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Board of Directors
Doug Normand | President
Judy Whiting | Vice President
Lois Kos | Secretary
Carter Watson | Treasurer
Regina Lawn Bowling Club - Board of Directors
Doug Normand | City Liaison, Grounds, Tournaments, Trophies & Plaques, Bowls Sask Liaison
Janet Watson | Communications
Mark Sutyla | Coaching & Officiating
Brandon Watson | Webmaster
Darrell Hanoski | Bar Coordinator
Judy Whiting | Beverage & Snack Coordinator
Scott Watson | Equipment
Vacant | Group Bookings
Vacant | Catering
Brandon Watson | B Cubed
Mark Sutyla | Youth Coordinator
Carter Watson | Social Media Coordinator
Lois Kos | Memberships
Jordan Kos | Publicity
Lois Kos | Handbook
Karen Schlotter | Housekeeping
Janice Robson | Jitney Coordinator
Reporting to the Board
Assistant Greens Keeper
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Leslie Bowling Greens, 3820 Victoria Ave.
The Regina Lawn Bowling Club’s long history begins in 1912, when land near the Gun Club was donated by the Provincial Government to build Regina’s first lawn bowling green. This land is now occupied by the Provincial Health Building. In 1922, when the land was reclaimed for development, the City of Regina donated some land and the club moved to a location near the General Hospital. In August of 1930, when construction on a new building began behind the General Hospital, the Regina Lawn Bowling Club was once again without a home. For this reason, the 1930 provincial tournament was held in Saskatoon instead of Regina, and the club prepared from a space in Confederation Park at the Exhibition Grounds, made available for a nightly fee.
Four men’s rinks and two ladies’ rinks were sent to Saskatoon for the 1930 tournament, which began on Labour Day, on a special chartered coach on the Canadian National Railway. On October 9, the club held their annual windup banquet at the Champlain Hotel and, for the first time, the club’s ladies were present. They were congratulated on their achievement at the provincial tournament, having won three first place and one second place spots. Some of the prizes won by the club included silver plate, silver cigarette cases, cuff links and Wahl pencils. Following the banquet, the 85 attendees proceeded to the Metropolitan Theatre for an exclusive show.
In 1935, The Victoria Ladies Lawn Bowling club was formed. In 1936, a second ladies club (Caledonian) with 10 members was formed at the Leslie Park facility. Two small clubhouses were built around this time. Both were finished and financed by the ladies club members.
In 1936, the “West Green” was improved and the “East Green” was added to accommodate increased membership which was now 72 men and 38 ladies. This year lighting was also installed.
With the world at war and most Regina residents’ minds otherwise occupied, the onset of World War II meant an interruption in the club’s activities. However, despite larger events such as the provincial tournament being cancelled in some years, smaller events and local tournaments were organized at the club’s greens. In 1947 membership had decreased considerably and the “East Green” was allowed to go to weeds. At this critical time in its history, the Regina LBC might have folded but for the tireless effort of its greens keeper, Val McMillan. Aside from the time he spent as a full time postman, the rest of his working hours were spent at his beloved bowling green.
In 1964 after many years of operating the separate clubs, the two ladies clubs amalgamated with the men’s club operating as the Regina Lawn Bowling Club.
In 1966, the Wascana Lawn Bowling Club decided to disband and joined with the Regina Lawn Bowling Club. The following year, the Wascana LBC donated their bank balance of $391.00 to the Regina LBC. Also in 1967, the City of Regina constructed a fence around the bowling green.
The sixties saw increased support from the City, especially its mayor, Henry Baker. A new club house was officially opened on May 23, 1970 and the new “East Green” was reseeded. Membership increased by 50% to almost 100.
At the 1972 Annual National Championships hosted by the Montreal Club in Lachine, Quebec, women bowlers, for the first time, competed alongside the men. The Regina LBC, who had bid the previous year to host the 1973 Championships, was told their bid was successful. That news alerted the Club to its need for a third green. The new green was built to the north of the “West Green”. Membership was now well over 100. A new constitution was also drawn up in 1972.
The club hosted the National Championships in 1973. This was first time in 19 years of competition that Saskatchewan hosted the games.
In 1974, 25 touring bowlers from Australia visited the Regina LBC on July 7 and an additional 29 arrived on July 14.
In 1975, the Regina LBC hosted the 50th annual Saskatchewan Annual Tournament.
In 1979, the club had discussions on a facility for indoor bowling. The club also approached the City to build a fourth green to help support the Regina Lawn Bowling Club’s bid to host a major event in 1981. Although Canada was successful in its bid to host the 4th Women’s Bowls (16 countries), the Regina LBC lost out to the Willowdale Club of East York, Ontario as the tournament venue. However, the club did succeed in getting a fourth green, which was built on the north side of the “East Green”. Only a few years later, with the construction of Saskatchewan Drive, this newest green was leveled and the third green was reduced to a practice green. In compensation, the City built two new sand-based greens to the west side of the clubhouse. The original “West Green” was now no longer west, but actually one of the two east greens. To avoid confusion, club member Fred Johnson built four large signs designating the club’s four greens, from west to east, as A, B, C and D greens.
The Regina LBC hosted the Canadian Championships for a second time in 1980.
In 1982, the Regina LBC celebrates its 70th anniversary and makes an addition to the west side of the clubhouse. The two new sand based greens were opened.
34 bowlers from Northern Ireland visited the Regina LBC in August of 1985.
The Regina Lawn Bowling Club remains as a four green club and has now hosted eight Canadian Championships (1973, 1980, 1990, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2018). It also has hosted the inaugural Canadian Junior Championships (1996), the inaugural Canadian Senior Triples Championships (1999) and again in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the club, the inaugural Canadian Singles Championships (2013) and an international event, the North American Challenge (2006). One of only 3 four green facilities in Canada, the RLBC, along with our hospitality and pies, are the talk of all bowling visitors.
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David Calam Keith Roney
Hariette Pituley Mark Sutyla
Garth Zummack Doug Normand
Jean Roney Carter Watson
Brandon Watson Janice Robson
Coaching is available to all club members and is required for all new bowlers. If a member desires additional coaching, he/she should approach the coaching co-ordinator. The Junior Program provides ongoing coaching for juniors in conjunction with their scheduled activities.
Coaching lessons - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coaching Program consists of three levels: Community Sport, Competition and Instruction. Bowls Canada Boulingrin is a member of the National Coaching Certification Program.
Coaches listed above are qualified to conduct Learn to Bowl sessions for new bowlers. Three sessions of coaching, each of two hours duration, are offered for $20. This fee is applied to the membership fee for those who register as new members.
Coaching Programs are arranged by Bowls Saskatchewan and offered as demand dictates. Members who are interested in becoming a Community Sport Coach should approach the Coaching Coordinator.
Members who wish to receive additional coaching should approach the Coaching Coordinator or one of the coaches named above.
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Between Bowls Newsletter
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