newsletter-april-2016

Presidents Corner

It has been a hard time with the lack of rain but the course is in great condition, we are hopeful that we will get our water sooner rather than later.

We are ready to proceed with the turfing of the tees but once again we are waiting on water.

We have a new pathway from the 1st green to the 2nd tee which eliminates the walk back up the fairway into on-coming golf balls.

Finally I would like to thank all volunteers that have helped at the course, inside the clubhouse and out.

Paul

Course Update

Members will have noticed the clearing works that have been undertaken adjacent to the first hole. This is an extension to the Club practise fairway which will enable a longer area for driving and the capacity for Thommo to have a nursery for the growing on of turf for use around the course.  Thommo also envisages a chipping area will be provided for use. Thanks to the Boyle family for their use of plant and expertise.

The recent storms saw quite of few trees down and rubbish blown around the course. A small but energetic group of volunteers have been working tirelessly to get the trees cleared and removed so that the course was ready firstly for the Ladies pennant matches, and then Mens pennant competition last Sunday.

56 men played and the course was presented in an excellent condition. Further work has been undertaken with the support of Will Bullock’s (or should we say Janine Bullock’s!!) tractor to clear some wattles that came down.  Watch your emails for further dates as the Greens and Thommo want to have the course sparkling for the Tournament.

President’s Plans

Members will have seen two spirex bound documents on tables in the Clubhouse. The documents cover the Course and the Car Park including entrance to the Club. Paul has developed these documents to form a basis of works to be undertaken at the Club. Thommo is working on a works plan which will dovetail nicely with these documents and the Club’s Strategic Plan 2011-21. Members are encouraged to take some time to read these, if you haven’t already done so.

 

Twilight

Twilight is once again over for the year. The weather was not at all supportive for play each Friday night, being mostly hot as anything, windy or even some rain…

Nevertheless, the Club provided a great opportunity for members and the community to meet and share a meal together.,with lots of laughter. Thanks to Denise for making the shift from behind the bar to into the kitchen.

Congratulations!!

So far this year Will Bullock has joined the Hole in One Club whilst Bob McGeary and Veronica Park took away trophies from the Eagles Nest. Congrats all.

Grants

The Club has submitted an application to South Gippsland Shire under the Community Grants category for 1:1 funding for a water reticulation and fairway regeneration program. This application fits in with Objective 4 of the Clubs Strategic Plan and is supported by Paul’s documents. Bill Pratt and Paul have met again with South Gippsland water on 4th  April and the Club continues to hope that there will be an outcome shortly.  To this end, the Club has also submitted an Expression of Interest to Russell Broadbent office to be considered for a Strengthening Communities grant. Let’s hope we get some positive news here as well.

Web update

A reminder the sign in for member’s page: password is meeniyangolf.

Ads VanVeen is doing some work updating the web site which the Club hopes will go live shortly. Watch this space.

 

Captains Corner

Ladies report

Numbers throughout March have been @ 14 per week. Good scores by some and improvements from others. The Sip and Swing that Sue Hoskin organised went fantastically with some ladies out on the course trying out this great game. Hopefully some new members will arise from this incentive. Huge thanks to Sue and also to Darren Cole who took the lessons. Our ladies have begun pennant with a Sect 1 and 3 team entered. Section 1 have begun well with a clean sweep and Section 2 won their first round  also. Our ladies have begun the Poletti knockout – thanks Heather and Ray Poletti – with 8 pairs competing. The Lorraine Eddy singles knockout has also begun with some good results.  Joan Beaumont Plate was held on the 4/3/2016 with 15 teams from around the district with winners being Meeniyan’s S Constantine, F LePage, G Browne & H Poletti – well done ladies.  Many thanks to Bendigo Bank for the sponsorship. April will again be busy for the ladies golfing both here and at other courses.  We have already entered teams at our neighbouring clubs and hope to be successful. Beyond Blue ladies day is well underway with all ladies asked to get x2 members from other clubs to participate.

Veronica Park

Ladies Captain

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Mens Report

 

I took over men’s captaincy Saturday Feb 20: believe it or not that’s 6 weeks ago. My but we do have fun.

It has been a real learning curve on my behalf and I thank all who have given or offered help. Over this period the men have had 2 Monthly Medals March won by Matt Van Boven, April by Col Stewart.

We have also held qualifying for 2 board events being Ron Trease Single Knockout, and Col Heppell 4BBB Knockout.

Ian Trease has advised me that his brother Alistair will continue the connection for the Ron Trease Single Knockout.  I have gone over the score book comparing attendances for same period last year and found numbers overall to be down by approx 8% which I found a little surprising. However the mood in the clubrooms before and after play feels far more buoyant and relaxed.

Pennant teams, both men & women are undefeated after 1 round, hopefully by the time this goes to committee will be 2 rounds.

We sent 2 teams to Welshpool Tournament and came home without disgracing ourselves.

Plans are in place for our Tournament upcoming on April 14 – 16. Sponsors are sorted and good to go.

Same old story around the course: could use some more volunteers to help out. Will Bullock scored hole in one on 8th, Bob snagged an eagle on the 1st. Congrats to Trucky who had a hole in one at Warrnambool.

Regards Rids.

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Catering events update

 

Following on from the successful catering for the ladies pennant event, the past week has been extremely busy with three external catering events booked. Last Thursday saw the Police Association attend, play 18 holes and enjoy a BBQ, chips and salads extravaganza, followed by what was reported as the best apple crumble ever! Thanks to Jim Cusack for organising this and it was indeed great to see Jim looking well although still not on the course. The next day the Club catered for Probus and supplied a two course luncheon for them. Again, heaps of praise for the selections available. Saturday the Club served hot and cold savouries for Emily Darmanin’s 21st.  The Clubhouse looked fantastic > It is a wonderful venue for these celebrations. If you would like to put your name down to help with these events, please

Contact Ned/Helen H-B or Denise and let them know.

 

Wood orders

Members have been hard at it cutting up firewood which is for sale from the Club.  Please contact Denise if you would like to put your name down for a trailer load or two.
Upcoming events:

Mark these on your calendar:

 

Glo Golf – Saturday 23rd April

$25/head included golf and comp. entry fee.

Meal consists of a scrumptious casserole tea with Supper after the game.

Dinner from 6.30 pm, Hit off 7.30 – 8.00pm

Please put your names up on the board in the Clubhouse and the numbers for dinner.

Dinner itself (no golf): $15 each.

 

Tournament: 14-17th April.

Entry forms are available from Captains or around the Clubhouse.

 

Championships_

Commence Wednesday 4th May for ladies and 7th May for Men, finishing on 18th May for ladies and 21 st May for Men.

All presentations will take place at the Championships dinner on Sunday 22nd May.

 

Black tie event:

23rd July: Put this in your diary for sure – not to be missed.  A ‘Xmas in July’, themed event.

Watch this space for more information.

 

Mixed Comps

Last year, the Gen Committee passed that Thursday is a mixed day so if any ladies are unable to play on Wednesday, please come along and have a fun game. Stableford is played each week with golf balls for prizes for winners and runners up and nearest the pins.

Some ladies have expressed an interest in playing on Saturday, especially those who work. Peter Riddle is more than happy to have ladies along, so let him, Veronica or Paul Robinson know if you are interested.

 

South Gippsland Water Project

A positive meeting was held between Paul, Bill and the Water Board representatives on Monday 4th April, the upshot of which is that South Gippsland Water will allocate $20k to the project to be drawn down in July. This means that the Project will most likely be completed by 1st September. The Club needs to undertake in-kind support but this is a great outcome all round.  Paul with Thommo, will draw up a mud map indicating where the pipe will go and place on the general noticeboard.

 

General Committee

 

The General committee meets on the second Sunday of each month around 10.00am in the Clubrooms. Minutes and reports are generally placed on the noticeboard by the following Monday evening ready for the weekly comp days.

You may see some brightening up of the noticeboards over the next few weeks. The General Committee has a priority regarding communication, and the boards need to be more appealing.

 

General communication

 

You may have noticed that all emails come to you via the Club email address meeniyangolfclub@meeniyangolfclub.com.au

If members change their email address, can you please let Pam Erving at pamela.erving@bigpond.com or Marilyn McGeary marilyn.mcgeary@gmail.com know asap.  This means that the official Club data base can be maintained and remain accurate.

 

Article of Interest – reprinted from the Meeniyan & District Newsletter

The Value of a Member

 

Ten little members standing in a line, one disliked the Chairman and then there were nine.

Nine ambitious members offered to work late, one forgot her promise and then there were eight.

Eight creative members had ideas as good as heaven, one lost enthusiasm and then there were seven.

Seven loyal members got into a fix, they quarrelled over programmes and then there six.

Six members remained with spirit and with drive, one moved away and then there were five.

Five steadfast members wished there were more. One became indifferent, and then there were four.

Four cheerful members who never disagreed, ‘til one complained of meetings and then there were three.

Three eager members! What were they to do? One got discouraged, and then there were two.

Two lovely members, our rhyme is nearly done. One joined a bridge club and then there was one!

One faithful member was feeling rather blue.

Met with a neighbour, and then there were two.

Two earnest members each enrolled one more, doubling their number and then there were four.

Four determined members just could not wait ‘til each won another, and then there were eight.

Eight excited members signed up sixteen more.

In another six verses there’ll be a thousand and twenty four.

 

Remember: Membership is everyone’s business.

I can’t – does nothing; I’ll try – does something; I can – works miracles.

 

 

If any member has an article of interest they would like to see in the Newsletter, please email Marilyn at marilyn.mcgeary@gmail.com

 

Thanks all.