Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [4.52 p.m.]: I bring to the attention of the House the contribution that the Strathfield Croquet Club makes to the community of Strathfield. The Strathfield Croquet Club was officially established in 1904 and moved to its current location at 50 Redmyre Road on 29 May 1947. The Firth family assisted with the construction of a clubhouse to honour their mother, Clara Ruth Firth, who was a committed club member. She was the New South Wales Champion of Champions in 1937 and became the club secretary the following year.
I am honoured to be the patron of this beautiful club and commend the executive and membership for their almost 70 years of play. In particular, I thank president and club captain Ann Shaddick for her leadership of the club; John Creelman, vice president; Susan Howland, secretary; Marlene Smith, assistant secretary; Rod Rimes, treasurer; and publicity officer Ruth Bridger. An organisation such as this does not operate without a dedicated executive. I sincerely thank them for continuing to operate an important club in my community—a club that is part of the proud history of Strathfield.