ClubMulwala’s record profit applauded
ClubMulwala members have applauded the club’s record profit of $1.692 million for 2017/18, recent projects undertaken and projects planned for the future.
In welcoming the 61 RSL members and 25 associate members to ClubMulwala’s Annual General Meeting last Sunday, October 21, President Des O’Meara ESM OAM gave a special mention in respect of club life member Tony Nieuwenhout.
It was a special day for the Nieuwenhout family, as during the course of the 20-minute AGM, re-elected Mr O’Meara announced that Tony’s son Paul, was elected to the board.
Paul Nieuwenhout was elected for the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Futcher in October 2017.
Mr O’Meara welcomed the board’s new director and thanked the two nominees who missed out, Maurice Seiler and Ian McKenzie, for their nominations.
Mr O’Meara, who entered the Board of Directors as president two years ago, was reelected unopposed for the next two years.
“I’m privileged to lead this mighty ClubMulwala and thank my fellow directors and our CEO Alan Rowe for their contribution and commitment to ClubMulwala, and look forward to a challenging and rewarding 2018/20,” he said.
A slide presentation of the club’s substantially improved financial position over the past three financial years was delivered by Mr Rowe to the 86 attendees, commencing with: “We’re pretty excited what ClubMulwala’s proposing over the next 12 months. It’s a credit to the board for their forward thinking.”
The Chief Executive Officer reflected on
the installation of escalators and purchase of a new courtesy bus during 2016/17. “A new courtesy bus was long overdue and the escalators took us into the 21st century,” Mr Rowe said.
“In 2017/18 a new roof over the Diggers Balcony was installed as the old one had capitulated. It’s a beautiful place to sit and dine, and enjoy the view we have at ClubMulwala.
“Ten rooms were refitted at our motel. We are doing 10 a year for the next five years.”
Construction of the foreshore boardwalk was commented upon by Mr Rowe who said the boardwalk will have two entry points and boats will be able to be tied up.
Then it was glowing terms talk, as to anoth- er future use. “With our beautiful lawn down there, there can be weddings. I can picture a bride coming across the lake on a boat. It’s going to be very spectacular,” he predicted.
Comments made by the CEO regarding the new solarpark for three rows of carparking and the disabled carparking spaces were also welcomed by members.
Members were advised by Mr Rowe that carparking spaces would become six-to-eight inches wider each side and the distance between the rows would also be increased. “There will also be censor lights and carparking lights to make it easier for members and visitors,” he said.
“We have a number of other clubs waiting for us to finish our carpark so they can come and look at ours.”
Both president and CEO were also proud to advise of ClubMulwala’s continued contribution to the community via 96 donations to numerous organisations for 2017/18. That total of over $330,000 “went to the right places, we believe” according to Mr O’Meara.
“We believe we’re a strong part of the community,” Mr Rowe said. “Employing over 110 employees also shows our commitment to Yarrawonga/Mulwala; without our members support we would not be able to do this.”
New board director Paul Nieuwenhout said he was encouraged to stand for the board by his dad. “I thank the members for voting for me,” the 46-year-old accountant told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I’m hoping to contribute to the club and the community. There’s been a long association with the club, with dad, and I’m looking forward to working with fellow directors.”
ClubMulwala members will follow with great interest the revamp of their premises by consultants Rubicon Design, to take the club forward into the next 20-30 years.
“The program refit of the club, we believe, will be a real showpiece,” Mr Rowe predicted.
Newly elected ClubMulwala director Paul Nieuwenhout with his dad, ClubMulwala director for 19 years, club life member Tony Nieuwenhout OAM.
ClubMulwala’s Board of Directors for the next two years; front row, from left, directors John Burn, David King, President Des O’Meara ESM OAM, Col Brennan; back row, CEO Alan Rowe, directors John Clarke, Brian Bouchier, Kerry Pendergast and Paul Nieuwenhout. Shane McBurnie absent.