In an effort to make the concrete ramp safer for everyone Forza has commenced work on installing some FRP (firbreglass reinforced plastic) grating to the end of the ramp to eliminate the step. This should make transfer of all boats easier and eliminate the trip hazard that currently exist. Big thanks to Brad, Chris and Neville for completing stage one. Stage two to occur very soon!
A Big thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser run from our shed. The best burgers and sausage sizzle in town. Special thanks to Deb, Brad, Ali, June, Linda, Neil, John, Neville and everyone who contributed to the successful afternoon. We claimed the area along the wall and had the best seats in the house for the fireworks after the hard yakka!
As part of Forza’s ongoing commitment to Choose Respect we have been helping them with promoting their cause by placing “silhouettes” with messages written on them by locals near the Lower Koombana Inlet this past week. Big thanks to Neville McNeill and Leanne Maher for all their hard work cording this fabulous initiative, and to our club members who assisted.
Great Day of racing yesterday. A very successful day of racing by Forza yesterday, not only did we have some very strong results we also had Chris complete two races as a sweep, Helena paddled at a regatta for the first time and, Celeste drummed and also paddled at a regatta for the first time. Big thanks to all those members who participated, and those paddlers from Albany, Denmark & Mandurah who helped us on the day.
A good day at the markets making about $300 net. We sold 60 Sausage Sizzles, 60 Egg & Bacon Rolls, 4 Works Rolls, one egg & cheese Roll, and about 25 Drinks. Great work Deb, Brad, Chris, Robbie and Kuso.
Whilst cleaning up under the stairs I came across an Index book with pages glued into it. The attached is record of the inaugural meeting of Forza Italia Dragon Boat Club Inc. held in 1991. It was agreed at the meeting that the club should be formed by the members of the South West Italian Club. Some other interesting bits of information –
• Chubg Wah Association was a major player in organising the dragon boating Festival in Bunbury during the 90s.
• Forza’s first couple of seasons was as a “Corporate” team affiliated with Spirit of Bunbury Dragon Boat Club.
• In the early days there were many Bunbury based “Corporate” teams like Cable Sands, SCM Chemicals, Iluka Recourses, Worsley Alumina, Muja Power Station etc. who also competed at the various regattas.
• In the early days racing occurred about every second weekend with each club running two regattas on their local water ways.
• The Bunbury “Peters AquaSpectular” Festival of the early to mid-90s was so big that it had to be run over two days.
• In 1999 Forza members decided to remove the word “Italia” from our name in line with many other sporting clubs at that same time.
Forza – 1st ever meeting minutes – August 1991