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The need to increase membership and initiate recruitment within the green bowling community was emphasised by Chairman David Hart at the recently-held annual meeting of Bowls Cyprus.

While membership had declined over the past year at three of the four clubs on the island, the need to be positive by seeking new members was essential, he said.

“Bowls Cyprus must commit efforts to improve the overall number of players on the island with a campaign to increase membership,” he said. “We know about those leaving Cyprus, but what about the existing audience we have on our own doorstep”?

In order to get the message out more affectively clubs should hold open days, special coaching days, social events and possibly evening sessions for those working during the day.

Bowls Cyprus was in the process of drafting some publicity material to help “shout” about the clubs and bowls and while at the early stage of development this would be processed as quickly as possible.

In his annual report, retiring Executive Treasurer, Malcolm Hamling said it had become apparent from the analysis of the 2014/15 accounts and to a certain extent, the 2015/16 accounts that better financial control arising from budgetary planning would provide benefits to Bowls Cyprus.  These, he said, would tie in with the Chairman’s desire for a more strategic approach to managing and planning the future of Bowls Cyprus.

The Chairman thanked the officers who had served during the past year and for their dedication and time spent processing Bowls Cyprus.  The result had seen a move forward for the betterment of bowls on the island which had produced a level of transparency for all bowlers to be kept aware of what was happening through a monthly newsletter.

During the meeting Linda Ryan, a member of the Aliathon Bowling Club and  a founder member of Bowls Cyprus, was made an Honorary Member of Bowls Cyprus for her work within the organisation and her playing skills which included representing Cyprus on a number of occasions at International tournaments.

At the conclusion of the meeting retiring President Carol McGrath (Peyia BC) handed over the President’s chain of office to John Warner (Aliathon BC) for his term of office.

Officers elected included: Chairperson David Hart, Executive Secretary Yves Delafontaine, International E.O Irene Owen, Domestic E.O. Ray Cutts, Marker/Umpires and Coaches E.O. Fran Davis, Press & P.R. E.O. Roger Shire.