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Bowls In Focus : December 2009
32 Bowls In Focus Ballarat Congratulations to the Creswick Bowls Club ladies as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary. The BDLBA regrets to passing of fellow members and extend their sympathy to the family and friends of Kath Gerret (Clunes), Glad Lamb and Barbara Alderhoven (Sebastopol), Dallas Ringholz (Clunes) and Doreen Green (Creswick). Bayside Beaches The Albert Park VRI Bowls Club ladies section recently celebrated their 110th Anniversary with a Gala Guest Day. The club, which is one of the founding clubs of the VLBA, and situated in the picturesque St Vincent’s Gardens, was looking magnificent. Ladies president Vicki Olsen and her committee warmly welcomed VLBA state president Mau- reen Connolly, along with executive members of the VLBA and Bayside Beaches DLBA. Also attending the Gala Guest Day were club past presidents and current members Isobel Watson, Jean Lynch and Christine Greenhatch plus many club members past and present. Following the traditional social game of bowls it was into the clubrooms where a lovely luncheon prepared by the club members was served. A brief history of the club made for some interesting listening. Originally the club was the South Melbourne Bowls Club and founded in 1873, and despite some opposition from the men, the ladies section was formed on 6 December 1899. The inaugural president was Mrs Cockbill and Miss Cuthbertson was secretary. Mrs Marks took over the presidency a year later and it was a position she held for 29 years. The ladies played their first match in the year 1900 against South Melbourne in front of 200 lady specta- tors and were victorious by 19 shots. In the same season, the first-ever Ladies Bowling Tournament was held at Albert Park. The 1900-1901 season saw 25 lady members with membership costing 10 shillings of which half went to the men’s club. In 1907 both Mrs Marks and Miss Cuthbertson attended an historic meeting whereby it was agreed to form the Victorian Ladies Bowls Association. There was another name change in 1945 to include the VRI following inter- est from the Victorian Railways Institute. In 1986 the ladies club was one of the first lawn bowls clubs to become incor- porated, and an equal opportunity club. Bellarine Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rene Hodge (Ocean Grove) who recently passed away. Bendigo Congratulations to our new VLBA councillor Bev Mill who attended Bendigo DLBA’s 60th Anniversary held at Woodbury Bowls Club. We were delighted VLBA state president Mau- reen Connolly joined us together with representatives from our neighbouring districts and life members Bernie Boro- meo, Jacquie Davis and Loretta Harris. BDLBA president Kathleen Thorsen welcomed everyone and secretary Lois Hocking read a detailed history of the association. The strength of the BDLBA is profound - in 1949 at the inaugural meeting there were eight clubs present, now there are 23 with approximately 700 members including male members. The BDLBA plays two inter-association competitions each season and both are keenly contested, the Bill Pain Shield is against the Ballarat DLBA, while we play Campaspe Valley DLBA for the Alys Humbert Shield. There have been many fine winners of state events from the district together with state representa- tives over the years and the association is proud of all of these representatives together with the Bendigo Bowling Club who were the winners of the inaugural Champions of State Pennant in 1999. It was a wonderful day of celebration of the association’s first 60 years, may the next sixty be as exciting and rewarding with dedicated people to lead and work for us as in the present and past. Casey Hampton Park Bowls Club recently held its annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Club chairman Gwen Clough welcomed over 110 guests including patron Judith Gra- ley MP and VLBA president Maureen Connolly. The club was delighted to hear from guest speaker Lee McIntosh, who is the manager of Youth and Family Ser- vices for the City of Casey and a breast cancer survivor. Lee is an inspirational woman who kept her audience of men and women laughing and totally ab- sorbed as she told her story. As guests were leaving they approached HPBC members and our speakers to not only compliment and congratulate the club for their community involvement, but to eagerly convey their great enjoyment of the occasion and the delicious food. It was a big day for the club and its hard working members. Over $1700 has been raised for Cancer Research. Central Murray Thirty-seven ladies and one male hitch- hiker set off from Central Murray DLBA recently for a friendship visit to Sunray- sia DLBA. We were thrilled to have our life member and past VLBA president Joyce Larkin on board with us and didn’t she have fun! We had a lot of fun along the way and at one of the stops, bus driver Dan, Joyce (of course), Sunraysia president Shirley Pupillo and Central’s president Elaine Blizzard came across a bush chapel in Mildura’s Botanic gardens - they thought Joyce needed a cleansing ceremony after which they all sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ with great gusto! All Central Murray ladies on the bus had a wonderful time and the eleven Sunraysia clubs we visited looked after us brilliantly. We won’t mention every- thing that happened - as we all know, what happens on the trip, stays on the trip - especially where Joyce Larkin Ballarat 1945 to include the VRI following inter Casey Horizons VLBA District Association News From Around The State • State, District and club officials toast the 110-year anniversary of the Albert Park VRI Bowls Club Ladies Section. 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