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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
13 May 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli ( ( )
Editor: Helen Pritchard

* 15-17 Exhibition Street Cup W Cockram
* 22 Empire Day Breakfast Tournament J Sear
* 24 Junior Clinic (U16) Pros
* 30 Quarterly Medal #2 Kininmonth/Simpson
* 31 Women’s Handicap Doubles M O’Rorke

Frank Filippelli

Exhibition Street Cup doubles are on this Sunday. Please note that entries for the doubles on Sunday close at 12pm on Saturday, so please put your name down before this so you can enjoy a fun day of tennis.

Members please do not forget to collect your trophies from the meeting room, we would appreciate your prompt collection of your awards.

Robert Kininmonth

132nd AGM

Thank you to those of you who attended the 132nd AGM and trophy presentation at the Club last Wednesday. For those unable to attend here are some comments taken from the minutes now displayed on the Club notice board.

The Treasurer (Rudi Michelson) outlined the strong financial position of the Club, finishing last year with a healthy $96k operating surplus, whilst holding subscriptions and fee increases below CPI. Our ‘future fund’ investment portfolio is now valued at $1.3m.

Andrew Buckle reported on Building and Grounds: completion of lighting upgrade, video camera and streaming system and the women’s change rooms, and upcoming projects including roofing/ventilation upgrade and men’s change room upgrades.

Robert Kininmonth reported on Strategy: the re-invigoration of squash, developing relations with other clubs to foster real tennis, changes in accounts processes and target to have $2m in our “future fund” by 2020.

Owen Guest reported on Tennis: the 2014 World Championships and 2015 Australian Open carnival were held successfully, changes to the club graded and handicap competitions to encourage further participation, and junior events via the junior sub-committee such as the under-60 tournament, which is now a fixture.

Kathryn Arndt reported on Membership, noting that 400 active members out of 571 members is a good indicator or high participation, and that initiatives with junior and womens’ tennis are important for achieving diversity.

The President, Jon Hamer, noted that in the last twelve months the following retired from Committee: Alastair Curley, Michael Wooldridge and Phillip Barker. The President thanked them for their efforts and the meeting offered a round of applause. The President reminded members that the members of the Committee and sub-committees are volunteers, and strongly encouraged members to participate and serve on committees and sub-committees which are vital for the running of the club.

Both Robert Kininmonth and Jon Hamer were re-elected to the Committee. Kathryn Arndt and Owen Guest were elected to the Committee to fill vacancies.

The President thanked Frank Filippelli and the professional staff and Helen Pritchard in Accounts for their excellent service in the past year.

Congratulations to the trophy winners who collected their trophies on the night. A special thanks to Owen and Tabs who put their name on the map when it comes to selecting trophies – a table full of very large ’spinning globes of the world’ as prizes brought a smile to the recipients.

At the post AGM Committee meeting the following office bearers were elected: President – Robert (Fred) Kininmonth, Vice President – Richard Simpson, Treasurer – Rudi Michelson, Honorary Secretary – Kathryn Arndt. Fellow Committee members are Julie Baker – Social, Andrew Buckle – Building, House & Grounds, Jon Hamer – Tennis, Owen Guest – Membership.

Please contact members of the Committee if you would be keen to support the Club by volunteering to serve on a sub-committee. Thank you.


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