Yarrawonga Chronicle

John Clarke ClubMulwal­a Life Member

- BY ROBERT MUIR

The man popularly known as ‘Jinx’ became ClubMulwal­a’s fourth living Life Member, as announced at the club’s Annual General Meeting last Sunday.

ClubMulwal­a Chairman Des O’Meara ESM OAM nominated Mr Clarke for life membership which was seconded by board director Shane McBurnie.

“John Clarke has been a director for 21 years – from 1998 to 2008, 2011 to 2014 and from 2016 to 2021,” Mr O’Meara said.

“He has served with passion and dedication, and always had the best interests of ClubMulwal­a

at heart in all his talks and discussion­s about the club.

“His nomination was unanimousl­y approved by the board.”

Mr Clarke said he was “humbled” to become a Life Member, acknowledg­ing that over the long journey, he has enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors.

“When I first started I saw highs and lows – the Cypress Gardens developmen­t went under then we got Essenza, and we got this bloke from Alice Springs (CEO Alan Rowe) and everything improved with record financials every year,” the 71-year-old said.

“Now we have the new look club with so many plusses for members to enjoy.”

Mr Rowe commenced duty as CEO at ClubMulwal­a in December 2014, was faced with a club debt; the club is debt-free and officially opened its most impressive Stage one redevelopm­ent in December 2019.

John Clarke has seen the highs and lows of the organisati­on he has served as board director for 21 years but only sees the highs now, at ClubMulwal­a.

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 ?? ?? ClubMulwal­a director John Clarke being presented with life membership from ClubMulwal­a Chairman Des O’Meara ESM OAM.
ClubMulwal­a director John Clarke being presented with life membership from ClubMulwal­a Chairman Des O’Meara ESM OAM.

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