I became a member of the MMBC in 1988 when my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given three months to live. He was then Vice President of the Club. He lost a three year battle only five months after becoming President.
I vowed at that time I would do my best to become a worthy member and work hard to carry out some of his wishes for the Club.
In 1991 was elected Ladies Vice President and then President in the same year due to sad circumstances.
In my three years as Ladies President I became the Ladies Club Delegate and Ladies Committee Member and I continued on in these roles for 14 years. I became a National Umpire in 1990 – 2007.
In 1993 we were the host Club for the National Round Robin and following this the Australian National Carnival, three very busy weeks but great fun. We waited another 15 years before we had a National Sides Carnival again but this time I was the Club President!
The club was always busy with five lawn greens, so many organized games were played and the social activities were continuous.
There were over 250 lady bowlers, we had 12 pennant divisions and the men had over 400 members.
We had numerous visits from other countries over the years, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Scottish and British teams.
We also hosted the lnternations Day and Dinner, which was huge.
I also organised 5 Christmas in July luncheons and several fashion parades on the bowls clothes of today, tomorrow, and in space, weird but enjoyable.
The State President of the West Australian Ladies Bowls Association approached me when I was nearing the end of my 3 year term to see if I would like to become an Executive Member. I would still be able to play pennants and championship and club games and hold some positions when not on State duties.
In 1995 I became a member of WALBA.
For two years I was on the Rules Committee and then I was asked to stand for Vice President and then Deputy President.
I learnt so much about bowls and bowling people. I managed Junior, Senior and Development squads and visited so many country and city clubs, it was a wonderful experience.
When I became State Deputy President I became a National Delegate and a member of the Australian Womens Bowls Council which involved a lot more interstate travel for games, meetings and workshops on National and State Unification with the Australian Sports Commission.
Numerous contact with fellow delegates and with Bowls Australia board members and their committees and players. It was important to our State and Clubs to network.
I was appointed a National Selector and was lucky enough to travel to Manchester with the National Squad prior to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, both the English and Welsh came to practice with us.
An incredible experience.
In 2001-2003 I was elected State President, I was still a National Delegate and member of A.W.B.C. but relinquished some positions both Club and National.
It was a busy two years, lots of travel and meetings but I am happy to say W.A. first introduced colour to our uniforms.
2004-2005 I became Club Vice President, Vice President Southern Region, Club Ladies Selector and member of Sub Committee to appoint Coach/Development Officer Peter Bowden. Good decision fellow Members! Peters input turned our Club around very quickly with many new members coming to the Club and his work ethic raised our standard of bowling, a sure road to success.
2005-2009 Club President.
I had so many things on my bucket list, refurbishment of the Club for the Clubs 50th Anniversary, new carpet, lights, painting, furniture, veranda overlooking an 8-rink synthetic green, new kitchen, new front doors and side doors all accomplished by so many wonderful people who chose to help us attain these goals for the Club.
I think the most exciting time in the 4 years in office was the Club winning the Club of the Year 3 times.
An emotional time was being presented with Life Membership of the Club in 2007.
A truly wonderful experience being a Bowler, you get to play a game you love, you meet so many incredible people, I am so glad I chose to be a bowler back in 1998.
After my retirement I took on the Club library for 7 years, something I started when I became Ladies President and when I took on other roles Win Meares my dear friend and mentor in the early days took over.
2009-2019 I was appointed Vice Patron of the Club.