Club Opening of Greens Saturday 14th April 2018

The Opening of Helensburgh Bowling Club Greens took place on Saturday 14th April 2018.
 Gents Captain Eduardo Claisse officiated and welcomed members and guests, including, Honorary President Billy Petrie OBE JP DL, Robert Phillips  (Past President), representing the DBA, John Stead Treasurer, from the GBA, as well as representatives from kindred clubs PP Henry Ellis Colgrain Jim Donaldson from Jim Barremman  BC and Robert Mackie from Dixon BC  an Hugh Murray HLM. Apologies were Greens Group webreceived from President Roger Jones, HLMs John Bell and Stan Kennon
New members, who have joined the club this year, John Farrell, Ken Craig, Archie Anderson, H.J Douglas, I. Smith, K. White and E. Wallace Jnr were welcomed on to the green and presented with a club badge by the Gents Captain Ed Claisse.

The Immediate Past President Mrs Patricia McCallan was thanked for her year in office, by Gents Captain and presented with her Green Blazer, Scarf and Past Presidents badge as well as a commemorative plaque in appreciation of her opening the greens in 2017. Immediate Past President Mrs Patricia McCallan then presented the Championship winners Medal for 2017 to Alan Air as well as Winners Medals to club members for winning the GBA Senior League, R. Cavana, R. Jones, D. West, E. Claisse, B. Grant and J. Cameron and T. Adkin and to the GBA Mixed League winners in 2017. R. White, G. Mackie, E. Fraser, P. McCallan, J. Jones and G. Sneddon
   
First Bowl WebIPP Mrs P. McCallan then requested Gents Captains wife Mrs Susan Claisse  to open the greens for 2018. Susan delivered the first Jack and Bowls of the year, and excellent bowls they were, and declared the greens open for 2018 wishing the members an enjoyable and successful year.
 HLM Hugh Murray then presented Susan with the ceremonial Silver Jack and a bouquet of flowers and a gift  for Opening the greens in 2018.
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 representatives of the Associations Robert Phillps for the DBA and AllanBowls Played Web 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.

Gents Captain Ed thanked Ladies Captain Elizabeth Fraser and the Ladies for preparing and serving a lovely meal, tow ladies Sheena and Jannette for for their hard word in the clubhouse and the gents who assisted George Sneddon in preparing the greensand Clubhouse for today

 Immediate Past President Patricia 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 Gents Captain Ed Claisse 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 Mrs Sue Claisse delivering the first bowl of the 2018 season the bowls after delivery and the Greens party for the Opening.