BIGGENDEN Bowls Club members John Cormie and BevanWade have been recognised for their administration support of the game.
Burnett District Bowls Association senior vice-president Brian Prygoda presented the surprised duo with their 25years service medals on Sunday.
Mr Cormie’s association with the Biggenden Bowls Club began in January 1965. Since then he has held every position in the club.
Mr Cormie was even secretary/treasurer of the former Central and Upper Burnett District.
For his services hewas also given life membership.
“My wife Jan and I have made many friends, many now lifelong, from our time playing bowls and travelling to other clubs across the region and even interstate,” Mr Cormie said.
He said hewas still passionate about the game, even though his knees objected.
He still organises the men’s and ladies’ carnival.
“You could say I am just a roustabout but I just love my bowls,” Mr Cormie said.
Mr Wade joined the Biggenden Bowls Club in 1973 after be- ing inspired by his parents Kate and Wilf who were noted bowlers and life members of the club.
One of the highlights of his time with the club was organising memorial bowls days for about 20 years in honour of his father.
During the past 39 years, Mr Wade has been president of the club 12 times.
Under his leadership exten- sions to the clubwere instigated. These included new toilets and bar facilities.
He has also been president of Central and Upper Burnett Bowls Club. There was a name change in 2000 to Burnett District Bowls Association to take in more clubs from Monto toYarraman.
For the past three years Mr Wade hasn’t been as active in the club but this could change in the future.
LikeMr Cormie, MrWade has made many friends travelling to other clubs.
Hehas also been involved with sports tours organised by Bowls Queensland to introduce school children to the sport.
Both men recommended bowls to the younger generation and said it was a great way of meeting newpeople and making friends.
MERIT AWARD: Burnett Bowls District senior vice-president Brian Prygoda (centre) presents Bevan Wade and John Cormie with their 25-years service medals.