April, 20th, 2021
Message Received from City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation Department
Delayed start to lawn bowling season – COVID-19 response
Toronto, like all Ontario municipalities, remains in the Shutdown Zone of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework and subject to a provincial Stay-at-Home order. Last week, the Province of Ontario announced further measures to strengthen enforcement of the Stay-at-Home Order including restrictions on access to some outdoor recreation amenities.
For clarity, all outdoor sport courts and fields including lawn bowling greens will be closed subject to current Provincial regulations. Although permits for lawn bowling have not begun for the season, this closure is expected to delay the normal start of the lawn bowling season. Until permits are activated for the season, Parks, Forestry and Recreation will maintain lawn bowling greens.
1 April, 2021
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Suzanne Parsons resigned as Director, Membership & Training.
The Board thanks Suzanne for her service on the Board and to the Club.
In accordance with Section 11 of the Constitution the Board has made the following appointments:
Joanna White – Director – Membership.
The position of Director – Social Affairs will be left vacant until the 2020 AGM.
2020 AGM Update
The Board had anticipated being able to hold the 2020 AGM outside at the Club sometime in mid-May. It is quite clear now that this will not be possible. Therefore, the Board is now planning for the 2020 AGM to be held in a virtual format on Saturday 1st May, 2021 at 2 PM. Further details on how the meeting will happen will be forthcoming.
To ensure all members have access to the meeting, we will be using Zoom, which can be accessed through your mobile phone, iPad, computer, or via telephone.
More details will be coming; however, to start, on Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm we will hold a Zoom tutorial/social hour for all Club members. This will give us a chance to ensure everyone is able to access the platform and is comfortable with its features. It will also be a great opportunity to reconnect with all our friends at the club.
Save the date for this event!
On April 9, you will receive a Zoom link, together with complete instructions on how to enter the meeting, both with video or telephone connections.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Tricia Lamb at 416-755-0612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations for 2021 Board Positions
Lawrence Park Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club is to its members a home away from home in the city. It is a calming place where we participate in the sport of lawn bowling and/or croquet. It is a social community where we share life experiences among members of all ages.
The vibrancy of the club is due to the commitment of our members to create a welcoming environment where we continue to grow regardless of our time in life.
The Nominating Committee is now taking nominations for 2021 Board positions. All positions on the Executive are open to additional nominees. However, for the 2021 season, we need volunteers from our lawn bowling members to fill the vacant positions of Co-President and Vice President. As well, from the total membership we need a volunteer to fill the Social Affairs position.
If you are interested in standing for any of the positions of the club board, Please contact: Frank Eng, Past President by email at: email@example.com
Club Opening and Return to Play for 2021 Season
The Board is now planning for reopening the Club and return to play for the 2021 season. We have submitted our permit application for the 2021 season. The city has told us that when they will issue permits depends upon Provincial, City, and Health Authority decisions.
We have tentatively selected the 1st of June as our target date for opening the club. We don’t believe that we can have our risk mitigation procedures in place prior to that and that the City will probably not issue permits before that date.
A Return to Play Committee has been established to determine what the Club needs to do to mitigate the risks. We are anticipating that the restrictions to our operations will be much the same as they would have been last season. The committee’s work on this is ongoing.
The worst case is that we may be issued a permit and not be able to open or play due to the restrictions that are imposed. Or, we may be able to open and start playing and then have to close because of a change it the restrictions.
If circumstances permit and we can open earlier, we will do our best to do so.
On the other hand, we may not be able to open as of the 1st of June for reasons that are entirely beyond our control, particularly if the restrictions are increased due to a surge in COVID cases.
We will keep you updated as things progress.
Membership for the 2021 season will open on 1 May after the AGM.
Our club fees have stayed the same. Anyone who pays their dues before the 15th of May 2021, will receive a discount of $15.
The OLBA fee has decreased and will go up again over the next two years. The Croquet Canada fee has gone up.
The membership information, including fees can be found on the Club website here: Join the Club
A membership package with the fees, application forms and waiver forms will be sent out to all members in the near future.
Website Information Update
A new Member’s Area has been created. It can be found under the Website main menu item “About.” In it you can find the membership list and the Club’s financial documents.
Note that the information in the Member’s area is for Member’s use only and is password protected. The password is the same one that was previously used for the membership list. If you require the password please send an email to Webmaster.
1 September, 2020
As the Club will remain closed until next spring, the final newsletter for this year has been sent. However, if there is any further information for members, it will be sent out via email, and will also be posted here.
Phil Parsons resigned as Immediate Past President.
Jim Hartley resigned as Vice-President Croquet.
The Board thanks Phil and Jim for their service on the Board and to the Club.
In accordance with Section 11 of the Constitution the Board has made the following appointments:
Frank Eng – Immediate Past President
Tricia Lamb – Vice-President Croquet
Update on work being done at the Club
As you are aware the decision was made to not operate the Club this season so that the City could carry out much needed repair work on the greens and the sprinkler system. Most of the information below on the greens and the sprinkler system has already been made available through the Board meeting minutes posted on the website.
Initially, we were told the sprinkler system needed to be replaced. This required letting a tender for the work to be done and would have entailed considerable digging around the edges of the greens. Subsequently, several sprinkler heads were identified as not operating properly. They were repaired and worked properly for a period. We have been told that they are no longer working. It is now believed that the problem lies with the electrical connection to them. We have been told that dealing with this issue will require a tender for repair work and digging around the greens in the area of the affected sprinkler heads. The City will keep us advised of their plans.
In particular, the West Green was in very bad shape, and the City agreed that it needed remediation.
The City took over the cutting of the greens from our greenskeeper in mid-June and started on a programme of recovery cutting to help strengthen the grass. They have now completed aeration, over-seeding, fertilizing and and weed control on both greens.
Also, they have been monitoring the greens for grubs and will decide in the fall if a grub treatment is necessary.
There are several areas of the boards that have collapsed and are tripping/ safety hazards. The City has agreed to repair those areas as a minimum and will attempt to replace all the outer boards on both greens. However, they may not be able to do this due to the scope of the work, but will do as much as possible.
Ramp to the Clubhouse Porch.
They City noted that the ramp was not to code and must be replaced. Because of the available space we may only have a ramp to the porch – no stairs.
The exterior of the clubhouse has been painted. You might notice that the wire screens on the outside windows are now a chocolate brown not the old dark green!
The leaking sink in the Women’s Locker room will be removed.
The urinals in the Men’s washroom will be replaced/repaired.
The City noted that the installation of the stove is not to code. Accordingly, the City will be providing us with a new kitchen with the stove located so the hood fan can be properly vented. The center island will be replaced as the shelves in it have collapsed. The new one will probably be a bit smaller. They may give us extra counter space and cupboards running around to the right as you are facing the sink.
This work will probably be done over the fall/winter.
In discussion with City staff, they advised that the upper limit for all maintenance is $50,000. If a project exceeds that amount, it is classed as a capital project which needs to be funded through the City’s capital budget plan.
This means that some of the work that we would like to have done such as leveling of the East Green, fixing the leak in the Croquet Equipment room, leveling all the walkway paving stones, replacing the carpet on the porch are not maintenance work but capital projects. New shelters for the West green will also be a capital project.
As a result, the Board has started a capital plan wish-list for the Club. The list will be prioritized and submitted to the City in due course for consideration.
Illegal use of the Greens
We have received reports of people playing croquet on the greens.
Members are not allowed at the club or on the grounds!
Anyone found at the club is could be subject to By-Law fine of up to $5000.
Worse, this might jeopardize the Club getting our permit for next year.
Please don’t ruin next year’s season.
Stay off the greens and let the grass grow
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