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Well I managed to avoid the match box at Kyalami at my first monthly game as VC,  which is a plus because as JVC at my first game I made 18 points off a 13 at Glendower, not so good.

It may be the starting duties and the Whisky table, but more likely I just can’t play golf very well.  Anyway I would like to thank all those individuals who assisted me over the last 12 games with the starting duties. A particular thank you to Tony Shaw and the Ladies. Also to Hennie Ehlers who due to an operation has been starting the last four games, Hennie has had his operation re-done and is now on the mend. The Rickhoff’s Sid and Mike who were always there for me, and all the other starters that have done duty, we have used mostly new Nomads where possible so that they can get to know the other, older Nomads . To our new Junior Vice-Captain Sean Leaden, good luck and enjoy it, if you need any help phone life-line. No only joking, phone me anytime you need help in your year as JVC.

A new challenge awaits this year and that is the responsibility of selecting a worthy charity, collecting funds on their behalf and appropriately distributing those funds. I have already submitted my charities for approval by The Andrew Mentis Nomads Foundation and will share these with you once I receive official correspondence. The delay in having the charities approved has not halted our fund raising efforts and we have already sold out our Whisky draw tickets. The first Taylor-Made raffle is done and was won by Graham Duggie, congratulations to Graham. We still have a number of tickets left in the Lotto Draw, guys we need your support on this one. To all the members who continue to support these fund raising efforts, month in and month out, we really do appreciate the donations.

I have not had an opportunity at a monthly game to introduce my new Andrew Mentis committee, so here they are. Darren Holm, Graham Bishop, John Brewin, Sean Ledden, Andrew Mostert and Tyron Zaaiman. We have also received some informal undertakings by members who are willing to assist where needed. Thank you to those who have put up their hands and I trust we will have a rewarding year and one that is beneficial to our charities.

Barry Bruton