Demands on Grafton bowls club leads to resignation

A ROW at Zone One level over what was regarded as secretary Ron Woodward's unauthorised demands on the Grafton Men's Club has resulted in his resignation.

Zone president Kevin Soward said the secretary "off his own bat" had emailed the Grafton club instructing it to reply to registration matters within seven days or face deregistration.

Grafton had submitted a letter of complaint to the Clarence River District Association over the demand. A copy of this letter had been forwarded by the district to the zone president without comment.

At the zone meeting, Woodward called for a special executive meeting to discuss the matter. This was rejected by the president who said there had been no official complaint from Clarence River.

Soward then moved that a letter of apology be sent to the Grafton club. When this was carried by an 8-3 vote, Soward said the secretary "threw the minute book on the table" and resigned.

"The 8-3 vote showed there was a general feeling the secretary didn't do the right thing," the president said.

He had since sent a letter as zone president to the Grafton club apologising for the secretary's actions.

Woodward remains as the Zone One state councillor.

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