Lisa’s Last Hurrah

lisas-logo_rgbThis week we say goodbye to a member of the Toronto Country Club family, Lisa.

I met with Lisa and her son Dan for lunch for the final time. Throughout Lisa’s time at the Country Club she has made some wonderful friends, catered many perfect private functions and golf presentations and delivered fresh food for lunch and dinner, with her gluten free desserts being a favourite among many.

While chatting with Lisa it was evident that she will miss the “homely” feeling the Country Club hosts and is sad to be leaving.

“I’m looking forward to taking some time out for myself and having some fun adventures with Dan”, said Lisa. While Lisa has had many offers and may open up another business, for now, she’s going to enjoy leisure time with the family.

While this is a sad time for all of us who have come to know and love Lisa, Darryl, Dan, Jo and ‘Lisa’s at Toronto Country Club’, it is also a time to celebrate with Lisa one last time.

img_2575Lisa will cater her final dinner at the Country Club on Saturday 5 November 2016. With her “last hurrah” coming up, we recommend booking in advance. Lunch and dinner service times are available for Lisa’s last day. To make a reservation, please phone the Club on (02) 49591584.

So where to from here? Well, we can’t let the perfect view of our Golf Course from the Clubhouse go to waste, so we’re opening it up as a Private Function Centre. The Toronto Country Club will be available for all private, business, celebration and presentation functions. We understand the level of service and perfection that Lisa upheld with all her private functions and we intend on carrying that accomplishment forward.

img_2579With the hire of the Toronto Country Club Function Centre we will provide you with exceptional menus, drink packages, entertainment and decoration assistance, room setup, friendly staff and a fully qualified Chef to ensure your function is perfect in every way.

For further details about the Toronto Country Club Function Centre visit the Club Website.

We wish Lisa, her family and her staff all the very best in their future adventures. We look forward to seeing where Lisa “pops” up from here.
Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto Workers Club Group

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Life Membership Awarded

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Cheryl Thompson – Life Member   Toronto Golf Club 8 June 2016

Congratulations to Cheryl Thompson on recognition of your long history of achievements in the Toronto Golf Club and its predecessor Kilaben Bay Golf Club.

Cheryl’s Parents Cec & June Halloran introduced her to our founding club at Kilaben Bay, where Cec signed her up and paid her membership dues of 10/- when she was 12 years old.  It was a golfing family with Helen her Sister and her Brother Max all making their mark as Junior Champions.  Since then she has achieved many golfing records:

  • Cheryl participated in Junior Schoolgirls competition and was selected in the State Junior Coaching Squad during her teens. She qualified 7th in the State Junior Championships.
  • She was a Foursomes Championships co-winner over 10 times between 1966 and most recently in 2015, and a co-winner of the Mixed Foursomes Championships many times from 1973 to 2009.
  • An Annual Medal winner in 1979 and 2000
  • Club Champion in 1979-1980, 1983 and 2005.
  • Winner of Captains Trophy, Presidents Trophy (3 times), Consistency Trophy, Mary Woodward Trophy (twice), Melva Henry Trophy (1979); Prosper Ellis Trophy; co-winner of the 4-Ball Match Play KO (twice as recently as 2015) and Singles K.O. Match Play winner (3 times).
  • An integral member of the Toronto Ladies Pennant Teams over the years.
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Cheryl Thompson with Melva Henry on the occasion of Melva’s 103rd Birthday and the bestowing of Life Membership of Toronto Golf Club

However this award is not based on longevity in the club, nor on golfing achievements; there is a set criteria that needs to be met and Cheryl has well and truly achieved those over the years.  Her commitment to Toronto Golf Club, has seen her persist in taking the culture of our club forward from those early days.  In addition to her golfing achievements, Cheryl has volunteered her energies and time to serving the golfing community.

  • She acted as handicapper for 2 years (1999 – 2000),
  • Captain for 9 years (2001 – 2009),
  • District Representative for Toronto.
  • She has devoted innumerable voluntary hours in the promotion of golf, sacrificing her own leisure time,  and continues to support new Committees by sharing her knowledge of golf and procedural matters.
  • Volunteered many hours and donated trees and plants for the garden working bees, organised by the ladies in earlier years.
  • Holds Rules Accreditation and continues to advise on rulings and assist others with her professional and technical knowledge.
  • Maintained our Honour Boards, recording both Men and Women winners. (These records would have been lost except for her diligent record-keeping and commitment to Toronto Country Club’s history.)
  • Cheryl also ensures that our patron Melva Henry is kept involved in the club, and is integral in keeping the history of our Toronto Country Club alive.
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Cheryl Thompson with Captain Val Smith and the plaque that will grace our Club wall

Working life, family, commitments to the local community and life’s unexpected highs and lows, reduced her frequency of play from time to time, but not her unwavering commitment to Toronto Country Club or service to the District Committee, but most importantly to the lady membership – an invaluable dedicated contribution for the betterment of the Golf Club and golfing community.

Cheryl is held in the highest esteem by all Toronto and Hunter District Golf club members, and is considered to be a person of admirable integrity and loyalty.

Her professional technical skills and administrative knowledge she shares with a generosity of spirit, encouraging and guiding new and older members.  Last but certainly not least, her positive attitude under life’s adversities is an inspiration to all who know her!

An initiative commenced by our past President Faye Butler, and Captain Sue Puddey in May 2015, has been carried on by the present committee to ensure that these wonderful achievements are recognised. Today this has been realised.

Congratulations Cheryl, we laud you and are proud to have you numbered in our midst and are truly excited to see you recognised today for your inspirational involvement in our great club and for the part you have played in making it a great club.

It is with great pleasure that Toronto Country Club awards Life Membership to Cheryl Thompson.

Sue Puddy & Val Smith
Ladies Golf
Toronto Country Club
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Ladies Golf End of Year Celebrations

With a 9-hole novelty event testing their skills the lady golfers of Toronto Country Club finished up the year with only two clubs, a putter, a break up party and presentation on Wednesday 2 December . The biggest struggle of the day; figuring out which clubs to use. At the end of the day they’re always left wondering why you need fourteen clubs in your bag if you can function off two? Then for the talented, “blindfold” putting took place to win some chocolates.

Lady Patron, Melva Henry, special guest, is 102 years of age and is an inspiration to all our Lady Golfers. A little about Melva… In 1957 Melva was on the steering committee for Kilaben Bay Golf Club which was significant to its foundation and later progression to Toronto Country Club. That sums up Melva’s time with the Club at a whopping 58 years. Melva attributes her wonderful longevity to the ‘Three G’s’…Golf, Gardening and Grog (in moderation of course).

Other special guests included Margaret Quirk and Rita Dodd who participated towards the advancement of the Club during their active involvement.

Now, down to prizes. Prizes were shared for the Running Competition Events and Perpetual Trophy awards over the three divisions. This year’s Club Champion is Maureen Skeet. Maureen’s excitement and gratitude almost had her dancing on the table, with a little more encouraging she would have been hard to get down.

On behalf of the Lady Golfers, Directors, Management and Staff, we’d like to congratulate all the 2015 winners and place getters on their achievements this year. Happy Golfing!

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager

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