We were quite fortunate to have had the sun shining down on Mann ☀ Park for our final afternoon of bowling, Thanksgiving Monday…and we were thankful! With the forecast of good weather, and the 📣 ”last call for bowlers”… the greens did fill and there was a very positive vibe in the air.
We would like to thank Mike Skinner for the countless hours he spent working behind the scene on the greens, who along with the help of Paul Klarich kept them in excellent shape, and kept them open for us longer than usual.
It was a challenging year in many ways but with the help of many volunteers working as coordinators we were able to have a successful season. And we made it through the season with no cases or outbreak of Covid. With all the safety measures that were put in place, and with people following our guidelines, Covid didn’t really stand a chance!
Normally at the end of a season we can look forward to getting together at one of our fun Winter Social Events: Oktoberfest, the Christmas Party, Robbie Burns Day and St. Patrick’s Day dinner dances. Unfortunately it looks like Covid will prevent those opportunities for us this winter.
Fortunately though, what we can look forward to is a much better start to the 2021 season. We already have the bowling Guidelines and necessary systems in place if Covid is still with us next year. We are hoping that Bowls BC relaxes it’s ruling on the use of jacks and groundsheets for 2021. Please know that we also plan to work on a solution for that as we want to use them too!
We suspect that the 2021 season will start off in the same phase that 2020 has ended… Phase 2, which does allow for spectators at our games as long as they are members (including Social members). If so, we hope to see a few more of you coming out next season to take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. In the meantime, maybe pick up that phone and surprise a member that you would have stopped and chatted with at one of our dinners. I’m sure they would appreciate your call.
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and wish you all the best through the coming winter.
We look forward to seeing you on the Mann Park greens in 2021.
Ed, Dianne and Gaston