September 2008 President's newsletter

Spring has arrived. The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. Most of the golf championships are completed with only those mentioned below still outstanding. The pennant season for the lady bowlers is completed and the men have a couple of matches left to complete their season. The Lions Charity Golf and Bowls day will be held on Sunday 21st September with their raffle to follow. I hope that you can make one of the charity activities on this day to donate to a very worthy local group.

Elections. All full members will shortly be receiving their ballot papers for this year’s election. Ballot papers will be accepted in the ballot box, located at reception, or by post, until 8am on Monday 22nd September, 2008. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 22nd September, 2008 in the function room commencing at 7pm.

Trading. The audit of the 2007-08 figures has been completed and the published results of our trading should be available shortly. The profit for the year has increased to approximately $70,000 and the auditor is happy with the way the club is functioning. We will continue to spend our funds in a conservative manner to keep the finances on a manageable level. A number of Queensland clubs and a lot more NSW clubs are finding that they need help to stay afloat. Our increases in fees and drink prices are being quickly absorbed by an equivalent increase in costs.

Developments. The third buggy shed has been completed with club members filling it quickly. We now have spaces for 56 carts in the three sheds (all taken) and it should be some way off before we consider another construction. Members who want a cart space will now have to go on a waiting list. Anyone who has a buggy space that is no longer required and has paid for 10 years rental can sell the remaining time for the residual value of the space – no profiteering will be allowed.

The renovations so urgently required in the kitchen are to commence on Sunday 7th September after all Fathers Day meals have been enjoyed. The kitchen is expected to be closed for up to a week to complete the changes.

Sport. The ladies bowls pennant team have completed their season with final positions being determined by the last days play. Our ladies managed a creditable third placing. The men’s bowls pennant team are currently winning the division 1 pennants with three games to go – back to back premierships. Champion of Champion matches are still being played and results should be found in the bowl’s report.

In the golf, the Tin Can Bay Ladies Open will be held on Friday 12th September with a large field expected for this popular event. For those ladies that survive the championship the Mixed Foursomes will be held over 36 holes the following two days – Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September. Course renovations will commence in October and the sewer line for the Fire Station will be dug in the out-of-bounds area by the side of the third fairway within a month or two.

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.

It is not yet certain whether the Cooloola Fisherman’s Charity Golf Day will be held this year as the fishing industry faces hard times. If it goes ahead it will be held at the club on Friday 10th October. Anyone who is interested should contact Shane Pitcher to find out what is happening.

The ever popular golf and bowls fun day is set down for Monday 13th October so mark your diaries.

Staffing. Changes take place and barman Rod has left for a career in the real estate field and bar attendant Andrea has left to work with our local carpet suppliers. They have been replaced by Eddie, who is still wearing his “P” plates, and Luke, who has been around the area for some time. Please make them welcome and introduce yourself to them – they don’t bite. The maternity ladies, Sharna and Fiona, will be back this month and they are looking forward to renewing friendships with a number of members.

Promotions. The first monthly prize will have been won by the time you are reading this newsletter. A different monthly prize for September will be displayed in the foyer of the club with all tickets sold at the raffles on Thursdays and Sundays for the month going into a large barrel with one lucky patron being drawn to take away the prize. You must be in attendance at this draw, which will be on the last Sunday of each month (28th September), to collect 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. Further details will be available as the events are set in place and I do encourage you to participate to help a worthwhile cause.

Cycle Queensland is organising a ride from Bundaberg to Brisbane and the thousand or more riders will be entering Tin Can Bay on Tuesday 2nd September and the riders will have a rest day the next day. They will be visiting various tourist spots and filling our town. The club will be having live music on Tuesday 2nd night to welcome any rider or support staff and all members are also encouraged to attend to make it a great night.

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