From the President.

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It is fair to say that the 2021 – 2022 season was one of extreme frustrations with the demolition/building of our new clubhouse.

The good news was that we were granted resource consent from the council to proceed with our application of our building consent.
Nearly 12 months have passed since then with the constant setbacks that have occurred.
However finally we have a hearing with the Fendalton Community Board on the evening the 28th of June.
At this hearing we are confident that we will be granted the much awaited building consent and work can begin with the demolition and rebuilding of our much anticipated new clubhouse.
Countless hours have been allocated to preparing reports and discussions with council.
I must thank the members of the building committee for their efforts on our behalf, particularly Chris Littlewood, who has worked tirelessly on finding a pathway through all the legal requirements that we have faced.
We are confident of a satisfactory outcome from the 28th meeting.
To all the members of the executive I give a huge vote of thanks for their efforts in securing the smooth running of the club over the past year.
We are losing several members of the current executive, namely Barry Milner, through ill health, Allan Reid, after 12 years of great service, Murray Scott, who will continue his great work on our website and Maryanne Johnstone, who took on the role as our secretary.
On the positive side it offers a chance to welcome on some new blood in the form of Fiona Frew, Jamie Wagner and Neil Johnstone to the executive.
To Don Baker and Gary Lowe, a huge vote of thanks for providing us with arguably the absolute best greens in Canterbury.
Thanks also to Pam Nicholson and her team of helpers who continue to provide us all with refreshments over the past 12 months.
To BJ Lyttle who took over the club captain’s role from Steve Ditfort and he has grown into that role.
The appointment of Matt De Vies to cover for Erin Hyde whilst she was on maternity leave has proved to be an inspirational choice. No one can doubt Matt’s enthusiasm for the job. He is a young man who clearly loves the opportunity to become totally involved in all the tasks he takes on.
We welcome back Erin who is now in a part time role, leaving Doug to take a lap looking after Poppy!!
The finances are a concern and need attention by the incoming executive to overturn the outstanding deficit. This in some way will be helped by running just the one ‘ home’ for next year.
The sale of Donald Place is now a priority, whilst the market is still strong, and the executive will make a recommendation as to who the sales agent will be at its next executive meeting.
On the playing front it has been yet another rewarding season for those involved and shows the real strength of the Elmwood Park Bowling Club. Good greens and a great club spirit have contributed to the ultimate success enjoyed by those involved. We can feel justifiably proud of our players who have flown the flag high in the past season.
Among the success are the following achievements.
National Championships.
Lance Pascoe, winner pairs. Mandy and Angela Boyd, winners fours.
Centre Titles,
Mandy Boyd, Gary Lawson, Kelvin Scott, Nathan Glasson, Sheryl McLean, Bev Morel, Sherrie Cottle,
Pam Rowley, Bruce Humphreys and Ray Hooper.
Bowls Canterbury Interclub.
Men’s 7s pre Christmas. Women’s 8s post Christmas. Men’s Watson Shield.
National Premier Interclub Title, men‘s 7s.
Finally in the words of the building committee, “It will all happen.”

Peter Smith.