welcomed all of us to the first event of the 2020 season at Keysborough Golf Club and the stableford competition for the Bill Fitzsimmons Trophy. On a very pleasant morning, the course was in excellent condition, no doubt as a consequence of the Pro-Am event scheduled there in the next few days. The course at Keysborough presents a fair but challenging test to our members. He asked all present to thank the club for the use of their facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize, a voucher for a round of golf for 4 players plus 2 carts at Keysborough GC.
We had an excellent turnout today despite this being the festive holiday period, traditionally a slow period for the club. We had 66 players involved in the competition even though there were a reasonable number of apologies. We had 4 guests today;
John Marshall, guest of George Weaver, Jeff Casely, guest of Ian Cornish, Robin Bray, guest of Roger Huxstep. Our sponsor, Innes Ireland from House of Golf, Moorabbin also joined us as a guest today.
Both John and Jeff joined the Club today which is terrific news. Welcome to you both, may you enjoy many years as members of the Vets. As is our custom, each guest received a golf ball.
There were 14 apologies noted for this month:
Hans Bleeker, Rex Buckeridge, Peter Charlewood, Bernie Coyle, Bill Cribbes, Dave Cureton, John Farrow, John Field, Donald Harrowell, Bernie Herbert, Alan Millard, Sam Pilcher, Ross Wilson & Colin Wiseman.
Donald and the members thanked Roger Selwood, Jeff Stevens and Philip Horsburgh who got us all away in good time. Excellent work guys!
Please take pride in your club and always ensure that you "keep up with the group in front of you". That is the number one priority we have in terms of efficient golf. Remember the new rules of golf encourage 'ready golf'
Each month Captain Harold emails registered playing members with the actual starting time a day or two before the event. Please ensure you are registered with the starters at least 15 and preferably 30 minutes before that time.
Donald informed us that the 2020 AGM will take place in 3 weeks time at Rossdale Golf Club on Monday 3rd February following our monthly competition and lunch.
The AGM will be held immediately after our lunch and prize giving ceremony. Secretary Jeff will forward a package of the required documentation by either email or post to each member in the next 7 days. This will include nomination forms for any of the Committee positions. These should be completed and returned to Jeff by the latest, 23rd February. Similarly with the proxy forms please. Also included in the package will be the agenda for the AGM, which includes members voting on the proposed members fees as stated in the Treasurer's Report for 2019 contained in the package. Thereafter, members will be required to pay their "annual subs" which are due by the end of March 2020, in order to retain their membership of the Vets. It is important that we have a healthy attendance at the AGM to ensure members participate in the running of their club.
Summary of the business matters being addressed by your Committee of Management.
In the past month or so these achievements were noted;
We look forward to hearing of more success on the golf course in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to all our Vets winners.
The website continues to underpin the smooth operation of our great Club.
As mentioned in the notes on the Committee above, succession planning for the Web site remains a critical item for the Club. It is extremely unlikely that the Club will find a member with the time and background skills to run the website when Laurie finally ceases to do it. So our succession planning must involve having a team of members to perform this task with each having the skills and time to support a subset of the running the web tasks.
About the website, if you have any ideas or queries, please
contact Webmaster Laurie by email (details on the members database).
There being no member's questions, President Donald then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.
This is a precis prepared by Rod Goode of the full report
The Club's Website is complete and adequate for the club needs. However, new improvements continue to be made. Further suggestion for improvements are always welcome and obviously have an associated work load. Currently I average over 15 hours a week on website work.
The Club needs to work towards reducing this personal workload and to create in house skills to run the web site. For this the assistance by several members working as a team is required. None of the tasks individually require significant computer skills. All software needed is free and I will provide detailed notes and individual training as required. The range of tasks cover:
Noel Valle (28) with 43 points won the Bill Fitzsimmons Trophy
He received a $40 House of Golf voucher for his effort.
A Grade: Trevor Bottomley (12) 41 points
B Grade: Christopher Tierney (28) 38 points
C Grade: George Giles (36) 40 points
3rd hole: Donald Barber 8th hole: Donald Barber
12th hole: John Molloy 15th hole: Bill Dooley
39 points Gary Morland (19) David Vine (18)
38 points Robin Bray (16) Declan Stephenson (27) Gary Finnis (27)
37 points George Weaver (16) Donald Barber (13) Bruce Keenan (26)
36 points Chris Procter (23)
Jeff Stevens celebrated his good day at Keysborough by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his friends to play again at Keysborough.
With sufficient ingenuity anything will do.
Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in January
1st Bruce McMaster 69
14th Taffy Davies 71
17th Peter Bimbi 60
20th Laurie Comerford 80
23rd John Hiscock 70
27th Spiro Sparsi 68
28th Allan Logan 59
29th Mike Bainbridge 69
A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
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A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot. And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodelling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
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