At this time, 50+ years on from our founding, we, once again repeat the toast.....
If you feel you have read these sentiments, or something similar, before then you are most probably correct; the wording may have been assembled differently, the phraseology probably more succinctly put, the appreciation and gratitude may well have stepped off the page more forcibly but without doubt this is the most difficult page of this Website to write.
The words, the sentiment, the appreciation, the gratitude have all been expressed in so many different ways that the possibility of coming up with an original statement of what our sponsors mean to us is highly unlikely for an amateur scribe but the fact remains that their contributions have helped to make us what we are today - not only internally as an organisation but also as a perception in the eye of the general public that we are an organisation who "through golf remember others less fortunate than ourselves".
If you ask any knowledgeable member of the golfing fraternity in South Africa what we as Nomads do, the chances are that they would not use the exact words "through golf....." but instead would come up with a multitude of statements which communally says the same thing in different words. Therefore it is equally to be expected that if you were to ask any Nomad to express his gratitude in respect of our sponsors you would end up with almost as many different versions as there are Nomads in the organisation but in essence they all have a common theme - "Thank you for being there and supporting us as you do".
To all of you, big and small, National or regional, of longstanding or recent involvement - we need you. To those of you who have moved on to other sports or groups "thank you" for your past efforts on our behalf.
In particular we would like to make special mention of our current National sponsors:-
We look forward to many more Anniversaries together and a continuing happy association with you all.
In the meantime let us as Nomads do our bit by using their products and services wherever possible to enable them to help us and when next year we express our appreciation again if YOU know of another appropriate, ORIGINAL way to do so please help - novel ideas are few and far between.
Until then the toast remains ..... OUR SPONSORS.
FOOTNOTE - It is with considerable sadness that we record the loss of our long-time sponsor of the pantechnicons which for 27 years were used to store our golf clubs at National Tournaments - AFROVAN - due to diversification of their business interests and management control .
We thank them most sincerely for their support over so many years.