The final stage of our perimeter repair project is the replanting of the garden bed along the parking lot. In October a hard-working crew of volunteers dug out all the poor soil containing construction debris and replaced it with good top soil. A few shrubs have been planted and a host of bulbs that will provide us with a colourful spring display. In May we will infill with perennials reflecting our club colours – green and yellow. Planter boxes are being built to hold the beans and sweet peas enjoyed so much by our members.
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.
The last day of bowling for the season will be Monday, October 12, 2020.
We have certainly had a memorable summer: the COVID pandemic, construction on our perimeter, and poor air quality due to smoke from the fires south of the border. Despite everything, 72 members took the opportunity to enjoy lawn bowling within the protocols established by public health and Bowls BC.
On behalf of all our members, the Board of Directors extends their wholehearted appreciation to the Games Committee for a job well done. Thanks to the dedication of Ed Hooper, Dianne Brynjolfson, and Gaston Essiambre our greens have been open for play since June 15. The committee wrote comprehensive return-to-play guidelines (with input from Franco Canil, Dave Edwards, and Ken Cronin), created an online registration process (with the help of Gaston’s son), and oversaw the daily implementation of safety protocols on the greens. Thank-you for the many hours you have volunteered to permit our members to continue to safely enjoy lawn bowling at Mann Park throughout the summer.
Thank-you, too, to those bowlers who took on the task of coordinator to open and close the club, as well as sanitize the equipment and surroundings for each draw. “Volunteers make it happen!”
Have a safe winter. We look forward to getting together soon when COVID restrictions allow.
At their meeting held September 28, 2020, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone the Annual General Meeting of Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club currently scheduled for October 21, 2020.
The Board looked into various options that would comply with public health guidelines while still permitting all of our members a voice at the meeting. We could not find an option that was feasible during current COVID restrictions.
Recognizing the difficulties that societies are facing in holding their AGMs during the pandemic, the Registrar of Companies in Victoria passed a declaration permitting them to postpone their meeting until no later than November 1, 2021 (see attached). Although we can delay the meeting for a year, the Board hopes to be able to hold our AGM compliant with COVID restrictions in March 2021. That being said, the health and safety of our members will be our primary concern in rescheduling the meeting.
While we will not be holding our AGM this month, a detailed annual report is currently being finalized that summarizes the business that would have been presented at the meeting. I hope to circulate that report to you shortly.
Regards, Martha McArthur Secretary Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club
Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club celebrates their dedicated coaches
viaSport and the Province are celebrating British Columbia and National Coaches Week from September 19 to 27 to recognize coaches across the province for their outstanding commitment to sport and to their communities.
Your board of directors would like to take this opportunity to recognize our team of coaches, lead by head coach, Geoff Wells, who have given time to welcome new members to the club and to assist active members in expanding their skills. Geoff has also played an integral role in mentoring his fellow coaches, thus building capacity within MPLBC.
“Coaches are community leaders and role models who inspire passion for sport and physical activity,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
“Though sport has looked different the past number of months, coaches continue to be crucial support systems for their athletes, especially as each sport moves through their safe return,” said Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO at viaSport.
During the pandemic, Bowls BC has not permitted active recruitment of new members, nonetheless, MPLBC has been fortunate to attract three new members even in this difficult time. This summer, Geoff has generously spent time on the green, welcoming and coaching Christine Dodgson, a returning member from 2018, and new members Lucas Loynes and Josip Stasic. In addition, Geoff has worked with several novice members refreshing their skills.
On behalf of the entire membership, we extend a big thank-you for all you do to our entire coaching team:
Phase 1 donations have been gratefully received, however, they have not covered the costs of maintaining the green. Therefore, at the Board meeting held July 20, the directors agreed that the $1 suggested donation be changed to a $2 fee per visit.
In addition, more active bowling members now have the option to pay a $50 flat fee for Phase 2 Bowling.( $50 for the balance of the bowling season is not only a more economical choice for many of our active bowling members – it’s more convenient.) Members who are playing less often may continue to choose paying each time they bowl, but at the new $2 fee.
We understand that some members of Mann Park have chosen to not participate in bowling during Covid Rules. We look forward to seeing these members back on the green in 2021.The Board of Directors asks all members to consider making a donation to the club to assure that we will have adequate operating funds until next year’s membership dues are paid (April 2021). Any donation is appreciated, however our goal is an average donation of $35. We understand that Covid Times are placing a financial hardship on some, and therefore ask that you support the club with a donation that you are comfortable with.
Members may place their cheques in the collection box when they bowl, or mail them to the club. ( P.O.Box 75314, Surrey BC, V4A 0B1)
Thank you for supporting your club.
On behalf of the Board, Dave Edwards, Vice President
Great News! We have just received confirmation that our Phase 2 Guidelines have been approved by Bowls BC.
Bowlers will have a choice of paying $2 per visit or a flat $50 for unlimited games during Phase 2.
Please read the Phase 2 Guidelines before you come to bowl. You must Acknowledge you have read, understand, and agree to follow the guidelines by signing the Phase 2 Guidelines Acknowledgement Form. If you have been bowling during Phase 1, on your next visit to the club you will not need a Phase 2 Guidelines Acknowledgment Form but rather just need to initial and date the label placed on your Phase 1 Guidelines Acknowledgement Form previously submitted.
In order to save you some time, we’ve identified the major changes from Phase 1. Please make sure you read those changes:
1.1 Games Allowed
1.8 & 1.9 Visitors
1.10 Maximum number of members on the property
3.1 Equipment Shed
3.4 Usage of Rakes
4.2 Access Reminder
6.2 Phase 2 Acknowledgement Form or initial label
10. Addition of Assistant to coordinator to help with the duties
We’ve had members help us as coordinators and we are very appreciative of the help they have given us. We hope that when we identify you as one of the two coordinators for a time slot you will lend a helping hand.
Games Committee Ed Hooper, Dianne Brynjolfson & Gaston Essiambre
Mike Skinner and David Tones did a Maintenance/Safety inspection on the outside area of clubhouse on Saturday, June 13 in preparation for the opening of the green. In a normal, COVID-19 free year, this would have been done much earlier in the spring.
Weeds are everywhere, including growing out of cracks in the concrete and asphalt. All these weeds demonstrate that those who pull weeds around clubhouse were missed this spring. Paul has always been very helpful with controlling the weeds but was laid off in March due to COVID-19. Also, Tony has never seen a weed he can resist pulling.
Numerous cracks in asphalt – the longer we go without filling cracks, the bigger they get! Large cracks have been identified along the north perimeter of the green. We hope to repair this newly identified issue as part of the retaining wall replacement project now underway. We have, therefore, asked Watson Construction to get a quote on this additional work from their asphalt sub-contractor. Parking lot asphalt and concrete are in an advanced form of deterioration. Weeds are growing through asphalt and concrete in the parking lot and near the basement entry at back of building. These cracks only become bigger with water damage. Asphalt and concrete specialists should assess this problem. Per our Licence of Occupation Agreement with the City of White Rock, maintenance and repair of the parking lot and entryways is our responsibility.
Green door to patio was in very dilapidated condition and is being replaced with an exterior metal door. Thanks to Harold Hendess who has volunteered to hang the new door that the Club purchased on Craigslist for $25.00. Thanks also to Heather Berger, our resident “Craiglist specialist,” who found the door on Craigslist and to Dianne Brynjolfson who drove to north Surrey to pick it up.
Brick walkway at top of stairs is sinking causing a tripping hazard. As this was identified as an urgent safety issue, David Tones purchased 50 lbs. of patio sand, lifted the bricks at top of stairs, levelled the sand, and replaced the bricks. He also painted hi-visibility yellow lines on stairs to increase safety.
WE NEED PAINTERS – PLEASE CALL DAVID TONES IF INTERESTED IN EXPRESSING YOUR ARTISTIC SIDE USING A PAINT BRUSH
Areas in need of painting include: Steps to Clubhouse main door that Don Akhurst has volunteered to paint.
A yellow warning stripe needs to be painted around the green warning of “Big step down.”
White door at entrance to Club and white concrete wall next to that door need painting.
Rotting wood on side of Clubhouse including fascia boards, requires immediate attention.
Perimeter Repair Project Good news – reconstruction of retaining walls is underway and should be finished towards the end of July. This is one of the biggest repair projects the Club has undertaken and ensures the future of the green long into the future.
The Directors appreciate the volunteers who participate in the maintenance of our clubhouse and green. We can all take pride in a well-maintained property that is certainly inviting to potential members.
The contractor has now commenced work on the project which is being supervised by member Duane Mattson. To date the Club has received a grant of $22,000 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program and has set aside $22,500 to cover its share of the cost. In addition, thanks to the efforts of members Bryant Avery and Geoff Wells, the City of White Rock has committed the necessary funds to see the project through to completion. This is expected to be in early July.Many members have worked hard over the past year to ensure the success of this undertaking. The board extends sincere appreciation to those members and Duane Mattson for volunteering their time and expertise. The result will be a benefit to our members for years to come.
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Finances
In late March, given that member fees for fiscal 2019-2020 had been waived and the Montessori school was closed, the board decided it was necessary to review our budgeted revenues and expenses to determine the impact of the pandemic on the Club. Accordingly, Tom Akam prepared a cash flow forecast taking into account known deviations from our original budget. Assuming that our application for a gaming grant would be successful, the initial forecast was a balance of $15,000 in our bank account on March 31, 2021. At the end of each month the forecast is updated, the latest estimate being $13,500 as of that date. Fortunately, the Club has been notified that its request for a gaming grant has been approved and that the funds ($9,500) will be deposited to our gaming account this month.It must be recognized that our financial situation would be dire were it not for the Montessori school. To date, rents from the school total $45,000 ($325 per member). Without this income, the Club would be forecasting a cash deficiency on March 31, 2021 and would not have been able to proceed with the perimeter wall repair project. Recognizing future rental income of $41,000 (the lease expires August 31, 2022), the Club will be able to continue upgrading its infrastructure without having to increase membership fees.
Annual Liquor Licence
The licence was applied for on February 4th. The costs incurred to date are the City of White Rock at $2,550 and the Minister of Finance at $2,200. In addition, there will be an assessment of $2,200 for our first year’s licence ― to be deferred until it is prudent to offer wine and beer service to our members.
Historically, the Club has purchased a no-host liquor liability policy at a cost of $1,200 annually. Bowls BC recently informed us that our SBC insurance policy through them will now provide coverage for “social drinking” at no additional premium. The only ongoing cost, therefore, will be an annual licence fee of $250.
Our application was approved by White Rock city council on June 21st subject to staff notifying approximately 50 property owners within 100 meters of the Club of their decision. Those property owners will then have 30 days to express any concerns in writing. The same property owners were notified at the beginning of the process and there was only one response that while acknowledged, had no impact on council’s decision to grant conditional approval.
Before issuing our licence, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) must inspect the licensed area, being the main floor of the clubhouse and the patio. Should renovations/additions be necessary, additional costs will be incurred.
Licence restrictions are:
Hours of service are 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily.
Beer and wine can only be served by members who have qualified as a ‘Special Event Server.’ Consequently, if the Club is to offer bar service daily, more members will need to obtain their certification. Those interested in doing so are asked to contact Sandra Burnett who will instruct you how to take the online course and arrange for reimbursement of your cost.
Alcohol cannot be served when minors are present.
Liquor may only be served to members and registered guests of members.
Consequently, whenever the bar is open, guests and the sponsoring member must sign a register to comply with the LCRB regulations.