New Life Members L-R: Jim Smith, Tom Duffy & John Smith

Tara Open Fours Carnival

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Contributed by Matthew Prain

During the recent Tara Open Fours Carnival, Tara Bowls Club recognised three members for their huge contribution to the club over the past 30 years, honouring them with a Life Membership. John Smith, Tom Duffy and Jim Smith were shocked with the surprise announcement during the lunch break on the Saturday with many family members and friends present to congratulate them.

John has been a stalwart of the club for many years. He is the current president, has been on the executive committee for well over a decade and dedicates a lot of time and effort to ensure the club ticks over nicely.

Tom is a silent achiever and has been doing the gaming machine nominee role for over twenty years. Nobody else knows what Tom does, but it is certainly appreciated. Nothing is an issue in making sure the books add up and legislation met.

Jim is the volunteer greenkeeper at the club and performed the role for a decade. Jim has also been on the executive com- mittee for 15 years or more, undertaking the green’s director position and also had a stint as president during that time. The quality of the surface is testament to Jim’s dedication.

The carnival itself was a great weekend, with plenty of fun had on and off the green. In the end, it was a closely contested affair coming down to the last end in a couple of matches to determine the winners.

There can only be one winner, and it was a team thrown together pretty much at the last minute that went through undefeated. Jimmy Keleher from Taroom was joined by Delacy Kehl, also of Taroom, Kerrod Bark- er of Chinchilla and local Tara player Dan Collins took the cash by a single shot over Geebung’s Iain Gibb, Barry Rablin, Mick Robbins and former Geebung, now Dalby player, Garry Schulz.

Winners L-R: Dan Collins, Delacy Kehl, Kerrod Barker & Jimmy Keleher
Runners-up L-R: Barry Rablin, Garry Schultz, Iain Gibb & Mick Robbins