A little while ago I sent out a plea begging, some would say even groveling, for all of you to take a really hard look at the cost of our sport. I received some replies, a few replies, well actually ONE.
As a new member of Bowls USA and lawn bowling in general, I can appreciate the dilemma of those on a fixed income. I am also on a fixed income. As a gesture of solidarity for those with limited discretionary income, I would gladly sponsor a couple of members for the additional $20 if that would keep them in lawn bowling. Perhaps other members of Bowls USA would also be willing to make this same offer. We are all members of an exclusive family, and I think it is important to support all of our members when necessary. I also believe that Bowls USA makes a valuable contribution to the sport and to all of our clubs.
Andrew R. DiConti, Novice
Oxnard-Joslyn Lawn Bowl Club
I have never met Andrew but already he is my best friend and advocate for the future of our game.
I will add to my mantra of "Bring a friend – mentor a friend" with "Sponsor a nonmember to join Bowls USA" so he or she at least gets a taste of what we have to offer.
WHEN SURVIVING IS NOT ENOUGH
The recent newsletter was full of good news from all over the country. For those of you who don't know, we have retained our numbers for the second year running and maybe even gained a few.
- Greens are being saved and in some cases expanding. (The Villages, FL)
- Some are getting new greens. (Asheville, NC and San Jose, CA)
- Quite a few clubs are making a comeback. (Tacoma, WA and Sunrise, NY)
- Hanging on. (Williamsburg Inn, VA)
Whether it's barefoot in Hawaii or potlickin’ in Milwaukee (what is that?), the main issue with most of our clubs is still in the numbers. If the Chadstone Bowls Club ladies in Melbourne, Australia, are having a hard fight to save their club with 600 members, Alhambra Bowls Club in California being thwarted in their efforts for a new green and lied to by the City Council, what chance have our small clubs with 50 or less bowlers?
Many clubs, especially in California have highly successful open houses, gaining sometimes one hundred plus members. Then the decline begins, and the following year they are back to square one. Retention of those new members is the key. You sign a member up, and they are your responsibility to keep in contact with them to nurture and mentor during the season.
I will offer to the council a further incentive to you the members, free membership in Bowls USA for one year if you bring in a new member and get them to renew the second year. DEAL OR NO DEAL?
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After launching and publishing the very successful Bowls USA Newsletter, our Editor-in-Chief has decided to step down. Thank you, Cheri, for all your arduous work and inspiration to others. We are pleased to announce that the newsletter will continue under the direction of Georgie Deno of the Southwest Division. Please support her in any way you can with submissions and photos through your Division editors.
One last note: after an extended period of faithful and totally awesome work as National Secretary and 1st Vice President, Janice Bell is giving up the wonderful opportunity to be President of Bowls USA. Her other very successful life commitments must now take precedent. Needless to say, she might still roll a bowl or two. Thank you, Janice.
A Nominating Committee has been charged to assemble a slate for these positions: 1stVice President (open seat), National Secretary (incumbent, Dee McSparran), Treasurer (incumbent, Alice Birkinshaw), and International Delegates (incumbent, Dee McSparran; incumbent, Neil Furman). If you are, or you know anyone who might be, interested in any of these positions, please contact Tony Head, Chairman of the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Broad, President