2018 August


Our Club President asked if she could lead off the newsletter with a very important message.  All rise…

Letter from the President,
Happy summer everyone! As we enjoy these hot sunny days, and get some prime time on the greens, I am already thinking about September, late summer bowling, and extending our season into autumn. I am also really excited for our bowlers who are going on to the Championships, and representing JPLBC. But speaking of September: Please put September 5th on your calendar. This is the date that our new lease goes before City Council. We need your support! 

·       Postcards will be available at the clubhouse that you can fill out with a message to Council. Please write why JPLBC is important to you. Keep it friendly and positive. You can send mail them in in yourself, or drop them back at the club and we’ll send them collectively. 

·       We’d love to have some folks in Council chambers that afternoon, to physically show support. The meeting is at 2:00pm and usually lasts between 1-2 hours. 

·       We need 2-3 people to prepare a 2 minute speech to give at the beginning on the meeting. There is open public comment before any meeting, and you can sign up when you arrive. Please contact Gina (gina@ginatolentino.com) or Kathryn Rathke (kathrynrathke@gmail.com) if you are interested in speaking, or need more info.

Please feel free to contact me about any other issues or ideas or thoughts you may have for the club and I can find a way to get you involved. We can make the club what we want it to be! Thank you to ALL of the volunteers who have put in time to make our club awesome. I love you!!!
xo, Gina




Friday Night BBQ & Bowls NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for August!!!

These July and August evenings have been super popular this year and truly are one of our most significant public events. Volunteers are needed starting at 5:30 and ending at 9:00 pm.  Please help out and also enjoy some beautiful evenings at the Club.

Email Jane Altemose (jkaltemose@gmail.com) or any Board Member to sign up.  Thanks.

Monday Night Maintenance


Our Club only stays beautiful because of the hard work of the Monday volunteers. Be a part! Tasks include mowing the lawn, edging the greens, weeding the garden, watering, picking up trash around the grounds, cleaning the clubhouse. Contact John E Hollingsworth johnemofunk@gmail.com  Sign up sheets at the club.




August 4th -  The NW Division Team Tournament (aka The Cascadia Challenge)!

This will be a one-day, team tournament, with five, yes FIVE, games played. Teams should consist of 4 players, with all players coming from the same club. We will play a mixture of singles, pairs, and triples during the day, with the tournament culminating with Rinks in the evening under the lights! 

Entry fees will be $20 per team.  Check in at 9:30 am, first jack rolls at 10:00.

If you would like to play, but do not have a team, please let us know, and if we can, we will help assemble a team. Please email newdiv.tournament@gmail.com, or talk to Peter Mauro or Chris Davis, if you have any questions or to submit your entry.  

August 11–12,   JPLBC Open Singles!

This weekend is a ton of fun and space is open!! Start time is 10:00, draw to be done at 9:30 sharp. Entry fee is $5.  Sign up sheets are posted on the club's bulletin board. Folks can sign up at club or email tommlind@gmail.com

Entry closes Thursday August 9.


Come cheer on (respectfully) our JPLBC Bowlers!  

Interested in playing?  Here’s the Req’s: Membership in any Northwest Division Club. Pre-registration, entry fee and whites or matching uniforms required. Contact Chris Davis (cqdavis@yahoo.com).  Winners go on to represent the NW Division at the U.S. National Championship.




The Mixer is our big summer shindig where members mix, mingle, dance, bowl and just have an all-around good time. We pick a theme, get dolled up and listen to great music while noshing, sipping and enjoying each other's company. Let's come together to celebrate sunmer and each other in the most beautiful spot in Seattle! We'll raise a glass to toast our hard-working volunteers, without whom this club would not exist! More details and an e-vite soon!

Volunteers Needed!!  Contact Jenny Mears at jennymears@gmail.com



Our own Richard Krueger has put together a truly delightful Help Guide, What the New Or Newer Bowler Needs to Know, to help newer club members feel comfortable bowling with with more experienced ones.  The full document is attached (I promise, it’s NOT malware :-), but here is a wee sample to whet your curiosity.

“Now a word about skips. Most are quite mellow, but some are bossy, and a few are control freaks. When you draw partners, you might get a non-mellow one. Don’t panic.”




Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm       chips in 15 minutes prior        These are a non-hosted open draws. Continuing throughout the year, any bowler may join in the informal fun. The Sunday draw occurs only when other events aren't scheduled, so check the roster, calendar, and/or monthly email communication.



·      Men With Big Bowls (the league with the worst food) has a crowned a champ:

Mike Larson!!!  2nd Place: Richard Broad   3rd Place: Eric Ring

·      Bowl Bustersat Press Time, the league with the BEST food (and booze), was heading into their FINAL night of competition.      The Top Three Bowlers were within ONE victory of each other (Kate Bond, Kat Marriner and Gizelle Gando)



 Late Summer League

Wednesday nights - Aug/Sep

Doors at 6:00. Chips in by 6:45, Games at 7:00. 
$15 league fee or $5 drop-in

A Coed League for Late Summer Fun! Games are usually pairs or triples. Individual standings are tallied and prizes awarded to the top three bowlers.

CONTACT Brian Nichols brinic63@hotmail.com


Masters league

Aug/Sept Thursday nights

Doors at 6:00, Games at 7:00. 
$25 league fee, Sign up required

Bump up your skills by playing competitive singles matches in the Masters League with some of our best players. 

Contact Andy Klubberud (aklubberud1@gmail.com) or Amy Alesio (aealesio@yahoo.com)


2018 JULY


24 on the 4th - The event we have been waiting for is here and it begins with the first bowl this Tuesday July 3rd at 8pm and continues through the night, into the next day, into Wed. evening until the last bowl is delivered on July 4th at 8pm. Right now, players are checking their tents and sleeping bags, volunteers are shopping for sustenance, team captains and organizers are putting the final touches on their plans and it will all converge at JPLBC for our annual 24 hr. pairs game.

 If you aren’t bowling, we still want you to join in. Come to applaud the first bowl, set your alarm and bring a blanket to cheer on your fellow bowlers at 2am, or come by Wednesday day and night to celebrate the accomplishments of all the players and crew.  Players and spectators are equally welcome to bring snacks and beverages to share. Please note: All bowlers must arrive by 7pm on Tuesday and both MWBB & BB leagues are cancelled this week.


JP Open Pairs Tournament-No time to sit down, this weekend is the JP Open Pairs Tournament, Saturday and Sunday July 7&8, 10am-4:30pm.  We welcome bowlers from all around the NW Division to pair up and join in the competition. Men’s and Women’s pairs can sign up at the clubhouse or send me an email. If you’d like to play but don’t have a partner. aealesio@yahoo.com


JP Veteran/ Novice Tournament Saturday July 14th.  This Tournament teams up seasoned bowlers with members who may or may not have ever bowled in a tournament … aiming to prove that competition and fun are not mutually exclusive. Novices are bowlers who have joined in the past two years.  Beyond that yes, you are now a veteran!

Sign up sheet at the club or contact Anne Walsh awalsh1001@yahoo.com


summer volunteer needs

Friday Night BBQ & Bowls 

We need LOTS of volunteers every Friday from July 6th – August 31st.  6-9pm Volunteers are needed to set up rinks, greet the guests, introduce the game, close up at the end.  Contact any board member for more information.

 Monday Night Maintenance

Tasks include mowing the lawn, edging the greens, weeding the garden, watering, picking up trash around the grounds, cleaning the clubhouse. Contact John E Hollingsworth johnemofunk@gmail.com  Sign up sheets at the club.


Drop-in Open Bowling Continues – Wednesdays 10am and Sundays 1pm

No fee, chip in 15 min. before start time.


Summer Leagues are in full swing. MWBB is having fun on Tuesday nights, Bowl Busters is enjoying record numbers and thanks to Chris Davis for stepping up to run the Odd Couples league after Howard Syder’s decision to step down. 


NW Division Pairs Playdowns starts on Sat July 21st 9am

The pairs play downs is a multi-day tournament, length and format dependent on the number of entries.  The winning Women’s and Men’s pairs will represent the NW Division at the US Championships in Florida 11/25-12/1. Fee: $20 per player ($40 per team) In keeping with National Championship protocols there will be no practice (apart from trial bowls) prior to games. Rinks will be reserved for practice on Friday afternoon, July 20 between 4 and 8 pm.  More info or to register contact our NW Division Tournament Directors: Chris Davis cqdavis@yahoo.com or Peter Mauro pmauro2001@yahoo.com  


The Open House on Saturday* June 2nd was a huge success the likes of which we have never seen before!  Thanks to all who volunteers to organize the event as well as all the members who were there to introduce the game to our community.  


Community attention- two local mentions for JPLBC:

City Arts magazine gave us a mention.  Thanks to Gina and her community involvement with local artists and students from Franklin High School who had the pleasure of celebrating the completion of their mural with lawn bowling at JPLBC. http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/franklin-high-school-students-paint-their-resistance

Evening Magazine paid us a visit recently and they will be airing the segment on Friday July 13th at 7:30 on King 5. 





July Activities

 July 3/4- “24 on the 4th Tuesday 8pm – Wednesday 8pm

July 6 -8/31-BBQ & Bowls 6-9pm

July 7/8-JP Open Pairs Tournament 10am-4:30pm

July 14 -JP Veteran/Novice Tournament 10am-4:30pm

July 15 -July Board Meeting 10am-noon

July 21-25-NW Pairs Playdowns 9:30am-4:30pm

August Save the Date:

8/4 NW Division Cascade Cup Tournament

8/8-9/26 Late Summer Coed League

8/2-9/27 Masters League

8/11 & 12 JP Open Singles Tournament

8/18 Members Mixer

8/19 JP Board Meeting- everyone welcome to attend

8/25-8/29 NW Division Singles Playdowns




Weight:  The amount of speed applied in delivering the bowl from the mat to the jack.  “Heavy” weight means that the bowl goes beyond the jack while “light” means that the bowl stops short of the spot desired.


Grass:  Apart from referring to the surface, ‘grass’ is used as a reference for the directional line the bowl takes in order for it to curve toward the jack.  “Too much grass” means your bowl was wide, “Take more grass” means your bowl was narrow.


Trial Ends:  At the start of a tournament, trial ends are when each player rolls 2-4 bowls down and back to get a feel for the green.  These ends do not count in scoring, number of trial ends are announced prior to starting by the tournament director.



Pages & Places

JP Website:  www.seattlebowls.org

NW Division:  www.bowlsnw.com

JP Members Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/JPLBC.lawnbowlers

Tacoma Lawn Bowling club:  https://www.facebook.com/Tacoma-Lawn-Bowling-Club-177646325660/

Bowls USA: www.bowlsusa.us

Bowls USA newsletter: http://www.bowlsusa.us/subscribecontribute

Inside Bowls Magazine: http://www.insidebowls.com/our-magazine


To Facebook or Not to Facebook

Do you know we have a private Facebook Group?  That is where you might find last minute schedule changes, or invitations to bowl that aren’t on the schedule, etc.www.facebook.com/groups/JPLBC.lawnbowlers  If you are not on Facebook, please let us know so we can make sure you are included in email updates throughout the month.


Come watch the World Cup Final at the clubhouse on Wednesday July 15th, 8:00 am followed by open bowling at 10:00. New member Evan Smith is hosting along with Gina and Jenny. Potluck breakfast: Bring a dish to share, wear your team colors, and prepare for an exciting game. We'll supply the coffee and mimosas. Open to club members and friends. Who will take the cup this year?