May 2008 President's newsletter

We have just completed our national day of remembrance, Anzac Day. The day brings mixed feelings to all Australians. From the dawn service, to the morning services, to the two-up and to the Legacy charity day of bowls and golf at the Tin Can Bay Country Club, Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove residents remembered. Anzac Day was the first charity day for the year with proceeds of over $1100 going to Legacy. Our next Golf and Bowls charity day will be held on Sunday 28th May in aid of the local Ambulance and Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving club. I hope all keen golfers and bowlers can make it.

April also provided us with a week of ankle-biters hanging around home. The weather was kind, some of the time, so the kids got to play outside most of the time. The inconsistent weather at the moment is causing problems to our sporting members with golf and bowls having lower participation numbers and occasionally having to be rescheduled.

Both the federal and state governments appear to be competing with one another over who can come up with a new idea on how to reduce gaming or the consumption of liquor. The states’ new liquor licensing laws have still to be confirmed but it does appear that trading hours are to be reduced and we may have to apply for special exemptions to trade before 10am. Clubs Queensland is continuing to campaign on behalf of all clubs for a responsible outcome to the changes. Although a great number of Australians would involve themselves in any form of gambling, poker machines seem to be the main focus in reducing “problem gambling”. Depending on what figures you look at “problem gamblers” are only a minor section of our society. We will try to help these people but we cannot control them and they must make their own decision to give up their gambling addiction.

The Labour Day weekend supplies us with a number of activities. The Ladies Bowls are holding a two day bowls carnival commencing on Monday. If you are looking for something different to do on then go no further than the model aeroplane ground to see the “Warbirds”. They will be in action on Saturday and Sunday from about 8.30am onwards. Visiting planes from around the state will certainly test the locals.

Trading. The previous two months of February and March have seen a downturn in trading. This can be explained by a number of factors including the weather, the increase in interest rates and by the push of the government to slow down consumption of alcohol and the reduction of gambling. Hopefully April will reverse these trends but the Board and management are closely scrutinising where it can reduce expenditure and increase income.

Membership Fees. The Board has decided that all membership fees and charges for the 2008-09 year will remain the same as this year. The constitution and its by-laws state that subscription notices for membership fees will be forwarded to each member during May. The renewal notice will remind members that their fees are due to be paid prior to 1st July, 2008. All membership cards from the previous year will become invalid on that date. As per the constitution membership will be terminated if the membership fees are in arrears for a period of one month. Please make sure that your membership fees are paid in advance.

Sport. The pennants season has now finished for the golfers. The Men’s team came home with a flourish but due to some close losses at the beginning of the competition failed to make the final. This will make a great launching pad for next years’ competition. The Ladies teams had mixed results, being very competitive, but unfortunately did not win enough to bring home any trophies. The bowls pennants will commence later in the year with the defence of the Men’s Division 1 championship.
Bowlers and Golfers make sure that you have pencilled in the Mitre 10 day to be held on Sunday 8th June (Queens Birthday weekend).

Staffing. A new addition to our bar staff, local girl Jade Simpkins, has started and we wish her well in her new role.

Promotions. Congratulations to Donna Rogers in winning the Sunday raffle jackpot of $900. The poker machine promotion of $1000 cash was to be drawn on Thursday 1st May and congratulations to the winner. The $1000 in cash prizes will be drawn on Sunday 11th May so make sure you are in attendance at the raffle to get your share of the booty.

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