1) Christmas event Tuesday 8 December, from 1.30, with afternoon tea around 3.00. This Christmas-themed afternoon of novelty croquet, a written quiz and finger food - please bring a plate - will celebrate Christmas approaching, 100 years of the club being on this site, and provide an opportunity to welcome all our new members. More details will be emailed out closer to the date.
2) Garden working bee We will have a blitz on the garden soon. Watch out for your opportunity to be involved.
3) Lawns Many members have been commenting on the improved condition of our lawns, thanks to Alan Smith and Renov8. We are looking to sign a longer term agreement with Alan.
4) Outside events Our U3A course finishes this coming Monday and has been a big success. We have a Healthy Hobart Come-and-Try on Sunday 22 November from 10.00 - 11.30. Bookings are coming in for outside hires in the pre-Christmas period - some during the day. Many thanks to those members who volunteer to make these outreach events so successful. All events should appear on the calendar in the kitchen - it is important that, if you are going to be using one or more of the lawns for any event other than normal social play, you enter it there, so we do not have clashes. As always, we apologise if normal social play is affected. Please note that there are opportunities to shift affected sessions, particularly to Thursday morning.
5) Junior croquet competition Croquet Tasmania is in discussions with the Department of Education about a junior croquet competition. It is likely we would coach students from several nearby schools and then they would compete with other schools. If you would like to be involved, see Garry Forward or me.
6) Club website Occasionally, I overhear comments that something on our website needs updating or changing. If you do notice anything like this, please send me an email. I can’t fix things when I am unaware of them.
7) Buddies for newbies. I am compiling a list of members who would be happy, from time to time, to assist a new member or someone who has taken out a Taste of Croquet package by mentoring them, giving some coaching and generally ensuring they find the club welcoming and accommodating. If you are happy to be on this list, please let me know. On a related matter, I hope all members are familiar with the modified new membership process (Taste of Croquet, cut-rate Novice membership etc - all forms for these are in a black folder on the President’s table) and are actively encouraging others to try our great sport and club.
8) Suggestions for the committee are welcome from all members. If you have any concerns, please talk to a committee member or fill out a suggestion form - also found in the black folder on the President’s table.
Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club