PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1991 – 1992.
LADIES & GENTLEMEN: It is with great pleasure that I present to you, the 64th Annual Report of the Hastings Croquet Club (Inc.)
It has been a very busy and exciting year, with so much achieved by the work of the committee and all the Club members.
During this year a new hot water cylinder, a larger “Zip”, a “Scope” heater and a ceiling fan have all been installed. We have all appreciated the extra warmth in winter and the cool air in summer. Our new automatic dish-washer was finally purchased and installed. What an asset this has proved to be, especially during tournaments! Another purchase for the kitchen was the new china.
Major improvements to our grounds include the erection of two shelters on the Omahu Rd. boundary and the building of a new fence on the south-east boundary.
Our membership is fairly static with an overall number of 78. Seven new members joined us but four resigned. There are two prospective members who have had part of their coaching.
Sadly, in April, we learnt of the death of Bill Curtin. For many years he has been a respected member of this club. Several members attended Bill’s funeral and formed a “guard of honour” outside the church.
Our Winter Tournaments and School-age Tournament were as popular as ever and proved to be enjoyable and successful occassions [occasions]. The N.Z. Championships and the Arthur Ross Memorial events were held here during the season and I am pleased to record that these National competitions were also a great success. Special thanks must go to David Curtis whose expertise and hard work were invaluable during the preparations and running of these tournaments. Many thanks also to the Managers, Referees, Umpires, members who provided food, helped in the kitchen, dressed the lawns or helped in any way. Without your willingness and generosity these tournaments would not be so popular and successful. Incidently [Incidentally] they are also very lucrative for our Club!
Other money raised this season came from cake stalls; trash & treasure; monthly sales tables; sale of pine cones & sheep manure ; Christmas cake raffle; sale of apples; donations etc;. A big thank you to each and everyone of you for supporting these projects.
The Hastings Building Society continues to support and sponsor our Club with a donation of $300 for the tournament and $100 for our “open day” each year. Over and above this they continue to subsidise our subscriptions by $20 per member.
During the season new umbrella stands were made and four of our club members generously paid for them. Thank you!
Unfortunately our Club House continues to be vandalised. The replacement of window glass seems to be an ongoing and expensive exercise. Special thanks to the “odd job” men who board up the windows (when necessary); replace worn tap washers; replace locks; construct new ball boxes; mend centre pegs; invent and make ingenious notices for our new appliances (see dish washer); and one hundred and one other jobs.