Hervey Bay Cool Country Inc. wishes everybody a
HAPPY & SAFE CHRISTMAS and we look forward to seeing you all back for the New Year.... 2017
LAST OPEN DAY FOR THE YEAR - 27 November 2016
As the year draws to an end, Christmas festivities are almost upon us again and our last Open Day for the year will be held on Sunday, 27 November.
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GETTING READY FOR OCTOBER OPEN DAY... 23 Oct. 2016
Open Entertainment Day for October will be on the third Sunday of the month instead of the last Sunday. So, make a note to yourself to come to Cool Country on 23 October 2016.
Committee members are reminded to attend a meeting at 11:00am before the show.
The Band will kick off at 1:00pm with a Sunday afternoon of great entertainment until 4.30pm. Light refreshments along with a sausage sizzle, tea/coffee & drinks will be on sale. Thank you to Elizabeth and her team who prepare this yummy food.
Members help is greatly appreciated from 9:00am to help set up the Hall.
Guest Artists will be our own members - Gar MacLeman and Frank Marsh.
Gar lived in Ireland for 18 years, gigging throughout Europe and Asia. Now solo, and back living in Australia, he sings self-penned material featuring a guitar uniquely finger-picked and strummed and a gravelly voice. His originals range from poignant, finger-picked folk style songs, through to powerful blues/rock compositions. This weave of folk and rock, often with exotic guitar tunings, mean Gar’s songs have distinctive flavour; unique song writing skills bring to life fleeting moments which originally inspired the song.
Extract from Cool Country Newsletter.
At 90 years of age, Pialba’s Frank Marsh, was an engineer by profession, being involved in weapons and computing technology in both his homeland Britain and Australia up until he retired in 1985. Frank said “that music is a science. It’s one that touches upon the human emotions, but it’s a science. And everything you see in music, and everything you hear, you can analyse”. Frank plays with the resident band at Cool Country Music Club each Thursday night and Open Days. He likes making an emotional connection with music, and he enjoys seeing others make that connection through his playing.
Extract from Cool Country Newsletter.
Why not come to the club on Thursday night, about 6:30pm and join in 'practise night'. You will be made welcome... try out your vocal skills, or, bring your guitar, or whatever for a chance to jam.
COOL COUNTRY OPEN DAY 25 September 2016
Last Sunday of the calendar month means Open Day is with us again. As always it will be held at the Hervey Bay community Centre in Charles Street, Pialba. Just across Main Street from the Hervey Bay RSL. Come one, come all including the kids. Entry fee is $5.00 per adult with kids under 12 for Free. Entrance fee includes tea and/or coffee. Cold drinks, sausage sizzle and sandwiches available at the kiosk. Raffle tickets are available at the door.
You are assured of a great afternoon's country music entertainment. Doors are open at 12:30pm ready for a 1:00pm start.
ELECTION RESULTS 2016-2017
Cool Country Anual General Election was held on the evening of Thursday, 08 September at our usual club meeting venue in the Hervey Bay Community Centre. There were 34 club members in attendance followed by our Sixth birthday celebration and light refreshments.
The only office bearer position contested was for club president with all other committee positions having only single nominations and therefore not contested.
New Hervey Bay Cool Country Inc. Club President (left) all smiles after her win.... but will they last when the Presidential work load kicks in.
After a brief ballot, scrutineered by Alex Davies and Jenny Kelly Christine Higginson emerged as the new President for Cool Country Inc. 2016 - 2017. All the other executive committee positions were filled by the nominees....
Vice President: Malcolm White
Treasurer: Peter Osika
Secretary: Suzanne Geddes.
Remaining positions on the committee are filled by:
Elizabeth Reilly, Gordon Cullen, Tina Bagnall, Ken Reynolds and George McLean.
Jennifer Kelly received the President's Award presented by Tina Bagnall, the outgoing President for 2015 -2016.
After brief ceremonies/speaches the meeting was declared closed and supper seemed to be enjoyed by all.
2016 AGM COMMITTEE ELECTION
Office bearers for 2016 -2017 pictured below a few minutes after the 2016 election
Committee for 2016 -2017 is:
President: Christine Higginson. Vice President: Malcolm White. Treasurer: Peter Osika. Secretary: Suzanne Geddes. Committee: Elizabeth Reilly, Gordon Cullen Cullen, Tina Bagnall, Ken Reynolds and George McLean.
FATHER'S DAY CONCERT AT SCARNESS PARK - 04 Sep. 2016
Cool Country's Father's Day Concert in the park was declared a great success following a strong attendance by locals and visitors to Hervey Bay alike.
It was also market day in the park which helped provide a friendly congenial atmosphere.
FUND RAISING IS WHAT WE DO TOO
The club is proud to advise they were able to donate more than $10,000 to local charities in 2014.
When Cool Country became an incorporated Body (Cool Country Incorporated), apart from being a country music club for the enjoyment of its members, we decided a main reason for Cool Country Inc's existence would be to act as a fund raiser for the local community and make donations to worthy charities whenever possible.
Funds are raised at club practice nights by charging a small attendance fee of $4.00 per person and a small charge for refreshments. Club nights are held most Thursdays of the year and guests are welcome to attend for a donation of $4.00 per person. Other funds are raised at Open Days held on the last Sunday each month. Revenue sources consist of: $5.00 entrance fees per person, raffles, refreshments donations etc.. Kids are always free.
An extract from our latest newsletter below:
Our Club's annual activities support local Businesses, Community Group donations, local charities and the clients of Retirement Villages and Aged Care facilities that look forward to regular free entertainment by our members. Through our members generous support Cool Country has been able to support the following local groups: HERVEY BAY STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE, MARYBOROUGH STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE, DUNDOWRAN RURAL FIRE BRIGADE, HERVEY BAY MEALS ON WHEELS, PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP, BAY CONNECT, THE HERVEY BAY SPECIAL SCHOOL and THE HERVEY BAY MATERNITY HOSPITAL.
The club has also donated a moveable stage that can be configured for most users of the Community Centre hall.
Cool Country's Latest Donation to Charity.... Cerebral Palsy.
In keeping with the Club's charter to aid deserving charities in the Wide Bay area, the March Open Day provided an appropriate venue for the presentation of
$1,000 cheque to Mr. John Hill who accepted it on behalf of the charity.
The donation was received in the form of musical and percussion instruments seen here with Cool Country President (left) and club members and some of the recipients of the Hervey Bay Cerebral Palsy League.
Record Attendance for 2014.
Open Day popularity reached a high for 2014 with standing room only for guests who arrived later in the afternoon. Over 120 guests enjoyed the day's program of singers and other performers backed by the Cool Country band plus solo artists who accompanied themselves.
The Trophy King
Career Trophy Winner and President of Cool Country Music Club, Ron O'Keefe, proudly displays (below) his latest winning trove of spoils on April Open Day, from last month's Bundaberg music contest. When interviewed at the open day, Mr. O'keefe shouted, "This is just the beginning."
Congratulations Ron for cleaning up.
On A More Serious Note...
Parkinson's disease is a serious malade that silently touches thousands of families throughout Australia with a set of symptoms that range from mild to total debilitation. One of the tradgeties of Parkinsons in this country is the lack of Government funding for support and research.
In keeping with the Cool Country Charter of raising funds for local charities, the Club was able to make a modest contribution of $250.00 to Parkinsons on April Open Day. Ron O'Keefe is seen here making the presentation,
New Start Time for Thursday Night Practice
Club practice night has always been held each Thursday night, when possible, beginning at 6:30pm sharp. However, due to time constraints with a 9:30pm finish and the increased number of performers the committee has decided it would beneficial to bring forward the start time to 6:30pm thus extending practice time to a full three hours.
Performance and Practice Info. for Cool Country Music Club
Practise for Cool Country Music Club is held every Thursday Evening at The Community Centre, Charles Street, Pialba, Hervey Bay, from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. Our performance Open Days are held on the last Sunday of each month at the same venue. See Map for details
There is plenty of parking and wheel chair access is available. All are welcome and admission is still only $3. Drinks and refreshments are available. On the Open Days there will also be a Sausage Sizzle available as well.
Cool Country venue, Charles Street, Pialba. 4655. Please enter by the rear door, across from Main Street.
(Above) Foyer and entrance to the new Community Centre has its own water featurebridge across the creek.
(Below) The band and committee setting up for a 'sound check' in the main auditorium where Sunday Open Days and Thursday night workshops are held.
Workshops are held on thursday practice nights with a view to requirements.