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Bowls In Focus : August September 2009
Kate Benton Volunteer Recognition B owls is in a comparatively good position compared to many sports as far as the number of volunteers many clubs have at their disposal. Despite this, any volunteer’s time and energy must not be taken for granted. Whilst many will say they put back into the sport merely for the love of it and to gain satisfaction from the results, everyone likes to at least be thanked and recognised for what they do. After all, how do you put a value on a volunteer’s expertise, guidance and valuable time in coaching, officiating, committees, fundraising, transport and team/event management? It is extremely important that volunteers are made aware of how their contribution benefits the association or club. They also need to feel that they are gaining a positive return through their endless hours of volunteering. Some of the intangible benefits and motivations that volunteers value highly are things such as: How an association or club can convey or engender these benefits to its volunteers and officials is largely dependant on the general attitude and friendliness of a club’s members and committees. The strength of a club is reflected in the morals and general strength of character and leadership that is prevalent, and this is also a crucial part of attracting and retaining motivated and satisfied volunteers. Clubs may be limited by funding as to what tangible gifts or rewards they can give, such as shirts, caps, certificates, plaques, hampers etc. Other ways to recognise volunteers that don’t necessarily have an excessive cost include: celebrate your organisation’s achievements or association newsletters or on your website community and sport awards (eg. VicSport Awards) the local paper on an outstanding or long serving volunteer, with the added benefit of promoting your organisation. program which may include setting guidelines for life memberships, formal ‘best club person’ or ‘member of the month’ awards, etc. tober. The annual Try Bowls Day represents a great opportunity for clubs to kick off the bowls season with a bang. This year we will be again advertising the event on the website and will also be considering using other media streams to advertise the event. A poster to photocopy with your club’s details Try Bowls Day I for distribution to shop windows and noticeboards Good luck for the season ahead and happy bowling!! encourage all clubs to jump on board for the Annual Try Bowls Day scheduled for Sunday 25 Oc- Bowls In Focus 57