This year the Club made a loss of over $930.
The main details are as follows:
Match fees were up a little on last year’s at $9,528 (last year $9,209).
We had 7 teams in Section 1 and 6 Teams in Section 2.
In Season 2 the fees needed to be raised to $100 person in order to reduce the size of the end of year loss to the Club.
Receipts from sale of second hand shuttles was down a little at $110 (last year $255)
Receipts from Fill-ins was slightly up at $565 (last year $461)
Shuttles $2,788 (last year $999)
Court Hire $6,362.50 (last year $6183)
Admin $554 (last year $654)
Refreshments $570 (last year $680)
Cards and Gifts $155 (last year $462)
Trophies $566 (last year $495)
Registration & Insurance Badminton Victoria $810 each year
Funds in Bank:
Funds in the bank at the start of the year was $6,530
At the end of year the balance was $5,600.
The fundraising event was once again very successful with $1,169 raised and donated to the Anti Cancer Council of Victoria.
As you can see from the above details the main reason for our large loss this year is that we spent more on shuttles. We bought a lot more and quality shuttles than we did last year. In future we will endeavour to keep our shuttle expenditure at a more regular amount by monitoring usage and keeping a consistent amount in stock. Spending on items such as admin, cards, refreshments, and trophies were, in aggregate, similar to last year’s payments. Court Hire costs increased as we would expect every year.
Looking forward to next year we can expect the cost of our two major items, namely Court Hire and Shuttles, to go up with the cost of living. In addition it is likely that we will have a reduced number of players next season which means that we will probably need to raise the fees to cover the costs of operating the Club.
Full details of our financials and comparison with previous years are available from the Secretary or can be seen here.
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Following several past successful Melbourne Tramboat outings by TLBA, we decided this year to reprise the excursion to Williamstown. 36 people consisting of current players, a couple of past players (lovely to see Janis Wells and Lyn Hillas again) and a few family and friends boarded the tramboat and were welcomed enthusiastically by captain Anthony and first mate Lisa. Undeterred by the rather overcast conditions, we happily set off with much chatter. Anthony gave us some interesting commentary and informative descriptions of landmarks along the way while we enjoyed our morning cuppa.
We had an hour to wander around scenic Williamstown. Some people enjoyed a walk to the the botanical gardens taking in the charming Victorian architecture or had another coffee fix at one of the many local cafés on the waterfront while others indulged in a little pre-Christmas retail therapy. By now, the clouds had cleared which drew a group to enjoy a pre-lunch vino in the sunshine.
The allure of our fish and chips lunch drew us back on board. And very delicious it was! On the way back to Docklands, a small dance area was cleared, the volume of the music went up a notch or three, and quite a few ladies enthusiastically took to the floor, led by our dance-meister Jenny Lee. There may or may not even have been some pole-dancing attempted….but a few of the girls sensibly took themselves onto the top deck at that stage, and Naree and Michelle saw a beautiful seal frolicking in the shimmering water.
It was a terrific day and a lovely way to celebrate the coming Christmas season and the conclusion of another happy season at Thornburn Ladies. Jenny took the opportunity to thank the committee and especially the match secretaries for their work this year, but also thank you to you Jenny (and to your able assistant Michael) for organising this successful and popular event this year.