The Forbes Dragon Boat Club (FDBC) has a superb new shed to house its new racing boats. It is no easy feat acquiring a mammoth $28,000 shed when you are a small club with very little funds, but President Bill Thomas has vowed: “While I am president we will build a boat shed!”
Many members took Bill’s promise seriously and helped him to work towards this goal. It was largely thanks to a very dedicated committee and many hours given by Bill Thomas and Claire Davis that the club was able to reach the goal. The first donation of $2,500 came from the Forbes Rugby Club, and once on a roll there was no stopping the FDBC. Claire spent long hours looking for every possible opportunity until MP Andrew Gee came forward with $10,000 through the Community Building Partnership Grant.
Bill approached the Forbes Sports & Recreation Club and it was generously agreed by their board that the shed could be built on land belonging to their club. More money was needed, and the club raised more funds by organising a corporate day and a merchandise stall at the Camel Races to reach the target. It was not the end of the good news when the Forbes Shire Council was looking for a place to store their pedal-boats. In exchange for a spot in the FDBC shed they offered to provide a concrete slab for the building as a wonderful bonus.
The Lachlan Dragons would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who helped to make this goal a reality. The club would like welcome new members on Sunday at 8:15am and Thursdays at 5:45pm. Our Shed is along the walking track behind the Sport and Recreation Club in Lachlan Street.
By Beth Thomas