APRIL NEWSLETTER

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Beechmont Survey
A presentation on the Beechmont Survey results will be held at the Hall on Graceleigh on Sunday 26 April 2015 from 12noon to 2pm, followed by a BBQ, courtesy of Beechmont Tennis Club and an afternoon of social tennis.
All BRASA members, family and friends are welcome to attend.

Cricket
The Kennedy Shield final between the Uppers and Lowers postponed at Easter due to rain, will be held on Sunday 2 May 2015 at Graceleigh Park, commencing at 11am.
A sausage sizzle & soft drinks will be available. Family, friends and anyone who would like to play a fun game of cricket are welcome to attend.

ANZAC Day
The Beechmont ANZAC day service commemorating 100 years of the Gallipoli campaign will be held at the shrine in Graceleigh Park commencing 11:30am sharp on Saturday 25 April 2015.
March participants are asked to be assembled by 11:10am.
At the conclusion of the service, all attendees are invited for lunch in the Park, catered for by the Beechmont State School P&C Association.

NO DOGS PLEASE

Movie Nights
The first of what will be many movie nights was held at the Beechmont General Store on Saturday 18 April 2015. Cirque du Soleil was well received by the many families who attended.
For our first foray into the world of outdoor entertainment, a gold coin donation was requested, resulting in a box office of $86.
Hire of film, due to copyright laws is $300 per screening, so in order to make our events as self sustaining as possible, we will review our pricing structure prior to the next screening.
If anyone took photos of the night, please contact brasacommittee@gmail.com and we are seeking suggestions as to the next movie to be shown, probably at Beechmont Community Centre.
As the weather gets colder, the Hall on Graceleigh will be a welcome venue.

Bunnings BBQ
BRASA held a BBQ at Bunnings, also on 18 April. It was a busy day, but a financially worthwhile fundraiser as the BBQ netted $900 for BRASA funds.
BRASA have booked several more BBQ’s for the coming year. We welcome any volunteers who are willing to spend a couple of hours to help.

Volunteers
Like most community groups, there are always lots of activities that are being done and even more that could be done and as always too few people to help.
As part of the Survey, members were asked if they were willing to help with activities and we were gratified with the number of members prepared to volunteer their valuable time and skills.
You have not been forgotten. You will be contacted. In the meantime, if there is an event advertised that you would like to help with, please don’t hesitate to contact us on brasacommittee@gmail.com. You will be most welcome to join in the fun.

Regards
BRASA Committee

Beechmont Recreation Arts & Sports Association Code of Conduct

Beechmont Recreation Arts & Sports Association

Code Of Conduct

By being accepted as a member of Beechmont Recreation, Arts & Sports Association (BRASA), a person accepts responsibility and agrees to the consequences of any breach of the Code of Conduct. These may include:
• Suspension or termination from the association
• and/or legal proceedings – civil or criminal for conduct unlawful under State or Federal Law.

(a) Key Principles
Membership of BRASA is a privilege that must be safeguarded by the following principles:
1. BRASA seeks to operate in an environment where people show respect for others and their property. Respect is defined as consideration for the wellbeing of another’s body, emotions and possessions, to ensure no damage or deprivation is caused to any of them.
2. BRASA seeks to operate in an environment that is free from harassment. Harassment is defined as any action directed at an individual or group that creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment.
3. BRASA seeks to operate in a non-discriminatory environment. By this it is meant, an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity and receives a fair go in accordance with the law as well as the Constitution, Rules, By-Laws, Procedures and Guidelines of BRASA.

(b) Unsuitable Behaviour
A member BRASA will not indulge in behavior that is regarded as unsuitable, such as:
1. Discriminating against, abusing, harassing, ridiculing or embarrassing anyone covered by this Code of Conduct
2. Failure to be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others
3. Failing to treat all persons with respect, dignity and properly regard their rights and obligations
4. Not respecting the privacy of other persons
5. Exercising victimisation towards others
6. The use of offensive language to any member or visitor attending BRASA premises/grounds or any of their events
7. ‘Sledging’ (as in denigrate and/or intimidate) other persons
8. Excessive use of alcohol and/or acting in a way that becomes a public nuisance or creates a public disturbance
9. Not following Liquor Licensing Laws at all times
10. Allowing persons under the age of eighteen to purchase, to be served or to receive alcohol
11. Failure to obey lawful directions from a BRASA volunteer/employee/officer or affiliated associations/clubs
12. Members not accepting responsibility for their guests at all times
13. Falsely representing BRASA in any dealings, unless authorised by BRASA
14. Allowing the use or encouragement of illegal drugs within the premises/grounds of BRASA
15. Assaulting, or acting with aggression toward any other person

(c) BRASA intends to set the highest standards of excellence by displaying values of:
1. Equality – demonstrate awareness of individual rights, opinions and beliefs
2. Reliability and dependability in all aspects of the association’s environment
3. Respect and courtesy at all times to all BRASA officials, members and patrons
4. Non- prejudicial behaviour
5. Maturity and acceptable social behaviour while at BRASA grounds or attending any BRASA event
6. Mindfullness of actions in relation to individual safety and the safety of all others involved in BRASA
7. Conduct in a proper manner to the complete satisfaction of BRASA and its members, so as not to bring members or BRASA into public disrepute or censure
8. Refusing to disclose to any unauthorised person or organisation information that is of a confidential or privileged nature concerning BRASA
9. Understanding the possible consequences of breaching BRASA’s rules and regulations.

(d) Children
Parents and guardians at all times shall be responsible for the behaviour of their children on BRASA premises/grounds and at BRASA events. Parents and guardians of children whose behaviour is socially unacceptable shall be requested to remove them from BRASA’s premises.

(e) Compliance
Any alleged breach of the above principles is to be reported to BRASA for action. The BRASA Committee will determine if there has been a breach and may warn or initiate disciplinary action against the relevant member. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Constitution and Laws applying to BRASA.

This code is to be read in conjunction with the Constitution, Rules, By-Laws, Procedures and Guidelines of BRASA.

Members are reminded that the purpose of this Code is to provide you with an enjoyable and safe environment, where you are able to enjoy being a member of Beechmont Recreation, Arts & Sports Association.

Version1, 4 April 2015

Tennis Coaching continues at the Beechmont Tennis Courts

Tennis-ballJUNIOR TENNIS COACHING TERM 2 Tennis-ball
Mondays from 3:15PM
Starting Monday 20th April
STUDENTS FROM LOWER BEECHMONT ARE ABLE TO CATCH THE 4:30PM BUS HOME
COACHING BY BRETT DAY, EXPERIENCED TENNIS AUSTRALIA REGISTERED COACH
Cost – $120 for the 10 week term for those who sign on in the first week of term
The Beechmont Tennis Club is offering Vouchers for the first ten students signing on
Vouchers are worth $20 for the whole term
Cost for students with Vouchers will be $100 for the term
BEECHMONT TENNIS CLUB- GRACELEIGH PARK
For further information, phone the Beechmont Tennis Club
ph 0437 577 736
Soft Drinks and Bottled Water Available from the Club House for $2.

BRASA Secretary post

To all BRASA Members,

A big thankyou to all BRASA members for your efforts regarding the recent AGM. Over 60% of members voted in the election for Office Bearers. There are not many community associations who can boast such a large response. The results of the election are: Greg Slater, President; Tom Sharp, Vice President; Janis Rossiter, Secretary; Tom Blake, Treasurer; Shane Mobbs, Committee Member.

The outgoing Committee did its utmost to include all BRASA members in the vote. They recognised how busy everyone is nowadays, so considered it important to be flexible and avail of new technology in order to be inclusive. In the lead up to the election, members were kept advised of the process by emails, mail outs and on the night of 25th March with live streaming direct to member’s websites.

The voting period commenced on 25 March at the Hall on Graceleigh then continued by post, email and ballot boxes at Beechmont School and Beechmont General Store with the AGM and voting closing on 31 March. This initiative was designed to give as many members as possible the opportunity to take part in the very important AGM. The process was very time consuming for the committee members and voluntary helpers, but I’m sure you will agree that the results were well worthwhile.

As expected, there were a few teething problems with the new equipment on the night, but none that can not be overcome. As we use the new technology for movie nights and other community events throughout the coming year, our skills in operating the equipment will improve. The AGM was the first time BRASA has used new technology, but given its success it will not be the last time.

The incoming and outgoing BRASA Committee would like to thank the three Justices of the Peace, Mr Joe Zerafa, Mr Gary Cameron and Mr Michael Cully who devoted many hours to ensure that the voting process was open, unbiased and transparent throughout. It is fantastic when people of standing within our Legal System are prepared to donate their valuable time, at no cost, to our community.

Yours sincerely

Janis Rossiter
BRASA Secretary