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September 2017 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

I usually try to have a witty intro to my LSC newsletters… but alas, this edition starts off on a sombre note.

One of our club’s stalwarts, Budge Stewart, sadly passed away earlier this evening (Sunday 3rd September). Budge was our club’s Chairperson from 1991-1992, and will forever be remembered for ready smile, his thunderous laugh, and his legendary jokes.

No LSC social function was complete without Budge grabbing the mic, and having us in stitches with his sharp (and at times rather “colourful”) sense of humour. Often, the long-and-winding road Budge took to eventually get to the punchline – with hysterical facial expressions and sound effects - was far funnier than the punchline itself.

Our condolences are with Budge’s wife, Carol, his family and his many, many friends.

I have no doubt that Budge already has the angels above in fits of laughter!

September to December is the busiest period in our club’s annual calendar, with lots on the go. So please take note of the important dates, and I look forward to seeing you at the different events taking place over the next 3 months.

1.  WELCOME:

Firstly, a warm welcome to our new members who have joined our club since my last newsletter in July. Here’s wishing you many years of fun and fitness with us. I’ve had the opportunity to meet quite a few of you already.

For those who I haven't yet met, I look forward to meeting you soon.

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

2. LSC ANNUAL GOLF DAY:

Our club’s Annual Golf Day is taking place on Friday 15th September, at King David Mowbray Golf Course.

Our entries currently sit on 16 fourballs, which is great…  but we would dearly like a few more. (Our golf day is our club’s largest annual fund-raiser).

Being able to play golf is definitely not a pre-requisite. The onus is on having fun!

And entries are not limited to club members. So feel free to invite family/friends/colleagues/neighbours to join you.

If you haven’t yet entered and would like to play, please let Debs know ASAP @ deborah.louise.paul@gmail.com.

3.  WP SQUASH LEAGUE SEASON:

We’re nearing the end of the WP Squash league season, with only our Ladies teams still in action.
Big congrats to Tony Mallam and his team for winning their Master’s 5th League.

They will be awarded their trophy at the WP Squash Annual Awards Gala Dinner next month

Well done guys.  We are super proud of you! Always great to get some silverware for our club.

4.  SQUASH CLUB CHAMPS:

As is customary at our club, as soon as the WP Squash League season has come to an end, we launch straight into our club’s Annual Squash Club Champs.

The tournament kicks of next week, and will run for 6 weeks. It will conclude with our Finals Day on Friday, 27th October.

And this year, due to popular demand, we will also run an inaugural Doubles Squash Club Champs Tournament. We will run this tournament in November (after the Singles Club Champs).

I will send out a separate mail later this month with more details.

5.  AGM:

Our AGM will also take place on Friday, 27th October, immediately after our Men’s Cup Final in our Squash Club Champs (at around 8pm).

I will be sending out further details of the schedule closer to the time, but in the mean time, please diarize the date.

The evening is one of the highlights of our club’s annual calendar.

6.  ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES RENEWALS:

Our club’s new financial year started on 1 September, which means that annual subs are now due. Sheena will be sending out invoices over the course of the next 2 weeks.

The Committee has approved increases of between 0% and 6% for the different Membership categories. (Don’t shout out this minimal increase rates too loudly; we’ll have the unionists on our backs questioning why we’re not standing in solidarity with them with 10+% demands!).

The fee structure for the 2017/18 season is as follows:-

  • Single Membership:  R50 increase to R1,300 (4%)
  • Family Membership:  R100 increase to R1,600 (6%)
  • Members of Family Membership over 21 years: No increase; stays at R1,100
  •  Student Membership: R25 increase to R625 (2.5%)
  • Temporary Membership (up to weeks): R25 increase to R625 (2.5%)

I regularly correspond with the chairpersons of other clubs in the peninsula and can still proudly say that we offer the best value for money in our fee structure. The other chairpersons are amazed that we don’t charge a levy for the use of lights (squash and floodlights for tennis), saying that this is a profitable revenue stream for their clubs.

At LSC, we maintain our stance (as a NPO) that we want to offer our members an experience that is incomparable in the Western Cape. Having said that, the income from membership fees is the 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. Thank you.

7.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

Eric Putsman runs mixed socials every Sunday morning, 10am to 12pm (weather permitting). New members are invited to join. Please contact Eric on 083 777 5206 for further details.

For tennis coaching, members can contact Gareth Smart on 071 675 9563. He caters for all ages and skill levels.

8.  RACKETLON:

This year’s SA Open Racketlon Tournament will take place at UCT on Sunday 17th September. It’s great fun, challenging your skills levels at squash, tennis, table tennis and badminton – all in one, highly entertaining, very social tournament.

I (together with my sons) have entered it over the past few years, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. There are different categories for men and women (based on skills levels), as well as different age categories for juniors.

I will be entering it again this year with my boys, and invite you to join us.

To enter, click on http://racketlon.co.za/events.html

Closing date for entries is 10 September.  

9.  JUNIOR SQUASH HOLIDAY CLINIC:

Vida Steenkamp will be running a Juniors Squash Clinic (for ages 9-13) during the October school holidays. I will be sending out a separate mail with more details on this.

10.  MAINTENANCE WORK TO SQUASH COURT #2:

The work on the front wall of Court 2 has been completed. A big thank you again to Oly Dods for researching the best solution to a complex issue, and then for project managing the work.

We were hoping to repair the side walls of Court 2 at the same time, but this requires specialist work, and unfortunately our preferred contractor was not able to fit us in. We will be scheduling for that work to be done in December/January (during the school holidays when the courts are quiet).

11.  MAINTENANCE WORK TO SQUASH COURT #2:

This is a major project and is planned for March 2018, inn-between the two tennis league season, and whilst the weather is still relatively predictable. We need to have 4 weeks of dry weather for the re-surfacing to be effective.

12.  LOST PROPERTY:

If you’ve lost/left anything at the club, the easiest way to try and track it down is to contact our groundsman, Clive Moses, on 072 207 6508. Please note that he only works at the club on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Phew! I think that’s about it.

As I said at the outset of this newsletter, we’re approaching a busy period in the life of our club, with  lots on the go.

So thanks for reading through to the end.

Looking forward to seeing you participating in and/or supporting the various events.

Cheers

Rob

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

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