Message from the President
Message from the President
The month of February was cold and relatively calm. A couple of our members got the new strain of Covid, and they were able to recover at home. Covid is here to stay, in one form or another, for quite a while. Take care of yourselves and stay safe.
Due to the inordinately cold weather the Center green hasn’t been growing as well as we had hoped. Danny hasn’t been able to mow yet, but Mike Mirabal has kept up the rolling. So now we have opened the Center back up for play, but it’s a bit slow. The weeds are dying out and both the South and Center are looking quite well. If, and when, we continue our work on leveling (or truing) our greens, we will need to consider whether any tournaments will require two greens and schedule this activity accordingly.
Our club made it into the finals for Winter League (Silver) on February 11th. Unfortunately, we weren’t successful in bringing home a trophy. However, we did do great things elsewhere at the South Central Division Open in Sun City AZ. Giulia Gallo took 1st (champion flight) in Singles, and both Giulia Gallo and Candy DeFazio took 1st (4th flight) in Pairs and they took 2nd (2nd flight) in the 4’s. On the men’s side, Dave Morrison took 1st (2nd flight) in Triples and Robert Busciglio took 1st (3rd flight) in Triples and 2nd (3rd flight) in Singles and both Dave and Robert together took 2nd (2nd flight) in Pairs. To everyone who participated this year, thank you sincerely for your efforts and dedication. You represented us very well.
Coming up in March we have a few things going on. First is an Ice Cream social to honor those among us who are still bowling after their 90th birthday. This happened for a few individuals during Covid and we were unable to honor them then. This celebration is for Morris Jolly, Bob Daniels, Liz Fowler, and Ann Kirchberg and it will take place after the draw game on March 2nd. Next is Carnival, taking place on Saturday the 4th. This is the 24th annual occurrence of this event that Pat Gonzales organizes for us. It’s always a lot of fun for everyone.
We have booked another large fund raising corporate party for Thursday, March 16th from 1 to 4 pm (after the draw). Air CRE (www.aircre.com) will have 48 people in attendance, and this means that all eight rinks of the Center green will be used. This also means that I will need 16 volunteers to help coach these newbies and help them to have some fun on the green with them.
A big shout out to Bob Sykes who has spent so much time in refurbishing our website (www.longbeachlbc.com). Every week Bob adds a little something. If you haven’t seen it lately you’ve got to check it out. The last thing he added was a notification box that tells us whether the greens are open or closed (due to weather or maintenance).
In February, the Board has been working to fill some vacancies on all our various volunteer committees that keep this place humming along. And now in March, we will work to finalize and publish our Membership Directory that represents all our members and their contributions to the well being of our bowling family.
One last little thing. Sometime ago, a lady lost an expensive, elegant, simple drop style earring on the South green. It was found rolled into the turf, so it was saved from the lawn mower. If you or someone you know lost may have lost this, just identify the single “jewel” and collect the earring from Richart White.
As always, if you have any suggestions concerning how the club can better serve its members, please let me or any board member know. While we cannot promise everything to everyone, those things that we can act on will surely benefit us all.
Let’s have some fun,
Mark Holden, President