General Manager’s Message
Gong Xi! Gong Xi!
I hope that everyone was able to enjoy Christmas with family and friends despite the rain and chilly weather. With the Christmas now behind us, it is time to get ready for the Chinese New Year and welcome the “Year of the Dog” which should be a year of openness, tolerance and innovation while promising extremely positive change.
With the start of a New Year, it is also the start for the new Board to establish the priorities for the coming year to enhance the Member’s experience and update the strategic direction for the future. We are also developing action plans for the respective departments based on the feedback from the 2017 Member Survey and commencing a number of incredible new promotions in both Terrace and Sigis to increase covers in both outlets. This includes the rollout of the Terrace’s new menu featuring all new Menu items at 20% off for the month and an all new format for Terrace’s “SuperSaver” promotions featuring an Asian dish, specialty salad, gourmet sandwich and Indian dish (Monday – Friday) at an exceptional value. Then for Sigis you will be able to enjoy a promotion on lobster for the next two months featuring lobster pizza, lobster bisque soup, grilled lobster with a petite filet kebab and lobster vol au vent.
During December we had some really great events as well. Thank you to all the Members who attended the Club’s Holiday Ball on December 2. Members were able to enjoy a wonderful evening hosted by Mr. Mike Brennand and Leslie Liao from ICRT and the incredible entertainment by the band “The Gradient”. The Gingerbread House making activity was once again a full house event as we upgraded the design of this year’s house. The Children’s Christmas Party was a big hit offering plenty of games, entertainment, music activities including cookie decorating and candle making before Santa made his special appearance to give the children an early Christmas present. And Christmas would not be complete without enjoying a wonderful feast of traditional Christmas specialties served in the California Room for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Moving forward, we are in the initial phases of tender interviews for the Renovation of Sigis and the Member Services Area (including the Nursery, a New Kid’s Club, Banqueting Function area and an additional Family Change Room). The Board and House Committee identified 8 designers to participate in the tender process for both projects. Once the Board decides on the preferred designer, the Club will work with the designer on the detailed plans and drawings and then tender out the general construction works. The targeted time to commence construction on both projects is now June 2018 with the completion of both projects by the end of August 2018.
For future activities, Chinese New Year will be a little later this year and we have prepared our very special “Reunion Dinner” in the California Room featuring a feast of traditional Chinese dishes served the eve of Chinese New Year, Thursday, February 15. As always, the Club will be open (please see our special holiday hours of operation) throughout the Chinese New Year celebrations for dining and fitness. If you are having a party at home, we also have a wonderful selection of traditional Chinese New Year dishes and seasonal delicacies for take away. The order forms for the Chinese New Year takeaway items can be found our Club website, within the Accent Magazine or at the ACC Market. And if you are staying in town for Chinese New Year, be sure not to miss our traditional “Lion Dance” on Sunday, 18 February at 11:30 am.
I also want to make sure that you do not miss another great ACC tradition which is our “Super Bowl” on the morning of Monday, February 5th. After such an incredibly fun and lively Super Bowl party last year, it is our intention to make this year’s party even better than ever with football trivia, plenty of side activities and prizes, mimosas, bloody marys, and of course a hearty “American” style breakfast buffet including American style biscuits and gravy, sausage and even a hotdog stand with all the toppings. Don’t miss this great event.
As we enter into this new and exciting year, we sincerely welcome each of you to get involved with the Club. Please let us know if you are interested in being a part of any committee and we will put you in touch with the respective chair person. At the very least, always feel free to provide feedback on your Club experience to help us make adjustments as necessary on our journey of continuous improvement. We look forward to another year of making ACC a regular part of your life and an active part of your family!
Gong Xi Fai Chai,