2020 has certainly thrown us some challenges in the most unexpected way. It has however been heart-warming to witness the grit and determination of our clubs in facing this challenge. The innovation shown towards food and beverage offerings to include take-aways and deliveries along with how clubs continue to engage with staff and members during the forced closure period has been outstanding.
An enormous amount of thanks and gratitude is to be extended to Dan Nipperess who stepped up as acting CEO, taking the reins with both hands during the most challenging time for our industry. Dan’s level-headed approach to advocacy and open and clear communication with everyone over the last few months in particular has been tremendous, so thank you Dan and all of the team at Clubs Queensland who have pulled together to support our members.
After an extensive recruitment process, I am delighted to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Egan. Kelly brings with him a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of matters critical to the club industry. Kelly is exactly the person needed to steer us out of COVID-19. He is a strong leader, not to mention a warm and genuine character.
Kelly will be out and about across the state in the coming months to meet with as many of you as possible, so stay tuned for details on that.
Over the last couple of months, we’ve also had some significant changes to the Clubs Queensland Board, with the resignation of some of our longest serving members, John McCallum (19 years), Will Schroeder (18 years) as well as more recent members Kelvin Patch and Suzanne Long. I’d like to again formally thank each of them for all their efforts. I’d also like to formally welcome new members Joe Kelly and Julie Strudwick and also Tony Castro who returns to the Board of Clubs Queensland. I look forward to working with our new and existing members of the board as we continue to emerge and rebuild after COVID-19.
Thankfully we were recently able to bring about some positive news and announce the 2020 Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence winners. This was despite the fact we couldn’t come together to celebrate our night of nights. We’re proud to highlight and congratulate many of this year’s winners in this first edition back of Club Insight magazine. I’d like to thank all the sponsors behind this year’s program for their continued support, without whom programs like this simply couldn’t be brought to life. I’d implore clubs to also recognise the difficulties that all
our sponsors are also going through during this difficult period, and where possible to please support them in return.
As we start to move into our new normal, stay well, stay safe and stay engaged.
President, Clubs Queensland.