Surf Coast Chapter Opens

With the continuous growth of the club’s Geelong Chapter, we saw a great opportunity to expand geographically while also accommodating more Goons. And although Geelong is a great place, we wanted a bit of a sea change and looked a little further for this new chapter: Torquay. And the Surf Coast Chapter was born.

The first book that the new chapter talked about was Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; not a read for book club novices but a great one nonetheless. Regardless of how well the book was understood, the new chapter on the Surf Coast had a good mix of veteran Goons from Geelong and a bunch of new Goons as well; all of whom had a damn good time and a drink or two.

What’s also encouraging to see at new chapters is how the new members approach the group. Some men are able to jump right in and you’d never know it was their first meeting. Others sit back a little, reading the room and seeing what’s up. Book club isn’t hard, but no one really knows how to book club until they book club. Hell, no one really knows how they like to book club until they come along.

We only have two rules: don’t talk about work, and don’t be a fuckhead. Other than that, there’s no wrong way to attend a meeting of Tough Guy Book Club, and Goons both new and old found that out at the new chapter meeting at the Surf Coast. Really, just tell your partner you’ll be home late, show up, and enjoy. That’s all it takes.

Beyond that, through meeting new friends, having a laugh, and a few beers, we did manage to talk about Notes from Underground from time to time. And we reckon that’s how we see this chapter going forward - friends, joy, beer, and books. And if you’re guy who thinks this sounds like you, come check us out.

The Surf Coast chapter of Tough Guy Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. Come find us. We’re the group of men having a laugh and talking about books.

Posted in News on Apr 07, 2021.