March 2009 President's newsletter

It is a traumatic time for a number of Australians at the moment with the bushfires in Victoria and the flooding in far north Queensland and parts of N.S.W. We can consider ourselves lucky that we only have to put up with the heat and humidity – easy. The club will be contributing to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and the Premiers Flood Appeal through Clubs Queensland. I would at this point like to thank the golf club for donating their match fees for a week towards the bushfire appeal, an amount well over $1,000 – well done.

The State election has been called for Saturday 21st March so be prepared to be bombarded with political advertising until then. See you at the polling booth.

Trading. It is unfortunate to hear of job losses in our own community as the downturn in the economy starts to bite. The amount of disposable income will reduce and the club will be cautious with its costs. This all has a ripple effect which may cause the recession to be even worse so we are caught between saving our pennies or spending our way out. We will be observing our financial data closely.
Sport. Many competitions have been started during this month. The mens and ladies bowls teams have been involved in the Super Challenge for the first time having now played four matches. The mens golf pennants team has also played four matches and the two ladies pennants teams will be commencing their season at the end of February.

Results from these competitions have been mixed.
The mens Super Challenge bowls team lost their first match (at home) to Moore Park 3 – 2 then beat Albert 5 – 0 followed by wins at Pialba 4 – 1 and Urangan (at home) 4 – 1 meaning that they were leading their group at the time of writing with three matches to be played.
The ladies Super Challenge bowls team also lost their first match (at home) to Moore Park 2 – 0 then beat Albert 2 – 0 before losing the playoff at Pialba 1 – 1 and then losing to Urangan 2 – 0.
The mens golf pennant team started their season well with a 4 – 3 win and a very happy bus load of players and supporters returned to the club. The last three matches have been extremely close with Tin Can Bay being the bad luck recipient in all three matches losing 4 – 3 in each of them. A number of the individual matches have been decided on the 18th hole with the result going to the other team.

The Cooloola Crocs Swimming Club had six swimming competitors in the Queensland State Championships earlier this month in Brisbane. The competitors can hold their heads up high as they represented our local area with a tenth place in one event and numerous better times in other events. Coach Michael Winton will now have the task of improving these swimmers that little extra so they can bring home the trophies. The club is proud to be involved with this developing group of sports people.

The other sport that the club is involved with at a local level is the Tin Can Bay Cricket Club and they have won some silverware again. The one day cricket final for the Gympie Cricket Association was won by the Tin Can Bay boys. Congratulations and the best of luck in the normal competition.

Developments. The toilets on the golf course have finally been started with the awarding of a contract to golf member Peter Cox for their construction. By the time you are reading this the slab should be down and construction started.

Promotions. The Trivia Night will be held on the evening of Saturday 7th March and it appears that all available seats have been sold. If you still want to go check with Leisa on reception to see if there are any dropouts.

On Sunday 22nd March another $2,000 cash promotion will be run in conjunction with the Sunday raffle. The club will be giving this money ($500 to $20 prizes) to lucky ticket holders so that players will have that little extra just before Easter.

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