Presidents Report

ACT Region Veteran Golfers Association (ACTRVGA) Inc.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club on 18 September 2017.

It gives me pleasure to present this report to you on behalf of your Committee and to advise that we continue to meet the prime objectives of our Association with respect to the promotion, control and arrangement of veteran’s golf in our Region.

Membership of the Committee was unchanged from the last election with Mike Greep and Ian Wallace remaining as ex-officio members..

To all committee members, thanks for your contributions over the past year with particular thanks to David Marron and Tony Wood for their contributions as Secretary and Captain respectively and to Buddy Holley for his game day efforts.  The Committee functions, game day and background operations have worked smoothly due to your input and willingness to pitch in and help out wherever necessary.

I would like to remind members, that it is essential that the Committee has a full complement to ensure the effective running of our Association.  We have several retirements and thus vacancies to fill including Captain and Treasurer.  We would also welcome volunteers to help out on game days and other tasks as required. 

It is critical that we fill these positions immediately.  Please nominate or see a committee member after the meeting if you think you can make a contribution.

As required by our constitution we held at least four Committee meetings during the year.

Operations

Our weekly competitions continue to run well and our program provides all members with at least one game on their home course where possible. The cost of games, availability and popularity of the course (based on attendances) are the main determining factors in setting up the program.

Overall attendances were steady taking account of the normal adverse weather over winter. Declining attendances at country courses remains an issue.  Members have voted with their feet in supporting our efforts to get Royal and Federal back on the program.

The game at Royal in April was a great success with attendances far in excess of our initial estimate.  Thanks to Royal for their cooperation as our numbers expanded.

Federal in April was also well attended with around 90 starters. Members are reminded that we pay a fixed fee for Federal so a good field is necessary to cover costs.

The LendLease sponsored game at Gungahlin was, despite the inclement weather, a great success and we will try for an encore next year.

 

Particular thanks go to Belconnen and Queanbeyan for their assistance when we have had to reschedule games on short notice due to courses becoming unavailable.

Next year’s program is nearly complete with Royal (subject to confirmation) and Federal again on the program.  Unfortunately Cooma has not been included due to poor (under 25) visitor attendances.  Discussions over the last couple of years with the course have failed to generate interest from locals.

Tony has covered these issues in more detail in the Captain’s report.

Finances

We had a good year financially mainly due to our major sponsors coming on board for the financial year with cash, gift vouchers and the raffle prize.  Our overall position is very healthy.

Also we used the ”in kind” component of the Tradies sponsorship to host a very pleasant lunch in June for the 40 or so leaders in the Bob Woods trophy.

Thanks to our sponsors: ACTEW AGL, Drummond Golf, The Tradies and Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club.

All aspects of our financial position are provided in the 2017/18 Financial Statements published on the web site and the Treasurer’s report.

I would also like to thank our Auditor and Life Member Paul Scollen for again agreeing to cast a critical eye over our finances.

Australian Veteran Golfers Union (AVGU)

Last year the National Championships were held on the Gold Coast.  Despite the premium price tag they attracted a full field of entries.  Around a dozen of our members attended alas without troubling the leader boards.

With the price tag came a number of innovations, including club transfer between courses, cart hire, bus transfers, Tshirts and a designated 19th hole each day.

Few other venues will be able to command the Gold Coast prices without impacting attendances.  We will follow with interest whether these innovations are followed in the upcoming Nationals to guide our thinking for our turn in 2022.

This year the championships are to be held at Nelson Bay in November.  Attendances are very good with a strong ACT contingent.

In 2019 the championships will be held in northern Tasmania followed by Victoria, WA and the ACT in 2022.

While it seems a long way off, there is plenty to arrange such as courses, dinner venue, budgets and logistics before we launch at the Championships in November 2021.  We are already collecting volunteers to join the organising group.  See me after if you can assist. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who can help in sourcing sponsors or commercial partners for the event.

Other

In June 2018 we had over 300 financial members.  The introduction of direct debit facilities for renewals has been a resounding success with nearly 200 members taking advantage.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our major trophy winners for the year:-

Rod Drayton               Vets Champion (Gross)

Rod Peters                   Champion (Nett)

Joe Gunning                Bob Woods Trophy

Your Committee welcomes your (constructive) suggestions for innovations or changes which improve our operations and/or participant enjoyment.

Finally, I would like to thank you again for the honour of being your President and for the support and encouragement given to me by the members and committee during my time in the Chair.

 Thank you

 

 

Alan Chrisp

President