October 2008 President's newsletter

“One better than last year” and the possibility of fame for our men’s bowls pennant team. After losing their last competitive match against Cooloola Coast bowls club they still had sufficient points accumulated to win the Gympie area No.1 pennants competition. With changes to the format to determine the Fraser Coast champions the Tin Can Bay team had to travel to Maryborough to play the top two teams from their area. Both of these games occurred on Sunday 21st September with the Tin Can Bay team narrowly beating the Maryborough and Pialba teams. What will happen next when they reach the “big time” is still an unknown but the club is behind you and we wish the team good luck for the future matches.

The Lions Charity Golf day was successfully held on Sunday 21st September with their gigantic raffle following. The bowls day was held a week later due to the pennants matches and the Lions Club will be more than $1000 better off due to these events. Thanks to all who participated.

On a sadder note the club sends its condolences to one of our rangers Jim Bellingham on the death of his wife Sylvia.

Elections. The elections are over with over 50% of those eligible to vote exercising their right. This was a most pleasing and impressive result. I would like to thank those who showed their support in re-electing me as president. The Board basically remains the same. Congratulations to Ross Thorburn who has been elected to the Board to replace Ann Hudson who did not seek another term. I would like to thank Ann for her efforts over the past two years whilst a member of the Board. She can now concentrate on winning more bowls championships.

Annual General Meeting. At the meeting two of the club stalwarts Colin McKay and Col Orr were made Life members as a just reward for their efforts of the past. Without people like these the club would not be where it is today. Congratulations to both of them.

Trading. The club is trading in line with last years figures and hopefully we will have a successful year similar to the previous year.

Developments. After stating in the last newsletter that we had completed building golf buggy sheds for some time it now appears as though another waiting list has been started and there are already five people waiting for spots. Until there is further interest the number of sheds will remain the same.

The renovations in the kitchen are now completed although the expected down time was a little longer than expected. Come in and try the menu as it develops in the new cooking area.

The month of October sees our green staff working long hours to core the greens on our golf course. Please have patience with them as they perform a necessary upkeep. The bowls greens will cored during November.

The new honour boards have been mounted in the reception area and I feel that they were worth the wait. Other boards will be mounted as they are completed.

Sport. The ever popular golf and bowls fun day is set down for Monday 13th October so mark your diaries. There will be plenty of prizes so come and test your skills at nine holes of golf and 10 ends of bowls. Cost will be $5 which includes the BBQ.
Just remember golfers, if you want to contact the starter’s box for information about the course, the competition or any other golf detail the number to ring is 0458064231.

Unfortunately due to the downturn in the fishing industry the Cooloola Fisherman’s Charity Golf Day will not be held this year.

The Cooloola Coast Crocs Swimming Club has recently been formed to give swimmers from the surrounding areas of Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach a club to represent at swimming competitions. They have already signed up 40 children and are looking for more who are interested in swimming. More mature age swimmers are also encouraged to join. The club has given a large donation to get the swimmers started in the right direction.

The Tin Can Bay Cricket Club is again competing in the Gympie cricket competition this summer and expects to field two or more teams. This is a great outlet for anyone interested in cricket to get a start although the teams will be competing in the senior competitions and the older youths would benefit more. Again the club has seen fit to support this club with a large donation.

Promotions. This month’s prize of an outdoor table setting will have been won by the time you are reading this newsletter. The BBQ prize for August was won by Eunice Coombes. The October’s monthly prize will be a dishwasher. You must be in attendance at the end of month draw (last Sunday of the month) to win the prize.

Our receptionist Leisa will again be organising our clubs events to raise money for Clubs Queensland’s Smile for a Child foundation. All money raised throughout Queensland is distributed to three children charities. There will be fun golf and bowls day held on Friday 31st October and we are looking for a large turnout to support these worthy charities. Other events will be taking place so keep an eye open for further details.

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