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NEWS – 04 June, 2020 – re the Covid-19 situation.

Hi Everyone,

The Bistro and Rollups
The club has been well patronised since we started having rollups and opening the Bistro. Thanks to everyone who has come for rollup or a meal, or helped out supervising or organising things.  Just a reminder that the Bistro is open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner each evening.  There are two sittings, the first sitting starting at 5.00pm and the other at 6.45pm.  Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the club after 4.00pm Tuesday – Saturday.  We are also doing take away meals.  Just call the club on 07 5492 1032 when the Bistro is open to place your order.  Check out the website for menus.  pelicanbowls.com.

Rollups are every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  There are multiple sessions each day and bookings are essential.  Booking sheets are hanging at the club in the usual spot.  Rollups are for bowling members of the PWBC only.  We cannot provide rollups to visitors at this time while restrictions are in place.  We also have to strictly adhere to the restrictions on the number of people at the venue.  It is very difficult for us to accommodate spectators.  Rollups are $3 and can be paid to the supervisor for your session.  Exact change would be much appreciated.

There is good news that the next phase of restrictions have lifted a bit earlier than planned and we can now have 20 people in the clubhouse for a meal and to roll up.  New booking sheets will go up on the booking boards soon so that 20 people can put your name down for a rollup in each session.  As of midday on Friday 05 June, we can have even more people at the club, with 20 people per different section of the club.  However, we need to await some paperwork, an Industry Covid-19 Safe Plan, which is being worked on by Clubs Queensland and the Queensland Government, before we can implement the 20 people per section.  Once the paperwork is in place, we will advise of further details. 

Volunteers
While the club is not yet fully open, we are looking for volunteers to help out with cleaning of the club.  If you are willing to assist and be added to a roster, please email Lin Ballinger at chairpelicanbowls@westnet.com.au.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Club Status
Financially, it is still pretty tough going for the club.  However, the opening of the club for meals and rollups is helping and providing a little bit of income.  We also have four Covid 19 grant applications in at the moment, two with the Sunshine Coast City Council and two with the Queensland Government.  I’d be surprised if we are awarded all four grants, but not disappointed as every single cent of support we can get at the moment is very much appreciated. 

While I say it is still pretty tough financially, there is some good news financially which is that we have definitely weathered the storm and with restrictions easing, we have turned the corner and we will continue be a vibrant club into the future.  Sadly, according to the news, some other bowls clubs around Australia are not as well positioned as we are and may not continue in the future.  We wish all bowls club the very best and hope all clubs survive.

Bottles and Cans
Bill and the gang who are taking bottles and cans up to the Containers for Change facility did another run earlier this week and came back with $270.  Bill asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone who is bringing bottles and cans down to the club and asked if you could continue to do so.

AGM
As you would all know, the AGM, originally scheduled for March 23, was postponed due to the Covid 19 restrictions.  With restrictions now lifting, we are able to plan a new date for the AGM.  We have selected Sunday 19 July 2020 at 11am for the AGM.  After the AGM, we are planning to fire up the BBQ and cook some sausages and open the bar so everyone can buy a drink if they would like.  Of course, the AGM going ahead is all dependent on phase 3 restrictions commencing on July 10 when we can have 100 people at the venue.  We will assess closer to the date and reconfirm the AGM is going ahead.

All previous Nominations for the Board and Notices of Motion are still valid, but if anybody would like to make a change to their Nomination for the Board or Notice of Motion, please contact the Board Secretary.  We are also reopening Nominations for the Board (closing 5.00pm Saturday 4 July) or to submit a Notice of Motion (closing 5.00pm Saturday 27 June).  Forms can be obtained from the notice boards outside the club, or from the website, pelicanbowls.com, and should be submitted to the Board Secretary.  The Annual Report, already distributed in March to most members, has not changed and will be the Annual Report used for the AGM.  We hope everyone has retained their Annual Report.  If anybody cannot attend the AGM and would like to submit their apology, please contact the Board Secretary.

Website and Facebook
Just a reminder of the Website and Facebook page for the Pelican Waters Bowls Club.  Both of these sites have a lot of information about the club.  The Facebook page is a great place to see photos and some of the latest news, while the website has a range of great information about the club.  If you have any feedback on the website, we would love to hear it.

While you are visiting the website, please have a look at the Sponsors page and if you have an opportunity to support a sponsor, please do so just as they support us.

Take care, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at the club soon!

Regards,
The Board and Bowling Arms.

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