RSA - A Gift is a Gift
PRESS RELEASE 20 May 2015
We wish to acknowledge that this is a difficult time financially for the Levin RSA Limited.
The vote to sell the in profit Levin RSA Bowling Club Inc., by an imbalance of membership numbers has generated much feeling in the bowling fraternity and in the Clark family, over a historical land gift for bowlers being lost.
We are descendants of the original landowner, where the RSA Bowling Club - Clark Memorial Green and a Memorial bowlers avenue, is situated at the entrances 55a Salisbury Street and Clark Street in Levin.
As a family we support the ideals of the need to care for Returned Servicemen and the ANZAC tradition of which Maud Lett (formerly Maud Clark) was a very generous benefactor, providing welfare to returning soldiers both World Wars.
In 1948 Maud gifted the land for specific use as a bowling green. In 2012 members of the bowling club contributed and fundraised $80,000 themselves for an all weather surface which is considered the best between Waikanae and Palmerston North.
We , like many in the community will feel the loss of the RSA Club in Devon Street if that is sold too. We feel it is up to all Levin RSA members to support a new modern business approach which could save that.
As a family we would like to see Levin RSA Ltd and the RSA Bowling Club Inc start discussions to ensure a positive and mutually acceptable outcome that will satisfy all concerned including the Clark family.
Clark family descendants
WG CLARK President RSA bowling Club Levin (closest to camera) 1951 -52 season with wife Edith Clark and Maud CLARK (Mrs LETT ) seated right.