Meet the Committee
Rita Downs, from Blackstones Bowls Club. The role of President is an honorary position. The President acts as an ambassador and figure-head for the league, carrying out ceremonial duties and liaising with members and clubs to provide informal communication and feedback. The President is usually appointed for a term of one year.
This post is currently vacant; if you would be interested in taking on this role, please contact, in the first instance, the Secretary, Nina Rawlins, or the Chairman, Charlie Underwood.
The Vice-President acts for the President when he/she is not available; to ensure continuity. The Vice-President usually becomes President at the end of his/her term of office.
Charlie Underwood. Chairing is a key role on any committee. The Chairperson ensures that the committee functions properly, that there is full participation during meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out. The role of a Chairperson can be time-consuming, involving work between meetings, external representation of the organisation, and co-ordinating with other members of the executive committee. Charlie has been Chairman since 2018.
Phil Hoare: The Vice Chairman acts for the Chairman when unavailable and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chairman and/or Committee. The Vice-Chairman ensures continuity by providing the Chairman with a deputy who can assume their responsibility and is familiar with their work should a sudden absence occur.
Nina Rawlins. The role of the secretary involves ensuring meetings are effectively organised, dealing with communication, correspondence and administration and keeping records. The secretary is also responsible for monitoring and recording the results of league elections and upholding the legal requirements of government documents, charity law etc (where relevant).
Dick Ford. The role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation's financial status and to ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained, and to attend executive meetings when called. He also has to prepare the Balance Sheet for presentation to the public at the AGM. It is important to note that final responsibility for financial matters always rests with the committee as a whole. Having taken on the post as League Treasurer in 2009 with a Balance of £5287.73, Dick feels that he and the Executive Committee have done a good job, making the right decisions where the finances are concerned, as they have maintained that Balance at about the same level .
Dick's first introduction to Bowls was when Stamford Indoor Club was opened; later he bowled outdoors at Greetham Valley, then Barnack and then Ketton. He and his wife won through the Over 60s Federation Mixed Pairs to play at Skegness in the National Finals.
Fixtures and Competitions Secretary:
Peter Linnell, from Blackstones Bowls Club.The Fixtures Secretary is responsible for organising league and competition matches for all the clubs in the league, communicating fixture and competition information and liaising with the Website Administrator to include all fixtures on the league website. He is also responsible for dealing with match cancellations and handling any fixture queries throughout the season. Pete took over the role of Fixtures Secretary in 2021 to facilitate the league's return to bowling after the pandemic and from 2022 he will combine this role with that of Competitions Secretary. Pete is captain of Blackstones D team.
Sue Fleckney, from Market Overton Bowls Club. The website administrator develops, maintains and trouble-shoots the website, liaising with the Fixtures and Competitions Secretary to include all fixtures on the league website, overseeing the security of the website database, erasing, adding or modifying data stored on the database and ensuring a safe and efficient user experience.
Sue and her husband were both formerly ten-pin bowlers but, after retirement, they realised that lawn bowls was a far superior sport! Sue is now captain of the Market Overton Harriers team.
Sue Fleckney, from Market Overton Bowls Club. The Press Officer should establish links with the local media and provide regular reports and press releases on league news and opportunities. He/she will also act as spokesperson for the league and investigate and identify potential promotional opportunities for the league. The Press Officer will ensure that news and opportunities are distributed to members by liaising with the Website Administrator to regularly update the website.
The role of Division Representative is to provide a line of communication between the members and clubs playing in the league and the rest of the executive committee.
Jon Earl, from Blackstones Bowls Club.
Roger Clarke, from Market Deeping Bowls Club.
Ray Deaton, from Barnack Bowls Club. Ray is captain of Barnack Vikings.