Rules Club women's bowls history, June 5, 2017

MILESTONE: Club president Tracie Browne with state president NSW Women's Bowls, Maryann Parcell, marking the 40 years. Picture: Les Smith
MILESTONE: Club president Tracie Browne with state president NSW Women's Bowls, Maryann Parcell, marking the 40 years. Picture: Les Smith

THE inaugural meeting to form the RAFC Women’s Bowling Club was held on December 29, 1976, and 12 ladies attended. Our first president was Kath Mohr. Among those ladies present was our patron, Angie McGinn.

In recent years the name RAFCWBC has been changed to The Rules WBC to be the same as our main club

At the general meeting in January 1977, Kay McMillan became a member and is still playing with us today.

Stipulations were made - The greens must be available on the weekends for the men to play.

Suggestion made that three or four mixed bowls events may take place over the next 12 months, at the invitation of the Men’s Club.

General meetings were held monthly, which were usually attended by five or six people with two apologies.

Annual memberships were to be $10 each.

The club was affiliated with NSWWBA March 1977. Drafted into CRDWBA June 1977.

Then in October 1977 there was a visit from the state president, Lorna Atkinson.

To top off the year a combined Christmas party with the men was held at a cost of $6 per double.

Singles Championships began in 1978 – you were allowed to pick your own marker. Kay McMillan was the first Club Singles Champion

Uniform was a matter of discussion – could they wear sleeveless frocks (not dresses then). No.

Were players allowed to take off their hats in the clubhouse for personal comfort? Yes.

Grade 5 Pennant was played that year also.

Women’s Bowling Club was granted permission to have their own Bank Account with ANZ Bank in October 1978, at their first General Meeting later that month the Bank Balance was $2.63.

Later on the cardboard box was introduced for the members to stand in to make sure the dress length was correct.

Bingo, mannequin parades and indoor bowls were introduced as money making events

Over time there has been a steady increase in memberships from the original 12 to 74 at present, Annual subs have also increased from $10 to $75.

Uniforms changed from the white frocks and white stockings to colourful uniforms.

In the eighties only singles and pairs were played along with Pennants until Triples and Consistency were introduced, also participation into District Championships

We thank the original 12 ladies who had the foresight and fortitude to start our club, the hard work and sacrifices, also to the ongoing executive and committees since then who have carried on the example.