President's Report 2017/2018

This is a copy of the report of the President Ross Hocking that he read at the recent Annual General Meeting on 24 August 2018.

2017/18 has been another successful year for the Serpell Tennis Club.

Most importantly, the club continues to offer a very warm and friendly environment for people to come together and play a game they love, in beautiful surrounds, with friends and family.

Membership numbers remain strong, with 222 members. The club is also very healthy financially.

The highlights of the year included a number of annual events:

It was a great honour to present the Bendigo Bank Club Achievement Award to Paul Baldwin and Craig Roper. For over 20 years Paul, has been a great coach. Significantly, over and beyond his role as coach, he has done wonderful work to support our members and the club. Craig has been a great president, vice president and done amazing maintenance work. His support of the club and contribution is fantastic.

On the maintenance front we always need more members to assist at working bees — not just the usual suspects.

Competition is very strong at Serpell Tennis Club. We currently have 13 junior (8 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday), 2 senior, 10 night and 2 mid-week lady teams playing in 3 different associations. Those team numbers were similar earlier in the year.

In the past year we have won 4 premierships:

Numbers for Monday morning social remain strong. It’s great to see so many courts in use during the week by members having a hit with each other or their guests. Jonathan and Qian Manton will kindly run Sunday social tennis in the upcoming year.

Coaching remains a wonderful strength at the club. As stated, Paul Baldwin has been a terrific coach and mentor to many players over 20 years. With the great assistance of John, George and Tane they run great programs for juniors and seniors, be it traditional coaching or cardio. We farewelled Matt La Rosa at the end of 2017 after many years coaching. Thanks Matt for all you did as a coach.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with a great committee. Without the volunteers on the committee the club wouldn’t function at all or certainly not as well as it does. Whilst it is hard work at times it is very rewarding and I would encourage people to assist the club in any way they can. Thanks to all of you who assist.

Many thanks to Vice President and former President Craig Roper for all his great work. David Booth has done a superb job as Treasurer in addition to putting out an informative newsletter each month and his many other jobs around the club. Nima Goharpey continues to provide great assistance as the Secretary. Jennie Waters has contributed greatly as junior convenor. Thanks to Paul Baldwin for being the senior convenor and to Paul and Jennie for arranging club champs and their work with Hot Shots and the Serpell and St Charles schools.

Thanks to Michael Assimo for his work on clothing and stocking the bar and to Jonathan Manton for managing all things technical with communications. Please visit the updated website that Jonathan has worked so well on ( We welcomed David Larratt and Wendy Mansell to the committee. Thanks David and Wendy for your great support in the last 12 months. Thanks to Paul Carty for his work as the Night tennis convenor.

Many thanks to Mary Staios who is stepping down as a committee member and membership convenor. The membership role is very challenging and we thank Mary for her great work in that role and being on the committee since 2015.

Many thanks for the great ongoing support of our Sponsors — Bendigo Bank Templestowe Village Community Branch, Ray White Manningham and our new sponsor Fish & Burger Co.

Thanks to the Manningham Council and Richard Chambers at Tennis Victoria for your support. We look forward to a bright next 12 months in which we will liaise closely with the council, Tennis Victoria and you our members to make the club stronger.

On a sad note we recently mourned the passing of Monday morning social player Lawrence Hass. Our commiserations to the family.

We are currently celebrating our 30th birthday and we look forward to a great celebration at the club on Sunday 28th October. Let’s hope we will see you all there.

Finally, we should all be very proud of our club. It must be remembered that what we all enjoy is only possible because of the hard work of many. We do need more people to put their hand up to ensure our great club becomes even greater.

Many thanks.

Ross Hocking
31 Oct 2018

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