MANAWATU SAVAGE CLUB ANNUAL PRESIDENTS REPORT. 2020
This year has been another relatively successful year for the club, although as with most clubs, the difficulty in finding new members, as well as the increasing age of current
members continues to be of concern.
Our current membership is 62 financial members. We have had a recent drop off with some members moving away, and others resigning.
However the year went well with monthly concerts
from Monday nights to Sunday afternoons, which the older and less mobile members found helpful.
We had an outward raid to Masterton, which was well received, and we welcomed an inward raid from Hastings Orphans club, which was very enjoyable.
The swing band gave 2 concerts – the first was the annual February outdoor concert
At Summerhill Retirement village. Then early in August the swing band were the guest performers at the Manawatu Jazz Club monthly concert.
On both occasions they got good reviews.
Our annual Public Concert was held at the Globe theatre in October, which featured our young Performer Award winner vocalist Jake Bader, from St Peter’s College.
concert was not as successful this year with a down turn in numbers attending, it has been decided not to have one this year.
We have been invited to put 2 mini concerts at Olive Tree Retirement Village on Sunday 29th
and Sunday 30th August, starting at 2.p.m. As we have a captive audience
this will also contribute to our club funds.
The club also has a group of performers that regularly
go around the retirement homes giving short concerts as a means of fundraising for the club. Thank you Gael Donoghue and your great band of merry makers. It is truly appreciated from the club.
As you know, we have become relatively informal
at meetings and concerts over the last couple of years. It has become increasingly obvious that much of the old formal protocols are a big turn-off for potential young members. We are also in the process of considering a name change to something like “The
Manawatu Entertainment Club.
This will be discussed at our A.G.M in February.
To all the council , my thanks for their contribution in keeping the club running smoothly.
We have lost 3 members who died 2019. Cliff Jaques
in February after being a member for 38 years, Shirley Crawford in Jun(9 years), and Puti Tipene in December.
Don Fulton: Chairman Manawatu Savage Club.