March 2007 President's newsletter

The drought at Tin Can Bay and surrounds appears to be over with the downpours of rain during February most welcome. The golf course and bowling greens have found the weather most favorable with the dam almost overflowing. Most of the rain has fallen at convenient times with little time lost for golf or bowls. Easter will burst upon us early in April so be prepared for those major competitions in bowls and golf, as well as the Easter Bilby.

Sport. The Tin Can Bay Cricket Club, that the club sponsors, has had a successful month winning the final of the Gympie District “B” grade cricket one day competition. Playing against Goomeri, who amassed 161 runs in their 50 overs, the local boys passed the total with 2 wickets in hand. Stars for the locals were Rob Martin 90 not out, ably assisted by Jordan Emery, whilst Bill Miller snared 3 wickets and Craig Sorrell bowled well. The trophy was delivered to the club, put on display behind the bar and celebrations continued well into the night.

The club also has a “C” grade side that contains mostly young players with a couple of old warhorses to guide the youngsters. A number of the younger brigade have been called up to the “B” grade side when they have been short – a great nursery for higher honours. The club also coaches cricket at the Tin Can Bay P-10 School each Wednesday afternoon and hopefully will have a pool of players for future years. Congratulations to the team and if you want to meet them they are normally at the club each second Saturday evening at the completion of their competition game.

The pennants competition for golf has recently commenced with mixed results. The ladies have played mid week and, although individuals have won, the team has still to get that breakthrough win. The men’s team has also had individual wins without a team success. A new competition has been started in the Sunshine Coast zone for Masters players (males over 55 who can still brag about the way they used to play – quite good players) and victory was sweet at their first outing. More games will be played and we wish all our teams the success they deserve.

Bowls pennants will commence later in the year.

Finances. January was expected to be the month that finances changed and returned to last years figures but this was not the case. Our turnover is still down in line with the state and district average. As a result of our declining revenue we will be reviewing our fee structure for the 2007-08 year at our next board meeting. Fees have been static for the past four years with members receiving the benefits of the club’s trading – so expect a slight increase.

Developments. The construction of the mechanized shade cover for the bowling green has started with the lights being pulled down prior to being relocated. The bottom green is back in use after being cored and bowls will continue on it whilst the construction takes place.

The changes to the golf course will be starting later this year concentrating on new water courses and tees when funds become available.

The delivery and clean-up area at the front of the club has been expanded to cater for more storage and the new colourbond fence to surround it should be completed this month.

Promotions. Bingo is held at the club each Thursday morning commencing at 9.30am with all proceeds going to our local Ambulance committee. If you are a Bingo fan come on down to the club and enjoy yourself whilst supporting our local Ambulance.

St Valentines Day was celebrated at the club by a large number of members, enjoying the culinary delights of the restaurant, and love was in the air.

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