Well Christmas and the New Year are long gone. I hope that those of you that made New Year resolutions are managing to keep them.
The Club traded well over the Christmas and New Year Period with a slight decline in February. However, in saying this budgets are being met.
The poor Summer meant that the garden bar was not used to its full potential but when we had some good weather it was great to see the bi-fold doors wide open, children out playing games and families enjoying the indoor/outdoor atmosphere. The introduction of the spit roast was well received.
Our inaugural fishing competition was a great success and $5,000.00 was presented to the Graeme Dingle Foundation. The weather was not great but 74 hearty souls took to the sea and landed some good fish, Kingfish, Snapper, Blue Cod, Gurnard, Terakihi and other species. The auction after weigh in on both days was well supported and members purchased some quality fish at very good prices. Many thanks to the Fishing Adjunct for providing the filleting service. A huge thanks to all our sponsors with a special mention to our two main partners Hunting and Fishing Lower Hutt and Media Works Foundation. I won’t name individuals but thank you to members, executive, management and staff who put in a considerable amount of time to ensure the success of this venture. It will definitely be a goer for next year.
The renovation of the ANZAC Lounge has finally started and is planned for completion in late May. I believe that when completed it will be a great room for functions and events.
On a more sombre note the flooding in the main bar the day after the November M7.8 Earthquake means that we will have to replace the entire dance floor. The floor will be replaced through the Clubs insurance. However, there will be some disruption in the main bar and I ask that all members be tolerant over this period. Management and staff will be doing their best to ensure minimum disruption.
The Executive, Trustees and the Club Manager have recently attended the Clubs NZ Annual Conference and AGM at Clubs of Marlborough Blenheim. There were some good speakers on Gambling, Alcohol Licensing and the direction that Clubs NSW is heading. These conferences also allow us to network among our sister clubs, get a feel for what’s happening within the industry and benchmark. I believe that the PWMC is well positioned for the future.
I look forward to upcoming events over the Easter period. The Club will be hosting the 52nd Interdominion Darts Tournament between RSL’s from Victoria and NSW and RSA’s. Please make our visitors welcome. Our Cricket Adjunct will be travelling to the Richmond Workingmen’s Club in Christchurch to contest the 80th anniversary of this tournament, let’s hope that we bring the shield back to Petone.
And of course, ANZAC Day will be on the 25th of April.