• Issue 197 – 19 September 2014 Announcement of newly elected Bowls Victoria President

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      Bowls Victoria wishes to announce the appointment of Allan (John) Fisher OAM to the role of President of Bowls Victoria. John, as he is affectionately known by all has been heavily involved in bowls since beginning his association with the sport as a member of the Chiltern BC in 1984. He has served in a number of roles at Association & Group level under the previous RVBA structure and also as an RVBA Councillor and Board Member. Coaching and Umpiring accreditations underline John’s involvement in both of those areas associated with bowls and he has also served his Region in Match Committee and Selection Committee capacities, both of these in a continuing role since 2011. John served as a councillor on the Chiltern Shire Council from 1976-1994 and was Shire President on three occasions during that period. Somehow amongst all of these duties John also performed twenty-seven years of service as CFA Captain of the Browns Plains CFA Brigade and was Chairman of the Rutherglen High School Council for ten years. In recognition of John’s service to sport and for his community contributions he was awarded an Order of Australia in 2013. In being elected to the role of President after serving as Deputy President for the past two years, John has outlined a very solid vision for the sport based on the organisation being strong and vibrant, providing Guidance, Leadership and Professional Administration to all bowlers across Victoria, regardless of gender or location.

      Barbara Gilbert has been elected to the role of Deputy President of Bowls Victoria, bringing with her a wealth of experience from her former role as a Director on the Board of Bowls Australia. In her role as Chairman of the Bowls Victoria Championship Committee over the past three seasons, Barbara has been at the coal-face in dealing with matters associated with conducting State Championships and the Victorian Open and she certainly doesn’t hide her raw enthusiasm and passion for all persons involved with volunteering and competing in these events and she has a thirst for the work involved in planning and running them.

      At this point in time it is appropriate that we recognise the significant contribution made by outgoing Bowls Victoria President Rosemary Varty. Rosemary made considerable inroads into ensuring that specific areas of the administration were reviewed and changes implemented to strengthen the ability of the organisation to conduct its business and associated sport activities. Rosemary’s passion for her “bucket list” of objectives whilst President of Bowls Victoria is what drove her in seeking to provide the best possible outcomes for bowlers, clubs and the wider bowls community in general. Thank you Rosemary for your service and contributions made whilst President of Bowls Victoria.

      Annual General Meeting of Bowls Victoria

      Many thanks to all Club Delegates, Club Presidents, Club Secretaries, Division and Region personnel and Bowls Victoria Life Members and BV Regional Representatives who attended the fifth Annual General Meeting of Bowls Victoria on Wednesday 17 September at Hawthorn Arts Centre. Attendees present voted overwhelmingly to accept the proposed constitutional amendments and pass the new Bowls Victoria constitution for approval by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

      Those present were also provided with an opportunity of an insight in to how the NTC talent identification process and High Performance areas of Bowls Australia operate under National Coach Steve Glasson. Steve also answered queries in regards to Australia’s recent performance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and what lies ahead in the area of National events. At the conclusion of the meeting a forum was conducted where questions on an array of matters were asked and answers provided.

      New Finance Director for Bowls Victoria

      With the announcement made at the Bowls Victoria Annual General Meeting of Finance Director Michael Classon retiring from the role he has served this organisation and the former RVBA so brilliantly in for the past eight years, it is more than appropriate to recognise his contributions whilst in that role and we thank him sincerely for his devotion to his position. Michael lists amalgamation of the RVBA and VLBA and the resultant streamlining of administration, the sale of the former headquarters of those bodies and subsequent investment of the proceeds of the sale and the formation of an outstanding finance committee as major highlights in his term in the role as Hon. Treasurer of the RVBA and Finance Director of Bowls Victoria. Michael also wished to acknowledge the ongoing development of the BV staff into a wonderful group of individuals who continue to evolve into a strong team supporting the sport of bowls.
      In seeking a replacement for Michael, Bowls Victoria is delighted to announce that Ken Warburton has been appointed to the role as Finance Director of the organisation.

      Ken Warburton’s vast experience includes service as a Board Member, Advisory Board participation as the CEO, CFO and Professional Services Partner (Tatum LLC & PwC) for public, private, emerging-growth and international companies and Not-For-Profit entities in Australia and the USA. With exposure to diverse business, operational and organizational models for multinational companies particularly in hi-tech his experience includes Corporate Governance, Risk Management, M&A, Due Diligence, Audit, Forensics and Optimizing the Office of the CFO working with founders, venture capitalists, private equity groups, Boards of Directors, bankers, lawyers, accountants, other professional service providers and fellow executives on all aspects of a business.

      Ken’s most recent executive role was as a Partner in the Northern California Financial Leadership practice of Tatum LLC. Ken’s LinkedIn profile is available at au.linkedin.com/in/kenwarburton/

      On receiving news of his appointment, Ken stated that, “I’m delighted to be joining Bowls Victoria’s Board. I look forward to contributing to the strategic growth initiatives and financial management as we serve the wider community of bowlers.”

      Ken is a playing member of the Richmond Union BC and a social member of the Albert Park BC.

      National Bowlers Arm Championship

      Congratulations to the Victorian Representative Bowlers Arm side who have defended their National Championship title at the event conducted at Beresfield BC this past week. As defending champions the pressure was always on the team to repeat their 2013 performance at the Corowa Civic BC and their back-to-back win in this event is applauded by everyone. During the week there have been results posted on the BV website and the interest generated amongst the overall bowls community is evident from the hits on the BV website to review the results as they were coming in to the offices.

      In this year’s event the Armed Vics were supreme in all of their individual matches state vs state and claimed the overall trophy with 60 points. In second place was New South Wales on 35 points and third was South Australia on 23. Against New South Wales, Victoria were 27-11 winners in their state vs state battle and 33-7 over South Australia.
      Whilst recognising the overall efforts of the team, there were also five members of the side who remained undefeated over the duration of the event and this in itself is a great result.

      They were Ray Arnold, Stephen Coles, Malcolm Finch, Peter Gribbin and Phil Gude.

      In obtaining a quote from Bowlers Arm Side Coordinator and Bowls Victoria Board Director Phil Gude, Phil just wanted to say “Thanks to the many people who backed the selection and development of the Armed VIC Squad. This success has been achieved by hard work, and practicing together that bonded a very talented group of players into an outstanding Side. I am very proud of the work ethic and achievement of them all.” Further to this Phil was firm in his view that, “Much of the success of the past two wins is generated by the Arm Events run by our Victorian Clubs and the intense interest in the Arm Coaching days, all of which helped identify potential players. I have always felt that to succeed long term we needed to “up” the standard of Arm Coaching and increase the opportunities for Arm players to compete. The result has been an outstanding success with back to back wins.”

      Phil’s final quote identified his thoughts going forward for the future, “I am already planning the Armed VIC assault for next year in South Australia, three in a row will be the aim.”

      Going by the results in this year’s event this prediction could very well come true.

      Victorian Open 2014 & State Champions Week 2015

      Bowls Victoria wishes to announce that as of today we have attached to our website details for a preferred accommodation supplier for the Victorian Open event to be conducted in Shepparton in November 2014 and State Champions Week to be staged in Bendigo in 2015.

      Park Lane Holiday Parks have excellent facilities available at Shepparton, Bendigo and Traralgon and they would like to make bowlers aware that they have a number of accommodation options available for consideration. Courtney Hellings from Marketing at Park Lane Holiday Parks said, “We are delighted to work together with Bowls Victoria on making both the major events a successful partnership.” Please check out their details by clicking here.

      Championship Events

      Entrants in State Events are reminded that Divisions and Regions are the responsible parties conducting these events in the early local rounds. If you have entered an event such as Over 60’s, Novice or any of the other events on offer, please refer to your local Match/Championship committee with inquiries for entries or playing date details. Your club secretary should be able to point you in the right direction for contact details.

      2014 Bowls Victoria International Day

      The 41st Bowls Victoria International Day will be conducted on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Mulgrave Country Club, cnr Welling & Jells Road Wheelers Hill 3150. The venue is easily accessible off the Monash Freeway for those coming from the other side of Melbourne or regional Victoria.

      The entry fee is $100 per team ($25 per player), this cost covers morning tea, lunch, green fees and other associated costs. The field is limited to 42 teams which may be male, female, mixed or single. Players may wear their traditional countries dress as the BA Logo policy is relaxed for this day. Side are encouraged to enter sides from their country of origin or ancestry. Entries forms are in the current edition of THE SHOT or may be downloaded from the BV website – for further information please call BV on 9861 7100 or email Ian Capp at cappys@ozemail.com.au.
      Any comments/questions: please email to Bowls Victoria c/o

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