A big thank you to all of the fifty members who volunteered to attend our working bee on Sunday 6th November. It was good to see several new members join us, especially the younger ones who tackled some of the more physical jobs. Between us we managed to complete all the planned tasks such as gardening, tree pruning, window cleaning, pressure cleaning the fingers and walkways, moving the maintenance yard shed, checking marina power points and lights, replacing hoses, repairing marina fingers and many more. It cost the club over $2,000 for materials, catering and other supplies – imagine if we also had to pay labour costs as well!
There were some interesting discoveries on the day. Ed Green and George Reek used an industrial pressure cleaner to remove the large amount of pelican droppings from the walkway. Why they (I mean the pelicans) had suddenly chosen 2016 to use our north arm as a fly in loo was a mystery. In spite of several theories, it would appear a boat had been removed from a floating pen and rainwater had gathered proving a fresh water bowl for them. A second discovery was the emergency ladders on the end of several fingers on the middle arm which Tony Wrigley cleared of seaweed. Many members were unaware of them, let alone the special red and white caps on top of the pilings.
Special thanks must go to those who began their tasks several weeks’ prior: Marriane and Peter Watson and Ray Frith who started their landscaping alongside the western stairs; Colin Willis for repairing our trollies, killing weeds and supplying his scissor lift; and Jeff and Jackie for their spreadsheets and marina audit.
Every year our member, Peter Ashley, known to us all as “Mr. Stumpey”, brings his truck and machines all the way from Glen Waverley to prune and mulch our trees and bushes. He refuses to take any payment, even for his fuel costs saying “I am happy to do what I can. It’s my one chance a year to do whatever I can for the club”. A great example of what volunteering is all about.
Remember to put this date on your calendar for next year. It is a social occasion as well as a working bee and you will be provided with an excellent lunch and morning tea. (Thank you, Jan, Jean, Mim and Ann Marie)
Recently we were asked by an insurance company for a copy of a report of an incident where minor damage was caused to a boat in the marina. As a result, we have identified a possible shortcoming in our record keeping and to that end we will introduce a short proforma incident report. These will be kept in the downstairs room and members are asked to fill one out after incidents involving, injury, damage, alleged theft and the like. Even if you cannot fill one out, at least let any of the committee and sub-committee members know.
Sometimes we become aware of minor faults or repairs that go unreported for several months, if at all. Without wishing to create a paper bureaucracy, again we will put maintenance request forms alongside the above. Both these initiatives are aimed at improving communication between all members and our committees.
I have included a letter of appreciation from World Vision thanking your club for sharing our premises for fund raising. As a good neighbour, we allow such use for many local groups, such as the Red Cross and Phillip Island Patch Workers, etc.
Our Marina and Building Subcommittees are meeting regularly and reporting to the main committee. The Marina Subcommittee is busy with planning for dredging and marina improvements such as an additional floating pontoon for power boats. Early in the new year the Building Subcommittee will be looking at what improvements should be made to the ground floor club rooms. Please let any member of either subcommittee know if you have any suggestions. All their contact details are in our magazine and on our website.