ONE of the city’s finest sporting clubs celebrated a special birthday this week.
The Rules Women’s Bowling Club marked it’s 40th birthday with a special celebration on Tuesday.
While wet weather kept the ladies off the greens, it not did not stop members and special guests from celebrating the anniversary in style.
A number of past presidents returned for the day, including Beth Barber from Gosford, while NSW Womens Bowls state president Maryann Parcell was a special guest.
“It was a very successful day and a wonderful achievement for the ladies,” club president Tracie Brown said.
As part of the celebration, Leone Maher, Lyn Carroll, Jan Fitzsimmons and Tracie Brown received merit badges, the highest award given by NSW Women’s Bowls for services to the club.
The club has come a long way in the 40 years, growing from 12 members to 74 at present. Uniforms have changed from white frocks and white stockings to colourful uniforms, while subs have jumped from $10 to $75.
The club has also enjoyed it’s fair share of success in pennants and district championships during that time.
The current committee wished to sincerely thank the original 12 ladies for their foresight and fortitude to start the club, and their initial hard work and sacrifices.