It is with great pleasure I report on the activities of the Lord’s Taverners
Australia this year.
The retirement of Lew Cooper, as the Queensland Chairman and great friend to
all Taverners, was accepted with sadness and regret. Lew is the last of our long-
serving Chairmen and has served the Queensland branch with distinction and we
wish Lew all the best in his retirement from active service to us. Peter Evans has
taken over as Chairman in Queensland.
Stan Gilchrist, our Executive Officer till December 2017, actively supported all
branches and helped lift planning, succession and branch operations to a
significantly higher level. I am very pleased that Stan has not been lost to The
Taverners as he has returned to Chair the NNSW branch following the retirement
of Graeme Hoskins. I personally thank Stan for his enthusiasm, commitment
and, in particular, support to me as Chairman during his tenure as Executive
We welcome our newest branch from Geelong into our family and wish Michael
King and his team great success as they fire up in and around Geelong.
The Lord’s Taverners Foundation has now completed its first full year as the
registered charity of The Taverners. It holds Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tier
2 status and has raised over $70,000 in its first year. The Foundation is a
registered Charity with the ACNC and provides tax-deductible receipts for all
donations received of $2 or more. We are looking to move our Foundation to tier
1 status during the next 12 months.
Our agreement with Cricket Australia (CA), naming The Lord’s Taverners
Australia as cricket’s official community partner has been furthered. The
partnership is actioned 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 and people with a disability. We thank CA for their continued support
and assistance as we grow the awareness of the fund and continue to raise
The Lords Taverners was granted permission to raise funds at The Adelaide Test
in late 2017. This allowed for The Sporting Chance Fund Logo to be stencilled on
the ground and provided fantastic marketing exposure. Significant funds were
raised during the Test.
Our annual conference was held in Hobart and thanks to Robert Bilyk and his
committee for arranging and hosting us all. The conference highlighted our need
to make some changes to remain relevant as an organisation. This has led to an
depth look at our branding approach and this task is still being addressed and
involves all branches.
This financial year we again held our national raffle, sold 500 dozen bottles of
wine and conducted over 50 functions Australia-wide, raising funds to support
our 5 pillars.
The NCIC Carnival in Geelong was supported with a donation of $80,000 and The
Lord’s Taverners Shield received $30,000 for the championships held in
The Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the year was awarded to D’Arcy
Short of WA.
I would like to thank Paul Sheahan, our President, and Michael Martin our
Secretary / Treasurer, for the substantial support and time they have afforded
me this year as we build to a very significant position of strength and grow our
brand around Australia.
To all members of The Lord’s Taverners around the country and in particular, the
Chairmen, Presidents and Committee members of all branches, I thank you for
the sustained support and commitment you show as volunteers, to this great
organisation and to me as National 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.
25th August 2018