Annual General Meeting 9 Dec 2012
Eighty-six members signed their attendance at the AGM last Sunday and after enjoying freshly-baked mince pies, settled down to what proved to be an extremely relaxed and enjoyable meeting.
The Commodore opened the proceedings by referring to his report and apologised that the questionnaire which had been promised to arrive with the Annual Report had yet to materialise. The Questionnaire had proved more complicated than first supposed and is still in preparation, due to arrive shortly.
Good news is sometimes significantly absent from AGMs so Robert was particularly fortunate to be able to pass on not one but three significant pieces of glad tidings.
- a good, long-term tenant has been found for the former squash courts
- Listed Building Consent has been obtained for the installation of the proposed lift to the first floor
- a substantial bequest from the late Anne Harper will help towards the cost of the lift as well as supporting other projects
Robert went on to say that the General Committee had decided to ask members to fund the cost of the lift which is likely to be in the region of £60,000. In excess of £20,000 has already been pledged by members and he hoped further donations of any size, would be offered to fund the rest.
Having obtained the necessary permission, it is hoped the work will start soon with the aim of completion by spring. It will be a tight schedule but, he believes, achievable.
The meeting closed with an extra item, a presentation to Bruce Burnett, standing down as the Club Race Officer after many years of regular duty. Rear Commodore Sailing, Peter Marchant, presented Bruce with a crystal decanter and glasses and a bottle of whisky to fill them.