After some time here’s the latest news.
Many of our members have had or are having holidays in Australia.
Andy and Di chilled out in Darwin, Andy also bowled.
As did Olga and Peter who travelled through 5 states on their trip to the Red Centre. They visited 12 bowling clubs! Their photos of the trip are great, such happy and interesting snaps. I’m sure they’ll be pleased to show you them. They have fabulous caravan holidays, last year they did the Burke and Wills journey.
Lindsay has returned from a week in Adelaide, a highlight was the French Impressionist Exhibition.
We have been on our annual Barossa trip, a highlight certainly was the wonderful food in that region. The wine was fine too.
And I’m sure we’ll hear of other interesting holidays.
And for those who are travelling to Europe and America we wish them the happiest of times.
Meanwhile for those in Melbourne there’s still fun to be had.
Wednesday training at Brighton continues as does bowling at Camberwell. Please try and get to Brighton. I know it’s difficult with traffic but I feel it’s very worthwhile.
There are great movies out. The Bookshop and The Death of Stalin I can recommend. There’s always wonderful books to read, favourites at the moment are Manhattan Beach, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.
Killing Eve on ABC iview is chilling and The Fashion Fund on Netflix was enthralling.
Our AGM was well attended and Regis made us most welcome.
Two life members attended, Olive and Marty. As did new members Sue and Joe Aarons.
Congratulations to new committee members Andy Smith and John Finemore. And many thanks to retiring committee member Brian Loh who was a most competent and hardworking ‘maintenance man’. He was well supported by a great ‘maintenance woman’ Robyn.
New selectors are Anne Franceschini, John Finemore, Ed Payne and Roger Morrison. Thanks are due to retiring selector Gregor.
There were a number of interesting questions asked.
The perennial problem of parking was raised and I thought Marty summed the situation up very nicely. And I paraphrase her, “parking was a problem from when I first bowled and then there were houses opposite not the extended Cabrini.”
Functions were discussed. They are my particular bane. The hours involved in their organisation drives me crackers. And that’s before we even man them (and I know Derek and the Classons agree). However they are a necessary fundraiser so we must battle on and thank all those who help.
Thankfully under John Murdoch (with Stuart’s support) Sponsorship is going from strength (thanks Maurice) to strength, which is an enormous help financially.
Speaking of Stuart ‘we’ forgot to thank him for the extraordinary competence and enthusiasm he has brought to the role of president. It was a difficult time for the club with the retirement of a wonderful president in Michael Classon and the loss of 5 of our better bowlers. Stuart and others really stepped up. We owe the 2017/2018 committee and many other members a great deal.
We are continuing with Friday night drinks and if there is sufficient interest next Friday, 13th. July we will have John’s legendary hamburgers with chips for those who’d like to join us for dinner.
A number of MBC members continue to face health challenges and we wish them all the best.
I’d like to thank all those members who’ve been so kind wishing me a speedy recovery. In particular Geraldine’s card which made me laugh and Penny’s offer of soup, made about the time she finished her Ray treatment. Pen is indefatigable. I’m feeling better and will join you Friday night.
Stay warm and well,