The end of the financial year is upon us once again.
Membership for the 2017-18 bowls season is now due and payment by the end of August will allow the directors to set the program for the coming season.
The membership fee structure for this season is as follows:
Full membership — for those wanting to play pennant, club events and tournaments — costs $130. This also includes entry in the annual club championship events.
New-to-bowls — for new members who would like to learn to play bowls and have not been registered at any other bowls clubs and therefore do not require a clearance — costs $60.
All new and full members will receive their club shirt free of charge.
Social members — for members of other bowls clubs, wives, partners or the family of full members, and non-bowlers who want to enjoy the social events, especially the Friday night members’ get-together with finger food and reduced prices for drinks — costs $30. This also entitles them to catered dinners on the first Friday in the month, which start in October and finish in April.
For social and full members the dinners are $10 per head; for non-members — who must be signed in by a member — the cost will be $15.
The cost of the Christmas dinner on the first Friday in December will be set at a later date.
Social members are also eligible for the monthly members’ draw which jackpots if the member is not present.
The other benefits of any of the above memberships are that the club is open from 4pm most nights of the week and on Fridays heavy drinks are $3, lights are $2.50, mixed cans are $6 and a glass of white or red wine is $1.50.
Also, in the winter months, free hot finger food is served prior to the 6pm raffle draws.
Juniors/students — membership is free and they also receive their club shirt free of charge.
Last season there were two student members — Josh Lesueur and Seth Tziros — in the winning Goulburn Valley Bowls Association Division 6 pennant team.
To date, Derik Miller, John Evans, Wally Sinclair, Darryn Carpenter and Mark Spencer have joined as new full members, with Abigail and Samuel Miller joining as student members, and Marion Smith, Lynette Melis, Darryl Whitley, Barry Ibbott, Sue Morton, Taffy Morton and Dominic Hahnel have joined as new social members.
Some of these members are enjoying the Sunday social bowls which starts at 1pm; names must be in by noon.
The greens are brown and bowling well.
At the completion of the games, included in the green fees, hot finger food is served while the winners of the wine are worked out.
The motto for the upcoming season is ‘enjoyment’.
The greens are being used every afternoon of the week and on Friday afternoons there are usually about 12 people enjoying a roll before the raffles.
It has been great to see ‘Dreamy’ out there guiding bowlers and straightening out some of their problems.
For those interested in joining or learning to play bowls, just come down to the club when there is someone around the greens, or after 4pm, and you will be made welcome.
Indoor social bowls is on every Thursday night during winter.
The list for the Sunday social bowls is on the noticeboard.
Betty Curtis and Merle King have both had stints in hospital but are both home at the moment.
Make the most of your club membership.
— Adrian Barry