Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club Open House Success

Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club Members, in tournament white dress

It was a busy weekend at the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club.

The club held an open house on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st.  Club president Dave Sarych was pleased with the turnout.  Sarych says the local organization is up to approximately 300 members.  “That’s a good number for us,” he explains.  With that number of members, about 200 people regularly attend events, and that pretty well fills up our clubhouse.”

IMG_7198Sarych says the regularly held open houses help to keep the membership numbers steady, replacing those lost to a natural attrition as people age out or move from the area.  There will be over 20 new bowlers signed up for the next class, based upon recent club outreach, such as the open house weekend. At this weekend’s event new members and visitors shared lunch with longtime members; while all enjoyed conversation as members taught newcomers a bit about lawn bowling.

Open houses help promote the pastime as well as offer social connection for members.  “We have so many activities here,” says Sarych.  “Of course, lawn bowling is our primary emphasis, but we also have groups who play bridge and euchre, mahjong, bunco and trivia.”

The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club has been in Mount Dora at its current location since 1928
The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club has been in Mount Dora at its current location since 1928

Sarych says the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club is now the first or second largest club of its type in the entire United States, something the membership is proud of.  “We are a totally self-sustaining organization.  We maintain our own grounds, organize and promote our activities from within the club,” he says.

Membership comes with use of the club's well-appointed clubhouse
Membership comes with use of the club’s well-appointed clubhouse

The membership enjoys the use of their well-appointed clubhouse for events that are both formal and casual.  Holidays and tournaments tend to draw the largest crowds.  Parties and socials bring players and their spouses together for meals and camaraderie.

Local area businesses will be trying their competitive hands at tournaments May 4, 11, and 18.  The public is invited to attend to root on their favorite team and learn more about the sport of lawn bowling.

Visitors get to learn what the game is all about during open house
Visitors get to learn what the game is all about during open house

Visitors to the club are encouraged, and are warmly greeted and offered pointers and tips on the ‘art’ of lawn bowling.  Bowlers are generally present at the club (weather permitting) Monday through Saturday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to around noon, depending upon the time it takes to finish play.

This summer, the club is also offering evening games, under the lights, on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning at 6:45.  Dates of evening play run from May 1 through October 31.

To learn more about the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club, and the sport of lawn bowling, visit their website at: Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club.

Melissa DeMarco, Editor (editor@mountdoracitizen.com)