2018 was another successful year for the Twist Club with all functions very well attended. Once again, we went back to old familiar restaurants that continue to look after us, including Chez Pierre, Galileo, Juniper and Bay, Blue Duck, Kailis and Matilda Bay. These restaurants know our formula and the Committee feels confident going back to these favourites. However, we understand the need for variety and are making strong enquiries to secure a few new venues for 2019. As always, recommendations from members are strongly encouraged.
Similarly, we had some outstanding wines throughout the year, and whilst I shouldn’t pick favourites, my standout was Dutschke Wines. It must be remembered that Wayne Dutschke flew over at his own expense to host the lunch and was very generous with his supply of wines. Others to impress and support us were Vasse Felix, old favourites, Yalumba, West Cape Howe and Woodlands. A new comer to the club was Willespie Wines from Margaret River, and they were warmly received.
The year finished off strongly with two outstanding events, being the Ladies Night at Jo Jo’s Restaurant and the Bus trip to Millbrook Winery. The Ladies Night was a great evening and we should all be proud of the fact that we were able to raise $4,500 on the night to support last year’s chosen charity, Zero2Hero. Thanks to all who contributed on the night. Special thanks to our Foodmaster Peter Banks who worked tirelessly to ensure the night’s success, together with Billy Groves for a fine selection of wines and organising the Millbrook trip.
Membership of the Twist Club remains strong with several new members joining last year and we warmly welcome you all. I would like to thank all members for their support throughout the year; the club continues to prosper.
Of course, Clubs like ours can only survive with hard working members and I would like to thank the Committee for all their efforts throughout the year, namely, VP Phil Pullinger, Secretary Ian Harrison, Treasurer Hugh Watkins, Foodmaster Peter Banks, Winemaster Billy Groves, Finesmaster Ben Morton, and Committee Men Ray Gianoli and Russell Gunn. Due to work commitments Peter and Russell are having to resign. Fortunately, Ray Gianoli has agreed to take over the Foodmaster role for 2019.
The rest of your Committee are all happy to sign on for another year (subject to members approval at the AGM) which means we are looking for 2 nominees for general committee roles, ideally as training roles for future positions. Please let us know if you can help.
Once again thanks to all members for your ongoing support and I look forward to catching up with you at the AGM at Chez Pierre in a couple of weeks.