It’s hard to realise that here we are, coming to the end of this unique season. However once the Club was able to open up, it’s been quite a ride ever since with everything that’s been going on.
Our Finance Director, James Inifer is actually cracking a smile these days, seeing the bar open and being very well patronised. The huge drop in income during lockdown made quite a dent in the Club’s finances. However, subscriptions, plus generous member donations and support from Banyule City Council has helped enormously. In addition, the Club has been advised that it has been successful in receiving a $33,000 grant from Business Victoria Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.
On the greens, Rosanna is well to the fore, with three sides in the finals. These are reported on elsewhere in this issue, together with Rosanna players’ excellent performances in the Yarra Region events.
Very welcome has been some added glamour around the place – the ladies behind the bar during the Happy Hour and during Saturday Pennant. Thank you Mel and Molly for your hard work and good humour.
The salad rolls available on Saturdays at $5 each have been a hit, with more sold than anticipated. Thanks to Sally Quilliam for this innovation.
However, we must acknowledge the availability of tea and coffee (at last!), even individually-packed biscuits in the kitchen area. This has been appreciated by our visitors.
Wednesday Twilight Triples have proven to be well supported and seem destined to be a permanent fixture. This has enabled all members including those working to participate as well as visitors. Unfortunately, the long-established Wednesday daytime social bowls (especially being on the day after Midweek Pennant) appears to be no longer viable.
Some of the remaining Club events are dragging their feet to get finished, so come on all involved – let’s get the job done before Presentation Day!!
It’s been especially great to see the Happy Hour going gangbusters again. So many of us obviously really look forward to our Friday nights. The highlight of course was that the cash jackpot just kept climbing until it reached the lawful maximum – $5,000. On that night, it was decided that numbers would be drawn until the jackpot went off. With only six cards left, Damian Crea picked the joker and walked off with the money!! Here is an excited Damian holding up the elusive joker.
All the Happy Hour needs now is the return of the nibbles for each table. We live in hope.
Word has soon got around that Rosanna Bowling Club is open for business again. Glenn Lyons has been busy fielding enquiries for the hire of our facilities. This brings in welcome income as well as being seen by Banyule City Council as a contribution to the community.
Interesting to note that Henselite (Australia) Pty Ltd – founded by the Hensell family in the early 20th century has changed hands. The company has been purchased by Ian and Thomas Paterson who are looking forward to building on the proud 100-year history of this family company and taking it forward.
Negotiations are still proceeding with our neighbour Araluen regarding a possible sale of the piece of land adjoining their property still owned by the Rosanna Bowling Club.