Message From Our President

Welcome back to another season of bowling at Mann Park and a special welcome to our new bowlers! Our greens are now ready for us to start practice and play. Daily draws will start this week and, since the Aggregate games begin the week of May 15th, there will be an afternoon draw each day this week starting on Monday, May 8th. I hope to see lots of returning members there! Most leagues will also start this coming week and I wish all participants an enjoyable year of competitions!

Get to know our coaches! We are very fortunate to have such a great team of coaches available to work with our twenty or so novices who are exploring our sport or who have already signed up for a year of bowling. I believe these coaches would also welcome questions from any of our members about the techniques and rules of lawn bowling. Learn who the coaches are by viewing their pictures on the poster you can find on the bulletin board.

Bowls for last year’s novices: If you have not yet purchased your own set of bowls, you may have to consider getting serious about doing just that. First-year bowlers have first priority in selecting the bowls that are provided by the Club. Once all those selections have been made and the boxes are marked accordingly, last year’s novices may have the opportunity to rent a set of bowls from the remaining supply. The cost is $45.00 for the season, payable to Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club. Any second-year bowler interested in renting should get in touch with our Coaching Director, David Tones.

Bowlers using the Club bowls are reminded that this equipment must stay at the Club unless special arrangements are made in advance with David Tones.

Important Notice about re-spotting the jack: The Conditions of Play will be announced by the Coordinator at the beginning of each event (league, visitation, competition, etc). However, a decision was made by the Board of Directors that, for all games played at Mann Park (unless otherwise regulated by Bowls BC for competitions), when the jack goes out of bounds, it will be re-spotted on the centre line at the 2 meter mark. Please refer to rule 56.5 for further details. Additional 2 meter measuring sticks will be made and placed around the field of play for easy access.

A special request to all skips: Please respect the training that has been provided by our Coaching Team and resist the temptation to share your comments on what corrections need to be made. If you see something in their technique that needs attention, suggest that the novice check back with their coach about that aspect that you’ve observed. The more consistent the training is for the novice, the better chance they have of developing into a contented and successful bowler. Also, please remember that they are new to our sport and will need some time to develop so they will need our patience and understanding.

About our Games: Watch for emails from Wanda Taylor as she has put together a great season of leagues, visitations and hosted competitions. Wanda has done a tremendous job of organizing our games over the past several years and is now looking for someone to be her understudy and eventually take over the role. If you are interested in any aspect of the games (not the daily draws), please have a chat with Wanda.

Help needed for Visitations and Special Events. The role of Social Director is too large a job for one volunteer. When Linda Cooper took on the role, she was willing to do all of the big dinners but had expected someone else to take on the smaller events such as tea & dessert for visitations and hosted events. We need to have someone step up immediately to take on this part of our hosting obligations at Mann Park. There are a number of veteran and willing volunteers to assist at the events but we need someone to do the coordination. Please get in touch with Linda Cooper to learn more about what the role involves.

Speaking of Teas … At the Semi-Annual General Meeting, there was discussion and a vote which led to the decision to host a tea at all Saturday daily draws. As many of the people who had already committed to coordinate the Saturday draws for a month (or more!) would not have known this at the time they volunteered, it wouldn’t be fair to now saddle them with this additional duty. Therefore, the Board of Directors has agreed that the Saturday Tea events will depend on finding a volunteer to do the set-up and clean-up – someone different from the daily draw coordinator. If you are willing to manage these small teas, please talk to the Daily Draw volunteer for that period that you can volunteer for. It would probably work well for the tea person to volunteer for the same period as the Daily Draw team.

Let’s have Mann Park known around the Lawn Bowling community! Watch for opportunities to sign up for visitations and join other Club bowlers representing our Club at home or away. This is a great way for Novices to see what other Clubs are like, and to get to know some of our Club bowlers as well. Novices are strongly encouraged to sign up for these events!

Ideas? I would be happy to hear from anyone who has suggestions on how we can make our Club environment more enjoyable from playing perspective or from a social perspective. Feel free to contact me with your ideas.

Good Bowling, Everyone!

Linda Palm

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2017 Season Opening Day Ticket Available – Saturday April 29th. Inbox x

We now have tickets available for our Opening Day Event which will be held on Saturday, April 29. The ceremonies will begin at 11:30, lunch & lawn bowling will follow. Please wear whites and/or club colours. Tickets are $5.00 each… to reserve your ticket reply to this email or call Lorane @ 778-888-9174.
Thank you.


Registration/Open House Day – Saturday April 22 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Semi Annual General Meeting – Wednesday April 12 @ 1:30

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Club Tournaments – 2016

Below is a list of our Club Tournaments – sign up sheets will be posted approximately two weeks prior to each event:

Aug 9 Novice Singles, 3 – 8 end games

Aug 15, 16 Mixed Pairs, 2 – 10 end games each day. Sign up as a team, must have 1st or 2nd year bowler

Aug 22, 23 Mixed Triples, 2 – 10 end games each day. Skip/Vice by choice, no two skips. Lead by draw

Aug 29 Mixed 3 Bowl Cut throat, single knockout, 1 14 ends each round

Sept 6, 7 Men’s Singles, single knockout to 21 points; winners bowl a 2nd game each day

Sept 12, 13 Women’s Singles same as above

$5 per person entry fee, 9:30 am start.


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2016 League Information

Hi Everyone….

Just wanted you to know that the sign-up sheets for our competitive evening leagues will be posted at the SAGM on April 13, as follows:

Aussie Pairs at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 10, with Mixed Pairs at 6 pm on Thursday, May 12…14 ends per game for 7 weeks. These are teams of choice (2 skips or skip/vice ok) but you must sign up as a team, not individually. Entry is $10 per person.

A new Mixed Triples League will be added this year on Wednesday, May 18 starting at 9:30 am. This is not a teams of choice league and two skips are not permitted. I would encourage our 1st, 2nd and 3rd year bowlers to sign up for a little competition – 14 ends and 7 weeks. Entry $10 per person.

Tri-Cities League starts Wednesday, June 1 with the first game in Langley. MP is hosting the league this year and must enter four mixed triples teams. Several bowlers from last year have said they are interested, but again, you must sign up as a team. $75 per team – 11 weeks with the Mayor’s Shield as the 12th game. You are guaranteed a spot if two members from 2015 are entered. If more than four teams enter, a play down will be held to determine the 4th team. Please don’t wait for me to nag you.

Questions? Wanda Taylor

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Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club

Notice of Semi-Annual General Meeting
Wednesday April 13, 2016
1:30 p.m.


1. Call to order.

2. One minute of silence in remembrance of those members who passed away since the last meeting.

3. Approval of the Agenda.

4. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on October 29, 2015.

5. Matters arising from those minutes.

i) Plinth replacement.

6. Correspondence.

7. Treasurers Report.

8. Director of Finance Report.

9. Reports from Directors and Committees.

10. New business.

i) Project list.
ii) Insurance concerns.

11. President’s Report.

12. Announcements?

13. Adjournment.

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Daily Draw 2016 Season


Weather permitting, Mann Park L.B.C. will launch its 2016 season with the onset of May.
The Club offers numerous opportunities for members to participate, but probably the most noteworthy is our daily draw. On 6 afternoons each week (excluding only Friday) during the entire season, members, regardless of skill level, are able to bowl in an open draw format and friendly/competitive atmosphere.
For this system to function smoothly, however, support from volunteers (preferably 2 per session) is essential to:-
a) open the clubhouse and raise the flag,
b) set up greens on the correct color with all the equipment,
c) call the draw and
d) oversee the return of all equipment and ensure the clubhouse is fully secured after the finish of games.
Management of the daily draw 1 day a week for a month ideally calls for a total of 60 volunteers.
No-one needs to feel hesitant about offering their services. We can always pair you with a “veteran”. For example, Bill Wainwright has already offered to act as drawmaster on Wednesdays in June, July, August and September if need be. (Frankly, the undersigned sincerely hopes members will concur in not wishing to see his generosity needing to be depended upon quite so heavily).
The undersigned is the designated Drawmaster for 2016 season and can be contacted directly at:-
E.mail –
Tel. No. – 604-531-8211
The Club is looking forward to receipt of a flock of positive responses as a way to aid the achievement of a thoroughly enjoyable season of bowling for the entire membership.

Gerry Potter

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AED – Automated External Defibrillator

Automated External Defibrillator announcement

The BC Heart & Stroke Foundation is donating an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our club. A BC Ambulance paramedic will come to the club and give us a three hour training session on CPR and the use of the AED. This is open to any member of the club who wishes to participate – and learn/refresh/upgrade their first aid skills. There will be a video presentation and a hands-on session with an AED Trainer (polite name for a dummy).

Depending on the number of individuals who are interested the hands-on training may be limited to the first 10 or so people that respond to this message. Others are welcome, and in fact encouraged to attend, as the more members who have the training only makes it better for us all should any one of us ever have a cardiac event and need help while at the club.

The training will take place on Sunday March 6th starting at 1 PM.

Please ask Mark Dalton if you have any questions @ . And respond to this email or Marks email asap if you are interested.

Thank you, Mark Dalton

Good Bowling!
Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club
Club website

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