Following yesterday's AGM, I would like to thank you for putting your trust in me as the new Commodore of Burton sailing Club, a position that I am very proud to hold.
I would like to express my sincere thanks and I am sure, the appreciation of all club members, to the outgoing flag officers, namely: Martin Nelson (Commodore) Malcolm Hall (Vice Commodore) and Gary Butler (Rear Commodore) for all that they have done during their terms in office. I would also like to thank all that have assisted them on the various committees, many of which have agreed to continue their rolls for the ensuing year. Thank you all!
All that were present at yesterdays AGM are well aware that our club has been left in a good state of health financially and with club member activity on the increase and the improvements already made to our facilities, my job of taking over the reins for the coming year will hopefully, be so much easier.
I am delighted to be working alongside Ian Merrifield, who has taken over Malcolm's position of Vice Commodore, and also Mel Burton, who has taken over from Gary as rear Commodore. Both bring with them a wealth of experience and a strong desire to see the club progress even further going forward.
We can not however do this alone and as such, shall be putting together our respective committees shortly. We would be extremely grateful of anyone that would be willing to get involved and assist us in the future development of our club. Below is a brief overview of each committee and their roles, so if there is a particular area that you think you can offer assistance please let us know.
We have three committees at the club, each meeting once a month.
The General Committee looks after the overall strategic development, communications and publicity of the club and in particular keeps a close watch over the club's finances. I am hoping for us to review the clubs current development plan in the very near future. As this club belongs to us all, I would very much appreciate any input from club members regarding specific areas that you consider could do with addressing or capitalising on to enhance the club. Those of you that have got to know me, should be well aware that I am very approachable and very keen to hear your ideas to help improve the club, so please come and have a chat or drop me a message.
The Sailing Committee oversee all that happens on the water, from club racing and duty fulfilment, to open meetings and all other 'on the water' events. On the water activities are the reason that most of us are members of the club. We are always looking for a fresh approach to increase participation on the water and try to ensure that we provide the format and activities that our members want. We particularly welcome input and participation from all sailing and windsurfing fleet representatives, new sailors, youth representatives and also representatives from our associate universities, schools and scout groups. Please talk to Ian Merrifield if you are willing and able to help in any way.
Finally, the House Committee looks after the clubhouse including the Galley and Bar as well as non-sailing social events too. So if this is an area, that you think that you may be able to offer support, then please speak to Mel.
In other key positions, I am delighted to report that Martin Nelson has decided to continue in his roll of Training Principal. Our training courses have been particularly successful over the past couple of years and have generated a number of new members that have gone on to become very active members of our club. We hope to be able to continue and build on this success going forward.
Philip Coleman has also agreed to continue as General Secretary, a roll that he returned to last year and has once again done a fantastic job alongside our Club Treasurer, Ruth Ford of keeping us well organised and our finances well in order.
I very much look forward to working with you all.
Commodore Burton Sailing Club