Presidents Message – December 2020
With it not being long now until the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to thank our members for all the support they have given over the 2020 year. The impact of COVID-19 presented a year like no other, but I could not be prouder of the hard work and collective energy of our staff, volunteers, and loyal members. We are optimistically hopeful we are going to be Covid free and everyone will be in holiday mood and enjoy what the Club and Pauanui has to offer.
Summer Series: These events are in their final planning with the programme ready for distribution. We have some great new events along with the traditional events for all to enjoy. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in putting this programme together for your enjoyment.
Volunteers Night: On Monday night we held the annual Volunteers Night and Kevin Reilly from the Bowling club was chosen as the PSRC Volunteer of the Year for 2020. The bowling club has been a great success story over the past year. They have been led by a strong committee of which Kevin is the Secretary Treasurer. He has worked tirelessly for the bowling club introducing new competition programmes and assisting in securing sponsorship.
As always, the volunteers have been working tirelessly on golf courses, bowling clubs and around the club. The highlight is the upgrade of Mini Putt. There has been a group from the Menz Shed who have worked endless hours to transform Mini Putt to its former self. The remaining task being the repainting of the ponds has been promised before Xmas. Originally there was a Paddle on one of the holes and a wishing well. The Menz Shed would like to create these again . If anyone has a photo could you send me a copy and hopefully these iconic features could be rebuilt.
Events: Melbourne Cup and the Charity Luncheon were fundraisers for Prostate Cancer. The Club raised approx. $15,000 for this cause from these two events. Everyone had a great time and were entertained by Gary McCormick and Buck Shelford at the luncheon.
The Wine club is an immensely popular event and there is one more night prior to Xmas.
A successful Tradies Golf tournament was held the last week of November and enjoyed by all.
All the Clubs and User groups are celebrating with their end of year functions, so the club has been extremely busy.
Pleasing to see our Thursday and Friday nights have been well attended. It has been a pleasure to meet many new members on a Friday night. Our caterers are providing excellent meals and I have enjoyed seeing the friendships and exciting buzz around the Club. Coming out of Covid lockdowns has made us all appreciate what we have in our own community.
Golf Courses are not a Playground or Park for leisurely strolls. We are concerned about the number of people that use the golf courses as an easy access, playground, or shortcut. The golf courses are private land, and we are genuinely concerned that there could be an accident on the course with a stray ball hitting a pedestrian. Bikes, dogs, skateboards, mobility scooters, children and young people playing cricket have all been seen and this has highlighted a huge concern for the Club and its golf members. If you see anyone other than golfers on the golf courses could you, PLEASE SUGGEST to them that they refrain from using the course as a playground or walkway. I would appreciate your help with this concern.
Thanks to your support we have had positive trading given the circumstances and a snapshot view of our results is as follows:
Business Performance for the Year Ended 30th September 2020
The Year includes constrained trading (level 2 & 3) and almost 7 weeks of Level 4 shutdown (which accounted for the reduction in revenue and gross margin compared with last year). A big thank you to members who continued to pay their subs over the year. This coupled with the government wage subsidy has generated a cash contribution for the year of more than $50k better than last year.
Best Wishes for Xmas and the New Year and a great Summer holiday.
Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club.
The full survey results are available here: Survey Results