Welcome to the UpFront Club  
31 Maple St  MALENY -  5494 2592 

The Maleny Cooperative Club Limited - Bar, Restaurant, Live music venue, Co-op since 1994

Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am 
  opening hours

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UpFront Club Board Report to Members

Dear Members,

Thanks for your support and input at our Listening Table and our Member Forums. We greatly appreciate your feedback and helpful suggestions. Thanks also to Sammy on her work for the Gala Garden Party and to all the volunteers who turned out for day. You did a great job and your friendly enthusiasm brightened the day and the garden!


Budget 2016

The work of the Board this month has focused on developing the operational budget for the coming financial year and on the audit preparations. The budget is based on a moderate projected sales growth which will bring us back to a modest surplus including reducing the operating loan from Maple Street Co-operative. 

Dorian will prepare a set of graphs to be included in the report the members for the AGM and we are grateful for his expertise and assistance.


Karen Syrmis working on identifying new grants and other sources of income for both cooperatives and this, and special events, have not been included in our calculations so we are reasonably confident of being able to operate with the budget. Danny’s work raising contributions from the musicians’ nights was also acknowledged.


Countdown for Re-Opening Launch

John, Mick and the staff are continuing to prepare for the launch of the new-look cafe and menu scheduled for the end of July/early August. Club T-shirts have been designed and costs covered by pre-sales. Thanks to everyone who has supported this. Work on expanding the seating with an outside eating area at the rear of the building is still being formalized.

Thursday nights are being developed as theme nights so keep an eye out for new events including cooperative education nights. 

The feedback from members at the Board Listening Table each Friday has been invaluable in developing the plan and your support has been terrific. If you haven’t yet had your say, please stop by and share your ideas. Some of the changes you can look forward to include


• New Menu with more organic and healthy choices
• Pricing to be stabilised and to include more dishes at cheaper price point
• New organic coffee blend specially blended for the Upfront Club.
• Staff training to reflect the new menu and give you better service
• Working on products for retail sales such as Upfront Organic Coffee to be sold in the Co-op as well as the Club.


New Training Manager

To prepare for the change over, Bev Jorgensen has taken temporary leave from the Board to work as the Training Manager for Club staff.  If you are a regular, you would probably know Bev from her voluntary work in the kitchen. She has a lifetime of experience in the industry and has an intimate knowledge of the Club and its operations - we appreciate her taking the time to do this.  


Looking for New Directors

Preparations have started for the next AGM in October when we will need to find a few new Directors. If you have skills or interest in finance, hospitality, governance, or cooperatives and would like to work in a consensus-based, team environment, please contact the secretary at secretary@maplestreetco-op.com or  identify yourself to one of our Directors at Friday’s Board Listening Table. See here for the schedule for the Board Listening Table as they are sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons. If you're interested, but want to know more about what Directors do, look out for our Directors Information meeting later this year. 


Renew Your Membership Now

Annual memberships are now due so please renew your subscriptions either in the Club or on-line here.  


LISTENING TABLE BIG SUCCESS SO WE ARE KEEPING IT GOING


Thank you to all the members and friends who took the time to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with the director on duty at the Listening Table over the last nine weeks.


We have received some terrific feedback and our subcommittees are now working to address the issues and implement some of the ideas.


In fact, we think it has been so successful we are going to do it all again.


So if you haven’t yet had a chat with a director, you can, each Friday at the UpFront Club through until 17 July.


If you can’t make it on one of the Fridays listed below you can email us at secretary@maplestreetco-op.com and type “Listening Table” as the subject of your email.


Whether you are handing us bouquets or bricks, we’d appreciate hearing from you.

Always on a Friday!

2-4pm 10 July

10-12am 17 July


The Directors

Board Report to members

Over the last month we have advertised for a part-time General Manager but believe, due to a number if things, we have not had sufficient response to make an offer.  Rather than rush into a long-term commitment, we have decided to employ John Vasta as an Interim General Manager to focus on the UpFront Club and revitalise it, to achieve financially sustainable performance, whilst meeting the needs of members.


John is a member of both cooperatives and has experience in the hospitality industry and broader business management consulting.  The Board was impressed with his skills and his vision for the businesses.  While John focuses on the operations of the cooperatives, our past General Manager, Karen Syrmis has agreed to assist with grant writings and managing the traineeships.  Thanks Karen and welcome back.


While on the topic of personnel, we were sad to receive Anne Jupp’s resignation as Volunteer Coordinator for the Club.  Anne has been a stalwart of both cooperatives and a revered elder for the cooperative sector in Maleny.  Fortunately she will continue to be an active member.  Sammy Ringer, Assistant to the General Manager and Compare Extraordinaire at the Special Generous- Meal , will now fill her position.  Sammy is working on a fund-raising event for the Club so if you have some time and want to play with Sammy and the other volunteers, you can contact her at sammyringer@bigpond.com.


While on the subject of volunteers we would like to give special mention to Paul Veit and Gary Claridge for their volunteer and fund-raising efforts to provide the new WiFi system for the Club.  Thanks guys.


With so much happening in both cooperatives, the Directors have been making themselves available to members at the Board Listening Table in front of Maple Street Co-operative each Friday, the schedule can be found at www.upfrontclub.com . There has been a steady flow of members dropping by to say hello and share their thoughts.  In fact, some people have had to wait to talk to the Director of the Day and some even missed out due to other discussions. Please come again. Your opinions are important to us.  Topics have ranged widely from questions about the Special General Meeting, new programs, design suggestions for the Club and recommendations for improving products and services.  Thank you everyone. Directors report the discussions to the Managers as appropriate and to the Board (without names unless requested).  


This time of year we review our members’  fees and discounts in preparation for the budget for the next financial year.  Annual membership subscriptions will remain the same for the club.  Discounts are 5% for members and discounted meals and drinks are provided to staff, volunteers, musicians, and cooperative elders. This amounts to approximately $45,500 a year of benefit to members.  The Board did consider a recommendation to remove the members’ discount on alcohol (our biggest seller) but decided against it due to the significant purchases made by members. 


Finally, while the current Board is operating very effectively and working well together, we are mindful that some Directors will stand down at the next AGM in October.  We are always on the lookout for skilled members to nominate. If this interests you please send your details to our secretary at secretary@maplestreetco-op.com  and a Director will contact you.


Steve Perdriau, Chairperson, Maleny Cooperative Club (UpFront Club)


See the April report here.


Art at the Club:

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND

Art exhibition

celebrating National NAIDOC week 2015

David Miller - Corey & Jayne Skipper Wirrunga

Exhibition from 18 June – 16 July





Celebration Night: 6.30PM  9TH JULY

BOOKING ESSENTAIL : 54942592

BUSH TUCKER INSPIRED MENU


UpFront Unwired!



It's back again! The UpFront Club has a brand new wireless facility for customers.
Simply come in and buy something - breakfast, lunch or just a cup of coffee - and you'll get two hours online. You can use this two hours any time you wish over 24 hours. 


From the Board

A new initiative to keep you informed - 'Report from the Board' - find it here.
The Dates (always on a Friday!)27th March 10 am to 12 midday
3 April 2 to 4 pm
10 April 10 am to 12 midday
17 April 2 to 4 pm
24 April 10 am to 12 midday
1 May 2 to 4 pm
8 May 10 am to 12 midday
15 May 2 to 4 pm
22 May 10 am to 12 midday

Part-time cook

The Club requires a part time cook.

Email resumes to mikatshire@gmail.com

or drop them into the Maple St Co-op.

Start late March/April.


The elected board:

At the Special General Meeting held February 12th, the following were elected to the Board of the UpFront Club:
Franklin Bruinstroop
StevePerdriau
Bev Jorgensen
Hermann Schwabe
Kris Randall
Paul Veit
Kamala Alister
Marc Kalifa
Jill Cutting




Keeping it sustainable, fresh - and gluten free!

The Club continues to put sustainability and health first and foremost.

For some time, the Club has been using only Sustainable Seafood – now we’ve added Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable.


Tempura battered Hake is our choice for fish and chips and we’re now serving salad with the dish, keeping it fresh. Of course, there’s also our fabulous garlic aioli!

Gluten Free Bread

We’ve sourced a fantastic new Gluten Free Bread from our friends at the Essential Grain organic bakery. Essential grain also supply us with our Panini and the awesome Wholegrain Sourdough.

Gluten Free Soy Milk

Made with organic Australian soybeans, is now also available – just ask.

e Club! Fresh, local – and changed weekly!
See you at the Club!

Fresh, local - and changed weekly!
The Club has a new, ever-changing menu – check it out! The emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients, variety and seasonal tastes.Your favourites are still there – joined by some of the most imaginative dishes you'll find on the Range


               Here Comes the Sun!

UpFront Club wins funding for solar panels

Against some stiff competition, the Club has been successful in gaining a $34,621 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels.

The benefits will be greatly appreciated by our members and community with the potential to reduce our greenhouse emissions by nearly 90 Tonnes per annum.

In addition, the solar panels will enable us to partner with the solar equipment supplier to offer regular education forums delivering education to the greater community about renewable energies. Our thanks to Andrew Powell, Jenny McKay and Nathan Arrowsmith for being referees for our application

Our Mission 

The UpFront Club is a welcoming venue offering great food and drink, art and entertainment. 


We build our community through commitment to supporting our local culture and economy.


 We model successful co-operative hospitality and ethical business.




100 Cups of Coffee Free to Members

Dear Co-op and UpFront Club Members,

The Club Manager, Mick, recently introduced two new coffee blends  – Byron Bay Blue and Columbian. Customer feedback has been very positive.

Schibello remains our standard blend with either Byron Bay Blue or Columbian being available on request. As we have limited grinders, only one is available for the new blends. We alternate these each time the grinder hopper is empty.

We’d like our members to try out these new blends and to get the ball rolling, we’re giving away 100 free coffee vouchers for these new blends at the Special General meeting.

While we would love you to try the coffee on the night, our staff would definitely struggle to keep up with 100 people all wanting coffee at the same time.

Thus, your voucher is valid from Friday 13th to Friday 20th February.

Enjoy

Dick Newman

Further Notification to Members of the Maleny Cooperative Club Ltd.

Special General Meeting

5.30 for 7.30 pm start

 Thursday 12th February, 2015,

Upfront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

Change to the Agenda

Franklin Bruinstroop, elected Chairperson in November 2014, and Steve Perdriau, elected Vice Chairperson (also at that meeting) were charged by the Board at their January 20th 2015 meeting to arrange this Special General meeting to allow the members to elect a functional Board.

 Throughout the process of arranging this meeting the directives of the Board to call this meeting, the regulations of the Cooperatives Act 1997, our own cooperative Rules, and our Governance Policies have been followed.  The Secretary has been in contact with the Office of Fair Trading and Steve and Franklin have also taken numerous opportunities to work with interested members and spent many hours attempting to address their concerns.

Nonetheless, we were informed on Friday that concern has been expressed to the Office of Fair Trading that the Agenda for this Special General Meeting might leave the election of the new Board open to challenge. The Office of Fair Trading is the State Government Office responsible for the operations of Cooperatives in Queensland. 

Their suggestion is that we add an Addendum to the agenda That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office. If this is put to the meeting and is successful, then the election can proceed. To be successful, the motion (Special Resolution) needs to be passed by a 2/3 majority vote of those present (including proxies).

Should this motion be passed, then individual directors who have nominated for re-election will be able to re-stand. Should this motion not be passed, individual directors will be given the opportunity to resign. If there are any vacancies created as a result of this, the election will proceed to fill them. Individual directors who resign in this way to enable members to vote, and who have nominated for re-election, will be able to re-stand.

Please see the Agenda with the Addendum attached below.

Chair of the Meeting

Section 36.1 states that the Chair of the cooperative presides over a General Meeting. Steve Perdriau, the elected Vice-Chair was Acting Chair at the January 2015 meeting. Steve was also charged by the Board, as its last act at that meeting, to take all necessary steps to hold this meeting. Therefore Steve will chair the meeting. The rules do not provide for an Independent Chairperson. As Steve has renominated, the Returning Officer will preside over the election process. This has been agreed to by the Office of Fair Trading. 

Because of this, Item 3 of the Agenda is now redundant.

Background to the Meeting

To address the concern of some members regarding the legitimacy of this meeting, the secretary will outline the most recent advice from the Office of Fair Trading during Item 2, Background to the Meeting. She will also read from the draft minutes of the January 20th 2015 Board meeting minutes, the pertinent discussion around the resolution of the Board to conduct this meeting and the decision to dissolve the Board.

Reminder to nominees for the position of Director

The Office of Fair Trading also asked us to inform persons seeking to be directors after Thursday, (this includes those who were directors at 20th January 2015) that they should nominate by the closing date in anticipation of the motion to remove the Board being successful. Nominations close at 4 pm on Wednesday.

 

Nomination Forms and support information are available here.  

48.7 of our Rules state that nominations for candidates to fill vacant position must be sought in the way the board decides. Again, any two members can nominate or second your nomination and Steve Perdriau and Franklin Bruinstroop will countersign to meet the requirement in our Governance Policies that two directors sign. While they are not directors (as the Board has dissolved) they have been delegated to perform the Board’s functions for the purposes of the meeting.  They are also available to nominate and second if required.  This process has been discussed with the Office of Fair Trading.  

Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 11th February and are being posed on our Website as they arrive and as staff time allows. See them at www.upfrontclub.org

We look forward to a successful meeting and a functional Board.


MALENY COOPERATIVE CLUB LTD

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

The UpFront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

5.30 pm for 6:00 pm start

AGENDA

1.                  Welcome and Apologies

2.         Background to the meeting including the following motion from the Board Meeting held 20th January 2015 at 9.15 am at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre:

“That in recognition of the disfunctionality of the Board and factionalism that has existed for approximately 2 years, the Board calls a Special General Meeting so that members can decide on a functional Board to direct the organisations and that this be held as soon as possible.”

3.         Election of an Independent Chairperson to conduct the election of the Board

4.         Election of Directors – There are a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 7 director positions to be filled.

5.         Appreciations

6.         Meeting Close                                    

Addendum:

Following the advice from the Office of Fair Trading, the following Special Resolution will be put prior to Item 4, Election of Directors:

That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office.”  Moved Steve Perdriau, Seconded Hermann Schwabe. 

Further Notification to Members of the Maleny Cooperative Club Ltd.

Special General Meeting

5.30 for 7.30 pm start

 Thursday 12th February, 2015,

Upfront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

Change to the Agenda

Franklin Bruinstroop, elected Chairperson in November 2014, and Steve Perdriau, elected Vice Chairperson (also at that meeting) were charged by the Board at their January 20th 2015 meeting to arrange this Special General meeting to allow the members to elect a functional Board.

 Throughout the process of arranging this meeting the directives of the Board to call this meeting, the regulations of the Cooperatives Act 1997, our own cooperative Rules, and our Governance Policies have been followed.  The Secretary has been in contact with the Office of Fair Trading and Steve and Franklin have also taken numerous opportunities to work with interested members and spent many hours attempting to address their concerns.

Nonetheless, we were informed on Friday that concern has been expressed to the Office of Fair Trading that the Agenda for this Special General Meeting might leave the election of the new Board open to challenge. The Office of Fair Trading is the State Government Office responsible for the operations of Cooperatives in Queensland. 

Their suggestion is that we add an Addendum to the agenda That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office. If this is put to the meeting and is successful, then the election can proceed. To be successful, the motion (Special Resolution) needs to be passed by a 2/3 majority vote of those present (including proxies).

Should this motion be passed, then individual directors who have nominated for re-election will be able to re-stand. Should this motion not be passed, individual directors will be given the opportunity to resign. If there are any vacancies created as a result of this, the election will proceed to fill them. Individual directors who resign in this way to enable members to vote, and who have nominated for re-election, will be able to re-stand.

Please see the Agenda with the Addendum attached below.

Chair of the Meeting

Section 36.1 states that the Chair of the cooperative presides over a General Meeting. Steve Perdriau, the elected Vice-Chair was Acting Chair at the January 2015 meeting. Steve was also charged by the Board, as its last act at that meeting, to take all necessary steps to hold this meeting. Therefore Steve will chair the meeting. The rules do not provide for an Independent Chairperson. As Steve has renominated, the Returning Officer will preside over the election process. This has been agreed to by the Office of Fair Trading. 

Because of this, Item 3 of the Agenda is now redundant.

Background to the Meeting

To address the concern of some members regarding the legitimacy of this meeting, the secretary will outline the most recent advice from the Office of Fair Trading during Item 2, Background to the Meeting. She will also read from the draft minutes of the January 20th 2015 Board meeting minutes, the pertinent discussion around the resolution of the Board to conduct this meeting and the decision to dissolve the Board.

Reminder to nominees for the position of Director

The Office of Fair Trading also asked us to inform persons seeking to be directors after Thursday, (this includes those who were directors at 20th January 2015) that they should nominate by the closing date in anticipation of the motion to remove the Board being successful. Nominations close at 4 pm on Wednesday.

 

Nomination Forms and support information are available here.  

48.7 of our Rules state that nominations for candidates to fill vacant position must be sought in the way the board decides. Again, any two members can nominate or second your nomination and Steve Perdriau and Franklin Bruinstroop will countersign to meet the requirement in our Governance Policies that two directors sign. While they are not directors (as the Board has dissolved) they have been delegated to perform the Board’s functions for the purposes of the meeting.  They are also available to nominate and second if required.  This process has been discussed with the Office of Fair Trading.  

Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 11th February and are being posed on our Website as they arrive and as staff time allows. See them at www.upfrontclub.org

We look forward to a successful meeting and a functional Board.


MALENY COOPERATIVE CLUB LTD

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2015

The UpFront Club, 31 Maple Street, Maleny.

5.30 pm for 6:00 pm start

AGENDA

1.                  Welcome and Apologies

2.         Background to the meeting including the following motion from the Board Meeting held 20th January 2015 at 9.15 am at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre:

“That in recognition of the disfunctionality of the Board and factionalism that has existed for approximately 2 years, the Board calls a Special General Meeting so that members can decide on a functional Board to direct the organisations and that this be held as soon as possible.”

3.         Election of an Independent Chairperson to conduct the election of the Board

4.         Election of Directors – There are a maximum of 9 and a minimum of 7 director positions to be filled.

5.         Appreciations

6.         Meeting Close                                    

Addendum:

Following the advice from the Office of Fair Trading, the following Special Resolution will be put prior to Item 4, Election of Directors:

That the board of directors of the cooperative be removed from office.”  Moved Steve Perdriau, Seconded Hermann Schwabe. 

18 Jun 2015 7:30 AM • upfront club
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