Change of board members 2020
After very many years of service to the Yarra Junction Bowling Club, Peter and Myrna Willis, Alice Kroes, and Nancy Stevens have resigned from the board this year . Their contribution has been outstanding and we cannot thank them enough for the time effort and enthusiasm they have shown over the years. Without them the club would not have survived. On behalf of all Club members we thank them sincerely and hope to see them on the green again soon just relaxing and enjoying their bowls .
Meet the new board members
I have spent most of my life living in New Zealand having moved there when I was 10 years old and moved back to Australia after I retired in 2005. I have always been involved in the IT industry initially working with mainframe computers and then Network Engineering. I still have a big interest in all areas of computing and have tried to stay up to date with the latest but I fear that is a losing battle.
I started playing bowls in November 2018 – about TEN years after deciding that I should give it a try!! I also play bridge and have recently discovered a new interest in woodworking despite having very little skills.
I have been bowling at YJBC for two years. Last year’s pennant season was the first time I have played competitive sport since leaving high school and that was a long time ago, it was quite a steep learning curve.
As a mother and a grandmother, over the years a lot of my spare time has been taken up supporting my children and grandchild in their sporting endeavours, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
My working life has involved doing a variety of jobs. I counted fifteen different types of work. My last job was as a Disability Support Worker supporting people with a disability to set goals and achieve them.
My other hobbies apart from Lawn Bowls are mainly in the art and craft area, spinning, knitting and drawing Mandala’s.
I am enjoying bowls as I find it gives me the opportunity to connect with other people socially, gets me exercising, and helps me improve my concentration and develop and improve my lawn bowls techniques of which there are many as I am finding out more and more each week.
I’m happily retired in Yarra Junction after enjoying my 35 year career in health.
I undertook many roles to improve clinical practice and promote client outcomes as a specialist Stoma Nurse then as Clinical Nurse Manager of a surgical ward. I undertook roles as a nurse educator, running training courses for both medical and nursing staff, then as a liaison nurse between clinical staff and information systems staff when electronic medical records were first introduced to hospitals.
I cherish family, love to travel, spend time in the garden and more recently have taken up bowls which I’ve discovered anyone can do. I enjoy the company, the exercise and the challenge, and hope to able to help the club thrive and grow.
Since retiring last year from 50 years full time work, the later 12 years working in Residential Aged Care I took up Lawn Bowls.
I’m enjoying the community connection as well as the physical, and social aspects of this great game.
This year I accepted various positions within the YVBC. It is great that I can enjoy bowls with my wife Elizabeth who is very keen and plays a masterful game.
My other interests are training my horse in the Equitation discipline of Dressage and attending Dog Shows with my English Setters. I am on the Executive of the English Setter Club of Victoria.
Music is a passion of mine. I play the piano, am a member of several Ukulele community groups and a member of the Healesville Community Choir. I have recently purchased a Native American Flute which sounds great being played in the quietness of the bush.
I enjoy the outdoors and walking in the bush and along the Yarra Trail.
I encourage all age groups to participate in the sport of Lawn Bowls.