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SPORTS CLUB MINUTES
Listed below is some interesting reading grabbed from an old Pickering Brook Sports Club's Minutes Book, that was salvaged from a heap of rubbish last year (2018). It covers a six year period between July 1980 and July 1986. It gives an insight into the goings-on behind the scenes of the Club. Some pieces are quite hilarious and will bring on a hearty laugh.
BITS FROM THE MINUTES
21st July 1980
Ron Walters asked if something could be done about the
coin-operated lights in the squash courts, as they are faulty and people are
playing for nothing and lights are being left on. George replied that a quote
is being obtained to put master switches behind the bar, to be controlled by
25th July 1980
Charlie Spriggs, the president announced that the Committee
proposed to submit the name of Mrs. Bernice Fernie as a Life Member,
Vice-President John Grieves rose to speak of Bernice’s 25 years membership and
staunch assistance to the Club – her sporting participation with the Golf and
Tennis Sections. He had great pleasure in proposing Mrs. Fernie be made a Life
Member and this was seconded by Stan Delandgrafft, who concurred with all
John’s remarks, and added that Bernice was indeed deserving of this honour. He
expressed appreciation of the work of the ladies in the Club also, but there
could be only a limited number of Life Members.
The President then spoke in support of the Committee’s proposal,
tracing 26 years of Club history during which Alan Fernie has been Treasurer,
strongly supported by Bernice. He was delighted that Bernice had been proposed
as a candidate for Life Membership and called for a ballot.
The President thanked members for returning office-bearers
unopposed – he has been President for 20 years, Vice-President, John Grieves is
in his 3rd term, and Alan Fernie has been Treasurer for 26 years.
Three Committee Members: Ron Walters, Peter Petrucci and Reg Payne were
Those retiring: Barry Shillingford, Stan Delandgrafft and Moya
11th August 1980
John Greives to be permitted to purchase a record or tape (to
the approximate value of $7.00) weekly to supplement those already owned by the
10th November 1980
Ron Walters asked about the Club sign to go on the road-side.
This has not been picked up from the Signwriter because it is too large to go
in a car. John Greives hopes to be able to get it shortly.
17th November 1980
The President also requested a letter be sent to E. Mason
regarding the parking in reserved area of the President and Treasurer
8th December 1980
The matter of Member playing two-up in the Club was then raised,
and the probable penalties discussed. A suggestion to include a relevant notice
in the next Newsletter was rejected. But all agreed that it should be made
widely known that immediate suspension would automatically ensue following a
breach of the Rules of this kind. The President’s action in writing letters of
censure to the five offending Members was endorsed.
9th February 1981
Re Swimming Pool: A Member of the Club took a sample of pool
water, without permission, for P H Reading. This will not be tolerated, and if
the offence is repeated that Member will be asked to leave the Club.
The President stated that as from next week the price of a glass
of beer would go up to 45c, and this, in his own words, was “bad news”.
13th July 1981
Joe asked that the Club purchase a new mower because the grass
is very long, and many balls are being lost, owing to the bad condition of the
old mower the fairways are not being mowed properly,
28th July 1981
John Grieve spoke for the case of installing a TV in the Games
Room to encourage Members to stay longer. He suggested that we hire a colour
26inch from Canberra TV at $6.81 per week. The company are offering a $3.50 per
month rebate for a sign above their TV. It was suggested that more quotes be
received, and that the Committee would not encourage any advertising.
5th April 1982
Raffle Books. The President suggested that if a Member takes a
book he should be responsible for paying the full cost of the book. There was
discussion on this point, and some felt that unsold tickets should be able to
14th June 1982
Moved by Percy Ware, Seconded by Roy Ward that a letter of
thanks be written to Alec Robinson acknowledging all the work he does around
the Club premises, and informing him of the Committee’s intention to present
him with a carton of beer.
9th July 1982
Ron Pegrum was called upon to speak on the proposal of Percy
Ware for Life Membership. He spoke of Percy’s 22 or so years dedicated
Membership, in which time he has devoted his energy and know-how in a myriad of
ways. In the early days of the Club when he was self-employed, he sacrificed an
enormous amount of time in the Club’s interest, putting his skills in
carpentry, plastering, cementing, etc,, to great use, thereby saving an
enormous amount of money. Percy served on the Committee for 8 years straight at
one period, and is in his second term at present. He has been on the Golf and
Bowls Pennant Teams, also Vice-President of the Golf Section.
Since his employment with the Club as Groundsman his
achievements in the high standard of grounds and bowling greens have been
praised widely – the greens being second to none in the State..
The President seconded Ron’s proposal. He said that Percy had
been a tremendous Member of the Club. He has been employed for more than 10
years; but for the first 10 years he worked as though he was an employed
person. It is Percy who was instrumental in achieving the unique rock work
which is so much a feature of the Club. He announced with pleasure that Percy
Ware had been accepted as a Life Member.
9th August 1982
In regard to the letter from the Golf Section about the
destruction of trees. The President pointed out that the damage caused to the
mower by the gumnuts, and the raking of these, was so costly that the gum-trees
must be removed. But be replaced by other varieties of trees. The Secretary was
instructed to write to the Section explaining this, and assuring golfers that
those red-gums which could be retained would remain and others replaced.
14th March 1983
The question of advertising was raised by Bob Wright. Brian
Gardner Motors had asked Bob whether the Club would mind their advertising at
the Club. Bob was unsure, but felt that permanent advertising inside the Club
would not be acceptable, whereas outside something along those lines might be
undertaken. The Committee asked Bob to speak to Brian Gardner Motors further to
ascertain just what they had in mind. It was agreed that a block or something
similar would be in order.
8th July 1983
One loan had to be re-negotiated on which the Interest (which
had been 6%) is now 14.9%, costing an extra $2,500 to $3,000 per year.
Roy Ward asked about the name on the Alan Fernie Pavilion, and
the President replied that Peter Petrucci will make a wooden name sign very
12th September 1983
John Greives suggested the resumption of meals at the Club on a
regular basis. He felt that availability of meals would bring back some trade
to the bar.
12th December 1983
Phil Pritchard and Bob Wright to liaise on the matter of paint
for the ceiling. A different colour to be used this time, which will disguise
13th February 1984
The President reported on the success of the swimming pool. He
said that the hot summer helped, but also the Education Swimming Classes
involving Mary’s Mount, Roleystone Primary, Roleystone High, Lesmurdie High and
Carmel College were contributing around $400 weekly. This will continue for 5
11th June 1984
John reported on the 10th Anniversary Dance. It went
very well – nearly 300 in attendance – and he thanked all who helped to get
everything ready. Fran Bremner, Lyn Poletti and Freda Wood worked especially
hard, and Jill Spriggs made a very good banner for the front of the Clubroom
which looked effective. The grills did not sell as well as had been
anticipated, but meat was sold the next day with only a small loss.
The Secretary was instructed to write to Bill Nicholls informing
him that the children are playing in the old car parked by the tractor shed and
damage will be suffered of it if it is left there any longer. They have been
throwing stones at the windows and swinging on the doors.
5th September 1984
Letter Drop. If 20 children and 7 adults with cars can be
co-opted into participating, 5000 can be delivered in approximately 2 or 3
hours on Sunday morning. The President took a list of names.
11th February 1985
Friday night’s Bowls was becoming too organised, in the opinion
of one Committee man, but it was pointed out that in order to promote the game
and the night, it is necessary to have organised games, giving new players an
opportunity to learn and foster interest.
9th June 1985
The Secretary requested on behalf of A. Giddings that she be
reimbursed for the loss of a Tupperware container, on the Pro-Am Day, valued at
Life Membership of Amy Giddings. It was resolved that a
Committee consisting of Bob Wright, Jock Rollings and Will Eggenhuizen would
sound out the feelings of the Club Members’
9th July 1985
Resolved that the Committee should write to the Prisons Board
regarding use of Prisoners for Busy Bees for weed control on the oval.
19th July 1985
D. Bullen and P. Ware seconded that Mrs. Jean Higson be accepted
as a Life Member of the Club and spoke of her many years of tireless work for
the Club and it’s Members, especially the Summer Scroungers. G. Spriggs moved
and A. Fernie seconded that Mrs. Amy Giddings be accepted as a Life Member of
the Club, and spoke of all Amy’s work in organising Social and Catering
Functions. The President then declared that Mrs Jean Higson and Mrs. Amy
Giddings had duly been elected as Life Members of the Club.
The President then paid tribute to Mrs. Pat Spriggs, who had
retired after four years as Secretary of the Club. George expressed how sadly
she would be missed, and thanked Pat with a Fry Pan in appreciation for all the
she had done, and wished her well in her retirement.
12th August 1985
Resolved that B. Wright contact Bergers and G. Spriggs contact Colortone
re paint for the Prisoners to paint the Alan Fernie Pavilion inside and out.
27th July 1986
Presidents Report. As you read in the recent Newsletter this is
to be my final report after some 30 years as your President.
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