Carol Horgan and David Tucker were given Life Membership of Bowls Devon at the A.G.M. Both were surprised and shocked to be awarded this well-earned honour. Chairman Alan Mann, in making the presentation, outlined the tremendous contribution both had made to Bowls, not only within their Clubs but also for the County, and, in David Tucker’s case, the Country as a Director of Bowls England.
Also, Marcia Harvey (Yealmpton B.C.) and Mike Huxtable (Totnes B.C.) received the Order of Merit Award. Sadly, Marcia was not well enough to be at the meeting and the award will be presented to her by the Lady President at the earliest opportunity next season.
At the A.G.M. the new Presidential team was installed. Margaret Jones and Tony Howle will be the Presidents for 2019, with Bob Dowdell and John Abbott the Men’s Senior and Junior Vice-Presidents. The outgoing Presidents, Vicky Hingston and Mike Birch, were awarded Honorary Membership, and, as part of her “farewell” speech, Vicky made a plea for ladies to come forward to fill the two vacancies in the Presidential team.
Four Officers, three of whom had held posts since the formation of Bowls Devon in 2010, stood down from their positions at the A.G.M. Carol Horgan, having served as both the Secretary of D.C.L.B.A. and
Administrator of Bowls Devon for nearly 20 years, Kay Page, the Ladies’ Administrator since 2010, Rosemarie Mayne, who served as Ladies’ Match Secretary and then Assistant Treasurer, and David Butterworth, the Men’s Administrator since 2016, all decided not to stand for re-election. Tributes were paid and thanks given for the hard work they had all put in to support bowls in the County. For 2019, Carol’s position will be filled by Harry Riley, Kay’s position by Ciss Jones, with the assistance of Ruth Rogers, Rosemarie’s position by Ray Stringer and David’s position by Kevin Phillips. At the meeting a new post of Assistant County Administrator was created, and this position was filled by Paul Debnam.
As part of his report on the Patrons, their Administrator and Treasurer, Gordon Thomas, announced that he was standing down after 33 years involvement with the Patrons. Thanks were expressed to him for his work with the Patrons who contribute so much to supporting the County.