July 2019 Newsletter

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News for all from around the Club…

Our Strategic Plan

We have developed a Strategic Plan which sets out our goals for the Club over the next few years across several key dimensions.

Key parts of the plan are our Mission, Vision and Values and I ask everyone to check those out at least. They describe very simply what we want the Club to be and what is expected of us all as members and as a Club overall. We will look to have some posters made up as a constant reminder.

The Strategic Plan has been uploaded to our Club website in the About Us section. Here’s a direct link to make it easier:

I commend the plan to all members and welcome any discussion.

Texas Hold’em Poker Night – Thursday 22 August

Your Social Committee have organised what should be a great fun event on Thursday 22nd August after the raffles. There will be a single Buy-in of just $10 per player so the cost to participate is bugga-all with winner taking all!

You can’t miss the entry form in the main hall – it’s the biggest and fanciest entry form we’ve ever had – well done Layla!



New “Collector’s Edition” Stubby Holders Now Available

We ran out of the yellow stubby holders so have gone back to the design studio to create the new SPECIAL Collectors Edition to recognise the Club’s 75th Anniversary in 2020.

Still only $5 each, they’re cheap enough that you don’t have to nick ‘em!


Club Renovations Underway

The refurbishment of the male toilets has now been completed and have they come up an absolute treat. (Don’t worry ladies, we will get to the other end of the building once we complete the desperately needed expansion of the bar area!)

Particular thanks to Ron Gleeson, Crumpy and Alan Walker for all the hard work they did and supervision of the many tradies required to complete the job. Thanks also to all the members who lent a hand on the job, especially Trev for what must have been a revolting job in the demolition work.

The next stage of the project will be to relocate the office and all the miscellaneous “stuff” in the store room and then get on with taking down the walls separating those rooms from the bar area.

Special thanks to Terry Lack and the team at the Bayside Companion Dog School for donating a huge $2,000 to this project! This will be a big assist!

Thanks also to our friends at the Bentleigh RSL who donated furniture for the new bar area – might not be perfect but it will tide us over for a few years.

Please continue to be patient as we work through these renovations and be sure not to get in the way of any demolition and construction works.

Info for Bowlers…

St Leonard’s Trip Away – Saturday 31 August

We’re looking to take a team of around 20 people to St Leonard’s Bowls Club (on the Bellarine Peninsula) to wrestle Graham the Seagull Trophy out of Barry Culph’s hands and back to Bentleigh.

Most of us will head down late Friday morning so we can do some solid “training” in the afternoon and will return on Sunday (tip -stop off at Portarlington for a bag of fresh mussels!)

“The House” has been booked and can sleep around 18 people in very shared accommodation. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can book a comfy room in the pub across the road from The House. Book online at:

If you’re going, please add your name to the entry sheet, including whether you will be staying at The House.

Any questions? See Tony Heath

2019/2020 Season Key Dates

We have the key dates for next season which should help you plan holidays etc around your bowls commitments. The major highlights are NO DOUBLE HEADERS and a longer mid-season break.

Saturday Pennant

7/9/2019                              11:00am Opening of the Greens & 1:00pm Practice Game
14 & 21/9/2019                 2 x Practice Games
27/9/2019                            Peter Burnett Memorial Challenge vs Hampton RSL at Bentleigh
28/9/2019                            AFL Grand Final – no formal games
5/10/2019                            First Saturday Pennant Game
16/11/2019                         Heathy’s Handicap Pairs (Pennant Bye round for Vic Open)
21/12/2019                         Last game before mid-season break and XMAS PARTY

11/1/2020                            Century 21 Tournament
18/1/2020                            Fun Bowls Day – maybe a Skins Tourno or Medley event
25/1/2020                            First round after mid-season break
7/3/2020                              Round 18 – last home-and-away game
14&15/3/2020                    Section Finals weekend

Tuesday Midweek Pennant

17 & 24/9/2019                 2 x Practice Games
1/10/2019                            First Tuesday Pennant Game
5/11/2019                            No Pennant – some horse race is on apparently
19/11/2019                         Bye round for Vic Open
17/12/2019                         Last game before mid-season break and breakup party

21/1/2020                            First round after mid-season break
10/3/2020                            Round 18 – last home-and-away game and breakup party
17 & 19/3/2020                 Section Finals

Opening of the Greens – Saturday 7th September

The Opening Ceremony will be held earlier than usual at 11:00am followed by a light lunch. Somerville Bowling Club will be bringing a couple of sides up for a Practice Match at 1:00pm. Intraclub Practice Matches will be arranged for those not playing Somerville.

Members and our guests from Somerville are encouraged to stick around post-game for some live entertainment!

Thanks to our Social Committee for making this special day in our calendar extra special.

Monday Social Bowls

We have a small, but hardy group of bowlers that rock up at around 9:30am every Monday morning for a social roll and they’d like others to join them. Regulars include Damian O’Kane, Pat Tempini, Laurie Thorpe, Bob Taylor and others. They bowl until the kitchen opens across the park at the Bentleigh RSL!