Presidents Message August 2016

Presidents Message August 2016

Dear Members,

This is my last newsletter prior to the AGM in September.

Our new Point of Sale system goes live on the 1st of August, as with all software system upgrades I expect that there will be a number of teething problems whilst it beds in. Please bear with staff during this period as they address any issues. They are very keen to see this system implemented. You can initially help them by ensuring that on your next visit to the club you ask reception to apply a barcode label to your membership card. Over 1800 members have completed this so far.

The end of year Audit by Grant Thornton is almost complete and indications are that the club will make a modest profit this year compared to the substantial loss last year. I’m looking forward to presenting the good news to you at the AGM which will be held on the 25th of September, please pencil this date in your diaries.

The subcommittee for the refurbishment of the ANZAC Lounge is finalising quotes and will shortly present their recommendations to the Executive. It is anticipated that any refurbishment will be carried out over the Christmas/New Year period. We really are struggling to hire this room out in its present state.

Talking about refurbishment. You will notice that the smoking area is in the process of being relocated from the Western outdoor area outside the Atrium to the Southern side of the building outside the TAB area. By moving the smoking area, we will be able to make the most of our large outdoor area for members use and entertainment during Petone’s magnificent summers.

The Executive and Trustees held a Strategic Planning session on Monday the 18th July and have set strategic goals and objectives for ourselves and management for the short, medium and long term. A number of these goals are of course only able to be achieved when our finance situation permits.

Members on a sad note it is with my deepest sympathy that I have to advise the recent passing of our long serving librarian Aileen Billingham. Aileen was the longest serving employee of the club with 49 years service. She was very helpful and knew exactly what type of books members wanted even if they didn’t know themselves. She would often have a selection picked and waiting for a member to collect on their arrival. She will be sorely missed.

The Executive at their meeting last Monday passed a motion to dedicate the Library to the memory of Aileen. A dedication service naming the Library the “Petone Workingmen’s Club and Literary Institute Aileen Billingham Library” will be held in August or September.

In closing I would like to advise you that all current members of the Executive have indicated that they will be standing for re-election. I have really appreciated the support and effort this team has put in over the last two years which has entailed long hours, extra meetings, accepting additional responsibilities and supporting me with some of the challenges the club has faced. Without this support there was no way that the club’s situation could have been turned around to the extent that it has. If I am re-elected for another term I would certainly welcome them back as I believe that we have plenty of work left to do to bring the club back to being the leading club in the charted club community.

So don’t forget to pencil in the AGM on Sunday the 25th of September with Club elections on Saturday 1st of October.

Kind regards

Jim