Life membership for Basil Marden

1 Jun

Basil Marden (Life Member)

The Board and members of the Sorell Bowls Club awarded life membership status to Basil Marden at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

The Board and members of the Sorell Bowls Club awarded life membership status to Basil Marden at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Basil joined the Sorell Bowls Club in 1967 as a full playing member along with his wife Ida (as a Social Member).  In 1969, he was a regular participant of multiple working bee’s to extend the green from 6 to 8 rinks.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s, Basil was Chairman of Social Committee.  At this time training was compulsory on Tuesday and Thursday evenings but became problematic as players felt the need to cut training short to return home for evening meals. In order to extend training time Basil and Ida began cooking meals on Thursday evenings following practice. Most commonly this meal would consist of fish (caught and supplied by Basil) and chips. This became so popular that players and their wives began attending resulting in a regular get together of up to 60 members and continued for many years.

Basil was also a member of Sorell Indoor Bowls for over 10 years and a Team Selector on multiple occasions over several years.

Basil was instrumental in the following fundraising activities:

  • Catered for a Fish & Chip Night at Trebilcock Home for 120 people.
  • Caught Fish for multiple raffles held within the club.
  • Organised Social Winter Bowls.

From 1984-86, Basil was Vice President.  In 1986, Basil moved to Lindisfarne and played with Beltana for family reasons.  1n 1989, Basil moved to Bicheno to manage a Holiday Camp. During this time Basil organised reciprocal competitions between Sorell and both Bicheno and Swansea Bowls Clubs thereby raising the profile of Sorell Bowls Club.

In 1994, Basil returned to Sorell as a Full Playing Member with his wife Ida as a Social Member. Once again Basil contributed to the club as an organiser of Social Bowls, was an active General Committee Member and Assistant Secretary to Ken Millhouse.

In 2015, Basil continues to support Sorell Bowls Club as a valued member of 41 years playing enthusiastically in any team/position he is selected for (including Match Manager over many years), bringing his wry humour for the enjoyment of both his team and opposition players. Basil was a keen volunteer in the two working bees this year when the hedges required trimming and is sure to be a willing and committed member into the future.

In light of Basil’s multiple and continued contributions it is our belief he is a worthy recipient of Life Membership.