The inaugural meeting of the Karingal Basketball Club Parents and Citizens Association was held on the 4th May, 1966 after it was
recognised that there was a need to form a parents association to co-ordinate finance, transport ans coaching for the girls Basketball teams.
At the meeting, the members ofthe club discussed the drawing of a constitution and it was agreed that the two of members would draft same.
Subscription costs were set at 25 cents perplayer per year. A set of bath towels were donated for a raffle and tickets were sold for 3 for 10 cents to raise funds for the club. It was also decided to raise further funds by serving teas and holding a game of lucky numbers at each meeting.
The club then pursued various avenues to obtain practice courts. The council was approached and asked to mark out a court in Worland Park, but this request was declined. The Coles-Dickens car park courts were unavailable before 5:30 pm weekdays and 12 noon Saturdays and after an approach to Karingal High School Advisory Council, an agreement was reached to use their courts at a charge of $1.00 per week.
The second Annual General Meeting of the CLub was held on the 5th March 1967. This meeting was attended by representatives from Karingal Progress Association and the Karingal Football and Recreation Club and Parents and Citizens Association. The meeting was also informed that the Frankston Association had been formed and that Karingal would be part of the association as this would avoid a lot of long distance travel to and from games.
Prior to commencement of the season 1968 season, a new uniform of a box pleated tunic with a white outlined shield with a K on it was adopted. It was noted that the skirt of the tunic should be approximately 9 inches above the knee when kneeling.
In 1969 the club obtained permission from the Frankston East Primary School to use their courts as the club's home courts. At this stage, the club boasted close to 100 members, apparently the largest club in the Frankston Women's District Basketball Association.
At the club's Annual General Meeting held in March 1972, it was resolved that the club would now be known as the Karingal Girls Netball Club and Parents and Citizens Association.
At the next Annual General Meeting in 1973, the club was formally renamed Karingal Netball Club.
At the end of 1975, the committee agreed that the club uniform from 1976 would be a red pleated cross over skirt and a white T-Shirt.
Mrs Joan Payne was to become the first Life Member of the Karingal Netball CLub in March, 1979. She would also go on to become the first Life Member of the Frankston & District Netball Association.
The following year the second Life Membership with Karingal was presented to Betty Cornish to acknowledge her contribution of 10 years service to the committee.
In June 1982 it was decided that the third Life Membership would be awarded to Mrs Gillian Mayne to commemorate 13 years of service to the Karingal Netball Club committee.
The club held its 20th Annual General Meeting in February, 1986. It was decided at this meeting to move training from Karingal Primary School to Jubilee Park courts, where training continues to this day. Club fees were set at $17.00 for juniors and $19.00 for seniors. 1986 also saw the incorporation of the Karingal Netball Club.
In 1987, Mrs Gillian Mayne's 8 year role as President came to an end. The Presidency was taken over by Mrs Margaret O'Kelly, who is still actively invloved in the club today. Margaret was made the fourth Life Member of the club in 1986.
In 1989 the club introduced 5 and 10 year wards to acknowledge the loyalty of long term players. It was during this year that a long term member and dedicated umpire, Sandra Wills (nee Cornish) succumbed to cancer. A memorial award was introduced in Sandra's memory, which is presented to the most dedicated club person each year. The inaugural recipient of this award was Sarah Farrelly. The Sandra Wills Memorial Award is awarded at Presentation night each year and being presented with this award is seen as a great achievement within the club.
In 1990, the club's fifth Life Membership was awarded to Faye Savage in recognition of her many years of service to the club in capacity of committee member, umpire and coach. Faye was a junior in the club's inaugural year, 1966, who returned to the club after marriage and children to play, coach and umpire.
1991 saw Pat Gilhooly, another long standing committee member, umpire, coach and player, presented with the club's sixth Life Membership. In 1991 the club also mourned the loss of its most long standing President and Life Member, Mrs Joan Payne.
In 1996, Club President, Margaret O'Kelly, was made a Life Member of the Frankston & District Netball Association.
In 1997, long standing committee member, Judith Higgins, was presented the club's ninth Life Membership. During this year, she took on the role of both Secretary and Umpire's Supervisor, jointly with Sandra Franks.
In 1998, Margaret O'Kelly stood down as the club President after 11 years in the position. She remained an important part of the committee in her role as Umpire Co-ordinator for many many years after. Judith Higgins took over an remainded in the role of President until the end of 2000, when the club saw may long serving members of the committee resign their posts ans move onto other ventures. It is to be noted that most of these committee members had been giving their time to the club for many years, even though they no longer had children plating with the club. This saw a whole new committee being formed for the 2001 season. Mrs. O'Kelly is still an integral part of our committee to this day as she continues to serve as a general committee member,
2004 saw the club T Shirt change from a plain white polo shirt with Karingal Emblem to a white polo with red trim and red K's printed down one side. The shirt change was greatly anticipated by members but hit a slight snag when the manufacture accidently printed then first batch of 100 shirts with the K's back to front. The wait proved worthwhile with all players looking great in their new shirts.
Whilst pouring over 40 years of committee meeting minutes and documentation, it has become evident that the problems faced by the club today are the same problems experienced from the beginning. The running of the club appears to have always been left to a small group of very dedicated parents who have taken on multiple roles to ensure the club survives. Efforts over the years to provide various forms of entertainment evenings and fundraising ventures have mostly seen the same people offering their support in the club that has continually had well over 100 registered members. I am sure this is probably a similar situation faced by all clubs.
Karingal has grown from the vision of some wonerful people who saw the need to dedicate their time to ensure the growth of netball in the Karingal area. This was a very fast growing area during the initial years and saw the club grow to one of the most largelt represented clubs in the association. We are proud to be maintaining our numbers although we are now finding that our members do not necessarily hail directly from the Karingal area.
Complied by Kerrie Fletcher 2006