Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{From Humble 'Tin Shed'} {Expansions Reflect on Growth of Club}

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{From Humble 'Tin Shed'} {Expansions Reflect on Growth of Club}

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A LADIES club committee comprising 10 women met for their first meeting on April 17, 1991 held at a residential home in Blacks Beach.

The monthly meetings were moved to Eimeo Road School in May 1991.

Raffles were organised by volunteers with the proceeds going towards opening a funding account. An amount of $1000 was raised by August 1991 going towards the "bowls club organising committee" (then known as the Men's Club). The Ladies Club became provisionally affiliated with The Queensland Ladies Bowls Association (QLBA) at this time to allow for a liquor licence to be obtained for functions.

The first meeting held in the new clubhouse was on March 4, 1992. It was noted in the minutes that members were thrilled to be able to hold their meetings in the clubhouse, and that all members brought along their own chairs.

The clubhouse (the "Tin Shed" as it was affectionately known) was completed and the president of the Queensland Ladies Bowls Association officially opened the ladies club on May 21, 1992.

The clubhouse facilities included amenities, function/bistro room to sit 80 people, small kitchen, coolroom, bar, small verandah and one grassed bowling green.

Mixed bowls began on July 5, 1992 and as there was no catering at the club, the ladies were asked to do afternoon tea. This progressed to the ladies club starting Friday night meals at the club.

The club started playing championship competitions, and the ladies and men entered pennants for the first time in 1993.

The men's club was also officially opened by the president of Royal Queensland Bowls Association in April 1993. The first club manager and 12 gaming machines were introduced in March 1993, as previous to this date all work to carry out the general operations of the club was achieved on a voluntary basis.

The number of members and visitors flowing through our front door increased in conjunction with a growing Northern Beaches area. …

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