Commodore’s Report

Tuesday 21st November, 2017
Andy Chappell

Welcome from the Commodore
Hello everyone!
As your new incoming Commodore I would like to introduce myself and give you some idea of my background that I am hoping can assist in the smooth running of the Club into the future.

My partner and I live and work in San Remo where I am a real estate agent with 1 st Choice Estate Agency and Sandy runs her specialist Permanent Beauty Centre. We moved from a terrace house in Richmond about 10 years ago and just love this part of the world.
I am an authorised marriage celebrant. and also enjoy being ‘on the tools’ for my own building projects.
A hobby I enjoyed for many years was playing in a commercial (covers) band – often at parties, balls and weddings.
Another local involvement I have is as the Chair of the San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management. This is a small volunteer group charged, on behalf of the government, with protecting and sensitively developing the band of coast around San Remo. The most obvious work lately is the new sheet piling and pelican feeding area near the San Remo jetty and also we have just stared renovating the ‘poor old’ toilet block which is nearby.
And most importantly MY BOAT! I guess we would call it a large tinny .. Stacer 539 with 115 Evinrude motor (which has started first shot so far ..). really enjoy cruising around, sometimes assisting as safety boat for yacht races and with sailabillty. More recently I have become a trainee fisherman and find our ‘fisho’ members more than happy to share their wisdom.

Life Experiences
 A qualified engineer with risk management qualifications, I was with Telstra in Australia and for many years working on technology and civil works projects. The project that I Directed in Pakistan for 4 years involved 3000 workers digging a trench 2000km long through that country (a lot of this by hand!) connecting major cities with a solar powered optical fibre cable system. Following this I played a significant role in the development of the internet in Australia.
 I served as CEO of two significant charities. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation children’s charity, (chaired by yachting hero John Bertrand AM) named after the two children that died at the Port Arthur tragedy, and the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation which distributes millions of dollars to hundreds of
charities each year (with invested funds of approx. $100M). In particular I developed a large campaign to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness.

Thank you Peter!
As you will know Peter Buitenhuis has now stepped down after being our Commodore for the past 4 years. Prior to this Peter has served our club on various committees and plans to continue on various sub-committees in the future.Peter has managed somehow to run a large real estate company, play in his jazz band and also play such an important leadership in our Club – and all in a 24 hour day! Truly a great club man, Peter sets a great example and we all thank him for the time and effort he has put in for us all.

Busy time
Our Committee has many activities on the go as you will see in our magazines and the website and we ask all club members to get involved. There are plenty of ways to do this – if in doubt feel free to give me a call 0407996763 anytime to discuss.
Some examples:
 Why not use your skills and energy to contribute on subcommittees; please feel free to register your interest with the Committee person chairing a sub-committee? (mobile numbers shown on page 2)
 Plans are well in place for the upcoming Summer Season and these are listed on the Calendar of Events in the Quarterly and on our website. The more the merrier.
 Our Saturday nights social get togethers that kick off at 6pm are a great way to meet other members – always a very friendly environment. BYO food or nibbles most weekends however our ever active social committee run a series of special nights through the year with delicious food and sometimes live entertainment – please check out the website for details. Fine to bring your drinks along and also they are available at the bar.

Be safe and enjoy our fabulous environment!

Cheers till next time.


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