Life membership was big surprise
Mavis Buchanan says she ‘‘nearly died’’ when she received a life member’s badge from Matamata Bowling Club.
‘‘After the general meeting the president was reading out all this information and I thought ‘ gee that sounds like me’,’’ Buchanan said.
She has been a Matamata Bowling Club member since the 1980s and previously, with her late husband, Buck, was at Ohaupo Bowling Club, which has since closed.
Buchanan started playing bowls after a comment from someone who said ‘‘well she’ll never play bowls if she has to wear those clothes’’, she said, because she was playing tennis in a short dress. Back then you had to wear a long dress and stockings to play bowls. ‘‘I said ‘I’ll fix you’.’’
Buchanan has been secretary four times and president once at the Matamata club.
‘‘The funny thing about the president was I couldn’t get out of the secretary role, so someone said they would be the secretary if I was the president and then a church minister wanted a turn as a president so I gave it up for him, but he didn’t realise how hard it would be and was only in the role for one year.’’
The highlights of her time with the Matamata club have been winning four New Zealand titles as a fours champion and getting her gold star for winning five Waikato tournaments. She has been involved in Waikato Honours Open Triples and won it in 2002/ 2003 and won the Matamata Club Open Fours four times.
Buchanan no longer competes in tournaments, but she still enjoys playing at the club.
Mavis Buchanan has received a life membership from Matamata Bowling Club.