The release of ClubMulwala’s 2017 Annual Report details an organisation committed to re-investing in the community of Yarrawonga-Mulwala with a staggering $330,000 in financial and in-kind support delivered in the last financial year alone.
In the lead up to the Annual General Meeting on October 15, ClubMulwala Board Chair Des O’Meara ESM OAM and CEO Alan Rowe spoke with the Yarrawonga Chronicle about their pride in leading the way in supporting the local community.
“It’s a feather in our cap and great recognition of the commitment of the board of directors that we contribute so much to the community - which to our way of thinking is hugely important,” Mr Rowe said.
“We are extremely proud of our well over $300,000 cash and in-kind support back into the Yarrawonga-Mulwala community.
“That is s a commitment that we hold dear to us and it holds true to our values as an organisation. The primary focus of our board is to be community-minded and we are extremely proud of that.”
ClubMulwala’s depth of community support extends to a long-list of community groups and organisations – from schools to sporting groups, welfare organisations to community events.
“Up to 95% of our total community contribution is specific to organisations - for the most part volunteer organisations – in Yarrawonga Mulwala,” Mr Rowe said.
“We’re extremely proud of that and full credit to our board because everything has to be signed off on by the board and they are very proactive in being community minded.
“I really congratulate the board in that regard because without their support the continued contribution of ClubMulwala to the community would not be possible.”
Mr O’Meara said it was likely most people in Yarrawonga Mulwala had either themselves, or members of their family, benefitted from ClubMulwala’s commitment to community support.
“A huge percentage of the population or families have been touched in some way – possibly in many ways – by our support of the community – which is fantastic,” Mr O’Meara said.
“As board members we are volunteers and most of the community organisations we donate to are run by volunteers so it’s great to be able to provide that support.”
Mr Rowe said it rings true that “when the club does well, the community do well” and it was the drive to continue to support the community that pushed the club management and staff, with the support of the board, to create a financially positive position.
ClubMulwala recorded a $1,243,124 trading profit for the 2016/17 financial year, an increase of more than $470,000 from the $770,173 profit of 2015/16 and considerable turnaround from a $164,797 loss in 2014/15.
“It’s a feather in Alan’s cap that he’s achieved a $1.2 million profit,” Mr O’Meara said.
“It comes down to Alan and his management team and staff to achieve that.
“The board can assist but it is the operations side of things that gives those great outcomes.
“On the debt side of things since Alan joined us in December 2014 we’ve repaid over $3.1 million worth of debt, we’ve managed to support the community, deliver improvements to the club itself and we still have money in the bank.
“There aren’t too many clubs around that can honestly say they are debt free – but we are, which is an incredible achievement.”
In the 2016/2017 financial year ClubMulwala welcomed the installation of their much anticipated escalators, resealed the car park and purchased a new mini bus.
Mr O’Meara said the strong financial position of the club provided greater confidence to allow the board to continue to reinvest back into the club.
“You can’t sit on your hands, make a profit and not put it back in,” he said.
“And because of our strong financial position we can make plans to continue to reinvest back into our facilities for the benefit of our members and visitors.”
Membership numbers also continue to grow at ClubMulwala, from around 7000 in 2014 to approximately 12,000 this year.
“That speaks to our commitment to the community to be a club that’s affordable for all to enjoy and our $5 memberships have helped us achieve that,” Mr Rowe said.
“It gives everyone a chance to enjoy our facilities and we believe our facilities are first class.”
Mr Rowe said he was also very proud of the fact that ClubMulwala continued to employ around 120 from Yarrawonga Mulwala.
“To employ more than 100 people consistently – we’re very proud of that,” he said.
“That’s 100 families within the community we welcome as a part of our team at ClubMulwala and I see that in itself as a valuable contribution to the community.”
In closing, as ClubMulwala prepares to head into another exciting year ahead, Mr Rowe paid personal thanks to the current board and the ClubMulwala team for delivering a fantastic facility to be enjoyed by members and guests.