February 2009 President's newsletter

The celebration of Australia Day has just finished and what a day it was. The number of patrons at the club was needed to be seen to be believed. The golfers started at 7.30am with the 27 hole Australia Day Golf Championship and the bowlers commenced at 1pm with their annual “Shirts vs Skirts” fun day. The BBQ kicked of at 9am and ran out of food at about 3pm (sorry to those who missed out). Golfers, bowlers and others who attended certainly enjoyed the steak, sausages and salads that were on offer (500 sausages, 300 steaks, 39 loaves of bread, and loads of salads). The bar staff worked flat out from lunch time to the evening with most forgoing any break in order to keep the patrons happy. From the management of the club I would like to thank those involved for their dedication. There were also a number of volunteers that gave up their Australia Day to make sure everybody else had an enjoyable one, and I would like to thank those people as well for the great job they did. Someone (still looking for them) said it could only get bigger next year.

Patrons have accepted the new Queensland liquor licensing laws with trading of liquor and usage of poker machines being restricted to within the hours 10am to midnight. There has been hardly any discussion on the matter. Poker machine gaming is still in the news with the two senators trying to implement legislation to restrict gaming in various ways. Clubs Queensland, in conjunction with Clubs Australia, is now pressuring the government to ban or restrict on-line gambling in Australia (U.S. & China have banned it). This form of gambling allows players to use their credit card for betting.

Trading. The clubs trading was acceptable for the month of December and January appears to be trading just as well. Apart from peoples superannuation shrinking violently there shows no signs yet of the economic downturn in the world economy affecting us greatly. We are, however, aware that the recent job cuts worldwide may cause us to tighten our belts so that we can trade successfully.

Sport. The first game of the Bowls Super Challenge will have been completed by the time you are reading this (Sat 31/1/09) with our Tin Can Bay champions playing against Moore Park on our own hallowed turf. Future games are to be played at Bundaberg, Bargara and Maryborough (there should be some happy bus trips) as well as at Tin Can Bay. We hope that both the men’s and women’s teams have great success in their inaugural entry into this competition.

Golf for the ladies has commenced again and will be in full swing shortly with the pennant season approaching. The month of February sees most golfers settling into a pattern with no championships at this time of the year.

The club has supported the Cooloola Crocs Swimming Club in various ways this season as they try to establish themselves in the world of competitive swimming. The weekend of 7th & 8th February is the culmination of their season with the Queensland State Championships being held in Brisbane. The Cooloola Crocs have six swimmers who have qualified for these championships. We wish all the swimmers and coach Michael Winton the best of luck in this competition and hopefully show the swimming world that the pool at Tin Can Bay can produce champion swimmers.

Developments. Although you may not have noticed the slabs for the toilets on the golf course have been marked out and will be constructed shortly. The quotes we have received will be reviewed and a builder will start construction as soon as possible. The green keeper has also purchased all the pipe work and fittings to complete the fairway watering on the golf course.

The club is also proceeding slowly with the planting of a row of trees/shrubs along the roadside (we want to get it right). There won’t be any idle time for these dedicated green keeping workers over the next few months.

Promotions. Keep the evening of Saturday 7th March clear for the clubs Trivia night. After the success of the previous night, in aid of Smile for a Child, this second night will hopefully iron out any problems (and time delays) that occurred. A slightly different format will be used. There will be more details in the clubhouse closer to the time or you can talk to our receptionists to make bookings or form a table.

The club will be holding another $2,000 cash promotion, in conjunction with the Sunday raffle, on Sunday 22nd March, just before Easter. The Sunday raffle prizes have been enlarged with more money being spent on them as inflation affects their value.

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