November 2007 President's newsletter

What a busy time is ahead of us. The Melbourne Cup with its reduced fields on Tuesday 6th November, the federal elections on Saturday 24th November and then Christmas will be upon us (notice how the Christmas decorations seem to appear in the shops earlier each year). Scary.

The month of October was busy in the club with a number of charity golf days being held as well as busloads of visitors to play bowls.

Finance. The club is still trading solidly, better than last year, although this month was not as brilliant as the previous month. We are following the state wide pattern of most clubs in improving slowly.

Sport. Various categories of club championships have been or are being decided recently for the bowls members.

The combined golf club had its first annual general meeting with members being elected to fill all the positions.

The Tin Can Bay P-10 State School has again achieved success in the Queensland volleyball championships. They will be sending a number of teams to Melbourne for the Australian titles. The Tin Can Bay Country Club has again contributed towards the cost of sending our local school children to these championships (investing in our youth) – an eye opener for all who attend. Best of luck.

The club has also contributed to the costs of our local sailors Nicole Magyar and Kristian Winkel competing in the Australian Flying Fifteen Yachting Championships in Geralton, WA in January next year. They will make our area proud of their achievements.

Developments. The golf course had the “coring” of the greens during the latter part of October and the bowls greens will be done shortly. I would like to thank the greens staff for their Herculean effort (early start to dusk) in having this completed in the minimum time to cause least disruption.

The Country club decided at its last meeting to cover the costs of upgrading the tees on the golf course. This will be done as time permits, with the greens staff still having to maintain the golf course and bowls greens to their high standard, and as long as funds are available. The tees that have been completed currently have been paid for by the various golf clubs (now combined into one club).

We are now beginning the process of applying for permission to erect toilets on the golf course – a much awaited development.

Management and committee are currently reviewing the refurbishment of various parts of the club.

Staffing. I would like to welcome new staff to the Country club. Branden Robb has started his apprenticeship as a greenkeeper and is now mixing it with the three “diehards”. Laurie de La Mare has moved from NZ to start a new life, building a house at Cooloola Cove in his spare time, and has joined our happy group of bar staff. I was remiss in previously not mentioning our other new starter behind the bar in Courtney Holeman who has now been with us for some time. Welcome all.

“Smile for a Child”. Thanks to all those who participated in the Clubs Queensland “Smile for a Child” golf fun day promotion. I think that everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and that next year will be even bigger and better. The combination of the golf day, the sale of wobblers, the jelly bean guessing competition, the monster raffle, and the free dress day and “Herbie” promotion at the school contributed to raise approximately $1900 for the foundation. A number of ill children in Queensland will be the beneficiaries of these funds. The main reason for the success of these activities was the amount of effort contributed by Leisa Eichmann – above and beyond what was asked. Thanks Leisa and thanks to all those sponsors who contributed and to the members who participated.

Charity Day. The Cooloola Coast Fisherman’s Charity Golf Day was again a major success with Cooloola Coast Medical Transport, the “Little Guppies” playgroup and Tin Can Bay “Meals on Wheels” being the recipients (approximately $2000 each) of the generosity of the fishing community and the golfers who play in the competition. The man behind this fantastic day, Shane Pitcher, has been organising the day for a number of years and a large number of our local charities have received considerable amounts of donations from it.

Promotions. The birthday vouchers hit a snag when the kiosk decided to play up but manual intervention saw everybody receiving the appropriate vouchers.

The Tin Can Bay Country Club will again be the place to be on Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 6th November. For those who attended last year get your table organised and your bookings in early as the place will be packed. See advertising in this newsletter for more details.

We will again be running our ham promotion for Christmas. Vouchers will be issued to lucky members from the kiosk from Monday 26th November until Sunday 16th December and the hams will be delivered to the club for pickup on Thursday 20th December. Each member is only entitled to win one of the half leg hams.

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