Tuesday, 28th November, 2017 at Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek was a time of celebration of Joan Mary Wilson's life and a very sad final farewell to a most esteemed, highly respected and truly inspirational lady. Joan was born on 18th October 1915 and passed away on 18th November 2017 having reached the age of 102 years and 1 month. During her lifetime, Joan witnessed many inventions, discoveries and advancement in technology. Joan married Victor on 26th December 1938 and enjoyed just over 70 years together until Vic's death on 7th May 2009 just 4 months short of his 100th Birthday. Joan's love of sport began with Basketball, then Tennis and she became Secretary to the Manager of the Davis Cup in 1957 and the following year was awarded Life Membership of Collingrove Tennis Club in Adelaide. Joan became interested in the game of Bowls in 1963 when Vic was playing Bowls at Coolum Bowls Club of which he was a founding member. In 1967 Joan joined Everton Park Ladies Bowling Club and in 1971 became the Club's 5th President after taking various positions. During the 1970's Joan became an Accredited Coach and Umpire and carried on those positions for 20 and 33 years respectively and was elected to the State Coaching Committee for two years which entailed travelling extensively throughout Queensland giving Coaching Lectures and conducting Examinations. From 1983 to 1985 Joan was Delegate to the Australian Women's Bowling Council and elected to a Committee of three to draw up a National Umpire Examination - previously all States only had State Examinations. Joan was elected State President of the Queensland Ladies Bowling Association in 1985 after years in several positions leading up to it and 1988-1989 elected to the State Selection Committee. In 1995 Joan was made a Life Member of Everton Park Bowls Club and during 1996/1997 served as Chairperson on the Board of Management. In 2000 Joan was awarded a Centennial Sports Award in recognition of Sports Service to Bowls. Life Membership of QLBA was bestowed on Joan in 2003 and in 2004 she was the recipient of The Australian Government Sports Award. Joan was elected Patroness of the Everton Park Bowls and Community Club in 2006 and she enjoyed that position until her passing. When the Club celebrated the 50th Anniversary in 2016, a Green was named after Joan and Vic i.e. "JOAN & VIC WILSON GREEN". Joan loved her Bowls and only discontinued playing in 2017 after having won many Championship Games including Seven Open Singles Titles. One only has to look at the Honour Boards to see Joan's achievements. Joan was a beautiful lady, an inspiration to all who met her and will be sadly missed by her Bowling Family and no doubt her Sister, two Sons and the Extended Family.
The Everton Park Bowls and Community Club was the venue for Tim Mander's Everton Volunteer Awards Presentation and Afternoon Tea on Sunday 22 October. Denise Cowell, Ladies Games Division Raffles Councillor was presented with an Award for her dedication to the position as well as having served time on the Board of Management, along with being Sausage Sizzle Coordinator for fundraising activities and her involvement in many other positions in community based clubs. Tim Mander MP for Everton, along with Councillor Mike Charlton, Deputy Mayor, Moreton Bay Regional Council presented the Awards to many recipients to give recognition for the many hours of voluntary work people in the Everton Electorate put in to the different organisations. Denise was nominated for this Award by Member Dell Annand and had the backing of Members of the Board. Denise is very worthy of this Award and was thrilled to receive it.
On 18 October, Patroness Joan Wilson celebrated her 102nd Birthday surrounded by members of the Ladies Games Division and family members including her sons Brian and Neil. The Room was decorated with 102 balloons and a lovely Morning Tea and Birthday Cake was enjoyed by all. Joan is admired by those who know her and an inspiration to many. Congratulations to a beautiful lady on attaining this milestone.
On Birthday Memorial Day, President Pam Wright lowered the Flag to half-mast, assisted by Foundation Member, June Hackwood. Pam then read out the names of those who had departed this life in the last year after which a minute's silence was observed by Members of the Ladies Games Division. Members enjoyed the Birthday Memorial Cake after lunch which was cut by Pam and June.