Presidents Report for August 2015
I will be endeavouring to provide a report following monthly meetings to keep you all informed of happenings at the club. Therefore, the committee will be referred to as 'We'.
I hope you enjoy my first report.
Your new committee is made up of the following, so please if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to approach any of them. President: Betty Fawcett; Vice President: Ashley Mason Secretary: Mark Maloney; Treasurer: Keith Simpson Trap Captain: Robbie Smith; Skeet Captain: Ashley Mason Sporting Captain: Heath Miller; Club Delegate: Ken McGuire Other Committee Members: Brian Battle, Col Gray, Viv Nolan, Paul Moloney, Andy Rickert, Max Barton. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings that are held on the third Monday night of the month starting at 6pm.
The Department of Defence has asked for consent to establish an emergency helicopter landing pad on club grounds. We are currently seeking legal advice on this application.
The South East Zone Tower Championship has been run and won for another year with Trevor Gill scoring a very credible 161/161 to take out the championship. Trevor was using a new gun, so this makes his achievement even more remarkable. It was a cold and extremely windy day, so to have four of our members achieve 100 break badges was great.
Now that the assets of the club have increased with the purchase of new traps and equipment, it has been decided to investigate installing security cameras to monitor movement at the club.
We are also looking for volunteers from the members to assist the Captains with running their events. It is a big job for one person. Help is needed with set up and pull down, assisting in the office, scoreboard, etc. We have some big competitions coming up in the near future with the SEZ 2 day Sporting carnival in October, our annual skeet in February and Trap in March, so your help will be greatly appreciated. We all like to come and shoot the competitions, but this is your club, so please put your hand up to help. Talk to any of the Captains, President Betty Fawcett, Secretary Mark Maloney, or Treasurer Keith Simpson if you would like to help.
Until the club receives an invoice for our purchase of Champion ammunition, we are left with no alternative than to sell all ammo for $87.50 per slab. Don't forget to write up any purchases you make in the ammunition sales book in the office.
Wednesday practice days are becoming an issue due to lack of helpers on the day. Originally, the Wednesday afternoon practice was established for competent licenced shooters, but in recent years many people have been coming to have a try. This is fine, if there are helpers available to go on the layout and assist, but from now on, newbies will only be allowed to shoot if they are invited by a member who is prepared to look after them. SAFETY is our main concern. If you would like to bring someone out to try shooting, then it is up to you to look after them. They are not permitted on the range on their own.
A reminder that any new people visiting the club are only permitted to visit and shoot for three times before they are expected to join our club and the ACTA. There is no insurance cover for anyone who attends more than three times without joining. If an incident was to occur, the club or even the member who invited them, could be sued for compensation.
Prior approval from your committee is to be obtained before any equipment, such as traps, shotguns, cables etc. are taken from the club premises. If the loan of such equipment is required, lodge an application with Heath first and he will pass your request on to the committee. Details of loans are to be entered into the equipment loan register. This is so the committee knows exactly where such material is at any time and is a requirement of our certification as a shooting range.
A reminder that the purchase of alcohol is not allowed on Wednesdays before 4pm. This restriction is necessary to comply with our liquor license. Our licence also restricts the taking of alcohol outside that area covered by the shade awning.
Annual General Meeting
Another year has passed with a good result financially and socially. One of our fund raising areas has been our Corporate Days, returning some $8500 to our Club for the year and I would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted with these days.Highlights for the Year
Christmas Shoot is always popular and well attended and this is the time of year when all our members can come together and enjoy the festive season. Once again, Santa put in an appearance, although last year we did have a ring in. The skeet carnival was postponed due to wet weather, not so much here, but coastal, restricting travel from our out of town skeeties. This event has been rescheduled to the end of August and been made into a three day event. Ashley has done a wonderful job of securing full sponsorship for this weekend. Our Trap Shoot in March was another of our highlights for the year with the number of competitors increasing. Once again thanks to Robbie and Keith and all the people who chipped in and helped.Major Events
New Cherrabah was put to bed this year, and a new shoot called Cherrabah Sporting Clays has arisen in its place. Run on a similar format this remains our major shoot and fundraiser for our Club. With the new venue came new records. 280 shooters competed over the 2 days with the Side by Side numbers increasing on Friday to 131. Thanks to all our Members who helped with the large amount of work that had to be done for this new venue. This was a major task - setting the course involved three months of running back and forward to Cherrabah, Range Approval Offices in Brisbane and to the club, but the feedback at the end of the weekend was well worth the effort. We already have many of the accommodation units booked for next year.Other Events
The Iron Person is always a popular event, although our numbers were down this year. Sporting Clays at our Club has been well supported and with the inclusion of Tower we now have Trap, Skeet, Sporting and Tower for our members to enjoy. During the year we have carried out the construction of the awning at the front of the main building at a cost of $18000 plus paid from funds raised at the club. A grant from Toowoomba Regional Council contributed 50% of the cost for the seating for spectators to sit in the shade under the verandah. The club has purchased another two shotguns to be used by come and tryers and corporate shoots. Two new Promatic skeet traps were also purchased as well as another set of Canterbury voice releases. The committee is in the process of submitting another grant application to the Liquor and Gaming Fund to purchase replacement traps.Thank You
I would like to thank our Management Committee for their commitment throughout the Year. Thanks to Robbie Smith and his band of helpers for their efforts as Trap Captain. Ashley Mason as skeet captain, and Heath Miller and his helpers as sporting captain. There are so many people behind the scenes that it is impossible to name everybody, but you know who you are and thank you all very much. Your efforts are much appreciated. Thank You also to Allan & Margaret for their huge effort in the kitchen. The catering has earned the club quite a few dollars for the club over the past year. This is a wonderful effort, considering it is all volunteer work. I would like to see some helpers for Margaret& Allan, particularly at the bigger competitions. To our hardworking crew, I won't name you all in case I miss someone, you know who you are, thank you all for your help throughout the year.
Betty Fawcett President
Our Annual General Meeting was held in the club room on the evening of Monday the 18th August. A new executive and management committee was elected for the coming year.
Our new president is Elizabeth (Betty) Fawcett who has been shooting clay targets since 1994 Betty joined her husband, Geoff, a teacher at the then new $1.5 million TAFE college in Normanton in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She soon met Dianne Reeves, the secretary of the clay target club club in Normanton, who introduced her to the sport. When Geoff was transferred to Roma, Betty joined the gun club there and was elected treasurer at their next annual general meeting. It was whilst at Roma Betty was selected to represent Queensland in the National Titles held at Perth WA in 1997.
After moving to the Toowoomba area, Betty and Geoff both joined this club. This was in 2006. Up to this time she & her husband competed at Dalby Gun Club. At Toowoomba club she held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for five years and in this capacity, dedicated much time and effort to the club. Betty has always supported this club to the full extent of her ability and during her time in office, continually sort to maintain the clubs reputation as "The friendly Club". Betty is always willing to pitch in and help with other club activities including helping in the kitchen, in the office and on the layouts assisting new shooters. Elected with a large number of votes, club members have demonstrated their confidence in our new president. Betty is also secretary of New Koreelah Novelty Sporting Clays.
Ashley Mason has again taken on the position of Vice President and the role of Skeet Captain. Vic Stiller is secretary again having had a year's break from the job. Keith Simpson has taken on the responsibility of Treasurer after a fine job done over the last couple of years by David Moon who is moving to Hervey Bay at the end of this year.
Our new Trap Captain is Robbie Smith. - Sporting Captain is Heath Miller.
The balance of the committee is:
- Andy Rickert,
- Rob Drews,
- Mark Maloney,
- Brian Battle,
- Viv Nolan,
- Max Barton,
- Col Gray and
- Ken McGuire.
All these gentlemen are very approachable, so don’t be hesitant if you can help in any way.
Committee members are available if you have anything you would like to suggest, promote, or contribute. Any Ideas you have that may be of benefit, are most welcome.
Corporate days are a major fund raising venture for the club. We need a list of everyone who can help in any way. These days are often held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when most members are at work so a roster is the best way to manage this. If you can help at all on these days, please call president Betty on 46993569. The more helpers we have, the less number of times we need to call on each person. You don’t need to be an experienced shooter, your help is needed to ensure that safety is being observed at all times, by our guests.
The club is in a healthy financial position so funds are available to continue improvements to club equipment and facilities. Your club is for your use and if you can help in any way, please let us know.
Betty looks forward to the next twelve months as president of this club and working with committee and members to achieve a happy, enjoyable environment for members and visitors.
outgoing president's report 2013/2014
Another year has passed and I am not sure whether it is with sorrow or relief that I present my final President’s Report. I first came to Toowoomba Clay Target Club in 1974 and during that 40 year period I have experienced a great deal of change and a great number of wonderful people who have had a great deal of input into the success of this Club. Many of the people from those early Club years have passed, but rest assured their memories live on.
I don’t wish to bore you with the past but our new & upcoming members need to understand that it is the people who make our club the friendly place to come & enjoy our chosen sport of clay target shooting.
We started our year with a very successful two day skeet shoot in February. Our thanks to our skeet captain, Ashley Mason, for a job very well done – good sponsorship & a great team backing Ashley in the office, the kitchen staff, & our ground staff. Well done Ashley & team.
Our two day trap shoot in March was also successful with a lot of work being done by our trap team – well presented targets which I believe everyone was happy with. It was great to see one of our new shooters win the $1000 Handicap. Our thanks to Rick Kennedy for purchasing a radar gun for setting targets – I believe this to be a major factor in improved scores.
The next major event on the calendar was New Koreelah in May, another record with 241 shooters. A great weekend was enjoyed by all. I would like to personally thank Ron Black, Paul Maloney, Mark Maloney, Heath Miller, Ashley Mason, Jim Bryant, Ian Daniels from Vanderfields for the Manitou, Danny Charlesworth for the $1500 cash sponsorship from Hutchinsons, & Alex Charlesworth for transporting the clays from Toowoomba to Captains Mountain, & of course Andrew Rickert for all his help with the scissor lift, bobcat, truck & low bed trailer to move all the equipment. Also Keith Simpson for his trailer & help in getting the traps back to our club, Graeme Lippert for the radios & the girls in the office headed by Betty Fawcett. These girls do a wonderful job under mostly very stressful conditions. I congratulate them on a job well done. Marg & Allan Denton & helpers in the kitchen – a great job keeping everybody well fed.
Our sporting captain, Keith Simpson, had a vision for our Sporting Clay layout & has been working hard over the past 12 months to bring this to reality. We now have traps in permanent sheds set up with wireless control reducing the labour required on sporting clay days. Well done Keith.
The caretaker’s quarters have been upgraded with insulation in walls & ceiling installed, rewired & painted for our new caretaker, Heath Milller, who is performing well in this role. Our thanks to Rob Jones for a job well done.
The shed saga was finally put to rest by our Treasurer, David Moon, which incurred quite a lot of extra cost to our club, but it has finally been approved & signed off by the council. Job well done, David.
During the year the Committee has installed two new trap houses, and new tracks on Trap 2 layout.
As you can see, the Management Committee has had a very busy year. Over the past 12 months our Club has purchased six new Promatic traps & another two Pro Promatic Skeet traps are on order for delivery on 27th August. The Club has also purchased a Canterbury Voice Release (CVR) for both skeet & trap, and the wireless CVR have been sold to Roma CTC.
Another venture taken on by Management was the lead recovery, with PCM Enviro successfully recovering 54 tonne, with a financial gain to our Club of $ 8802.15.
The latest building project by Management is the ammo room in the office which is a very valuable asset for our Club – improving security with all the Club ammo neatly stored on shelving under lock & key.
The major concern at the moment is the lack of support for the 4th Sunday Skeet so Management has decided to combine the Skeet & Sporting on the 4th Sunday until further notice.
The overall position of our Club is very strong. Last July the Club had a windfall of $35,000 being a government grant the Club had given up on. We added to that with a very successful year of Wednesday practice, Come & Try Days, Corporate Days along with Birthday & Pre-wedding shoots, which have increased the revenue of the Club quite considerably.
To our vice-president, Ashley Mason, thank you for a wonderful job throughout the year in your roles of vice-president & skeet captain. Your efforts have been much appreciated.
I take this opportunity to thank our Secretary, John Robinson. It has been a tough year for John with shoulder injury & operations, and I thank you for your contribution to our Club during 2013/2014.
To our Treasurer, David, a job well done. David has put his heart into this position in the club & anything that needed attention, David has been it. Thank you for your contribution to our Club & the sport of Clay Target Shooting & all the best with your relocation to Hervey Bay.
To all those shooters & members who give their time freely for Come & Try Days, Corporate Days or to help a new shooter on Practice Days – there are far too many to name but you all know who you are – and again, thank you for all your help.
Marg & Allan in the kitchen – fantastic job, we can always count on you for great food; well done to Heath, our caretaker, good job & keep up the good work – also Rusty from Allquip, always there when we need equipment, thanks Rusty.
Thank you, Management, for your help & support over the past 12 months. It has been a pleasure to work with you all.
The Toowoomba Clay Target Club will always remain a big part of me and to all the new Committee, I wish you all the success possible. Keep our Club strong.
Imediate past President