Club History from 1923 

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The North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club 1923

Feb 8, 1923

The North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club was formed, and consisted of one green on land leased from the Horticultural Society, now the site of the upper green on Lonsdale. The entry fee was $5.00 until March 15, 1923 and $7.50 after. In the spring and summer of 1923 the men dug, levelled, seeded, weeded, rolled, watered and cut the green. 

Sept. 10, 1923

Official opening day of the club.  Mayor D. Donaghy and representatives from some of the Vancouver lawn bowling clubs declared the green open and the first games were played. 

1924

The wives of the members formed an auxiliary to assist the men at their inter-club games and social events. A renovated "shed" became the first clubhouse. 

1925

Lights were installed on the green.

1926

The ladies' auxiliary became the North Vancouver Ladies' Lawn Bowling Club.  Mrs. F. Stewart was its first president. 

1932

A new clubhouse was designed and built at the north end of the green. 

1938

Reeve Joe Leyland of West Vancouver  donated a Challenge Cup (the Leyland Cup)  to be competed for yearly between the North and West Vancouver men's clubs. The Leyland competition continues to this day. 

1941

"Open" Sunday bowling was allowed from 12 to 6 pm, but competitions were not permitted. The Christmas Whist Drive and Dance was changed to Whist and Bingo. The proceeds of $125.49, went to the "Lord  

Mayor's Save the Children Fund." 

1942

Mrs. Miles of the West Vancouver Ladies' Lawn Bowling Club donated the Rose Bowl trophy for an annual competition between the ladies of the West Vancouver and North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Clubs, with the same rules that govern the men's Leyland Cup. It was a no-no for ladies to wear slacks, shorts or culottes. Dresses were the uniform of the day. The Rose Bowl competition is still going strong, but the style of dress has vastly changed.

1948

25th Anniversary of the Club. Celebrated in Horticultural Hall on Sept. 11, 1948. This was quite an attractive building with porches all round, situated on the south side of 23rd St., approximately where the overpass is now.

1953

Novice competition started. 

1962

The club was registered under the Society's Act in order to obtain a lease with the City of North Vancouver. 

1964

The new south green was ready for use on opening day. 

1965

The new Recreation Centre took in part of the bowling club land at the north end. To compensate, the City moved the Clubhouse to an area east of the upper green. 

1966

Heavy snowfalls collapsed the clubhouse roof and the building was condemned. George Henderson and Tom Holness met with the City Architect to present and discuss plans for a new clubhouse, which was ready for use in November. During the bowling season of 1966 activities were carried on from a tent. 

1967

The official opening of the new clubhouse took place on opening day. There were 76 paid-up members recorded for this year. 

1968

New lockers were made by students of Carson Graham School and installed for a  total of $144.15 (no labor charges.) A piano was donated by Jim Wallace. 

1973

50th Anniversary of the Club. Special opening day celebrations included banners, flags, floral displays, a high school band, luncheon, special guests and bowling, of course. 

1974

Muriel Holness won the Canadian Singles Gold Medal.

The North Vancouver Men's Triples Tournament was named the "Dick Williams Triples," in honor of the late R.L. Williams.  The area, around and including the bowling club, was named by the City as  "Rodger Burnes Green." Rodger Burnes was a well-known old-timer and a friend of many bowlers.

1976

The first edition of the Club's newsletter, "The Toucher" was issued in April, with J. Terry as editor. 

1978

The enlarged North green opened, giving the club two regulation-sized greens. 

1983

60th Anniversary of the Club. Club membership totaled 197 members (ladies and men.)  Stella Jo Dean donated a drinking fountain to commemorate the anniversary. 

1984

Two of our members, Nell Hunter and Bob Scullion, both won honors as Canadian Singles Champions 

"The Pony League" for first, second and third year bowlers was formed.

1986

Bob Scullion and Dave Brown captured the  Canadian gold medal in pairs. 

1988

The Mens' and Ladies' Clubs amalgamated. 

1989

A Casino night netted the club $9,227.50 which went towards new lighting.

1990

Audrey Brown became the 61st President in 67 years of the club's existence and the first female President of the club. 

1993

70th Anniversary of the Club. Membership totalled 246. The District of North Vancouver gave the club a new flagpole. 

April, 1993

Maureen Johnston appointed editor  of "The Toucher", the Club's newsletter. 

July 1, 1994

First annual Canada Day Lions Gate Hospital Charity Cup competition, held July 1st and initiated by President George Blaker. 

Sept. 12, 1998

75th Anniversary of the Club. Club membership now totals 319. 200 women, 119  men. Seven are life members, 23 are associates.

 

October, 2000

George Blaker was elected president for the seventh term, giving him the distinction of being the longest-serving president to date. 

2002

Club flagpole was badly vandalized and was replaced by a new one through the auspices of Mayor Don Bell, District of North Vancouver, and Mr. Zack Bhatia of the Holiday Inn. 

2003

A second balcony was added to the west side of the clubhouse, complete with matching awning to that on the south side of the clubhouse. 

July 1, 2003

10th annual Lions Gate Hospital Charity Cup competition raised $1,600. This makes a total of $13, 639 we have raised for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, since the inception of the competition in 1994. 

Sept. 14, 2003

80th Anniversary of the Club. Club membership now totals 317 members, including 20 Juniors, 32 Associates, 2 Honorary and 9 Life. 

Sept, 2003

The Fall edition of the "The Toucher" went out to members via email, for the first time. Hard copies of the newsletter will continue to be printed and mailed to those members without computers. 

2004

New backboards and plinths were installed to both greens, thanks to the generosity of club members who willingly donated to the "backboard fund". 

North Vancouver's junior bowlers played host to the country's best juniors at the National Juniors Championships held on our greens. 

June, 2005

First annual "Community Charity Challenge". Initiated by Anne and Ed Jackson, proceeds of $8,000 were donated to the Lookout Emergency Aid Society (North Shore Homeless Shelter). 

2006

Bob Gandy takes over as President of the Club, from George Blaker - who served as president for a record nine years. 

A motion passed at the AGM allows that the wearing of whites on non-tournament weekends is now an option at the North Vancouver LBC. 

22 old benches were replaced with handsome new seats. Club members purchased a bench, with their name engraved on a bronze commemorative plaque. 

2007

The City of North Vancouver celebrated its centenary this year, and our Club joined in the celebration with a Centennial Folkfest Tournament. 

2008

85th Anniversary of the Club. Of the 50 registered lawn bowling clubs in BC, with a total of 4,602 bowlers, North Vancouver is the largest in the province, with 260 members.

2009

Dave Davey is new President of the North Vancouver LBC. 

The clubhouse gets a facelift with new flooring in the office and kitchen, new window blinds, new carpets and fresh paint. 

June, 2010

6th Annual Community Charity Challenge raises a record $8,500 for the Lookout North Shore Shelter for the Homeless. 

July, 2010

17th Annual Lions Gate Hospital Charity Cup raises $5,000 for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. 

2011

Nannely Lawson named new Club President. 

June, 2011

7th Annual Community Charity Challenge raises $7,425 - once again for the Lookout North Shore Shelter. 

City and District Councillors  competed, for the first time, in a contest on  the greens.

July, 2011

18th annual Lions  Gate Hospital Charity Cup brings in a record  $6,600. 

June 2012

8th Annual Community Charity  Challenge, though not the highest in dollars  raised for the North Shore's Lookout Shelter  for the Homeless, was the best event to date  and brought the total monies raised in the  eight-year period to over $60,000. Ed and  Anne Jackson, the event's organizers, threw  a follow-up party for the volunteers at which  they announced their retirement from the  event. They also reported that the club's total  contribution to the Lookout Emergency Aid  Society over 8 years, has totaled approximately $120,000. The other $60,000 plus  comes from the dollar value of volunteer  time. 

July, 2012

19th annual Lions Gate Hospital Charity Cup brings $7,000 - making a total of  close to $50,000 since its inception 19 years ago. 

July, 2013

20th annual Lions Gate Hospital  Charity Cup celebrates its platinum year and  tops its contribution to the Lions Gate Hospital  Foundation in the amount of $10,000. In the past 20 years, the club has raised close  

to $60,000 for the Foundation. 

August, 2013

The Canadian National Lawn  Bowling Championships come to  

Vancouver's North Shore. The North Van and West Van Clubs co-hosted the week-long  event, one of the biggest on record with the addition of Triples into the competition. Pairs, Triples and Fours Teams competed for the title of Canadian Champion. 

Sept. 14, 2013

90th Anniversary of the Club. Membership now totals 284 members, 

including 30 Associates, 1 Junior, 2 Honorary and 11 Life. 

2014

Harry Carruthers named the new Club President. 

2018

City of North Vancouver announces the sale of the NVLBC property. NVBLC has to move to a new location. 

March 2018

Club Executive and CNV staff start design of new artificial greens and clubhouse.

2019

Bruce Murray named as new President

March 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic. Regular play at the club was cancelled. No membership fees were charged in 2020.  

Limited practice and in-house games are permitted from July, under close scrutiny, to ensure member safety. 

August 2020

Work started on the construction of two new artificial greens at the corner of 23rd and  St Andrews, the new home location of the club. Building of the new clubhouse put on hold until a later date.

Club Presidents 1923 - 2020

1923/24 - Capt. R.A. Batchelor

1925 - W. Morden

1926 - J.R. Chapman

1927 - W.J. Robertson

1928 - R.L. Elliott

1929 - H.C. Wright

1930 - Alex Milne

1931 - Syd Gisby

1932 - D McMillan

1933 - F.S. Woodman

1934 - J.W. Henderson

1935 - Harold Cockrill

1936 - A.D. Maclnnes

1937 - R.L. Williams

1938 - J. Chapman

1939 - J. Loutet

1940 - G. Jones

1941 - W. Peters

1942 - J. Wardlaw

1943 - C.H. Lambert

1944 - R.S. Wright

1945 - A. Stewart

1946 - S.C. Gardiner

1947 - J. Elliott

1948 - R.D. Handling

1949 - J.A. White

1950 - G.B. Robertson

1951 - A. Hewett

1952 - J.S. Terry

1953 - W. Tompkins

1954 - R. Dunne

1955 - D. Mitchell

1956 - Jack Dalton

1957 - H. Sibbald

1958 - H. Woodward

1959 - G. Stringer

1960 - G. Meldrum

1961 - G. Henderson

1962/63 - J. Gault

1964 - D. Humphreys

1965 - T. Cousins

1966 - C. Dawson

1967 - A. Martinson

1969 - G. Seivewright

1970 - P. Milner

1971 - G. Saunders

1972/73 - Art Jones

1974/75 - Doug McDonald

1976 - Bob Scullion

1977 - Don Pollitt

1978 - Len Lebeter

1979 - Roy Blain

1980 - Dick Nelan

1981 - Norm Hunter

1982/83 - Graham Drew

1984 - Ron Clark

1985 - Jack Finchett

1986/87 - Bob Labron

1988 - Murray Cardno

1989 - Jack Bunting

1990 - Audrey Brown
1991 - Ian Leman

1992 - Henry Bellhouse

1993 - Cathy Jeanes

1994-97 - George Blaker

1998 - Peter Moffat

1999/00 - Isobelle Houston

2001-05 - George Blaker

2006-08 - Bob Gandy

2009/10 - Dave Davey

2011-13 - Nannely Lawson

2014-19 - Harry Carruthers 

2020 - Bruce Murray

North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club

PO Box 37016 Lonsdale PO

North Vancouver, BC

V7M 4M4.

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