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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

September 2020 Newsletter

Presidents report

President report 202009

Sadly, the Corona virus continues to outscore golf by a significant amount.

Captain Harold and Vice-caption Jeff have continued to closely follow up with various Clubs our ability to play, but the situation remains unpromising for the next couple of months. Secretary Jeff has made provisional arrangements to hold a Presentation function at Rossdale, but no-one is able to determine as yet whether it will go ahead, and if so who will be able to attend.

The Committee have not been standing still, but are continuing to keep close contact and look to the future of the Club including how to run it when face-to-face Committee meetings are not allowed.

Vice-captain Jeff, who is a very experienced user of Zoom, was able to organise for us to hold a Committee meeting using Zoom. This took place on 31st August.

The following issues were dealt with:

  1. 'Tap & Go' payment method for future transactions.

    Purchase system in October, introduce for trial use at Cranbourne GC in November and Rossdale GC in December with a view to full implementation in January 2021. We will need to see how well it works for 'Shot Gun' starts.

    President Roger will contact members for further promotion of the system.

  2. Supplementary financing.

    The supplementary financing $5 will continue to be collected with the game payment.

  3. Model Rules & By-Laws

    Discussion of how to proceed with this necessary action. Members need to be fully informed of the proposed changes and given opportunity for input which is heard by all members prior to voting. Consequently, the proposed changes will be forwarded to members prior to the formal issues of AGM papers with a view to resolving these issues for the long term.

  4. Presentation Lunch - 14th December 2020 at Rossdale GC.

    No clear decision is possible on holding the lunch as yet. Secretary Jeff will get information from Rossdale GC for CoM to consider in late November.

  5. Current membership

    Membership totals:  112 including 12 new members this year and we have 6 Life Members.

  6. Membership eligibility

    NSW Veterans proposed that the National age eligibility for Veterans be reduced from 55 to 50. We do not support this change and the VVGA have been advised accordingly.

  7. Who makes Vets bag tags?

    As we are running out of bags tags we need to order more and from where to order was the question. Arising from this query it was decided to add an extra table to the web site so that our supplier contacts can be maintained - particularly when such supplies are only required irregularly.

  8. Finances:

    Our finances remain healthy with income & expenses are down due to Covid 19.

  9. Playing golf:

    We can only wait to see what restrictions will control when and where we will be able to play this year and possibly into 2021. Eagle Ridge and Rosebud are currently under Stage 3 restrictions and we are exploring if we could play there.

  10. Webmaster:

    Laurie to create a Supplier listing capability on the web site

    The keep in touch pages are still growing with the prime theme this month being major speeches in history. Many of these are quite long, but so far not one of Fidel Castro's 6 hour marathons has appeared.

  11. Committee changes

    We all know how difficult it is to get members to join the Committee. Treasurer David has advised that he will be retiring from the role after 10 years of stirling service.  Secretary Jeff has indicated after 6 years in the role he will forgo the Secretary position and has offered to take on the Treasurer position.

    The Committee have approached a number of members seeking a volunteer to stand for Secretary and Gary Moreland has offered to stand for Secretary. As such Gary attended our Zoom meeting to become more familiar with the issues facing the Committee.

  12. Health issues

    Life member Hugh Churchwood who has been ill for sometime succumbed to his illnesses earlier this month. Committee members attempted to view his funeral on Zoom, but no satisfactory presentation was achieved at the time. Since then Treasurer David has provided this link to the funeral service. It is not known how long the link will remain active.

    Other members on the sick list include former Presidents Donald McDonald & Gary Finnis, former secretary Stan Odachowski and Faye Quennell.

  13. Member Liaison

    As part of the Constitution and Bylaw review it became clear that a necessary function of the Committee was to be in regular personal contact with members. From this it is anticipated that the role of Vice-President will include specific functions of personal contact with members.

To ALL members and partners, and those who have a health situation, please, please stay safe and healthy as our thoughts are with you.

"Better times are ahead".

Results for August

Thanks to the Corona virus we did not play this month

Birthday boys for September 2020

Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in SeptemberPicture

5th  Peter Garbellini  74

6th  Peter Fischer  72

7th  Gina Thorne  53     Ross Rowley  64

14th  Neil Wilson  71

15th  Robert Franks  77

16th  John Killmister  75

18th  Alan Millard  70

25th  Rod Goode  81

26th  Bill Dooley  74

27th  George Weaver  72

Aussie pickup line

Grave not found

An Aussie walked into a pub and took a seat next to a very attractive woman.  He gave her a quick glance then casually looked at his watch for a moment.

The woman noticed this and asked, "Is your date running late?"

"No", he replied, "I just got this state-of the-art watch, and I was just testing it."

The intrigued woman said, "A state-of-the-art watch? What's so special about it?"

The Aussie explained, "It uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically."

The lady asked, "What's it telling you now?"

"Well, it says you're not wearing any panties." Grave not found

The woman giggled and replied, "Well it must be broken because I am wearing panties!"

The Aussie smiles, looks his watch again and said,

'"Bloody thing's an hour fast!"

Next event

This is in the hands of the Corona virus diety!

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