The Tigers Baseball & Softball Club held its 2017/2018 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 8 April 2018 at the Northmead Bowling Club, together with the Junior Presentation Day.
It was great to see all of our Juniors and their families in attendance and I hope that as a Club we can build on that and incorporate our senior baseballers and softballers next year for what would surely be an enjoyable afternoon reminiscing on the highs and lows of the season just gone.
The AGM has caused me to reflect on the history of the Club and my involvement.
The Club, originally Epping Eastwood Sports Club was launched in the early 1980s and since then has grown and cultivated baseball and softball from grass roots level up to all-age seniors. We have never been one of the power house Clubs in terms of numbers but in my opinion, very few Clubs can compete with ours when it comes to passion and loyalty. A real family based Club, most of our current senior baseball and softball players have been involved with the Club for in excess of 15 years.
I started junior Tee Ball for the Club in 1987 and have not missed a single season since that year. Following the legacy of the privileged few that were in the role before me, I assumed the position of Club President in about 2001/2002. Since that time there have been a number of major developments in the Club and many of our junior players have grown in to loyal senior players in both baseball and softball. Naturally, we've lost some great players and families to other interests but ultimately I'm sure everyone that has come and gone would look back on their days as a Tiger with fond memories.
Some of the major developments in my tenure as Club President include the induction of four new Life Members being Graeme Stewart, Michael Stuart, Ray Venn-Brown and Brian Dewing. Those four hard-working and dedicated gents joined Nerrida Noach and Gary Chong as Life Members for their dedication and service to the Club and the Community.
Parramatta Council also honoured our first Life Member by naming the Club's main baseball diamond at George Kendall, the Gary Chong Diamond.
We have had our 35 year anniversary dinner which was a roaring success, we entered the social media world and tried as best we can to keep up with advancements with technology with online registrations, a Facebook page a functioning web page and improvements in the way we communicate with our families.
Despite all of the growth and success of the Club that I have had the pleasure of witnessing during my time as Club President, we are on the cusp of some very big and exciting changes. After approximately 17 years as Club President, I have chosen to stand down from that role but maintain the position as Senior Vice President. It is with great pleasure that I hand over the reins to the Clubs newest Club President, Hayden Evans.
Like myself, Hayden started as a junior player for Tigers and with his family, has remained loyal to the Club in all of those years as he progressed to seniors baseball. For a few years now, Hayden has run the Junior Baseball side of the Club and the vast number of happy faces and dedicated parents at the AGM is a testament to the hard work and effort put in by Hayden over the years.
I'm excited for the Club as we enter into this new period. Hayden will bring a fresh and new perspective to the Club and I'm sure he will do everything he can to make sure the legacy of Tigers Baseball and Softball will continue to grow. The complete list of elected office bearers are below and it is with sadness that I announce that Bill Dixon will not hold a position on the Committee for the 2018/2019 year. Bill has been a stalwart for the Club for many years and has given up countless hours of his time as a committee member, looking after the Club's online presence and assuming the role of Club Photographer. Bill has been a playing member of the Club for years and brought his four grandchildren through the baseball ranks. Whilst Bill will still be involved with baseball, he has decided to step down from his position hopefully not indefinitely.
Please join me in thanking Bill and his patient wife Chris for supporting the Club for all of these years. Please also join me in wishing Hayden all the very best as he takes on this new and rewarding challenge. I have no doubt that the Club is in good hands but like all small sporting Clubs, the success of the Club relies upon the participation of players and parents. If you were not able to commit to a position on the Committee but think that you could support the Club in some way, please let us know. Again, we pride ourselves on being a small but very strong family orientated Club and we will need your continued support.
For now, I wish you and your families all the very best in baseball and softball.
Club President: Hayden Evans
Softball Vice President: Susie Butchart (tbc)
Senior Vice President: David Chong
Treasurer: Greg Wilkinson
Club Secretary: Vacant