Workies Women's Bowling Club marks 50 years

The Workies Women’s Bowling Club has celebrated its 50th anniversary in style.

The club was formed on September 25, 1967 with an original 76 members and the inaugural executive was president Josie Taylor (who held this position for 10 years), secretary Jean Evans and treasurer Joan Anderson.

Club president Lesley Townsend introduced the State President Maryann Parcell to members and visitors formed a guard of honour.

After morning tea bowls teams were called but rain and cold winds forced players inside after only four ends.

Everyone then proceeded the the beautifully decorated Millennium room with an abundance of yellow and purple flowers representing the official club colours.   

Noela Williams, acting as chairperson, introduced official guests and in her response the State president said she was most impressed by the club’s facilities, the new greens and the friendliness of the club.

During her speech she presented a very surprised President Lesley with a merit badge for her services to her club.

Two of the clubs most loyal and experienced stalwarts Ruth Harries and Beryl Evans entertained reading some bowls ditties to a very enthralled audience with lots of fun and laughter.

Special guests included Howie Fisher, president  of the Workman's Club, Geoff Wheeler, Workman's Club CEO and Doug Thornton, representing the men's bowling club.

The highlight of the day was the recognition certificates to six of our most loyal and respected members who have served the club for many years in different capacities, Ruth Harries, Noela Williams,  Cath Kenniff, Beryl Evans, Betty Lothian and  Barbara Kapusta.

The beautiful cake was made and decorated by the Secretary Paula McGauley.

Bowls winners on the day were Mary Penn, who travelled from Canberra, Margaret Lang and Betty Lothian from Workies, which was a very fitting win as these ladies have won lots of championships together with the cub over many years.

Runners-up were Pam Johnson, Kerrie Bernard and Cheryl Wotton from Lithgow City.

The Workies Women's Bowls would like to thank Hello World for their generous donation for their raffle of accommodation for two at the Stanford Hotel at Circular Quay, which was won by Deidre Stubbs. 

Lesley Townsend thanked everyone for coming to the special day and gave special mention to retiring secretary Noela Williams for all her dedication for many years and all her hard work making a very memorable day for everyone .