It is hard to believe that our upcoming pub night Wrestle will mark six months (give or take a day or two) since the current management committee was elected and a notional half-way point in the committee’s term. I have been extremely impressed with how quickly the committee has knuckled down and got on with the job of delivering great events for you – particularly considering several committee members are relatively new to Boot Co. and have relatively limited experience of being part of a management committee. Rest assured that we have not run out of steam and have more great events planned for you over summer.
Your committee is also keen to have a fresh look at what we might be doing during 2017 and we will be getting together for half a day on 19 November to do some strategic planning. A key input to that day will be the results of a survey that you will soon be invited to participate in, seeking your feedback on our monthly pub nights. I strongly encourage you all to participate in this so that your committee can have a clear idea of what you would like to hear, watch and participate in at these events. In a diverse community such as ours it is unlikely that we can please everyone all the time but hopefully, armed with some facts relating to what our members like and want, we can please most of you, most of the time.
We recently received the exciting news that the May 2016 Boot Co.mmunity Car Wash has been nominated for the Community Initiative of the Year Award in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. This is wonderful honour for the club and a well-deserved pat on the back for the organiser and Boot Co. member Torren Adelle. The final judging will take place early next year and the winners announced at a black-tie event at the Sydney Opera House. In the meantime, Torren has another car wash coming up this Saturday, 29 October at Number 29 and Boot Co. will be running a BBQ on the day. At $35 for a full clean inside and out it is fantastic value – and there is the added bonus of having the job done by some very fit men and women in sexy swimwear. Please take your car along and support this fantastic initiative.
As this is my first message to you since the 2016 Mister Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy titles were announced at the end of August, I’ll conclude by congratulating the title winners Ben Bullivant and David Allen on their well-deserved wins, and also thank the other contestants and judges for the courtesy, dedication and community spirit with which they approached the competition. Ben and David have really hit the ground running and already achieved some great local and interstate media exposure for us, including a fantastic write-up in the October edition of Queensland Pride. I have also been impressed with the contribution that our Leather Daddy 2016 winner Bruce Jones has been making to the club since picking up the title at Tom’s Bar. If Bruce hasn’t yet sold you a raffle ticket then it’s only a matter of time!
I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible at our events over the coming months.