WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR OUR CLUB?
What is a game of bowls to you? Is it purely exercise? Is it companionship? Is it a desire to be competitive? Is it the rush that comes with winning? Is it just a social outing? A game of bowls can be one or many things to each individual, but how do you get to participate in a game of bowls, because it is a sport that requires more than one person to become a game.
For the game to be competitive you need a number of like-minded people to gather together, and when that happens you have the nucleus of a group, or club. However, a group, or club, cannot exist or function as a cohesive entity, if there are not volunteers to organise, and set things in place so that each individual can achieve, and enjoy the outcome they are seeking by being part of the entity. But that does not happen of its own accord.
When Rosanna Bowling Club was established in 1960, it was because a large number of like-minded people had a vision, and were prepared to work very hard to achieve their aspirations. They formulated plans, set up a Constitution and By-Laws, and established guidelines so that people in the community could benefit from the establishment of a club that would meet their sporting and social needs, resulting in Rosanna becoming a successful bowling club, and it was because people were prepared to put up their hand to tackle various tasks..
As with all organisations people come and go, and traditions are passed on, however, if other people do not step up as replacements, the entity will slowly die and the fulfillment people seek from such an organisation will no longer be attainable.
To operate a club like Rosanna Bowling Club, it is imperative that there are dedicated volunteers to fill various positions, and Rosanna has been fortunate that this has been the case in the past. People have served well and honourably, and some have served beyond the call of duty, but people cannot go on forever. The work around the club is not all that onerous, but does need doing to ensure an ongoing existence for everyone’s enjoyment.
The Club realises that not everyone is cut out to take on certain roles, however, some things that are required to be done weekly during the bowling season, such as duty rink and match management tasks, are definitely not hard work requiring hours of input, but a commitment from the individual on the day they are nominated for the job, to see that it is carried out competently and completely. Doing these jobs when nominated is a way of everyone contributing in some form to the betterment of the club. It is a matter of being a responsible contributor when it is your turn.
We have an AGM coming up on 1st May, and we appeal to all members to seriously consider what they can offer when it comes to filling positions on the Board, or Match Committees. Remember, you are not alone if you take up a role, as there are a group of people with whom you will work to get things done for the members. You don’t have to be locked into a job forever and one or two years (longer if you want) is not a burden, but introduces fresh ideas, not to mention easing the load on longer serving office bearers who stay on because no-one wants to get involved.
New blood keps the club fluent and a place where people want to congregate and enjoy a game of bowls, or to just socialise because of the ambience, and friendly atmosphere, which a successful entity can generate.