Dear Fellow Members,
The General Manager’s Report in this magazine outlines the work done in hotel
rooms and fire services upgrading. Necessary repairs to windows at the
front of the building have commenced. Your Board is actively pursuing
heritage grants to assist with the cost not only of this work but also future
repairs to the western wall.
Your Board is conscious of the need to replace air conditioning equipment
on the upper fl oors of the hotel as well as improving air conditioning
standards on fl oors 6 and 7. I anticipate that at our strategic
planning forum decisions will be made about priorities in relation to these
various projects and other works.
In our last magazine I mentioned that as at December last our membership
stood at 3228. The Christmas/ New Year period a number of our members
did not renew their membership despite polite reminders.
Since my last report much has happened in thelife of our Club.
The Board elections conducted in November saw two of our directors, Iris Morgan and Warren French, not
offering themselves for re-election. I thank them on your behalf for their wholehearted contribution over past
years to the successful running of the Club. Their places have been filled by Doug Cumming and Charles Lucre.
The Board elected Vice President, Lindsay Payne and our Treasurer,Stephen Bates, as Convenors
respectively of the House, Supply & Staff Committee and the Finance
Committee. I look forward to working closely with both of them and with
our ubiquitous General Manager, Warren Lewis.
Our Annual General Meeting was conducted on 28th November in
Cello’s Restaurant with 54 members in attendance including our Patron
Tony Lauer. I thank all those whose contributions ensured a prompt and
effi cient dispatch of the business to be conducted.
Dear Fellow Members,
Our Annual General Meeting will be conducted at 1pm
on Monday 28th November. It marks the completion of another year of profi table
trading. I draw your attention to the notice about that meeting setting out the business
to be conducted. I commend to your perusal the Directors’ Report for the year
ended 30th June 2005 and the Financial Statements which accompany it.
The President’s Dinner was conducted in Cello’s Restaurant on 24th September
with approximately 90 guests in attendance. Our guests of honour were
our Patron M.W. Bro Tony Lauer and his wife, Joy, the Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro Greg Levenston and the Grand Secretary R.W. Bro Kevin McGlinn and
their respective partners. The attendance of these guests marks the close ties your
Board has established with the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT during the last year.
Dear Fellow Members,
Since I last reported to you, much has
happened in the life of our Club. Firstly our hotel has been upgraded
from category 3.5 star to 4 star. This not only refl ects our improving
standards but also brings us into a more lucrative market and your
Board looks forward to increased income from our hotel business.
To keep pace with our new category the Board approved
and the Chief Executive Offi cer has carried out in an effi cient,
timely and cost effi cient way the upgrading of 40 of our 83
bedrooms (together with the corridors) as Phase 1 of our
hotel refurbishment program. The second phase is being prepared
and costed for Board approval.In addition, new cabling will be
installed to improve television reception in the rooms.
The previous President’s Message came to you from our
beloved late President, Bill Wright. That message was received by most
of you just before Christmas. When Bill wrote his last message to
you he was still confident of returning to lead and guide this Club in 2005.
His words were “I look forward to meeting up with you in the New Year”.
In another part of this magazine you will be reminded of some of Bill’s
professional and personal history and his place within this Club.
Our rules do not foresee such a tragic event as the death of a
President whilst in office and there is no provision to appoint a President
in the circumstances. The Board Members unanimously asked me to
act in the role of President until the next elections.