Hello all members, sponsors & patrons
In another sad week, long time club member Jim Lavender passed away last Thursday.
The article below was read out at the ANZAC Day ceremony last year and is a great reflective story of his early life.
This is the story of a boy who was raised on a farm on the North coast of N.S.W. in a place called Bellingen.
At the age of 15 he left school and started working on farms until he was 17 where in 1937 he joined the Navy as a career.
He entered the training school in Victoria for 9 months and after doing 2 weeks sea time on the destroyer HMAS Vampire, he was then posted to the HMAS Sydney in June 1938. His service on this ship was for 3 and a half years as an ordinary seaman. While on board and during the 2nd World War, the HMAS Sydney took part in a lot of action and bombing in & around the Mediterranean in 1940. By then he was an able seaman & later a gunner. After the ship returned to Australia in 1941, she did escort duties in the Pacific & later the Indian Ocean.
In September 1941 he was posted to a new ship HMAS Rockhampton, when only 8 weeks later he heard the news that HMAS Sydney was sunk off the WA coast with no survivors, including all his mates, as he had spent the last 3 and half years on that ship.
The Rockhampton was in an escorting convoy for merchant ships. He then joined HMAS Nizam a destroyer, where he served a short period and in 1943 was then transferred to the Boom service in Fremantle. There he served 6 months on building a submarine protection Boom from Woodman’s point Fremantle, to join the northern end of Garden Island.
In 1944 he was posted to Darwin in the same type of work for a year. From there he was posted to the HMAS Kalgoorlie in New Guinea and in 1946 the ship returned to Australia. The Dutch Navy took over that ship as it was sold to them.
After 6 months off on shore duties, he was back at sea on the HMAS Karangi, a boom laying ship stationed in Fremantle for the next 3 and half years.
In February 1950 he finished his time in the Navy. The last five years he served as a Cox Swain Petty Officer and also a trainer in gun laying.
His sporting feats in the Navy, was playing Rugby for the Navy Combined Side and he played for Palymra Rugby Club in W.A. He also represented Western Australia 4 times in the Eastern States Competition.
In latter years he’s been an avid and well respected bowler at the Dunsborough Country Club.
Men’s Bowls – Newsletter
Thursday bowls was again well supported with Geoff Benn & Butch Sharpe being the winners. Runners Up were Sid Rogers & Bill Bass & the Consolation prize went to Graham Winter & F. Morgan.
John Tucker (second Vice Captain) is now helping Pete Cracknell with the organisation & his involvement is much appreciated.
Great to note that Pete has been running this event now for 7 years as of last week! Thanks Pete.
Snakes & Ladders Mixed Bowls commenced on Saturday replacing Cash Pairs. Well done Wendell Hoover in getting this event off & running.
28 Bowlers supported the event &, once the bowlers understood the format, the event proved very popular.
Geoff Benn was the winner for the day with Dave Chester a close second.
Players are reminded that, whilst we would appreciate you putting your name on the list before Friday evening, you still need to be present by 12.10pm on the Saturday.
Even if you haven’t put your name on the list you may still play providing you roll up before 12.10pm
As players are ceded for this event, Wendell & Rob need the time from 12.10pm – 12.30pm (starting time) to grade the players.
Tuesday’s Mickey Mouse bowls was a roaring success last week with 18 bowlers taking part. With 23 players the previous week Tuesday Bowls is really becoming very popular.
Men’s Weekend Golf
Last Saturday we held an Open Invitation Ambrose Pairs Event attracting a field of 15 keen players.
Good weather and a cleaned up course produced good scores by all players with the winning combination being Phil De Garis, Gary Boderhoven and Joan Embry.
Runners up were Clive Williams and Ron Carmody with only 5 points separating the winners and tailenders indicating a good all round standard of play with several birdies being noted on the scorecards.
Rod Grist and Don Henderson won the Novelties on No 17 and No 10
Thanks to Ron Carmody for donating the workmanlike trophies.
It was good to see the DDCC busy with other sporting sections of Bowls, Croquet and Tennis all sharing in the jovialities and presentions of their respective events at the close of the day.
This is what a Club is all about.
Coming Events this Week
Wednesday 27 May Scroungers Golf Names in by 11.45 Hit Off 12 noon All Welcome
Saturday 30 May First Round Championship Stroke (Verify your Handicap – Thanks)
Names by 11.45 Hit of 12 noon
Visiting Golfers and first timers are always welcome to join in open events.
The ladies golf held a very successful fashion parade last Wednesday at the Club.
Eloise Fashions from Bunbury provided the clothes with our local ladies being the models.
Our theme was SPRING with delightful table decorations and other flower arrangements for which we thank Beryl Anderson most sincerely for all the effort she put into making the scene a very colourful one.
120 tickets were sold and an enjoyable lunch was provided prior to the actual fashion parade.
Two new Primary School players were welcomed last week and more members are sought. Morgan is approaching local schools to this end.
Don Henderson joined the adult supervisors team & their time & effort is much appreciated.
The junior Golf section is looking for second hand sets of golf clubs with or without buggies. If members have any sets to donate, it would be greatly appreciated!
Enjoy some fun with friends after school.
Junior Golf is back up and running every Friday after school. Bring your friends and join us for four holes of golf followed by refreshments and prizes.
4:00PM for kids at Dunsborough schools.
4:30PM for kids at Busselton schools.
$5.00 Non DDCC club members.
$3.00 DDCC club members.
Equipment available or bring your own.
We look forward to seeing you and your friends on Friday!
DDCC Junior Golf Team
Cycle Section News
Sunday Afternoon Social MTB Ride
Nine cycle club members met on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm to take on the MTB trails around the the country club and beyond. At 5.30pm the riders arrived back at the club to join families and friends for a curry night. Thanks to organisers and all that attended.
We are planning more social rides and events in the coming months and plan to have rides for both the beginner and intermediate level.
Friday Night Dinner
Kirsty is cooking for us all at the Club on Friday. Get your friends together and come enjoy a great evening out. As the cold weather is getting closer and members are starting to head north, your attendance and support of Friday night meals through winter is very much appreciated. Please have your bookings in by midday Friday to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by Clicking Here , via email firstname.lastname@example.org , telephone 97553250 or the booking sheet in the foyer.
Friday Night Dinner Menu
22nd May 2015 @ 6.30pm
(chicken breast filled with cream cheese & whole grain mustard, wrapped in bacon)
Roast chats potatoes
Seasonal vegetables with fresh herbs
Mustard cream sauce
Vegetarian Option (please pre-order)
Rich chocolate cheesecake
Adults: $22.00 Children (under 12): $14.00
To book your table Click Here
On Friday 19th June 2015, the Club in conjunction with MacKillop College will be hosting a Timor fundraising dinner. Kirsty will be cooking dinner with the MacKillop students as kitchen helpers. The menu for the evening is below.
MacKillop Catholic College Presents
Timor Fundraiser Dinner
The Dunsborough Country Club
Friday 19th June
Slow roast Lamb with Mint and pomegranate
Pumpkin & baby spinach salad with Tahini Dressing
Eggplant and ricotta Timbale with Roast tomatoes and basil pesto
(Please pre order vegetarian when booking table)
Warm chocolate fondant pudding with vanilla Ice cream
Bookings can be made by calling The Dunsborough Districts Country Club on 97553250
Gather a group of friends and book a table
Silent Auctions and spot prizes to be won on the night
100% of donations raised go directly to the East Timor Mission.
The Members Jackpot draw was not won on Friday. The jackpot will be $1800 this week. Members must be financial and present to claim. The draw will be held in the club rooms between 5.30pm – 6.30pm.