Members from 25 years ago: Janet Mcrae, Knell Lehmann, Betty Powlett, Maureen Lehmann, Lorraine Ross, Dorothy Dumesny, Lorraine Roberts, Carol Haby, Pam Budde, Bev Gazelle, Louis Gaulke, Jeanette Hutchinson and Lolo Croser.
Members from 25 years ago: Janet Mcrae, Knell Lehmann, Betty Powlett, Maureen Lehmann, Lorraine Ross, Dorothy Dumesny, Lorraine Roberts, Carol Haby, Pam Budde, Bev Gazelle, Louis Gaulke, Jeanette Hutchinson and Lola Croser.

The Dimboola Bowling Club ladies know how to celebrate their achievements and last Thursday was no different, when they celebrated 75 years of Ladies bowls in the township.

All the Wimmera clubs had representatives attend and the day started out with a social game of bowls.

The club rooms were decorated with past uniforms hanging on the walls and the tables set as one would see at a wedding.   

After the game, the ladies enjoyed afternoon tea, before President Darryl Argall presented Dorothy Dumesny her Veterans medal.

Bev Gazelle and Lorraine Ross lift the time capsule from the hole
Bev Gazelle and Lorraine Ross lift the time capsule from the hole

Bev Gazelle and Loraine Ross then retrieved a time capsule that was buried on October 20, 1993 by Ella Walker, who unfortunately was unable to attend the opening. The time capsule was laid at the 50 year celebrations.

The 25 year old time capsule was buried under a slab of concrete with a brass plaque. Geoff Gazelle, Darryl Argall and Darryl Both did the hard work, breaking up the concrete and digging the hole, closely watched by Lorraine Ross.

The ladies have seen many changes in the past 25 years. One change is the men and women combining and playing together, brought about due to demographics and the declining membership. The decline in population is said to be the main reason for the membership to be dwindling.

Pam Budde, Lorraine Ross and Bev Gazelle inspect the items in the time capsule.
Pam Budde, Lorraine Ross and Bev Gazelle inspect the items in the time capsule.

In the 1993-1994 season, when the time capsule was laid, the Dimboola Bowling Club had 60 lady members. The club now has 14 lady members.

The other big change the ladies have seen is the synthetic green.

The time capsule contained lots of interesting items from letters, cards, the Dimboola Banner and notes.

The time capsule will now be filled with new items and buried for another 25 years.

Members from 25 years ago: Janet Mcrae, Knell Lehmann, Betty Powlett, Maureen Lehmann, Lorraine Ross, Dorothy Dumesny, Lorraine Roberts, Carol Haby, Pam Budde, Bev Gazelle, Louis Gaulke, Jeanette Hutchinson and Lolo Croser.
Members from 25 years ago: Janet Mcrae, Knell Lehmann, Betty Powlett, Maureen Lehmann, Lorraine Ross, Dorothy Dumesny, Lorraine Roberts, Carol Haby, Pam Budde, Bev Gazelle, Louis Gaulke, Jeanette Hutchinson and Lolo Croser.