COOL COUNTRY NEWS for a NEW YEAR, 2015
Happy New Financial Year
We are proud of our track record in keeping our event attendance fees to an absolute minimum from the inception of the club in September 2010. A flat fee of $3.00 has always been the ask.
Unfortunately, due to the pressures of progress, namely accommodation, insurance and other miscellaneous costs, we have had to adjust our operating revenue base to include a small increase in entrance fees. Thursday practice nights will increase from $3.00 to $4.00 per person. Entrance fee for Sunday Open Days will increase from $3.00 to $5.00 per person from the end of this month of July, 2015.
FUND RAISING IS WHAT WE DO TOO
The club is proud to advise they were able to donate more than $10,000 to local charities in 2014.
When Cool Country became an incorporated Body (Cool Country Incorporated), apart from being a country music club for the enjoyment of its members, we decided a main reason for Cool Country Inc's existence would be to act as a fund raiser for the local community and make donations to worthy charities whenever possible.
Funds are raised at club practice nights by charging a small attendance fee of $4.00 per person and a small charge for refreshments. Club nights are held most Thursdays of the year and guests are welcome to attend for a donation of $4.00 per person. Other funds are raised at Open Days held on the last Sunday each month. Revenue sources consist of: $5.00 entrance fees per person, raffles, refreshments donations etc.. Kids are always free.
An extract from our latest newsletter below:
Our Club's annual activities support local Businesses, Community Group donations, local charities and the clients of Retirement Villages and Aged Care facilities that look forward to regular free entertainment by our members. Through our members generous support Cool Country has been able to support the following local groups: HERVEY BAY STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE, MARYBOROUGH STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE, DUNDOWRAN RURAL FIRE BRIGADE, HERVEY BAY MEALS ON WHEELS, PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP, BAY CONNECT, THE HERVEY BAY SPECIAL SCHOOL and THE HERVEY BAY MATERNITY HOSPITAL.
The club has also donated a moveable stage that can be configured for most users of the Community Centre hall.
FEBRUARY OPEN DAY, 2015
After a slowish start to the new year everything is getting back to normal with a 'stuttery' February Open Day held as usual in the new Hervey Bay Community Centre in Charles Street.
As February is a short month, the last Sunday was the 22nd and caught a number of our regulars by surprise and they missed out.... notwithstanding the threat of Cyclone 'Marcia' (Marsha to the media) dumping Her category 4 to 5 winds and rain on Hervey Bay. Storm in a tea-cup as it turned out and open day was held in warm sunny weather. Still, the threat of stormy winds and rain kept our attendance down a bit and our line-up of guest performers from Bundaberg played it safe stayed home.
REMNANTS FROM 2014
A FEW WORDS FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT
Thank you to all the wonderful people who turned up on a cold Thursday night for this year’s Cool Country Music Club’s A.G.M. The meeting was very well attended. It is good to know that our members are concerned, appreciative and involved with their club.
Congratulations and thanks to all those people who have taken on roles of responsibility for the next twelve months. As the Elected Committee Members of Cool Country Inc., we are the face of the Club for this year 2014-2015. We have the responsibility to ensure that Cool Country continues to grow and prosper during our year of guardianship. We must try to positively promote Cool Country Music Club. We will attempt the keep the best interests of the entire Club in mind, while treating each other with respect. You may not always agree but first consider, is it for the good of all? Last year Cool Country donated funds to many Hervey Bay Charities, with the latest $1000 donated to The Hervey Bay Special School last month.
Cool Country Music Club is a not for profit club that will continue to contribute to local charitable groups. This function is a vital part of who we are, to give back to the local Community.
President, Cool Country Music Club Inc..
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AN ALMOST SPEECHLESS ELECTION
At about 7:30pm, Thursday 4th September 2014, at the Hervey Bay Community Centre, with only a few minutes of speeches, club President, Ron O'Keefe dissolved the existing committee who immediately stepped down to make way for the election of a new management team pictured below.
With minimum drama and fanfare, the election was under way and within a matter of minutes a new Cool Country Inc. committee emerged to deal with the club management and events challenge for the coming Sept-to-Sept club year.
This year's committee election results are:
President: Tina Bagnall. Vice President: Heather Jeppesen. Treasurer: Kris McHugh. Secretary: Jenny Kelly. Committee: Ian Mumford, Ken Beshaw, Robyn Jones, Joella Dawson, Jenefer Warner, Patrick Bagnall and Ken Reynolds.
New cool Country Inc., President, Tina Bagnall, enjoys taking on her first presidential task of cutting the club's 2014 birthday cake.
Anyone wishing to contact the club by phone, here is the Cool Country official number: 0427150015. Most matters can be dealt with via this number.
Tina can be e-mailed at:
Cool Country's Latest Donation to Charity.... Cerebral Palsy.
In keeping with the Club's charter to aid deserving charities in the Wide Bay area, the March Open Day provided an appropriate venue for the presentation of $1,000 cheque to Mr John Hill who accepted it on behalf of the charity.
Below... The donation was received in the form of musical and percussion instruments seen here with Cool Country President (left) and club members and some of the recipients of the Hervey Bay Cerebral Palsy League.
Record Attendance for 2014.
Open Day popularity reached a high for 2014 with standing room only for guests who arrived later in the afternoon. Over 120 guests enjoyed the day's program of singers and other performers backed by the Cool Country band plus solo artists who accompanied themselves.
The Trophy King
Career Trophy Winner and President of Cool Country Music Club, Ron O'Keefe, proudly displays (below) his latest winning trove of spoils on April Open Day, from last month's Bundaberg music contest. When interviewed at the open day, Mr. O'keefe shouted, "This is just the beginning."
Congratulations Ron for cleaning up.
On A More Serious Note...
Parkinson's disease is a serious malade that silently touches thousands of families throughout Australia with a set of symptoms that range from mild to total debilitation. One of the tradgeties of Parkinsons in this country is the lack of Government funding for support and research.
In keeping with the Cool Country Charter of raising funds for local charities, the Club was able to make a modest contribution of $250.00 to Parkinsons on April Open Day. Ron O'Keefe is seen here making the presentation,
Open Day.... 30 March 2014.
Many thanks to our one hundred plus audience who helped make March 30 open day such a great success. It is because of your continued patronage of our monthly open days that we are able to make our contributions to local charities. So, when you pay $3.00 entry fee to our Open Day, you not only buy a great afternoon's entertainment, but you make a valuable contribution to your local community.
New Start Time for Thursday Night Practice
Club practice night has always been held each Thursday night, when possible, beginning at 6:30pm sharp. However, due to time constraints with a 9:30pm finish and the increased number of performers the committee has decided it would beneficial to bring forward the start time to 6:30pm thus extending practice time to a full three hours.
Performance and Practice Info. for Cool Country Music Club
Practise for Cool Country Music Club is held every Thursday Evening at The Community Centre, Charles Street, Pialba, Hervey Bay, from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. Our performance Open Days are held on the last Sunday of each month at the same venue. See Map for details
There is plenty of parking and wheel chair access is available. All are welcome and admission is still only $3. Drinks and refreshments are available. On the Open Days there will also be a Sausage Sizzle available as well.
Cool Country venue, Charles Street, Pialba. 4655. Please enter by the rear door, across from Main Street.
(Above) Foyer and entrance to the new Community Centre has its own water featurebridge across the creek.
(Below) The band and committee setting up for a 'sound check' in the main auditorium where Sunday Open Days and Thursday night workshops are held.