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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
Bowls In Focus 21 At this month’s Bowls Victoria annual general meeting well-known Mornington Peninsula identity Bill Johnson from the Somerville Bowls Club will be formally inducted to the Board of Directors. He replaces foundation director Barrie Close from Queenscliff who did not seek re-election. The current chairman of Somerville, Bill brings considerable experience at club, association and group level to the table, while his diversified sporting background offers the board a wealth of knowledge gained from other recreational pursuits. He has played top level baseball, Australian Rules football and tennis, while prior to becoming infected with the bowls bug, Bill completed in ten Red Cross Murray River Marathons – each being a back-breaking 404kms of rowing his canoe between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill from dawn to dusk over five days – which he says is the toughest competitive assignment in sport. A self-employed businessman in the soft furnishings industry for more than 30 years, Bill spent the four years leading in to his retirement as a self-employed advertising consultant and agent. He first stepped out onto a bowling green in 1996 at the Hastings club, and has since had stints at Somerville, Karingal and Mornington Civic, while he has now settled back at Somerville and been promoted through the administration ranks to become RVBA section president and eventually chairman of the board. Bill firmly believes that having spent time in several different bowls communities gives him a well-rounded insight to the specific needs of grassroots clubs and their members, and should be an asset to the BV board, given that the majority of his colleagues have mostly spent their entire bowling lives at just one. And he must be a pretty fair trundler as well – Bill is currently Somerville’s outdoor and indoor club champion. “I want to help build on the good work already completed by the joint working party, interim board and the first Bowls Victoria board,” he said. “And because I am currently at the coalface at club level, I’m sure I can have input into the fine tuning of things which aren’t going according to plan. And there’s a few.” He has a vision for Bowls Victoria; that it develops into one of the state’s top sporting organisations by delivering strong leadership and professional governance for all members; is supportive and responsive to the needs of all clubs, regardless of their geographical location; and that the future development and promotion of lawn bowls for all ages across the state should be a major criteria. Furthermore he believes that Bowls Victoria must do its best to ensure that all bowlers, regardless of their ability or aspirations, enjoy their participation in the game; that it delivers equal opportunity for all bowlers to achieve their personal best; and provides best practice administration and open communication for all. We wish him well. The popular Johnson has been elected to the board for a period of two years, while Murray Rowe from Sebastopol has been returned unopposed for a further two-year term. At time of writing, results of the election of two female directors, being contested by Rosemary Varty from Lilydale, Kooweerup’s Gillian Jolly and Pat Calabresi from Doncaster were not known. - David Allen Marathon Man Joins State Board Board Appointment • Somerville’s Bill Johnson joins the Bowls Victoria board this month.
June July 2011