New President for Bowls Manawatu

Phil Skoglund was elected today as the new president of Bowls Manawatu. In the annual general meeting held at the Palmerston North Bowling Clubrooms, Phil took over the reigns from Tony Jensen, the departing president. Anthony Woodley from Ashurst and Lyn Elphick from Takaro were elected vice-presidents. Also elected on the board were Norah Bacon, Noeleen Elston, Sharon Sims, Terry Puklowski, Vern Sixtus and Stewart McGrail. A special presentation was made to the former secretary, Irene Reilly for her contribution to Bowls Manawatu.

Palmerston North Bowling Club wishes the new Executive and President the best of the luck for the new season.

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Delegates’ apathy a let-down

“Three bowling clubs have called a special general meeting to try to avoid a leadership crisis in the sport in Manawatu.

The prime movers have been Johnston Park (Feilding), Takaro and Palmerston North. They have compelled Bowls Manawatu, under its constitution, to stage the meeting at the Palmerston North Bowling Club on Sunday with the same agenda as the failed special meeting on May 27.

That fell over because there were insufficient club delegates to even muster a quorum. Only 14 of the potential 38 club delegates attended, six short of a quorum.

After most clubs ignored that meeting, called to change the structure of the ruling body and to get away from the antiquated delegate system, president Tony Jensen announced he had had enough of the apathy in bowls and would be resigning.

Despite numerous pleas from bowlers for him to stay, even from Bowls New Zealand, Jensen was adamant yesterday that he would still be quitting after the annual meeting next month.

“My position is unchanged, and will remain unchanged,” he said.

“I have had a lot of comment from Joe Soap bowler.”

Jensen is now looking forward to playing bowls instead of taking care of everyone else. His departure is likely to snowball with many other executive members vowing to follow him.

The three clubs behind Sunday’s meeting are concerned that the centre could be left leaderless and decided to call the meeting because a club tournament programme meeting was being held a half hour later. Surely club delegates will front up for that.

As one bowler said, under the current constitution, “a dipstick” could be nominated and elected.

Jensen said the…”

Read the full article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/7177418/Delegates-apathy-a-let-down

The Perils of Manning the Bar

The bias is all wrong in Manawatu bowls just now.

For yonks, an informant has warned me that bowlers are a breed of their own.

And after the apathetic snub of a special meeting called by Bowls Manawatu last Sunday, who can argue?

It seems the ever-ageing bowlers go into winter hibernation.

In the past year or so, a fairly progressive regime under president Tony Jensen has been in power.

The future in almost every sport is to install independent executive members who are not there solely in their clubs’ interests. For instance, should Northern have the five best people, or others have specialist qualities, then bring them on.

But when half the Manawatu clubs didn’t bother to send a soul to the Sunday meeting, then we don’t even know if they care, or if their secretaries are asleep. What else do bowlers do on off-season Sundays?

By my count, of the 14 delegates who did front, eight were already members of the executive.

The executive had drafted the remit to restructure themselves, so should they have been voting on it?

Anyway, the meeting was aborted and bowls will be stuck with its antiquated system of electing its executive. With the liberals marching out the door, get set for another enlightened gerontocracy.

At an annual meeting a few years ago, two codgers arrived to man the bar, only to find themselves press-ganged on to the executive.

In the cool light of the next day, they resigned when they realised what they’d done.

Anyway, an independent executive could have done…”

Read the full article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/opinion/7023989/The-perils-of-manning-the-bar

5yr under Manawatu Team Announced

Five year and under Men’s Academy team to play at Wanganui
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May

Michael Bowey
Colin Cherri
Dean Gilshnan
Ted Hodgson
Ian Lewis
Keith Hughes
Glen Curtis
John Osborne
Chance Hausman
Mike Hodge

Manawatu Lawn Bowls News – 20th March

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Thanks to Tony, for the latest news from around the clubs in Manawatu. “As we march inexorably towards the end of the bowling season It is probably timely to undertake some introspection and properly look at the state of the … Continue reading