Presidents Message - January

May I extend to you, your family, friends and neighbours all the peace that 2022 brings as a year full of hope and joy for each and every one of you. 

As we enter 2022, we say some farewells but look to the future with hope. Staff members Gary Q, Shibli Sadik and Kathy Symons, who all gave exemplary service and, having loyally remained during the pandemic lockdown, are now moving on to new senior management roles. I thank them on your behalf for their dedication, commitment and valuable contribution to the Club. I have said that the door of welcome will always be open and this has been well received.

Members of our Board-linked Committees met together in early December to discuss ideas and events for 2022 and you will see the first of these in this newsletter. On January 5-8, the ISC Bar on Level 4 will become a sports bar with a big screen to enjoy the Test Match, so come along to share a relaxed and fun afternoon with EFTPOS facilities available for guests. To join in with Arts and Culture, Bridge, Food and Wine, Ladies Committee, Motoring, Snooker, Racing and Sport, and Young Executives, email feedback@raca.com.au

One of our directors, Christine Wright, is examining the archives to find items of historical and current interest and she was delighted to find that there are photos of the first Women Drivers' Reliability Trial in 1936, showing that the RACA has an enduring tradition of egalitarianism. As well as cars, there is much information and photos of early cycling and motorcycling, in particular, the Manly to Bayview Cycle Track in 1900. This will continue to be a journey of discovery that we will share with you! 

Property is at the forefront of all our minds and I can inform you that the draft Conservation Management Plan has been delivered to the Board for review. Under discussion from the first strategic workshop, held shortly before Christmas, this is part of our core values - focussing on continuous improvement of Member experience and prioritisation of Member services of high quality, underpinned by long-term fiscal sustainability and best practice engagement for Members, staff and visitors. The Board will have a further planning workshop this month, developing our horizons with embedded organisation stabilisation, Member and revenue growth, and consistent reputation that echoes our traditions of motoring, Defence and Pioneers. We are looking to build on all of these solid foundations for future activities.

See you at the ISC Bar for the cricket on January 5th and so much more as your Club is open as your safe home away from home from January 4th!

Yours in Service

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