The Western Gymkhana Club (WGC), a not for profit community club, has expanded its operations from Point Cook and has started its programs in other regions to cater to demand from the fast growing communities in Tarneit, Wyndham Vale and Truganina. WGC already has members joining them from Glen Huntly and Black Rock.
“We release few memberships each quarter to maintain a level of our quality service delivery to members,” says Sudhir Juneja, President and Founder member of the Club, which currently has close to 200 members.
WGC, which has most of its members from the western suburbs of Melbourne, is an inclusive club which is very proud of its Aussie-Indian heritage. The club has a range of members, ranging from newborns to 80-year-olds; average age of the members being 30-40years. “We value our senior citizens and young ones and do various programs to meet their requirements,” says Juneja, who adds that the programs are conducted on a voluntary basis.
WGC’s philosophy is based on community involvement and engagement. “The club believes in providing holistic program to its members. WGC programs are related to areas of well-being, recreation, socials and personal and professional development,” says Juneja, and adds that the club is developing a group of young leaders who run the programs in given areas. “We encourage non-members to visit our events and get a flavour of club culture,” says Juneja.
The club focuses on its core activities and collaborates with other groups for their events such as festival celebrations, work against family violence, cricket tournaments etc. In recent years WGC has been a community partner in Wyndham Diwali, Holi Fest and now community partners in India Day. All these events are emerging as big regional events in Western Melbourne.
Club members have five opportunities every week to get engaged in Table Tennis, Tambola, Chess, Carrom Board, Dumb Charades, Tennis, Ladies Dancing, Cricket etc. Members meet every month in theme-based social bonding events and celebrate the months.
The club is very active in its social responsibility and has facilitated fund-raising for Nepal earthquake victims and raised around $2,500, organised blood donation camps, and more.
Plans for 2015-16 are to consolidate the current programs and explore possibilities of programs in Craigieburn, Cranbourne or Dandenong with partnership with the local community there.
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