Our Club - how a dream became a reality!
Lake Conjola Bowling and Recreation Club 2016
A meeting was held on Sunday 16 June 1974 with all residents of Lake Conjola and the surrounding districts, invited to discuss forming a Bowling and Recreation Club at Lake Conjola.
A Steering Committee of, Norm Baker (Chairman), Dick Harding (Secretary), Clarice Baker (Treasurer), Frank Morley, Roy Carmichael, Jim Lynch, Monica Lynch, Joy Hughes.
And the Ladies Auxiliary members being, Monica Lynch (Chairlady), Joy Hughes (Secretary), Phyl Harding (Treasurer), Clarice Baker, Meg Morley, Maureen Stephens, Noelene Harding, Joyce McGarr.
These two committees worked tirelessly together raising money to purchase the land for the Clubhouse and bowling greens. Three parcels of land were offered as suitable for a bowling Club, and the Steering Committees final decision was to choose the one on Lake Conjola Entrance Road and down Norman Street.
The Club was actually born when the first sod was turned over by the following: Hugh Foley, Milti Mison, Alan Marsh, Fred Ney, Cec Rutherford, George March, and the Club was named 'The Lake Conjola District Bowling Club. This began in June 1974 and progressed and grew on voluntary labor until a Clubhouse and green were built.
The Club was officially opened when the first bowl was rolled by Foundation President, Norm Baker on Saturday 10am, 31st December 1977. Gentlemen only invited to attend from 10am until 12 noon, then ladies and gentlemen from 1.30pm until 5pm.
All those who gave up their time and worked so hard were justly rewarded. To see so many players on this brand new green for the very first time was a very proud day for the residents of Lake Conjola, and also the many visitors who visit regularly.
The second green commenced construction in 1981 with the first match being played on the 27 March 1982 with a men's social bowls day, then on the 28th mixed fours was played, from the 29th to the 31st ladies and men's social bowls, then on the 1st April the ladies open fours. This was a history making week of bowling for the Club with over 100 bowlers participating.
Further additions to the Clubhouse were done in 1985 with the following being done: the coolroom extension was added to the rear of the Clubhouse at the bar floor level, also the conveyor belt was installed to carry heavy goods from the main coolroom on the ground floor to the upper floor level.