President's Address for 2019

Moordown Bowling Club President 2019 - Bob Affleck

After giving a lot of thought to a kind invitation to become Vice President last year, I decided that maybe I could contribute a bit more to the club after 30 years membership. On reflection I must say how pleased I have been that I accepted the honour.

After my year in office, I saw a lot more of the inner workings and organisation of the club and the time and effort your committee put in to enable us all to enjoy our membership to the full, whether it be socially, playing or simply partaking of the facilities.

As you can imagine I have seen many changes to the club in 30 years; amalgamation of the ladies and men’s sections to form one club, the green dug up and re-laid, upgrade of the clubhouse, (carpet on the floor, new kitchen, installation of new bar), to name but a few. Not forgetting the introduction of self-management and stewarding rotas!!!

I think you will agree that most of these changes have made us into the club we are today with over 100 members and a well-deserved reputation to boot.

A sure sign of progress is our club finals competitions, for example the Singles final, many years ago the two players involved would fix a convenient date and find a marker!! The spectators would probably only be "the parkee" and he was only waiting to clear up and go home!!

Compare it to today where we have a full weekend for all the finals, with the bar and food available and a good attendance of members and families providing support.

The reputation we have gained has been achieved by the hard work and involvement of all our members past and present, culminating in our 90th anniversary celebrations last year, long may that voluntary hard work continue as our future depends on this.

I must say my year as Vice President has been most enjoyable on a personal note, especially for the support you gave and showed to my chosen charity in remembering so many of our friends who have sadly passed away in recent years. Macmillan Caring Locally have expressed their gratitude and thanks for our generosity in supporting the work they do for the community.

I hope and am sure you will support our new Vice President, Dee Phillips, in the same way that you have supported me in the past year. Thank you all once again.

Next season looks to be falling into place with a full programme of matches; league, friendlies and various competitions, not forgetting our many social functions, Friday spoons and the ever-popular Monday club nights.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and existing members and look forward to meeting you all again in the 2019 season, whether playing or socially, and hope we are able to enjoy more progress in a warm pleasant summer.

Good luck to you all.

Bob Affleck
President 2019

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