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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
Bowls In Focus 35 Former VLBA vice president Gillian Jolly from the Koo Wee Rup Bowls Club was formally inducted onto the Bowls Victoria Board of Directors during the recent annual general meeting at Hawthorn Town Hall. Gillian and retiring director Rosemary Var ty were the top scorers in a recent three-way election to appoint two female directors to the second Bowls Victoria board. Her elevation to the state’s most senior governing body will come as no surprise to most people who know her well – Gillian actually sat on her first bowls committee before she had even ventured out on to a green. In 1988 she and husband Tony were members of the steering committee which drove Narre Warren’s push to have its own club established in the sporting precinct adjacent to the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. However, that same year saw the Jolly clan fall in love with the South Gippsland region and move to Nyora, where a chance meeting with a neighbour soon had them pressed into service at the Loch & District Bowls Club. It took little time for Gillian to prove herself a capable mover and shaker in a variety of roles and eventually she was elected for a two-year term as club president; while the West Gippsland District Ladies Bowls Association also recognised her talents and relished her abilities in a number of leadership portfolios. In fact she was the last association president before West Gippsland was made defunct in an at times bitter and emotional boundaries redistribution decision in 2003. However, the following year saw Gillian and Tony join Koo Wee Rup, while twelve months later the bowlers of Group 9 sent her to head office as their state councillor. A person more prone to roll up her sleeves and get things done than procrastinate, Gillian’s work ethic and capacity for getting the best from her colleagues again saw her progress through the ranks to spearhead junior, rules & appeals, then promotions & development groups before, in 2007 when elevated to the VLBA vice presidency, she chaired the state competitions committee. There is no disrespect to those who went before her, but in her three years in the post Gillian made the management of state events - where the experience, attention to detail and people skills acquired in her business career as a professional administrator were clearly evident - into an art form. She is a former commerce graduate from the prestigious Lorburn Business College in Manchester UK. Gillian’s platform for her run at a board seat was her deep concern that country members, who account for 65% of the Victorian bowls population, did not have a women’s voice at the main decision-making forum. Her wish list for Bowls Victoria is that the work the Board undertakes with the Regions can dispel the ‘them and us’ myth, and that the entire state combines as part of the ‘big picture’. “ I have no doubt the board of Bowls Victoria, together with its professional staff at head office, as a cohesive team will with thoughtfulness, foresight and acuity ensure that we are one of the top sporting organisations in Australia,” she articulates with pride. Good luck Gillian. - David Allen Seasoned Administrator Wins Board Posting Board Appointment • Gillian Jolly
August September 2011