Fellowship of bowling club ‘huge for me’

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A love of the sport has earned a Temuka man a life membership of his bowling club. Geoff Taylor was awarded the honour at the Temuka Bowling Club’s recent annual meeting. The membership was a ‘‘surprise’’ for Taylor (80), who has been involved with the club for the past 41 years. ‘‘It was quite a thrill,’’ he said. ‘‘I was speechless.’’ Taylor joined the club in 1975, seeing bowls as a way to enjoy his life out of work. ‘‘I never regretted joining the club and I’ve been there ever since.’’ In his time with the organisation, Taylor has held many roles, including being a board member for about 20 years, the club’s president for one term, green keeper and selector. He particularly enjoyed the role of green keeper, he said. ‘‘My late wife June used to say — ‘get away to work’. It was good.’’ Taylor said he was proud of the club and put a lot of its recent success down to past president Steve Burgess. ‘‘He was the president in about 2011 and when he took over the club went ahead in leaps and bounds, I thought. ‘‘Everybody got off their backsides and the club really went ahead.’’ Friendship was another big part of the club’s attraction, he said. ‘‘The fellowship has been huge for me. ‘‘The club hasn’t had too many prats over the years.’’