MOONEE PONDS CLUB
Important message from the Chairman
I am pleased to advise all members that we can commence our new year in 2013 with encouraging changes to ensure our club’s future success.
Firstly, our Club is now officially “The Moonee Ponds Club” and secondly, we have appointed a new general manager, Mr Philip Dentith who will commence his duties on Monday 18th February 2013. Philip comes with a very impressive 18 year history in the hospitality and retail industries specialising in customer hands on oriented service operations, business development, sales project management, marketing promotions and cost control, with a proven ability to manage company standards, operational budgets and stock levels. Being previously employed for many years by Hotel Leisure Management in a number of highly successful Melbourne venues, and with his many qualifications, he will competently handle all levels of our staff, bar, bistro and regulatory requirements in gaming venues.
I trust all members and staff welcome Philip to our Club and we look forward to his new initiatives and ideas for 2013 and beyond.
A Message from the Chairman
I wish to advise all members that on Friday 14th December, our General Manager Gunter Mair informed me that he is resigning from his position which will take effect on Friday 18th January 2013.
Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, it has become necessary for him to resign in order to concentrate on his health issues with the support of his family.
The Board members and staff have been advised and we all wish him every success in rectifying his health problems as soon as possible.
Gunter has been employed by the Club firstly as Duty Manager for 3 years and for the past 4 years as General Manager where he has performed his duties extremely well. We are all deeply sorry for his departure from the Club.
The Board has commenced the process for his replacement and will advise members further details in due course. On behalf of your Board of Directors, we wish all members, staff and their families, a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
link to AGM minutes
The Chairman’s Annual Report for the financial year 2011/2012
I wish to advise that Club’s financial position for the past year showed a small trading loss after another difficult year when gaming revenue was much lower. This is due to the present economy as most other non for profit venues in Victoria are in a similar position.
On the 16th August 2012 we became our own identity with a change over from Tattersalls to running our own business with the assistance of our new service provider, “The Mercury Group’ which we are a member with 20 other Victorian Gaming venues. Our gaming income will double; this will provide additional revenue to purchase new up to date gaming machines and games. We can now look forward to planning more benefits for members in future years.
We now have a TAB kiosk which we have been waiting for the past 7 years. The TAB was reluctant to supply us with this facility as we were a Tattersalls gaming venue. Our members can now enjoy this added facility.
I thank our busy General Manager Gunter Mair for continuing to manage our Club professionally. Also a special thanks to our loyal staff for their efforts in attending to our member’s requirements.
News from the Board Room
Pat Kirby, after 16 year of dedicated service, will not seek re-election at the next Annual General meeting on the 22nd October 2012. Thanks Pat for all your contributions and loyalty. Godfrey Gilmore is slowly recovering from 3 serious operations and will be back at the Club soon. Your Board of Directors have unanimously decided to change our Club’s name to ‘The Moonee Ponds Club’; this will be fully explained shortly and will need the member’s approval at the next Annual General meeting.
Our chef Harry Singh is running ‘Fentons Restaurant’ well with the recent introductions of cheaper meals on Tuesday. We encourage members to use the Bistro regularly and for special functions.
I thank all Board Members for their expertise and the time they devote to ensuring that our Club remains strong and successful. Finally, to each and every Board Member, thanks for their continued loyalty and support. We look forward to a most exciting year.