NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - CANTEEN CREW
Today we recognise the outstanding volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to run our canteen.
You will find John "JP" Paine stocking the fridges every week, picking up meat from Vermey's Quality Meats for our Thursday night BBQ's and other events, sweeping the clubrooms on Friday evenings and then setting up the canteen every Saturday and Sunday (Saveloy's in the pot/"slow-cooker", pies in the oven, cordial mixed-up) before he heads off for a full day's work. He then returns on Saturday and Sundays at 5pm to pack up and ensure our clubrooms are neat and tidy, and then handling of cash to the bank through the week. He also spends many hours packing those musk sticks and lollies into convenient carry-bags. John has been on the committee for 20 years, and has been awarded honorary life membership for his outstanding service to the club. John currently Vice President of the Club and provides a great deal of common sense to any issues that may arise. He is always someone with a smile on his face, brings energy to everything that he does and he has had two sons play First Grade Cricket at the club in Tim and Nick Paine.
Peter "Robbo" Robinson has been JP's right hand man for that same period of time. Always there helping cook the BBQ, make the salad rolls, organise club functions and importantly raise much needed funds for the club. This season Peter co-ordinated the Good for Cricket raffle books which raised $2,500 for the club, as well as worked on our club policies, with the introduction of our Club Mental Health Policy, and maintained our Good Sports Level 3 accreditation. Peter has been awarded honorary life membership for his services to the club, which includes 27 continuous years as a committee member, and has had a son Oliver Robinson represent the club in First Grade. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as Olly has also become a regular volunteer at the Canteen and BBQ, and has been on the committee over the years.
Gene "The Machine" and Amanda Phair have been heavily involved over the past few seasons as their children Zac and Laura Phair have come through our junior ranks. Gene and Amanda have played a critical role in increasing our revenue from our canteen by leading the "Roll Patrol". Every Friday night Gene and Amanda bond together by slicing and dicing the cucumber, tomato, lettuce and all the other crucial ingredients for the Salad rolls to be made fresh the following morning. On Saturday mornings they then collect the rolls from Lipscombe Larder which are then made up before game time on Saturday morning, often by a group of players before they start warm-ups. This has increased our canteen profits by about $3k per season. Not that this wasn't enough, Gene is currently Treasurer, Cricket Operations Manager, can be found scoring games from U17 Girls & Boys through to First Grade, keeps our statistics up to date, put together our End of Season vote count, generated our Heritage Numbers as well as numerous other tasks that often go unrecognised. Outside of Roll Patrol, Amanda has played a huge role in uniform management and events, this year organised our Annual Awards Night, put together an after-game dinner for Greater Northern Raiders and is currently on the committee.
Our canteen crew has seen regular support from our senior players making the rolls, as well as Damien Clifford, Katie Cowen, Jesse Greenwood, Jackson Swain, Elise Young and Oliver Robinson manning the canteen this season.
We thank and recognise, JP, Robbo, Gene and Amanda for all of their contributions to run our club!