Club Newsletter – February 2020
Membership as of the 10th February 2020:15,515
Port City Bowling Club are saddened to announce the resignation of our CEO Russell Stockham. Russell is departing after nearly 7 years of employment with the Club. Port City Bowling Club's Board of Directors, Management and Staff would like to wish Russell all the best in his future endeavours.
The Board are now undergoing the recruitment process & selection of appointing a new CEO and will have news regarding the new appointment in the near future.
Welcome our New Finance Manager:
We would like to welcome Matthew Swain as our new Finance Manager to the Club. Matthew is a university degree qualified accountant with experience in the hospitality industry. Matthew has moved from his home town of Armidale to take up the position and join the Port City team. Please join us in welcoming Matthew to Port City.
Christmas & Summer Holidays Review:
The Club has experienced a very successful Christmas and holiday period with increased patronage and sales compared to last year. Our Drift bar.cafe.restaurant continues to be a major draw card for the Club. The Club also had a large number of visitors enjoy 'barefoot bowls' over the holiday period, as a result afternoon barefoot bowls has been extended through daylight savings till the end of February. Members and guests can bring family or friends down and play barefoot bowls from 4:00pm - 8:00pm Tuesday to Sunday for only $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. It's a great activity the whole family can enjoy!
The Board of Directors and the Port City Management team would like to thank all staff of the Club for their hard work over the Christmas and holiday break!
Drift & No.1 Green Update:
The renovation plans for Drift bar.cafe.restaurant and Green No.1 are moving ahead in a positive way. The upgrade of the new No.1 Green to a synthetic surface is underway, the DA for the renovation has recently been approved by the Hastings Council. The Board is now in the process of meeting with contractors and scheduling a date to begin construction.
The renovation and extension of Drift are also progressing with an amended DA to go before Council on the 24th of February, 2020. The Board will then open the process for tenders to be issued in March 2020. This is a great opportunity for the Club to expand and consider future markets.
Drought Relief Campaign Update:
Port City would like to thank all our members and guests for all their ongoing support and contributions to our drought relief campaign. The Club has now made two deliveries to Quirindi Bowling Club since December 2019. The goods were then distributed by Quirindi Bowling Club and the local Rotary Club over the holiday period December and January. The second delivery just took place over the weekend February 8th, the delivery included three pallets of bottled water as well as numerous boxes of non-perishable food and new clothing items.
Port City would like to thank Willing & Able Foundation for their help as they have been a collection point and have contributed the pallets of bottled water and food items as well.
Port City Bowling Club's First Australian Representatives:
Max Glasse & his director Chris Thornton have been selected to play for Australia vs New Zealand in the upcoming Trans-Tasman series in the B2 Blind Bowlers to be held at Port City in May 2020. After winning the state title late last year Max has gone one better to representing his country for the first time.
Fire & Rescue Australasian Titles 2020:
Port City is very excited to hold the Australasian titles starting at the end of August to early September with over 200 men & women competing in the singles, pairs & fours competitions. This year we are lucky to have the Australian ranked No.1 & 2 Women bowlers competing. The Australasian Titles are an exciting competition for the Club to hold as they have teams entering from all over the country and New Zealand for a week of bowls in Port Macquarie, We look forward to holding this great competition.
The 2020 Men’s pennants kick off from February 29th with a ten week competition. Members of the Women's Bowling Club are now able to participate in this competition, it has been great to see several of our Women's Club bowlers’ trialling for positions throughout our eight teams of pennants for this upcoming season.
The 2020 Women's pennants are set to start 16th March and is shaping up nicely, with four Women's pennant teams competing this year. With the success of our grade 1 & grade 4 teams last year making the state play offs we are confident that we can go one better and bring home a flag.