Showing posts from October, 2016

Jack Shares the thoughts of a Concerned Bowler

The comments below are not those of Jack and/or Bowls Wellington.
Playing and watching Bowls (Thinking outside the square). Having seen darts competitions on TV, and seeing the enormous cheering noisy crowd of spectators, and then to compare the polite restrained clapping at an international game of bowls, is it any wonder that we are losing members? This immediately brought to mind something I read in a club handbook which, in referring to etiquette, read; “When watching a match, always observe strict neutrality. Advice or criticism must not be given. Barracking is Bad Form”. Imagine if this also applied to other sports such as rugby matches, netball, DARTS etc., who would bother turning up to watch? Why should lawn bowls be watched in virtual silence? Far as I know, the only other competition watched in silence is the game of CHESS! Isn’t it time bowls and bowlers caught up with the modern world of sports and ENCOURAGED crowd participation at bowls matches? It's all about creating AT…


Jack reckons being the club secretary is just too much for some bowlers. No offense is intended to them but Jack seriously believes that some bowlers take this role on without much knowledge of what they are getting themselves into.

It's not just a matter of turning up to committee meetings once a month and taking minutes, this is a serious role that requires good skills (at the very least) in communication. Not only do you need a good level of communication with your members, but also with the centre, without this, Jack reckons you're wasting your time.
Let's face it, to be secretary you need to have a computer of some description, laptop, pc, tablet, without one of these, forget it. Next you need to have an email database of your members so you can stay in touch, keep them advised, forward material from other clubs and the centre.
A secretary also needs to be punctual, there are a lot of items on a secretaries seasonal list that have deadlines, if you don't take note of …