It is with great pleasure I report on the activities of the Lord’s Taverners this year.
Greg Brown our Chairman, has asked to stand down as he supports his wife Jill as she recovers from serious illness. Greg has been an outstanding Chairman, initially at the Victorian branch and of late at the National office. Greg’s enthusiasm and passion to help those in need is must be seen to be believed and our many beneficiaries owe a great deal to Greg for this drive determination. Thanks Greg for all your work and we are so pleased that you have agreed stay on the National Executive going forward.
Stan Gilchrist was appointed Executive Officer in September 2016 and is working with all branches with a view to increasing effectiveness, succession planning and rebuilding membership and attendance at events. We are already seeing benefits from this initiative and look forward to continuation next year. I note that we have secured independent funding for this role and The Taverners mantra to disburse all net funds received to our beneficiaries remains unchanged.
The Taverners took the decision to significantly lift support for the NCIC (National Cricket Inclusion Championships). These championships will be held at Geelong in Victoria in January 2017. Representative teams from most states competed in the Blind, Deaf and All Abilities sections. Over 220 players played in the carnival.
The National office completed the steps required to establish The Lord’s Taverners Foundation, a registered charity that has DGR status allowing it to issue receipts which are tax deductible in the donor’s name. Full details of the Foundation can be found on the website.
We have completed discussions with Cricket Australia culminating in the signing of a three year partnership naming The Lord’s Taverners Australia as cricket’s official community partner. The partnership will be reflected through “The Sporting Chance Fund” with the aim of raising significant funding to grow programs and initiatives focused on the engagement of girls and women; multicultural communities; indigenous Australians ad people with a disability.
I welcome Robert Bilyk as our new Chairman in Tasmania, Richard Lucas in Sydney and Geoff Cussen in the Northern Territory. They replace “Tassie” Paul Sheahan, Roger Ringwood and Michael Martin in their respective branches. These are big shoes to fill and we thank the three retiring Chairmen for the tireless and unstinting commitment to the work of the Taverners.
Our branch in Newcastle has changed its name to Hunter branch and NSW branch is now called Sydney branch
I am really looking forward to the next 12 months as one of the most significant in our 35 years of existence. We are reviewing in detail all aspects of our business model, how we operate and importantly how we will look in the next 4 years. We are focused on becoming the Premier Cricket Charity in Australia and putting in place a structure and branch network to allow this happen. Please watch this space as we make steps in this direction over the next months.
I thank all members of The Lord’s Taverners around Australia and in particular, the Chairmen, Presidents and Committee members for the sustained support and commitment, as volunteers, to this great organisation. My sincere thanks to you all and in particular the support you have shown me as acting Chairman.
I invite everyone interested in cricket to get on board, and join us on this exciting journey as we continue giving the young and disadvantaged a sporting chance. The Lord’s Taverners is committed to this vision and determined to do more to assist in future years.
19 August 2017