Last Saturday night saw what must have been one of the largest attendances for our social highlight of the year, the 1997 Annual Ball. The crowd began to fill the foyer at Roseville Reception Centre at about 7:00pm where we were all treated to pre-dinner drinks and horse's doovers. It soon became evident that the foyer wasn't big enough for the 270-odd guests to be seated. After the formal welcoming the fair dinkum socialising began. Past President Rob Ternes led the way by removing the most obtrusive vase and flower arrangement from his table, this had a snowball effect and within minutes we could all see who was sitting opposite us. Our favourite band, "Minute By Minute," led us through our entree and main meals with some appropriate numbers. By the time we had all washed down our main meals the boys' had shed the jackets and loosened the ties ready to hit the dance floor. The band responded by increasing the tempo and playing some old and new favourites and it wasn't long before the band had increased from 5 male members to 5 male with 5 female backing vocalists and Brad Perry making regular appearances on stage. As usual it was all over as quickly as it began with what I can only assume was one of the most enjoyable Balls seen in years. It is very pleasing to see the Junior army of guests increasing each year. Special thanks to the Junior co-ordinators in Debbie Watts, Kathy Horne, Bridie Corridig and others for helping out. To the Senior ladies in Adele McLeod, Nikki Ogston and Amanda Tregear, I'm sure all those present on the night can only admire your special efforts. Well done!!
Last Saturday night saw our first social function run and organised by our Senior players. Being the first cab off the rank always meant that time for organising a successful function was against them. Plan A was put forward and sounded interesting, but due to a lack of notice the required equipment and personnel were not available. (Maybe Group 1 can assist one of the 3 remaining Groups with Plan A). So with Plan A scrubbed and time running out it was decided to go with a Cocktail Nite. This was to be no ordinary night and it was certainly going to stretch the budget, but led by Paul Leydin, Frank Lesiputty and Mick Duggan, the boys were confident in covering all costs and maybe even making a profit for the Club. The scene was set with a spit roast and salads supplied by Frasers Meats, a DJ with a fantastic set-up and an array of colourful cocktails with some just as colourful names--some of which can't go to print. One of the more popular drinks for the night was Putty's Poison, with another named after Beaza proving to be popular with the ladies, but a little hard to swallow. So the scene was set, with the expected crowd of 80-100 seeming a little hard to achvieve early on, but by 9:30pm the room was filling. There were a lot of new faces in the crowd, which was very pleasing. This was due to a close group of 18 year olds and their girlfriends. Well done to that group. Another good reason for such a good crowd was due to Peter Hale, in his 2nd year with the Club, choosing to celebrate his birthday at the rooms, and in doing so inviting 20 of his friends from Kinglake to attend. Well done Peter in supporting a fantastic night and wouldn't it be great to see your friends at the Ball? By the time the DJ spun the last disk everyone had enjoyed a great feed, good grog, fine music and fine company. Well done to Group 1, we can only hope the 3 other Groups, aided by more lead up time, organise a night with the same enthusiasm and vigor that you all did. Thanks to the Committee members and others who helped out, especially the two pregnant ladies seen vaccuuming the carpet and wiping the tables down at 2:00am Sunday morning. In closing, if you were there--thanks. If you weren't you missed a top night. See you at the next function, and to all who assisted--Well Done!!
Pat Preece, Wendy Cuthbertson, Elaine Tregear, Elaine Leggo, Jan Osborne, Anita Hall, Ina Abraham, Rhonda Sayers, Julie Ryan, Glenys Rowe, Gwen Edmondson, Mandy Gunston, Vicki Crotty, Marilyn Bugg, Mavis Coulsell and Val Slevison were just some of the guests. Apologies were received from Lyn Griffiths, Jody Carroll, Maude Ryan, Pam Leathers, Helen Lusher, Sue Ogston and Christine Elvery. Julie and John Ryan travelled from near Benalla for the occasion.
Thanks must go to Bernadette Gillman and helpers for providing the delicious afternoon teas and organising the successful reunion. Also to the Under 12 ladies for baking slices. Two particular ladies were still on the premises at 11:15pm. They must have had an extra special day.