The hardest part of any friendship
is when it is time to say goodbye.
— Leilani Hermosa Petersen

Its Nishikawa

A member of JPLBC since the 1980s, Its left a legacy of volunteerism.   He was a member of the Tuesday morning maintenance “Donut Crew”, the house shopper and Mr. Fixit for more years than can be counted.  Its also help to train generations of new bowlers.  Its proudly represented the NW at the national championships five times.  He and his wife Nancy traveled to tournaments all over the USA making friends everywhere they traveled.

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Adrian Jarreau       

JPLBC lost a long-term member and competitive bowler this spring.  Adrian began bowling in 2008 and quickly became a strong, consistent bowler.  Adrian traveled to bowls tournaments in CA, AZ and British Columbia with his wife fellow bowler Rikki Ricard.  Adrian's competitive spirit and calm disciplined nature helped make him a force to reckoned with and a teammate to be cherished at JPLBC.


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Mary Anderson 1910-2017

Mary and her husband Lloyd joined JPLBC in 1971. She served as the Board Secretary and was an active member for many years, often recognized for her leadership, foresight and cooperative spirit in business and in bowls. Mary passed away in the spring of 2017 at the age of 107. In addition to being avid lawn bowlers and outdoors people, Mary and Lloyd were the founders of REI in 1938.

Read this lovely tribute to Mary on REI's website.


Shirley Taylor 1934-2016

Shirley and her husband Al joined the club in 1982, She was a regular competitor in our tournaments and games and was always willing to work on club social activities. Shirley was part of the constellation of members that make JPLBC so unique.


Harold “Hal” Schwanke 1926-2016

Hal was a retired engineer from Boeing where he worked on the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program. He joined the club in 1990 and served as JPLBC Board President 1995-96. Hal played regularly in the Wednesday morning JP vs. Woodland Park competition. Harold was a strong supporter who regularly donated his time, talents and money to support his club. The flagpole we have today was generously funded by Hal.


Kay Ramsay

Our beloved Kay Ramsey passed on Friday, August 15, 2014. She was 96. Kay was a sweet, lovely woman with a welcoming smile and heart of gold. Always gracious, especially when it came to her trademark silver platter of pink lemonade refreshments at the Twilight League. Kay became a member of JPLBC in 1982. The photo at left was taken at the Opening Day celebration in 2012.

 Kay on Opening Day 2012

Kay on Opening Day 2012


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Chuck CaddEy

On Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, we lost a dear friend.

Chuck Caddey died on Sunday, surrounded by his family.

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club would not be the thriving, healthy organization it is today without Chuck Caddey. He served as the club’s president from 1999 through 2007. For many of us, Chuck was our first introduction to the club, with a warm handshake and a smile. Everyone felt welcome when Chuck was on the greens.

When Chuck came on as president, the club was in trouble. Membership had dwindled and many people thought the club was destined to close. But Chuck was determined to introduce a new generation to the sport and place he loved. Every Wednesday night (Fridays later on) Chuck hosted free nights open to the public. One by one he built a new core group.

Many of those people (and I am one of them) were drawn first to the spirit and kindness of Chuck, and only later embraced the sport of lawn bowling.

Chuck’s joy came from seeing young people out on the greens. He had the uncanny ability to teach you to bowl, convince you to join the club and ask if you’d like to be on the board all in one night.

He wasn’t much for competition. He never played in a national championship. But he will always be our champion.

July 4th is the Chuck Caddey Independence Day Ice Cream Social & Open Bowling (7pm). Marge (Chuck’s wife) thought that would be the best time for us to honor Chuck’s life. It just so happens that Chuck and Marge met on July 4, 1952.

Come on out and celebrate the life of our president, friend, and champion.