Peter Bennett (Chairman) – May 2020 – Board Update

Peter Bennett (Chairman) – May 2020 – Board Update

9 Jun, 2020, 12:39 AM

Following on from my first Board meeting as Chairman I would like to briefly update you all on our current Club situation.

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the personal administrative contribution to our Club by Tim Smart over the past 14 years, including 10 as Chairman. Tim has put in an enormous amount of time and effort during that long period and we all will have the opportunity to pass on our appreciation at the upcoming AGM.

Obviously our Club has been significantly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the restrictions imposed upon Clubs in Victoria we have been closed throughout and unfortunately will remain so until these are lifted. We will inform you of any changes as they occur.

During our closure a small team guided by Steve Hamilton have been working reduced hours, thankfully subsidized by the Government JobKeeker assistance.  Steve has been closely monitoring our financials based on nil revenue input and compiling projections on a weekly basis as estimated re-start dates and conditions continually fluctuate.  Glen and Walter have been assisting with welcome renovations internally and externally around the Club and Brett (“Cutter’) diligently nurturing our new green which is coming on great.  Louise has been working from home on the end of year summaries with our Auditors and AGM preparations.  A large amount of personal time added by each, particularly Steve, much appreciated.

The Board have all kept closely in touch during this time conducting meetings by “Zoom” and now, thankfully, back at the Club.  It is particularly pleasing to confirm the appointment of two new enthusiastic members to our Board.  Rob O’Brien will contribute very sound Marketing/Management expertise and David Stephenson brings added depth in Finance and Administration. Welcome to them both, great additions.  It is proposed that each Board member will take responsibility for a portfolio of tasks based on our priorities and many of these have commenced during the “lockdown”period.

A number of upgrades have been made to our Website and plans for the introduction of more Social/ Barefoot Bowls is intended once our new green is available.

At our last Board meeting we invited our Auditor, Charman Partners,  to attend for a general discussion. The Board reviewed the Club’s overall tight financial position and forward plans, all well received by the Auditor.  Mark (Auditor) also contributed some very interesting insight into the current situation in the Gaming industry which we all found very beneficial.

Finally, on behalf of the Board I can assure you we are each eagerly looking forward to re-opening of our Club and all happily getting together again in the very near future.

Take care.

Peter Bennett

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