Jill Almond Writes...

I played netball, softball, vigoro, badminton and squash prior to getting hooked on lawn bowls.

I joined the Devonport Club as an honorary member as part of an Adult Education program in the 95/96 season and then became a full member. In my first year, I was runner-up in the Open Singles and winner of the same event the following year, winning again in 2004 and 2016. Other club championships won: Open Fours 5 times with 1 Coastal win. Open Triples 4 times. Open Pairs once. B Grade singles 2014 Club and Association, also Grade Triples and Fours that year.

I have served on the Board of Management for 15 years, 10 years as Treasurer and 5 years as Secretary. I was Secretary of the NWTWBA and Representative on Bowls Tasmania for 2 years.

I have carried out voluntary bar work since 2000 and worked in the kitchen when I wasn't working in the bar. I was granted Life Membership in April 2017.

Since leaving school I have worked in administration, secretarial, bookkeeping and export documentation roles. I had 9 years with the H.E.C., working at Poatina, Bronte Park and Tarraleah. I also worked at Vecon (onion exporters), the Mersey Community Hospital in nursing administration and at Perfecta Produce where my role involved export documentation, bookkeeping, and wages. I then put the typewriter away and went tradie to my late husband who was a builder.

In June 2010, along with my daughter and with much help and advice from Senator Richard Colbeck, Jeremy Rockliff, M.P. and lots of coverage from Libby Bingham, we started a mission for a Cancer Clinic in Burnie. The 1st forum was held at the Devonport Club and was well attended by invited Politicians, Hospital Administrative personnel and the general public. Several more forums were held and the result being that Tony Abbott, Leader of Opposition visited my home (along with at least 50 reporters) to announce funding for the Cancer Clinic. I was proud to be invited along with my daughter to attend the official opening.

Next came discussing a merger to form the Devonport Country Club and I am proud to have been involved and working on Steering Committee and to be a Director on the Inaugural Transitional Board. The Country Club is a wonderful achievement in just 4 years. We are nearly there, and we will have a Club of which we can be extremely proud. I thank the Devonport Bowling and Croquet members for having faith in me in electing me to serve your club for so many years but mostly for your support during the times I had to stand down due to some very difficult times in my life.

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