The Executive Committee would like to thank the members who took the time to nominate a fellow member for Club Person of the year. Selecting the successful nominee was an agonising decision to make last Thursday night, given the contributions of those nominated. Unfortunately we can only select one member. In normal circumstances, the announcement of Senior and Junior Club person of the year would be made on Presentation Night, however, this year it will be awarded at our AGM, which is to be held on Sunday the 26th of July. There were an incredible 11 nominees this year. So, in no particular order:
John and Anne Matheson:
Made Thursday nights happen. John was very vocal about wanting a night for social membership and was pivotal in driving the marketing for this to happen. Both he and Anne pounded the pavement to hand deliver thousands of brochures, turned up every Thursday to host and sold hundreds of dollars of Raffle Tickets for the donated Seafood raffle.
Photographer extraordinaire. Sleeps with his camera, but Chris’s determination to photograph the club with a view to…. campaigns were critical to getting the clubs message out there. Chris has been seen at every club event to capture great moments and his work as usual on Sail Peninsula 2020 extraordinary. He’s a great asset to the club.
Ciaran has over the past couple of years with Natasha and Grace been the champion for the Junior Group. It’s been a tough year for the Junior's on the water, but through Ciaran’s leadership, the juniors have managed to remain connected and active the entire season. The program that he helps run is vital to the growth in not just those juniors sailing ability and confidence levels, but important to the growth of the club.
For a number of seasons now, Rob has been the backbone of the on water team for not only OTB races, but also our Keel Boat races. He is a constant as a driver for one of the RHIBS each week. He loves the job and more than that, loves being a part of the club community. His efforts also extend to the management and maintenance of the rescue craft fleet. He is a pure and true volunteer.
Dierdre has been a regular nominee and for great reason. Her efforts are greatly appreciated. She operates with a level head and great energy. A constant on the start boat and all RO’s breathe a sigh of relief when Dierdre is on board. She has all the paperwork in order and is a great scribe. Her efforts on the SP20 organising committee means that the detail required to get this event over the line is acted upon. A great asset to any organising committee.
A Perennial performer for the club and a consummate club person. Ever present and willing to do anything that benefits the club.
Des is the glue that keeps the tower ticking. Des has grown into the role and made it his own. Des has also ensured that the processes used are continually refined to make the job in the tower more user friendly. He recently undertook a comprehensive overview for the purchase of the new computer in the tower.
Duncan has made a habit of putting his hand up to chair significant committees to ensure first class outcomes for the club. Firstly he chaired the Optimist Nationals Committee and ultimately steered the club away from the event with no negative impact on the clubs reputation which is no mean feat. He is currently the chair for the Catering Tender Committee and will be responsible for recommending to the Executive Committee a pathway forward to ensure the club secures the best possible outcome with his committee.
Lisa has not only steered the Social Committee and put on some great events, but has generously leant her considerable styling talents to the club redevelopment program. The Executive Committee are sincerely grateful to Lisa for providing stunning outcomes to the aesthetic of the program. Watch this space!
Ewan is such a quiet achiever. Ewan has ensured that the club maintains its Sail Training credentials and is of course the man that takes people out to learn to sail. Many on committee were surprised when we received a couple of thousand bucks for the effort that he puts into training potential new members. Ewan was also a major sponsor for Sail Peninsula 2020, supplying countless bottles of Beach Box Gin.
Junior Club Person Nominees:
Jess has taken her sailing to another level and has been taking a lot of the juniors with her as her confidence grows out on the water, so too has her confidence grown on the shore, as many of the younger kids look to Jess as a role model. She is a constant on the start line in the afternoon and encourages other juniors to join in.
Xavier is a special young man and is a very polite and considerate member of our club. Xavier is really starting to extend and push himself out on the water and is now able to compete on the bigger course in the afternoon and finish races. He is a constant source of encouragement to all junior members and is always willing to help others.
So they were the nominees and we look forward to announcing one of these deserving people as our Club Person and Junior Club Person of the year.
With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, as a committee we decided, that with no firm end date on when we can fully return to the club, that we schedule an OTB Winter Series to alternate with the already scheduled KB Brass Monkey Winter Series to ensure that when things do return so some semblance of normality, we have a schedule ready to go. By alternating OTB and KB racing we are putting into place some mechanism to socially distance members, ensuring there aren’t too many at the club at one time.
The same can be said when it comes to the AGM. We have set the date, Sunday the 26th of July. This meeting will go ahead as a live meeting in the clubhouse or as a Zoom meeting, depending on whether or not restrictions are lifted sufficiently for the former to occur. Regardless, we have a contingency to remain constitutional.
Bar works are progressing well and are set to be concluded by the 8th of June. So far works have cost the club $75,000. We expect these works will remain in budget at about $120k. That will leave sufficient in the bank about $60k as a buffer leading into the 2020/21 season.
We thank the Coast Guard who have contributed $3600.00 to the cost of carpeting the remaining areas of the building being their office, the reception area and the tower. This will ensure the building has the same feel throughout. Works to the outside of the building are scheduled to commence in early July.
Hopefully we can gather at the club soon and enjoy what will be a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere in pretty special surrounds. Until then - take care.
(On behalf of the Executive Committee)