New President for Bowls Victoria

by Melanie Allen

Bowls Victoria has a new President, with Peter Inglis (Simpson BC) appointed to the role for the next two years. Peter steps up from the Deputy President’s role he has held for the past two years.

Pat Schram (City of Echuca BC) has been elected Deputy President of Bowls Victoria.

Peter & Pat were elected following the 2020 Annual General Meeting, the first Bowls Victoria AGM ever conducted online. Over 100 participants attended the online AGM, with 72 clubs being represented.

Outgoing President Barb Gilbert became just a little emotional when closing the meeting, and her tireless commitment sitting on the BV Board for the past six years, with four years as President, was duly recognised. Holding the position of Tournament Director since 2010, special mention was made of Gilbert’s incredible work as Vic Open Tournament Director since the event’s inception in 2011 until 2017, resulting in the highly regarded and well attended event that it has become.

In being confirmed as Bowls Victoria’s new president, Peter wished to thank his fellow BV directors for their vote of confidence and looks forward to working with them, as well as the new Deputy President, Pat Schram, in representation of our member clubs.

“Together as a Board, and with our CEO, Tony Sherwill and his team, you can be assured we will be doing what we can to secure the future of our sport,” Inglis stated.

“At today’s AGM I had the honour of thanking our outgoing President, Barb Gilbert, and Finance Director, Ken Warburton. Both have selflessly served the Victorian bowls community with distinction and both have laid a great foundation from which Bowls Victoria can build on”.

New Deputy President, Pat Schram wished also to thank Ken for his contribution over the past six years as Finance Director, and Barb for her mentoring role when first coming on to the BV Board.

“I look forward to working with Peter and the Board for the next two years. Bowls Victoria is an amazing organisation, with a bright future, as we face the challenges ahead of us,” said Schram. “The pandemic has taught us many lessons, but the biggest lesson is that we, bowlers and clubs, can deal with change. We have faced constant change during the past eight months, and it has highlighted that our sport is important for both our physical and mental health”.

Schram went on to recognise that communication and working together are paramount and that she will be working for all bowlers in her new role as Deputy President.

We welcome the new Board and thank the outgoing Directors for their enormous contribution.