It is with deep regret that I inform you that Pam Bodey’s husband, John, passed away yesterday. Our thoughts and heartfelt wishes are with Pam at this sad and difficult time.
Our second Hi/Lo event will be held on 21 September. That is a week later than originally planned.
Discussion continues around the best arrangements for the tea breaks. The committee again yesterday looked at alternate arrangements. The key safety issues which preclude some arrangements are:
- The trolley/table must remain at least 1 metre away from the emergency exit. No exception.
- People must not take cups from under the urn tap.
- We don’t want people having to walk over electrical leads as it is a trip hazard.
Viv Dawes is going to talk to some of the other helpers in the kitchen and experiment with other arrangements and if they think they have come up with a good idea pass it along to Katie Emms to be presented to the committee. Maybe the current arrangement is as good as it gets and the congestion is just the result of our growing numbers.
Dot Blomley and Gwen Hinchliffe and going to draw up a reduced list of commonly purchased items for the information of our shoppers. If you want something that the club hasn’t provided, you may have to bring it along yourself. We are going to look at whether a Woolies delivery once a month is a possibility. Each of the products we purchase has a use by date. However, for some items, that use by date becomes irrelevant once the item is opened. For example, a dip may have a use by date of 30 September but if you opened it today you be braver than me to still be eating it in six weeks time. Not so long ago we used to put a piece of masking tape on the dip with the day written when the dip was opened. Not a bad idea. I don’t drink tea or coffee so don’t use the milk. So I don’t know if we have any milk bottles which are opened and which we still have a week later. It might also be a good idea to try dating the milk for a while so we can see whether it is a health issue.
Whilst we’re talking health, two points:
- There is a hand sanitiser installed for people to use before starting the tea break. It’s on the wall near the kitchen; and
- No double dipping of biscuits in the dip please. It makes people cringe.
Over the years, the club has built a collection of plastic containers which people have left behind. These are taking up cupboard space which we will need if we start getting monthly deliveries. I’m going to put the containers out on a side for a week. If you see one of your long lost items, please take it home. At the end of the week I’ll throw out any remaining containers.
The deposit has been paid on our new storage facilities. We hope to see the construction of these towards the end of this month. Thanks to Barry again for his work.
There was a suggestion from a member regarding switching the front door lock to a keypad with a code. The committee assumed that this was probably a request from one of the members who may come earlier than others to start setting up the kitchen. There was a concern that a keypad code could very easily become common knowledge in the community with our over 220 members. If there are any kitchen captains etc. who need early access to the clubhouse to set up a session, please see me for a key to the front door.
We signalled earlier that we looking at trialling “finger food” at the evening Christmas party. Further to that we are going to explore the cost of having it catered to relieve the workload on members.
This year the club is going to hold five sessions where players can win red MP’s as a part of the qualifying sessions for the Under 100 Masterpoints Championship. The sessions are planned to be held on: Tuesday 10 October, Saturday 14 October, Wednesday 18 October, Thursday 19 October, Friday 27 October. The sessions are open to all members but the results of players with less than 100MP’s may attract red MP’s from the ABF. They will try to separate players into different bands, e.g. 0-10, 10-25, 25-50, and 50-100. Kiama has elected not to host the regional final but another club may do so.
At the directors’ meeting held on Tuesday afternoon, the issue of whether to have system cards was once again raised, in light of the changed laws. At this stage, the committee has decided not to introduce compulsory system cards but will review that decision if it is found that directors need players to have them to enable a ruling/decision to be made. If the committee does decide to introduce compulsory system cards we will arrange an information session. I had a go at filling out a system card for myself when I partner Marilyn on Fridays and I have attached it for people to see what I’m talking about. If I did the same for my Thursday partner, Sandra, it would be very different as we play a very different system. I have attached a partially completed system card so members can see some of the differences and understand why eventually the directors may need us to have them so that they can make rulings knowing what system players are using.
The constitutional changes carried at our annual general meeting have now been registered with the Department of Fair Trading, thanks to John Hetherington.
During the week we had our computer repaired so that it is once again firing on all cylinders. We are looking at ensuring the club laptop has all of the required software and licencing so that it can be used as a backup in the event of our main computer not being available.
We have many good intentioned members in our club, all trying to help our beginning players. Please note, however, that any advice given must reflect the system that they have been taught by Ann and Nerelle. It is different to the system learnt by myself just six years ago and different I suspect from the systems learnt by the majority of our players. This is particularly important in regard to bidding. And for our beginning players, whilst it is completely normal to want to grow your bridge knowledge, make sure you are sticking to the system you are being taught.
As a related issue, at our next committee meeting, we are going to review the mentoring process we undertook this year. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please email them to me rather than telling me at the table as I’ll forget. If you don’t have email, write your feedback or suggestions down for me.
We are going to ensure that every table has at least two of the existing small, plastic tables during play. One can be shared by North and East and the other shared by South and West. If you think you need a table all to yourself, you’re probably carrying too much around. If your table has more than two small tables, e.g. you have an extra table sitting between East and South and/or between North and West, you may have to give one or more up for another table to use.