LORETTA Harris still remembers mowing the Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club lawn by hand.
She said members used to come together with ice-cream buckets and weed the garden for hours, all for "the love of the club".
She said it was this community effort that enabled the club to get up and running in 1985 and it's the volunteers passion and love that's kept it open ever since.
"I've been there that whole time so it's been a long stint but I love the club," Ms Harris said.
"It's a real little country club and we have a lot of local members.
"They started back in 1982 and formed committees to get it off ground.
"It's this community group that really fought to have the bowling club there and in a bowls club, most people do things to help out and keep it going."
In her near 30-years at the club, Ms Harris has taken on the roles of president, secretary and avid greenkeeper at different times.
She said it was great to see more people finding a passion for lawn bowls.
"It's very social and it's changed a bit now - younger people are playing now, which is great for the sport," she said.
"I'd say the interest is still growing and it's particularly good for older people who need to get out and enjoy something outside."