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    Annual overview

    CHAIR’S REPORT 2012/2013

    Our year started with the Women in Cricket Breakfast on December 27, 2012 which saw Australia play Sri Lanka. Angela Pippos was again our MC who interviewed Anna O’Donnell, the First XI captain of the MCC’s recently-formed women’s cricket team and Southern Stars and VicSpirit players Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron. Our guest speaker was Ian Healy who addressed attendees, with his insights and stories from his time behind the wicket and kept us all very entertained. 

    We have an auction every year and this year we had the very generous donation of a South Sea Pearl necklace from James Harvey, a very loyal and devoted supporter of the WOMCC and who we thank very much for his generous support. We also had an Ian Healy signed bat and cap, an MCC Charm necklace, a bat and cap signed by Meg and Jess and another bat signed by the 2010 Australian men’s cricket team from their tour against the West Indies. And what has now become tradition; we auctioned a glass of champagne. All items were auctioned expertly by Will Fowles who I would also like to thank very much for his continued support of the Women of the MCC. The auction proceeds totalled $4250.

    We choose a different charity to support every year and pledge a donation of $4000. The Women in Cricket breakfast this year raised money for the Victorian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team.

    Women in Wine on February 28 featured Matt and Luise Fowles from Fowles Wines showcasing their label, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch. Fowles proved to be a favourite with our guests as was evident from the amount of wine sales secured on the night. Not to mention the added incentive of Matt matching one for one for the largest order on the night. Again this year the menu was expertly matched to the wines by MCC Epicure Executive Chef Peter Haycroft.

    This event allows us to reward our members and guests that attend with showbags full of donated items from our various sponsors. Some items included this year were MCC Key Rings, Wine Companion magazines from Hardie Grant, Brix Chocolates, Craisins from Ocean Spray and Clearwipes from JA Davey.

    We also have a raffle which is generously supported by sponsors that this year included: Parkview on St Kilda Road, Campaspe House and Morris Jones. Our raffle raised $1344.

    Our second Charity of choice for 2013 was Mirabel. Mirabel assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family or kinship care.

    This year we added an extra function for networking and entertainment only. Women in Sport on April 17. This event saw us celebrate Female Olympians with Tales from the Olympic Starting Line. Our Olympians included: Shelley Chaplin – wheelchair basketball, Leanne Del Toso - wheelchair basketball, Elise Rechichi - sailing, Danielle Woodward – slalom kayak, Loudy Wiggins - diving and Liz Cambage - basketball. Our panel host for the evening was Tiffany Cherry.

    We also had our own WOMCC Committee member Margot Foster who was a member of the crew which won Australia its first Olympic medal in women’s rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    Women in Football on August 17 was a Lunch function for the Richmond v Carlton game on the Saturday afternoon. We had two speakers this year: Caroline Wilson the chief football writer for The Age and a panellist on Footy Classified on Channel 9 and Dr Robert Hess who is one of Australia’s foremost sport historians. Both speakers enthralled our members and guests with their anecdotes and information about our National Sport of AFL.

    We had signed football jumpers donated from Richmond and Carlton and Footy Show Tickets donated by our own committee member, Jo Casanelia. We were also lucky enough to have Will Fowles available to auction them for us. The auction proceeds totalled $3350. Our raffle items included an accommodation package from Mantra, hair & beauty hamper from Estilo, food & beverage voucher from Morris Jones and chocolates from Brix. This raffle raised $1720 and proceeds also went to Mirabel.

    We had six committee meetings this year and finished with our AGM on November 25 at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. The present members of the committee were re-elected, so we head into our next year with the following committee members:

    Jane Nathan, Toni Burbank, Nicole Hall, Liz Chaplin, Elizabeth Syle, Jo Casanelia, Juhi McInerney, Julie Davis, Margot Foster, Mary Anne Hartley, Melanie Monk and Tracey Wardill.

    We finished with our Christmas dinner celebration at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club and look forward to organising and presenting more wonderful events in our 2013/2014 year.

    Kerri Spillane
    November 25, 2013

    CHAIR’S REPORT 2011/2012

    Our year started with the Women in Cricket Breakfast on the December 27, 2011, which saw Australia play India. Angela Pippos was again our MC and her questioning of our guest speaker for the morning, Wasim Akram, kept us all very entertained. Angela also interviewed Meg Lanning and Emma Inglis from the Vic Spirit, former Australian player, Mel Jones and Marcella Torre from the MCC Women’s cricket, giving the room a wonderful insight to women’s cricket.

    We have an auction every year and this year we had the very generous donation of two Argyle white diamonds from James Harvey, a very loyal and devoted supporter of the WOMCC. A signed bat and photograph from Wasim Akram, a Vic Spirit signed bat and photograph with Meg and Emma and a glass of champagne. The auction proceeds totalled $3600.

    We choose a different charity to support every year and pledge a donation of $4000. This year we raised money for Dare to Dream, a partnership initiative of the YWCA (Victoria) and Westside Circus and is also supported by the Melbourne Football Club.

    January saw us update our website. We now have generic explanations of each of our three annual functions and a photographic record of all our events.

    Women in Wine on the February 22 featured Eliza Brown from All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard. Eliza proved to be a very engaging and entertaining speaker as was evident by the many questions asked from the audience. Again this year the menu was expertly matched to the wines by MCC Epicure executive chef, Peter Haycroft.

    This event allows us to reward our members and guests that attend with showbags full of donated items from our various sponsors. Some items included this year were hairspray from Cedel, Craisins from Ocean Spray and Clearwipes from JA Davey.

    We also have a raffle which is generously supported by sponsors that this year included the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Profiler Recruitment, Campaspe House and Blue Illusion. Our raffle raised $1080, part of which went to completing our pledge to Dare to Dream.

    Our second charity of choice for 2012 was FIDA. The Football Integration Development Association which provides regular competitive Australian rules football for players with an intellectual disability. 

    Women in Football on the July 14 this year was a sell out function with the need for a waiting list as we were clever enough to get the Collingwood Vs Geelong game. Our speaker was Debbie Lee from the Melbourne Football Club who had everyone enthralled with her tales of being a female footballer. Our sub-committee did a wonderful job of decorating the Committee Room for Bastille Day and our chef again created a wonderful meal for the event.

    We had signed football jumpers donated from Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne and were lucky enough to have Tony Nathan available to auction them for us. The auction proceeds totalled $2060. Our raffle items included an accommodation package from Mantra and Morris Jones, Roule Galette and the Melbourne Wine Room all donated food and drink vouchers. This raffle raised $1420.

    This year our committee welcomed two new members; Jo Casanelia, and Juhi McInerney and welcomed back Megan Ponsford.

    We had seven committee meetings this year and finished with our AGM on November 19 at Morris Jones in Windsor. The present members of the committee were re-elected so we head into our next year with the following committee members:

    Jane Nathan, Toni Burbank, Nicole Hall, Liz Chaplin, Elizabeth Syle, Jo Casanelia, Juhi McInerney, Julie Davis, Margot Foster, Mary Anne Hartley, Megan Ponsford, Melanie Monk and Tracey Wardill.

    We finished with our Christmas dinner celebration at Morris Jones and look forward to organising and presenting more wonderful events in our 2012/2013 year.

    Kerri Spillane
    November 21, 2012