July News

Dear Members,

Financial Update and Member News

At our committee meeting this month our treasurer, Seamus Lynch, gave us some very positive news that revenue from fees was up $11,000, approximately, this year compared to last.  We had more expenses last year, largely as we spruced up the clubhouse and surrounds for our Davis Cup visitors, so we expect these to be lower at the end of the financial year. Seamus will be putting up a P&L statement on the club noticeboard this week to keep members abreast of our financial status. Any queries please email secretary@huntershilltennisclub.com.au and Seamus can answer your questions. 

Every so often I will be writing about one of our members and this month I'd like to give a shout out to Eric Shaw. Eric has been a member for over 50 years, only exceeded by Jackie Bradshaw in length of membership. I think this is worthy of one of those blue plaques they put on historic buildings in England! Eric is the keeper of the Sunday roster and does an excellent job of making sure Sundays run as a smooth operation for which we are very grateful.

To add to our Members section this month I wanted to mention our "New Membership Secretary" Kitty Dufficy. Kitty does a wonderful job of answering emails and calls from prospective members and spends many hours coming up to the courts and welcoming players who might be interested in joining. Originally from Hong Kong, Kitty is a very popular person around Hunters Hill and is known for her smile and sunny disposition.

The future of the club is dependent on a vibrant, engaged and growing membership. If you have a friend or someone you know that may be interested in joining please bring them along as a visitor and show them our lovely grounds and surrounds, play a set or three have them meet members.

Visitors

Visitors are always welcome and actively encouraged at the club. Members are allowed to bring the same person up to three times a year and you can choose to bring them inside or outside a social window of play. We would ask that you sign them in in the visitors book-on the table under the telephone- in the clubhouse entrance. Please write the visitors name and email and your name (legibly please) in the book and leave the visitor fee, a very reasonable $20, either in the book or the tin in the drawer. Your help with doing this is greatly appreciated.

Badge Team News

Ladies Thursday Badge has just concluded the twelfth round. HH1 and HH2 are placed 7th and 8th respectively in Division 1 and HH3 are in 5th position in Division 2. There are six more rounds to go for the Ladies before finals begin so there is a chance one of our teams may make it into the last four.

Mens Saturday teams are playing Round 11 this Saturday (29/7/17) and will play a total of 14 rounds before the finals. At this stage HH1 and HH2 (divisions 1.1. and 1.4 respectively) are both coming 6th. HH3 are top of the table in Division 2.3 (great job gents) and HH4, playing in Div 2.5 are coming 4th with only 2 points separating 1st and 4th place so its going to be a race to the wire in that division!

We wish all our teams the best of luck in the last few weeks of competition. Remember you are always welcome to come down and support them on a Thursday or Saturday.

Ladies Special Singles

If you haven't already  please mark Sunday 13th August in your diaries for this trophy event. Graeme will send out an email calling for entries soon. As I have previously said do consider putting your name down even if singles is not your game as its always an enjoyable occasion and chance to mix, catch up and chat when we  play these special events and- added inducement- snacks and nibbles will be provided! Woohoo!

Equipment for Nepal

Last year during the Davis Cup I had the pleasure of meeting, among many visitors that week, Tomas Vana who plays at Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club. Tomas is a Slovakian living here in Sydney and is a very keen tennis player with a very kind heart.  Tomas visited Nepal last year and worked with a group of junior tennis players aged 6-17 years of age, on their clay courts, trying to develop their tennis skills (see Instagram account @tennisnepal or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/nepaltennisassociation) . He is returning to Nepal in September to help run more tennis clinics and is collecting tennis equipment and tennis necessities to take with him to give to kids in this impoverished country who want to play tennis but don't have the financial means to buy racquets,shoes, balls etc.  If you have any new balls, new grips or used tennis equipment in good order that you would like to donate please put in the labelled box in the clubhouse. Tomas will collect and take with him to Nepal in September. A little bit goes a long way in a country like Nepal. If you would like any further information please contact Tomas on 0421 875 787

Thats it for July! As always if members have any questions or ideas please email  secretary@huntershilltennisclub.com.au  and one of the committee will be in contact.

Jane Cowley

On behalf of the 2017 Committee - Roger Brittain, Andrew Chilcott, Seamus Lynch, Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan