TWIST CLUB OF WA PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019
2019 represented the 45th consecutive year of operations for the Twist Club and we should all be very proud of this fact. A lot of similar clubs have failed over this period whereas we continue to grow strongly, and this is a testament to the strong membership base who continue to support the Club’s format. From humble beginnings over a no doubt long lunch at the then Taurus Steak House in 1975, our founders set us up magnificently. Part of our success is a result of their insisting that all wines supplied for tasting at each function would be paid for by the Club, in the knowledge that members would support the winery with reasonable volume of sales. As stated in the Club History on our website “this very fact of not becoming known as “freeloaders” is the reason why the Club still exists and is respected by the wine industry today”. Time to start planning some serious 50 year celebrations!
Once again we have had some fantastic lunches with outstanding wines from some of Australia’s finest wineries. We have continued to support Perth’s finest restaurants and there is now a core of these who support our format and welcome us back year on year. Of course each year we always try to introduce new venues and our Food Master continues to raise the bar. Similarly we have very strong support from regular, in the main, Western Australian wineries, but our Wine Master continues to look for new wines to try and he has already lined up a fantastic number in the coming months; watch this space!
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the Ladies night, held for the first time at the wonderful Matilda Bay upstairs function room. A great time was had by all and we managed to raise $1600 from our silent auction with all funds going to last year’s designated charity, Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Special thanks to Ray Gianoli who set up and organised the venue.
Once again I am indebted to our wonderful committee who have worked so hard through the year; we simply couldn’t operate without their dedication. To our VP Phil Pullinger, thank you for your support and whilst I know you were always ready to step in if I got run over by a bus, you will now be able to stamp your own authority as the new incoming President. Many thanks to our Secretary, Ian Harrison, and Treasurer, Hugh Watkins who both performed sensationally in their demanding roles. Similarly to Food Master Ray Gianoli and Wine Master Bill Groves, thanks for jobs very well done and also to our Committee Man, Scott MacKinnon, and Fines Master Ben Morton for their enthusiastic approach to extracting maximum fines from offending members.Your Committee are all happy to continue in their current roles or new as below, subject to voting at next week’s AGM; these are the nominations:
President: Phil Pullinger
Vice President: William Groves
Secretary: Ian Harrison
Treasurer: Hugh Watkins
Food master: Ray Gianoli
Wine master: Jeremy Doyle
Committee: Scott MacKinnon
We still require another nomination for a Committee member, ideally for a 2 year role to take over any of the positions in the future. If anyone would like to nominate for this or any other positions please give me a call to discuss, as we have the AGM next week.Finally I would like to thank all members for their strong support throughout my 2 years as your President. I am now into my 16th year as a member and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey, and look forward to assisting the club as required.
Jeremy Doyle President