75th White Diamond Members’ Gala Dinner at Mapleton Bowls Club
By Nita C Lester
While celebration was definitely a key element of Mapleton Bowls Club’s night, of equal important was members joining together in fellowship to share memories. As a number of members had moved from the district, the evening re-established old friendships and encouraged a general catching up of news.
The tasty three-course meal and background music by Tom, John and Ian set the scene, while themed table and room decorations, along with the keepsake placemats, gave the club a festive feel. The static photographic and rolling digital displays of past happenings at the club attracted considerable interest throughout the night.
With Master of Ceremonies Phillip Lester as the skip, the night featured a special toast to our Patron, Eileen Lovelock, as well as a toast to life members and long-standing bowlers. Councillor David Law congratulated the club on such a successful past and present and foresaw a continued partnership with the Sunshine Coast Council.
Lynette Bateman, whose membership dates back to the 1970s, and Ron Usher (life member), told some stories about the club. Lynette’s memories touched many as her ‘carefree’ recalling of past challenges brought the house down.
The 75th anniversary gala evening was an incredible success. It was testament to the values, ethics and professionalism club members have exhibited over such a long period. Competitive bowling and friendly relaxing service to our members and the community has been a feature throughout the life of the club. Thank you to the 75th planning committee and to all members who helped us celebrate this milestone in the club’s history.
Major club sponsors, Marianne and Graeme Fenton from Mapelton IGA and BP, said that they both had a good time. “‘It’s great to see how much it has changed over the years from such humble beginnings. I really enjoyed the speeches with all the history. I even got to see my lovely friend Carol and had a great chat, I haven’t seen her in such a long time. Thanks again,” Marianne said.