Notice: Due to COVID-19, the West Point Grey Lawn Bowling Club will be closed until further notice.
The Park Board has closed all recreational facilities, including West Point Grey Lawn Bowling Club, for the foreseeable future. At the recommendation of Bowls BC we have extended all current memberships to April 30, 2021, in order to ensure that the club has continuing liability coverage.
If we do not get to bowl this season we will still have to pay over $15,000 from our current funds to cover expenses up to September 30, 2020, including maintenance of the clubhouse and greens, utilities, and liability and property insurance.
Usually funds received between May 1 and September 30 would cover expenses up to May of the following year. These expenses are normally met by membership and green fees and revenue from tournaments, social events, 50/50 draws, bridge, indoor games and corporate events. If we do not receive revenue from such sources we will be short of funds to operate on from October 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021.
As some clubs have already done, the Board has decided to ask members for help in the form of voluntary tax deductible donations. The suggested amount for lawn bowlers and croquet players would be $175, which represents the 2020 membership fee of $210 minus the waived Bowl BC affiliation fee of $35. The suggested amount for social members would be $20.
If you are able and willing to help you can use the following link to donate through the Park Board, which will issue tax receipts and pass the money on to the club: https://donate.vancouver.ca/wpglbc. If you prefer, and do not want a tax receipt, you can mail a cheque to West Point Grey Lawn Bowling Club, Box 72004, Vancouver BC V6R 4P2. In either case individual donors’ names and amounts can be kept confidential.
Many of us are hoping that we can salvage some of this season, but this will depend on how well we contain COVID-19 and on the decision of local health authorities and the Park Board. In the meantime, let’s stay healthy and hope for the best.