Meet our new Members:
Bio on Debbie Olsen 7/1/17
I am a native of So. California but I did spend some time in Gainesville Florida attending the University of Florida getting my Masters in Tax (LLM) to supplement my law degree. Most of my time is spent practicing law, substitute teaching, volunteering in public schools and for the Angeles National Forest Service.
I enjoy playing all kinds of sports but I find lawn bowling to be a challenge. I am having a great time learning the ins and outs of the game and appreciate everyone’s friendly and helpful pointers.
Bio on Steve Shinn 7/1/17
I am a second generation native of Long Beach. My background runs into all sorts of areas and so far I hold active certification as a K – adult teacher, Real estate agent, SCUBA diver, and Pilot. Since our wonderful daughter has married and moved out, most of my time is now spent as a wildlife photographer and volunteering as a sort of photographer-at-large with the Angeles National Forest Service. I still enjoy occasional assignments as a substitute science teacher.
My wife, Debbie, and I often drove up Park and saw folks dressed in white (not the White Walkers) rolling things around on the grass. Deb noticed an open house invitation so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately my experience in science does not seem to have given me any advantage in lawn bowling, but I will persevere with the indulgence and help from all of the excellent bowlers.
Bio on Diana Wenzel 7/1/17
I am a California native born in Pasadena & moved to Duarte where I attended high school & went to Cypress college. Went to work at Xerox Corporation for 8 yrs then moved to Orange County had my daughter & worked 27 years in OB/GYN in Newport Beach, played tournament tennis until I wore out my knees & had them both replaced, no more tennis but found lawn bowling at open house 2 years ago & got hooked.I am a member of the board at Newport Beach Lawn Bowling Club & look forward to rolling bowls at Long Beach.
Bio on Shawn Oarsley 5/13/17
Bio on Daniele Petrick 5/13/17
Bio on Sandie Torina 5/13/17
Bio on Amy Lindy 5/13/17
Bio on Norma Goodhart 2/1/2017
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, this UCLA graduate and grandmother of two, brings the same energy and enthusiasm to my new-found love of bowling that I have shown throughout my career.
After 25 years as the CFO of a major Los Angeles advertising agency, I have slowed things down just a bit while still maintaining an accounting practice in Huntington Beach for the past 13 years.
A multi clubber (Newport, Laguna and Long Beach) I currently run the ladies day events and have recently become a member of the Board of Directors of the Newport Beach Lawn Bowling club.
Bio on Maggie Knight 12/1/16
I am originally from Phoenix and have also lived in San Francisco for 14 years. I’ve been in Long Beach for two years now and absolutely love it! I’ve been very active my entire life. I started playing tennis at age 5, played D1 tennis at Northern Arizona State University and received a scholarship–even ended up in our Athletic Hall of Fame! Two complete ACL surgeries later I now enjoy cycling, traveling, eating/drinking, photography and lawn bowling!
I am a local realtor at Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance and love it! My partner Jodi and I bought a house and live within a 5-minute walking distance from the club. We have an 11-year-old beagle named Noe. I’m sure it’ll be a matter of time before you give her a treat.
Looking forward to bowling with you all — cheers!
Bio on Richard Curley 6/1/16
I’ve just moved down to Long Beach from San Francisco where I had started
lawn bowling. I started a couple of years ago after I had to give up
tennis, running, and fencing due to knee problems. This was about the
time I retired after 35 years in private education as a high school math
teacher and then as a Principal. Since retiring I have been tutoring high
school math part time mostly for fun and to keep my brain active. I hope
to continue doing that in Long Beach in the fall when school starts up
again. I grew up on the East Coast and Hawaii, went to college in Santa
Barbara, and worked in both the Bay Area and San Diego before moving to
Long Beach. I moved down to Long Beach because I have a number of old
high school and college friends who have settled in the area. I’ve
enjoyed meeting many of you over the past two weeks.
Bio on Dorthy Johnson 6/1/16
As a young girl I visited Los Angeles which at the time seemed like paradise to a person born and growing up in the Bronx New York. So after completing college I was LA bound.
After my children were college bound I returned to nursing. I returned to school to fill in the gaps in my knowledge earning a nurse practitioner certificate and PhD.
I had an internal medicine practice small rheumatology practice and participated in pain research at Los Angles County+University of Southern California Healthcare Network for 30 years.
After retiring in 2013 I have more time for traveling, spending time with my grandson, and now lawn bowling. Lawn bowling Yea!!
Bio for new member Bob Daniels 6/1/16
Ohio boy. Bowling Green, Ohio graduate. Lived in Long Beach from 1945-48 – moved back in 1957.
Married Long Beach native; had 56 amazing years; two children and three grand children.
Worked 17yrs at Douglas as Development Engineer on DC8 and Space Lab; followed by 37yrs advertising/marketing/graphic design business; now retired.
It took me 52 years to finally getting around to joining LBLBC – thoroughly enjoying it, and the bonus is the many new friendships.
Bio for new member Chandra (aka Chan) Trower 6/1/16
I was born in Los Angeles, California on August 13, 1961. I spent my teenage and college years in the city of Carson. While attending CSU Dominguez Hills on a basketball scholarship, I earned All-American honors 3 consecutive years. In 1986, I joined the LA County Sheriffs Department where I had a very rewarding career. During that time I move to the great city of Long Beach, Ca where I have been ever since. I have enjoyed the scenic beauty of the city and embraced it’s warm diversity. After retiring from law enforcement in 2012, I eagerly hoped to find something that would fuel my passion for connectivity and athletics, “EUREKA!, I have found thee…”, LAWN BOWLING…I’m hooked and look forward to enjoying it for a very long time. Thank you for the warm welcome.
Bio for new member Milt Johnson 6/1/16
Bio for new member Karla Jondle 6/1/16
I was born in San Francisco and raised in Long Beach. I worked as an RN (now retired) at Keck Medical Center of USC, where I met my husband . We recently moved from San Marino to Huntington Beach, its so nice to be back enjoying the ocean breeze. I love travel, shopping, paddle boarding and taking our two Labradors Zoey and Abby to the beach. I’m enjoying this new experience of lawn bowling and meeting all the wonderful people at the Long Beach Club.
Bio for new member Tom Gardner 6/1/16
As a local kid growing up in Long Beach and attending Wilson High School, I used to walk by the Club and see people bowling. I told myself that one day I would like to try this activity. After attending the recent open house, I joined the club.
My wife, Silvia, is also a local product growing up here in Long Beach and attending Wilson High School. She is a licensed cosmetologist and worked for GTE until she retired. (She worked in the field – one of two women in Long Beach that actually climbed telephone poles.)
I am a retired physician; well, almost retired. I work one day a month at the Health Agency in Santa Ana. The work there is challenging and interesting. My other interests include traveling (cruising), science fiction movies and movie trivia, reading just about any good book (but I especially like science fiction and mountain climbing books), computers, gardening, and magic. The Magic Castle in Hollywood has been one of my hangouts since 1968 when I became a full life member.
The tools in my garage get lots of use as I like to do small repairs and fix things. My philosophy is, “Make it better than it was before it broke.”
Other interests include trekking, rocks and minerals, chemistry (many stories go with that one), herpetology, and I am a licensed United States Customs Broker. My favorite show to watch on TV is the Tour de France (bicycling) which airs for 3 weeks in July and American Ninja Warrior. My favorite food is Chinese, and I once took a class on Asian Cooking at LBCC. After we cooked we ate.
My pet peeve is people who try to get into an elevator before the people in the elevator can get out.
Bio for new member Rosemarie da Roza 5/1/16
Rosemarie was born in Macau and raised in Hong Kong, back when Hong Kong was a British colony. Lawn Bowling was played in clubs, and the children were told it was a game for adults only (probably so that the kids would not have a chance to damage the greens).
In 1996, Rosemarie attended her first Open House at Long Beach and became a member for a few years, playing in the Sunday games, at Ladies’ Day, and in a few competitions. Her employer transferred her to Seattle, where she stayed for the last 7 years. A desire to be closer to her family and the sunny California weather brought her back.
The recent clinic lessons for newcomers reminded her of her passion and love for the game. She enjoys being outdoors and having fun playing the game of lawn bowling.
Bio for new member Alexis de la Garza 5/1/16
Alexis (Alex), a proud Texas native, graduated from UCLA School of Law and retired from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in 2016.
Having attended an Open House at Long Beach Lawn Bowling, she was immediately attracted to the sport and the members of the club who were both welcoming and willing to assist new players. She looks forward to achieving some level of competence.
Alex and her spouse, Debbi, plan to do more traveling now that she is retired. She enjoys biking, roller blading along the beach and walking her wire fox terrier, Huxley. Aspires to become a Maestro Tequilero, one shot at a time!
Bio for new member Shirley Price: 1/1/16
Shirley is our most recent new member, but not entirely new to our club. She was a member from 1999-2004, during which time she held the various offices of treasurer, vice-president, and finally President in 2004. In 2003, Shirley and Cecile Langevin competed for the national pairs title at Pinehurst, NC.
Over the last 10 years, during her tenure at the Laguna Beach lawn bowling club, Shirley became very active in the Southwest Women’s Division, first as VP, then President and Past President, as well as the coordinator for Ladies’ Day competitions. She is currently serving a 5-year term as one of the 5 selectors for the women’s Team USA.
Shirley is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting newer members of the Long Beach LBC, and as always, enjoying some keen competition.
Mary Donahue Gaiz member since 7/1/2014
Mary has been retired from teaching first grade for two years and LOVES it. She and her husband Gaby have been trying to do as much traveling as possible. This year they were fortunate to travel to several new and interesting destinations including Istanbul, Cinque Terre, Southern France and Cuba.
They have three wonderful children and two friendly golden retrievers. Mary fills her days with tennis, biking, pickle ball, reading and gardening. She is really enjoying Lawn Bowling, finds everyone welcoming and friendly, and hopes to get better soon.
Sandra was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the US as a student. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY, then joined IBM as a Software Engineer, where she met and married her husband, Art Schlosser. They have two daughters, Andrea and Ellen. Sandra worked for IBM for 29 years, which included moves from Poughkeepsie, NY, to Boca Raton, FL, and Austin, TX. Her last position at IBM before retiring in 2010 was Senior Technical Staff Member.
Sandra moved to Long Beach last year to enjoy the sunny Southern California weather. She just happened to drive by the Lawn Bowling Club, saw people playing, took the free lessons, and became a member. She also enjoys music, yoga, walking, gardening, bridge, watching TV, and gathering with friends.
Margi Rambo member start date: 9/1/2014
Margi was born in Fullerton and has been a lifelong resident of the Pasadena area. She lives in Sierra Madre with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children, Anne and Eric, who both reside in the Yosemite area. Anne has two daughters, Patricia and Rebecca.
Margi graduated from Pasadena High School and Occidental College, then obtained a teaching credential through CSULA and a master’s degree in teaching from Azusa Pacific University. She taught elementary school, grades 5 and 3, for the Mountain View School District in El Monte before retiring and taking up lawn bowling in 2005.
Margi was honored to represent the U.S. on Team USA in 2011 at the Atlantic Rim Championships, where she bowled first lead on a fours team that took the bronze medal. She also represented the U.S. in 2014 at Tiger Bowls and the Chinese Open. When Margi is not bowling, she enjoys reading and yoga.
Steve Alessi member start date: 9/1/2014
Steve lives in Bellflower with his wife of fourteen years, Ellen. He graduated in 1973 from Mayfair High School in Lakewood, where he played all the sports, and continued playing men’s fast-pitch softball at Joe Rodgers field in Long Beach for many years.
Steve started coaching women’s fast-pitch softball during the summer, from 1986 until 2009, reaching the position of USA National Team Coach. He was interviewed for the position of USA Olympic Softball Coach for the 2000 Olympics, and was assistant softball coach at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles for four years, taking the division title in 2007.
Steve took up lawn bowling in August of 2014, encouraged by his brother Robert Alessi, who is a member of the Newport Beach lawn bowling club. Steve joined our club in September, and that same month the Alessi brothers came in third at the Riverside Aussie pairs tournament. Steve says, “I look forward to meeting and playing with all of you during the up and coming years.”
Kay Hudnall member start date: 8/1/2014
Kay Hudnall, while born in Kansas, has found her true home in California where she has resided for many years. Retired from a business career in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas, she leads a full and busy social life. She is a single mother and grandmother.
She was attracted to her California bungalow home in Signal Hill because the yard, deck, and patio lend themselves to entertaining.
In addition to theater, volunteering, reading, traveling, and socializing with friends she has discovered a new passion–wine.
Kay is looking forward to learning and enjoying the game of lawn bowling, becoming involved in the club, and getting to know the other members.