Lockdown highlights value of our clubs

Ready to lead the 'Bowlie' into the 2021, Ron Thurlow, Peter Mackay and Ray Dunstan. Photo supplied.
Ready to lead the 'Bowlie' into the 2021, Ron Thurlow, Peter Mackay and Ray Dunstan. Photo supplied.

Peter Mackay has been elected president of the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club after the calling of an extraordinary meeting to form a committee for the coming 12 months.

With the club nearing full operations on and off the greens Peter Mackay was delighted with response, the best for decades.

He stated that members never fully realised how important club life was until the lockdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

"The lock out of our club displayed how much it means to many, not only bowlers but all our members," Peter said, adding that the three licensed clubs in fact are peoples' clubs.

He emphasised that a town the size of Forbes must have the three local clubs - bowls, golf and Services Memorial Club - going well.

Also elected to the Sports and Recreation Club committee last Sunday were Ron Thurlow (senior vice-president), Ray Dunstan (junior vice-president), Leisa Burton (secretary).

Committee members include Chenoa Sanderson, Amy Shine, John Gorton, Greg Gunn and Brian Asimus.

"I'm happy with the committee, we have experience in Ron, Ray and Liesa at the top while Greg and 'Spro' (Brian) have been there before and along with newly elected John, Chenoa and Amy I'm looking forward to some new and fresh ideas," Peter said.

Peter had no reservations thanking the band of volunteers helping across all avenues of the club.

"They couldn't be better," he said.

He highlighted the efforts of Laurie Crouch and Don Craft assisting greenkeeper Scott Andrews in preparing the greens, along with Lyell Strudwick organising volunteers whose works around the club are highlighted by the recent painting of the deck overlooking Lake Forbes.

"It's all looking good at present, the greens are excellent, the club is exceptionally clean offering a friendly atmosphere," Peter said.

Membership to the club starts with social fees of only $10, social bowlers $35, full membership $120 allowing for play in pennants and competition for prizemoney.

Conditions surrounding covid-19 regulations are in place, but the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday (as well as functions).

The greens are open for a roll-up any time, members meet Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.

Our scribe will keep you updated on the return of competition to the greens, with news expected in coming weeks.

Also conducted on Sunday was the election of the men's sub-committee heading by former club president Peter White and includes Laurie Crouch, Viv Russell, John Kennedy, John Ward, Lindsay Wilding, Trevor Currey and Bill Adams.