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Sunshine Coast Presidents Report

2017

I thank you all for having the trust and capability for me being your President again this year. We’ve seen many ups and downs for the Club however more ups!

It all started with the AGM this time last year at Rumba Beach Resort when your new committee took the reins. We said that day we would move the Club forward with some new direction and ideas, I think we’re well on our way.

Elected as your President for the second year meant off I went to Skal Australia National Assembly & AGM in Port Douglas as your Voting Delegate. Now that I had been to a few National Assemblies I was no longer nervous and able to settle into the conference. Skal Cairns organised a wonderful weekend and thankfully we just missed Tropical Cyclone Debbie. They are a great learning experience and would recommend to any Skalleague to attend.

One of our key initiatives was to have as many of our functions at our members venues. This has been a huge success. In March, we were at Maroochy River Bungalows for a Sundowner. A beautiful evening with great company, great food and a great location. April saw us at Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel for breakfast. John Orning, General Manager and member, gave us an update on how the Hotel is progressing with the development of the Kawana area. August, we had another beautiful breakfast hosted at Landmark Hotel in Mooloolaba. This gave us an opportunity to show our members how to navigate the Skal International website.

I was then given an opportunity to work in the Solomon Islands for six weeks which meant I had to miss the next few functions. The Committee who always is a massive support for me were even more so during this time.  In June members headed to the Gold Coast as they hosted the SEQ combined networking lunch.  In July, we had a relaxing cruise down the canals of Mooloolaba with a seafood smorgasbord on Coastal Cruises.

September had us in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at The Orangery. A lovely restaurant located in Cairncross Corner in Maleny.

September was also the Skal Australia National Assembly at QStation in North Sydney. Another fantastic weekend with skalleauges though I wasn’t fond of the ghosts!

2017 was a big year for my career wise and I had some more wonderful opportunities I couldn’t say no to however that meant I did miss our October function. Which was a highlight of the year. This being our membership drive we pulled out all the stops. A Sundowner held at Maroochy River Bungalows with a stunning food by Deep Love Picnics, great raffle prizes and ended the night with an amazing laser light show.

In October, Vice President, Vikki Done attended the Skal World Congress in India along with members Jo and Mark Skinner. From all accounts it was another successful Congress with Kenya up for 2018. If you can attend a World Congress than do it as you won’t regret it.

November function was held at The Birdcage, Parklands Tavern for lunch. Another great lunch with amazing company. We had an update from owner, Kellie Armstrong and from new members Mel and Blasé from Experientia Sunshine Coast.

We topped the year with our Christmas dinner at Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel. What a night! While we ate beautiful food, we listened to Girl Friday Jazz band, gave out some amazing raffle prizes and fined a quite a few members and guests. Our guests were asked to bring a gift for children of Laurel House to give them a little bit of joy for Christmas and items to donate to assist Skal Brisbane with their Wesley Mission efforts. A fantastic night of fun, laughter, stunning food and dancing, what more could you ask for!

From a membership perspective we have seen quite a few inductions through the year, including Rebekah Fusca, Carlo Marchese, Liz Rivers, Carolyne Moore and Brian Rogers. With new members yet to induct Melinda Bingley, Clinton Brisk, Andrew Dowdell, Bill Ouston, Tracey Monkley, Gerry Geltch and Anna Maree Powell. We also have the return of Past President, Russell Birrell and transfers from Gold Coast Lynnette Croft and Alison Fleming and from Vanuatu Janelle Cole. Unfortunately, as is the nature of our industry, we have also lost members due to their inability to attend functions.

Our numbers going into 2018 are 32 with 2 Friends of Skal. We have 4 in progress. This time last year we had 22 members with 2 friends of Skal. I implore all of you to keep our club strong, and to introduce a tourism friend to this great network through 2018.

We will continue our initiatives in 2018 for our Club. You all have a full calendar of fantastic events so you can plan your Skal functions into your busy schedules, more interaction with your Committee, increased marketing including social media, raffle rosters and more. We will be keeping you updated throughout the year.

None of 2017 could have happened without the support and friendship of you all especially the Committee. I cannot express my gratitude enough to you. A huge thank you goes to Vikki, Marion, Julie, Rebecca and Linda. A special thank you to Joanne Skinner and to the Skal National Executive for your ongoing support and knowledge for all things Skal.

2018 is our year, let’s make it happen together.

Yours in Skal

Susan Maynard

Susan Maynard