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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
Bowls In Focus 9 Graeme Hosken President Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 Email: email@example.com www.bendigobowlsshop.com.au WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS ONLINE NOW! Save time and Money Country VICTORIA’S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Order Online @ IT was with a great deal of pleasure that I was able to present a cheque for $100,000, on your behalf, to Robert Anderson the CEO of Disability Sport and Recreation on the day of our Bowls Victoria Annual General Meeting. Disability Sport and Recreation was our nominated charity for last season and the cheque represented the very generous contributions made by clubs throughout the whole of the state. The generosity of bowlers could never be questioned and over the life of the RVBA, VLBA and now Bowls Victoria with several million dollars having been donated to various charitable organizations. Our nominated charity for this season is Kidsafe Victoria and I encourage you all to once again dig deeply so that we can do something worthwhile towards the protection of our young children. It was also my pleasure at the AGM to officially welcome two new members to the Board of Bowls Victoria. Bill Johnson was elected unopposed and replaces Barrie Close who has retired, while Gillian Jolly was elected, along with retiring director Rosemary Varty, as a result of the recently conducted election. Gillian replaces Pat Calabresi. Retiring director Murray Rowe was returned unopposed. Congratulations to Bill, Murray, Gillian and Rosemary and I look forward to working closely with all of them over the next year. Sincere thanks to Barrie and Pat for the contributions they both made during their terms as directors. Both are very capable people and I trust that they will remain involved in the administration of our sport in some other manner. Recently the editor of this magazine, David Allen, advised us of his intention to retire effective on 31 December this year. David was first employed by the then VLBA back in 2000 as editor of Draw Shot, then in 2004 when the VLBA and RVBA joined forces for the publication of Bowls In Focus he created and launched it. David has an incredible understanding of our sport both locally and internationally and his contribution will be missed. We wish David well in his retirement and now need to get on with the task of appointing his replacement. Over the past month I have had the pleasure of attending many functions hosted by Regions, Divisions and Clubs. The hospitality provided by each was outstanding and for that I offer my sincere thanks. Two of these functions warrant special mention. On Sunday 11 September I attended a luncheon at the Brighton Bowling Club at which the club’s 130th birthday was celebrated. The club is entitled to be very proud of the fact that they have been able to survive for this period of time and to be still operating as strongly and competitively as ever. I am sure that the founders of the club 130 years ago would never have imagined that the club would be functioning today out of their current centre at Dendy Park. Two weeks later I attended another luncheon to again celebrate a significant birthday. On this occasion the Auburn Bowling Club was celebrating its 125th anniversary. It is most unusual to get two celebrations as significant as these two so close together. Well done Brighton and Auburn, my thanks for a most enjoyable day on each occasion Our state selectors are already hard at work with trials for the Under-25’s, the senior representative sides and the Over 60’s having been conducted. The Over 60’s will be the first to compete when they journey to Warilla NSW, later this month to compete in the annual Senior Round Robin events. Congratulations to those players selected to represent their state and I wish you all good bowling at Warilla. By the time this article goes to press Victoria will have hosted the Australian Under 18 Championships at the Darebin City complex. I know that no effort will be spared in ensuring that this event is conducted well and that all runs smoothly for the competitors who will be representing all states and territories. Hopefully Victoria comes out on top but irrespective of the result I am sure that all who take part, whether as competitors or officials will enjoy the experience. Pennant is now underway under the new provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act and the new organisational structure throughout the state. I would expect that we will experience some minor problems as a result of this during the season, but I encourage each of you to approach the challenge with the right frame of mind and above all to enjoy the comradeship and competition aspects of our great sport. Diary October 2011 3-6 Australian Junior Championships, Darebin 7 Annual General Meeting, Bowls Australia 18-21 60 and Over Round Robin, Warilla NSW 23 50th Anniversary, Dandenong Club 25 Meeting with Bowls Australia Board Members 26 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting
August September 2011