"0RMOND SKI CLUB"
0RMOND SKI CLUB NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2008 This last was a good season…can we have some more please??? Bumper Christmas issue with colour pictures. Ormond Ski Club 11 Charman Rd, Beaumaris Vic 3193 A.B.N. 75 004 765 753 Website: http: //www.ormondskiclub.com.au Contents this issue: Food is an issue that can be controlled but it can be tough. The committee is very Lodge leaders survival kit (ii) mindful that budgets can go seriously The Financial Review awry if lodge leaders are given free access 2009 fees to accounts with stores on mountain. Work parties 2009 Basically we don’t do it. The committee President’s weekend members are the only people who are Annie Gallagher authorised to buy food on the club’s Alice Rose account on the hill. Ewan Matthews Josh Balster Over the last forty years we have developed a pretty good food management Lodge leader’s survival kit (ii) system. We have a spread sheet which Your somewhat geriatric and calculates quantities of eggs, milk, meat, neanderthalic scribe is a prisoner of his vegetables etc and we adjust it for experiences. He read once somewhere that students, teenagers and fast laners. who we are is largely determined by our Managing the food on site requires upbringing between the ages of one and guidance from experienced hands and three. How we organise our lives and our lodge leaders. It goes pear shaped every attitudes is largely shaped by our now and again and in this regard we rely experiences when we were in our teens. on the food store, innovation and help Hence we approach the problems of the from the Cate Thomas’s and Fi Setchells day through the prism our formative of this world. teenage years These insights came about Our shortages are hardly famines but it’s a while reading about Ronald Reagan time (usually at breakfast) for French governing a country in the 1980s with toast, onions and tomatoes on toast, fritters attitudes shaped just before the first world perhaps, even hash browns. Sometimes war. someone gets the meals seriously wrong and cooks all the green veg in one go. Being a Lodge Leader is hardly akin to About once a season somebody decides to governing the USA but it probably helps drink all the milk in one hit or make cake to be an actor. LL’s are on holiday and for everybody or serve pudding at lunch seek little more than a full day’s skiing, a time for a lodge full of teenagers. No good bottle of red and a full tummy at the matter how good our food people (Annie, end of the day; preferably, but not always, Geoff, El, Meg, a cast of many and now in that order. They sometimes forget to Katherine) we sometimes find ourselves in chill completely and find themselves a minor hole and the lodge just has to reacting to events they cannot control but make do for a day until the next order that impact on the members and guests. arrives. No one has ever gone hungry. 1 We do encourage lodge leaders to make an for members and guests. Take your own inventory and report but most LLs, like the perishables but everything else is there. members and guests, only read the job Email Meg Casey at description when it’s a bit late, or like your firstname.lastname@example.org to book editor, forget completely. It’s also helpful your dates. to check through the food order when it arrives so at least one person in the lodge Work parties knows what has been delivered. We are Australia Day weekend working on refining the system and Labor Day weekend building know-how into our lodge leaders Easter but it’s a slow process. The lodge Anzac Day population is turning over and many of us May 23-24, have never learnt these skills or indeed Queen’s birthday needed them. Talk to Tim Chalke. The financial review Tim.email@example.com In brief 2008 was, not unexpectedly, a very good year. We measured it President’s weekend financially (operating profit of $40K) and Tom Nairn in terms of occupancy: 2200 bed nights A cast of thousands (well, about 30 compared to1930 for 2007. anyway) made the trek to the Hut on Higginbotham to celebrate the club races, While the result looks OK it is not enough skiing in general and those who made a from a good year to cover the bad years contribution to the running of the club and set us up for the next lot of over the year. For the first time in a while, renovations that I have mentioned in past there was a good cover of snow on the newsletters. mountain for the weekend and the weather was a treat. After a bit of 'free skiing', the Some members have said that our MHSC Events Department set a fantastic expectations are too grand. However, race course for us on the Saturday renovations in the mountains are morning...see the results below. While expensive and we do not have the readily Saul Wakerman may not have won a available skills base to allow us to do a lot trophy, he certainly gets a mention for of work ourselves. In addition we are spectacularly losing a ski at the bottom of constrained by work safe considerations; the course, but keeping it together and something that rarely troubled us during doing it in style on one ski over the finish the original construction and early line (see photo below). renovation. We need new balcony, roof, kitchen, carpet, boilers probably, renovations to bunkrooms three and four and a new downstairs entrance. $500K will disappear in a flash. If we borrow half it will take us five years at $50K to generate the $250K. We didn’t even do that ($50K) in the best year on record for ages. So, fees are going up by about 10% in 2009 to get us back on track. Well done to Andreas Svensson for Sorry. winning the cross country dressed to perform surgery (Ash Tuck was disqualified for some spurious reason). Summer Special mention to Andy Setchell who Mt Hotham… a great place to spend a few days over summer. The hut is available 2 tackled the course on his snow bike! (see Annie Gallacher photo) Following on from her sciatica, back problems and falling down the stairs and breaking her ankle when the Hawks won the Premiership, Annie was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on her lung. This has been removed and the operation appears to have been successful, but only time will tell if all will be well in the long term. Despite her great resilience, it’s fair to say Annie has slowed right up and needs lots of rest. At this stage no telephone calls or home visits are appropriate, but be well assured Annie has greatly appreciated the concern of many members and their good wishes and we wish her well for a full and Dinner was, as usual, a fantastic speedy recovery. gastronomic delight...thank you to all who contributed to it, but particularly Fi, Kath, Better news Meg and Joel. El Bridger and Geoff Rose, having had young Tom, have remembered how to do On Sunday, some folks slept in to deal it and have provided him with a little with the effects of the night before and sister. Alice Margaret Rose was born at others went out for a quick ski. To finish about 5.40am on Tuesday the 14th of the weekend, Rob Wilson made the trek October. She weighed 4.25 kg at birth. out onto the Razorback for some fine Probably can’t stop now. Jolly good show. Fathers Day skiing (see photo). Race winners: Men's downhill: Ashley Tuck Women's downhill: Fi Setchell Men's snowboard: Stuart Watson Men's handicap: Andy Setchell Women's snowboard: Meg Casey Women's handicap: Jenny O'Donnell And another hatch…… Cross country: Andreas Svensson Pia and Brett Matthews have added baby Ewan to their clan on 2/12 at 8.32pm. Lost and found weighing 8 lb 1oz (which is lucky for me as I We have found a ring in bunk room 8 from don't understand metric baby weights). No before early August. Write to your bower photos yet - just text msg!! bird editor before he gives it to Gollum or Fredo or one of those other stupid hairy footed critters who inhabit the mountain. 3 BALSTER Joshua Manus. 27/11/07-1/9/08 Our beautiful Joshie–bear, the battle is over. You are at peace. No more hospitals, no more tubes, no more alarming machines. You are free. Thank you for your unconditional love, your toothy grin, your Joshie chats and those big brown eyes. You have melted our hearts every time you smiled. You told us it was time for you to go and allowed us all to say goodbye. You died in the garden wrapped up in our arms and surrounded by love. The wind blew and carried your spirit away to a better place. We will love you forever. Mummy and Daddy Nothing can replace a child. It has been a dreadful time for Tanya and Simon. Editor: Ross Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org Feed back welcomed Phone: 03 5255 5614 Fax: 03 5255 5613 4