A reminder to all members that donations for the Farmers Drought Relief can be dropped off at the club on Friday 12th October, Saturday 13th October and Sunday 14th October between 9am and 12pm. Things like slabs of bottled water, rice, pasta, canned goods and a range of rural supplies from CRT Ourimbah. Be sure to show your SBGC members card for a discounted price. Bags of oats are particularly useful. These will be co-ordinated for delivery to major centres in the northwest of NSW by Fergus Taylor, with the help of School Chaplains. Donations of money can be made at reception in the club. This will be used to purchase more of the above items. We have three large trailers to fill.

The Board received a written submission from the Moaners Sub-Committee to recognise the contribution to the club of former director and life member Alby Foskett. It was a very easy decision because of Alby’s input into so many club activities including the Moaners, Top Gun, Carols by Schoonerlight, Pro Am Calcutta, Trivia nights and the list goes on. I am pleased to announce that the downstairs bar will now be known as The Alby Foskett Sports Bar, recognised by a plaque above the service area. Brett Philpott, Paul McPhail and Don Parish all made a strong case for this timely dedication and I was delighted to be a part of the announcement. It was indeed a great Football Day. (Even without the Bunnies).
Nominations for the election of President and Two Directors closed on 23rd September and a draw for ballot positions took place on 24th September. You will receive the notice of meeting with the ballot papers over the next few weeks. The AGM will be held on Monday 19th November. Registration for the meeting will be outside the Grace room at 6.30pm for commencement at 7pm.

The Board forwarded the current constitution to a law firm to assess its currency, and they have recommended a number of changes to ensure its validity under the Registered Clubs Act and other relevant legislation.

A copy of the recommended changes will be forwarded along with the notice of meeting and the adoption of the new constitution will be moved at the AGM. It is time for the update. Any comments, suggestions or questions about the changes or finances need to be in writing to the General Manager at least 7 days prior to the AGM. All reports will be on the website and hard copies will also be available at reception well in advance.

I have recently been questioned by members about changes to their membership categories based on their age or length of membership. Any changes to a category are activated each year when the invoices go out. If you have an anniversary or birthday that affects your category of membership during the financial year, this comes into effect the following year. For example, if you turn 70 in October 2018, you become a senior member from the 1st of July 2019.

In relation to members who use their own cart on the course, I draw your immediate attention to the fact that if it does not display a current registration sticker it is invalid and cannot be used until this is addressed. Please see Cheryl our Membership coordinator to register your cart and receive your sticker.

While this may seem a little early, after a lengthy discussion at the last Board meeting it was recommended that the Christmas Gala Day remains as an AM/PM shotgun with meals included as part of the days event. The same will apply for Captains/Presidents, while the Junior Gala Day will be an AM event only, followed by a meal. These are great events and I encourage you to participate on the day.

The Pro Am was held on Friday 28th September and the excellent condition of the course and the smooth organisation and running of the event was strongly emphasised by the PGA representatives. The greens were a highlight and received much praise from all participants. Well done to our course Superintendent Andrew Banning and his team. Jason Hart and his staff will also no doubt be in contention for Pro Am of the year awards. It was such an impressive feeling amongst all participants. My personal thanks to the support from all our sponsors and congratulations to General Manager Scott Armstrong and Head Chef Daniel Magill for their role.

Just one amazing anecdote, one of the young up and coming golfers Tim Ralph hit his drive off the 7th tee into the 2nd bunker on the left side of the 7th green. Simply astounding and a sign of things to come! They play a different game.

As we head into our Club Championships for both Men and Ladies, I wish all our members good luck and good golfing. The course should be in peak condition and reward the best. I look forward to following the results.

Allan Arkins