Christmas is often a period of significant consumption, generosity, annual family gatherings, genuine goodwill, secret Santa gifts, much laughter, inappropriate dad jokes, beach cricket, stone fruit, mangoes, and the odd beverage or three. Fun – right!
It can also be a challenging time for business given the annual migration to enjoy a Christmas beach holiday, not to mention the shift in consumer spending (post-Christmas sales), school holiday pressures, credit card stress, etc.
For some, like the members and guests that frequent community clubs across the State, it can also be a very lonely, stressful and challenging time mentally.
How can you help, you might be asking yourself?
Well, one potential way to assist this group is to seek their support and help, by way of requesting their volunteering assistance at the club over the Christmas and New Year period so that they feel a part of something. Simply put, they feel valued and busy, due to their contribution. No doubt there are a myriad of tasks (“we’ll leave that for another day type jobs”) that could be knocked over to clear the decks for the new year with their assistance?
With volunteerism continuing to diminish in today’s “it’s all about me” society, this solution could be both a short and long-term win / win for all involved. Just saying! Oh, and if the holiday season stress is getting too much for you, one of your team or a member or guest at the club, beyondblue (telephone 1300 224 636) or lifeline (telephone 13 11 14) are always available to talk things through.
2017 has been another tough year for many community clubs across regional and rural Queensland due to the ongoing softness in the resources sector, drought and the flat Australian economy. That said, I have been travelling across the State over the last three months and there is a positive shift in the resources sector starting to take hold, with a significant number of job vacancies on offer. Given financial pundits continue to predict that interest rates will remain on hold, I forecast 2018 will see consumer confidence and spending starting to build momentum which will greatly assist clubland and the communities you support.
For all those Doctor Who fans out there, don’t forget the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker – the first female doctor) will be revealed in Peter Capaldi's final role in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special on 25 December 2017.
For your information, this is like the Ashes opening test match (Australia v England) for sci-fi nuts, aka yours truly I proudly confess.
To finish up, I’ve included a few Christmas jokes compliments of The Guardian (Australia edition) that you are welcome to share with anyone who needs a smile!
Thanks for your support throughout 2017, and here’s cheers to a fantastic 2018 for us all!
Ciao and warm regards
chief executive officer