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 email@example.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!
10-12am 22 May
2-4pm 29 May
10-12am 5 June
2-4pm 12 June
10-12am 19 June
2-4pm 26 June
10-12am 3 July
2-4pm 10 July
10-12am 17 July
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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
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
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
The Club requires a part time cook.
Email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
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: