May 2007 President's newsletter

ANZAC Day was both solemn with services being held by our local RSL clubs then a celebration of our freedom as a result of the sacrifices made with competition in both golf and bowls. Proceeds of the day and the raffle will shortly be forwarded to Legacy.

The month of May continues the clubs efforts in supporting as many local charities as possible. The first for the month will be Sunday 6th May when the club will be supporting one of its new local charities the Cooloola Coast Medical Transport. Golf and Bowls competitions will be held, as usual, as well as some grand raffles being held. This day will also be the official grand opening of the shade over the top bowling green with Boonaroo Bowls Club visiting for the day. On Mothers Day Sunday 13th May golf and bowls will be donating their green fees, as well as the raffle takings, to the Oncology Department of Gympie Hospital. We hope that Mum can come and join in the fun or compete to make it a great family day. Sunday 27th May sees further golf and bowls competitions, with more great raffles, contributing to another of our deserved good guys, our local Ambulance Committee. I hope that you can survive these charity days and contribute to these worthwhile causes.

Sport. The golf pennants competitions have finished. Our teams have performed admirably and the tales of close fought losses has thrilled all.

Success to a pair of starring women bowlers, Anne Hudson and Denise Dare, in capturing the district pairs title. If you have a couple of minutes to spare ask either one about their victory – congratulations. The bowlers will be preparing themselves for their oncoming pennants games.

Developments. The mechanized shade cover for the top bowling green has been completed and the reports I have received so far have been most favourable. Although we are supposedly in autumn the shade has been requested to keep that bright sunlight off the participants. As luck would have it the first benefactors of the screen were the local school children, who were participating in a hands-on sport experience. I would like to thank all the bowling fraternity volunteers who gave their time to show the school kids what bowling is all about but their appearance saved the argument of whether male or females would use the shade first.

Anyone attending the raffle promotions that we hold will have noticed that we have purchased stainless steel removable shelves for health and safety reasons. These were purchased locally and the club will try to use local suppliers wherever possible for other projects.

The Fire Brigade were spotted on the land the club handed over, on the Snapper Creek Road and Tin Can Bay Road corner, and when spoken to suggested that the new fire station was included in next financial years capital expense budget (hopefully any sirens won’t disturb the golfers).

Club Bus. We had the unfortunate incident of our club bus blowing an engine whilst taking members to a funeral. It has been off the road for some time now but we are hopeful that it should be returning shortly. In the meantime we have been fortunate to be able to use the Lions Club bus and Rainbow Beach School bus to keep our service running. Thanks to all who have gone out of their way to help.

Promotions. The Friday night members draw jackpot was up to $800 at the time of writing. There must be a winner of the initial $200 prize when the member ticket is drawn and then they have the chance to spin the big one. Remember the draw takes place between 7pm and 8pm (no set time) and you must be there when your ticket is chosen.

We will shortly be updating our kiosk so that birthday gifts from the club will no longer need to be posted but will be printed at the kiosk when you swipe your card. Please make sure that we have your correct date of birth so that these vouchers can be distributed properly.

The Board has decided that we should include a vale notice to those members who have passed on. Although this may not be current notice we would still like to let members know of these occurrences. Although the area we serve is small and information seems to flow quickly through the community we don’t always find out the facts. We ask for your help us in this matter by informing the club of persons who should be mentioned.

Chook vouchers. Due to inflation the cost of frozen chickens has increased and we have negotiated with the IGA store. As a result any chook voucher won via a raffle or competition will now have included on the voucher that it is worth $6.50 (the current cost of the smallest frozen chicken). Anyone wishing to purchase a larger frozen chook or a cooked chook will have to pay the difference.

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