President's Report - August 2010

24 Aug 2010 5:43 PM | Chris Betcher
August. Seriously, where does the time go?  I've been travelling a lot lately, and it seems like I just get a weekend to myself and I'm heading off somewhere else to another conference somewhere.  Don't get me wrong, it's been fun, but it has caused me to lose track of things a little, as well as causing me to miss a few of the club's recent events.  The next few months look just as crazy with trips to China, Vietnam and New Zealand, but what do you do?  Someone has to do it!

On the homefront though, it seems that the club has been progressing quite nicely thank you very much.  Canada Day had a great turnout and I think we all had a terrific time.  It was good to see so many club members there enjoying themselves, having fun, socialising.  The weather was perfect and the venue was spectacular.  A huge, huge thank you needs to go out to Sarah, Alan, Chris, Kathleen, Pam... oh dear, I've started mentioning names... there were no doubt many others who helped plan the day so my apologies if I can't recall everyone who was responsible.  You all did a fabulous job.

There have been a few other well attended events - all of which I was out of town for, so I cannot, unfortunately, relay any personal experiences from them.  However, I'm told the Canadian Film Festival night, the Mudgee Food and Wine Festival, and the SpecTAPular Canadian Beer Festival were all well attended by members.  If you were there, we'd love to hear some stories!  Put them in the Events Reports.

Communications in a club like this is important, and as you know we have made a lot of changes in this area in the last 18 months.  The move to the new website (though it's not really "new" anymore) was a good move to bring all our resources into one place.  I think most people would agree that the site has streamlined a lot of club business, centralised our information, and it has certainly made the process of managing memberships and events much, much better.

One casualty of this move was the longstanding club newsletter. Originally paper based and then later moved to PDF format, the newsletter was a labour of love for our editor Brenda (Though I suspect there was a lot more labour than love!)  It was hard work, time consuming, and took a lot of effort o make happen each month. As we moved all the club information to the website - events, stories, reports, photos - it made the production of a "mail out" newsletter a bit redundant. All the information that was painstakingly added to the newsletter each month was mostly already available on the website.  Consequently, the newsletter got the axe.

One thing that is becoming apparent is that, although the important information is certainly available online, in the general busy-ness of life, people don't always take the time to go look there.  We have email reminders go out for events, and that's great, but a lot of the other stuff - details about special deals for members, event reports, Club news, even the President's Report - was getting overlooked.  Many members have said that they like the idea of a newsletter each month.

So we are bringing the newsletter back.  Sort of.  We will be launching a new monthly newsletter very soon that will be automatically created from the news, stories and reports on the website.  You'll get a short summary of each article, along with a link to the website so you can read the whole thing if you choose.  It will go out each month and should hopefully keep a better flow of information between the members and the club.

We are also going to have a little competition soon to try and increase our member base.  Stay tuned for more information on that one!  Details very soon.

Till next time,



  • 25 Aug 2010 7:09 PM | Deleted user
    Fantastic this new newsletter thingy. It's great to get information out to all our club members as sometimes we all need the gentle reminder that... hey I do below to a great club.
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