Geebung

About the club

BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED 24 FEB 2019

CHAIRMAN                            Richard Mason     rmason@outlook.com.au                   3161 2599

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN            Linda Jackson       1971j@gmail.com                              0431 802 003

SECRETARY                         Ron Madigan         ron.madigan90@gmail.com               0415 243 769

TREASURER                        Dale Wood             Dalewood287@gmail.com                 3314 2209

GAMING DIRECTOR            Fay Newton           novarn@iprimus.com.au                     3263 5092

GREENS DIRECTOR           Lindsay Kindness  plumbingwithkindness@gmail.com     0488 785 889

DIRECTOR                          Steve Slobodzian   steve.slobodzian@hotmail.com           0456 313 539

DIRECTOR                          Geoff Doyle            geoff.doyle@optusnet.com.au             3310 4992

DIRECTOR                         Neil Karpowicz        nkarpowi@bigpond.net.au                   0438 018 402

LADIES PRESIDENT          Kathy Masters        kathymasters11@gmail.com                0414 818 420

MENS PRESIDENT            John Mitchell          ucme@bigpond.net.au                         0439 976 978

 

MENS DIVISION  -  CONTACT LIST 2019

Title                            Name                   Home Phone                       Mobile                     Email Address

Patron                            Jared Cassidy

President                       John Mitchell                                            0439 976 978          ucme@bigpond.net.au

Senior VP                      Roger Parker           3865 1441                0488 158 045          rogerneil@optusnet.com.au

Junior VP                      Brian Stewart           3359 9362                 0431 604 534

Secretary                       Geoff Doyle              3310 4992                 0400 283 500          geoff.doyle@optusnet.com.au

Games Director             John Allen                3263 7713

District Delegate            John Hood               3261 2212                  0409 263 594          hoodj@netspace.net.au

Coaches Delegate

Promotions Officer

Selectors                        Barry Rablin            3263 4251                  0428 549 017      barry.rablin@live.com.au                                                   Brian Stewart          3359 9362                  0431 604 534

                                      Craig Hawthorn                                           0448 149 746      chawthorn@hotmail.com

Committee Members     I Gibb                                                           0402 226 276      gibbyqf1@gmail.com

                                      G O’Bree                                                      0433 520 749      gavobree@gmail.com

                                     S Slobodzian                                                0435 995 412       steve.slobodzian@hotmail.com

                                    K Whyte                     3865 1882                   0409 696 328       nan.ytee@bigpond.com

 

 

 

 

 

Google Maps Link to Geebung Bowls

During 1962-63 a group of local people played indoor bowls in a church hall in Innes St, Geebung, and it was here that the idea of Geebung Bowls Club originated.

This group of foundation members included K. Apps, G. Boyd, I. Burgess, G. Codwell, H. Cross, A. Eddiehausen, D. Green, M. Lane *(see note), J. Leith, V. Meyers, E. Munroe, N. Nelson, N. Pedrazzzini, K. Skinner, P. Skinner, P. Smith, J. Tierney, J. Twigg, N. Ward, R. Williams and L. Wilson.

After numerous meetings and much discussion with the assistance of local Alderman Frank Sleeman, land was made available and an application was submitted to the R.Q.B.A for the necessary affiliation.

The inaugural meeting of the Geebung Bowls Club was held in the Geebung-Zillmere RSL hall on June 24th 1964. Although membership was small, the members were finally able to begin planning their new club.  Our handful of members appreciated the kindness of Aspley Bowling Club when we were able to start playing at their club. Geebung members commenced playing at their club in November 1964.

In the first year they managed to clear the land and design the bowling green. They raised a total of £1200.00. Tenders were called for the first green.

Membership in the first year reached 33 and they sought instruction from players at Hendra Bowls Club as many were new players.

In 1965 President Harry Cross organised a loan so that the green could be constructed. The green was at a cost of approximately £4,300 and was built strictly in accordance with R.Q.B.A specifications. Supervision of the construction was entrusted to Verge Meyers and as a result the first green is so named “Verge Meyers Green”

The R.Q.B.A granted affiliation in 1965. A Ladies club was then founded, having their initial meeting in the residence of Mrs Whittaker, Bayview Terrace, Geebung. The first Madame President was Edna Wilson.

1966 was a big year for Geebung. Kalinga made a green available for mixed play. Wavell Heights donated a kitchen which had been used by the army then moved from Newmarket Club to Wavell Heights to us. The new green was levelled and we employed our first greenkeeper – Barry Harvey.

On December 10 1966 the members were able to play on their own green for the very first time. Although there was no clubhouse, so Harry Cross arranged a marquee under which they could have their morning tea. At that time there was no liquor licence, as the liquor laws were very strict but Eric Munroe did a wonderful job arranging “Cool drinks” to satisfy the members needs. The honour system was used and the bowlers appreciated this situation.

Again President Harry Cross arranged finance so that a clubhouse could be erected and was ready for operation by May 1967. As satisfactory facilities were now available a Liquor licence was granted much to the delight of members and guests.

The official opening was arranged for August 1967 and this duty was performed by R.Q.B.A President Ern Silverton. The social event that follwed was a delight to all especially the ballet performed by Merv Lane, John  Leitch, Nev Nelson, Arnold Eddiehausen, Noel Craig and Graham Welldon.

Membership and finances were growing to such an extent that a second green was required and extensions to the clubhouse. Extensions were completed and R.Q.B.A President Jack Rowe performed the official opening ceremony. Approximately £25,000 had been spent on the building.

The Ladies had become a very active part of the club by this point and were assisting both physically and financially. It was becoming obvious that a second green was essential but as the land required was private property alot of negotiations and frustrations were encountered. Eventually the land became available at the end of 1973. The second green cost approximately $18,000.

The official opening of the second green occurred in 1974 and was aptly named the Harry Cross green in honour our Past President who did so much for the club in its initial stages.

Many additions have been made to the clubhouse in ensuing years as finances became available and demand rose.

Our first Pennant flag was in 1971 in Division 5 and we gained a second flag in 1979 in 3rd division. With more players and the standard of play improving, our Ladies had their first Pennant success in 1978 in 5th Division and 2nd Division in 1983. Great achievements at that point in time for such a small club. Fame came to the club in 1981 when Dolly Hunter and Phyl Slattery won the Q.L.B.A State Pairs.

The club has hosted many interstate and top bowlers and our facilities proved to be quite satisfactory.

The modern day Geebung Bowls Club continues to be a great club that caters for everyone in the community, charity organisations, its members and visitors alike. From its inception it has been blessed with a solid foundation of hard working dedicated members from the Ladies in the kitchen that offer their time generously to all the volunteers around the club for the past 49 years. We continue to have great successes on the bowling green from Pennant flags to District and State titles.

Contact information
Geebung Bowls Club
21 Thompson St.,
Zillmere Q 4034
Telephone
Email
admin@geebungbowls.com.au