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    Annual overview

    CHAIR’S REPORT 2013/2014

    Our year started with the Women in Cricket Breakfast on December 27, which saw Australia play England for the Ashes. Angela Pippos was again our MC who interviewed VicSpirit players Sarah Elliot and Melena Ayres. We then had a Q&A segment with Australian cricket team doctor, Dr Peter Brukner and our guest speaker was former England captain Michael Vaughan who kept us all very entertained with his anecdotes and stories.

    We have an auction every year and this year we again had the very generous donation of a strand of rare Silver Grey Tahitian South Sea Pearls from James Harvey, our very loyal and devoted supporter of the Women of the MCC (WOMCC) and who we thank very much for his generous support. We also had a Michael Vaughan signed cricket bat and an Ian Botham signed cricket ball. All items were auctioned expertly by Will Fowles who I would also like to thank very much for his continued support of the WOMCC. The auction proceeds totalled $4,075.

    We choose a number of charities to support every year and pledge a donation of $4,000 to each of them. The Women in Cricket breakfast this year raised money for the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation.

    This year we also had a Women in Cricket Lunch on January 19 to support our Southern Stars in their one-day international against England. We had Mel Jones as our guest speaker and chose not to fundraise at this event making it a fun networking day with a delicious lunch and afternoon tea.

    Women in Wine on February 12 featured Kate Goodman from Punt Road and Goodman Wines. Kate was an excellent speaker who shared her experience and knowledge and supplied wines much enjoyed by the audience. Again this year the menu was expertly matched to the wines by MCC Epicure Executive Chef Peter Haycroft.

    As has become tradition 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 Brix Chocolates, MCC 175th Commemorative Medallions, Tea Tonic samples, Slim Secrets, Wine Companion magazines from Hardie Grant and Craisins form Ocean Spray.

    Our raffle was again generously supported by sponsors that this year included: Campaspe House, Morris Jones and Mantra on Jolimont. Our raffle raised $1,181. These funds went to our second charity for this year, Blind Sports Victoria. 

    Our successful fundraising has allowed us to have additional funds to be able to make much needed donations as they arise. In May this year we were able to provide Cricket Without Borders a $1,500 donation which assisted them to compete in the Pepsi International Cricket Council East Asia Pacific Women’s Trophy tournament in Japan. 

    The MCG hosted Field of Women on May 10 in which the WOMCC were invited to participate and had a delegation of over 60 attend the event.

    Women in Sport on April 14 celebrated Women in Racing with a Raceday at Flemington. This was the first event we have held outside the MCC. We were hosted by the VRC in their Committee Room and Judith Fitzmaurice, the assistant to the Chief Executive of the VRC was our MC. We had a number of speakers including Peter Rowland, Sal Perna the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Des Gleeson from the Jockey’s Trust. We also heard from some of the jockeys, Michael Rodd, Katelyn Mallyon, Kayla Nisbet and Jackie Beriman.

    Milliner Karen Hamilton was on hand with a number of hats for the guests to try on. A delicious menu, wonderful wine and the opportunity to have a photo taken with the 2014 Melbourne Cup made this a very memorable event. No fundraising was done however we did have a number of door prizes donated by the VRC and won by names in the bowl.

    Women in Football on July 26 was a dinner function for the Hawthorn v Sydney game. Considering we have to choose our football game at the start of the year this one turned out to be a battle of two of the top teams. Our speaker this year was Dr Pippa Grange from Blue Stone Edge who had the audience totally engrossed in her talk on gender equality in sport.

    This event afforded us the ability to present two donations in person. To Jane Rowe from the Mirabel Foundation and to Carly Findlay from the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation. We were also able to invite Campbell Lee from Mantra On Jolimont as our guest for being such a great supporter and provider of door prizes for our events.

    We were given the amazing donation of a three night bed and breakfast stay at Snowdrift Lodge Falls Creek by Deb Lawson for our auction which was expertly conducted by our own Jane Nathan. The auction proceeds totalled $1,650. Our raffle items included a round of golf for four people at the magnificent Metropolitan Golf Club, an accommodation package from Mantra, Miss Jackson Cafe voucher and a Hawthorn Team Print signed by the 2014 team. This raffle raised $1,530 and the proceeds also went to Blind Sports Victoria.

    We had six committee meetings this year and finished with our AGM on November 12 at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. The present members of the committee were re-elected and three vacant positions were filled, so we head into our next year with the following committee members:

    Jane Nathan, Toni Burbank, Nicole Hall, Melanie Monk, Liz Chaplin, Elizabeth Syle, Julie Davis, Margot Foster, Mary Anne Hartley, Tracey Wardill, Suellyn Ward, Zoe Small and Jacquelyn Morarty.

    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 2014/2015 year.

    Kerri Spillane
    November 12, 2014

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    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

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    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

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