December 2008 President's newsletter

On behalf of the Tin Can Bay Country Club, its committee, management and staff, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let the festive season begin.

November seemed to be the month for charitable deeds with three different organisations being the beneficiaries of the community’s generosity. On Sunday 9th November the Tin Can Bay P-10 State School P & C received over $1600 from the golf and bowls competitions, as well as the extremely popular gigantic raffle. All businesses that had donated prizes for the days raffle were acknowledged and thanked and the funds have already been earmarked for various projects.

If you missed the trivia night held on Thursday 13th November then make sure you receive the news about the next one. Over 100 competitors were in attendance and the great night was enjoyed by all who attended with the proceeds going to Clubs Queensland “Smile for a Child” foundation. All proceeds from this event along with the golf fun day held at the end of October and the sale of “wobblers” seen hanging from the bar, gave the foundation approximately $2000 from our club. A great deal of thanks are due to the clubs receptionist/girl Friday Leisa Eichmann for the amount of work and dedication she put into these events. Without people like her, other staff and members these activities would not happen.

The other charity day during the month was for the Cooloola Coast Medical Transport on Sunday 23rd November, a very worthy organisation and one that we are proud to support. Again a charity golf and bowls competition was followed by the traditional Sunday raffle, as well as a special additional raffle. The total amount raised for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport from these events was over $3,600. A great deal of the work required to make this day successful was in the hands of a member of both organisations Lyn Glenholmes and she is to be applauded for her efforts as well as all the other volunteers.

The Melbourne Cup day at the beginning of November drew a crowd of over 100 for the competition of the Tin Can Bay Country Club races during the day. As usual we had winners (the ones who want to tell you how they made a mistake placing their bet but as luck would have it won lots of money) and losers, but all seemed to leave with a smile on their face.

Presentation nights at the club for golf and bowls will be held on the second weekend of the month and people wishing to attend should see the committees of those sporting organisations.

Anyone wishing to hold/organise a Christmas party for friends or work groups should speak with management or reception and make a booking. The club is happy to celebrate with you.


The club has been affected slightly by the economic downturn in the world economy but we are not looking for a bailout at this time. Our trading figures are up slightly but our expenses have also increased and the Board will be keeping a close watch on the monthly figures.


As well as the numerous fun and charity days held during the month, there were serious events held on the golf calendar. The Trevor Nobbs Junior Golf Carnival was held on Sunday 2nd November with a number of our local junior golfers participating. The “big boys” from other clubs had a number of members gasping at the distance they could get the golf ball to travel and a net 71 (1 under par) was the winning score. The deferred Tin Can Bay Open, sponsored by The House of Golf, was played on Saturday 16th November with the trophy being won by one of our visitors.

The IGA shield for competition in bowls between our club and Cooloola Coast Bowls Club was played on Sunday 16th November with the trophy being won by the opposition. It seems that we cannot get our better bowlers together for this elusive trophy. Hopefully both the mens and ladies teams will have themselves in a winning frame of mind when the Superleague starts early in the New Year.

The Cooloola Coast Crocs Swimming Club has proved to extremely popular with a number of the local children and they are now competing in interclub carnivals to bring individual and club success to the Coast. As they compete in these other locations there is a need for a shady retreat between races and our club has been only to happy to supply an erectable shade for them.


The golf course greens have returned to the great condition they were in before the coring took place and there should be smug satisfaction for the greenkeepers in a job well done. The top bowling green has now been cored whilst play continues on the bottom green – it is amazing how much the shades are missed for a short time.

Further improvements have been completed on the golf course with most tees and sand buckets either finished or very close to being finished. Mounds and gullies have appeared on some holes, much to amusement of some golfers.


Unfortunately we have lost another bus driver as Noel Kay exits the hectic pace of Tin Can Bay for the quieter acreage of Maryborough. We wish him well and hope to see him on some return visits. Our new driver is Norm Hubbard. Make him feel at home when you are lucky enough to have him as your driver.


By the time you are reading this newsletter some lucky person will have won all those whitegoods (valued at $850) just in time for Christmas giving. There will be a change to the Sunday raffles in December so that there will be $2,000 being won on Sunday 21st December. To be in the Christmas cash you will need to purchase tickets on that day and be a lucky recipient.
The Christmas ham promotion has now been running for a couple of weeks and will continue until Sunday 14th December. All you have to do is swipe your membership card in the kiosk and the lucky winners will receive a ticket for a portion of leg ham that is redeemable on Thursday 18th December. Each member is only entitled to win one ham.

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