Recognizing the following members of RHLBC who have passed away since our Centennial Celebration in 2018.
Jim Graham 2019
Jim was a Life Member of the RHLBC. He was a great competitor who was known around the bowling community for his use and accuracy of the “drive” shot. He stepped away from the game for several years to take care of his ailing wife but returned after her passing to enjoy many more years on the green. Jim was also an active volunteer helping out with maintaining the green, etc. and he brought on a major sponsor that has been with the club for over 25 years.
Helen Snare. 2019
Helen has left an indelible mark on the health and competitive life of the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club.
In 2014, Helen started a book sale that has raised over $1,500.00 for the Club, and shortly thereafter, she introduced an on-line fundraiser, selling all sorts of things on Kijiji that were donated by Club members. That initiative has raised over $10,000. In 2017, Helen developed the Rock n Bowl program that has brought in 40 new members.
For the duration of her membership, Helen epitomized the definition of volunteerism. Once a week, she would be at the club, bucket and cleaning materials in hand to vacuum and wash floors, clean the washrooms and look after compost, garbage and recycling. She took over running Monday Points Night each week, and was involved with running tournaments, club jitneys and special events throughout the season. She became certified as a club and competitive coach, and unsparingly committed time to coach new bowlers and anyone who asked for assistance.
Then there was her competitive nature. It was not an accident that she represented Ontario at the Canadian Singles Championships in Regina in 2018. Many tournaments and hundreds of hours of practice preceded that competition. She selected teammates for tournaments on the basis of enjoying their company for the day. Along the way she made friends wherever she bowled, whether it be in Florida, or throughout Southern Ontario.
Helen will be greatly missed, and her legacy will live on at RHLBC.
Jim Quance. 2019
Jim discovered our game and our club just a few short years ago. Many have been members for a much longer period, but nobody has embraced our sport with more enthusiasm and joy. He volunteered at every level, from helping with the green to repairing equipment. When he passed, he was the Tournaments Chair on the club executive and drawmaster for our Aussie Pairs games. He loved the game. He will be greatly missed.