one another, perhaps restricting
our visits to places where safe distancing is not possible and enjoy life.
Bev Johnston, Chairman.

 

July 2021

The current Governor of Queensland, Paul De Jersey and his staff and assistants attended, and we had the opportunity to speak with him and his entourage. He was extremely interested in how successfully Bowls Clubs in regional centers are operating currently and surviving and whether we are being successful in attracting younger members. They had been past our Club before coming to the luncheon and so knew about our covered green. We were asked about the green surface.

We told him how we include juniors through school programs and how we frequently have functions for younger barefoot bowlers. I did not mention Jack Attack unfortunately, but we had a restricted amount of time, and everyone wanted to speak with him.
We were each presented with an historical book about Governors of Queensland which I intend reading when I get the time.

As the end of the Financial Year approaches, we have found a fresh interest in bookings for Functions at Rockhampton Bowls Club and so please give some thought to whether you can help if called upon. Please check the Function board for dates that might suit you and put your name down against your preferred task. If you are new to voluntary work on our Functions, please feel free to speak with Marion or me and we may be able to ease your concerns about helping.

There are also some significant events on our Bowls Calendar including the Capricornian Men’s Prestige Fours, our Ladies Patroness Day and Brother’s Bowl’s Day all to be held in early July. The second half of the year will see several additional important events held at the Club. Keep looking at the Notice Boards for further information. Meanwhile, both our Men’s and Ladies’ Bowls competition is progressing well.

Unfortunately, Jeff Slater, our Men’s President is indisposed presently and will be needing some rehab to get himself fit again and so the Men’s Secretary, Eric Barber and the Games Director, Michael Hagen are combining to keep the Men’s events progressing, as well as Tony Zonca keeping the Tuesday Bowls on track. In addition, Michael has been maintaining the green surface together with his other garden maintenance tasks.

Midyear seems to be a good time to remind all Members of our Club’s required dress code. As with most sports, presentation, is important, because the appropriate dress is how we represent our Club to other Club Members and importantly to the rest of the bowl’s community. Generally, Tuesdays mixed bowls dress code is approved bowls clothing including our royal blue 
monogrammed casual shirt. On Wednesdays, Ladies Day, RBC Ladies Bowl’s Uniform is the approved dress and on Thursday, Men’s Day as well as social days on Saturday and Sunday, mufti dress, collared and sleeved shirt and dress shorts or skirts or long trousers are acceptable. Of course, if Members prefer, the RBC uniform is always appropriate. When representing RBC at carnivals and competitions at venues other than RBC, our approved Club uniform is the appropriate dress code. If you are in doubt about apparel, please read advice or ask those responsible for the event you are attending.
As most Members would be aware, under the terms of our agreement with Johns Lyng Builders, contractors for our neighbors, Mercure, their Demolition partners have cleared the upstairs lounge of the old bar, ceiling, floor coverings and bulkhead and cut out the dividing wall between the Auditorium and Lounge. They have removed the materials from the site, this is the first step in renovating the northern lounge. Some important decisions regarding the next step are imminent. We have also received a Quote from a Valuer to estimate the replacement value of the Club property for insurance purposes. This is a recommended requirement as advised by our Insurance Broker representative.

This week I received a communication through another Rockhampton Club about official approved Memberships and desired changes to our State Body’s Constitution to accommodate different classes of Membership. This will be discussed at our next Management Meeting. The basis of the case for change was the concerning rate of reduction of active Members of Bowls Clubs. This issue is an ongoing concern for all Clubs. Any suggestions from Members on how to improve the number of Members, particularly younger Members, is welcomed and will be duly considered. Of course, the most successful activities are those which have the enthusiastic support of most Members and abide by the rules of our Governing bodies.

Congratulations to our successful bowling competitors and those who have represented RBC in the various competitions. Win or lose, I am sure each RBC player has acquitted themselves well. It is my hope that all Members have an enjoyable and successful remainder of the year and keep COVID Safe. Bev Johnston,
Chairman.

June 2021

What a lovely time of the year for outdoor activities, Lawn Bowls being one of those sports which can be enjoyed by a wide age group of both men and women. With various sporting aids available, it is not uncommon to see people well into their eighties and nineties still playing regularly, including competing at a high level.

The challenge is to encourage participation in our sport by younger age groups. We recently had a quite large group of workers enjoy an evening of barefoot bowling, food, drink, and social interaction at RBC. They had a great evening and hopefully will spread the word, as each of us can, about how Rockhampton Bowls Club offers an affordable activity at a safe venue and learn some new skills at the same time. All our guests knew about signing in for COVID purposes.

Last week our Secretary, Phil Robinson, our Men’s Bowls President, Jeff Slater, and I, met with Kelvin Kerkow, to discuss RBC’s Insurance Policies. Kelvin has been on an extensive tour of various sporting clubs throughout Queensland, representing BCIB. He has left us with our Policy document and Premium Notice for our Public Liability Insurance which has increased quite a bit from last year, as well as some important issues to be discussed at our May Management Meeting.

A working bee recently put together the flatpack storage cupboards for the new storeroom and so the opportunity to clear out some items surplus to requirements has taken
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place and storage of retained items is underway. Now that the painting of the upstairs auditorium is complete the ladies and gent’s toilet areas are also getting a facelift and the Building Committee is turning its attention to the northern lounge. The Building Committee will inform Members of what is happening with this room.
On a personal level, I have recently made a road trip to Mackay to meet my new Grandson. He is beautiful of course, as I expected. Because his Parents have family from New Zealand, staying at their home, I chose to book accommodation at a local Motel which interestingly, is one of two Motels in Mackay which belong to the Twin Towns Services Club situated on the Queensland/NSW border.
I had a few conversations with a visiting representative from this Club during my visit, mainly about dealing with COVID Restrictions. Of course, because of the location of the Services Club, the issues are central, in the minds of their Management. Even though this Services Club is a much bigger Club than RBC, their Management must deal with the same problems of protecting their members and guests from the spread of COVID.
Of course, they must employ staff to attend to checking that everyone who enters their Club signs in properly. They, too, use IPads for those who do not have smart phones. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to employ staff for this purpose and so each one of us must take responsibility and make sure we sign in or get help to do so, we need to regularly wash and sanitise our hands, disinfect bowls equipment, avoid sharing food and keep a safe distance from others. It may seem like our old life is disappearing, but until we are vaccinated and so have some personal protection from COVID there will be some restrictions on our activities and freedoms. If we all do what we need to do, it makes protecting RBC from possible prosecution by authorities but more importantly it will protect our Members.

I hope all Members enjoy their bowls and the company of others during the cooler weather. It is so satisfying to see our Green full and hearing the friendly banter on bowls days. Do not forget Social Bowls on Saturday and Sunday which is a chance to get out and about with likeminded people for a game.
Bev Johnston,
Chairman.

May 2021

LEST WE FORGET
As I write this Report, ANZAC Day will soon be here for 2021. This is one of the most memorable days on the Australian and New Zealand calendar. One which not only recognises those who served in WW1 and those who made the supreme sacrifice during that conflict. I have observed the memorial which is mounted on our clubhouse wall and acknowledges RBC Members who served or whose children served in WW1. This day does not glorify war, but recognises the service and sacrifice made to preserve our freedom and way of life.
During WW1
The Rockhampton Bowls Club lost Ten (10) Members and thirty-seven (37) Sons of Members. The Club has a history of involvement during wars, A fund was established for victims of the bombing of London in WW2 & Support for disabled Solders and the purchase of War Bonds.
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The progress made on renovating and brightening upstairs is impressive. Our volunteers are still painting walls and doors. Contractors’ work is complete and the final contract payments and Acquittal of Grants is on the agenda. These details will be examined and discussed at the Management Committee April meeting. When the carpet salvaged from the new Bar area has been re-laid, the flat pack cupboards can be put together and anchored to the walls for the Ladies to store their property.
At the May Management Meeting we will be further discussing the scaffolding which has been erected on our property for some time with little or no progress on Mercure’s building renovations. This has become a matter of some concern to your Committee, as we move onto considering where to next with our building upgrade including Emergency Evacuation Exits. Our northern exit is not complete or useable at present due to the presence of our neighbour’s scaffolding.

Many Members have an opinion about the cooling properties of heat reflective/resistant roof paint versus large fans for our Bowling Green roof to reduce the effect of our summer heat. I have contacted Bowls Queensland and Big Ass Fans for detailed information so to relay facts back to the Management Committee. A Paint Retailer will also be contacted for further information on the effectiveness and cost of heat reflective/resistant paint.

Jack Attack, Series 1 will draw to a close Friday 23 April and the winning teams will be announced. The participants certainly have enjoyed the short sharp contest of this barefoot bowls activity, along with the company of likeminded people and the delicious BBQ fare and affordable drinks offered by the Club. A big ‘thank you’ goes to the Friday volunteers, including our Providore and those who turn up and BBQ, make up salads and burger buns and serve our bowlers food and drinks and help by putting out bowls, mats, and kitty’s. Players vary in age from school age children to retired workers and I think this casual introduction to lawn bowls is a valuable community activity.

Our Secretary Phil Robinson reports that the new laptop computer and the Qld QR Code are both working well. Just today it was reported that more than 300,000 people contracted COVID in India. In Australia there have been some increases in cases in quarantine, so we are not immune to risk. Please observe the COVID rules for everyone’s protection.
Keep enjoying bowls whether you are competing, playing socially or just there to watch play. If you would like to be added to our volunteer register, please see me. Many hands make lighter work for everyone involved.
Bev Johnston, Chairman.

 

April 2021

SEASONS ARE CHANGING.
According to the Internet, Autumn in Australia is from March to May and once upon a time this was the time when the deciduous trees in Australia dropped their leaves and the daily temperature began to reduce after a sub-tropical wet season. Not that you would notice right now! The humidity lately is a killer. Keep as cool as you can and keep hydrated.
Bowling Events
The Bowls calendar is in full swing with Championship games well underway and President’s Days either having been held or to be held in early April. Other Clubs in our area are also conducting special days and our ladies and men will be participating by invitation. This is an enjoyable time of the year and we missed much of this time of celebration and contest in 2020, with the threat of COVID hanging over us.
REFURBISHMENT WELL UNDERWAY.
Our renovation plans had been put on hold in 2020 but now we have almost completed Stage One with the Bar and Cold-room up and running and our volunteers getting set to paint the walls etc. on the western side of the top floor. If you can help, please contact Jeff Slater and he will allocate work to be done. Even if painting is not your thing, there will be other tasks which will free up someone who can paint. The downside of all this of course  is that the bills are coming in and your Committee is very conscious of budget constraints.
The Builder of course is anxious to finalise Stage One and awaits instructions on ‘what next’ with Stage Two involving the lounge area. He will provide a quote for work needing to be done so we have a starting point for consideration. The current Building Application, which is in the Builder’s name, will run for two years from the date of the lodgment of that Application and so we have some time to consider. Obviously, demolition of existing infrastructure will require a skip to hold unwanted walls and ceiling and the old bar. The skip will need a parking space.
COVID REQUIREMENTS TO ABIDE BY.
The Management Committee met, Wednesday 24th and there was much to discuss. Each member of the Committee had some input into this discussion and some concern was about the time our Secretary must spend making sure the Club records the arrival and exit of Members and visitors for Government COVID rules purposes. The more people who can use the QR code to sign in and out, the less work for our Secretary. Please make every effort to use your smart phone if you have one for this purpose. There are others who will help you if need be. I know we might feel more familiar with manually signing in but the more who use the QR Code method, the less personal time our Secretary, Phil, must spend, converting the manual records to electronic. Do not neglect good hygiene, so keep hand washing, sanitising etc.
COMPUTERS
Phil has also some issues with the function of saving documents. Working at the Club and his home exacerbates these issues. We had requested a quote for the purchase of a new lap top computer with Club data downloaded for the Secretary so he would not be required to transfer and 
save data from his own computer to the Club. The Committee agreed to this and will accept a quote from our computer support firm to acquire this.
Large Fans?
There was discussion about large fans over our green, as opposed to heat resistant paint for the roof. Joan has contacted Stanwell regarding eligibility for a grant for fans and they were receptive to us applying. Of course, opinions differed about suitability of fans/paint and possible difficulties. I see this as a Committee system working as intended.
SPONSORSHIPS
Major Sponsors, The Capricornian and our Club have come to an Agreement regarding Sponsorship for 2021. The Capricornian has decided they want to support the Prestige Fours, the Ladies Invitation Fours and both 2021 series of Jack Attack. The Agreement has been signed and an Invoice issued for payment. This leaves the Mixed Fours without a Sponsor and we are currently speaking with a potential Sponsor for that event.
HONOUR BOARDS
There is still some updating of Honour Boards to be done and I have contacted Member, Peter Lawton to follow up with the sign writer to see to this. It is obvious, the issues dealt with are many and varied and our Committee Members and others, voluntarily do their work for the benefit of the Club and its Members. Showing respect to those who do volunteer shows others who might be considering accepting a position, that members will be treated equally, respectfully. Good bowling and good health to all.
Bev Johnston,

March 2021

I am sure, I am not the only one who, when I tear off each November page from the Calendar, stop and think, ‘where did the year go’? Already we are nearly in March 2021.
COVID-19
This is about the time, in 2020, when it dawned on us, that this COVID 19 Virus was going to affect us in a far more serious way, both from a health and economic perspective, than we had thought. As it happened, we have so far been spared quite a bit of the more serious aspects of this dreadful illness in Australia and in particular we have been fortunate in Regional Queensland. This will only continue if we all remain vigilant, particularly, with our personal hygiene and distancing practices. It has been pleasing that our Members and visitors have been diligently signing in and out of the Club. Do keep doing this as it provides Health Authorities with a starting point if we should have cases of the virus, in our area. Your Committee will do it’s best to manage food and safety practices, but really it is up to each of us to do our bit. If you see that disinfectant, hand sanitiser, cleaning or other matters need attention, let someone know or attend to it yourself.
PROJECT, STAGE ONE IS FAST BECOMING A REALITY.
Our upstairs project is progressing and from time to time I speak with the Builder and Refrigeration tradesmen to check how things are going. I also speak with our Building Committee to get an up to date progress report, directly from them. Committees are the best source of information and I am sure they will be happy to share what they know with you, as a Member. Others may be happy to talk about their opinion, but for facts it is always best to speak with those directly involved.
Having said all that, it is important to remember that Members of the various Committees are also Bowlers and as such, they are entitled to enjoy their day at bowls the same as other Members. To give those Committee Members a chance to enjoy their bowls, it would be appreciated if Members gave Committee people time before bowling start time and during games to enjoy their bowls and some social conversation. I am sure Committee Members are quite happy to address concerns, but need down time as well.
PROMOTE YOUR CLUB.
We are looking for Members, friends or relatives who have skills or an interest in Social Media or on-line promotion of our Club to let us know if they would be interested in professional training so to be able to update our Facebook Site and Website. These vehicles provide our public face to a huge audience in the modern world. We cannot ignore their value. Please let me know if you think you can do this and would like training.
BOWLING ACTIVITIES.
It is so satisfying to see capacity numbers of bowlers enjoying our game. Tuesdays and Thursdays have had a full green and Wednesday is gradually building up. There has been some reduced numbers on Saturday and Sunday social days, but numbers of bowlers have been boosted by Men’s competition and Function barefoot bowls. Our Junior school groups have also added to numbers and Moyna and her band of helpers are enthusiastically getting the next generation, ‘bowls ready’.
Jack Attack Series 1, 2021 will roll up, Friday 26th February. Jack Attack is a Bowls Australian sponsored event to introduce non-bowlers to the game we love. We may not see many Members from this programme immediately, but springing from this programme; we will get Function participants and keep our game alive and relevant for decades to come.
FUNCTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.
We need willing helpers for functions and Jack Attack, so if you can help, just see Jeff, Marion, Bruce Ballentine, Joan or myself and we can help you to get started. The tasks required, include BBQ cooking, bar service, bowls supervision and salads, nibbles preparation, burger and sausage/bread construction and registration and taking money at the door. No one expects you to turn up every week or to do everything. Some do. Most don’t. You can nominate what days or nights or how often and what jobs you think you can do.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.
Sunday 21 February, we held the first 2021 Live Life Shield day where RBC bowlers played a team from Gracemere at RBC with a full green of bowlers in attendance. RBC performed well, which is to be expected on our own green. Gracemere will of course do much better on their own green and we encourage RBC bowlers to put their name down to participate, when the return match is held. Gracemere has a delightful grass green and so behaves quite differently to our artificial surface. Personally I love Gracemere’s green and Gracemere Club Members are welcoming and fun to socialise with. It is of course likely that the event at Gracemere will be held when the weather is a little milder.
MANAGEING A BUDGET.
As most Members would know, ‘Not for Profit’ organisations such as Rockhampton Bowls Club Inc., must operate using funding from Membership Fees, Green Fees, Sponsorships, moneys raised from Community Functions and Events and Raffle proceeds etc. Our Club while relatively small in numbers of Members has over the years had great support from all of these sources and the hard work of many Members, over many years, has resulted in the Club facilities and 
Membership remaining strong and relevant in a changing world. We are currently meeting and negotiating with our various existing and potential Sponsors and so will advise Members in due course of the outcome of these meetings. Members can do their bit by considering our Sponsors when thinking about purchasing or doing work at their properties.
As we move forward in 2021, I wish all those who are unwell or have loved ones they are caring for, all the best for the future. Good bowling and every success if you are participating in competition.
Regards, Bev. Johnston, Chairman.

February 2021

I am sure I am not the only one who, when I tear off each November page from the calendar, stop and think, ‘where did the year go?’

Already we are nearly in March 2021.

This is about the time in 2020 when it dawned on us that this COVID 19 virus was going to affect us in a far more serious way, both from a health and economic perspective, than we had thought.

As it happened, we have so far been spared quite a bit of the more serious aspects of this dreadful illness in Australia and in particular we have been fortunate in regional Queensland.

This will only continue if we all remain vigilant, particularly with our personal hygiene and social distancing practices. It has been pleasing that our members and visitors have been diligently signing in and out of the club. Do keep doing this as it provides health authorities with a starting point if we should have cases of the virus in our area.

Your committee will do its best to manage food and safety practices but really it is up to each of us to do our bit. If you see that disinfectant, hand sanitiser, cleaning or other matters need attention, let someone know or attend to it yourself.

xxx

Our upstairs project is progressing and from time to time I speak with the builder and refrigeration tradesmen to check how things are going. I also speak with our building committee to get an up to date progress report directly from them.

Committees are the best source of information and I am sure they will be happy to share what they know with you, as a member. Others may be happy to talk about their opinion but for facts it is always best to speak with those directly involved.

Having said all that, it is important to remember that members of the various committees are also bowlers and, as such, are entitled to enjoy their day at bowls the same as other members. To give those committee members a chance to enjoy their bowls it would be appreciated if members gave them time before bowling start time and during games to enjoy their bowls and some social conversation.

I am sure committee members are quite happy to address concerns but need downtime as well.

xxx

We are looking for members, friends or relatives who have skills or an interest in social media or online promotion of our club to let us know if they would be interested in professional training so to be able to update our Facebook site and website.

These vehicles provide our public face to a huge audience in the modern world. We cannot ignore their value. Please let me know if you think you can do this and would like training.

xxx

It is so satisfying to see capacity numbers of bowlers enjoying our game. Tuesdays and Thursdays have had a full green and Wednesday is gradually building up.

There has been some reduced numbers on Saturday and Sunday social days but numbers of bowlers have been boosted by men’s competition and barefoot bowls functions.

Our junior school groups have also added to numbers and Moyna and her band of helpers are enthusiastically getting the next generation ‘bowls ready’.

Jack Attack Series 1, 2021 began on Friday, 26 February. Jack Attack is a Bowls Australia sponsored event to introduce non-bowlers to the game we love. We may not see many members immediately but springing from this program we will get function participants and keep our game alive and relevant for decades to come.

xxx

We need willing helpers for functions and Jack Attack, so if you can help just see Jeff, Marion, Bruce Ballentine, Joan or myself and we can help you to get started.

The tasks required include BBQ cooking, bar service, bowls supervision, salads, nibbles preparation, burger and sausage/bread construction and registration and taking money at the door.

No one expects you to turn up every week or to do everything. Some do. Most don’t. You can

nominate what days or nights or how often and what jobs you think you can do.

xxx

On Sunday, 21 February we held the first 2021 Live Life Shield day where RBC bowlers played a team from Gracemere at RBC with a full green of bowlers in attendance.

RBC performed well, which is to be expected on our own green. Gracemere will of course do much better on their own green and we encourage RBC bowlers to put their name down to participate when the return match is held.

Gracemere has a delightful grass green and so behaves quite differently to our artificial surface. Personally I love Gracemere’s green and Gracemere club members are welcoming and fun to socialise with.

It is of course likely that the event at Gracemere will be held when the weather is a little milder.

xxx

As most members would know, ‘Not for Profit’ organisations such as Rockhampton Bowls Club Inc. must operate using funding from membership fees, green fees, sponsorships, monies raised from community functions and events and raffle proceeds etc.

Our club, while relatively small in numbers of members, has over the years had great support from all of these sources and the hard work of many members over many years has resulted in the club facilities and membership remaining strong and relevant in a changing world.

We are currently meeting and negotiating with our various existing and potential sponsors and will advise members in due course of the outcome of these meetings. Members can do their bit by considering our sponsors when thinking about purchasing or doing work at their properties.

As we move forward in 2021, I wish all those who are unwell or have loved ones they are caring for all the best for the future. Good bowling and every success if you are participating in competition.

January 2021

How is it that holidays always seem to fly by, while the more routine times seem to take longer?

As some may know, I spent a few weeks away visiting my family, first in Mackay and then in Brisbane, where, of course, we experienced the snap ‘three day lockdown’.

I have to say, from what I observed, Brisbane residents took this very seriously and because I had been there during the lockdown I had to wear a mask for fourteen days, in the same instances, as if still in Brisbane, even after returning home.

Abide by the law: Sign in and out

Of course, as with all clubs, the absence of the chairman does not mean that the committee’s work stops. Our secretary in particular has been busy ensuring that the club is complying with new sign-in rules as well as myriad forms, letters etc.

If you need help because you do not know how to sign in with your phone, please see a member of the committee. Signing in using the QR code and an Iphone is so easy and if you don’t know how to do this the committee will help.

We really need a member with on-line knowledge to manage our website and Facebook page. If this is you, please let me know.

Preparations for the coming year, are under way and already some men’s and mixed games have been held and Jeff Slater has continued with the draw for those competitions, uncompleted in 2020.

It forced me to get myself down to the green for a roll up and then a game of mixed pairs. Our ladies will commence play in early February after determining members’ playing positions and draws for club games and competition planning.

Players are reminded to enter their names in the absentee books if they know they will not be available to play as well as letting organisers know if they cannot play on regular play days. Those who are good enough to organise these days have a difficult task and as players we must give them plenty of notice if we cannot play. After all, they have the responsibility of organising and selecting up to fifty people while we as players only have ourselves to

organise. Imagine having the draw completed and a few people do not turn up.

Remember the club’s Code of Conduct

On a serious note, I would like to remind members that it is the responsibility of all of us to help make bowling pleasurable for everyone. We should curb abusive behaviour in all its forms and also avoid certain types of gamesmanship which may spoil the game for others.

We could all remember that because of our average age many of us suffer from various physical disabilities not always clearly evident and so we need to be considerate of others.

This doesn’t mean you should not be competitive. Quite the opposite. We all like to play our best and possibly win. Just let us do it so we enjoy it and remain friends.

Our Central District 0rganisations have met and the RBC management committee will meet on 27 January. There will be a number of issues to be discussed.

The building sub-committee has been very busy over the break and your committee has appointed a builder to do the preparatory work for the new bar and a builder’s contract has been signed. The new cold room has been ordered and cabinetmakers have been to the club to measure up and provide quotes.

The work should commence as soon as council approval has been given.

Of concern to your committee is the Mercure project next door to us which has struck unexpected issues. A representative of the owners has apologised for the delays to the work and we are following the progress or lack thereof with some concern.

They also are awaiting building approval from the council. What has to be done has been determined but it is now a much bigger job than first planned.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of all clubs

From a fundraising point of view there are some positive signs for our functions, with several enquiries already and the good news is that Marion has decided to once more do the function manager job.

Marion will not work at functions this year though and that will require a special effort from

others to make up for her absence.

I am continuing with the volunteer manager job. Our usual volunteers have proven to be reliable and of suc value in our quest to raise funds for our club.

If you can help, please let us know. The more helpers the less times we each need to work.

Jack Attack has become vital to our club

On the positive side, we have had some interest from a potential Jack Attack organiser. Jack Attack is a valuable connection between the non-bowling younger demographic and our usual bowlers who are older and from a different era.

To keep our game relevant and enduring we need to attract those younger members of the public and they want a more light-hearted, fast-moving version of bowls.

We need someone who is enthusiastic, encouraging and good fun. Perhaps we have found this person; let’s hope so. There is plenty of help to get started and volunteers do the work each Friday night for 6 to 8 weeks.

Finally, it is just great to see a full green on play days. It makes the work of our organisers so much more pleasurable if they see keen bowlers enjoying themselves.

If you’re a new bowler and you would like to play in competitions but do not know how these things work or you think you are not ‘good enough’, talk to our more experienced players, selectors and games directors.

I am sure our bowls committees will help with advice throughout the year about how to join in competitions. There will be plenty of encouragement and advice.

Good bowling everyone!