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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Canuck Place – well done!

This Labour Day Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club raised $2,330.01 for Canuck Place.

We have now raised over $6,000.00 for this worthy cause.

Thank you





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Veranda deck to be re-done

*      Work will take place on Wednesday, August 28 to re-do the sun-deck.  We had patch put on last year to stop a leak and we have been advised to re-place the covering on the whole deck and to ensure that the flashing around the deck floor isn’t leaking as well.

*       The Annual General Meeting will take place, at the Clubhouse on Wednesday, October 23 @ 1:30.  Formal notices will be sent out early in October.

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Mid-Summer Madness?

New Novice Champion:  After a tense, 2.5 hour battle, a new champion was crowned.  Arnie Holand defeated Harold Hendess in a fine display of good play and friendly competition.  It was a great match to watch.

Congratulations to all the new bowlers who took part in this Club Championship.

Take a look at the new sign on the Clubhouse.  I think the sign shows the Club in a new, fresh look and will look great from the road, when the hedges come down.

The up-graded audio system will be installed August 13, with professional quality wireless microphone and speakers.  The tuner and 6 disc CD, kindly donated to the Club, will be installed at the same time.

Planning for the green up-grade continues.  At a meeting tonight, the Executive Committee members able to attend, will hear from and ask questions of, John Findlay and Bob, of Centre Point Surveys, about what might be possible to completely level the green this Fall.

Enjoy the summer (its later than you think!)




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Great summer!

What a glorious start we have had to this years bowling season.  it is hard to realize that we are just barely reaching, what is traditionally, the best bowling of the season.  The green is running fast and good.  As good, I would say, as any of the top greens in the Lower Mainland.  Bill Wallace is doing a great job along with John Findlay.


The Friday Nights have been going very well.  The average is between 20 and 30 attendees including a number of new people who are taking the opportunity to try Lawn Bowls, along with a hot dog.

In the last couple of weeks we have replaced the heavy, old chairs with folding chairs from Costco.  They are much lighter and we are currently looking at carriers to stack them.

The new umbrellas, again from Costco, have proved to be popular.  We are fortunate to save $600.00 off the regular price, because of a, rare, Costco sale.

Our new design and colours for the new Club clothes has been approved and the first order submitted to Kukri.  They should arrive in about 4 weeks.

At its next regular meeting on July 23, the Executive Committee will decide on the design of the new Clubhouse sign.  Samples have been posted in the Clubhouse.

In the near future:

Final planning meetings will take place in the next few weeks for:

the leveling of the green by English Lawns.  They are the best in the business………          and     ………for the concrete surround and backboard.  I notice that the wood of the existing surround is starting to show its age and we need to replace it before it becomes a hazard……..and…………let’s not forget the planning with the City of White Rock to remove the hedges, at the end of August.

Thanks are due to:  ……the usual suspects who spend hours working on behalf of the Club………and today I want to high-light Wanda Taylor, our Games chair.  Games is a very demanding job requiring the patience of Job, the organisational ability of the invasion of Europe and the majestic characteristics of a hunting eagle.  Wanda is a perfect fit.

The President





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Executive Committee up-date June 22, 2013

At the Executive Committee meeting on June 20 the following a Financial Projection Report from Larry Ridenour, our Chairman of Finance, the following decisions were made:

i)       the up-date of our sound system, including a new cordless microphone, will be done immediately.

ii)       the purchase  sun-shades for the North End from Costco, was endorsed.

iii)     new folding chairs will be bought from Costco, to replace the old steel ones.

iv)     the basic design and cost of a new Clubhouse sign was approved.  The Executive Committee will meet with the successful bidder, to finalize the design and size.

v)      the schedule of the removal of the hedges from the City of White Rock was approved.

Paul Brinton


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