Greetings to you from all of us in the General Committee.
We are pleased to report that the major repair works to the six chambers were successfully carried out over two weeks in mid-Oct. complete with hung-windows, a new coat of paint, a double bed, new sets of linen and some additional lighting. Whereas we had only 2 single beds in each room all these years, now we have a Queen-size bed and a single bed. The sofa bed has been done away with except in 2 rooms where space allows it to be retained. Those who are regular stay-in guests will appreciate the improvements effected not only to the rooms but the corridor and entrance staircase as well. Even members who do not need overnight accommodation should once in a while choose to stay in one of these rooms to enjoy the ambience, especially the view from the wide windows. The lowest rates still remain at RM75/= on weekdays and RM85/= on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays.
With the above work completed, all 3 Capex Projects for this term, approved at the AGM in Apr this year, have been successfully implemented. In the next few months the GC will explore minor projects, eg. painting of the exterior of the Club building, that cost less than RM20,000/= and therefore do not require endorsement at the AGM.
A further development, on the Admin side, is that as at Nov-end, more than 400 members have opted for e-statement and notification. This means no mailing of a hard copy of the monthly statement to these members, saving money and much staff-time every month. E-members will receive an email message along with the monthly statement however the monthly newsletter and the likes of this Message will have to be accessed from our website. The process of enlisting e-statement members was begun in earnest four months ago when our new computer software came on stream. By the end of this Committee’s term in Apr16, we hope to increase the above number to 900, i.e. at least half our total membership.
December will be an action-paced month in the sports arena with the first event kicking off as you read these lines. The 13th Invitational Inter-Club Darts Tournament will transform the main building into a carnival ground with participants from not less than 16 clubs congregating from the 4th to 6th . Darts Convenor, Mdm. Rajapraba is the Chairperson of the Organising Committee this time. I am confident that with her vast experience and the cooperation of her Committee Members she will be able to manage the usually interesting and boisterous band of players effectively and steer the Competition to a successful completion.
On the following weekend, the Sailing Section will host its annual Regatta. Commodore, Dr. George Bolze reports that 25 boats, including five from Singapore, will sail the Straits of Malacca on the 12th Sat and 13th Sun. culminating with a gala lunch at the Bridge Bar on Sunday.
On the same Sunday, the Negri Sembilan Squash Finals will be played out at our two courts. As always, RPDYC feels honoured to host this illustrious annual Competition at our premises. Our staff will strive to make the experience a memorable one for all, especially the participating children.
The RPDYC Annual Golf Competition is on the 19th. With Mr. Ravi as the Convenor this year, the game has seen increasing participation in all our Quarterly meets. This time 60 players are gathering for the Annual event at the Port Dickson Golf and Country Club. With the goodwill of the rain-gods, this event too will be a fun day out for golfers and their spouses.
On a much smaller Green and also with eyes trained on a stationary ball, RPDYC Billiards Section is to decide on its Player of the Year on the 5th afternoon. Those sports fans present at the Club that weekend should divide their time after 2pm between watching the large group of skillful Darters and a
small but accomplished pack of snooker players led by Convenor, Mr. Sean Lee at the Billiards Room.
Finally, the grandest social event of the year, The New Year Eve Dinner and Dance! The Entertainment Committee has taken extra effort to shop around for some outstanding talents and latest techniques to take this year’s ushering in of the New Year to the next level. A 7-piece band supported by a popular DJ/VJ has been booked for the night and the lighting at the dance floor will include some exciting video screenings. Members should book their tables early as the total will be limited to only 30 tables this year.