As the Chairman of your Club, I am proud to report that the Board of Directors, management and staff take great pride in being able to service the needs of the local community and celebrate the vital work carried out by various non-for-profit organisations, including the charitable activities of our local youth.
The Community Spirit Awards on Tuesday, 22 August provided the opportunity to award and support many local organisations, schools and students for the great work that they deliver to our community. The ClubGRANTS Category 1 presentation is included in the event and it is most pleasing to share with you that this year, your Club funded 30 applications across 25 organisations for a total sum of $239,562. This contribution will assist health and wellbeing projects and the disadvantaged people of our local area.
The ClubsNSW Clubs & Community Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by clubs to the social and economic well-being of their local communities. This year, your Club submitted two stories for consideration – the first nomination was in the Arts and Culture Category for the National Songwriters’ Awards, hosted by the Club since 2004 to encourage and assist the work of talented Australians who are the building blocks of the music industry. The second nomination was in the Category of Disability, Welfare and Social Inclusion for the English Conversion Program – a partnership with the local Council since 2011, offering support to dedicated volunteers who give their time each week to assist people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
On this note, I am proud to share that your Club was successful in being selected as a finalist in both categories. The winners will be announced at the Clubs & Community Award Dinner in October. Congratulations to all who have been involved in the work reflected by these two categories and to our staff who compiled very positive submissions for judging.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for taking the time to reflect on these events and we trust that you will continue to be active in enjoying the facilities and services that your Club is able to offer.