August 2007 President's newsletter

Another year has passed so quickly and the club elections will shortly be with us. Are you happy with the current Board or is it time for a change? If you feel you can contribute to the club now is the time to put up or shut up. In a recent visit to Sydney it is noticeable that a number of the larger clubs are removing some of the member benefits and I hope that our club will never get to that point. We have had hard times but we seem to be traveling reasonably at the moment and anyone who thinks they are being “hard done by” should compare the benefits and costs of our club with others.

Elections. The Annual General Meeting has been set down for Monday 17th September, 2007 in the function room commencing at 7pm. The elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Honorary Treasurer and Board Members will be completed prior to the meeting. Nomination forms for these positions will be available from Monday 6th August at reception and must be submitted into the nomination box by 12 noon on Sunday 19th August, 2007. 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 a reception, until 8am on Monday 17th September, 2007.

Smoking. It has been just over a year since the smoking bans for clubs took effect. Our club decided on certain outdoor areas as either non-smoking or smoking. It has been noticed recently that some patrons are not adhering to these dedicated areas. There is no smoking on the bowling greens and in or around the golf starter’s box. Please be aware of these restrictions.

Sport. I am proud to be able to report that the club has had a sporting success. The men’s bowling team, containing a singles player, a pairs team and a fours team snatched victory from Albert Bowls club at their home green to win the Dodt Cup. This cup is played for by all the bowls clubs in the Gympie district and our club have been in the final for the last three years for two wins. Congratulations to those involved.

Various club championships in singles, pairs and fours for men and women have been taking place over the last month and should be completed shortly.

The Ladies Golf Club completed their four round club championship whilst changes were being made to the course and congratulations to the winners. It appears that qualification for “C” grade net champion and runner-up is to reach a young age of eighty – well done girls. The Men’s Golf Club is holding their championships during this month – best of luck to all.

Developments. With funds supplied by the Golf Club we have made a number of changes to the golf course. A water hazard on the tenth hole and various mounds on numerous holes have appeared. Some of the mounds will be grassed over to form grass bunkers and some will have trees or shrubs planted on them to catch the unwary. We are in discussion with City Farm Tin Can Bay to organize the supply and planting of these trees and shrubs. At the time of writing, the greens staff were installing the aerator in the dam, from funds supplied by the Veterans Golf Club, to reduce the odor emanating from it. I must commend the greens staff for the extra effort they have shown in implementing these changes to the golf course. The area for the new golf buggy shed has been leveled and is awaiting council approval to proceed – expected to be completed this month.

Promotions. The Friday night members draw jackpot has been won twice during July. It appears that once someone won the jackpot that everyone knows how the wheel spins. Congratulations to those lucky winners. You can still win $200 by having your member’s ticket drawn from the barrel on Friday evenings. The jackpot you spin for will revert back to the base figure and increment each week it is not won.

Clubs Queensland “Smile for a Child” promotion will be held on Friday 5th October with many activities being held leading up to this day. Proceeds from these activities are channeled through Clubs Queensland to a variety of children’s charities.

The Cooloola Fisherman’s Charity Golf Day will be held at the club on Friday 12th 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.

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