Victoria Day at Mann Park – May 20, 2019

Sponsored by Ron and Jen Mulhern

Tickets are now available for our Victoria Day dinner. 
Only $15 for lasagna, caesar salad, garlic bread, and sweet treats. Catered by Candlelight Cuisine.
Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Hilary Callihoo will be selling tickets Thursday May 9th and 16th at 3:30 pm at the clubhouse. 
Deadline for tickets is May 16.

Come out and join the fun:

Bowling @ 1:30 pm – please be there at 1:00 to get in your tags – Great prizes!!
Happy Hour @ 4:00 pm
Dinner @ 5:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Your social and games co-ordinators

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Opening Day, May 4, 2019

On May 4, dignitaries joined 70 members at Mann Park under the sunshine for the official opening of the lawn bowling season. After being piped around the green by Mike Macdonald, special guests rolled out the inaugural bowls. Following lunch, the members enjoyed their first game of the season.

A special thank you to Louise McKnight of Bay Realty who sponsored the event.

Kudos to our volunteer team led by Hilary Callihoo and Martha McArthur who set up, prepared luncheon, and cleaned up afterwards: Sharron Lyons, Linda Cooper, Pat Macdonald, Debbie Lambert, Bernice Day, Corrie Brawley, Alba Boris, Garry Stronach, and Ed Hooper.

Vice President and head coach David Tones gave special guests a few tips on throwing the opening bowls. Pictured left to right are City of White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker, Surrey White Rock MLA Tracy Redies, David Tones, and South Surrey White Rock MP Gordie Hogg.
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Open House – April 27, 2019

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Semi-Annual General Meeting

Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club will be holding their Semi-Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend and learn about the busy upcoming season of league play, competition, and social events. Click on the following link to read the NOTICE OF MEETING.

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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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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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Sad News

During the past week, two long-time members of Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club passed away.
Emily Allison and Roy McKenzie both died, Roy while in California with Dorothy.
We are all saddened by their passing.
A celebration of life for Emily will be held at Mann Park clubhouse on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

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SPENDING PRIORITIES: 2015 and beyond‏

Fellow bowlers:
This winter, your executive committee is focusing on what projects need to be budgeted in the next year or two.

We have some items on the table for consideration, but want to hear if the members have projects to add to the list.

Here are four projects already up for discussion by the executive committee:
1) Replacing our aging roof.
2) Purchasing a new mower.
3) Replacing some or all the plinths (boards) around the greens.
4) Erecting a sign along 16 Avenue to promote club events.

We may not have the funds for all these projects. We need to establish priorities.

If you have any suggestions, large or small, email them directly to:, or call one of the executives.
(Please do NOT reply to this club email.)

Thank you.

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September News

A reminder that bowling at Mann Park, especially the daily draws, will continue for another four weeks or so. Come out and enjoy the sun until the rains arrive and we need to core and sand the greens. It’s possible we may go into the second week of October!!!
A special note to novices: With leagues done for the year, a larger number of the club’s veteran bowlers are likely to attend the draws. It’s a great opportunity for novices to improve their bowling skills.

There is no regular bowling on Sunday the 7th because the Waring Trophy competition against the White Rock club will be held simultaneously at both clubs, starting at 1 p.m. If you are not on a team, come out and cheer.

When we can no longer bowl on the greens, there are alternatives. One warm and comfy option is carpet bowling in the Mann Park basement, usually four days a week. Talk to Vera Roberts about fee, dates and times. (Vera will post a notice, as well.)

For the hardy, there is once again outdoor winter bowling on the White Rock Bowling Club’s artificial greens. Fee for Mann Park members is $60, starting October 4 until March 31. There are aggregate games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Get your tags in by 12:30; draw at 12:45.
Contact Linda Paupst, 604 538 3220k.

The bowls polisher in the locker room has been repaired by Leo Klarich. He spent a lot of his time and a tiny bit of our collective money to do it. Check it out — and thank Leo when you see him.

Mann Park handily won the coveted Hunter Trophy in the Thursday match against Langley, scoring 17 points to 7. Congratulations to our teams.

Second-year bowler Arnie Holand will have his name inscribed on the Friday Aggregate trophy for 2014. Of the 48 potential points (3 for a win; 16 weeks), Arnie grabbed 38 points — and $48. Tied at three points back were Graham Reynolds and Tom Akam. In total, $945 was returned to 33 of the 77 Aggregate registrants, and $158 was donated to the club.

It was an exceptionally happy week for Arnie Holand. He also had the lowest score (31) in the nine-hole Mann Park golf tournament at Meridian on Sept. 2. The event netted $168.50 which will be applied to a fund for the purchase of a new barbecue.

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News From Mann Park….Things You Need To Know

Some things you need to know:

1) Geoff Wells has been organizing a little nine-hole Par 3 golf tournament for Mann Park members, to be played in early September at Meridian. Eighteen people have signed the sheet on the board at the clubhouse. Geoff would like to get at least six more people to join. Proceeds will go to the purchase of a new BBQ. Sign on now, please.

2) No regular afternoon draw on Sunday the 24th. There’s a visitation. Spectators are welcome.

3) The first, second, and third-year bowlers have their club tournament on the 25th and 26th. NOVICES: You should sign up if you have not already done so.

4) Sept. 4: Hunter Trophy tournament against Langley, at 1 p.m. No regular afternoon draw.
Sept 7: Waring Trophy competition with White Rock Lawn Bowling Club. No regular draw that day.
Sept. 8 and 9: Club Mixed Triples tournament, in the morning. Afternoon draw is not affected.
Details and sign-up sheets at the clubhouse.

5) Friday Aggregate. The final date for this summer-long league is September 5. A total of 77 people registered.
All 77 — and, alas, only they — are encouraged to come on the 5th, whether the sun shines or rain falls, and whether you have actually played one game or 16.
If we can bowl, it’ll start at the usual time, 9:15 sharp. After the game at 11:30, we will distribute prize money (lots of it!!!) to at least 30 bowlers.
If it rains, come at 11:30 anyway.

Then, around noon, Panago Pizza of Ocean Park will once again provide us with pizza for lunch.
In the next day or so, there will be a sign-up sheet. Note, this is only for the Aggregate registrants.

YOU MUST SIGN UP TO GET THE PIZZA. No last minute additions because we have to advise Panago who is coming.

6) Many of the summer leagues are winding down. That does not mean the season of bowling is over. Au contraire, the afternoon draws should be more popular than ever.
What’s more, our professional greens keeper, John Findlay, advised us that this fall we’ll be able to bowl right into October — making up for the early closing for grass replacement last year.
So, keep on truckin’ down to Mann Park until the monsoon returns.

7) Future dates to record (details to follow):
Sept. 27, the Official Closing Ceremony when club prizes are distributed.
Oct. 24, Annual General Meeting.
And also in October, an Oktoberfest blast.

Good bowling,
Bryant Avery

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