Aug 2020 | Volume 4, Number 9



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So, Where Are We At??

Wayne Daley, Editor

The Provincially imposed regulations to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic have bee eased. Bars and restaurants have been allowed to open in a more congenial way. Libraries and churches are providing the service that our society requires. Parks and beaches are again open. Does this mean that we have won the war? Does it mean that the Covus-19 virus has been defeated? No! Of course not. What it means is that the changes we have made to the way we live our lives and how we socialize has established a status quo with the illness and things have leveled out. The virus is still amongst us.

It is all a question of risk. How likely is it that any given individual will contract covid-19? The determination of the risk is difficult since we know so little about the disease. It appears, however, that the risk is not high. Still, the consequences of contracting the disease are devastating. And, as we know, the consequences are more severe for some people, such as our elder citizens, than others. In other words, there is only one chamber of the revolver that is loaded instead of five. Do you want to spin the cylinder?

Yes, it is all a question of risk. But there is another aspect to the question. There is our economy to consider. There is our social interests and our mental health to be concerned about. Fighting against the coronavirus month after month is a difficult and wearying thing to do. It tears at the very fabric of our social existence. We must maintain a balance between the risk of contracting the illness and keeping our society moving forward. That is why we must maintain our social distancing, wear masks, and keep sanitizing as the natural way of living.

So far, we have only been discussing the new way we have of living within our society. What does it do for us while we play bowls, a sport we all love? From my point of view the same rules apply. There is every bit as much of a chance that any of us can be infected with the covis-19 at the lawn bowling club as there is while we are enjoying a meal on the patio of our favourite restaurant. There may even be more chance if we are using unsanitized equipment, or not observing social distancing rules are we deliver a bowl on a rink. Bowls Canada Bowlingrin has established protocols for us to follow. These protocols have been sanctioned by our provincial authorities. Those protocols have been divided into four levels depending on the degree of balance we have been able to achieve between risk and normal activity. Currently, we have been able to move to level three. We need to continue to guard against a resurgence of the disease by observing the rules laid down for us. We need to stay safe and help others remain safe as well. We can only do that by continuing to do what got us to where we are at.

Who knows? There may come a day when the coronavirus is relegated to a page in history as the Spanish Influenza has been. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet. Let us keep working at it.



Thistle Lawn Bowling Club Starts Go Fund Me Campaign 

We need your support in raising $10,000 to save the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club.

Since 2013, the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club has been putting the lawn in Lawn Summer Nights London and the incrediBOWL generosity and enthusiasm of the Thistle Lawn members has helped #LawnSummerLDN raise almost $350,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

This summer, our Thistle Lawn family needs our help. 2020 promised to be a banner year for the club. A new sprinkler system to keep the greens in tiptop shape and tournaments and events – including four faBOWLous nights of LSN – booked throughout the season. Instead, Covid-19 has turned 2020 into a nightmare.

First, the provincial shutdown delayed the start of the lawn bowling season, forcing Thistle to cancel all scheduled tournaments and events. Although the club has now re-opened, continuing Covid-19 restrictions limit attendance to members only so that social distancing can be enforced. This presents a challenge for Thistle Lawn both socially and financially.

To maintain social distance, members can only play “singles” games – a more strenuous lawn-bowling format that not all of their senior citizen membership can manage.

The club isn't eligible for relief funding and, with most of its members on fixed incomes, it isn't fair to ask them for more. With tournament and event income reduced to zero, there is a very real danger that the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club may not survive.

And that would mean “So lawn, farewell” to Lawn Summer Nights London. There isn't another lawn bowling club in London that can accommodate LSN's needs or offer the same level of commitment. And even if we could move to another club, #LawnSummerLDN wouldn't be the same without Edith, Edgar, Kerry, and the rest of the Thistle gang.

The London LSN committee is launching this GoFundMe campaign to raise $10,000 to help Thistle Lawn meet its operating costs for 2020 and tide it over until the 2021 season.

Over the years, the members of Thistle Lawn have gone above and beyond for LSN. They've given us SO much. Providing instruction, offering advice, encouraging our efforts, and cheering our achievements. They've kept score, kept things fair, and kept an eye on our crazy costumes and even crazier antics. They have truly become members of our #LawnSummerLDN team.

With the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club in crisis, it's time for LSN to give back. We're hoping that everyone who was planning to attend #LawnSummerLDN 2020 will instead consider donating their $100 registration fee to the club. Even as little as $25 (the cost of just ONE night of LSN) can bring us a step closer to keeping the club and its members #onthegreens.

And it wouldn't be an LSN fundraiser without prizes! The most generous donor will receive a free private night of lawn bowling for up to 40 people at Thistle Lawn in 2021. A free one-year membership goes to the second most generous donor, while the third most generous donor will be sent a $100 gift card for the local online shopping platform Locorum.

Please donate today and help us bowl the kind folks at Thistle Lawn over with our appreciation, support, and love love LOVE.

Link to the Campaign




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The Ontario Trillium Foundation is introducing the one-time Resilient Communities Fund to invest in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the non-profit sector impacted by COVID-19.

Non-profit organizations are struggling to operate and deliver their programs and services and meet community needs. The Resilient Communities Fund will respond to the recovery needs non-profits and communities are challenged with as a result of COVID -19 and will support them as they return to building healthy and vibrant communities.

To learn more about the Fund, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit the Resilient Communities Fund resource page.

Grant application deadlines

  • September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.
  • December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.



Openings in the BCB Board of Directors

Wayne Daley, Editor

You may have heard that the Bowls Canada Bowlingrin Board is seeking candidates to fill Director positions. You may even have considered submitting your name as a candidate. Here is some information, taken from the BCB web site that you should consider.

Frequently Asked Questions about the BCB Board of Directors

What is Bowls Canada Boulingrin?

  1. Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the national sport body that oversees lawn bowling in Canada.

How is the Board of Directors structured?

  1. Under the Bylaws the Board of Directors consists of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 directors.

What are the responsibilities of a Director?

3. The BCB Board of Directors has the responsibility for setting directions, establishing policy, and overseeing the activities of the organization. More specifically:

● Support the mission statement.

● Read and understand the financial statements and otherwise assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibility.

● Attend board meetings and actively participate in decision-making.

● Share your area of expertise with the board and staff.

● Be an advocate for the organization; use your contacts to promote it in ways appropriate to your profession.

● Obtain various means of support for the organization, such as sponsorships, advertisers, members, exhibitors, speakers, etc.

● Fulfill the duties of care, obedience and loyalty to the organization.

● Participate in regular assessments to improve board performance.

● Participate in strategic planning activities.

● Prioritize and monitor programs and services.

● Select the Executive Director, review their performance, and provide direction if needed in accordance to the Executive Director’s job description.

● Partner with the Executive Director to accomplish the mission.

● Work to develop new leadership and recommend potential board members to the board nomination committee.

● Avoid conflicts of interest.

● Participate in the organization’s conferences and meetings. (613) 244-0021 (613) 244-0041 Web:

What is the time commitment?

4. BCB has on average 9 board meetings per year. There may be additional committee work required. It is anticipated that a board position would require 8-10 hours/month of your time. What is the term of office?

5. Directors shall serve for a term of two years or until a successor is installed. They shall be eligible for re-election but shall not serve for more than three consecutive terms.

Who is eligible to be a BCB Director?

6. To be eligible for election as a Director, an individual must:

a) Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;

b) Have the power under law to contract

c) Have not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country;

d) Not have the status of bankrupt;

e) Meet one or more of the skills and characteristics defined in Section 8.

How will Board members be selected?

7. The Directors will be elected in accordance with the BCB Bylaws by the official representatives of the Members (Provincial Bowls Associations) at the Annual General Meeting. Members are Provincial Associations.

Who is qualified to be a Board Director?

8. Directors must possess a majority of the following General Attributes and more than one of the Specific Skills:

General Attributes:

Knowledge of sport or lawn bowling

Business Acumen

Board experience

Policy Development

Team player

Experience in strategic thinking

Risk Management experience

Ethical and values based behavior

Representative of membership population

Commitment and Capacity

Specific Skills:


Government Relations

Funds Development

Accounting & Finance


Strategic Change Management

Human Resources Management



International Sport Perspective

Political Capital

How do you apply to be a Director?

9. A Nomination Committee will be identified by the current Board of Directors on an annual basis.

10. Nominations for positions as Directors will be solicited by the Nomination Committees beginning 90 days before the Annual General Meeting each year.

11. All individuals wishing to run for a position as a Director, including all current Directors, will be subject to nomination which requires the submission of a signed Application Form and supporting materials by the application deadline.

12. Upon receipt of all nominations, the Nominations Committee will short-list nominees and conduct due-diligence by reviewing the nominee’s qualifications, the required skills and attributes, potential conflict of interests or other significant matters which would preclude the nominee from successfully fulfilling the duties of a Director.

13. The Nominations Committee, upon a majority vote, will provide their preferred slate of nominees to the voting members prior to the election of Directors.

What information will be required to support each application?

14. Each nominee must complete and sign an Application Form and submit it to the Nominations Committee along with a letter of intent and a resume. Nominees may further submit:

● A campaign platform describing what the nominee would like to do to further the objectives of BCB – this material may be as detailed or specific as the nominee desires

● A headshot photo

● A biography of the nominee (maximum 300 words)

● A video describing the nominee and/or the nominee’s platform (maximum 30 seconds)

● Testimonials from other organizations or other individuals

15. Once applicants have been short-listed by the Board Selection Committee, a due-diligence process will be conducted. This will include a review of the candidate’s qualifications and identification of any conflicts of interest or other significant matters which would preclude the candidate from successfully fulfilling the duties of a Director.

16. As part of this due-diligence process, short-listed candidates will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check. What is the deadline for submitting applications?

17. Applications may be submitted by email, mail or courier to the following address: BCB Nominations Committee 2451 Riverside Drive, c/o House of Sport, Ottawa (ON) K1H 7X7 Applications must be received by 4pm EDT 30 days before the Annual General Meeting


This week’s featured national team member is Baylee vanSteijn. Baylee is going into her second year at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario where she is training as a Physiotherapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant. Baylee is relatively new to the High Performance Squad having worked her way up over the years through the Youth and Development Squad pathway. Recently Baylee chatted with Jeff Gard of JG Sports Media about returning to play during COVID and why lawn bowling is a game for all ages.

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4-3-2-1 Fun Tournament

Wayne Daley and Bob Burton.

The 4-3-2-1 Fun Tournament is played at some clubs throughout Ontario. It is a game that allows those who can’t compete in a long game still have a chance. It is a game where all the skills of bowling can be practiced. But mostly, it is a game that provides a great deal of fun. If your club has never tried it, here is how to set it up at the Deep River Lawn Bowling Club. Bob Burton, as tournament coordinator, introduced us to this version of bowls. Thank you, Bob.

This is a singles match with each bowler playing for themselves and keeping their own score. Each bowler has four bowls to deliver. There are a total of four bowlers per rink. The mat must be set at the mat line on the center line of the rink.

There are two jacks in play on each rink. Both jacks are placed, not rolled. One jack is set up at the centre of the far hog line. The other is set up at the centre of the far mat line. For the ease of resetting the jacks a golf ‘T’ could be driven into the ground where the jacks will be so that just the head of the ‘T’ is up high enough for the jack to rest on it. Four ‘T’ will be needed here: one for the near mat line, one for the near hog line, one for the far hog line and one for the far mat line.

There is a random draw for each round for who plays on which rink. Players may be asked exchange rinks if the ‘random draw’ places the same player on a given rink for the second time.

The order of play can be established by the four players on each rink for the first end. The same order of play will be used in the subsequent ends of the round. The most common means of determining the order is by the first initial of the first name of each player. Consequently, the order on the first round might be Alice, George, Rose, Walter. On the second end Alice would drop to the end and everyone else would move up one slot.

For each bowl, each player has the option of playing on the short jack or the long jack.

Player one delivers one bowl and then steps aside as player two delivers a bowl. Then comes player three, then player four. Then player one returns to deliver his second bowl. This routine continues until each player has delivered four bowls.

At no time are players allowed to inspect the head until the end is finished.

All ditch bowls are removed from play including ‘Touchers’. The Jack can be in the ditch within the boundary of the rink.

An end is complete when each player has delivered four bowls. Four ends constitute a round. Two rounds are played in the morning and two more are played after lunch to complete the tournament. However, the organizers may set up as many rounds as they wish.

Scoring the end:

On each jack, the bowl nearest the jack scores 4; next closest scores 3; next closest scores 2; next closest scores 1. There are a total of 10 points per end available on each jack. There are 20 points total per end. In the extreme, one bowler could score 14 points (4+3 on each jack) for each end. Bowls played on one jack may accidentally score on the other jack as well.

Bowlers causing a dead-end (jack out of bounds) score zero and other players count 3 points each for that jack. Scores on the other jack are counted.

Scoring scheme may be adjusted to allow for different numbers of players on some rinks. (Three players score 4-3-1)

Before the start of the tournament each player will tell the organizer his target score per round. There are 80 points available per round, so an average of 20 points for each bowler. There is a maximum of 56 points available to each bowler. (14 x 4). Those players not wishing to play the total number of rounds in the tournament might have their average points of the rounds played multiplied by the total rounds of the tournament to give them their final score.

At the end of the day there are two winners. Players with the highest total score after four rounds is declared the winner. The player closest to his/her established target score is the other winner. Winners get a round of applause and an extra cup of tea.


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