As I sit here writing this Members' update the rain is pouring down and the wind is howling and I wonder when we will be back on the lawn courts. No doubt it will be sooner than it seems!
Our Strategic Plan identified a need to formally assess the feasibility of converting court 5 to synthetic grass and this has been the main focus of our recent committee meeting. The benefits of converting the court to a more durable surface include; giving members access to a court all year round and access after weather that would normally wash out a lawn court, increased revenue opportunities for the club through coaching and casual court hire, and reduced green keeping fees.
Past committees have already researched the financials and obtained quotes and we are keen to obtain Member's questions and feedback before proceeding further. Please contact Jane Cowley (by May 20) on 0408 881 238 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute to the discussion, so we can include your submissions at our next meeting.
To keep all Members up to date with club financials we will be posting a monthly summary in our clubhouse on the noticeboard next to the kitchen. We also are now posting a list on the noticeboard of new members who have joined or returned to the club in recent months.
I hope many of you can join us at the upcoming President's Trophy on Sunday May 24, 1pm. A mixed doubles event open to all Members - Email email@example.com to enter by May 17. Graeme will also soon call for entries to the Men's Special Singles & Doubles round robin events.
I look forward to seeing you on the courts soon,
EVENTSSunday May 17 10:30am
Men's Special Singles Championships
Sunday May 24 1:00pm
Sunday May 31
Mens Special Doubles Championships
Tuesday June 16 10:30am
Eve Jenkins Trophy
WEBSITEWe have recently upgraded our website making it more user-friendly for smartphone users and when on the go! Court conditions are now updated daily on the website and it includes a weather widget for local conditions.
If you haven't been onto our web page lately - log on! A members only section is in the process of being added and we will let you know as soon as it is live.
GROUNDS & SURROUNDS
Our cold water Zip filter has stopped working - 15 years old and sadly not fixable. Our committee is obtaining quotes, but - in the meantime we can store cold water in the fridge.
Our front gate was repainted thanks to sponsorship from INSPIRATION PAINTS at Gladesville who supplied the materials at cost price, and Roger Brittain's skill with a paintbrush, and now sports welcoming new signage.
WARDS HUNTERS HILL CHALLENGE
A big thank you to Matthew Ward and WARD PARTNERS for a successful Hunters Hill Challenge Weekend. We appreciated support from HUMMERSTONS GOURMET MEATS and the WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL who sponsored the BBQ and Prizes. Thanks to Caroline Swan and Jane Cowley who put in a huge effort to present the club so well and make the weekend so much fun for the local community. A short video of the day is on our website.
Mixed Doubles winners Sara Goddard & Graeme Sticka, Runners Up Julie & Alf Cocco, pictured with Ellen & Matt Ward. Below: Men's Doubles Champions Drew Biden & Matthew Porter, pictured with the other finalists pairing Roger Brittain & Rod James. Ladies doubles finals winners Kitty Dufficy & Judy Lewis with runners up Caroline Swan & Jane Cowley.