The Annual General Meeting of BBTC was held on Sunday 28th July and attended by 12 Club members and the Tennis Victoria Representative for the Outer East, Danielle Cornwall.
Reports were received from the President, Kerry Stephens, who outlined the Club’s activities and thanked all committee members especially the retiring Senior Convenor, Debra Chasteauneuf and the coach, Daniel Kittelty. Peter Arnot presented the Treasurer’s report giving an account of the Club’s Income and Expenditure over the last 12 months. Income is derived from membership fees, Night Tennis payments and fundraising. The main recurring Items of expenditure are Court maintenance, rental to MCC and electricity. The overall financial position of the club is sound and membership fees will be unchanged for 2019/2020. Copies of these reports will be posted on the Club noticeboard in the next few days. The club currently has 132 financial members and 10 Life Members which is an increase of 21 members from June 2018. This increase is largely due to the work of our coach, Daniel who continues to attract young people to the club and to the Membership Scsecretary, Glenda.
Election of Office Bearers produced a largely unchanged committee who were elected unopposed. Jan Kennedy will take over the position of Mid-Week Ladies Convenor as well as Vice-President while Cynthia Scott remains on the General Committee. The position of Senior Convenor remains vacant after the resignation of Debra Chasteauneuf.
It was with great pleasure that the meeting elected Glenda Nicholson to Life Membership of the Club. Glenda has been a member of the club since 1990 and a committee member for over 15 years. She has worked as Junior Convenor while her children were involved in the Junior Program and has continued to work for the club organising the Annual Trivia Nights, and Grant Applications and currently serves as Membership Secretary. Glenda was presented with a certificate and her name is inscribed on the Life Members’ Shield to the left of the main door to the clubhouse.
The completion of the Hot Shots court was discussed. Council has agreed to correct the errors made in the previous construction and we have agreed on a contractor. Danielle spoke on the benefits of having a small court such as a Hot Shots Court to assist the very young players learning the game.
Other matters raised which will be considered in the next few months were the provision of permanent shade over the seats behind Courts 5 and 6, the disposal of the chairs in the BBQ area and the purchase of a new TV.
Upcoming Dates for your Diaries: Working Bee Sunday 20th October, Family Day Sunday 27th October and Christmas Breakup Sunday 15th December.
The President thanked all members for attending and invited them to stay and enjoy refreshments.
The Committee of the Burnt Bridge Tennis Club welcomes your input in the administration of the club and so encourages you to attend this important meeting. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow members and make new acquaintances.
Refreshments will be provided, along with a social hit of tennis, after the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Beverley Bencina, Secretary Burnt Bridge Tennis Club
Fifty members and their families and friends enjoyed a great night’s entertainment in the Clubhouse on Saturday 22nd June. It was also great to see Junior members and their families enjoying the fun. As usual, Glenda and David Nicholson produced a variety of interesting questions and competitions to keep the evening flowing. Identifying the pictures posted on the noticeboards proved too difficult for most of us and the True or False got us up and moving.
The Trivia Competition was won by the table organised by Cynthia Scott, our mid-week Ladies Convenor and all players received dinner vouchers at local restaurants as prizes. The Grand Raffle with a first prize of a $100 voucher from Kmart and about 60 other prizes valued from $10 to $50 saw a record number of tickets purchased and the first prize was won by member Jill Drew, a Mid-week Ladies player. By the end of the draw, each table had won several prizes. Other Prize winners for the night were Who am I? – Jill Drew; What am I? – Arthur Yuill; Music Bingo – Hayley Cole.
A hot supper
was served and the evening finished with tea and coffee and cakes and buns
donated by committee members and the two bakeries at Burnt Bridge. One member who attended with her family commented
on how well the evening had been run and she couldn’t believe how quickly the
evening had gone. We finished at about
go to Glenda and David for organising the Trivia competition and to Bev,
Cynthia, Jan, Deb, Denise, Kerry and Lea who organised and donated raffle
prizes and helped set up and clean up before and after the event. Thanks also to Andrew Bencina
(winterhillmusic.com.au) for setting up the speakers for Music Bingo and
microphone and a big thank you to the members who came along and supported our
to our many sponsors for their generous help.
There is a list of sponsors posted at the clubhouse and on the web
site. Please give them your support.
The Trivia Night raised over $900 (~$500 from the raffle) towards the completion of the Hot Shots Court.
The following local businesses and individuals generously
supported our fund-raising in 2019, please give them your custom
On Sunday 24th February we held our Free Tennis Day as part of Melbourne Tennis Month. About 70 people attended, members and extended families and visiting families interested in finding out about our club. The courts were full most of the day with Fast 4 games, Free Coaching, Hot Shots for the littlies and competitions for the fastest serve of the day. Prizes and giveaways were supplied by Tennis Victoria. The colouring-in table provided a welcome indoor activity and was occupied all afternoon with children working on the pictures of tennis players supplied. A couple of examples are displayed on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. A great time was had by all and we welcomed several families interested in taking part in our Coaching scheme with Daniel and joining our club.
Many thanks to all the members and friends who helped make this day such a success by coming along and providing a wonderful friendly atmosphere, in particular:
Daniel Kittelty our great coach who spent the whole afternoon on the courts
coaching, playing and talking to prospective members; his assistant Tyson Miles and the senior Juniors who led play on the courts all day; thanks also to Pat and Deb who looked after the kitchen serving sausages, drinks, tea and coffee and icy-poles; Peter and Phil who manned the BBQ; Jan and John who worked so hard to make the clubhouse and grounds look great; Glenda who looked after registration welcoming all guests and making sure they had their sausage tickets and name tags and Club Secretary Beverley, chief organiser.
Thank you to our sponsors Hocking Stuart who provided the great advertising sign outside the courts, the offices of local MPs Sukkar and Hodgett who photocopied flyers, pictures for colouring and membership forms and Tennis Victoria who provided the games and giveaways.