May 2018
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Commodore's Report
Hi Members,

For those who could not make 2 major events in April, firstly the Intra Club Fishing competition. This was a magic day thanks to 160 anglers supporting the event with prize winners receiving over $19,000 in cash and prizes. Well done to the committee and organizers and thanks to the sponsors.

Anzac Day with 60 marchers in the parade marched in by Canning City Brass Band and up to 500 people supporting the moving ceremony, showing respect on our national day of remembrance and supporting the Anzac spirit. Special thanks go to TS Perth Naval Cadets, prayers from Father Patrick King, the Ode given by John Cleary (Ret Captain) who also give a brief history through all wars that affected Australians and as many were unaware how close Australia were threatened with numerous attacks on home soil. Barb Jeffery read from her Great Uncle’s published diary Signaller at the Front, The War Diary or Arthur G Howell, followed by the national Anthem sung by Diane Schoch. Further thanks go to Dave Poxon and staff, Peter and Joy Mitchell for the wreaths and support and as always the Ladies Committee.

May 11th - Members and new members night 5-7pm followed by Open Mic Night 7-12pm

May 13th - Mothers Day, please book early to avoid disappointment and receive a brownie point from home.

May 24th - The 12th Annual Biggest Morning Tea, a great event run by the Ladies Committee.

The Corporate Challenge 2018/2019 valued over $20,000 is now open for entries and the Cocktail Party and draw will be on June 15th.

Winter weather will soon be here but still come and enjoy the club facilities and check out the new turf which we are working on some small fun day sporting events in the near future.

Kevin Bielby
Vice Commodore Report
Dear Members,

Well it’s been another great month at the club and the highlight this month was Anzac Day. I was advised that we had 450 bookings in advance for the day, however, we believe many more attended and it was truly a spectacular event! I believe it is so important to continue to recognize our diggers and so many others that unselfishly sacrificed everything for their country in both the ANZAC conflict and many, many others.

Our march that day to which I was granted the honour of leading, comprised of the young, the not so, both male and female alike, a marvelous array of ribbons and medals from all the wars and it was indeed a spectacle to behold. Whilst all too often tradition these days can fall by the wayside, I’m proud to say that the Swan still upholds its values and will continue to do so indefinitely.

On a less somber note I’d like to remind you all that our next open Mic Night is coming up on 11th May which is a Friday and immediately preceded by Members Night held upstairs! Hope to see you all there.

Also, don’t forget to check your Cygnus for forthcoming events such as Mother’s Day, Pink Ribbon Day for Ladies Breast Cancer plus many other exciting events. P.S Don’t be strangers, come down and join in the fun!

Well that’s it for me for another month and so as usual I wish you all fair winds and smooth seas till next time.

Warm Regards,
Paul Nicholls
Vice Commodore
General Manager Report
I would like to start by thanking those members who have taken the time to complete the member’s survey emailed out last week. The club has received an overwhelming response in the first week and its pleasing to see an engaged membership. If you are yet to complete the survey or don’t have access to email get on line and provide us with your input or collect the survey from reception when you’re next at the club.

Around the club

Artificial turf install
With the ongoing cost of maintenance required tokeep the lawn area looking pristine over the years the club has invested in the artificial turf with the install having occurred just prior to ANZAC Day. For those members yet to see the final product take a look at the ANZAC Day photos on the website and or Facebook.

Melville Holden
Melville Holden is offering Club members an outstanding deal on any new vehicles purchased. Simply present your membership card when next looking to purchase your Holden to be eligible for the discounts. Please refer to the attached poster for full details of the offer.

Act, Belong & Commit
Our Affiliates and Sections offer some great healthy options if you are feeling a little sluggish over winter. Dragon Boating, Outrigger Canoeing, Navy Cadets, Stand Up Paddlers, Rowing and Angling are just some of the activities you can get involved in to promote the Act, Belong and Commit message. I’m sure the teams would love to hear from you!

ANZAC Day was well attended by members of our Community and I would like to thank the presenters and those who make this day such a special one on the clubs calendar with an aim to improve on the event year to year.

Membership Fees 2018/2019
Membership fees 2018/2019 will be forwarded at the end of the month and with an aim to hit 3000 members I encourage you all to promote the benefits of our great club to your friends and family.

Corporate Challenge
The Corporate Challenge is on again. Our Corporate Sponsors make a fantastic contribution to the club and in return we offer a range of recognition opportunities and benefits including a chance to connect with our rapidly growing membership and our community.

Corporate Challenge details can be found further in the Cygnus or if you would like to speak to someone about your commitment email or try 9339 3520.

Clubs WA Awards
The Club is proud to announce that it is a finalist for the following Club WA Award categories where winners will be announced on the 16th June:

Function Facility of the Year
Club of the Year
Club Members Event
Club Marketing
Most Improved Club
Employee of the Year
Peoples' Choice Award
Waste Reduction


Members looking to give their pride and joy some love over the colder months should seriously consider the “Winter Warmer’ offer of $150 for the slips. For further details contact Natalie at reception.

5 Hard stand bays located directly in front of the fire tanks are now ready for use. Members looking to secure one of these bays on an annual basis can email me for further information

In closing, Mother’s Day is filling fast please contact the club quickly to secure your spot as the weather is looking like being outstanding. Our Members Sundowner is on again this Friday Night on the deck get on board for this event and try some of the new beverages on offer. If you are a Full Member just short of your required 5 points I encourage you to contact reception and arrange for some duties to be carried out to get you past that magic number. All the best and I look forward to seeing you at the Club!

Damien Gaspar
General Manager
Rear Commodore P & A Report
Ola SYC Members!
Our Rear Commodore Power & Angling - Steve Browne and his wife Robin are cruising down the Douro River in Portugal and having a fantastic time.
Ian Hall has provided the Angling report below:

Angling Report
Our April 'Field Day' was 'one of those days', the weather report was reasonable and just under our Angling Rules for a competition. It was reasonably pleasant out on the water but we only had a limited number of boats participating along with a few kayakers who braved the elements and went out for a fish. We salute you guys venturing out in your kayaks. It is great having you guys competing along side larger craft and in less comfortable conditions. Well Done Kayakers !! Also a thank you to Sharon Latham and Bernie Straker who both always chip in and help at our 'weigh ins', we do appreciate this.

As they say, 'If the Wind is blowing from the North, the fish are off the bite' and believe me, a truer word has never been spoken....the fish were not biting ! The Bailey's were at it again with Ken Bailey taking away the 'Top Gun' for the month, followed closely by Travis Sims in 2nd place and James Aps in 3rd place. Travis is still in the lead as the 'Season Top Gun' with 720 points, James Aps in 2nd place with 540 points followed by Gil Sander with 500 points.
I can't see anyone taking away these positions from these Anglers but 'The Fat Lady is yet to sing', so don't get comfortable guys.

Our May 'Field Day' is scheduled on Sunday 13th May, leaving only two more 'Field Days' to the end of our Angling Season in June, followed by our 'Dinner and Awards Night' on Saturday 7th July 2018. All Anglers, please lock in this date as it is the one opportunity we have to take our wives and partners out for a good time to share our passion for fishing and show our appreciation for them putting up with our angling habits.

Once again, a big thank you to all our sponsors - Anglers Fishing World, Riverton-Rossmoyne Veterinary Hospital, Compleat Angler, MM Electrical, D&W Electrical, Travis Sims Tackle and Phil Scott Sinkers !! All who support the Angling Section with 'gift vouchers' and 'prizes' for our monthly field days.
A big thank you to all the SYC Members and Guests who support our weekly raffles at the club on Friday nights, your support helps keep the Angling Section interesting and also supports other needy activities within the club, so dig deep as we need your support, help us help others !!

All SYC Angling Members - The 'Dave Birchenough' and the 'School Boat' are used on all for our 'Angling Field Days', so if you are a Angling Section Member without a boat and looking for a spot on a boat, please contact Travis SIMS by email - If all spots on the two boats are taken, we will try and find you a spot on another boat. The normal contribution towards maintenance, fuel & bait is ~$50 for the day out on one of the club boats, juniors are 'free' accompanied by an adult. Bear in mind you could quite easily win your contribution back in come along and have some fun, and as a SYC member you are entitled to join the Angling Section 'free of charge' as part of your SYC Club membership. You and your family are most welcome to come along and try your skills at fishing. You can also view the Angling Section on our face book page -

Intra Club Fishing Competition was held on Sunday 8th April 2018 and was a great success. It was our biggest Club Angling event with over $20,000 in prizes given away. Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all our Sponsors, Organizing Committee and Club Staff who all made the day a success.

Till Next Month, Safe Boating & Happy Fishing.
Ian Hall - Editor & Field Day Officer / 0412 949 323
Ladies Auxiliary Report
Hi Members,

Hope you have all enjoyed some good boating weather over the past months, its been a windy season and a lot of people I know are fair weather sailors. We’ve missed it altogether but of course that’s another story. The club has been well attended with great attendance numbers during the summer months, thanks to Committee, Management and Staff for all their hard work. Now its getting cooler things tend to quieten down somewhat. A survey has been sent out for you to fill in as members to say what you think can be done for the betterment of the club, constructive criticism, ideas and feedback is gratefully accepted and we as members need to be involved in the feedback. If you have ideas for the winter months entertainment, meals or social activities now the boating season is at an end please fill out the survey and have some input.

Anzac Day was as usual a very important day at the club and as usual well attended and orchestrated with reverence and ceremony. From the Catafalque party, to the our own Barb Jefferys reading her Uncle Arthur G. Howell’s diary entries from “Signaller at the Front”. Dianne Schoch leading the National Anthem, the bugler, the brass band, our Ladies Committee with their traditional gifts of Anzac biscuits (500 bagged), the wreath laying ceremony and the amazing turnout of families to honour all men and women of all wars. There was one exception to all this and that is some people in the undercroft talking and making lots of noise whilst the ceremony was happening, even after being asked to please be quiet and one lady having a conversation on the phone for all to hear. Surely we can stop conversation and turn off phones for one hour out of this very important day.

Once again the Ladies Committee of the Swan Yacht Club is holding its Annual Biggest Morning Tea Fund Raiser for the “Cancer Council of Australia” on the 24th of this month (see poster this Cygnus) The Cancer Council supports all cancer and is foremost independent funder of cancer research in Australia. They fund and lead all kinds of research into cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support. Apart from supporting people with cancer their families and carers, from financial and legal services to counselling services. So support a great cause that we may all need some day, directly or indirectly.

The morning tea is always lots of fun with great prizes, guest speaker, entertainment and sumptuous morning tea. The Yacht Club kindly donates the venue, tea and coffee and staff member to help out. If you can’t make it on the day, get someone to make a bid on prizes for you if you are interested.

Book a table through Natalie at the office on 9339 3520. Starts at 10am. Entry $10 plus SMALL plate of food for morning tea. Bring some money for raffles and auction.

Auction Prizes for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at The Swan Yacht Club (More details below)
3 night stay at the beautiful “La Block” in Yallingup (Valued at over $1500)
4 x double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, Sleeps up to 8 people.
La Block is a Beautiful home set in 5 acres of natural bushland, located 5 mins from Smiths and Yallingup beaches. Short drive to Margaret River and surrounded by wineries and art galleries. All linen supplied. Self contained kitchen. Share the cost with friends or family and make a bid for a very special getaway.
Donated by Rick & Tina Smith who have supported BMT for many years.

Overnight stay on board the”Astor” in Port at Fremantle on the 28th December 2018 (Valued at $300)
Cruise A906. All meals and entertainment included. Have a special night with your partner between Christmas and New Year, or take a friend and get spoiled.
Donated by “Cruise & Maritime Voyages”

Hand crafted timber items
Including childrens tables and chairs, dolls cots, and much more. These are one off items beautifully made. Keepers for your family. Robbie has also generously supported the BMT for numerous year.
Donated by Robbie and Marlene Sloan

$250 voucher for gutter cleaning or gutter guard
Get ready for winter.
Donated by “Snug Gutter Guard”

Meals, beauty treatments, wine and much more

$500 cash prize, lots of prizes, $5 per ticket
Donated by “West Coast Elevator”

Until next month,
Marian Byfield
Ladies Committee
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Swan Yacht Club
Riverside Road
East Fremantle WA 6158
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