The Opening of Helensburgh Bowling Club Greens took place on Saturday 15th April 2017. President Patricia McCallan welcomed members and guests, including, Honorary President Billy Petrie OBE JP DL, Jim Dickson (Vice President), representing the DBA, Allan Howie, Secretary, from the GBA, as well as representatives from kindred clubs Henry Ellis Colgrain BC, and Robert Mackie Dixon BC and the Presidents personal guest, her son Stuart Archibald .
New members, who have joined the club this year, were welcomed on to the green and presented with a club badge by the President Patricia McCallan.
The Immediate Past President Eric Wallace was thanked for his year in office, by President Patricia and presented with his Green Blazer, Tie and Past Presidents badge. The President also presented Mrs Irene Wallace with a commemorative plaque in appreciation of her opening the greens in 2016.
HLM Hugh Murray then requested President Patricia McCallan to open the greens for 2017. Patricia delivered the first Jack and 2 Bowls of the year, and excellent bowls they were, and declared the greens open for 2017 wishing the members an enjoyable and successful year. HLM Hugh Murray presented Patricia with the ceremonial Silver Jack and a bouquet of flowers and Mrs Irene Walllace Lady Captain with a gift for Opening the Greens in 2016.
Immediate Past President Eric Wallace then presented the Championship Winners Medal for 2016 to Alan Air and Winners Medals to club members for winning the GBA Cup League, GBA Senior League and the GBA Mixed League in 2016
Members and guests played a nine end game and retired to the clubhouse to enjoy a meal prepared by the ladies of the club. The result of the game was Presidents team 39 shots, the Captains team 26 shots, with the Presidents team winning by 13 shots. The highest up team on the Presidents team were Tony Bird, Brian Grant and George Tait (Skip) 9 shots up, and the highest up team in the Captains team were, Tom Adkin, Tom Fleming, Norman McLean and Roger Jones (Skip) 2 shots up.Both winning teams were presented with their prizes by President Patricia.The representatives of the Associations Jim Dickson for the DBA and Allan Howie for the GBA along with Henry Ellis from Colgrain BC on behalf of the kindred clubs conveyed their good wishes to the President and club for the coming year.
Immediate Past President Eric Wallace on behalf of the Past Presidents congratulated all the Directors and members who had carried out many different tasks both on and off the green to maintain the facilities in the highest standard.The President in closing thanked the green keeper Gavin McCall for his hard work on the greens, wished the members a successful season and a safe journey home.
The photograph shows President Patricia McCallan delivering the first bowl of the 2017 season and the Greens party for the Opening day.