June 2018
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Commodore's Report
Dear Members,

We are looking to introduce our new menu with more club favourites and realistic prices after the recent departure of the chef. Our Sous chef Sumit is holding the fort with good comments coming back.

The new turf seems to be a hit on looks, comfort and family friendly. For those who didn't attend the Big Morning Tea it was a great success with 80 people supporting and raising $4500 for the charity Cancer Research, with big thanks to the sponsors and SYC ladies organising and helping Marian with this event.

The Corporate Challenge has been very popular with 37 entries so far, the draw and cocktail party will be held on Friday 15th June for all the hopeful entrants.To follow up on Saturday 16th June we are finalists in 8 categories for the Clubs WA Awards. The next event at the club is the very popular Open Mic Night on Friday 22nd June 7-12pm.

As winter is finally here there are still some good days around, but as for boat owners please make sure your boat is secure as per pen license agreement, as the mooring committee is currently inspecting your ropes and weights for compliance. As there are probably less boaties on the jetties please keep an eye out for suspicious activities by antisocial persons as has happened at nearby clubs.

Kevin Bielby
Vice Commodore Report
Dear Members,

To kick off this month I’d like to bring your attention to an anomaly in my report in last month’s issue of the Cygnus. I referred to our “Biggest Morning Tea” event as being Pink Ribbon Day which in itself is a marvelous institution and a seriously worthy cause.

Marian & Don Byfield and their wonderful team have, for thirteen years, been instrumental in raising almost $40,000 with their biggest morning tea event held each May at the Swan. Commodore Kevin and I were once again blessed to have been invited to help out and also represent the club’s committee at this auspicious occasion. Around 80 generous supporters showed up for the event and the ensuring fun began. A beautiful couple entertained us with their splendid repertoire of acoustic ballads between speeches, raffles and the main auction. The entire room was filled with a sense of camaraderie and unison. Yet another sensational and huge effort by everyone involved culminating in a highly successful and rewarding event once again - my sincere congratulations to you all!

Now just to notify you all of a couple of improvements around the club, you may have noticed new directional arrows in the east car park. These have been implemented to ease traffic flow, predominantly during busy times and especially for the convenience of ramp users. Please take note of this small but important change and follow the arrows – Thank you. Another small yet impressive improvement is the installation of LED downlights under the top of the upstairs bar adding a small and warm hue to the otherwise dark bar fascia – I like it, hope you do to!

Last but not least, Open Mic Night is on Friday 22nd June – please come and join us and share an evening of fun, friendship and experience some surprisingly talented Members and their dulcet tunes.

Well that’s it from me for another month, so as usual smooth seas and fair winds.

Warm Regards,
Paul Nicholls
Vice Commodore
General Manager Report
The Fremantle Rowing Club located at 75 Riverside Drive (just next door) offer great incentives to join their vibrant membership. Whether you want to get on the water and learn how to row or simply get fit through the use of their gym including the host of Ergos I encourage you to give it a go. The best part of the deal is once you have completed your work out you can head back to the Swan and indulge guilt free!

For all general inquiries including membership email info@fremantlerowing.com

Around the club

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.

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.

The Corporate Challenge cocktail party draw will be held on Friday 15th June if you would like to speak to someone about getting on board email; manager@swanyachtclub.com.au or try 9339 3520.

Clubs WA Awards Night
I am pleased to announce that the club has been named finalists in the 2018 Clubs WA Industry Awards for Excellence for the following categories:
1. Function facility of the year
2. Club of the Year
3. Club Members Event
4. Club Marketing
5. Most Improved
6. Employee of the Year
7. People’s Choice
8. Waste Reduction

Winners will be announced at the Clubs WA Industry Awards Event Saturday 16th June at Crown Perth.

St Christopher's Netball Club
Great to see the girls from St Christopher’s Netball Club brave the wintery weather for the first of their many get togethers at the Swan recently. Netball is a great team sport and if you would like to know more about how to get involved simply head to their website at www.stchristophersnetballwa.com

Members of the St.Christopher’s team enjoying a match day de-brief down at the Swan
Members Library
Drop in during winter, grab a coffee and read a book from the library which has been recently introduced to the club. The aim is to build the library with some great readings so if you feel you have a book to contribute please drop it into reception.

Swan Member now WA Cricket Captain
Congratulations to club member Adam Voges on his appointment as WA cricket coach. An outstanding achievement we wish Adam all the best and look forward to seeing him down at the club in between his cricketing commitments.
Adam Voges appointed new WA cricket coach to replace Justin Langer
Adam Voges appointed new WA cricket coach to replace Justin Langer
Groyne Area
The Town of East Fremantle have recently cleared the overflow carpark public walkway area of the intrusive pines which includes the groyne. In the months to come the Town plans on revegetating the area with plants native to the River Foreshore. Due to the removal of vegetation and the increasingly high tides there have been reports of rodents in the marina facility. The club has installed a number of baits on the jetties to eradicate the pests. Reminder to members to stow away food products particularly cheese items.


Spill Kits
Members and their guests are reminded that the spills kits located on the jetties are not waste bins. In recent weeks staff have had to remove rubbish from a number of the environmental spill kits and rubbish items left lying on the jetties. Please respect the facility by disposing of your rubbish correctly.

Shoreline Marine Fabrications offer great support to the Swan and have recently donated 5 trolleys 2 of which have arrived throughout the week.
New trolleys proudly provided by Brad Moseley and his team at Shoreline Marine
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 manager@swanyachtclub.com.au

Boat Pens

With the end of the financial year fast approaching now is the time to inquire about boat pens. If you are interested in learning more about how to become eligible for a pen email me at manager@swanyachtclub.com.au

Stay warm over winter by heading down to the club to try the new cocktails list, craft beer on tap, board games that are tucked away in the recently introduced library area or watch the Demons threaten for the 2018 Premiership on one of our big screens and be sure to book your spot for grand final day at the Swan sooner rather than later.

I look forward to seeing you at the Club!

Damien Gaspar
General Manager
Rear Commodore Report
Greetings Fellow Members,

The winter storm season is upon us now with a couple of storms having been through already. We strongly encourage members to check on their ropes and chains to ensure that their boats are secure.

To those members who have boats on the hardstand, it is important to ensure that your boat is chocked properly and secured in such a way that prevents either the boat moving on the rails or in the cradle. If you are not sure, please seek advice from the Bosun.

The Mooring committee have been surveying non-compliances around the marina. Members whose boats/ropes/pens are non-compliant with the Appendices will receive a letter notifying them. Any non-compliances must be rectified before a new Pen License Agreement will be accepted, noting that renewals will be sent out imminently.

Members will note that new barrows have started to arrive at the club. Please look after the new assets of the club. We wish to thank Shoreline Marine for their support and assistance in making these trolleys.

Given the end of the club year is nearly here, a check of members points will be performed. All members are welcome to contact the office to check their status in this respect.

A reminder about the rules around the points system;
1) All FULL members (including trailer boat owners) are required to achieve 5 points each club year, from one of the methods below. The exceptions to this are as follows (i.e. the following are not required to achieve 5 points);
a. Members who have been a FULL member for 15 years or more on the 30th June are exempt. (Years as a trailer boat member count. But social or affiliate membership does not count.)
b. Members who have turned 65 years of age on the 30th June and have been a full member for at least 1 whole club year are exempt.
2) This current club year expires on the 30th June. No extensions on points will be given.

Points may be achieved in any of the ways outlined in the points policy on the web site. These include;
1) Angling Section competition days (approx. 12 water-based points
available per year)
2) Angling Intra club competition (1 water-based point available)
3) Power Section Time Trialling Events – any check point support earns a water-based point and any Time trial event participated where the member represents the SYC earns a water-based point.
4) Anzac Day (1 point)
5) Opening Day and Sail past (1 point)
6) Commodores Ball (1 point)
7) Open Mooring Meetings (2 points per year)
8) AGM (1 point)
9) Half yearly AGM (1 point)
10) Voting for the committee elections (1 point) 11) Busy Bee (1 or 2 points available per year)

Also, the General Manager may allocate points on an ad-hoc basis for works done around the club. Such works, at the discretion of the General Manager include;
1) Gardening
2) Cleaning the slipways
3) Cleaning the carpark
4) Collecting litter
5) Cleaning the water lease area
6) General tasks around the jetties
7) Set up for functions
8) Pack up or cleaning following functions
9) Other tasks for which the individual has specific expertise through their employment
10) Any other task that the General Manager may consider useful

As a general rule of thumb 4 hours work accrues 1 point.

Best Regard,
Ian Harwood
Rear Commodore
Power & Angling Report
Hola members,

Robyn and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Portugal and Spain and once we have recovered from “Jet Lag”, we will be back into the swing of normality. However, notice to all boat owners that haven’t checked their boat lately, we returned to an infestation of mice / rats inside our boat. Other members have experienced similar problems. General consensus is that when the Town of East Fremantle cleared out all the scrub adjacent to the western overflow carpark footpath they disturbed nests, causing the vermin to spread out. Needless to say we have stripped our boat and will wait for a period to ensure that we have eradicated the problem before reinstating bedding etc. – good luck to all!

Steve Brown
Rear Commodore P&A

And now angling details from our angling section editor Ian Hall;

We brought our May 'Field Day' forward to the Saturday
so that all our Anglers could spend Mother's Day with their families. A Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there and we hope you all had a lovely day on the Sunday.

Weather wise it was a pleasant day out on the water but again the North in the wind proved to be true for most of us except for 'Team Africa' who all won a prize on the day. Gil Sander has returned with a vengeance and took out the 'Top Gun' for the month which placed him in 2nd place for the season. He had a season record Skippy and a good selection of species. Owen Blackbeard took out the 3rd place and Bee Anderson also won a Mystery Fish prize as well. Well Done 'Team Africa'. Our Captain James Aps took out 2nd place for the month and is just hanging in there in 3rd place for the 'Season Top Gun', with Travis Sims still in 1st place with 770 points. We have one more 'Field Day' to go for the season and anything could happen on Sunday 17th June. 'The Fat Lady is yet to sing', so don't get comfortable guys, keep looking over your shoulders for those brothers from 'Team Bailey', they seem to pull rabbits out of hats. Good Luck to all and may the best Angler win !!

Our June and the last competition for the Season is on Sunday 17th June, this comp will end of our Angling Season for the year, which will be followed by our 'Dinner and Awards Night' on Saturday 7th July at the SYC. All Anglers, please lock in this date as it is the one opportunity we have to thank our Wives and Partners and show our appreciation for them putting up with our Angling habits and way throughout the year.

We will commence a brand new Angling Season for 2018-2019 on the 15th July 2018. All SYC Members and families, here is the opportunity to join the Angling Section and start with a clean slate and show us what you can do.

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 - travissims@bigpond.com.
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 prizes, so come along and have some fun. 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 - http://m.facebook.com/swan-yacht-club-angling

Till Next Month, Safe Boating & Happy Fishing.
Ian Hall - Editor & Field Day Officer
iwh0@hotmail.com / 0412 949 323
Ladies Auxiliary Report
Hi everyone,

Winter has finally arrived with a bit of a vengeance, but its all good. We need rain, and some of us even like some cold and wet weather with a cosy fire and Ugg boots to keep warm. Enjoying meals at the yacht club during the colder months is a winter treat also. Try different menus, rug up, and choose a table near a heater if outside. It’s a different experience and still beautiful to be near the river.

Wednesday nights try the delicious selection of winter warmers (desserts included) at $25 members or guests $27. Children’s meals available. Thursday is Members night Steak, Fish or Chicken. Members $15, Guests $20. Jugs of Beer $12 and Selected wines $12. Don’t forget Friday nights and Sunday afternoons the $1000 members draw. You have got to be there to claim your winnings if your name gets called. I know the disappointment of not being there and fortunate to know the thrill of winning also. Mind you it was Don who won it, and quite a few years ago, but what’s his is mine.

The 12th Annual Biggest Morning Tea on the 24th May to raise money for the Cancer Council was a huge success. Thankyou to the many generous people who donated prizes, some new ones including West Coast Elevators, Kim Reid, Snug Gutter Guards, Vonchel Hair and Beauty, Savvy Brands Clothing (Kathy Piggot) Paul Nicholls and Sharima West, Kim Wilkie and Bernice Martin, Julie Barrington and Heidi Green. The kind people who have been donating goods and vouchers for many years, Robbi and Marlene Sloan, Margot Thorne, The Fishing and Angling Club, Garry and Di Barker, Barb Jeffrey, Balshaws Florist, The Swan Yacht Club and lots more. Thankyou to Commodore Kev and Vice Commodore Paul for coming along to help out, the Ladies of the club who volunteered and made the day run so smoothly. Barb, Anne, Christine, Leanne, Sandy, couldn’t have done it without you. Barb for all her clever vouchers, posters and art work, my Nephew, the good looking Mack Reid, who gave his time to come and help. The guest Speaker “Mo” Maureen Meredith who told a story of unimaginable grief, where one family has lost many of their adult children to Cancer and the heroic way they have dealt with it. Mo having lost her own son Glen, amazing story, amazing woman. Thankyou to my neighbours duet “Stay” who entertained us with their great music, AND last but not least thankyou to my hubby Don for entertaining us whilst doing the auction and supporting me with it all. $4670.39 was raised, thanks to all the guests who came along and spent their money but as I always say its as much about the community coming together for a great cause, one they might possibly need one day. Cancer has no discrimination.

Keep supporting your club through the winter months,

Until next month,
Marian Byfield
Ladies Committee
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