Gimli LBC On The Move

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.
Richard, Carol, Elaine and Ian.
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).