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Bowls In Focus : December 2009
Doncaster Sporting Gear 914A Doncaster Road, East Doncaster Vic 3109 Ph: (03) 9848 7387 Start your Christmas Wish List! We have everything you need and want for Christmas Shoes Menswear New Bowls Bags Hats Pre-Loved Bowls Women's Wear Accessories Colour Shirts & Pants Free* Gift Bag for all Christmas shopping during November & December! Not sure what to buy? Gift Vouchers available in store and online. *Size limit applies WIN a set of COLOURED Taylor Bowls for Christmas! Purchase any Comfit Pro products in store or online from 1st of November until 5:00pm Christm s Eve the 24th of Dec 2009. You could WIN a set of Coloured Taylor Bowls! Doncaster Sporting Gear wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Inclusion is the Key As we enter another bowls season, it becomes seemingly apparent that the average age of bowls members continue to rise and membership numbers continue to decline. As a sport we can approach this in a variety of ways. We can continue to do what we are doing and predict that we will witness a slow but steady decline in membership. Alternatively, we can take action and commit to a number of strategies and programs that will help bowls clubs thrive for many years to come. The Berwick Bowling club is a perfect example of the latter, they have a community minded approach - open to catering for everybody - which is evident in so many ways at this social, family friendly and caring club. On a Monday morning you will see the greens full of vibrant people with disabilities; on Tuesdays the club is buzzing with enthusiastic students from one of the many schools in the area that travel to use the immaculate facilities; while on Wednesday nights the greens are lit up and the atmosphere is electric as social bowls rolls into action. On Satur- day mornings coaching is available for juniors and new members of the club, while on Sundays the club offers another social bowls program, for those eager and keen. Berwick's administrators have realised that in order for them to maintain a relatively young mem- bership base and be financially strong they need to be willing to offer a variety of different programs away from the traditional mens and ladies pennant competition that are also on offer several times a week. Berwick Bowling Club has a strong emphasis on providing a welcoming environment to all new and existing members. This is demonstrated by the ap- pointment of two induction officers who are solely responsible for providing an induction pack and a welcoming environment to all new members. The simple action of connecting a new member with a 'buddy' ensures that all questions are an- swered and that newcomers are not overwhelmed in the new club environment. Club president Len Preece emphasises that the club is 'open to all outside aspects and embraces all new members'. As a result of their proactivity and firm beliefs, Berwick has witnessed a steady increase from 130 members in 2000 to 360 members in 2009, and the number continues to rise as the season progresses. The question we all need to be asking ourselves is 'Is my club community minded and does it cater for everybody?' Kate Benton • The magnifcent Berwick Bowls Club offers a warm open-armed welcome to bowlers new and established.