September 2015

RMTC Weekly news – 30 SEPTEMBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
30 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:

OCTOBER
* 3            AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles                  F Hewson
* 6 & 8    Boomerang Pennant                                                Pros
* 10         Quarterly Medal #4                                                  Barker/Michelson
* 11          Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                      J Baker
* 16 – 19  Alan Hamer Cup Doubles                                     Pros
* 23         Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament               J Sear
* 23 – 25 Australian Masters Championships                 A Gould
* (over 50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 75’s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

DON’T FORGET THAT DAY LIGHT SAVING STARTS SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER SO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR

We still need 5 players for the Quarterly Medal on Saturday 10 October, so don’t forget to put your name on the noticeboard.
LADIES

Please sign up for the Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles on Sunday 11 October, as we are still looking for more players for this tournament

We have courts available for Sunday 4 October, so make a booking for a game, a lesson with Paul Tabley or just organize a practice to prepare for the up and coming tournaments. Please contact the pro office or make your booking on line.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Owen Guest

RMTC Masters Weekend

On the weekend of October 23 – 25 the RMTC is hosting a series of Masters Events for players aged 50 and above. Singles and Doubles will be played in 5 year age brackets (i.e. 50s, 55s, 60s etc. all the way through to 75s) and a Masters Doubles Handicap will also be held. We know many players secretly fancy that they are the best, now is your chance to prove it, be a part of the RMTC Masters Weekend.

Dinner: a Masters Tournament isn’t complete without a Masters Dinner. The Masters Dinner will be held in the Club on Saturday 24^th so please keep this evening free and bring your partner.

Please indicate your willingness to play and come to dinner by placing your name on the sign-up sheet on the Notice board or by calling the Pros. Please note that due to time restraints entries will be limited to no more than two events per player and remember, the Over 55s singles and doubles are recognised as ARTA events so enter these and glory could be yours.

The Masters Weekend remains one of the staple events on the RMTC Calendar so sign up now. Entries will close on October 19^th and if you have any further queries please contact Tournament Director Henry Turnbull or the Pros.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Vince Scopelliti

The annual RMTC v Sydney play off for the Barry Toates Trophy was held last weekend on the 26 September. This consisted of 10 handicap games singles sets, first to 6 games and 11 games of doubles first to 8 games.

With Sydney having won this tournament since 2010 the pressure was on RMTC to turn the tables. RMTC started well and after completion of the singles RMTC was up 6 sets to 4 sets. The morning single games saw some very good tennis with birthday girl Lizzie Brown setting the tone with some outstanding tennis to win her game convincingly. The doubles proved to be a very close encounter and saw some wonderful play. The Cooper brothers for Sydney were in sensational form and played some almost faultless tennis and after the first 6 games, RMTC, remained two games clear. However the Sydney team managed to even the score at 10 sets all with just one game to play. Sav Cremona and Damien O’Meara on behalf of Sydney were left to play Steve Wood and Michele O’Rorke in the last and deciding set but unfortunately for RMTC the Sydney players held their nerve and played some very solid tennis to win the last game. The final result was Sydney 11 sets defeated RMTC 10 sets.

We were blessed with a magnificent sunny day on the Saturday which seemed to rub off on everyone as there was a very positive vibe between the RMTC and Sydney players which carried over into the wonderful dinner that was enjoyed by all 30 odd who attended the Piano Thai restaurant on Bridge Road Richmond. An excellent recommendation from Jonathan Howell. I would also like to thank Jonathan and the rest of pros for putting together the playing schedule and marking the games. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all.
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MAIN COMMITTEE
Julie Baker

CAR PARKING

May I remind all members that you may only use the car park, when you are using the Club.

We do have a club tournament on Grand Final Day and there is no parking for members going to the game.
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LIBRARY
Richard Travers

Allan Willingham has given the Library a copy of Sport in Victoria : a History (Ryan Publishing, 2015). Edited by Dave Nadel and Graeme Ryan, it covers just about every sport except quidditch, which is now played in Fawkner Park. Allan wrote the section on Real Tennis (p. 202-204), which includes a hand-coloured etching of the Exhibition Street court.
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KITCHEN

The kitchen is open for lunch on Friday 2 October, so come along and enjoy one of Evie’s creations to start the month of October off.

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RMTC Weekly news – 23 SEPTEMBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
23 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
SEPTEMBER
* 24 Junior Clinic (U16)                                                    Pros
* 26 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)           V Scopelliti

OCTOBER
* 3 AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles                    F Hewson
* 6 & 8 Boomerang Pennant                                            Pros
* 10 Quarterly Medal #4                                                   Barker/Michelson
* 11 Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                        J Baker
* 16 – 19 Alan Hamer Cup Doubles                               Pros
* 23 Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament                J Sear
* 23 – 25 Australian Masters Championships            A Gould
* (over 50s, 55s, 60s, 70s, and 75s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

The following events need players to sign up, so please come along and enjoy the tennis and the social activities of the day. We are calling on all female members of the RMTC to especially sign up for Sunday 11th October.

GRAND FINAL DAY HANDICAP DOUBLES – SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER

JOAN M HAYNE HANDICAP DOUBLES – SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Kathryn Arndt

Candidates for Membership

The following candidates for membership of the Club have been approved by the Committee for listing on the Notice Board, prior to being submitted for election at the next Committee Meeting. If any member has any objection to, or reservation about, the persons listed, they should contact the Honorary Secretary or any other member of the Committee, and make their concerns known.

Completed nominations are on hand for:

Stephen Ross Shelmerdine
Anthony Shaw/Elizabeth Brown/Philip Barker
Armadale
Viticulture, Self Employed

FOR SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP – SQUASH – GRACE PARK/HAWTHORN CLUB*

Samuel Nash
Wilson Lorimer/Paul Scally/Robert Kininmonth
Southbank
Personal Banker, ANZ

Darcy Walsh
Wilson Lorimer/Paul Scally/Robert Kininmonth
Bundoora
Student, La Trobe University

Theam Chye Lim
Balwyn North
Wilson Lorimer/Paul Scally/Robert Kininmonth
Retired, Lawyer

Should any member wish to make a formal objection in respect of the above nominations, it needs to be made to the Honorary Secretary, within two weeks of this notice

*NB:Under Section 5.3(m )of the Constitution, the above nominations are recommended for election with the following terms and conditions of entry:

These Special Members (Squash) pay an entrance fee of $200, pay an annual subscription at same level as a Non-Playing Member, pay squash court fees, have no voting rights, and have the same access to tennis courts as Non-Playing Members (but at the discretion of the Head Professional). Special Membership (Squash) is for a period of up to two (2) years, after which such time players must apply for Ordinary membership if they wish to remain in the Club. It is a requirement that such members remain active members of an RMTC Pennant Squash team. Squash Members also have limited access to the Club’s car parking facilities.

Although not required under Section 5.4(d) of the Constitution, the above nominations have been proposed by Wilson Lorimer, seconded by P Scally, and refereed by R Kininmonth.

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RMTC Weekly news – 16 SEPTEMBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
16 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:

SEPTEMBER
* 22 & 24          Junior Clinic (U16)                    Pros
* 26                   Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)     V Scopelliti

OCTOBER
* 3                    AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles        F Hewson
* 6 & 8            Boomerang Pennant                         Pros
* 10                   Quarterly Medal #4                       Barker/Michelson
* 11                  Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles            J Baker
* 16 – 19            Alan Hamer Cup Doubles                    Pros
* 23                  Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament      J Sear
* 23 – 25            Australian Masters Championships        A Gould
* (over 50s, 55s, 60s, 70s, and 75s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

The markers aid is located below the markers board on each of the courts. This device is available to assist in the marking of handicapped matches, particularly the “HALF” handicaps and match play. Restrictions are involved.

JUNIOR TENNIS CLINICS

Holiday Junior Clinic (U16) will be run on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th between 10am to 12pm.
Please book early to reserve your childs spot.

BARRY TOATES TROPHY (RMTC vs SRTC) SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

The club is still looking for 3 to 4 players to battle Sydney in what will be as usual a fun day of tennis.

GRAND FINAL DAY HANDICAP DOUBLES – SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER

Morning Tournament

Round Robin doubles, followed by a Final (to be finished by 2pm)

Traditionally the AFL Grand Final is the biggest day in the sporting calenday in Melbourne, played at the “G”

Why not join in the celebrations at the club by participating in a tournament on Grand Final morning, then stay around to watch the game on the TV at the Club.

Late Lunch and watch the Grand Final at 2.30pm at RMTC

URGENT

BOOMERANG CUP PENNANT

Two separate groups of 4 teams starting Tuesday 6th October or Thursday 8th October from 7.00pm for a 7 week season. Team captains need to register with the pro shop as soon as possible.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Julian Snow

The club’s annual Internationality handicap doubles event is generously sponsored by the MacKinnon family. The winners’ prize is a week’s accommodation at their 3 bed apartment in Noosa. On Sunday 13 September Andrew MacKinnon arrived early at the club having driven for 2 hours, prepared an 8am breakfast for players, supported the tennis through the day, presented the trophy (+ a best dressed prize to Annie Dempster) and then offered an open bar to those who remained. The players much appreciated all of this.

Twenty four players, whose handicaps ranged from +6 to 92 no less, played in two groups of 6 pairs. Each pair chose a country to represent (in practice or in theory) and came with some form of national dish for lunch. Happily, they did so sufficiently generously that there was more than enough food to go around.

The usual suspects, from the overly competitive section of the club’s membership or its handicap bandits (or both) progressed to the knock-out stage.

The final materialised into a re-match from earlier in the day between Julian Snow & Wendy Whitehead (England) and Vince Scopelliti & John Piccolo (Italy). Julian’s anger at losing to John at 9am stirred him sufficiently to play to near his best level. He had to, anyway, as John & Vince played many fine shots. For all that, it was Wendy, in a very tight match, who made a crucial winning volley from the net at the vital moment.

When the bell sounded, to the Italians’ chagrin and English relief, it was Julian & Wendy who led by a narrow margin of 4 games to 3. They were, however, 40 owe 15 down in the unfinished game, which fact gave John reason to lament his misfortune for the remainder of the day.
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SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Julie Baker

Christmas is coming and we are now getting inquiries from members who wish to have their Christmas function at the club.
If you are interested in having your function at the club, then please contact the proshop sooner rather than later!

Julie Baker
0412 411 624[m]

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RMTC Weekly news – 9 SEPTEMBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
9 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
SEPTEMBER
* 11                  Ladies Tennis Introduction Afternoon          J Howell
* 13                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                Mackinnon Family
* 22 & 24      Junior Clinic (U16)                                                Pros
* 26 & 27      Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)         V Scopelliti

OCTOBER
* 3                  AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles              F Hewson
* 6 & 8           Boomerang Pennant                                            Pros
* 10                Quarterly Medal #4                                               Barker/Michelson

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

URGENT

BOOMERANG CUP PENNANT

Two separate groups of 4 teams starting Tuesday 6th October or Thursday 8th October from 7.00pm for a 7 week season. Team captains need to register with the pro shop as soon as possible.

Junior Clinics during school holidays Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th from 10.00am.

Saturday 26th September. RMTC vs SRTC RMTC players required, please see the pros.
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MIKE GARNETT
The Annals of Tennis (1878)

Members will have received information on the reprinting of this rare and informative real tennis book by Julian Marshall. Please note that the deadline for orders is Friday 18 September. This will enable the book to be available for collection at the club prior to Christmas 2015.
Contact: Mike Garnett e: garnettm@bigpond.net.au (mailto:garnettm@bigpond.net.au)

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RMTC President’s Newsflash Calling for Boomerang entries and Squash membership update.

Latest news from the RMTC

President’s Newsflash

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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* Boomerang update –online now
* Boomerang Pennant season for RMTC starts 6th or 8th October, contact pros
* Squash membership update
* Larwood and Eureka Cups match report

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FROM THE PRESIDENT
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It’s nice to farewell a rather cold winter and welcome in the warmer Spring months with lots of tennis and squash activities. Make sure you don’t miss out on being involved like those members who made their way to Ballarat to play for the Eureka and Larwood Cup – see the report below.

Fred Kininmonth
President
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2016 BOOMERANG CUP AND HANDICAP DOUBLES
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Calling for entries now – by 25th September.

Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to prepare for the Boomerang Cup. We have expressions of interest from a number of new teams representing France, the Netherlands, U.K. and the mighty U.S. of A. as well as from a number of familiar faces.
It is now time to lock in your place in the world’s largest amateur handicap doubles event – the 2016 Boomerang Cup and RMTC Handicap Doubles.

How do I enter and what is included?
Visit the Boomerang 2016 page for all the information on how to enter including the social activities planned for you.

I haven’t got a team, what do I do?
If you have not got team in mind but would like to play, never fear, please enter online and we will find a team that is right for you.

What’s happening with the social events for the Boomerang?
Starting in the club’s beautiful gardens with the opening cocktail party, we will also be visiting the Richmond Rowing Club (down by the Yarra), with another venue to be announced in due course. Visit the Key Dates section of the Boomerang webpage to find out more.

Want to know more about whats happening in January 2016?
In the lead-up to the Boomerang you can go to Hobart and play in the Commonwealth Challenge, entry forms are available via the Boomerang page.
For full information on the 2016 January carnival of tennis at RMTC, please visit the Major Tournaments section of the RMTC website incorporating; the Australian Open 2016, Pro-Am 2016 and Boomerang Cup and RMTC Handicap Doubles 2016.

Next steps for RMTC players:
Boomerang pennant is coming, commencing 6th/8th October so get your teams in now to the pros, indicating your preference of Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Please take the opportunity to get some serious practice now – if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to enter a team.

If you have any questions please contact Tournament Director Owen Guest

by email boom@rmtc.com.au or by phone on 0408 577 375.
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SQUASH UPDATE

Members will be aware of the re-invigoration of squash at RMTC, with one pennant team running since 2013, and a second team recently who went on to win the B4 squash pennant in their first season. Grace Park Hawthorn Club is currently re-developing their facilities (with 4 new squash courts being built). A mutual dialogue between our Club and GPHC has led to RMTC agreeing to host three GPHC pennant squash teams under a joint RMTC/GPHC banner, until their new courts are completed (due October 2016). Accordingly a number of additional squash players from GPHC are to be introduced to the club under the same terms as the other special (squash) members, providing an additional 1 ½ nights per week of pennant competition hosted at RMTC.

The Tennis sub-committee is actively monitoring the squash pennant nights, to ensure that these operate smoothly alongside the club’s Real Tennis and other activities. Whilst this is being done to help out another sporting club with their squash needs, it is hoped that we will be increasing the visibility of Real Tennis, and ultimately that we will be attracting new players to the game of Real Tennis. Please join me in making these new players welcome when you see them around the club.

Explanatory note: Special (squash) membership is currently offered in order to encourage squash playing at the club and potentially to encourage squash players to play tennis. Special (squash) membership lasts for 2 years, is subject to an entrance fee of $200, they pay an annual subscription at the same level as non-playing members, pay court charges, have no voting rights, and have the same access to tennis courts as visitors (but only at the discretion of the head professional). It is a requirement that such members remain active members of an RMTC Pennant Squash team.

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EUREKA AND LARWOOD CUPS – RMTC v BTC

Each year Ballarat and Melbourne compete for the Eureka (men’s) and Larwood (women’s) Cups, both handicap events. It was our turn to venture to Ballarat. Taking a leaf out of the English playbook for the recent Ashes series, Ballarat prepared the court to suit their local team – freezing temperatures and no bounce off the back wall. Our players struggled to thaw out and edged as many mishits as the Aussies in England.

Sets alternated between men and women throughout the weekend. This resulted in a great atmosphere with the dedans being full of enthusiastic and noisy spectators supporting each match.

In the Eureka Cup RMTC was represented by: Fred Kininmonth (president/captain), Dick Friend, John Woods-Casey, Mike Garnett, Geoff Dempster, Roland Scollay, Peter Stanley, Greg Moran. They competed against the Ballarat team comprising: Stuart Strange (president/captain), Peter Dunn, Rob Jolly, Mick Fenelon, Nathan Baker, Mike Whitehead, Dean Cinque, Vince Scopelliti, Mick Fenelon, Jim Stephen, Robert Lagerberg. Result: 7/1 Saturday, 5/3 Sunday = 12/4 win to Ballarat.

Our women’s team competing for the Larwood Cup included: Evelyn Yee, Jo See Tan, Carla Story, Michelle O’Rorke, Edwina Coller, Annie Dempster. On the opposing Ballarat team: Tanya Baker, Michele Hoskin, Rachel McKay, Annie Strange, Cathy Faull, Cora Trevarthen, Laura LeMarshall, Wendy Whitehead, Stephanie Williams. Result: 4/3 Saturday, 5/0 Sunday = 9/3 win to Ballarat.

Congratulations to Ballarat on their strong victory in both events. They were gracious hosts on all levels, providing billets and a splendid dinner in the Club on Saturday night – prepared by Annie & Stuart Strange, Tanya Baker, Ian Chambers, Cath Collins & Rob Jolly – featuring some amazing curries. Thank you to Annie Strange for also providing delicious lunches and snacks throughout the tournament.

There were many highlights throughout the weekend, particularly the noticeable improvement of our less experienced players and first time visitors to Ballarat. For example Geoff Dempster picked up some great tips in doubles play and “owned” the galleries, returning some incredible volleys and helping win some very close matches. Jo See Tan had some nice wins too playing some very strong tennis against seasoned opponents. It was great to see our Junior pro John Woods-Casey playing in Ballarat for the first time and meeting Club professional Brett McFarlane and many of the BTC members. Thank you Brett, John and our pro-shop for helping to arrange a fine tournament enjoyed by all.

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RMTC Weekly news – 2 SEPTEMBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
2 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
SEPTEMBER
* 4                      RMTC vs The Jesters                                                                         J Buckley
* 11                     Ladies Tennis Introduction Afternoon                                        J Howell
* 13                    Internationality Handicap Doubles                                              Mackinnon Family
* 22 & 24          Junior Clinic (U16)                                                                             Pros
* 26 – 27           Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                     V Scopelliti

OCTOBER
* 3                      AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                             F Hewson

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

The Ladies Tennis Introduction Afternoon is on 11 September at 4.30pm to 6.30pm, please bring along some friends to introduce them to the game and enjoy the free lesson.

The Mackinnon family have kindly donated a weeks accommodation for six people at Noosa as the first prize for the Internationality Handicap Doubles. Details are on the board so please sign up to have a chance to win this very generous and fantastic prize.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Fiona Hewson

Do you have any plans for AFL Grand Final day?

At the RMTC we will be hosting the annual Grand Final Handicap doubles to be played on Grand Final morning. This is a great fun event that usually attracts some formidable pairings and is open to all keen doubles players across all handicaps.

A light spread of grazing platters will be provided for lunch prior to the main AFL grad final which we then have on the television and encourage you to stay at the club and support your finalists both in the tennis and the footy during the afternoon. Play is completed prior to the grand final bounce down. Sign up via Noticeboard or contact Fiona Hewson change@fionahewson.com (mailto:change@fionahewson.com)
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SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Julie Baker

As you are all aware Boomerang is on from Monday 11 January to Saturday 23 January 2016.

We are at the planning stage; confirmed is the Opening Cocktail Party, which will include the singles final of the Australian Open, Billets party is on the roof top of The Atheneum and the Mid Tournament Party will be at the Richmond Rowing Club. The final dinner venue is to be decided.

I am currently looking for two staff members. If you know of anyone interested please ask them to text me on 0412 411 624. This would ideally suit uni students or someone on their gap year.

Barista with experience to work daily 10.30 – 1.30pm Barperson to work daily from midday to 7pm. Ideally they should have their RSA and must be over 18 years of age.

Unfortunately, our Club rules preclude us from employing a Club member. However, a friend, girlfriend or boyfriend of a Club member would be ideally suited.
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NEW MEMBERS

The club would like to welcome the following new members and hope they enjoy their time at the club

Mark Hillibrand
Edwina Coller
Vince Stefano
Joe Ferwerda
Blake Hillibrand
Georgina Brand
Bruce Harris
Jeremy Hawkins
Nicholas Worth
Annie Dempster

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