Roll up to world of bowls
JIM Cameron remembers the day when a truck pulled up alongside Green 2 and started to unload a great stack of timber. Asking the driver what was going on he received a stern reply: "This is to build your club house mate". That was more than 30 years ago.
"Up to then we had been using a little old tin shed with room for a Rite Temp, a keg of beer and not much more," Jim recalled.
"Look at what we have today, and paid for."
Jim was a founding member of Robina Bowls Club and was present at the founding meeting in October 1985, attended by around 350 people including Ray Phillips, John Brokken and Jack Toohey.
"I remember that day clearly when the majority of those present were signed up as members," he said.
"Up to this time I was not a member of any club, had never played bowls and had only arrived on the Gold Coast from Canberra a few months before.
"Jack Toohey, who lived opposite our house at Robina came over to see me and asked for $25 to which I replied: ` I`ll give you nothing and take you nowhere'.
"Jack explained the $25 was for my founding membership of the bowls club. I told him I didn't play bowls. And then I thought carefully - bowls club = watering hole. And here I am today!"
Jim has just celebrated his 90th birthday, and as the latest to achieve a nonagenarian status at the Robina Bowls Club, is still a competitive bowler.
"There were three events that made me proud. In 1990, when I won the B-grade Singles and saw my name up on the Honours board; when I was presented with my players badge for the third division Pennant; and the day I received my Patriarch badge," Jim said.
He was also successful in the B-grade singles in 1990.
"Bowls is of great importance to me. It keeps me healthy and importantly, it provides interaction with other members.
"I wish we could convince many more men and women to take up this wonderful game."