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 A special meeting was held at our clubrooms with two resolutions:
* To amend EPBC’s constitution, to enable the Donald Place Investment Fund to be established and a minor change updating the references to the privacy legislation.
The constitution changes will ensure also the investment fund is kept intact, and its real value preserved, having regard to inflation. The executive has the power to spend each year on club’s activities half of the income the fund earnt in the previous year. The club in general meeting may resolve to spend a greater sum. At present rates of interest, the fund will earn at least $300,000 per annum, and so the executive will have about $150,000 to spend from the fund, which, with subscriptions and other fund-raising activities, means the executive will have sufficient money for our present and future activities.
Unanimously passed.
The top table.
   Jamie Wagner explaining the proposed actions regarding the investment fund.
* To make Don Baker and Murray Scott life members in recognition of their outstanding service to the club.
   The two proud recipients, Don Baker and Murray Scott.

Coming Up.   BINGO.
Saturday February 24          5.30     $20 per person
Cash prizes     Bonus houses
Tickets available at the bar. Be in quick!!!

Congratulations              Congratulations to the players selected to represent Canterbury at National Intercentre on 14th – 17th March to be played in Wellington
Men’s Intercentre Team: Kelvin Scott, Lance Pascoe, Nathan Glasson Women’s Intercentre Team: Tania Woodham and Jan Shirley.

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Bowls New Zealand has been very pleased with the support for the National Champion of Champions Singles / Pairs / Triples / Fours events in recent years and has decided to add a new event to the series for the 2023/24 season and beyond.
With the success of the National Open Mixed Pairs (2-4-2 format) competition in 2021 and 2023 (not contested in 2022 due to COVID-19 restrictions), we believe that the addition of a mixed pairs  (2-4-2 format) champion of champions competition will be well received by players and, we hope, their respective clubs and centres.

BNZ appreciates that many clubs have a tight calendar already and that not all of them will have a mixed pairs championship included in their 2023/24 plans. We therefore propose that, if they don’t already have one, each centre establishes a mixed pairs (2-4-2 format) Open Event in which players from clubs within the centre can compete and from which the winning team would be eligible to participate in the 2024 National Champion of Champions Mixed Pairs Tournament to be played 16-18 August 2024 in Hastings. Teams must consist of players from the same club.
For centres that already have a mixed pairs (2-4-2 format) event, that event will be able to be used to determine the centre’s 2023/24 champion tea

1 – 9 – 23.  Preliminary Notice – in line with Bowls NZ Bowls Canterbury will be offering a Champion of champions Mixed pairs competition this season. Post-section will be played at the end of April on one of the postponement days. We will advise the final details next week.

Key Points.
Mixed pairs   2-4-2 format
Teams from the same club


Centre Event entries are now open for the 2023-24 season.



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Here is a short summary of changes that will be made for the 2023 – 24 season, please see the programme:
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* Promotion / Relegation playoffs have been scrapped. The consensus was these are too time consuming and unnecessary. We will revert to the 2 up – 2 down structure.
* In Section playoffs, both qualifying teams will be offered the opportunity to host these playoffs in the first instance. If both teams can host the playoff, it will be randomly selected. If neither team can host, we will endeavour to find a solution.
* Over 60s Events on Monday afternoons have now moved to Tuesday mornings with games commencing at 9:30am.
* The Centre singles will be played in sections of 6 – still the self-marking format that was introduced last season. Section play will now be  8 rounds (5 games per player) so will take place over two days.
* Centre U5 singles and Centre Over 60s singles will revert to original format where players will be requested to provide markers.
* Manning Cup has been reverted to Saturday afternoons at 1:30pm due to popular demand. Previous format to be used.
* AC8s will remain in the morning. We remind clubs that if they chose to keep Saturday afternoons free for club events that they do not need to enter Manning Cup.
* Sections / divisions of eight will be standard to ensure a fair round-robin tournament over seven weeks. We will no longer have sections of ten or six.
* Entry numbers will likely change each year but if we have excess teams in the lowest division, the entries will be randomly balloted, and some teams will miss out. In the first instance, teams will be given the opportunity to move to a different competition. (to even up entry numbers.)
* Consistency in ends played in women’s premier sevens, triples and pairs both to play 18 ends.
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Relive the Bowls3Five final. EP Saints v Naenae
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Learn the laws of the game and if you want to succeed practise as often as you can
and include the rolling of the jack.
Be proud of your club and protect it from gossip.
If you disapprove of some action taken by your committee tell the committee, not the world.
Support your club’s revenue making activities – the benefits will come back to you.