Following the re-opening of the Club in the last few months, interest in booking our Clubrooms for functions has been high. Given the enhanced quality of the venue that has been created and our unbelievable location, it is not hard to understand why. As a summer venue, our offering is certainly second to none.
So far we have hosted a Wedding for 120 guests, a 70th Birthday for one of Australia’s longest serving Female Senators, Engagement and Birthday Parties, as well as a celebration event for 30 years at Point Malcolm Reserve. As a Club we are now coming into our busiest period, with several Saturday night events before Christmas.
The functions have been held for a mixture of past and present Club Members as well as members of our local community. We have been able to showcase what a great club Semaphore SLSC truly is. The success of these events has only been possible with the help of many of our members, who have performed a number of tasks pre and post functions. There are too many individuals to mention, but it is really humbling when we receive such tremendous feedback from guests as to how accommodating and helpful Club Members are. From tasks including moving tables and chairs around before a function, vacuuming the floors prior to guests arriving (particularly after Nippers training), to serving in the Bar, and assisting the next day in letting Guest in to collect valuables. All of these contributions have highlighted that we really are a ‘Family’ club. Our Bar and Kitchen staff have also done a tremendous job in providing a great impression of our club.
Having said all of that, the flip side of having a successful opening and a high level of bookings, is that on Saturday evenings the bar is typically ‘closed off’ from around 7pm. We do our best to ensure that the expectations of guests are managed and that they are aware that Saturday afternoons is generally the busiest time in the club for our members. From time to time (like the Wedding in October), there may be occasions when we set up a ‘Wet Bar’ and Canteen downstairs. The re-development of the clubrooms and the creation of the Rescue Ready Shed have facilitated other options in these circumstances. However, it is important to recognise that the Club does exist for its members & whilst we do have some commercial realities with a financial commitment that a redevelopment generates, we try and strike a balance.
As mentioned earlier the coming month is a busy one for us, with a 21st Birthday Party for a past Junior member this Saturday (10th November) and a 40th Birthday party for 150 guests on the following Saturday (17th November). Both of these functions will commence from 7.30pm. We will endeavour to keep all members well informed of future Saturday night functions in upcoming Newsletters.
We thank you for your support and are looking to continued success in our new look facility.