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Bowls In Focus : August September 2009
VLBA News Around the Greens VLBA News Around the Greens VLBA News State Council Installed Bowling Association, held at the Hawthorn Town Hall, formally installed the following office bearers. The meeting saw four new members installed on State Council, Jean Lynch from Albert Park VRI, Bev Mill from Eaglehawk, Fran Reid from Essendon and Jan Shaw from Moorabbin. Similarly, it bid a fond farewell to retiring councillors Phyllis Mills, Jenny Moffat and Marion Parkhill, along with past president Bev Shannahan, and thanked them for their years of loyal service to the VLBA. Hearty congratulations were also L offered to newly elected state vice president Pat Calabresi from Doncaster. State President: Maureen Connolly (Beaumaris) State Vice Presidents: Pat Calabresi (Doncaster) Bernice Helle (Cranbourne) Gillian Jolly (Koo Wee Rup) Jackie McLaren (Geelong Cement) Finance Director: Zoe Newton (Melton) Immediate Past President: Joan Adams (Karingal) State Councillors: Group 1: Ann Hunt (Beaufort) Group 2: Jackie McLaren (Geelong Cement) Group 3: Anne Wright (Macarthur) Group 4: Edith Kuchel (Kaniva) Group 5: Elizabeth Smith (Tooleybuc) Group 6: Bev Mill (Eaglehawk) Group 7: Alice Singe (Yarrawonga) Group 8: Fay Ruthven (Melton) Group 9: Gillian Jolly (Koo Wee Rup) Group 10: Barbara White (Yallourn) Group 11: Elaine Stafford (Werribee RSL) Group 12: Fran Reid (Essendon) Group 13: Norma Handley (Thornbury) Group 14: Pat Hyde (Greensborough) Group 15: Pat Calabresi (Doncaster) Group 16: Helen Steel (Mt Waverley) Group 17: Rosemary Varty (Lilydale) Group 18: Jan Shaw (Moorabbin) Group 19: Jean Lynch (Albert Park VRI) Group 20: Bernice Helle (Cranbourne) Charity contribution makes fine connection T he depth of generosity from Victoria’s big-hearted VLBA members shone through again last season, despite many enduring their own difficult times and indeed the bushfire crisis statewide, bowlers gave wonderful support to the association’s official charity, Reconnexion. Members raised a total of $97,500 for Reconnexion, an organisation that provides specialist treatment for anxiety, depression and tranquillizer dependency. Among its many programs, Reconnexion also provides education and training for health practitioners and the community. In her last official duty as outgoing state president, Joan Adams handed over the cheque and expressed her warmest thanks to all VLBA members for their kindness and generosity in their annual charity work during such trying times around the state. “This is just wonderful, I am truly to grateful to all lady bowlers for the wonderful support given to us,” said Reconnexion’s delighted chief executive officer Gwenda Cannard as she revealed the cheque’s total. “This is remarkable for us and will enable us to enhance our services, in particular counselling for children, young people and adults suffering the crippling effects of anxiety, depression, phobias, panic and other disorders. “Most of us here today would probably know of family members or friends suffering from these difficulties in their lives, and your wonderful donation will truly make a difference to many people. “We also give thanks to the State Council for choosing Reconnexion as the official VLBA charity for 2008-09. “Having one select charity is a great concept, as it enables organisations Calling all former Guides and Brownies! C • Above: Parting shot: Joan Adams presents the VLBA’s official charity cheque to Reconnexion’s executive officer Gwenda Cannard and board chairman Cath Duane. such as ours the opportunity to undertake specific work. Thank you ladies for not just going out and playing bowls, but showing the generosity of spirit to provide help along the way, to those in need in the community. “Likewise, a sincere thank you to executive officer Leonie Schulz for her encouragement and support.” Since 1951, when records were first kept, VLBA members have contributed $2,923,830 to their official charities. The association’s official charity for 2009-2010 will be announced in next month’s edition. - Marnie Gregory Affiliation Of Members ome and join in a moment in history. Bowling ex-Guides and ex-Brownies are invited to take part in next year’s Guides Victoria Centenary Bowls Tournament, sponsored by our good friends at Grand Pacific Tours. The tournament will be held on 26 March 2010 at Glen Waver- ley Bowls Club from 10am. Format will be single entries, teams of four playing two 11-end games. Morning and afternoon tea, along with a scrumptious lunch will be provided. Spread the word and enjoy the celebration; contact tournament secretary, Barbara Doggett, on 9801 9044 to register for this historic day. 14 Bowls In Focus C lubs are reminded that ALL members playing on the green, whether playing club social games, pennant or other competitions, should be affiliated with a State or Territory Association (Laws of the Sport of Bowls). Players wishing to participate in VLBA Competitions must be affiliated with the VLBA. ast month’s 102nd annual general meeting of the Victorian Ladies