July 2008 President's newsletter

The Queens Birthday holiday was celebrated at the club with the Mitre 10 golf and bowls day. The golf course was packed with over 160 starters and the bowling green was also full. The Mitre 10 staff were working feverishly to make the day a huge success. On behalf of the club I would like to thank the owners of the Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove stores for their sponsorship. There were many visitors at this day and most of them have been returning to compete in it for a number of years.

Trading. The increasing price of fuel is starting to affect us with our freight costs now including a fuel levy. The club will absorb these costs for the time being but a review of drink prices will take place to coincide with the next excise increase in August. The increases in the interest rate over the past few months appear to have the required effect with all businesses reporting a slowdown in trading. This has also affected the club but we will hopefully see out the downturn and will profit when the good times return. The club will have made a reasonable profit over the last financial year but we will have to wait until the auditor has reviewed the figures to give an accurate picture.

Developments. The ground has been levelled in preparation for the construction of the third buggy shed. The plans have been submitted to council and we hope to have the shed constructed within the next few months.

Council has approved our plans for the two toilet blocks on the golf course and the club has applied for a grant to complete their construction.

The area that was given to the Rural Fire Brigade on the corner of Tin Can Bay Road and Snapper Creek Road has been cleared and we expect construction to commence shortly.

Membership Fees. It is now July and last years (2007-08) cards will not give you the discount and privileges members are used to. Members who have not yet paid are unfinancial and have thirty days to pay their membership fees.

Sport. It is great to see the golf club again hosting a round of the Holden Scramble on Sunday 20th July (see details in clubhouse). The Tin Can Bay 27 hole championship will be held a week later on Sunday 27th July and those who compete in it will certainly feel the aches and pains of those extra 9 holes. Also in July the ladies will be playing their 72 hole championship and the men will be conducting their 36 hole foursomes championship.

The pennant season has recently commenced for both the men and women bowlers and the club is hoping for success in all competitions. Club championships have been finalised in both areas and champion of champions matches have commenced in some grades. We wish all our competitors the best of luck.

Another of Tin Can Bays youth is excelling in the sporting arena with Karl Christensen being selected in both the Queensland under 17 State Volleyball team to play in Victoria and the Queensland School Volleyball team to play in South Australia.

With all the training required for these teams the club is proud to support Karl with sponsorship for part of his costs. We hope he can go on to greater things.

Staffing. Our male bar attendant Laurie will shortly be leaving us to do his tour of Australia before he returns to the area to settle down. A new bar attendant Andrew Bolesworth will be starting during the month and I hope all members will make him feel most welcome.

Promotions. The next $1000 in cash prizes in conjunction with the Sunday raffle will be held on Sunday 20th July at 5pm. Tickets will be on sale from 4.30pm. The third and decisive State of Origin match will be held in early July and the atmosphere should be electric with an equal number of fans for each team. Why not utilise the courtesy bus and cheer your team on.

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