Commodore’s Report: Winter, 2017

Sunday 14th May, 2017
Peter Buitenhuis

 Winter has arrived; where has the year gone? As I write I reflect on the last four years. In October 2013 I became your Commodore and it has been a wonderful experience and a great honour, however given that I still work full time and run a jazz band, it has certainly kept me busy. As many of you would know I have served for many years on the Committee, previously as Social Secretary for around eight years, and now four years as Commodore. I have decided that I will not re-stand for the position of Commodore at the annual general meeting in October which will give someone else a chance to get involved on the Committee and help steer our excellent club.

I have been fortunate to have had the support of some excellent, committed and passionate club members on the Committee and I would like to thank them for their hard work and efforts. All our office bearers are volunteers and everyone puts in a lot of time and effort to make certain that the Squadron runs smoothly. I know many members appreciate the work done by the Committee and I believe that the Squadron is in great shape both financially and socially, and I thank you for your support. If you feel that you are interested in nominating for Committee you need to start thinking about the positions that will become vacant at the AGM in October. The positions up for re-election are: Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Social Secretary, Safety Officer and Other Member (Motor Boat and Angling) You may remember that some of these positions were filled for a twelve month period at the last AGM, but as half of the twelve committee positions must be up for election every year, the listed positions are the ones due for election this year. Speak to David our Secretary to find out the procedure for nominating for a position.

Even though winter has arrived there is still plenty of activity around the club. Our Winter Series yacht racing is always great fun and well supported and Happy Hour continues to be well supported at 6pm on Saturday evenings, right throughout the year. As I often say, particularly to new members, it is up you as a club member to get involved, join in and make the most of all the wonderful things the club has to offer, be it social events, sailing, or fishing and motor boating. We have around 1000 members including our associate members and there is a great deal of knowledge within the club available to be shared by experienced boating enthusiasts. If you are new to boating you are welcome to ask some of the more experienced members for advice, you will be surprised how willing others are to help. You don’t need to be embarrassed, there is always much to learn about our unique waters and boating in general.

Stan Jackson, our Training Officer, is doing an excellent job maintaining our web site. Please take the time to have a look on where you will learn much about what is going on with our Squadron, social events, training activities, sailing results, calendar of events, tides, details of various changes and general information. Stan has also taken over our official Facebook page (Newhaven Yacht Squadron Inc), so please feel free to join and learn all that is going on.

You will have received your new membership cards, which were sent out with the last Quarterly. John Baragwanath together with his task force spent many hours getting these right and I believe he is to be commended on the end result. Show your card proudly when you visit other clubs, it may even assist in receiving discounts and they will also be valuable when we have social functions. We have plastic card holders in stock, so that the card can be worn to assist members with identifying each other with names.

Once again we have been able to keep our fees low with very small increases. We are one the most affordable Yacht Squadrons in Australia, yet we are also one of best and most financial yacht clubs. Please see the new fees, listed later in this magazine and be aware of the changes. We have also changed our fee cycle to bring fees into line with the financial year.

When not performing with my jazz band I have able to attend to some of the Saturday night happy hours and special dinners organised by Helen and her social sub committee, these have been excellent nights, well attended and really good fun. Many of our new members have started coming along and it is also great to see some younger members and families joining in. Well done Social Committee !

Once again I wish members safe boating and always look forward to seeing you around the club.

Best wishes

Peter Buitenhuis

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