Gifts of Giving … Delivered

Earlier this year we erected our Annual Giving Tree and the local community sure delivered. With the help of the staff and members of Anytime Fitness Toronto and the directors, management, staff, members and patrons of Toronto Workers Club Group we successfully filled an entire car with gifts for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital (you can read about our “Gift of Giving” here).20161221_091859

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Mark Singleton with Keira from John Hunter Children’s Hospital and TDWC Staff Members Jenna Dalley & Taylor Barrett

On Wednesday 21 December, Keira from the John Hunter Children’s Hospital met with Toronto Workers Club Group CEO, Mark Singleton who happily handed over an abundance of gifts.

Each year the gifts accumulated under the Toronto District Workers Club Group Giving Tree are delivered to children who will spend Christmas in their hospital bed.

“We are pleased to be able to put a smile on the children’s faces during this hard time. Toronto Workers Club and Toronto Country Club will endeavour to show support for the local community and those who are in need”, Mark Singleton commented.

We would like to thank every single person who gifted presents, including gift vouchers and cash donations on the promise of making a child’s Christmas Day a little more special and enjoyable.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto District Workers Club Group

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The Gift of Giving

John Hunter Children’s Hospital (also known at HNE Kids Health) is a specialised tertiary paediatric hospital that provides complex medical, surgical, major trauma and neonatal care services. Over the course of a year, JHCH will see 20,000 children and young people present to the emergency department with 9,000 of those being admitted to hospital and perform 30,000 occasions of service through outpatient clinics.

img_2754Each year Toronto Workers Club Group presents “The Gift of Giving” to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital with our Annual Giving Tree. The tree is erected November and decorated with gift tags. Each tag is dedicated to a boy or girl of an age category.

Members and Guests are welcome to collect a tag, or as many tags as they like and purchase a gift for a child or young person that may be spending Christmas in hospital. With over 9,000 yearly admissions, creating smiles and joy at Christmas for young people is definitely at the top of our to-do list.

Cash donations are also welcome if you prefer. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and JHCH will provide receipts.

jhch-giving-treeWe’re hoping to put a smile of love and joy on every child’s face this year, that will be in hospital during Santa’s visit. If you’d like to participate please head to the Workers Club and collect a tag from the tree. Gifts have already started to accumulate and we look forward to seeing many more.

If you’d like to know more about the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and the work they do for all young people, check out their website which outlines their services, wards, fun, clinics and a map.

The Toronto Workers Club Group will always support the community and will continue to do so, especially when we can make someone smile, even if it is just for a short time.

Merry “Gift of Giving” Christmas

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto Workers Club Group

Kids’ Party Time!

kcp-artEach year Toronto Workers Club Group hosts the Members’ Kids Christmas Party and this year is no different. Oh wait, yes it is…it will be bigger and better!

In Lyall Peacock Oval on Saturday 3 December, staff will volunteer their time to host this years party. To make it bigger and better the day will consist of: Jumping Castle, Monster Truck Slide, two Obstacle Courses, an 8m tall  Climbing Mountain, Gladiator Dual, Horizontal Bunge, Bouncy Boxing, Balloon Bust Water Fun, Crab Cake Inflatable Play Gym (perfect for the littlies), Face Painters, Snow Cones & Fairy Floss, Lolly Bag, Sausage Sizzle, Games & Races, Live Music, a visit from Santa, Professional Santa Photos and much more!

kcp-artTickets to this event can be purchased from Club Reception or by phoning 49592011. As this is a Members’ only event, all ticket purchasers and holders must be members of the Toronto Workers Club Group. If you’re not and still want to come along, that’s ok, simply join the Club prior to purchasing your tickets.

Tickets are for children only and each child must be under 15 years of age. Tickets are $6 per child and include a wristband to ride and experience all the fun, games and rides and vouchers for a Sausage Sandwich, Can of Drink, Lolly Bag, Snow Cone & Fairy Floss. It’s a full day of family fun and we welcome all mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and every other family member to come along for the day. There’s plenty of room to set up for a family picnic!

Now, we did mention that Santa will be visiting with support of Toronto Fire Station. This year we welcome JMD Photography to take your child’s Santa photo for Free! Photos will then be self downloadable from the Club website for your own sharing and printing.

Don’t miss out on this year’s annual Kids Christmas Party, it will be full of all kinds of fun, even our staff are excited to be “big kids” for the day!

For further information about the Kids Christmas Party or to share the event, register with our Facebook Event Invitation.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto Workers Club Group  

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

Team “Super Workies”

In July 2016 the Toronto Workers Club Group handed creative control to our team. The only conditions…they could have one Saturday a month to introduce a fun atmosphere between themselves, customers and the community.

The first of those creative days was “Frankenstein Day”. They brought in a frankenstein-day_2016_photo-galleryclassic hearse, implemented some themed cocktails and dressed in their best Frankenstein impressions possible. With a little encouragement we let the customers vote for their choice of Best Dressed Team Member. There were three clear cut winners… 1st place: Marissa Rawnsley; 2nd place: Ashlea Wheeler; 3rd place: Kim Werner. Frankenstein Day was the start of something fantastic within each staff member.

From there we went to Super Heroes and Comics. Each of them could impersonate their favourite Comic Book character or Super Hero for the day. We had a few Captain America’s, Wonder Women, Cat Women, Clarke Kent’s and many other interpretations. Comic Day related to the customers and their children. Bringing smiles and happiness to many little Super Heroes who also took part in the day. Again, customers could vote for their choice of Best Dressed Team Member. Another three clear cut winners comic-day_gallery_1were determined…1st place: Captain America (Simon Biggs); 2nd place: Cat Woman (Charmaine Young); 3rd place: Wonder Woman (Katerina Massey). A Batman quote could sum up the staff participation in Comic Day in one line, “It’s now who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”. 

The outcome of Comic Day gave the staff an insight into the positive influence they actually have on the Lake Macquarie community and the families that patron the Club. This gave them all a renewed boost of motivation and participation.

Halloween concepts were implemented over a three day spook-tacular period. Team dress-up was only one night, but again they over indulged and encouraged customer participation of both the young and old. All members were up on the regular voting procedure and a new vhalloween_2016_gallery1oting strategy was implemented so again, they could pick the Best Dressed. This time the prizes went to…1st place: Trick & Treating Witch (Vicki Williams); 2nd place tie was between:
Cafe Kitty (Marissa Rawnsley) & Green Horned Lady (Livia McEwan); 3rd place: Luigi (Simon Biggs).

With brand new concepts, dress-up ideas  and an open creative flair, these staff members have planned the next 12 months which will be enticing to all!

Full photo galleries of each event can be found here. They’re also available on Facebook for sharing and showing your love!

Toronto Workers Club Group is the leading venue of the Westlakes area and will continue to promote excitement and individuality to the entire community. To keep track of all that is coming, you can register your email for our weekly e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook & Instagram. Our next major event is Rock Rebellion and we’d love to see you all there.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
www.torontoworkers.com.au

Women’s Bowls: CHAMPIONS

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The Women of Toronto Workers Women’s Bowling Club are nothing short of exceptional. A team of four; made up by Nancy McKew (skip), Trudy Richens (3rd), Kate Hardcastle (2nd) and Beryl Lindon (1st) recently entered the Open 4’s as part of the District Competition. Let’s just say these ladies proved they had what it took and were crowned winners.

This win led them to challenge team Wyong (Central Coast District Winners) at Halekulani Bowling Club in the Region 6 Championship. This game was a close call. After 21 ends (for all you non-bowlers, this signifies the end of a game), Wyong & Toronto were drawn. This took the game into an extra end.

The extra end saw the Women of Toronto triumphant, claiming the title of Open 4’s Region 6 Champions.

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With this title, our ladies will travel to Tuncurry Bowling Club in October to take on the State Playoffs.

To date, title of “Open 4’s Region 6 Champions” is the highest achievement for the Toronto Workers Women’s Bowling Club.

We would like to congratulate our representatives in this achievement, as we understand the amount of mental and physical pressure that is placed upon these women when playing at such a level. We are extremely proud of their efforts and wish them luck for October.

We’re cheering on our ladies, to bring home the State Title. There’s nothing that can stop them now.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto Workers Club Group

Happy 98th Birthday Sadie!

ClubsNSW recently released an article illustrating how Clubs can help you live longer (read it here). So, I jumped into our database and did a search. It was here I found Sadie Williams. The Oldest Active Member of the Toronto Workers Club Group.

Here’s a little about Sadie…

Sadie’s husband originally joined in the late 60’s and would bring her down to the Workers Club to socialise, Sadie fell in love with the Club and joined in 1970. Sadie has been an active club member ever since.

Sadie would and still comes to the Club to meet friends and family on social occasions, special celebrations and just to enjoy a day out of the house. Sadie was pleased to inform me that her only destination when she leaves the house these days is The Workers Club.

Over the last 36 years Sadie has built strong connections and relationships with Club staff and members. Sadie was quick to tell me a marvellous story, where she remembers knitting booties for Beverley’s (staff member) wedding gift many many years ago. It’s a story that Sadie said she’ll never forget and it warmed my heart to feel the love and happiness that Sadie expressed revisiting that memory.

IMG_1766Sadie celebrated her 98th Birthday on Monday 25 July. As a gesture of love and appreciation for Sadie, the Club hosted a Morning Tea to celebrate her 98th Birthday. Friends and Family of Sadie’s were invited to attend and celebrate Sadie’s fabulous achievement. Pink and lilac decorations brightened the room, a fresh sponge cake awaited the birthday song and our function staff were on hand to ensure Sadie enjoyed every moment.

Sadie may be handling heart conditions and rheumatoid arthritis, but the happiness and love she has forIMG_1775 her family, friends and Club staff is more apparent than her challenges. Sadie assured me that she doesn’t allow these issues to disrupt her visits to the Club or meet with friends and family for social occasions.

It was my pleasure to meet Sadie, her Grandson Craig and family and friends and hear some of the memories that Sadie has created while being a member of the Club. Sadie will continue to charm Club staff with her wit and character each time she comes to visit.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
Toronto Workers Club Group