PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL REPORT 1982
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present the fifty fourth annual report of the Hastings Croquet Club.
Following Mr. Bill Curtin’s election as Club Captain at the Annual General Meeting in May 1981 the committee received with regret his resignation at the first meeting. Mrs L. Ritchie accepted the committees nomination to fill the vacancy and our gratitude is certainly accorded to her for having so graciously taken on again the very demanding duties of Captain when we were aware that it was a position from which she wished to be relieved. We were pleased that Mr Curtin’s commitments allowed him to remain as a Committee member.
At that meeting also committee members accepted particular tasks in order to share the work load. Mrs. V. Larner and Mrs. A. Sullivan have been telephone secretaries to assist Miss M. Shand, Secretayin [Secretary in] communicating club activities to members. Mrs A. Sullivan has been responsible for raffles and the Sales Table. Mrs J. Cross has arranged for catering and housekeeping. The President, Vice Captain and Mrs D. Unwin formed a match committee to work with and assist the Captain and Mrs. L. Ritchie and Miss M. Shand have been club delegates to the H.B. Association Meetings held monthly at the Marewa and Hastings Clubs.
Mr. E. Williams and Mr. J. Ewen although not committee members offered to regularly mark the lawns and to assist whenever needed to maintain the playing facilities. The club has indeed been grateful and most fortunate to receive the expert services of Ernie and Jack. Nothing has seemed to be too much trouble. They have willingly responded to our requests to be a carpenter, an engineer, a general maintenance man, a painter, an irrigation expert or whatever. Thank you both, we recognise your hard work and we are very grateful.
It has been of continual concern not to have a groundsman to be responsible for and to co-ordinate lawn maintenance. An approach was made to the City Council to help aerate the lawns during the autumn. It was unsuccessful because of the financial commitment involved. Mr. Bruce Pattullo, the son of members, offered the loan of a grooving machine and he also instructed us in it’s use. The machine, the property of Morrison Industries, became