While you were away - we were busy!

September 15, 2020

Welcome to Spring!

Any excitement we feel with rising temperatures and warmer, sunny days is slightly tempered by the on-going issues we all face regarding COVID-19. As always, the safety of our Members and guests is of primary importance and the Club continues to dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy towards keeping the Club clean, hygienic, and safe. While the closure of the Club for ten weeks had a serious impact on the club’s finances, we remain optimistic about our future.  So much so that while we were closed, we took the opportunity to renovate.

An upgrade at Reception was first on the agenda. This work also allowed us to launch our new club logo. We created a new, private dining area, The Nook, which is adjacent to the Bistro kitchen and comfortably seats 20-24 people.  Take a look and “Book the Nook”.

Pickets has been an outstanding success for the club since its creation in November 2019, and to make access to this area even easier we built new, wider steps, which allow seamless entry and exit to our exciting alfresco area.  Pickets’ popularity has meant that we need to expand this area by adding more tables – they should be here early September.

Not quite as obvious to the eye as the above renovations was the launch of our new website.  A complete revamp was undertaken, the end result being a more informative, user-friendly social media platform.

Finally, we selected a new, staff uniform.  This will also launch in Spring, with a brighter, more contemporary look.  As you would imagine, the staff are very excited about this change. In addition to all these changes and as we head into Summer, our Bistro will be creating some special, menu options to complement the new range of cocktails, which are now available at the Bar.

The recent Club Annual General Meeting saw the appointment of a new President, Bill Hardman OAM, a new Vice-President, John Finlay, and the election of a new Director, John Anstiss.  Congratulations to all. Bill Shields stepped down as President of the club prior to the election, due to some health issues, but remains a Director.  Our thanks to Bill Shields for his enormous contribution and sound governance through what was a difficult time for the club. Sadly, Bill Law leaves the Board after 10 years service.  Bill has been a strong and objective Board member and we thank him on behalf of all members and staff.

It’s timely to remind everyone of the need to remain vigilant around social distancing (1.5m) and adopt good hand hygiene practices – wash and sanitise often.  As a further safeguard and on the recommendation of NSW Health you will notice all customer-facing staff now wear facemasks.  We’re serious about your safety!

Enjoy the coming, warmer days and we look forward to seeing you at the club very soon.

Ian Thomson

Chief Executive Officer