The half-yearly Clubs NSW Riverina Southwest Conference hosted by ClubMulwala from last Sunday to Tuesday morning of last week was hailed a huge success.
In a particular, the full Monday program involving breakfast, morning and afternoon presentations, discussions, and four-hour Sportsman’s Comedy Dinner and entertainment was so well received.
ClubMulwala President Des O’Meara ESM, OAM was very pleased with the big conference which attracted a total of 150 club management staff from 46 clubs throughout Victoria and NSW.
“It was a very successful conference,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “The speakers were well chosen and did a great job in presenting their topics, ranging from solar energy to depression.
“Yarrawonga Tourism (Noel Wright) and Black Bull Golf Club (James McCully) did a fantastic job in promoting Yarrawonga/Mulwala Tourism and the Sebel hotel complex development at Black Bull, Silverwoods.
ClubMulwala Chief Executive Officer Alan Rowe expressed his satisfaction. “It was a wonderful opportunity to host such an event and to showcase our facility,” he said.
“The presentations were very good and if people get just one thing out of the conference then we’re happy.”
Finley RSL Club CEO Sharen Parmley praised the conference. “It’s been a really informative conference,” she said.
“On the Sunday, representatives from ClubNSW talked on club direction and diversification and Monday’s talks were also really informative and were of great variety.
“The venue was fantastic. This area is well known for tourism. The hospitality here has just been wonderful.”
President of Clubs NSW Riverina South West and Murray Downs Golf and Country Club’s Greg Roberts, who used the word “fantastic” to describe the conference, said over Monday’s dinner he had some ‘nasty work’ to do before something really nice via entertainment by Australian Test Cricketers Wayne Phillips and Merv Hughes, and comedian Dave O’Neil.
For the slightest thing out of line by a person, he or she was fined usually $50 which drew spontaneous applause from the big gathering; with a raffle, didn’t the dollars add up! All in the name of a very worthy cause: Helping Hands, Yarrawonga Health.
An amount of $3,850 was raised over Monday’s dinner which was so gratefully received by Volunteer Helping Hands Committee/Yarrawonga Health, Jackie Smith.
“A huge thank you,” Jackie said. “It is amazing. It will purchase another bed.” She was left spellbound at the brilliance of Greg’s handing down of fines in such a short space of time.
“We thought we had the right fit for entertainment for our attendees,” Mr Rowe said. The 160 attendees for dinner on the Monday in the Anzac Room loved the three acts and must have been splitting their sides with laughter for more than a combined hour’s entertainment.
“Absolutely wonderful,” director at Cootamundra Services Club, Sam Jennings said of the talk by Wayne Phillips.
“Extremely interesting, complete character and inspirational player,” was how Trevor Porter, Senior Sales Executive with Barringtons, Castle Hill described the Merv Hughes talk.
And Government Relations Manager with ClubsMelbourne Siobhan Barry thought Dave O’Neil’s performance was “hilarious, very funny”.
National Sales Director Lion Beer Sydney Mark Powell described the ClubMulwala hosted half yearly Club conference as “tremendous”.
“It’s great to see so many clubs getting together and sharing what’s working, what’s not working,” he said. “We were delighted to be involved because this area is a low-share area for us and we believe we have a great range of products.”
After a full-on day with presentations and questions/discussions, conference participants were treated to, and like, royalty at the Sportsman’s Comedy Dinner Monday night. ClubMulwala rolled out the red carpet - literally - to diners entering the Anzac Room for a relaxing evening in the spectacularly presented venue.
Mr O’Meara complimented ClubMulwala catering staff for a most delicious three-course meal, bar staff for their efficiency and to Alan and his crew for organising the event.