On behalf of the Board of Directors, management and staff at our three Workers Clubs, I wish all our wonderful members a Happy New Year and hope all your dreams for the year come true.
The Clubs and Community Awards were held at the International Conference Centre early November and we were happy to be finalists in two categories, “Arts and Culture” for our annual children’s Christmas party and “Support of Amateur Sport” for our new sporting fields and grandstands. We can be extremely proud to be finalists but even more so in being a joint winner in “Support of Amateur Sport”.
This is a wonderful award and I thank Gary Allen, Steve and his crew for the wonderful job they do maintaining the fields to elite level. Our club is the envy of many. If you haven’t had a chance to visit it yet, please try to fit it into your calendar.
The Anita Cobby Fundraiser was held in November and this is also something that we are proud to be involved in. The money raised will go towards building Grace’s Place (named after Anita Cobby’s mother). The primary purpose of Grace’s Place is to provide a unique place of healing and restoration for children traumatised by homicide. I congratulate Martha Jabour and her committee for the tremendous work they have done with the help of our Club, Blacktown City Council, businesses and individuals who have all contributed to realise this dream.
The Children’s Christmas Party was once again a great success and the children love spending this day enjoying rides and treats and, of course, the visit from Santa. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make it a success.
Two very special events were held on Friday 7th December.
Firstly, the unveiling of the “Les Winters Sculpture”. Les was a Director and Vice President of the Club, dedicating over 43 years. Les was a very popular Director who was extremely passionate about his Club, his family and long-time partner Kerry. I personally found him to be the perfect gentleman and I have never heard a bad word said against him. He will be missed but his legacy will still live on.
The sculpture is on display in the Eastern Terrace. Please feel free to sit and have a drink with Les.
The next event on that day is something very close to my heart. “The Old Tin Shed VIP Xmas Lunch” where we honour the members that started our club and members that have given more than 50 years membership. Without these members we would not have the foundation to keep building and improving so on behalf of the Board and management we thank you and appreciate your support.
Congratulations to all our Sporting Bodies for the great results and friendships they have achieved and good luck for the oncoming year. A big thank you to all the hard-working committee members for the work and time dedicated in keeping them going. It is not an easy task and all volunteers are welcome.
For any members who have lost loved ones or friends, please accept our deepest sympathy and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you are finding it hard to cope.
To my Board colleagues, management and staff, lets continue to all work together in 2020 to make our club the place of choice for our members as we continue to make their visits special.
To our members. Thank you for making “Our Club” – “Your Club”.
Keep smiling and be kind to each other.