After just two years on the board including the last 12 months as vice president, Gil Cunningham is the new Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort President.
He replaces board member of 12 years, including five years as vice president and one year as president, Dario Prighel. Due to serious health issues, Mr Prighel did not seek re-election at the Annual General Meeting last Thursday night and stepped down from the board.
Mr Cunningham was elected unopposed and for those who don’t know his CV, he advised: “I’m 66, with nearly 50 years in banking and financial planning. “
He and wife Jackie moved to Yarrawonga seven years ago and said after one year on the board, he assures members the board is “committed to going forward and continuing as a wonderful club”.
New vice president is Laurie Bridgeman who contested the position along with fellow directors Barry Cocks and Steve Buckley.
“I’m very privileged and honoured - just being asked to stand for vice president was great,” the 70-year-old retired secondary school teacher said.
Mr Cunningham acknowledged the work that Dario has done for the club, and the great support from wife Jeanette.
“I have found them to be honest people, very caring, very conciliatory,” the new president said. “I’m confident you can overcome this and I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone and wish you a good recovery.”
Mr Prighel received warm applause for his presidency and best wishes in his efforts to win his battle.
In his outgoing address, he spoke of his many years helping out with junior pennant and with club star golfer and junior pennant manager Bob Castles.
“It has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my time with the club,” Mr Prighel, who took over the pennant manager’s role, said.
“The kids who have come through the program have all been a credit to their families, their caddies and their club. More recently the board approved education scholarships or secondary school students who also participate in regular golf competitions.”
The outgoing president recalled his admission to the Board of Directors. “About 12 years ago, a number of members approached me to consider running for the board. After some push and shove I acquiesced, not really knowing what I was getting into.
“I was luck to have two very strong presidents in Stuart (Spinks) and Nick (Moraitis) and two very capable CEOs in Rob (Dick) and Richard (Hogg). The four of them were great mentors who always put the club first.
“I thank the current board for their support during my term as president. It has certainly been a tough year. I would have loved to continue on and see some of the recent initiatives come to fruition.”
Mr Prighel wished Gil and the board all the best for the future. “I’m expecting great things this year financially with a profit over $400,000 and loan balance to be zero. I have enjoyed my time on the board and will certainly miss the interactions with the members, management and staff. Who knows? I may one day do a Lazarus.”
It was another round of applause for the former management accountant and finance manager at the munitions factory in Mulwala who has contributed so much to so many local sporting organisations which led to him being named a Godfather of The Year.