Social Convener’s AGM Report for 2019/2020


The Social Calendar this past year was a busy one. In February we held a Prosecco Afternoon Tea in the form of a baby shower, to celebrate the pending birth of the Royal Baby. It was to be in aid of the Neo Natal Unit at ARI which is part of The Archie Foundation. The day was a great success due to the hard work of many people who I won’t name now as their names come up many times. Due to its huge success, we were able to hand over a cheque to the Neo Natal Unit for £650.00, a great achievement from all who were there - well done!


A forthcoming Prosecco Afternoon Tea is scheduled for Grand National Day, which is the 4th April, a date to keep clear in your diary.


The monthly Bingo nights began on February and continued throughout the year. It continues to be well attended and brings in welcome revenue to the club making our Treasurer very happy.


The monthly Birdie Club draw is made on the same nights. If you are not a member of the Birdie Club and you would like to join, the Office staff would be delighted to see you. The monthly winners for each night are posted on the Social noticeboard, Facebook and our website.


The first Social Greensomes matches of the season started in April and continued through the year weather permitting. They continue to be popular with the regulars and we welcome all members to join us. Non-golfers are welcome to join us at the end of the golf for a meal. My thanks to Kevin and Shona Reid for helping when I am not available.


At this point I would like to thank the Club for gifting a bench in my late hubby’s memory, it was a lovely gesture and appreciated by myself and my family. George Ironside was a former Captain and long time Secretary of McDonald Golf Club.


In May we held the first of the Tribute Nights with Bob Wyper as Rod Stewart, and in August ABBA Mania, both nights were well attended. The bar was kept busy on both nights. We always hold a raffle on these nights which brings in a little extra income for the club. I like to thank my faithful helpers on these nights Sheila Cabel, Valerie Campbell and Sandra Brockie.


I have already booked Dolly Parton in May (not in person obviously), and in August, it is a welcome return to McDonald GC for the Jersey Tones. Details of these events will be on the Social Noticeboard in due course.


The Children’s Christmas Party was very well attended, and my thanks to Fiona Campbell who stepped in for me on the day and to Lisa Lollipop who between them kept the kids busy with party games, face painting and balloon modeling. Thanks to Darrall who very kindly donated the party food, and of course to Santa (Mitch Cabel) himself who stopped by to give the kids their presents and to the club itself which keeps on providing the gifts.


We were well entertained at the Christmas Party Night on the 14th December by Jesse Garron who put on a great show. He sang songs ranging from the 60’s to present day. He also played a variety of instruments, and the dance floor was busy all evening. As this was his second appearance at McDonald GC, we have decided to book a new act for this year. Financially, it was good evening for the club as the bar was busy all evening.


Hogmanay was a by all account’s great night here at McDonald GC with the Tess Moir Band who stepped in at very late notice when we were let down by Schiltrum who were unable to attend due to illness. We wish them well.


This time of year is difficult for me so I felt unable to attend in person, but I have had great feedback from many of the party goers. As a result, I have booked the Tess Moir Band to return for Hogmanay 2020.


The New Year’s Day Ceilidh numbers were down from previous years, but those present were ably entertained by the Ythan Fiddlers, the Highland Dancers (organized by Shona Brown), Wattie Gill on the moothie, and of course Royal British Legion Ellon Pipe Band. My thanks to Bill Christie who acted as MC in my absence.


Finally, I would like to thank all the people who help me to organise these events throughout the year; to Sandra and Mike in the office especially Sandra who has the patience of a saint, thank you; to Darrall and his staff for his fabulous food and great service at all the events; to Tracy for her expertise on dressing the tables to such a high standard on function nights, and for her organising bar staff on these nights; and lastly to Club Council for their support and assistance, my thanks to you all.


I wish our outgoing Captain, Neil Whyte a happy golfing retirement.


This concludes my report.



Author:          Moira Ironside, Social Convener

Date:              16th January 2020


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