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September 2014 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

The next two months are usually the busiest in the life of our club each year, with lots of exciting action taking place on our squash and tennis courts. I wouldn’t want any of you to miss out, so here’s a summary of the upcoming highlights and happenings:-

1.  WELCOME:

Firstly, a very warm welcome to our new members who have joined LSC in the last month. For those who I haven't had the opportunity to meet yet, I look forward to meeting you soon.

On behalf of the LSC Committee, thank you for joining, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy being a member of our proud and festive club, this year and for many years to come.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you want to discuss any matter pertaining to the club and your membership.

2.  LEAGUE SQUASH:

The WP League Squash season wraps up tonight, with the final fixtures for our top two Men’s teams, playing in the 5th and 8th league divisions. Both teams are playing at home, so if you’re free between 6pm and 8:30pm, pop into the club tonight to see our club’s top squash players in action.

Our other League teams competing in the Ladies, Men’s and Master’s League divisions completed their seasons last week. Whilst none of our teams are in-line to win any league honours and silverware this year, all our teams have been competitive and we’ve generally achieved mid-table respectability.

Oly’s 5th league team are on-track to finish the season as our top performers from our club’s 8 league teams, and still have a chance of finishing 2nd on the log with a strong performance tonight, so come along and give them some local, rousing support.

3.  SQUASH CLUB CHAMPS:

With our League Squash season wrapping up this week, we move swiftly into our annual Squash Club Champs, which starts this week. We’ve had a great response of entrants for all three competitions - Men’s, Ladies’ and Junior’s.

The Champs will conclude with our Finals Day on Friday, 7th November.

4. AGM:

Our AGM will also take place on Friday, 7th November, immediately after our Men’s Cup Final in our Squash Club Champs. I will be sending out further details of the schedule closer to the time, but in the mean time, please diarise the date. The evening is one of the highlight’s of our club’s annual calendar.

5. LEAGUE TENNIS:

We have entered three teams into the WP Tennis League this season. All three teams have stated the season well, and are all coming off impressive wins from last Saturday. This coming Saturday (27th) sees our Ladies team in action at home against Stellenbosch University. I know our teams always appreciate local support, so pop down to the club at 1:30pm to see Michelle and her lasses slug it out against the Maties. Bob’s Men’s Singles team is away to Welgemoed, and Eric’s Men’s Doubles team is also playing away at Fish Hoek. Good luck to all three teams.

6.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

For new members not in-the-know, Eric Putsman runs mixed socials every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (weather permitting). If you’re keen to get involved, you can contact Eric on 083 777 5206.

Also, should you want any coaching lessons – for you and/or your kids – you can contact Michelle Dutton. (082 497 7540)

7.  SOCIAL DOUBLES SQUASH:

I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters that Social Doubles Squash is gaining a lot of momentum at our club, taking place on Saturday afternoons. For more info and details on how to get involved, please contact Vida Steenkamp on 082 648 6156 or vida.steenkamp@kga.co.za.

8.  ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM:

I’m still receiving a few mails/calls from members asking what they need to do to swap-out their old access key tags, seeing as we upgraded our access control system three months ago. You do the swap-out with Chenay Solomons at the Seeff Properties office in Mainstream Shopping Centre, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. If you need to do a swap-out outside of these hours or over the weekend, you can contact me directly, and we can make a plan.

9. LOST PROPERTY:

In the event that you leave something of value behind at the club, the best way to see whether someone has picked it up is to contact our groundsman, Clive Moses, on 072 207 6508. Clive works at the club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and generally puts anything of value that has been left lying around in the club’s storeroom for safekeeping.

10. OPERATING THE FLOODLIGHTS FOR THE LOWER TENNIS COURT:

A reminder on how to use the floodlights:-  To switch the lights on, you swipe your tag against the tag-reader on the orange box, on the sidewall of the wellness centre. To switch the lights off after playing, you swipe the tag reader again and the lights go off.

NB. Please remember to swipe your tag at the end of your match to switch the lights off, otherwise they stay on for the night… or more likely (like a few recent incidents), until a Llandudno resident calls me late at night to tell me that the lights have been left on.

We are able to identify who the culprits are by accessing the system’s logs, and we will not accept ignorance as an excuse for negligently leaving the lights on and incurring costs for the club.  The Committee will implement a fine system for culprits to recoup expenses, with a first offence being R100, the second offence being R200, etc. I hope we do not have to come to that.

11. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES RENEWALS:

Our club’s financial year-end was August, which means that you all should have received your annual fees renewal invoice from Sheena by now. If you haven’t, please let Sheena know at sheenastephens@iafrica.com.

The income from membership fees is our club’s largest source of income, and we are reliant on that income to maintain and improve the club and facilities. So please can I appeal to you to pay your fee renewals promptly. Our only stick to “encourage” non/late payers is to disable your access key tag and login to the online booking system. We will have no option but to implement this measure for members who have not yet paid their subs by the time of the AGM on 7th November.

That’s all from me. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the club tonight to watch our squash hot-shots in action.

Cheers

Rob

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

Cell. 082 450 7905

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