August 2008 President's newsletter

We are now into the colder months but this has not stopped our more active members from competing in bowls and golf championships. The weather has not made the venues the most favourable, but at the end of the day there is always good companionship inside the clubhouse. The social members have been well catered for also with changes to the promotions.

Elections. That time of the year has rolled around again and it is time to consider whether you want to be a part of the executive running the club. The Annual General Meeting has been set down for Monday 22nd September, 2008 in the function room commencing at 7pm. The elections for the nine positions on the Board (President, Vice President, Honorary Treasurer and six Board Members) will be completed prior to the meeting. Nomination forms for these positions will be available from Monday 11th August at reception and must be submitted into the nomination box by 12 noon on Sunday 25th August, 2008. Only full members of the club can be nominated for the positions and the nomination forms must have a nominator and seconder that are full members. Voting forms will be sent to eligible members during the week after nominations have closed and ballot papers will be accepted in the ballot box, located at reception, until 8am on Monday 22nd September, 2008.

Trading. The price of drinks has been increased this month to absorb the increase in freight costs and the biannual increase in excise duty. If you compare our prices with other outlets both nearby and in the city you will find that we are still very competitive.

Developments. Construction has commenced on the third buggy shed with the concrete slab being laid. All going well it should be ready for occupancy in the not to distant future. The kitchen is in need of major renovations to meet the current health regulations and work on this project is set down for September.

Sport. The Holden Scramble was held in the middle of July and congratulations to our treasurer Janet Reibel in being able to control husband Vince and Gordon Smith in winning the event. We hope they can go on to greater glory at the next level on the Sunshine Coast later in the year. The ladies championships were held in not so pleasant conditions and congratulations go to Lyn Wong in taking out another trophy. Other notable winners were the “not so young” winners in C grade. Well done girls in completing the tournament. At the time of writing the Tin Can Bay Open 18 hole championship was still to be played. The ladies will be holding their foursomes championships during the month whilst the men will be competing in the 72 hole club championships.

The club will shortly be purchasing a mobile phone for the golf starter’s box. This will allow golfers to ring the starter’s box directly for information on the golf course conditions and avoid having to talk to the clubhouse. This option was found to be the least expensive and all golfers will be notified of the number as soon as it is available.

Both the men and women bowlers have started their pennant season with a flourish with the men’s no.1 team completing the first round undefeated – keep up the good work to retain the flag. The club has decided that it will underwrite a mens team and a ladies team in the Superleague next season so that we can show off our bowling abilities to other clubs.

The Cooloola Fisherman’s Charity Golf Day will be held at the club on Friday 10th October and if you are thinking of getting a four together for the Ambrose event you had better contact Shane Pitcher to make sure you get a start. The ever popular golf and bowls fun day is set down for Monday 13th October so mark your diaries.

Staffing. Just to show how dedicated our staff can be. Our bar attendant Fiona was timing the delivery of her baby to be after she had a short break from work. Her last shift was Monday 14th July with the baby due about four weeks later. Whoops – somebody miscalculated (baby, doctor, mother, etc) and the baby arrived the next day – no short break. Both are doing well and we send our best wishes to mother and son. Changes take place and our barman Rod will be leaving this month to take up a career in the real estate field and we wish him the best of luck.

Promotions. A monthly prize is to be added to the Thursday and Sunday raffles. The prize will be displayed in the foyer of the club with all tickets sold at the raffles for the month going into a large barrel with one lucky patron being drawn to take away the prize. You must be in attendance at this draw, which will be on the last Sunday of each month (31st August), to collect the prize.
The Thursday raffle is now offering a side of lamb to two lucky ticket holders at the end of the draw. There is now $500 worth of prizes on offer.

I would like to thank all those members who returned their completed survey, a total of over 300 with more than 200 in the draw for the $200 prize. There were a number of suggestions that the Board and management will be working through as time and funds permit. The winner of the prize was Nev Shailer, congratulations.

See you at the T.C.B. Country Club.
Stephen Wallis.
President TCBCC.