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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
24 Bowls In Focus You have your car checked and serviced before you go on holiday but what about your Caravan, Motorhome or Camper Trailer? Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Victoria Approved Members specialise in caring for all types of recreational vehicles. For complete peace of mind and expert advice on servicing, repairs and towing, deal with the experts displaying this sign. For your nearest Caravan Trade & Industries of Victoria ‘Approved Members’ call (03) 9329 5311 or visit www.ciavic.com .au PLAY IT SAFE WE/CI8052 An initiative of the Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Victoria. Proudly promoting the enjoyment of leisure & recreational vehicles. HAVE YOUR RV SERVICED BY EXPERTS DON’T MISS THE 2009 BENDIGO RV & CAMPING LEISUREFEST WITH CARAVANS, CAMPERS, 4 X 4 ACCESSORIES AND MORE BENDIGO RACECOURSE 20TH TO 22ND NOVEMBER 2009 GO TO leisurefest.com.au FOR MORE DETAILS Why would a worldly, much-travelled man like Max Deason believe in fairies? Well he does have a mischievous air about him at times and the sense of humour, enthusiasm and drive to roll lawn bowls into the future. But fairies? As he stood in front of his one and only club, Seymour VRI, the truth came out. Max, among other things, is the deputy chair of the Greens Committee and like many; he is concerned about the spate of fair- ies making rings on Victorian greens at the moment. “Fairy rings,” explains Max, “are caused by a fungus, and while it doesn’t really affect the playability of the greens, it is awful to look at.” Reason for the visit to Seymour VRI was to interview Max about his unique achievement in lawn bowls, be- ing awarded Life Membership under four auspices: his club, his association, his group, and most recently the ultimate accolade, RVBA Life Membership. “When I received this (RVBA) award from Graeme Hosken last month, I felt very humble, particularly when I think of the people who have gone before me,” said Max, whose record of achievements in the sport’s administration covers a number of foolscap pages. The secret of Max’s success is his background in business, being a former director of global confection- ary giants Rowntree Macintosh, and an Ivy Leaguer having graduated with an MBA from Harvard Univer- sity. He was, and still is, a man who thinks forward and the skill of organisation is second nature to him. “I’m not frightened to break with tradition, we have to think of the future,” he said. His love affair with bowls began in the late 1970’s when an Army friend invited him to come up to Sey- mour VRI for an afternoon game of bowls. “And look what happened, I got hooked,” said Max, who opted for the green change and moved to Sey- mour after retiring early from Rowntrees. He had been in charge of the Asia Pacific area and refused a promo- tion to London on account of being sick of seeing the inside of airplanes. Three years after joining Seymour VRI he was elected president, and from there was made a del- egate to both the Central Bowls Association and RVBA Group 1, while in 1987 he was elected to the RVBA State Council. “I was stunned. It, the RVBA State Council, was living in the dark ages. They had archaic ideas and I thought ‘what am I going to do?’ It was ingrained in me to move forward, but there was a feeling of ‘only speak when spoken to’ amongst the hierarchy,” laughs Max as he remembers the culture shock. “I was there to represent the country,” said Max, who boldly did, although several of his successful innova- tions lost him metropolitan support at the time when he was country vice president. However his talents as a bowls evangelist and edu- cator were always respected, and in 1993 he chaired the Future Directions Committee; which was followed by his leadership of the Area Planning, RVBA Promo- tions, and RVBA Membership Committees. Then there was the Solutions Recruitment, of which he was the author and presenter. And so the long list goes on. “W hen they had a hard job they would give it to me,” he laughed. But it was the Future Directions Committee in 1993 that was perhaps the greatest challenge, as it was designed to take the RVBA into ‘2000 and Beyond’ and he thought he would be branded a trouble-maker for having the audacity to change things. At the end of the day there were, according to Max, eight proposals of which three were unheard of. They were; appointing an RVBA Board and reducing the committee structure and number of council meet- ings; selling the RVBA building in St Kilda Road to buy another building; and to develop a Corporate and Development Plan. “I was ahead of my time,” he laughs, recalling that then president Norm Knopp told him, “if you get one (proposal) through I’ll open my cupboard.” “We ended up getting all eight through and when Norm went to get the key to the (drinks) cupboard he couldn’t find it,” said Max, explaining how that particular council meeting was a long one. But he wasn’t alone on the battlefront for change. State treasurer of the day was Owen Petherbridge, a former financial director of Cadbury Schweppes, while the country started to sway more influence when colourful stock and station agent John Gul- lan from Beulah stepped into the picture as state president. Gullan, Max and executive officer Peter Wiltshire travelled to every corner of the state in 1999, making 42 presentations as part of the recruitment strategy that took an analysis of the problems clubs faced. “We then had to get rid of the problems and that was a real challenge,” he said. But the spurs have not been hung up yet, and these days he is in the chairman of Promotions and Develop- ment, a combined committee with the VLBA, and the Event Support Sub Committee. No major event goes ahead without his expert organisational skills operating behind the scenes. He also delights in his part as the inaugural planner of the popular ‘Kids Fun Days’. Max Deason might well be the sport’s answer to PT Barnum, or Ziegfeld. He’s the showman, the snake oil salesman, the ringmaster if you like, at all major RVBA events and he’s damn good at it. 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