Clubs thank their volunteer board members

By on May 13, 2016

It’s National Volunteer Week and clubs across the ACT are taking this opportunity to acknowledge and thank their Board members. These leading Canberra businessmen and women are ALL volunteers and generously give their time and exceptional expertise to oversee our not-for-profit club industry and their significant contributions to the wider community.

All Canberra clubs are strategically driven by a Board of unpaid volunteers who are responsible for making major business decisions about community contributions, infrastructure developments, investments to diversify revenue streams and the appointment of club staff in senior management roles.

Club Board members are respected, influential members of the Canberra community with backgrounds ranging from leaders in business people to political candidates, lawyers to academics and senior public servants to retirees. Kim Marshall, Community Ambassador for the Your Canberra Clubs campaign, serves as a Director on the Canberra Southern Cross Club Board. Kim also volunteers her time as the chair of the Community Contribution Committee and is a member of the ClubsACT Women in Clubs Committee.

Kim describes her vast involvement with the Southern Cross Club Board as a rewarding opportunity that has played a central role in her social and professional endeavours for many years.

“I’ve been connected with Canberra Southern Cross Club for most of my adult life and have a strong passion for community service. I didn’t think twice when the opportunity to volunteer as a Board Director came up. Participating in the club industry is a unique opportunity, it lets me meet amazing people who freely give their time and energy to make our community extraordinary,” she said.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have such a strong community spirit evident in our club Boards here in Canberra. I feel it’s extremely important we keep this alive through unique initiatives like the community gaming model, which has helped us build strong connections with the community for over 40 years.”

Gwyn Rees, ClubsACT Chief Executive, emphasised the importance of educating Canberra about the vital role club Board members play in shaping the social and economic fabric of our city. “Too many Canberrans don’t realise our Canberra clubs are governed by community volunteers who serve on their Boards. It is a huge responsibility, particularly for the larger clubs,” he said.

“Clubs employ over 2,300 people in the ACT with 45% comprising of casual employees, 29% as full time employees and 24% as part time employees; yet these figures do not account for our Board members who tirelessly give up their time for free.

“We’re always looking for new volunteers to put their hand up to make a long-lasting difference to the future of community clubs in Canberra. I encourage anyone looking to get involved or add their voice to visit,” Mr Rees concluded.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Sally English, OPF Consulting
0412 440 213

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