Season 2017 - Secretaries Report, Eliescha Bazley
Secretary Report – Nov 2017
I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered and helped out for season 2017. It has been a very busy and successful season and a steep learning curve for me, so thankyou for everyone’s patience.
We started out the season all ready to go 3 out of 4 home trials booked in and ready to go - then we waited for four weeks as it rained the entire month! With the grounds being closed it made communicating with our members a little bit harder as we weren’t seeing coaches or managers and parents but we got through it and had a non interrupted season!
This season was about setting us up digitally – we moved our registration process to a completely digital one and a Google Drive for all documents to sit in a centralised cloud based drive. There are folders for Exec only, whole committee and then the entire membership base. This included any important information sent from Penrith JL including the Calendar of Events. All minutes are loaded into this drive also.
We had a huge increase in traffic to the Facebook page and recorded some really big traffic numbers. The FB was linked to Twitter so a wider audience were able to see our club and the Instagram account is running along well with many tags from our junior players on their own accounts. SNAPCHAT will be the next venture with live stories to appeal to our junior players.
Keeping in line with the digital push a Managers Facebook page was set up so all documents and correspondence was added to this page and questions could be asked within this private group. This really made communicating much easier. The Coaches page was set up the previous year.
It was a great honour to be present at the Penrith Awards dinner this year to see Meta Tusini awarded the Penrith JL Coach of the Year. As we belong to the same team and Coaching Staff it was extra special to see.
I wanted to congratulate everyone involved in this years presentation day – it was a great day and the kids really enjoyed it.
On a personal note I wanted to thank everyone at the Destroyers for showing compassion during what has been an extremely tough year for the Under 15s. Physically our team were ready for division 1 but the early news that our trainer and Azariah Pau's dad had terminal cancer really rocked our team and our boys had a very very tough year. It was with a huge amount of pride that I want the committee members and members to know that our entire U15s team as well as some past players attended Soki’s four hour plus funeral service and for the entire service our players ,dressed in QH uniform, sat and listened with maturity way beyond their age. Our club should be so proud of the young men we are producing.
Finally, this year I set myself a goal to enrich this club moving forward by embracing its past. I initially set up a Quakers Hill Old Boys Facebook Page trying to generate a little bit of interest – it was received with a luke warm reception but I wanted to go ahead with my plan to bring former players back to Quakers. To create a richer and deeper club community. I went ahead with my plan to have a Back To Quakers Day which would include an old boys v parents game. By game day we had a huge list of players for both sides and a huge amount of interest. The day was a huge success and felt like the old Sundays at Mikelhson. This was the start of something and it was a small start. In 2018 I would love to make this much bigger and build on this every year and this will be my off season project. I want to thank everyone involved in helping with this day including Kellie for her photo collages but Dingo and Aaron did an amazing job at organising the teams and the day wouldn’t have been successful without these two being involved.
I wish everyone a relaxing break and look forward to season 2018 .