President’s Report to Members
A lot has been happening at the club over the past couple of months and I’d like to update members on a number of current activities.
2016 Annual General Meeting
With the final reporting and audits completed for the year it is pleasing to report that the Club has again achieved good results with a healthy net profit of $496,927 posted for the twelve months to June 30 2016.
This year’s AGM was one of the shortest ever. There were no special items of business to discuss and as only current Directors nominated for the vacant Board positions, there was no election required.
The extra time available however did give our Finance Director, Grant Connolly, an opportunity to inform members present, of the community support the Club provided during 2016. This amounted to more than $720,000 in community contributions, including cash and in-kind contributions and free use of facilities over the preceding twelve months.
Items of Grant’s revue of the support we provide our community included amounts of:
– $523,744 in cash sponsorships to sports clubs, local schools and charitable donations;
– $175,000 in members’ benefits, members’ points redemption, vouchers, etc.; and
– $24,800 for free use of Club facilities to community groups and clubs.
Notable Facts & Figures
In my last report, I mentioned I would provide some notable facts and figures relating to last financial year. I believe it important that members understand the benefits we provide our local and wider communities. Apart from the contributions mentioned above, your Club is a major employer and significant contributor to both the local and state economy.
As at June 30 2016 we:
– had 2,340 Social Club members and approximately 2,500 Gaming members;
– provided regular fulltime and casual employment for 32 individuals;
– spent $26,377 upskilling and training our staff;
– had an employee wages expense of $1,357,939;
– provided $132,348 for employee superannuation and provision for long service leave;
– paid $73,221 in Workcover and payroll taxes;
– paid $2,000,179 in State gaming taxes;
– paid $106,571 for door security services;
– spent an estimated $250,000 on goods and services with local businesses;
– spent $97,884 on food promotions/member discounts;
– paid $59,298 for the provision of Fox Sports and Sky Channel services;
– spent $644,983 on food and beverage purchases.
General Club Update
Over the last few of months your Directors and management have:
– completed our strategic plan, our 5 and 10 year financial forecasts and our action plans for the Club going forward;
– engaged consultants to commence an application process to increase the number of gaming entitlements/machines for the Club;
– commenced work with architects, Round6, to develop expansion and renovation plans for the Club should we be successful in securing the additional gaming entitlements;
– updated the Sports Bar with new, larger TV screens on a special panelled wall and provided a very colourful ‘racing mural’ in the TAB area of the bar.
Our head chef Prabh recently departed the Club and a new head chef, Paul Smith, has now been appointed. Paul has some new menu ideas and we envisage some changes in the next month or so.
Recent donations/sponsorships include $10,000 to Wallarano Primary School to enable the school to build a special ‘multi-sensory’ room for their students and $2,500 to the Springvale Benevolent Society to aid them provide vital services to people in need of assistance. Our Club enjoys a great relationship with the Dingley Village Community Bank of Bendigo Bank, and both of our donations have been matched by the bank to bring the totals $20,000 and $5,000 respectively.
But above all. We are very proud to be able to provide a safe and family friendly social environment for all our members, guests and gaming patrons. And that’s what community clubs are all about!
Looking forward to catching-up with you at the Club very soon.
President’s Report to Members
Financials & 2016 Annual General Meeting
Well another (financial) year has come and gone! All too fast it seems these days. We’re currently in the process of completing our audit and annual report. And I am pleased to say that the Club’s financials continue to show a healthy position and that the key areas of our operations (food, beverage and gaming) have traded profitably during 2015-16.
All members will be able to review the final audited results when the “Annual Report and Financial Statement” are made available during the last week of September.
Members should also note that this year’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday 24th October commencing at 7:30pm. All members are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting, but only those members financial as at 30th June 2016 will be eligible to vote.
New Bistro Menu
Two weeks ago, our head chef (and Community Clubs Victoria’s “Club Chef of the Year” finalist) Prabh Singh, launched our new/updated menu for the Bistro. There are several new items on the main menu, as well as some of our old favourites. The choices are numerous and I doubt if there is anyone’s palate that cannot be satisfied.
Having already tried a number of the new meals, I can thoroughly recommend the menu to members. I am certain you will not be disappointed.
Gaming Machine Arrangements Review
In my previous reports I have mentioned that I intend to keep members informed of the developments in respect of the Victorian government’s “Gaming Machine Arrangements Review”.
The review is examining possible changes to the existing gaming Venue Operator Model, for when the current machine entitlements expire in August 2022.
The initial, stage one report, should now have been delivered to the (new) Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Ms Marlene Kairouz, for her review. The second stage of the review will now consider any reforms arising from the first stage responses and the Minister’s review.
Our industry body, Community Clubs Victoria, is closely monitoring developments as any unfavourable changes to the existing model, such as revising the allocation of gaming machine entitlements, could very likely have a detrimental effect on our operations. And the Club’s ability to provide on-going member privileges and much needed financial support to our affiliated clubs, local schools and sports clubs, and our local community.
The support your Club provides to the local community through direct distribution of monies is quite extensive. Next month, after our audit is signed-off, I intend to provide a “Notable Facts & Figures” section in this report, outlining how our revenues are accounted for in terms of donations, grants, employee expenses, taxes, etc. I believe most members will be surprised with the amount spent by the Club on a lot of these items.
Looking forward to catching-up with you at the Club soon.
President’s Report to Members
State Government ‘Gaming Machine Arrangements’ Review
In my last report I mentioned Club Noble had submitted a response to the state government’s Gaming Machine Arrangements Review. This review is investigating possible changes to the existing gaming model, for when the current machine entitlements expire in August 2022.
A total of 253 submissions were received in response to a Consultation Paper and the Department of Justice has now published all submissions it received. And these can now be publicly viewed on its website at http://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/gamingmachinearrangementsreview.
The review is being conducted in two stages. The first stage is a broad assessment of the performance of the existing Venue Operator Model, whether it should continue and any changes the review has considered required. A report and recommendations is planned to be delivered to the responsible Minister in July 2016. The second stage will be determined after the completion of the first stage, and will implement any reforms arising from the review, including the allocation of new entitlements, should the government decide to maintain the entitlement system.
How does this concern Club Noble? I intend to keep members informed of any developments in respect of this review, as any unfavourable changes to the existing Venue Operator Model could very likely have a detrimental effect on our operations and our ability to provide on-going member privileges and financial support to our affiliated clubs, local schools and sports clubs, and our local community.
Community Clubs Victoria 2015 Awards
I am please to inform members that your club had some great success at the recent CCV awards night, where we received a total of 7 awards/finalist honours from a total 32 award categories.
CCV represents more than 1,500 community clubs across Victoria (including more than 400 clubs with gaming) and the awards and finalist nominations Club Noble received is not only a reflection of individual efforts, but the combined efforts of members, staff and Directors. We should all be very proud of our club’s support of the community and within the club industry where we are highly regarded.
President of the Year – Barry Bradshaw
Best Youth Development Program – Junior Football Club: Bulls Roar program
Club Official of the Year – Barry Moylan
Club Chef of the Year – Prabh Singh
Best Community Support Program – Junior Football Club: multicultural netball club
Assistant Manager/Supervisor of the Year – Mick O’Toole
Metro Club Manager of the Year – Mark Hogan
New Bistro Menus Available
Our CCV “Club Chef of the Year” finalist, Prabh Singh, has just released our new “Buy One Get One Free” menu which started Wednesday last week. This new menu has a number of additions to an already popular menu.
Next week Prabh will launch his latest “Light Lunch Menu”.
Prabh is also in the process of finalising changes to our “Main Menu” over the next couple of weeks.
If you haven’t eaten in the bistro recently, come in and savour the delicious meals Prabh and his team in the kitchen prepare for you. You will not be disappointed.
Looking forward to catching-up with you at the Club soon.
A Message from your President
Welcome members to my first report for year. I trust that all members and their families had an enjoyable holiday period and that 2016 will bring us all the happiness and success we strive for.
In my December report to members I made note of the State Government’s “Gaming Machine Arrangements Review” and that the outcome of such a review may well lead to changes to the existing gaming model when the current machine entitlements expire in 2022.
Back in 2012 when the State Government abolished the Tattersalls and Tabcorp gaming duopoly, a Venue Operator Model (VOM) was introduced. Operating under this model, Club Noble has been able to significantly increase our gaming revenues.
Currently our gaming operation provides approximately 75% of our Club’s total income and any material change in the VOM, as a result of the Gaming Machine Arrangements Review, is likely to have financial implications on our overall operations, including our support for Affiliated Clubs and the community.
There are numerous submissions being made to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing regarding the Gaming Machine Arrangements Review, notably from organisations and groups representing clubs and hotels with gaming machines.
Feedback received in response to this review will be considered by the Justice Department in the “development of the policy framework for the future regulatory arrangements for Victoria’s gaming machines”.
Our industry organisation, Community Clubs Victoria, has submitted a response on behalf of all Victoria’s not-for-profit clubs with gaming. Your Directors fully support this response.
Club Noble has also submitted a response to the Gaming Machine Arrangements Review and you are able to “Click here” for a link to view a pdf version of our response. I encourage all members to read your Directors response as it quite succinctly sets out where we stand on this important matter and how adverse changes to the VOM would likely have a detrimental effect on Club Noble’s operations.
President’s Report to Members
Firstly, I would like to wish all members and their families a joyful and safe Christmas and New Year holiday period. 2015 has been a successful and eventful year for Club Noble with the Club again providing support for our Affiliated Clubs and the local community and recording another profitable trading result.
Some noteworthy items your Club achieved this the year are:
• Completion of the renovations and extension to the Football and Cricket Clubs’ change rooms. These facilities are now amongst the best in the City of Greater Dandenong and beyond;
• Increased our financial contributions to our Affiliated Clubs to ensure their financial stability and competitiveness at the highest levels of their sports;
• Introduced the Midas player loyalty system for both Social and Gaming members;
• Continued to provide our Social members with great food and beverage discounts and major weekly prize draws;
• Another great day at the Children’s Christmas Party with many rides and attractions and 940 gifts provided to members and friends’ children;
• Consciously increased our support of community groups and organisations; and
• Reduced our bank loan liability by more than $350,000.
At a recent ‘rent review’ with Council it was noted that over the past 5 years we have contributed more than $5.5 million to improving our facilities and providing for our Affiliated Clubs and the wider community. And this amount does not include items such as the weekly member draws and raffles; member discounts on food and drinks; and Bistro discounts (e.g. ‘2-for-1 meal’s on Wednesdays and ‘kids eat free’ on Thursdays).
Although our gaming operations continue to provide much of our income, your Board is cognizant that we need to remain focused on all areas of the business to ensure a viable and sustainable operation. The State Government has initiated a review of Gaming Machine Arrangements and the outcome may well lead to changes to the current gaming model post-2022, when the current gaming entitlements are due to expire.
Our Sports and Community Liaison Officer, Trish Marson, continued her work with our affiliated sports clubs; many local schools; and the broader community. It is worth noting that the ‘active after schools’ program and the Tennis Club’s work with youth from our Sudanese community, helped our Club win “Best Youth Development Program” at the Community Clubs Victoria’s inaugural awards.
During 2015 we continued to provide financial and in-kind support to a number of local schools and charitable organisations. The following list is an example of Club Noble’s support:
• Local primary schools (Wallarano; Harrisfield; Springvale Heights and Springvale Rise; St. Anthony’s; Dandenong West and Yarraman Oaks);
• Springvale Multicultural Men’s Shed;
• Noble Park Rotary Club’s “Dolly Parton Imagination Library”
• Pink Ribbon Breakfast for breast cancer research;
• Noble Park Rotary Club’s Charity Golf Day;
• Noble Park Community Centre’s Art Show;
• Noble Park CFA;
• Harrisfield Soccer Club;
• Keysborough Freedom Club;
• Bully Zero Australia Foundation;
• St Kilda Mums – supporting single mothers and families in need;
• Make a Wish Foundation;
• Cancer Council Dream Team;
• Variety Club;
• Noble Park Probus Club;
• Sandown Probus Club; and
• Very Special Kids.
On behalf of your Directors I’d like to thank all our members for your continued support and patronage.
I believe all members should be very proud of our great club.
WINTER (UPDATE) – 2014
notable sporting Achievement – Jack Besley (GOLFER)
Club Noble and Anglers member, Jack Besley, is to be congratulated on his recent victory in Chicago, USA, where he won the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championship’s individual title as “World Champion” by a massive seven (7) strokes.
Also notable was that Jack was the Australian Team Captain and the only player in the tournament to record a score in the 60’s, by carding an impressive 4 under 68 on the final round. At the end of the four day event, Jack outscored players representing eleven countries. However, despite his fantastic individual effort, the Australian team could only manage equal forth (with Canada) in the men’s team event. Jack is sponsored by two of our affiliated clubs, the ‘Anglers’ and the ‘Business Club’.
Well done Jack from all of us at Club Noble.
BUlly zero australia foundation (BZAF)
Club Noble has recently become a “charity partner” of this very worthwhile foundation which is committed to raising awareness of bullying and its devastating consequences through schools, workplaces and the broader community. BZAF aims to provide young people with education to prevent bullying and work with bullies and their families to help create positive behavioural changes. And the foundation is passionate about establishing a zero-tolerance culture of bullying in Australia and is working towards ensuring anti-bullying laws are implemented and enforced nationally. You would have already noticed the BZAF logo on our website homepage. We have created a link to their website and encourage all Club Noble members to visit the BZAF site and see what great work they are doing in the community. Club Noble is initiating an “anti-bullying” training session for our staff and Trish Marson, our Sports & Community Liaison Officer, is investigating training for some of our affiliate club’s junior members.
2014 Annual General Meeting (REMINDER)
Please make sure your diaries have the Annual General Meeting of the Noble Park Football Social Club Ltd (Club Noble) scheduled in for Monday 27th October at 7.30pm in the Club’s Bistro.
WINTER – 2014
RECENT AFFILIATED CLUBS SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS
NOBLE PARK CRICKET CLUB
Club Noble congratulates the Noble Park Cricket Club’s First XI on winning the 2013/14 Victorian Sub District Cricket Association’s East/West Premiership.
At a recent Mayoral function at Dandenong Council Chambers, the club was presented with a commemorative plaque by the Mayor, Councillor Jim Memeti.
The plaque is now proudly on display with other Cricket Club memorabilia in the foyer of Club Noble. Well done to the team members, coaches, support group and committee.
NOBLE COMMUNITY TENNIS CLUB
The Noble Community Tennis Club’s junior “Singles/Doubles/Triples” team recently took out the Waverley District Tennis Association’s 2013/14 Premiership. This is a great result for the boys and girls who have been playing together now for a few seasons.
Their premiership flag and other Tennis Club memorabilia are also on display at the Club.
SPRINGVALE MULTICULTURAL MEN’S SHED
Earlier this year, Club Noble donated $3,210 towards the establishment of the Springvale Multicultural Men’s Shed. Most of the donated money was raised at Club Noble’s annual golf day held at Keysborough Golf Club in April.
At the recent Mayoral function for the Cricket Club, our local Councillor Roz Blades, who is Patron of the Springvale Multicultural Men’s Shed, took the opportunity to present Club Noble with a certificate of appreciation for our donation.
This certificate along with other awards is on displayed in the foyer.
CHANGE ROOMS UPDATE
After several weeks of delays, we finally received our ‘building permit’ for the works on the upgrade and extensions to the football / cricket change rooms on the 23rd May.
Work is now underway and our builders, Ducon Maintenance, are pulling all stops to ensure we have the rooms available for the at least some of the football season.
Current indications, excluding any unscheduled stoppages, are that the rooms should be complete before the end of July. This is one month later than originally planned but with the holdup of the building permit, we believe is reasonable.
Once completed, the new / updated change room complex will be one of the city’s best.
SPORTS & COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER
The appointment of Trish Marson as our SCLO earlier this year is already bearing fruit as she has been very active meeting with our affiliated clubs and organising various events and functions. She has also been spending time building relationships with various community groups and organisations.
Trish has recently included the Tennis Club in the government funded ‘Active After Schools Program’. This is in addition to the program already being run at four schools for the Junior Football Club.
Other recent activities include assisting with Anglers Club’s mega fishing tackle auction and preparing community flyers promoting Club Noble and our Affiliated Clubs.
Trish has also arranged for the Senior Football and Junior Football clubs to raise funds to support the annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast (for breast cancer research) by having both clubs wear “pink” socks during their 2nd and 3rd of August rounds at Noble Park.
2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The date for the Annual General Meeting of the Noble Park Football Social Club Ltd (Club Noble) is to be held on Monday 27th October at 7.30pm in the Club’s bistro.
Please mark this date in your diaries.
Notices and Concise Annual Report will be posted to all Social Club members prior to the AGM.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW IMPROVED WEBSITE
As you can see, our new website is now up and running, with thanks to a lot of work by our Assistant Manager, Mick O’Toole and our systems provider, MikeIT.
We hope you like the new look and we will endeavour to keep the site vibrant and up-to-date for all our members and visitors. If you have any suggestions regarding the content or presentation, I suggest you drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll look into it.
CLUB NOBLE WELCOMES IN 2014
I don’t know of a better way to start the New Year than to be with members and friends at Club Noble. The party kicked-off in the early evening with drinks and a buffet meal to die for. We were then entertained by a fantastic six piece band and the dance floor rocked.
Everyone I spoke with on the evening said it was one of the best functions we’ve had at Club Noble for some time. So thanks to all involved in making this happen – to Mark, Belinda and Mick and our fantastic staff. And to Prab and his kitchen staff for providing such a varied selection of great food.
I might be getting ahead of myself here, but if you missed out or were somewhere else for the start of this year, I recommend you mark your 2014 calendar now… and join us to see in 2015.
CHANGE ROOMS UPDATE
We have received our Town Planning Permit from the City of Greater Dandenong and are presently awaiting detailed drawings and specifications from our architects. When we receive these drawings we will conduct a closed tender process to select a suitable commercial builder to undertake the extensions and renovation work.
Because of delays beyond our control, it doesn’t look as if the new rooms will be available for the start of this year’s footy season. But we will work toward completing the work as early as possible to allow the Football Club use of these new facilities during the season.
We are now halfway through the financial year and the financial results are showing another positive trend.
Bistro and Bar sales and expenses are in line with our expectations and as our membership continues to grow (now almost 2000 social members) we expect sales in these two areas to improve.
Gaming revenue continues to grow. In the next couple of months however, we will see some impact on gaming as the State Government’s increased tax rate and new VCGLR fees take effect, but we are still forecasting an improved bottom line result when compared to last year.
SPORTS & COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER – NEW APPOINTMENT
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Trish Marson as Sports & Community Liaison Officer for Club Noble. This was ratified at a recent Board meeting and Trish will commence immediately.
It is envisaged Trish will liaise with our Affiliated Clubs in a number of areas and her role will include working with local schools in active after schools programs and promoting all our Affiliated Clubs to the wider community. The aim is to improve our sporting club’s memberships. As well as working with the younger brigade, she will also work toward securing senior players and external sponsorships for all our affiliated sporting clubs.
Promotion of Club Noble is also a major part of her role in working with the community and we look forward to increasing membership and use of our great facilities.