UpFront Club Board Report to 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
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: