As we head toward this year’s Druid’s annual banquet I wanted to send a message out to our membership, reviewing what has been a successful season for our club on the field, and maybe more so off it.
For the first time in recent memory all the divisions made the playoffs, and for the first time since 2005 did our first div side compete in a city final. A lot of positive traction for our club and the players and coaches deserve full credit for the steps forward.
However, it was off the field where myself and others noted a more friendly and positive social air. Alacadoos and 20 somethings alike, noticed a greater sociability and druid family atmosphere which was always present when the club was successful.
In my opinion, a good degree of the credit should go to having a permanent VP Social, (thanks this year to Colin Sheridan) who organized parties all year round (for the most part) and kept people in touch and thinking about the main thing we had in common – rugby.
2017 – A Summer of Druid Events
Following up on these socials, we took on many events that stretched us volunteer-wise, but were a huge benefit for the club from a culture and financial viewpoint. Those included the high school provincial tournament where the junior mom’s and Al Oleskiw took care of 16 teams over two days of games.
Another big event that brought the club together was Druids Day. Nearly an oversight at fixtures planning, a lot of work was done to salvage this event and make it one of the best Druid Days ever. No fight night event was needed to keep people around as after a full round of games, a slip and slide was organized as well as musical entertainment to keep both host and visitor teams around late into the evening.
And to top off a summer of events, Dylan and Marty hosted yet another massively successful golf tournament which brought members of the Druid community and others together in a 70 plus 18 hole tournament. To consider the planning that went into this event is staggering. Forming the teams, securing the sponsors, it’s incredible to consider the effort that went in to planning the golf tournament.
But we need help
Add to this Flaff’s fundraiser touch tournament and that’s a very busy productive clubhouse bringing in much needed revenue for the club. However, that revenue was offset by the reality the club often had to employ paid staff to keep these events functioning, and provided a significant overhead. Sometimes we had volunteers, but when we did, the bulk of those came from the junior side, not the senior side.
There’s a lot the club would like to do for its members: more affordable dues, upgrades to facility and equipment. However, planning and implementation of fundraisers center around volunteer support and this is where the club needs more from its members.
AGM coming up
On November 4th we will have another AGM where new executive positions will need to be filled while some are retained. This will also be the first time in several years where we will be conducting an AGM in accordance with our by-laws which are now in place thanks to the determined work of our senior/junior treasurer, Sherry. Positions that need to be filled will be announced shortly by our VP Admin, Stacey Gallagher.
This will also be an opportunity for members to voice their opinion on whatever concerns you have. I would say though if you’re looking for a constructive debate, it’s always worthwhile to package your concern with a positive suggestion for improvement. New executive will be voted on by registered members. If you wish to vote you will need to have at least a social membership.
Look forward to seeing you at the banquet and hopefully at the AGM.
Yours in rugby,
Strathcona Druids RFC
Updated 15:28 - 11 Oct 2017 by stacey gallagher