clubnews june 2012
United Service Club Queensland 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane 4000 Ph: (07) 3831 4433 | Fax: (07) 3832 6307 email@example.com www.unitedserviceclub.com.au
Penfolds Wine Dinner Date: Friday 29 June Time: 7pm Cost: $160 Dress: Business Don’t miss the Wine Dinner of the Year. We welcome Wine Maker, Stephanie Dutton as our special guest for the evening. Stephanie’s relationship with Penfolds started in 2007 at the historical heartland of Penfolds, Magill Estate in Adelaide. “Just to be involved is an honour. I feel a strong custodial responsibility and loyalty being attached to the Penfolds winemaking team. The experience certainly isn’t lost on me, no part of it is taken for granted.” Stephanie came to winemaking after discovering the magic and craft of great wine while working in ﬁne dining restaurants throughout university. Since then, she has fashioned an impressive mix of skills, practice and qualiﬁcations to secure her role as a ﬁne wine specialist. Stephanie’s passion for her current role as Penfolds Ambassador lies not only in being a member of the team that makes iconic wines such as Grange, nor to work in the same stable as winemaking icons Ray Beck and the late Max Schubert, but the chance to be able to share stories of the new, emerging and innovative wines from Penfolds with wine enthusiasts, restaurateurs and media both here and abroad. The evening will feature an exquisite 5 course dinner crafted by Chef Mark with accompanying Penfold wines, three of which have been hand selected from the Club cellar. As this event will be a sell-out, early reservations are recommended.
Up Close With the BazKat Jazz & Dance Quartet Date: Friday 22 June Time: 7pm Cost: $45 Dress: Modern Business Professional Now the cooler weather is upon us, we move indoors to the charming Glasgow Room for the ﬁrst of the Club’s ‘Up Close With’ Cabaret evenings for 2012. We welcome the BazKat Jazz & Dance Quartet who will perform light jazz tunes while you dine followed by groovy dance music for those members wishing to trip the light fantastic. We may even see members of the USC Dance classes strutting their stuff? Cost inclusions: Live entertainment, 2 course dinner & coffee. Beverage charged on consumption.
presidents report On May 1, I had the great pleasure of hosting the annual 50 Year Members Luncheon. Invitations were sent to 126 members with 10 members joining the ranks of this elite group this year. While we received many apologies, 33 members were able to accept the invitation and attend this special event. You may be interested to know that the Club’s oldest member is 99 years of age. Also the age break up of our members with 50 year and over membership is:
New Members The following members were admitted to the Club in May. A warm welcome is extended to them:
90-100 years 80-89 years 70-79 years
Mr I J Anderson Dr S M Baker Mr S A Bedser CAPT R J Bishop Mr J L A Christensen Mr R Christiansen Mr N R W Clarke Mr B A R Collison LCDR N Field PROF E A Gardner PSM Mr F P Gyzemyter Mr K Harwood LTCOL J V Hodge Ms J A Jenyns COL R Millar Mr M V Patty Mr B W Petley COL P K Roper Mrs D J Row Ms E Russell Mr J N Smith The Right Reverend G M Smith Dr C Willems Miss K H Yabsley
Members Obituaries It is with regret that we announce the passing of the following member: FLGOFF T M PARNELL
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Services and commemorative ceremonies to mark the 70th Anniversary of The Battle of the Coral Sea were held in Brisbane from the 4-8 May. It was my pleasure to represent the members of the Club at the Governor’s Morning Tea on Friday 4 May and the Lord Mayor’s civic reception on May 5. It was pleasing for me to meet a survivor from the USS Lexington now 97 years old and three junior naval ofﬁcers from the USS Halsey at the latter event. This month saw what was probably the best wine and dining experience that the United Service Club had enjoyed for many years. A selection of superb Mandala wines were expertly matched with some exquisite foods prepared by the Club’s head Chef Mark Rowsell-Turner and his team. Members who were unavailable for the dinner may still purchase and try these wines that are available in the Club’s Wine Cellar. We can only look forward to the Penfolds Wine Dinner on June 29 with eager anticipation If the happy children, whose laughter delighted the parents is anything to go by, another United Service Club tradition was established with the inaugural Mother’s Day brunch on May 13. The weather was superb so that the delicious brunch menu was enjoyed on tables on the terrace resplendent with decorations and delicacies. Champagne was sipped to the sounds of the string trio and giggles from children enjoying the wit and wonder of the magician. It was a beautiful day that will be a memorable one for all the well deserving Mothers and I am sure the event will be in high demand again next year. The Club’s new membership drive as mentioned in my recent letter to you has started well. You may recall the Committee set a target of 10 net new members per month for the next 15 months. I am happy to report that we are ahead of target at the end of our ﬁrst month (April) where we achieved net new member growth of 15. At the time of writing we are on track to hit our May target as well. I thank you for your support to date and encourage your continued support over the coming months. Members wishing to stock their cellar and looking for an exceptional buy are reminded of the ‘Club Cellar on Sale’ promotion which commenced on May 26. The Club is seeking to trim some of its existing stock levels prior to the end of the ﬁnancial year, to make way for new labels and vintages. Please refer to page 6 of this publication for a list of the premium wines on offer along with the top 10 cellar buys. There is also an abundance of end of line and single bottle treasures at fantastic prices, with far too many to name. I encourage members to drop in to the Cellar when next visiting the Club. I commend the June social calendar to you. The Queensland Day Luncheon on June 6 with the Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson APM, Up Close with the BazKat Jazz and Dance Quartet on 22 June and let’s end the ﬁnancial year on a high at the Penfolds Wine Dinner on June 29. Gwenda and I look forwarded to seeing you around the Club during June. Kind regards Dennis Scanlan President Monthly Mention: USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea (4-8 May 1942) assisted in stopping the Japanese invasion of Port Moresby, PNG. While aircraft from the Lexington had badly damaged a number of Japanese ships she also was crippled by Japanese aircraft. Vapors from leaking aviation gasoline tanks sparked a series of explosions and ﬁres that could not be controlled, and the carrier had to be scuttled by an American destroyer during the evening of 8 May to prevent her capture.
around the club Members and guests enjoyed the variety of functions and events held in the Club in May.
The Nimmo (front) and the Bell Family (back) Mother’s Day Brunch
The Ward Family Mother’s Day Brunch
The Chigwidden Family Mother’s Day Brunch
The Hamilton Family Mother’s Day Brunch
John Kessey, Noel Langley and John Homewood 50 Year Member Luncheon
Oliver Mellick, Dick Drake and Stanton Mellick 50 Year Member Luncheon
John Parker, Desmond Dyer, Brian Purssey and Russ Anderson 50 Year Member Luncheon
Ron Purssey, Sam Harrison and Bill Signato 50 Year Member Luncheon
Jan Logan, Sandy Horneman-Wren and John Logan May New Member Reception
Clem O’Regan with daughter Brianna May New Member Reception
Graham & Kathyrn Meredith, Simon Rogers & Michelle Dall’Alba and James Jarvis May New Member Reception
Tony Bywater, Paddy Hallinan and Committee Member Simon Bliss. May New Member Reception
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coming events June
Tea at the Club Date: Wednesday 20 June Time: 10.30am Cost: $29 Dress: Modern Business Professional
‘The Battle of the Book, iPad and Dropbox’ Do you have a book fetish? Do you ﬁnd yourself buying new books that you have absolutely no time to read because you think you will “one day” or that it will look good on your bookshelf? Are you the proud owner of the new ‘it’ toy? If the answer is yes, then join professional organiser Kerri Rodley for morning tea. Kerri will provide an insight in the world of electronic organising along with some hints and tips to organise your cluttered bookshelves. For members attending on their own, a Club table will be arranged. Cost inclusions: Bubbles on arrival, 3-tiered stand of scones with jam and cream, ribbon sandwiches and delicate cakes and pastries, tea and coffee.
Chef ’s Table Dinner Date: Thursday 21 June Time: 6.30pm Cost: $110 Dress: Business
Take a seat at the Chef ’s Table Dinner Members and their guests are invited to experience the intimacy of the Montpelier Room at our monthly Chef ’s Table Dinner. Enjoy a magniﬁcent ﬁve course degustation dinner prepared by the Head Chef, Mark Rowsell-Turner and accompanied by a selection of elegant wines chosen to complement each course. This event is limited to 12, so book early to avoid disappointment. Cost inclusions: Five Course Dinner, Coffee and Table Wine
D IARY D ATES : Thursday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Saturday
9 August: 18 August: 22 August: 1 September: 13 October: 6 November: 1 December:
Patron’s Dinner Vietnam Veterans’ Day Luncheon Single Malt Whisky Dinner Club Wine Expo President’s Ball Ladies Melbourne Cup Luncheon Club 120th Birthday Dinner
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‘A French Affair’ Dinner Date: Saturday 14 July Time: 7.00pm Cost: $145 Dress: Business
“The French… have surrounded food with so much commentary, learning and connoisseurship as to clothe it in the vestments of civilization itself…” Richard Bernstein, The Fragile Glory In celebration of Bastille Day we invite members and their guests to join us on Saturday 17 July, to indulge in the creme de la creme of Gallic cuisine at the Club’s ‘A French Affair’ Dinner. Head Chef Mark Rowsell-Turner will create a magniﬁque six course degustation menu and has chosen a selection of elegant French wines to match. Quelle Superbe! Don’t miss this gastronomic delight.... Cost inclusions: Six course dinner and table wine.
‘Dress Circle Melbourne’ Wine Tasting Date: Wednesday 25 July Time: 6.00pm Cost: $28.50 Dress: Modern Business Professional
This month we welcome Travis Watson from Red and White to take you on a tour of the premier Victorian wine growing regions located within an hours drive of Melbourne. Drops to be tasted include wines from the portfolios of Sticks - Yarra Valley, Yabby Lake – Mornington Peninsula, Curlweis – Bellarine Peninsula and Giant Steps – Healesville. Organise a group of colleagues or friends to come along and enjoy this popular Club event. Members who have not had the opportunity to previously attend a Club Wine Tasting can be assured you are not required to be a wine connoisseur. The evening is designed to be informal and relaxing and includes the opportunity to purchase some quality wines at very special prices. Cost inclusions: Wine Tasting, Cheese and Hot Fork Dish
Secretary’s Cup Golf Day
Calendar of Events
Date: Thursday 26 July Time: from 11.45am Cost: $75 Dress: Golf Attire
June Wednesday 6
Queensland Day Luncheon 12noon
The Annual Secretary’s Cup Golf Day is fast approaching. Get your plus fours, cap and mashie ready to join fellow USC golfers and guests at the Robina Woods Golf Club on the Gold Coast. Your day will include a passionate and challenging single stableford competition for the Secretary’s Cup. After your round of golf, enjoy light snacks at the Clubhouse, followed by the presentation of the Secretary’s Cup and prizes.
Tea at the Club
Chef ’s Table Dinner
Up Close With
Cost Inclusions: 18 holes of golf, motorised cart, lunch pack and light after golf snacks
Penfold’s Wine Dinner
A Chorus Line
Date: Wednesday 28 November Time: 6.00pm Venue: Lyric Theatre Dress: Modern Business Professional Cost: Dinner & Concert Package - $160 Single See & Stay - $265 Double See & Stay - $450 Premium See & Stay - $465
External Concert Yes Prime Minister
Bastille Day Dinner
Chef ’s Table Dinner
Wine Tasting ‘Dress Circle’ Melbourne
External Concert Jersey Boys
Secretary’s Cup Golf Day Robina Woods
Korean Veterans’ Day Luncheon
Up Close With
Tea at the Club
Seventeen Dancers. Eight Spots. One Dream. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed - to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the story of the ones who make it and the ones who don’t. Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway for 15 years becoming the longest running musical in Broadway history. The show won nine Tony Awards®, including ‘Best Musical’, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This dazzling new Broadway Production, featuring Michael Bennett’s inspired direction and choreography, has been embraced by audiences and critics alike in sell out seasons across Australia and will play the Lyric Theatre in November and boasts a truly sensational cast headed by Dancing With The Stars’ Josh Horner. Don’t miss out! Cost includes: A reserve seating, 2 course dinner and beverage, return transfers, supper and accommodation (See & Stay Package)
CLUB EVENT RESER VATIONS To: Kim Fisher Telephone: 3834 3625 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Event Booking Policy: • Reservations for all Club events are to be received no later than 48 hours prior to event or as advertised. • Reservations for Club events will be re-conﬁrmed directly with members via telephone or email prior to event. • Dietary requirements are required no later than 48 hours prior to event. • Cancellations/amendments are to advised by telephone or email to the Membership & Member Services Manager, 48 hours prior to event otherwise a cancellation fee will apply.
Keeping in Touch: DO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS? To receive advance notice on What’s On in your Club, future events and club promotions please register your email address with the Club.
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member services USC Wine Cellar On Sale It’s not too late to call into the Club to pick up a bargain As the end of the Financial Year looms, we think Members may appreciate the opportunity to reﬂect on the year that was over a glass or two of wine from our Premium Cellar Selection. We advise you to move quickly as stocks are limited and the offer is only valid while stocks last. Penfolds Range Penfolds Bin 407 2003
Penfolds Bin 407 2004
Penfolds Bin 407 2005
Penfolds Bin 407 2006
Penfolds Bin 407 2007
Penfolds Bin 407 2008
Penfolds Bin 707 2009
Penfolds Bin 128 2004
Penfolds Bin 128 2005
Penfolds Bin 128 2006
Penfolds Bin 128 2007
Penfolds Bin 128 2008
Penfolds Bin 128 2009
Penfolds Grange 1996
Penfolds Grange 2001
Penfolds Grange 2005
Penfolds Grange 2006
Penfolds Grange 2007
Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 2005
Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 2006
Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 2007
Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 2008
Penfolds RWT 2009
Penfolds St Henri 2008
Penfolds St.Henri 2006
Penfolds Bin 389 2003
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Penfolds Bin 389 2006
Penfolds Bin 389 2007
Penfolds Bin 389 2008
Penfolds Bin 389 2009
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Members purchasing during the sale period will be placed in a draw to become the first member to own a set of 6 of the new Club Wine Glasses
Top 10 Cellar Buys WAS
2008 Beresford Shiraz
2006 Wirra Wirra Church Block
2008 Peter Lehman Shiraz
2009 Brown Brothers Merlot
2008 Brown Brothers Shiraz
USC Club White (Case only Buy) USC Club Red (Case only Buy) 2008 Jim Barry Coverdrive Cab Sav (Case only Buy) 2010 Pirathon Shiraz by Kaleske 2006 Punters Corner Cabernet Sauvignon
BIN END CLEARANCE There is a huge variety of limited availability wines most of which have good bottle age and have been cellared well, that are only available in small quantities (1-12 bottles) and would make excellent gifts or addition to your private cellar. These wines are available only on a ‘first come’ basis. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase some fantastic wines and exceptional prices to complement your cellar.
of interest Membership The Club has maintained its high standard of membership by encouraging Members to introduce new members who share their aspirations and values. The future success of our Club relies on developing a strong membership base consisting of members who make use of the excellent facilities we offer. We seek your help in proposing family, friends and colleagues for membership and remind members of the 2012 Membership Incentive Plan introduced in February. We thank members who have supported the initiative to date and trust you are making full use of the rewards you have received. Further details regarding the Membership Incentive Plan and Membership Information Packages can be obtained by contacting Membership & Member Services Manager, Kim Fisher on 3834 3625 or at email@example.com
Member Subscriptions It’s that time of year when the Club sends out annual subscriptions for the coming ﬁnancial year. In case you are not aware, the Club offers the option of monthly billing of your subscriptions. If you are currently being billed annually and wish to take up the option of monthly billing, please contact Membership & Member Services Manager, Kim Fisher on 3834 3625 or at membership@ unitedserviceclub.com.au by 25 June to arrange. Options for monthly payment of include Bpay, credit card, and EFT.
Club Wine Glasses Members who dined A la Carte at the Club in May, have had the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of consuming their favorite tipple from the Club’s new Schott Zwiesel Wine glasses. The CRU Classic glasses are manufactured from Tritan Crystal Glass, which is the most resilient crystal glass in the world. Personalised with the club emblem the glasses are a welcome addition to the Club dining experience. We are also pleased to offer the glasses to members for purchase at a cost of $100 per half dozen. Orders can be placed with Kim Fisher on 3834 3625 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Categories In May Club News, an overview was provided covering the different categories of membership available and the varying amount of subscriptions that apply. Members wishing to discuss their current membership category and subscriptions may contact Membership & Member Services Manager, Kim Fisher on 3834 3625 who will most pleased to assist you.
Club Dining The winter A la Carte menu was launched by Head Chef Mark Rowsell-Turner and his team on Wednesday 23 May and we encourage members to visit the Club for lunch or dinner and be tempted by the delicious and comforting dishes on offer. Here’s a sneak preview: Guinness buttered sheep’s brains, prosciutto, orange butter sauce Duck conﬁt sous vide, braised fennel sausage, red peppered beans Aged Cape Grim rump, olive mash, Madeira jus, onion marmalade
The he C Club’s Tea Cup collection continues to grow and we thank nk the following members for their kind donations; Lainey ney Loneragan, Jan Logan, Dianne Jones and Marion Smith. h. We will be putting the cups to use at our next Tea at the Club on 20 June. The full collection is on display in the foyer, adjacent to the original lift. Donations are ar still welcome and can an be left at Reception for the attention of Kim Fisher.
Ranger Valley lamb rump, parmesan gnocchi, sumac beans, chocolate balsamic
Pink centered salmon, ginger eggplant custard, fried egg, Asian minted leaves
Thank you to members who have expressed their interest in the Mah Jong classes. We will continue to take registrations over the next month. Passionate Mahjongg instructor and Club member Cheryl Kerr has offered to facilitate the group with sessions to be held on Wednesdayy afternoons between 1-4pm. Cost will be $10 per person including afternoon tea. To record your interest please contact Kim Fisher on 3834 3625 or email@example.com
Honey nut crème caramel, sugared white peach, sesame toffee brittle Turkish delight brûlée, sugared almonds, honey mascarpone Book now to experience Mark’s exciting new menu. Take advantage of our Monday offering of ‘Two for One Mains’ or remember to utulise your $50 Birthday Voucher when next dining A la Carte in the Club. Reservations can be made by contacting Club Reception on 3831 4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org To view the complete menu visit the Club’s Website www.unitedserviceclub.com.au
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Reciprocal Club Review Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club 9 St Stephen’s Green DUBLIN 2
Club Commit tee President Immediate Past President Vice-President Treasurer Committee Members
P: 0011 353 1677 4744 F: 0011 353 1677 4202 E: email@example.com W: www.sghc.ie Since it’s establishment in 1840, the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club has occupied the same premises on St Stephen’s Green, the oldest of the great Dublin squares. Located at the top of Grafton Street it is in the central hub of the city and within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions that Dublin has to offer. The Club is superbly equipped with twelve luxury en-suite rooms that have been uniquely designed and decorated in the traditional Georgian manner with antique furniture. Each room is equipped with ﬂat screen television , en-suite bathroom , tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-ﬁ, trouser press, safe and hairdryer. Six of the rooms overlook the beautiful Georgian square of St Stephen’s Green offering a special view of the life of the city. Room rates include full Irish breakfast, served in the Club’s beautiful Dining Room. The Dining Room is located on the ground ﬂoor of the Club and is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With ﬁve long sash windows overlooking The Green, La Franchini ceilings, huge marble ﬁreplaces and antique furniture, this room has been long considered one of the most beautiful rooms in Dublin. The menu in the Dining Room has an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and is constantly being updated to reﬂect what is currently in season.
Dennis Scanlan Geoff Colless Jenny Walker Don Crombie Simon Bliss Trevor de Carteret Paul Doyle Chris Hamilton Geoff Jones Andrew King Ray McNab Susan Oag
Club Contact Details 183 Wickham Terrace Brisbane Qld 4000 P: (07) 3831 44 33 F: 07 3832 6307 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.unitedserviceclub.com.au General Manager Phil Purnell-Webb email@example.com Deputy General Manager Operations Greg Dunk firstname.lastname@example.org Finance & Administration Manager Simon Portway ﬁnance@unitedserviceclub.com.au Membership & Member Services Manager Kim Fisher email@example.com Head Chef Mark Rowsell-Turner firstname.lastname@example.org Functions Manager Gerard Fitzgerald email@example.com House Manager Sarah Kingsbury firstname.lastname@example.org Food & Beverage Operations Manager Matthew Boyce email@example.com
A Letter of Introduction is required when visiting Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club and can be obtained by contacting Club Reception on 3831 4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org Further information on the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club and all other Reciprocal Partners can be viewed on our website www.unitedserviceclub.com.au
Reciprocal Feedback: We visited the Georgian Club while in Atlanta. It was a bit like a suite of executive ofﬁces (not quite the ambience of the USC), but fantastic food and service - fried green tomatoes taste better than they sound!! Was also tremendous value, and would highly recommend to anyone visiting that part of the world. Jon Hodge – Club Member
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