Covid 19 has changed the world dramatically; the way we live and the way we work. All of us had to get used to a different lifestyle from a social and professional point of view. Of course, this has also impacted the Swiss Club. It has momentarily stopped the members from their opportunity to socialise and access Club facilities, and the Swiss Club Restaurant. The Swiss Club, like all other hospitality establishments, was ordered to close on 23 March. Early June, clubs and restaurants were able to re-open albeit with a maximum of 20 guests. There was hope to increase this to 50 patrons by 22 June and then to 100 by early July while still observing the 4sqm rule. However, the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Victoria with certain postcodes again in lock down until the end of July, has put a hold on easing the restrictions. The 20 guest rule remains in place until at least 12 July, and likely even longer.  We are in the process of working out the logistics to be able to reopen the Second Floor safely for the interest groups and the club restaurant for member events. We will keep you updated via email of any changes and the conditions for members to be able to use the facilities.

Covid-19 has deeply impacted the hospitality sector, in particular in the Melbourne CBD with the continuous work from home order and the limited numbers of patrons, making it extremely challenging to re-open and run a restaurant. Therefore, Roger has decided not to re-open and is not extending his contract as our Club Restaurant operator beyond 30 June 2020. He is instead starting a new adventure; his retirement and spending more time with his family and friends. The committee would like to thank Roger very much for his steadfast dedication and support of the Swiss Club over the last 21 years. We will make sure, that we will organise a proper farewell in due course, once restrictions are lifted. If one person deserves a more leisurely lifestyle, it is certainly Roger after all his work for the Swiss Club. We wish Roger all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing him at Swiss Club events enjoying himself.

Future of the Club Restaurant
Just before Covid-19 closed us down, we had started our planned tender process to find a new service provider. We have now restarted our search and reo-pened the tender, contacting the parties that had shown interest. 

The club restaurant is a turnkey operation; ready to go. It allows a service provider to come and start operating right away and concentrate on running the business without the burden of having to service an infrastructure debt. For someone with entrepreneurial spirit, drive, energy and ideas, the club restaurant offers possibilities and opportunities. Should you know of anybody that might be interested in taking over the Swiss Club Restaurant, please contact the Committee.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of good news; Roger has offered to be available for SCV functions and events such as our upcoming AGM and the National Day celebrations. 

ASIC has extended the time companies can hold their AGM to 31 July 2020. Therefore, the AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, 29 July 2020 at 7.30pm. Due to the current situation in Victoria, the limits on the number of people that can gather at the club and the lockdown of some areas, we have decided to give members an option to join the Annual Meeting via Zoom. Please refer to backpage for more details.  

Changes in the committee

We informed you in the March newsletter about upcoming committee changes; Markus Luethi, Vreni Welsch and Matt Lorencak have decided not to re-nominate for the committee. We thank them very much for all their help and effort during their tenure.

That leaves Claude Staub, Claudia Dahinden, Barbara Kundig and Susan Brealey as the remaining committee members. Susan and Barbara are up for re-nomination this year. Patrick Rychner has volunteered to join the committee. This means, there are just five committee members to share the workload. However, in order to run the club smoothly and efficiently, we really need more members to step up and join the committee. We are in particular looking for a secretary and a treasurer. We encourage you to nominate yourself as a committee member or, if you don’t see yourself as an office bearer, then perhaps consider offering your help in a committee support role. Any level of help is greatly appreciated. The committee meets currently on a Thursday evening.

Covid-19 has certainly put a spanner into our social club for the short run. But if our 120 year history has shown us anything; we the Swiss in Victoria are resilient, and this virus will certainly not stop us in the long run to continue with our social club and finding ways to get together and have a good time among members