BENONI COUNTRY CLUB
18 & 19 MAY 2018
Message From Andrew Bullen
National Chairman 2018/2019
What a privilege and honor it is for me to write the welcoming
note for the Eastern Nomads club’s 40th anniversary. This club
is very close to my heart since not only was I a member there,
albeit for a very short while, but Easterns was also the Sponsor
club when Lowveld Nomads was starting out!
What stands out for me about Easterns is their “presence”.
Whenever you are involved in a Nomadic event, be it Golforama
duties, a National Tournament or one of the many interclub
away-tours - you will notice that Easterns are always very well represented. I might just add
that their yellow playing shirt also greatly assists in making their presence known and drawing
one’s attention to them!!! You will also notice that their Andrew Mentis initiatives are usually
phenomenal. This to me is a sign of a strong and committed membership which has taken their
Nomadic responsibilities very seriously and all actively participate in the well-being of their club.
To all the Committees whose members have served the club over the past 40 years - congratulations
for upholding the Nomads aims and objectives – and to every single member of the club –
for your individual commitment and dedication to ensure that Easterns Nomads remains such a
strong and vibrant club. You are an example to all.
Another area where this club’s “presence” is often noticed is in their members who are willing
to take up higher office. Rob Wrighton, Les Floyd, Gary Bray, Robbie Frank and Vic Hall are all
Past National Chairmen and there have been many members from the club who have occupied
various other positions on the National Executive. Jimmy Sales, himself a Nomad legend - has
also greatly assisted with creating the “presence” that is the Easterns Nomads
To all the ladies who have over the years served the club so graciously and selflessly, our sincere
thanks for your commitment. The club would be a lot poorer without your magnificent service -
Our sincere appreciation and thanks!!! A special word of thanks must go to Derick Lindsay and
his committee for organizing a fantastic anniversary week-end where I am sure the traditional
Nomadic camaraderie and friendship will again be on full display!
Finally, congratulations again to the Eastern Nomads club on their 40th anniversary, and here’s
to the next 40 years!! Cheers!!
Message From Derick Lindsay
Easterns Captain 2012
It is with great pleasure that Easterns Nomads welcomes the
VIPs, the Sponsors, Nomads from across the borders, as well as
all the ”local” Nomads and their wives to our very special 40th
Anniversary. I would like to thank my committee: -
Mark Ablett, Brian Algar, Warren Brits, Matthew Dudley, Les Floyd, Robbie Frank, Vic Hall, Jimmy
Sales and Jarrod Williams for their great effort in putting everything together.
Also a special thanks to all our ladies for their help and assistance. In particular, I would like to
make special mention of Darren Millington from Benoni Country Club for making the course and
club available for us to celebrate our prestigious Anniversary and also to all his staff - I thank
The events of this weekend would not be possible without the generous support of our
sponsors, who always come to the party to make our Anniversary a success - I cannot thank you
all enough. To everyone – please enjoy our 40th Anniversary celebrations and “Thank you” for
being with us
Message From Mark Ablett
Easterns Captain 2018/2019
A warm Easterns welcome to all our Sponsors, both National
and Local, honoured guests, fellow Nomads and significant
others! We trust you will enjoy sharing these Anniversary
celebrations with us !
Anniversaries of any kind, always evoke memories and lead us
to reminisce on events that have gone before! Whether happy
or sad, all these events are part of what makes us who we arepart
of our history !
Easterns 40th Anniversary is no different! Delving into the archives, it is with great pride that
Easterns can acknowledge having produced 5 National Chairmen-the highest office in Nomads
– as well as numerous representatives on the National Executive! We are also proud to be the
home club of a few of our National Sponsor representatives! With our vibrant membership, we
hope to continue these proud achievements going forward!
Finally, a special word of thanks to the organising committee for going the extra mile in bringing
these anniversary celebrations to fruition! A great deal of “behind the scenes” organising and
planning takes place, all while normal, every-day life and work commitments continue! No easy
task! A vote of thanks too, to Benoni Country Club for accommodating our requests and serving
us so well over the years!
In conclusion, let us keep a phrase from the Nomads creed in mind – “No man is an island,
entire of itself , every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” ! We are all part of an
amazing organisation! It is our responsibility to see that history reflects we all made a difference
and honoured and built on the legacy of our founding Nomads !
EASTERNS FOUNDING , HONORARY
AND HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
Honorary Life Member
1992/3 Robin Wrighton
1995/6 Les Floyd
2005/6 Gary Bray
2013/14 Robbie Frank
2016/17 Vic Hall
1983 Harry Harper-Smith
1992 Les Floyd
2001 Gary Bray
2013 Vic Hall
Message From Robin Wrighton
Easterns Captain 1986
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 1991 / 1992
For 40 years The Nomads Golf Club has been very much part of
my life. The years on the Committee of Eastern Transvaal
Nomads now Easterns Nomads, my year of Captaincy in1986,
National Chairman in1991/1992 and then the many years as
Treasurer of the Nomads Scoring I e Golforama were indeed all
truly wonderful times. The Easterns Nomads Club has always been one of the outstanding
The participation of the members in their Monthly Games, Away Trips and National Tournaments
has been top class. The enthusiasm of the Easterns’ members has turned into real
commitment in many cases. This has led to the Election of five members of the Club to the
position of National Chairman and there have been a number of others who have served on the
The Aims and Objects of Nomads set out some 58 years ago have stood the test of
time. In short, foster the game of Golf, to provide the opportunity to interact with
our fellow man from all walks of life and to raise funds for those less fortunate than
ourselves. I cannot think of a better way of spending my funds to attend a Nomads Monthly
Game knowing that these funds will be split between the Clubs administration, the
respective Golf Clubs at which we play and most important funds set aside for those less
fortunate. Wishing Eastern every success in the future and may the members continue to be
excited and interested in being part of this marvellous Movement.
Johan De Jager
1979 - Doug Sprong*
1980 - Bill Moseley*
( Founding Captain)
1981 - Paul Gerntholz
1983 - Bill Neave*
1984 - Sandy McLeod
1986 - Betty Kitchener
1987 - Dave Brunner*
1988 - Duggie Stewart
1990 - Lex Kane
1991 - Boet Kahts
Harry Harper- Smith*
1992 - Jack Harrop
1993 - Toopie Moseley
1996 - Clarry Berlin
1999 - Eric de Vries
2000 - Clive Sanders
2002 - Harry Middleton
2003 - Ernie Birch
2004 - Terry Young
2005 - Glen Botha
2006 - Teddy Cohen
2007 - Len Ray
2008 - Mike Van Rooyen
2010 - Terence Marsh (snr)
Johan de Jager
2012 - Valdi Pala*
2013 - James Gallon
2014 - Gaby Schoeman
2016 - Bill Wilson*
2017 - Mike Tarr
Message From Les Floyd
Easterns Captain 1984
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 1995/1996
…so, yet another 5 years has flown by and here we are gathered
together to celebrate Easterns 40th Anniversary.
It would be remiss of me to say that it seems like just the other
day that Eastern Transvaal club was inaugurated so much has
happened in 40 years.
In particular, Easterns, like all the other Nomads Clubs, has had
to face some tough circumstances in the past 5 years. Fortunately, due to the inherent strength
of the Club and its various Executives, it can be said that we have weathered the storms well in
relative terms. Where there have been lows Easterns has minimised the effects of such issues as
the dwindling participation levels, decreasing membership numbers etc. faced by other Nomads
clubs. As for the “highs”, Easterns have never been shy to participate to the fullest, whilst
maintaining the appropriate degree of discipline and decorum.
It is difficult to encapsulate 40 years of personal Nomads memories in a few short sentences so
suffice it to say that the Club, its traditions and its on-going high standards makes one proud to
have been a part of the club.
Over the years the club has been blessed with a plethora of individuals who have given their all
to ensure that Nomads as a whole, and Easterns in particular, have flourished. To those who
have risen to the very top of the Nomads tree in whatever guise, your efforts have not gone
unnoticed and are greatly appreciated. However, let us not forget those who without achieving
great prominence are the backbone of any club – the Active Member. They also deserve
recognition for their anonymous contributions to our well-being.
To the future Easterns’ management teams – may your path be easier to follow as Nomads
changes to meet modern challenges. It may be a bumpy ride ahead but with the support of
Easterns members I feel certain that you will rise to the occasion.
Best wishes for the future – enjoy the celebrations.
Congratulations - Easterns can be justifiably proud of its magnificent achievements.
40 TH ANNIVERSARY
300+ Games 350+ Games 400+ Games
Category Jan 2016 Jan 2017 Jan 2018 Current
Associate 5 7 14 9
Full 154 148 139 135
Honorary 9 10 8 10
Honorary Life 1 1 1 1
Non Active 13 12 9 10
Non Playing 5 5 8 8
2 0 2 2
3 4 3 3
Suspensive 1 1 1 1
Total 193 188 185 179
Message From Gary Bray
Easterns Captain 1998
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 2005/2006
Who would have thought 40 years ago that Eastern Transvaal,
(as it was called then), the baby Nomads club at the time,
would grow into such a proud and prominent club within the
Nomads fraternity. At the inauguration, a wheelbarrow was
ushered into the hall with our founding Captain, Bill Moseley, dressed in a nappy depicting the
baby club. How things have changed in those 40 years, but I would think that Bill would be a
very proud man today. Easterns continues to maintain and adhere to the traditions of Nomads
due to the calibre of Captains that the club has had over this period. It would be remiss of me
not to mention all the match secretaries and ladies who have served on our main table over
these past 40 years. We thank them all for their dedication and time.
Who knows what the next 40 years will bring, however I trust that Easterns will still be one of
the flag bearers of this great organisation.
Grant Gladwin—Eldorado Print
Message From Robbie Frank
Easterns Captain 2011
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 2013/2014
Well Done Easterns and thank you to the founder members.
When I was inducted in 2006 I never would have thought where
this Club would take me and change my life, 13 years later I
have met so many wonderful people and made friends all over
the world, thanks to Nomads.
It remains a honour to be an Easterns Nomad and belong to a
group of special individuals. A real special year was being Captain of Easterns and a privilege to
have been at the helm of the club and something that any willing Nomad should cherish , what
you put into Nomads you get out.
To have been nominated by the Club to do duty as National Chairman and represent Easterns at
the highest level in Nomads is one of the highlights in my life and a year never to be forgotten
and I thank the club members for this honour.
To all the members and the club, well done on the 40 years of contributing to those less
fortunate than us and also putting back into golf by means of time and money. Nothing is too
much for our members and they are always willing to put their hand in their pocket when
required. I salute you all.
Our club is a pillar in Nomads SA in what our members really contribute towards Golforama
duties, National Executive duties and National Sponsors; Nomads would be lost without
Easterns being part of the Club.
Never forget to support our National Sponsors as it is an important link to our success , future
and to our aims and objectives we stand for.
To all members and Captain Mark Ablett, enjoy the celebration.
Message From Vic Hall
Easterns Captain 2007
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN 2016/2017
It is a co-incidence that the Easterns 40th Anniversary is
celebrated almost on the same day that marks the point when I
joined our club 20 years ago. However, there is no luck
associated with the opportunities, pleasure and camaraderie
Easterns has afforded me during the past two decades.
We have the privilege of being part of a club with an exceptional membership, marked by a
generosity of spirit with a willingness to unselfishly give time to build the club and nurture
enduring friendships between members.
On the course Easterns club members are recognisable as among the most competitive, yet we
always retain a sense of fair play and love of the game for its own sake.
This has enabled us to maintain a strong membership during the years, which has translated
into one of a consistently-high representation at National Tournaments.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to congratulate our club on its 40th anniversary. I have
enjoyed every single minute of my Nomadic years, which have afforded me memories that will
endure long past my time as a player.
Best wishes to our club captain, Mark, and tournament co-ordinator, Derick, for what will no
doubt be a wonderful event.