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Clarence River District Annual Veteran’s Day

Star Veterans Mary Elliott, Gwen Madden and Joan McPhee from Grafton District Services Absent Lola Robertson and Jean Butcher.
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Maclean Bowling Club played host to a large contingent of CRDWBA Veteran bowlers nominated by their clubs together with the District Committee and other members from the various clubs to celebrate the District’s Annual Veterans Day on Thursday July 27. This year the New South Wales Women’s Bowling Association further reduced the age for Veterans to 70 years with over 60 eligible members being nominated by their clubs for Veteran’s badges, 16 members for Super Veterans (75 – 84) and five Star Veterans (85 and over). Maclean WBC President Margaret Stallard welcomed the visitors and handed the club and its facilities to District President Alma Bowling who in turn welcomed everyone and saying how nice it was to see Match Chairperson Helen Scott back on deck after several months absence having sustained a rather nasty fall and although not fully recovered yet it was lovely to see her smiling face. President Alma then invited everyone to morning tea Lyn Olsson, Match Committee read the cards and the ladies were soon out on the greens enjoying the sunshine and friendly rivalry, renewing old friendships whilst the District Committee distributed spiders and dispensed sweets to maintain energy levels until the ringing of the bell signalled the end of play and it was back to the club for an excellent lunch where Alma introduced Life Member Esme McLennan and Patron Shirley Drum Raffles and 100 club prizes were duly drawn and three lucky teams selected. Secretary Lorraine Demmery began the formal part of the day by presenting President Alma with her Veteran’s Badge before handing over to Alma to present the remaining badges with special mention of the five Star Veterans Mary Elliott, Joan McPhee and Lola Robertson who are still playing regularly and Gwen Madden who has just retired from active participation from Grafton District Services WBC and Jean Butcher from Maclean WBC. Unfortunately Lola and Jean were unable to attend. Patron Shirley Drum then congratulated the District on holding such a wonderful day and said how important it was that we honour our veterans as most of them had worked hard to support their clubs and the majority had held positions on the various club and district committees and had represented their clubs with distinction and great pride President Alma then handed the club and its facilities back to President Margaret and wished everyone a safe journey home. Shirley Woodward