Fred McCleod

Fred McLeod

This page created October 24, 2015 and is still under development. Updated with photo February 5, 2016.


fredmcleodFred McLeod was elected to Life Membership October 2013.

Fred was President of the Club from 1996-97, its 40th anniversary year of lawn bowling. In taking over this position and using the anniversary celebration as an opportunity, he set out to fulfill his vision for the Club and steer it away from what had been its rather stuffy and rigid culture till then to a much more relaxed and friendly approach, both in terms of playing the game and in terms of social activities for members.

Fred developed and sold the concept of “the Friendly Club”, a concept that is now deeply ingrained and widely recognized. He focused particular attention on fostering the volunteer spirit among members through personal example by putting in more than his fair share of maintenance work on the greens and on buildings while displaying a consistently high level of sportsmanship as a bowler. He received the Van Druten award in 2000.

Among Fred McLeod’s many other contributions to the Club were:

  • the introduction of the Thursday Special Draw and the Friday evening Social Draw;
  • the inception of the Bulldog Trophy as a fun way of marking Canada Day while fund-raising for charity at the same time;
  • the setting up of a coaching program for junior bowlers, the first of its kind at the Club;
  • the production of the Club Newsletter – he was editor and chief contributor from 1996-2003;
  • the establishment of a planning committee for the refurbishment of Anderson House (completed in 1999), and identifying and setting priorities for other future projects;
  • the creation of the template for the Members’ Information Booklet, still used to this day, and taking care of its publication for a number of years.