Chairman’s Message

Mike Bailey Warm BG 2016-002 FINAL


It is good to have the opportunity to communicate with you in this, our first edition of Wests World for 2019.

To begin: a couple of dates to remember with the Club’s 64th Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, 30 March from 10am and on the following day, Sunday 31 March the Wests Magpies’ Annual General Meeting is at 10am. Both gatherings will take place in the Lounge on Level 2.

Members will have the opportunity to hear information about Wests Ashfield’s performance and its future. The Notice to Members and the Annual Report will be available for viewing on the Club’s website under the Members’ log-in portal.

I’m delighted to report that your Club’s community contribution through the last financial year saw $2.1 million circulated to worthy organisations in the inner west. It’s also worth mentioning that the 2019 Category 1 ClubGRANTS round for this year will open on Monday, 18 March. Please visit the Inner West Council’s website if your organisation wishes to apply.

In November last year, your Club was proud to host its first “Members’ Kids Christmas Festival”. Level 2 was converted into a family friendly environment with bouncy castles, pantomime shows, a live petting zoo, balloon twisting, and face painting among the list of activities. The day was  a wonderful success, entertaining 300 children over two sessions. Your Board of Directors has decided that the event should be held annually. Dates and times will be released in our Spring issue to allow for registrations. We hope to see you there!

Marking 57 years, the Magpie Sports Awards are to be held on Friday 31 May. This presentation provides opportunities to recognise, celebrate and reward sports people, their organisations and the many volunteers in our local community. Further details are available within this issue and applications are open to one and all, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. If you are aware of an individual or team that deserves recognition and possible reward, please give consideration to applying via the Club’s website under the “Community” tab.

On behalf of all our Directors, the management and our wonderful staff, I thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support of Wests Ashfield.