A Golden Day for GCTDLBA 50th Anniversary
By Gail Waitai
A kaleidoscope of colour and happy faces captured the mood of the day as the GCTDLBA celebrated its fiftieth anniversary after 11 teams of triples kicked off for a fun morning of bowls. Everyone received a commemorative bowls cloth, drink, voucher and raffle ticket plus there were plenty of prizes for the winners of spiders and touchers. Special guests on the day included 51 non-players, 12 past presidents and the following five special guests: life member, Myrna Farthing who received her 25 years of service medal; Patron Dawn Forrest; Bowls Queensland representatives Colleen Ryan and Carmel Gibb and Betty Smith, long-standing member of Surfers Paradise BC.
There were many momentous moments as bowlers from past and present rekindled friendships. The room was full of memorabilia to occupy the ladies until they completed their games. President Lolita Treasure welcomed everyone, introduced and thanked the management team and match committee plus thanked all sponsors of the event. Senior Vice President Vicki Day spoke dearly of the friendship she formed with special guest Betty Smith during her time spent at Surfers Paradise BC. Betty is now in her 93rd year and was honoured to be a part of the 50th celebrations.
One of the highlights of the day was awarding commemorative pins to the top 10 longest serving members of the district. These women, and many others before them, helped lay the building blocks makes the Gold Coast a strong and competitive district. The pins were a special contribution from President Lolita and were presented to players by Patron Dawn Forrest. As the day came to an end, President Lolita paid thanks to Colleen Gilbert, board members of the Broadbeach BC and everyone else who ensured a successful day was had by all.