President’s Report

2020 was indeed a very challenging year, with drought, bushfires and Covid-19, testing all of us. The Club recorded a sizeable profit despite all these impediments which also included a 10 week compulsory shutdown from late March until 1 June 2020. Further details will be provided in the CEO’s report.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank our CEO, Mr Ian Lowndes and his management team for their leadership and work undertaken around this pandemic, especially in preparation for the lockdown and eventual re-opening. With government assistance we were able to keep staff employed during this period with staff taking on unfamiliar duties which included, but not limited to repainting and
cleaning furniture, gardening and general cleaning in preparation of our re-opening.

Our success can be attributed to the diligent efforts of my fellow Board members and the strength and foresight of Ian and his management team, notwithstanding, the enthusiasm and commitment of our front line staff whose resilience cannot be understated, and are to be commended.

I would like to thank our caterer Jason (Carver & Co Catering) for his commitment to serve our patrons with an excellent variety and quality of food throughout the year.

During the shutdown Jason continued to provide a limited menu via his food trucks and take away service which was greatly appreciated.

There was a conscious effort by Club Management and the Board to adhere and fulfil our Covid -19 obligations as stipulated by government health regulations. A special thank you to our Covid Ambassadors for ensuring that our safety was of paramount importance and not compromised.

The Board appreciates patrons understanding that we were not able to provide our usual full services such as bingo, raffles and functions due to the capacity restrictions imposed upon us with the number of persons permitted in the Club and within specific areas. Your sacrifices and continued patronage not only allowed the Club to survive but in fact thrive and remain an agile business.

A major change was seen on the Board of Directors with Mr George Coleman a life member left the Board after 21 years of service. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank George for his tireless efforts, always willing to take on jobs that others could not. George mentored me in my first years on the Board and I greatly appreciate your guidance especially on the various committees that we were a part of. The Board
welcomes our newest member, Mr Bob Bell. Bob brings a wealth of experience to the Board especially with his professional financial abilities and strong financial background.

I would also wish to congratulate Mrs Margaret Kerr on receiving her life membership for her extensive support and volunteer work within the Club. Well deserved Margaret.

Regrettably Covid-19 prohibited the Club from participating in our annual Commemoration March and ANZAC Dawn Service.

It was gratifying to witness so many people showing their respect from their
doorways holding candles near dawn on ANZAC Day. Hopefully in 2021 we will be able to get back to some normality and our March and Dawn Service can proceed.
Thanks to our sporting affiliates for their continued patronage.

It was difficult with so many restrictions that you were able to hold presentations under such strict Covid-19 Safety rules. On behalf of the Board, we wish you the very best of luck with the 2021 season.

It is with regret that due to ongoing health problems, Mr Tony van der Kley decided to stand down as Club President. Tony has continued on as a Director and I thank him for his hard work and service to the Club and in particular wish to recognise his genuine concern for the Clubs constituents.

Tony always had the best interests of the Club at heart and it will be difficult to replace you when you finally call time on your directorship.

Best of luck in the future wherever your future may take you.

I was elected by the Board as President and Mr Michael Beckers as Junior Vice-President in November of 2020.

I would like to thank Michael for taking on the role and as for myself, I look forward to the challenges ahead and I am grateful to the Board for bestowing this honour upon me.

I cannot stress how much I enjoy being part of this hard working Board and thank you for your continued support.

Members requesting further information on the Annual Reports are welcome to contact the Club Reception.

The 2021 Annual General Meeting of Panania East Hills RSL Club Ltd has been set down for 7.30pm on Monday, 12th April 2021.

There are a number of Resolutions concerning the Club’s Constitution which our legal representatives have reviewed pertaining to the Club’s Constitution and have suggested we amend it to bring it in line with accepted industry practices.

The Board strongly recommends that these Resolutions are endorsed by the members.

As such, we look forward to seeing many members in attendance at the AGM.

On behalf of the Board of Management, I extend my sincere condolences to the families of our members who have lost love ones during the past year.

In closing, I wish to acknowledge the support and industriousness of my fellow Directors and our fantastic Staff during these most difficult times.

As always your Directors will continue to strive ensuring your Club continues to prosper and meet your expectation by reviewing and updating services and facilities.

Colin Wallace
Panania Diggers