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SAC Newsletter 14 June 2024

SAC Newsletter 14 June 2024

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‍‍SAC Newsletter

‍Friday 14 June 2024

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SAC AGM - Sunday 16 June 2024 - Pre-briefing

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We are looking forward to the AGM this weekend.  While there will be a videoconference, we look forward to seeing as many Members as possible the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone in the same room, spending focused time setting the agenda for our “shared second home”.

Those who have reviewed the Agenda will have seen a Motion proposing a temporary operating levy designed to raise around €70K a year until 2026.  Why this Motion?

  1. Many of us have expressed frustration about various aspects of service over recent months. While most of us have seen improvements, we want more … and faster
    1. Presence on the front desk
    2. Bar opening hours
    3. Frequency of social events
    4. Cleaning
  2. For the next 2 years (until the Covid loan, the PGE) is paid off, we will be channelling our €250K annual free cash flow to debt repayments and budgeted capital investments as we continue to tackle the backlog of capital projects. Two years from now, the Covid loan payments of €6K a month will end and the Club will be able to spend an extra ~€70K a year on providing service to us as Members. Do we want to get there even faster?
  3. This Motion therefore gives each of us the option of paying an additional ~12.5% for the next 2 years, so as to accelerate the step-change in service levels. This would otherwise happen, without a levy, from mid-2026.  The Management Committee commits to spending the funds, if approved, on service upgrades
  4. If the Motion is not approved, the upgrade in service should happen 2 years from now, in mid-2026. 

One final consideration.  Around 75% of the €250K in cash flow being generated each year comes from the salary savings following management staff reductions during Covid.  Their work has, since 2020, been largely done by volunteers, who have collectively “donated” over €150K a year of their time to our Association and its Members. After 3-4 years there is an understandable element of fatigue creeping in among these volunteers.  This Motion therefore also gives us, as Members, an opportunity to overcome this fatigue by ensuring that volunteer hours are spent to “get ahead” rather than just “keep things ticking over until 2026”. Essentially it is asking us, as ~500 Members, to ease the burden borne primarily by the ~50 volunteers who have run the office, staffed the front desk, coordinated events, and so much more.


Bar, pool and tennis courts closed during AGM

Please note that the bar, swimming pool and tennis courts will be closed during the AGM on the afternoon of Sunday the 16th; however the children's playground will remain open. 


‍Contents


Some dates for your diaries

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15-16/06: Camp out
16/06: SAC AGM
19/06: Golf Lessons
22/06: Tennis White Dinner
23/06: Aegean Festive Lunch and BBQ
26/06: Golf Lessons
29/06: Tennis Finals
30/06: Janine's Brunch
03/07: Golf Lessons
15/09: Classic Car


Friday Night Social Tennis - 5:30 pm on Fridays

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🎾Friday from 5:30 pm onwards. No need to reserve, just turn up and play.
Any level, any age!
Drinks on the terrace afterwards - weather permitting!


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Bar and Restaurant - Weekend of 15/16 June

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Mains: Grilled Teriyaki Chicken over Vegetable Stir-fried Rice; Vegetarian Stir-fried Rice with vegetables
Pastries: Strawberry cream cheesecake; Nectarine Crumble Bars; Tangerine Cake; Pecan Pie Cake; Carrot Cake cupcakes; Red Velvet Cookies

As an alternative, there is always a choice of Vrai & Bon 'bocaux'. 

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Taekwondo News - Belt tests Saturday 15 June

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Please note our Belt Tests on Saturday, the 15th of June at 2.10 PM at the Club. Those tests will be held by Hadad, black belt fourth Dan, assisted by Sienna, black belt.


Great Garden Campout - Saturday 15 June 2024

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The 2024 edition of the Great Garden Camp Out will take place on Saturday, 15 June from 6 pm until midday on Sunday.
And the weather looks good!!
Please book as soon as possible using this HelloAsso link or the QR code in the main article:
https://www.helloasso.com/associations/standard-athletic-club/evenements/camp-out-2024.


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SAC AGM - Sunday 16 June 2024

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The AGM will be held in the Club at 3 pm on Sunday 16 June 2024 with a video-conference option also available.  Voting will be held after the meeting via the electronic platform.
A draft MC agenda was sent out in April.  The updated version in the main article reflects refinements since then, and includes the Motions put forward by the Management Committee.  The supporting materials behind these Motions is included in the Draft Management Committee presentation entitled 20240616_Management Team_AGM_FINAL.pdf.


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Squash News: Queen's Cup report

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The Queen’s Cup is back! After a couple of years without the Queen’s Cup due to Covid, we were back this year with a 16-player line-up coming from all clubs of the Ile-de France and beyond. The SAC with 5 players participating in the main draw had strong chances of winning the tournament. Congratulations to Nicolas Rosset, the tournament victor, once a well-known face at the SAC before moving to Nantes! Read on for more details and some pictures.


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Summer Guest Day and Party - Saturday 8 June - Picture Gallery

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Read on to see some pictures of the Summer Guest Day and the evening's entertainment with the Chillers & co.


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Bridge News - 18 June 2024 Tournament

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The last tournament of the season, the traditional Individual tournament, is planned for Tuesday 18 June, starting at 2.30 pm.
This is a fun "rotative" tournament where one changes partners after every single hand (so no time to get fed up with one's partner) and the bidding system will be KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid), so no need to worry about advanced conventions and gadgets.
There will be a €5 entry fee but a free cocktail! Please confirm with Jenny as soon as possible.
The quiz is on "2-suiter hands opposite a 1NT opening" ("Les bicolores en réponse a 1SA), which will be gone through at 2 pm before the tournament itself. (See it here)


Golf News - Lessons at the SAC, Wednesdays in June & July 2024

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The Golf Section has organised some golf lessons, open to all members, at the SAC during June and July with the PGA professional Mathilde Cassaignau, who also gave lessons last year. The dates are the Wednesdays 19th  and 26th of June and Wednesday the 3rd of July.
As in previous years, the lessons will be for individuals or couples, lasting 30 or 60 minutes, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. You must bring clubs (we have enough balls now), and the price, payable directly to Mathilde, is €40 per lesson. If you're interested, please get in touch with John McCallum ( / 0615152261), who will coordinate and maintain the schedule.


Tennis White Dinner - Saturday 22 June 2024

The annual Tennis White Dinner with DJ and live music will take place on Saturday 22 June.
Open to all, including non-members and children.
Book on HelloAsso here or use the QR Code on the poster in the main article.


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Aegean Festive Summer Lunch and Barbecue - Sunday 23 June

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Come and enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and live music in the Club's gardens, which are beautiful at this time of year🌸 Please note that the sale ends on 17 June: do book early to avoid disappointment, as these events are VERY popular. We look forward to seeing you!
https://www.helloasso.com/associations/standard-athletic-club/evenements/greek-festive-summer-lunch


Junior Cricket 2024 Season

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The 2024 Junior Cricket season has started. For more information contact our head of Junior Cricket Adhavan Manoranjan at .
Sessions are every Saturday at the Club: U11s are 10-11 am, U16s 11 am-1 pm.
Here are some other key dates for your diaries:
U11s: Junior Cricket Festival 25 May: 10 am-12 noon; Parents vs Kids  29 June; Parents vs Kids  28 September
U16s: Junior Cricket Festival 25 May 11 am - 2 pm; Fathers vs Sons, 29 June; Dads vs Lads, 29 September 
Plus our friends at La Rochelle Cricket Club are organising a junior cricket festival 28-30 June and are looking for players to complete an international XI to participate.

See this article for the 2024 Fixture List.
For more information and how to enrol please read on.


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Junior Football News - Training on Saturdays at 10 am from now on

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From Saturday 27 April Junior Football Training will be at 10 am on Saturday mornings until the end of the season.


Calendar of Sports Events on the big screen in Queen's Room

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June 2024
June 1 - June 29: ICC T20 Cricket World Cup
See the main article for more planned events in June and July.


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Tennis Doubles Tournament Draws

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The Tournament is now under way and the finals will be held on 29 June.
Click here for the Men's Doubles Draw, and here for the Mixed Doubles (both pdf files)
For further questions, please contact Phoebe at .


Bar and Restaurant - New Aperitif Platters

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Delicious terrines (Salmon 10€, Rillettes de canard 12€), served with pickles, capers, olives, artisanal pita bread, tomatoes, cherries & crackers
Click here to see the choices.

 


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Teatime at weekends

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Teatime is an important cultural and traditional asset at the SAC.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 5:30 PM the House Committee proposes biscuits from UK and other goodies with Janine's help once in a while.
Please come and enjoy this traditional teatime along with a nice hot cup of tea.


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Help Wanted for the Front Desk at Weekends

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Thanks to the members who volunteered for the front desk duties! More volunteers would be appreciated to help look after the front desk on Saturdays and Sundays!
Hours are between 10 am and 5 pm, for at least one hour, please. The duties are principally checking in members and guests.
Please contact  if you can possibly help and we'll add you to our WhatsApp helpers group. Thank you!