TCM Member Functions... anything but ordinary!
19-Mar-2009 | From flying trapeze to pole dancing, last week was filled with uplifting experiences for TCB members.
The primary purpose of the two member functions was to talk about the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) held in Melbourne last month. But no member function is complete without showcasing some TCB member products, engaging with some potential members, providing a great opportunity to network over Tasmanian food and wine and doing something out of the ordinary!
TCB member Coyote Special Events ran both the Northern and Southern functions and did a sensational job in engaging guests.
LauncestonWalking into the Launceston Sports Arena on a red carpet is an unusual experience, but then there is nothing ‘normal’ about a networking function in a room dedicated to circus training. After a discussion about AIME, guests sipped wine and nibbled on delicious canapés prepared by Matson Catering while watching a private performance on the flying trapeze!
It’s one of those things that you never think you’ll do – fly through the air hanging from a single bar, forwards, backwards, upside down and a dismount with a back flip. Guests watched in awe as the circus trained stars flew through the air with confidence… but it wasn’t until it became clear that the guests were being invited to go next that the adrenalin really started pumping!
Guests were offered the opportunity to put on a harness and fly. Having used the trapeze at an event in the past, Rick from Coyote Special Events, wowed the audience with a mid-air catch!! It was then the role of the Membership and Communications Manager to break the ice and have a go.
“At first, gripping white knuckled to the bar, ten meters above the ground, it is hard to concentrate on the man yelling instructions below. But once you stop yourself thinking about self preservation and do as you’re told, it miraculously comes together.
And then you’re just flying through the air upside down thinking – I can’t believe I’m doing this!”
After trapeze, the TCB group were treated to boxes of hot, freshly cooked popcorn from a van that miraculously appeared from behind a roller door to eat while watching “The Heist”.
“The Heist” is a game-show developed by Coyote Special Events that involves the crowd as contestants and allows one lucky participant to possibly end up with a windfall of gifts. It’s also a lot of fun for the audience, complete with silver cases, blue up-lighting and game show music.
HobartWith the Launceston function proving to be such a huge success and on such a grand scale, Coyote Special Events would have been forgiven for running a slightly smaller function in Hobart later in the week. But it was not to be the case.
New TCB member, Syrup Nightclub, was the venue for the knock out event that is sure not to be forgotten in a hurry.
The evening started with a run down on AIME while guests were treated to a fine selection of Moorilla wines and Moo Brew and platters prepared by Catch Restaurant and Catering.
“The Heist” followed with Phil Holmes taking the lion’s share of the gorgeous gifts prepared by another new TCB member “Say Thank You”.
But it was the next performance that really turned heads. You see, Syrup Nightclub features a pole dancing pole in the centre of the dance floor – and the TCB made the most of it! Sarah Mure, a Hobart based pole dancing instructor, danced through the audience on cue in a long black jacket before throwing her jacket to the floor to reveal a cute little outfit and an unbelievable talent.
The audience of around 40 TCB members, staff and potential members, watched on in total awe as Sarah skilfully performed moves requiring unbelievable strength.
But in true TCB style there is always an opportunity to participate. Through the rest of the night guests were entertained by fellow TCB members taking turns on the pole under Sarah’s instruction.
What a night. As the last guest walked out the door at 9.30 (when it was supposed to finish at 8 PM, and only then because Syrup was opening to the public at 10 PM) it was clear that the event had been a hit!
Membership and Communications Manager