For more years than many of us can remember the lovely setting that is Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington has been without the swish nor swoosh of Lawn Bowls upon the green. That appears to no longer be the case and if the group shown in the photo is any indication enthusiasm abounds and Bowls are rolling again.
Any chance of keeping our clubs alive and flourishing has to be embraced and followed up on.
We welcome you back Tacoma we hope you will join the Northwest Division of Bowls USA and receive all the benefits, advice and all round good companionship we have to offer.
While we have had some recent successes in various parts of the country with new greens being built, others revived, we still have a continuing decline In clubs. The Southwest has been fighting hard, and has won some important battles, but with the abandonment of Lake Hodges and the decline of San Clemente, there is much more work to do.
All our efforts must be directed more to the needs of those in trouble, while in turn they need to reach out to us, Bowls USA for any help, if only encouragement, that we can offer.
BAF. Bring a friend.
MAF. Mentor a friend.
One new member at a time.
Have a wonderful 4th of July.
Richard Broad. President, Bowls USA.
Check this free link to Inside Bowls Magazine! http://www.insidebowlsmag.com/july17/index.html?r=86
Learn more about the National Championships HERE
NORTHWEST DIVISION OPEN TEAM TOURNAMENT AUGUST 19 & 20
Featuring: Seattle panoramic views, northwest hospitality and the "Last End Lounge"
5 person teams compete in Fours, Triples, Pairs & Singles.
And the lounge is open.....
Bring your team to Seattle in August-- one of the most beautiful times to visit the area. Dry, sunny, warm (rarely too hot) and low humidity.
See beautiful sunsets and view the city from the green.
Come for the competition and visit the area.
Nearby, take the light rail to visit Rachel the Pig followed by the fish toss at the famous Pike Place Market. Water Taxi to West Seattle with spectacular views of Seattle with fish & chips, sliders and a full bar right on the West Seattle pier. Ride the ferry to the islands. See Chihuly Garden and Glass underneath the Space Needle. Oh, did we mention the Seattle Pinball Museum in the heart of the International district. And more.
Or, just relax on our patio with glass in hand. Once the last bowl is rolled, the Last End Lounge is open.
Jefferson Park LBC, Seattle
$100 per team ($20 per person)
Start time 9.30 a.m.
4 games per day
Send inquires to Howard Syder
Register at bowlsnw.com
(not a full team? let's see if we can match you up with another team.)
The very nice Bud Birkenseer has changed the form because he really really cares about his job as car of the the Super Shots Club. He really wants to get everything right so he wants to be sure if you're submitting please be careful to have clarity in your penmenship so that when it goes through the several processes that it has the best chance of being presented clearly and correctly on the website! Below is the new form and it can also be found here on the webpage!
Channels, 12, 3 and 11near Santa Maria did a nice little segment on lawn bowls featuring some nice shots of bowlers, a couple characters and on former National Champion. Click on the picture above to see the article and watch the video. Every club should send out notes to their local newspapers and tv stations inviting them to learn about this old sport being played by all ages still all over the world.
This is a photograph of Jimmy Graham in 1986 sitting a reminiscing with Ray Sayer from the Rhode Island Slater Park Lawn bowls club(now defunct). This was taken at the US Championships held in Santa Barbara. Ray was 98 at the time and traveled to watch his grandsons play. Jimmy came by and spent some time on the practice days. Jimmy was a great member of the Eastern Division playing in the Fernliegh LBC for years in West Hartford Ct. I wonder how many times these great gentleman played each other over the years.
The Southwest division dominance in the 2016 National Championships was recognized in a four - page spread in the international InsideBowls magazine. You can check out the entire edition plus the piece on our champs by clicking here http://www.insidebowlsmag.com/may17/html5/index.html?page=1&noflash
This throw back photo features several Hall of Fame members in a picture circa 1998. North American Challenge tournament held in the PIMD.
Back Row: Ian Ho, Barry Pickup, Michael Siddal, Mert Isaccman, Tom Stirrat, Gil Stephan as Manager
Front Row: Jean Haigler as Manager, Kottia Spangler, Reggie Banares, Dora Stewart, Anne Cherney (Nunes), Irene Webster.
To know a little more about the tourney here is a flyer from 2010 when the USA hosted it in Milwaukee.
For even more information visit: http://www.bowlsusa.us/north-american-challenge.html
The 2017 National Championships will be hosted by Newport Harbor LBC (Thank you friends for hosting) from Oct. 2-7, 2017.
Several divisions have the tournament listed at the end of September. Please check your calendars and up-date and spread the word.
We have updated the National Championship page with more information, who has already qualified and the up-coming dates of divisional play downs, host hotel information and conditions of play.
Please have a look here!
For more information on what the championships are please check out our page here at http://www.bowlsusa.us/national-championships.html
Pleas share this around, its a great little intro video that all clubs can use. It's from our good friends up north in Canada who'll take part in a great 150 year celebration this year and this promo video showcases the sport we all love.
Just explain we have US. Championship bowls as well.
News from around the Bowls community of interest to all.