The bowling at Linden Ridge may have ended but the cleaning and storing of our carpets still remained. Volunteers were out in force on Monday vacuuming the front and back of our five carpets. A crew of at least six volunteers over three hours with vacuums cleaned the carpets for the final roll-up. The roll-up was meticulously done by three other volunteers. This was a slow and deliberate process to ensure a tight and even roll. A very important task to properly prepare and preserve the carpet for six months of storage. Two volunteers replaced one carpet tube with PVC pipe retrofitted with an insertable wheel-bearings mechanism. Harold stepped up during the season to produce and create the PVC solution. The Club has long looked for ways to reduce the back breaking stresses on volunteers rolling up carpet at the end of league play.
Thank you Harold for your hard work and ingenuity in developing the the new tubing and components. Early results look very promising in eliminating lifting that is done to reduce carpet spiralling. This can be very hard on your back and has always been a safety concern for our volunteers and the Club. It will however come at a cost if the Club decides to do the other four carpets with PVC pipe and will depend on available resources. I can’t thank all of our volunteers enough for taking the time to help the Club throughout the entire season.
I do believe that the success of our club can ofttimes be attributed to the commitment and participation of its volunteer base. We have that at Linden Ridge and it couldn’t have been more evident than what I witnessed on Monday. Thank you to our crew!! – Alan Curd, Brenda Frank, Ben Goebel, Brian Jones, David Kerr, Don Pattie, Donna Gobeil, Gerry Moore, Harold Forsyth, Jerome Kirby, John Preston
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.