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Gateway LBC Welcomes Bowlers Back

Casual bowls is back @ Gateway. Bowling will be as in the past but with COVID-19 rules applying. So, Wednesdays, between 12:30 and (NLT) 12:45. Bring a mask and your own bowls if you have some. You will be required to wear the mask at all times. For more info contact Phil @ 204 668 9180 or email clarkp52@yahoo.com

Three Bowl Pairs League (Filled)

The Three Bowl Pairs league is now accepting enties for the 2021 season. COVID considerations are a must, and as such players will be required to follow the guidelines for social distancing set out by the Province of Manitoba. 

Event:  The Three Bowl Pairs League

Venue:  Norwood/1212 Dakota  

Entry Deadline Date:  Midnight Sunday April 2nd, 2021 

Entry Fee:  $20/bowler 

League Start Date: Friday May 7, 2021 – Games start at 10:00 a.m.

Point of Contact: Gerry Chudrick  chudrick@shaw.ca.  

The maximum number of accepted teams is eighteen. This is an increase from last year’s fourteen teams.  We are able to expand the number of teams as we received approval to use Norwood’s greens in addition to using 1212 Dakota. There are no byes so only an even number of teams will be accepted.  

Singles League Sign Up

As we move towards the summer of 2021 planning and preparation is underway to conduct the COVID-19 Singles League within the guidelines for social distancing set out by the Province of Manitoba. 

Event: COVID-19 Singles League 2021 

Venue: Bowls Manitoba at 1212 Dakota St. 

Entry Deadline Date: Sunday May 2nd, 2021 NLT midnight or until the maximum number of bowlers entries has been reached. 

Entry Fee: $25/bowler 

League Start Date: Tuesday May 4, 2021 with game times at 6pm and 7:30pm each week for about 9-13 weeks. 

Point of Contact: Malcolm Taylor  amtaylor688@hotmail.com  

Ideally we’re looking for a maximum of 28 bowlers that will be divided into two groups. Stay safe and I wish you all a great summer. I hope to see you everyone on the greens. All COVID-19 precautions will be strictly followed again this year to ensure the safety of all our members and the facility. 

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).