Over the last couple of years, the Board of our club has embarked on a deliberate strategy of ascertaining the views of our members on steps that we could take to not only move our club forward but also to keep us financially viable. These views were obtained by doing our own surveys and in 2015 we engaged a consultancy company for the task.
As a Board we have used the information obtained from these surveys and structured our development accordingly. For example, a downstairs café had been identified as being a need of the members and so we have been excited by the on-going development of the downstairs bar which incorporates facilities for the provision of a light meal. Similarly, we heard the call to incorporate facilities for the family and hence the development of the playground equipment for the young children. One meeting several years ago pointed out that the Men’s toilet at the western end of the club was old and a complete refurbishment has occurred.
It should be noted that we have no outstanding debt for all of the renovations that have occurred around the club over the last couple of years. As a Board, we will need to continue our planning and look for innovative ideas which can attract new members and assists us in selling our club as the ‘Community Hub’ for Bogangar/Cabarita Beach.
To assist us in our endeavours, our club needs highly competent, enthusiastic and committed Directors for the Board. Under the current Registered Club Act, all Directors must complete mandatory training in what it means to be a Director and to understand fully the club financials for which the Board Directors are responsible.
In February this year, we conducted a seminar for interested members on “What it meant to be a Director”. I was very pleased by the response we received when around 20 bowlers/social members attended this information session. Under our new constitution, all eligible members must attend this pre-nomination information session (Clause 27.10) before they are able to submit their nomination to be elected one of the 7 Directors.
Currently, we have 6 Directors following the resignation of Robyn Wickbold at the end of 2016. I would like this opportunity to publicly thank Robyn for the work she did over a number of years as a Director.
At our 2017 April Board meeting, the Board decided to invite Marg Turner (Clause 35.3) to fill this casual vacancy. Marg has been an active member of the Cabarita Beach Women’s Bowling Club for many years and is currently Vice President of the ladies club. Marg has completed all the relevant requirements outlined in the constitution and has been an enthusiastic and caring worker among the lady bowlers. We indeed look forward to Marg’s contributions in Board discussions.
Back in early 2000’s the NSW Premier asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to conduct a review of the registered club industry in NSW. The final report was printed in 2008.
One shortcoming IPART committee identified was the constitutional restriction that limits the number of Board positions that social members can hold and hence inhibiting people with appropriate skills from being elected to registered Club Boards. One recommendation from the IPART report adopted by the Government was that Board should modify their constitutions so as 2 social members with the desired skills could be appointed Directors by the elected Board for a period of no more than 3 years. As a result, our new constitution states that the current Board can make these appointments for the benefit of the club. (Clause 27.2 and 27.4)
At our 2017 April Board meeting, the Directors decided to invite John Klose and Kearen Finn to become Directors of the Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club until the 2019 AGM.
John has an enormous amount of business experience which will be of great assistance as we steer our path through future developments. Kearen has had managerial experience with Centrelink and has had active involvement with our Fishing Sub-Club and is a regular attendee at club activities. All members will be able to view John’s and Kearen’s curriculum vitae to be found on the Club Noticeboard in the TAB area.
I am confident that Marg, John and Kearen will broaden our thinking and thus enhance our decision making in the coming months.
Finally, the Board is reliant on their decisions being effectively acted upon. Our thanks are extended to our General Manager, Nick Brabham, and his staff for their support of the Board. As well, we have many volunteers within the sub-clubs who devote hours of their time in ensuring their clubs meet the varied needs of their members.
On occasions, we stop to recognize the outstanding commitment individuals have made to the functioning of our club over the years. At a specially convened General Meeting on Saturday 15th July at 1:00pm, I will be asking the members to bestow Life Membership on Mr. Ron McCauley for his outstanding contribution to the bowling community at local, district and Zone level. This activity will form part of our 54th Anniversary Celebrations on this weekend. I trust that we can all come together to acknowledge Ron’s contributions.
Let us continue to work together in making the Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club the best club on the Tweed Coast.
5th May, 2017