Camden bowlo ushers in a new era

The Camden RSL Men’s Bowling Club has reached its 50th anniversary – and they want new members to help them bring in the next 50 years.

The club celebrated the big milestone with a special luncheon event last weekend.

President Russell Owen said while no one knew the actual date of the club’s formation they chose to celebrate in September.

“We know the club was formed in 1967 around the end of September,” he said.

“We had a bit of a luncheon and few games on the day.”

Founding member Ken Bond also took part in the festivities.

Mr Owen said the club had survived because of its friendly members.

“The club is what it is because of the people who are a part of it,” he said.

“It’s a very family friendly club. The games we play are more social bowls, it isn’t as serious as some other clubs.”

Camden RSL Men’s Bowling Club currently has 68 members.

Mr Owen said a lot of the members were local families.

“We have generations coming through the club,” he said.

“You see guys out here teaching their grandkids and then their grandkids grow up and become members too.”

Mr Owen said the younger generation was particularly important to the club.

“We have great members but we want to encourage younger players to come and join in as well,” he said.

“We have a few already playing for the higher grades and that’s a good start, but we want to encourage even more of them to play.”

Mr Owen said bowls was a great sport for young and old people.

“It’s a real challenge, physically and mentally,” he said.

“Bowls is also a good social sport, the people are really friendly and you get to meet a lot of different people.

Mr Owen said he was looking forward to the next 50 years of the club.

“We now have a state of the art bowls green that was installed last year so we are hoping to bring more competitions to the area,” he said.

“We also want to bring in new members so we can expand the club.”