Welcome: The President Mr. David Bissett and Directors would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 2018/19 season, and an especially warm welcome to our new and returning members.
We are happy to report that we have 38 new members registered. This is a welcome boost to the club so please make them welcome. Unfortunately we have also lost quite a few "well kent" faces so the membership will remain much the same. This is a good start to the season, however we still require additional members. I would like to thank all members who have worked hard to introduce new people to our club and we ask all members to double their effors to introduce someone to the game we enjoy.
Bowling League: This year we have full sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings whilst Mondays and Wednesdays still have vacancies. The Monday evening league is also full whilst there are increased teams on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Both evenings have an odd number of teams and if we were able to increase this by one team each evening not only would it remove the need for teams to have a night off, but the club funds would benefit by £1420. If anyone would care to sponsor a team on either of these nights it would be greatly appreciated. The Ladies sessions continue as before.
The match committee is developing a strategy for Thursday afternoosn and evenings which will be announced shortly. Meantime the club will still open on Thursday afternoons and evenings to allow for bounce games.
Board of Directors: The Board numbers have returned to a satisfactory level with the addition of six directors. They are Mrs Janie Kyle, Mrs Janette Bray, Mr Robert Bell, Mr Jim Prunty, Mr Martyn Jenkins and Mr W. McGillvray.
We have set up several sub-committees to oversee various areas of club business, and there remains three vacancies on the Board. If you feel you could serve the club as a director we would be happy to welcome your input.
Mr. Jim Prunty has become Gents match secretary.
Kitchen: Scott Rowatt, our caterer, has agreed to commit himself and his wife Stephanie to the club. Scott has significant plans to take the catering to another level, and we trust that you will support him in his efforts. The club is investing heavily in upgrading both the infrastructure and equipment in the kitchen, tea room and bar. We wish to thank Mrs Helen Barclay and her assistants who collected a significant sum from their Bingo evening which covered the cost of carpeting the community room, rear hallway, tea room and bar.
Festive Sixes: We have revamped the popular 'sixes' competition which will be held over the festive season and this is open to all outdoor clubs. Thanks to Belhaven we have a prize fund of £500 so it should be an excellent way to spend the holiday time.
We are looking for 16 teams. If interested please pick up an entry form from the office.
Finance: The club finances are steady with around £40,000 of reserves so we should be in a position to withstand the significant increasing costs associated with running the club. For example our building insurance costs have risen from £450 to £3680.
Use of Facilities:We are glad to see an increase in the use of all our facilities. The new Community room/changing facility is proving a success and we now run several classes which may be of interest to members and their families. Spanish classes, Camera club, Line dancing, Christie's Zen Den (mindfulness) and Slimming World. The function suite is still receiving significant interest for events. If you are planning a celebration or require a venue, please consider using these first class facilities and remember, members can hire the hall free of charge.
Club competitions:The match secretaries inform that the entries for all the club competitions are now posted on the notice boards and entries closed on 5th October. If you have not entered previously please give it a go. Besides giving the club much needed income, it allows you to meet other members whilst enjoying a competitive game.
Asset transfer: This drags on slowly. The club has now been given a figure from North Lanarkshire Council for the purchase of the building - it is £275,000. This does not include expenditure on surveyors, lawyers etc. The Board is now evaluating the best way forward and investigating the possibility of obtaining outside funding for the project. When we find a funder, the club will still have to contribute to
the overall total. To that end, the Board will discuss the possibility of a fund raising campaign.
Joker Competition:This competition has been running for some time. Unfortunately in recent times the income from this source has decreased. We have looked at other clubs and find that this can be a valuable income for clubs. The cash received will go to improving the facilities within the club and we would ask you to participate in the game. The more tickets sold the bigger the prize, the greater the benefit to the club.
Staff:We ahve received the resignations of two of our long serving staff members - Mrs Margaret Campbell and Mrs Janet Daniels. We would like to thank them for their loyal service and wish them a happy retirement. The Manager is at present taking steps to fill the Vacancies.
Bowling Tuition: Mr Dick Boyle will be running instruction classes every Tuesday from 25th September 4pm-6pm (for 8 weeks). This is open to anyone and if you would care to introduce someone to the course we can supply bowls and shoes.
Projects:We are at present seeking quotes to create improved disabled facilities and upgrade the toilet facilities for the function suite. We have discussed the matter with possible funders and are hopeful of their support. If successful it is envisaged that the work will be undertaken May/June next year.