Canada Day

We celebrated our 151st birthday as a nation on July 1. With the political turmoil and hardship taking place in some countries, it was a particularly good day to reflect on how blessed we are to live in this great country of ours.

Canada Day 2018 was celebrated with the traditional match between the Red and Blue teams followed by dinner. Fundraising for the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program continued as in past years. The final tally is not yet known but the amount raised for this worthy cause will be posted once it is available.

The day saw an above average number of wrong bias bowls delivered. Photos below show some of these unfortunate members having their wrong bias insurance voucher ripped in half to void it. Perhaps the many wrong bias bowls were caused by the distraction of gusty winds. Another theory is that these members wanted to make an additional donation to the CHAMP fundraising by buying a replacement voucher for the post event draw.

A new format was tried this year for the dinner. Instead of a BBQ or other hot dish, the meal consisted of assorted gourmet sandwiches along with a variety of different salad items and desserts, catered by Little Piggy Catering. The Dinner Committee will review feedback to assess the success of this nothing ventured, nothing gained approach.

This year the Blue Team was determined to avenge its humiliating defeat from 2017. The Reds on the other hand were equally determined to start a dynasty. When the last bowl of the day came to rest and the results announced, the Blue team was declared victorious. They were easy to spot as they strutted about wearing the grin of a Cheshire cat. Like in all bowling matches the sweetness of victory or bitterness of defeat was short-lived. All that remained and mattered was that we were out on the greens or at the dinner table enjoying the company of friends.

The day owed its success to many volunteers; some played a major role while others filled numerous gaps. Together it was truly a team effort, not a Red or Blue team but an Oak Bay Team. Thanks to all and happy bowling!