Bowls Australia

Chairman’s report

Bev Johnston


September 2020

With all that has happened in 2020, it is difficult to believe that spring is here and the year is more than half over. 
Some might say it cannot end soon enough but we really do have to accept that our altered way of life is most likely going to be with us for some time.  Now is a good time to review all we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe and keep doing it.
The good news is that bowling in all its forms is gaining momentum and our club has seen our competitions underway. Both men’s and ladies pennants have been played and BPL and Jack Attack either underway or completed. 
Our social play on Tuesdays and Sundays is proving as popular as ever and it would be great if a few more men and women would consider playing on Saturdays as well.

To be able to enjoy playing bowls and to encourage new and younger bowlers we need a well maintained clubhouse and facilities. Your management committee and a band of willing club member volunteers have been working to attend to maintenance, ensuring the club operates under the COVID Safe rules, providing facilities and services to attract groups for functions and to conduct events such as Jack Attack and the BPL.
Recently we were advised that we had been successful in gaining a grant from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program to go towards the renovation of our upstairs function area. 
The club has been very fortunate and this grant is in addition to that received from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
We have also received two smaller grants, one to enable the club to restock after the COVID lockdown and another to put towards the plumbing work done on our underfloor sewerage and drainage work. 
We have had some advice from an architect and our building sub-committee is considering the best options for Stage One components of the upstairs renovations so we can get started as soon as possible.
The region’s new newspaper began circulation last week and the club has had a visit from Liam Emerton, the sports editor. Liam is not only interested in our planned renovation work and the Rockhampton Regional Council grant but also the history and operation of our club. 
The weekly sports page will include results and future competition fixtures and so is sure to be popular with all of us starved for local news … something to enjoy with our morning cuppa!
The club has now received a couple of payments from our Containers for Change drive. Bill Richardson is doing a great job delivering the bottles and cans and he also waters the plants at the club. I reckon Bill might be a candidate for volunteer of the month if we had such an award. Of course he would have to compete against some pretty impressive work being done by Ross Sanders on our northern external stairs. 
While I am speaking of volunteers, we would welcome your help with the many tasks needed to keep our club running smoothly.
As we move towards some warmer months and our weatherproof roof comes into its own, I hope you take every opportunity to enjoy your club facilities and the company of other members.