Hail to Our volunteers 2018

(Webmaster, Coach, Player Development)

Presentation by 2017-19 President MaryLynne Rimer to Jo Ann Allan in appreciation of her contribution to the Club

Being webmaster to the VLBC’s informative and interesting website is just one of the ways that Jo Ann Allan has contributed to the Club over the years.  A long term member, Jo Ann has also given many hours to player development (workshops/manuals), coaching, oversight/organization of tournaments (both Club and BSI) and booking/organizing the women’s lunch bunch.  Thank you Jo Ann for all that you do so expertly and efficiently.


Although some of greens keeping is contracted out to Gordie Grant who cuts and trims on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or fertilizes and sprays when needed, a dedicated team of VLBC members spend many hours a week manicuring the greens to perfection, grooming the surrounding verges and planting beautiful flowers.

Peter Gilchrist heads the greens team (taking over from Kirby Rimer who has more than enough to do in rentals).  Dennis Williams mows on Monday, Lorne Oakes cuts bright and early Wednesday morning and Frank Levitt/Bob Cameron take the Saturday shift. Jim Bartley rolls the greens. Michelle Williams & George Gibson weed the ditches and David Maher trims the greens edges with the nasty weed-eater. Al Siemens mows the verges with the tractor mower.  Kathy Cambridge and other croquet players also mow the verges.

Bonnie Lloyd is our flower fairy. Although Bonnie has been unable to bowl for health reasons, she is at the club early in the mornings or in the evening watering and nurturing all the colorful flowers that border the greens and make it such a beautiful place to be.

As we have noted below, Knut Berg does everything: fixes machines, paints, weeds, mends the fences, and cuts the grass.

Most of this is done before players are awake and had their morning coffee!  Thanks each and every one of you for making our club such a pleasant place to bowl.

Tournament Set up

Tournaments have extra requirements for setting them up. Besides putting out and putting away rakes, rink markers, mats, score boards, and jacks,  each rink is marked with regulation marks on the grass indicating the 2m mark for mat placement. The rink direction is also changed from morning (n-s) to afternoon play(e-w) so that we don’t play facing the sun. George Gibson, retired umpire, has been doing this for several years for the club. In the photo, he is accompanied by Anne Novak giving a helping hand. Thank you for this huge help. The players, and especially the games committee, appreciate all your effort.

George Gibson and Anne Novak chalking the 2m mark
George Gibson and Anne Novak

Hospitality Committee 2018: Annie Boldt, Anne Novak, Rose Westcott and Caroline Mitchell

VLBC’s Standing Rules set out the duties of the Hospitality Committee (4 or more members) as being “in charge of providing refreshments for club and inter-club competitions and visiting groups.” In fact, the Committee—which many of us take for granted—does so much more. Add to the above duties: ensuring that tea/coffee and refreshments are provided for Sunday tea days, calculating/ordering and picking up supplies for all events, enlisting and overseeing volunteers for set-up serving and cleanup.

In addition, it has been several years now since the Club has had a Social Chair or Committee and therefore the organization and work of putting on special events (Open House, Opening Day, Founder’s Day, July 1st and others) have also fallen to the Hospitality Committee.

Caroline, Rose, Anne and Annie

Thank you for the commitment and hard work each of you has contributed this year, and to all the kitchen volunteers that help out.


Every spring following Open House, club coaches volunteer to teach the basic skills of lawn bowls to beginner bowlers. Each coach has minimally completed the Bowls Club Coach put on by BC Bowls. The Victoria Lawn Bowling Club would like to express appreciation for the contribution made by our 2018 head coach Ralph Huston, the continued expertise of long-term coaches George Gibson, Angelina Flath, Bill Huot, Chris Jones and relative newcomers Randy Small and Cathy Korpela.

Photos: Nigel Pieloth

We also acknowledge and appreciate the time and expertise contributed by 2017 head coach Norma Alison and coaches Vera Creelman, Jo Ann Allan and Debra Whitman.

When it comes to volunteering, top honour goes to long-term Victoria Lawn Bowling Club member Knut Berg.

Handyman Knut hard at work

One can seldom visit the club without finding Knut working quietly away on some outdoor maintenance project; for example, weeding along the fences, cleaning garden beds, repairing and painting benches or replacing backboards. If you need to know anything about the equipment or tools, handyman Knut is sure to know the answer. Thank you Knut for your expertise and the thousands of hours you’ve dedicated to the club.

in Beacon Hill Park (Cook St at Park Blvd) in beautiful Victoria, BC