You may have seen this coming. No national sporting body wants to risk the health and welfare of its members. Read the BCB press release here. https://www.bowlscanada.com/en/news/news_release/2021-03-04.html
Gimli LBC members will remember 2020 as the year of the move. Big changes have taken place and the membership is eager to finish the job and get back to bowls. Club president Ian Thompson and wife Elaine are huge contributors at the club and were instrumental in the massive project. Below, in her words is Elaine’s account of this major undertaking.
The summer of 2020 was a busy one for the Gimli Lawn bowling club since it was our “moving” year. Our clubhouse was moved to its new location to the north of the green and was leveled. Volunteers washed the siding to clean it of the Diageo (Seagrams) “sludge”, the deck was re-stained, our benches were painted, plus trees and shrubbery around the clubhouse were cut down or trimmed back. We finally received our hydro hook-up in September. We did have a temporary hydro hook-up to our pump house so that we could run the irrigation system.
The three storage sheds were removed in the fall since they were replaced by a new storage garage. The new garage is the “sample” building that the contractor building the senior housing development is required to construct. The RM and Manitoba Housing agreed to donate the garage to us. Besides storing our equipment the garage will also have new washroom facilities. We’re hoping that these washrooms will be finished by summer 2021. In the meantime our current washrooms are still available to us. In fact, it appears as if we will be keeping the old washroom/pump house building since moving the irrigation system, finding a new source of water and hooking up to the municipality sewer lines are creating some problems.
During this entire moving process our fence was removed on two sides to accommodate the Seniors Housing complex. It has been reinstalled to encompass the new garage and new clubhouse location. Some of our signage was removed, repainted and relocated so that it can be seen from the roadway.Due to the damage sustained to our electrical supply during the installation of a fire hydrant and the inconvenience of this entire process we were given a donation of lumber to use towards the replacement of the backboards on the green. The work was completed at the end of the season by five volunteers. It looks fabulous.
As well as all of the above mentioned work our volunteers completed twice weekly greens maintenance and grounds maintenance. We did find time to play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We held open play with an average of 16 people coming out each evening. Our season ended on September 22nd. We had a fun game of bowling, presentation of awards to players who earned the most points on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and a socially distanced pizza supper.
I’d like to end with a big thank you to our hard working volunteers – Ian Thompson, Norm Carrothers, Jerry Jonasson, Ken Duthie, and Richard and Jill Szczepanski (a non-member).
You’d be forgiven if you thought an entity with Inc. in thier name was a multi-national corporation. Not simply the domain of big biz, incorporation has come to Linden Ridge Bowls Club. LRBC Inc. has exceptional leadership and a bright future. Gerry Moore is one of those leaders. Below is his telling of the incorporation and what it means.
LRBC has been up and running for a couple of years; I’ll rephrase that and say that we did manage to get one full year of bowling in until the scourge of Covid took our bowls away. We are a small indoor club with no place to call our own. We rent space at Soul Sanctuary, a multi-purpose complex that agreed to accommodate us in their gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. We set our membership fees as low as possible to ensure that they would at least meet our monthly rental costs. In order to keep fees as low as possible we borrowed mats and jacks to get up and rolling. Close to the end of 2020 we decided to find a way to secure funds to support other bowling related purposes such as equipment purchases without increasing membership fees. To obtain funds through grant applications we needed to meet one of the key requirements to make us eligible for grants; we needed to incorporate as a Not for Profit. The blunt fact is that most granting agencies will not consider applications for grants unless the organization is registered as a Not For Profit corporation.
We decided that we would take the necessary steps to do just that. The first step was to register our club’s name with the Companies Office. The name submitted was Linden Ridge Lawn Bowling Club Inc. The purpose of this submission is to ensure that no other organization has that name registered to it. We received confirmation that our name as being accepted. Once the name was approved, the next step was to file an Articles of Incorporation document. That document is currently being processed at the Companies Office. We anticipate a response this January provided there are no difficulties with the application.
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