Friday, October 7, 2011

Newsletter - October 2011

From the Chairman

My first three months as Chairman has been a real learning experience for me!

I have learnt of the tremendous work done by Secretary John Lilley whose experience in this job is vast. Also, our Treasurer Graeme Croxford whose banking background is invaluable. Vice Chairman Barry Fisher has a great knowledge of the club’s workings and details since our move from Clyde Road. Assistant Treasurer Dave Reddy is an astute Board member with good management abilities. Keith Fox, like me, is also learning.
Ralph Jans, our Club licensee, Lady President Rita Waugh and Men’s President Brian Gates, keep the Board up to date with their respective responsibilities.

These people work many hours to ensure your club remains financially viable and meets all commitments to our members and controlling bodies.

It is comforting to see the large number of volunteers going about their work in all areas of the club, but there is always room for more, particularly the gardeners who need more helpers at 8.30 on Monday mornings.
Ideally, our club would have a membership of 3 50+, so the work of Les Herring, Derek Garton and helpers on Sunday mornings that is providing a steady stream of new members to counter member losses, is invaluable. Wherever possible, members should encourage family, friends and neighbours to try our great sport.

As the pennant season gets underway, I wish all players, teams and sides great success to keep our club as a strong contributor to the competition.  
Maurice Boyd

From the Men’s President

Welcome back to all our members and a special welcome to our new members. We hope our club is to your satisfaction and enjoyable.

Our combined opening day, held on Saturday 3rd September, was a great day. Many thanks to the members who organised the day.

We have some members on the sick list – we wish them a quick return to good health and to bowling soon.
Pennant competition started the season on Sunday, 2nd October. The Selectors this year are the same as last year. Please help them by putting your name on the list on the writing slope if you wish to be considered for pennant selection. Also on the writing slope, there is a list for any pennant days when you will be unavailable. Due to the numbers wishing to play pennant this season, we have entered 6 sides in the Saturday pennant (last season we had 7 sides).

Practice and skill training is held on Tuesdays, starting at 4 p.m. The main practice is held on Thursday nights For new members who need help, our main coach, Les Herring, and other coaches are available on Sunday mornings starting at 9 a.m.

Les would like help on weekdays with coaching disabled people and schools.
Please support our mid-week events – Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. Also, social events are played on some Sundays so check the noticeboard.

During the pennant season, the Social Club will be running a members’ draw each Thursday night and on the third Thursday of the month a meal will be available Good luck to the ladies and men’s pennant sides this season.
Brian Gates
President Men’s Section

Camellia Planting

The gardening group wish to thank members for their generous donations to enable them to plant 25 camellias along the western bank of the artificial green. Our objective was to raise the $250 needed to purchase 25 @ $10 each, having previously negotiated the price down from $15 each. However, a total of $350 was raised, enabling us to purchase mulch and a few stakes and, with the balance, some grevilleas which will be planted at either end of the camellia row. Thank you also to Doug Harlow for some stakes.

These plants will have to be nurtured through the summer months until the roots become established.

We welcome Peter Kirby and Doug Fisher who have joined John Bignold, Shirley Moon, Ron McGrath, Ray Leason and Maurie Boyd as our gardening group. More volunteers are urgently needed to maintain the large garden areas. 

Can you spare 2-3 hours now and again??

Berwick Mazda 2 bowl Triples Aggregate

The Berwick Mazda 2 Bowl Triples commences on Monday, 17th October, and continues on the 3rd Monday of each month – November, December, January, February and March.

Start time is 10 a.m. with BYO lunch. Morning tea and afternoon snacks will be supplied.

More teams are required. Enter teams on entry sheet on rotunda.

Summer Bowls Program

Effective Wednesday 7th September, the Summer Bowls program commenced:

Wednesday format:

Open nominated pairs. 11 a.m. start. Cost $8. Neat casual dress. Games will vary between 3 bowls and 4 bowls.

Saturday format:

Bankers single entry. 1 p.m. start. Cost $7. Bowls uniform required due to games being same place/time as pennant competition.

For Your Diary:

Casey Fours – Sunday 5th February
Cardinia Waters Triples – Thursday 19th April
Roy Hughes

Note From The Secretary

The Board of Management, on behalf of all winter bowls participants, extends their gratitude to the ladies who provided hot lunches on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The kitchen was staffed by Margaret Glassenbury, Brenda Bignold, Beverley Pitt, Aase Bentzen and Kath Beevors.
Well done and thank you, ladies. John Lillie – Secretary

Chair of Selectors - Ladies Division.

To date, attendance at practice has been very good with one or two exceptions. Please make every effort to attend as your efforts will be reflected in our results.

This season we have 1 side in Division 1, and 3 sides in division 2. In sections 3,4,5, resulting in competing against new clubs in new areas.

Sections 4 & 5 have byes during the season and hopefully we will arrange intra club practice on these days either fours or triples and thank you to the men who are helping out by making up the numbers on these days. There are no bowls on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 due to the Victorian open and we will arrange intra club practice on this day.

If you are unavailable on this day, please record your name on the unavailability list.

Round 3 on 18th October has Berwick fours playing Mulgrave country club. Please note the venue of this game has been changed to Glen Waverley.

If you have any concerns about your position in pennant, please first discuss this with your sides mentor. Div 1 Betty The ladies section would like to wish our men all the best the coming Pennant season and finally good bowling to you all and enjoy the season.

Jean Fothergill


Tony Wynen

Tony was born in Holland and arrived in Australia with his family in 1957 and moved straight from the migrant ship to Narre Warren .

He started his working life as a sheetmetal worker at Braemar hot water services, progressing to production planner. He then did the same job at Gillette for 4 years, before joining his 2 brothers Bill and Ted in their greengrocery business for 4 years in Dandenong

For the next 35 years Tony spent most of his time as a Real Estate Agent culminating in owning his own company Ray White Dandenong. Oh yes, he also had a stint of 2 years selling life insurance with T& G.

Tony joined the Berwick Bowling club 7 years ago from a pamphlet in his letterbox . He plays pennant bowls, also lots of golf and is a part of the Membership and Promotions committee and finds time to spend with his immediate and extended families.

Casey Travel Wrong Phone Number!

The gremlins got into the printing of our syllabus book and supplied the wrong phone number in their advertisement. It is shown as 9796 5722 and should read 9769 5722. 
Could you please amend your books accordingly or call in to get some great deals for last minute cruising specials.

Meet and greet

How often are we in our club rooms or down on the green and we see someone whose name we do not know? There is every chance that this particular person does not know our name either. So, how about we take the time and introduce ourselves by shaking hands.

Let’s give it a try and you’ll find it very rewarding!
(This does not apply when you forgot someone’s name because of a senior’s moment)

The Men behind the Doors.

Our members would be aware of the installation of the folding doors in our club house.
It has been on the Club’s agenda for some time to install dividing doors, but this failed to take place because of the cost involved.

Reg Rowswell sourced the doors, which had been removed from a local church sometime previously.

Enter Darrel Pitt.

Darrel decided that with some careful measuring the doors could be cut to size and used to divide the club house. The club contacted the engineer who was involved in the original construction of the club house and sought his expert opinion on whether any further reinforcing was required in the roof to support the weight of the doors.

The hard work was about to begin and Darrel engaged the help of his friend Don Woodfall and the job was underway. Darrel’s wife Bev set about cleaning off the grime which had accumulated on the doors during their extended storage.

Most of the work was carried out in Darrel’s garage and many long days of hard work went into the preparation of the folding doors.

The finished article bears credit to all those involved who gave of their time willingly and without remuneration for their efforts.

The Club is indeed indebted to these willing workers.

Well done – one and all.

Carpet bowls

All Club Competitions have now been completed with Michael and Beryl winning the Mixed Pairs over Brenda and John.
Will all members of this section please make a note of 3 important dates in early November:‑
  1. Annual General Meeting, as per the syllabus, 7pm on 7th November 2011 (all positions will be made vacant and the nomination form is on our notice board)
  2. The Don Small Memorial Challenge has been moved 2 weeks to the 9th November 2011 to increase the volume of players.
  3. The Annual End of Season Dinner will be held at the Pine Grove Hotel, at 7pm on 11th November 2011. Please add your name to the list on our notice board.
We would all like to wish May Dixon a speedy recovery and see her back bowling as soon as possible and hope that Pam Larkworthy will resume membership, next year, after resolving family health problems. Thankyou Pam for all your support and assistance over the years and we will welcome you back as soon as you can make it.
Social Bowls continue on Mondays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.

John Bignold 

Social Club News

It was a great night on our 1st members “lucky draw” night. The response was excellent. As the member was not present, it jackpots until next Thursday night’s sausage sizzle. The next meal is on 20th October, so please place your name on the list provided. Our barrel girl “Maggie” will have a rest next month, but I heard a whisper that her mother might come in her place to draw the lucky number, as well as the two raffles donated by Linden Butchers from Parkhill Berwick and Beaconsfield Fruit & Veg.

Our next function is our Octoberfest on 14th October. We still need more names.
Also on Cup Day there will be a game of bowls followed by a chicken lunch. We will have a few Cup sweeps etc. Thanks to all who belong to the Social Committee.

Rumour has it that a lady was seen filling coffee jars from a container. Whilst that part is true, the rumour is incorrect as the coffee (and tea/sugar) was left over from a function on Saturday night which was supplied by them, and left behind for us. Don’t worry it is in a safe place!
Margaret Glassenbury

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