Annual General Meeting 13 Dec 2009
A modest number of members attended the AGM to hear the Commodore, Stuart Munro, describe the financial year of 2008 – 2009 as ‘favourable in the circumstances’. He went on to say that complacency should not be allowed to set in as he felt that all the economic signs indicated that 2010 was likely to be tough and it would need hard work from everybody to see the club through it.
The Hon. Treasurer, Tim Howard, re-iterated the Commodore’s comments when presenting the accounts, encouraging everyone to promote and support the club in what he also forecast as likely to be a difficult financial year ahead. Peter Willetts proposed a vote of thanks to the Hon. Sec. for his efforts over the past year, which was unanimously supported.
The Commodore commended the Committee for keeping the subscription at the 2009 level which is against the trend of increase of most other clubs. He pointed out that although the Club benefited from low inflation at the moment, the costs of maintenance remains high. However, he was pleased that members will continue to get good value from low subscription levels.
After the re-election of the Flag Officers and the General Committee, the Commodore welcomed Mary Makey, Peter Marchant and Les White as new members of that committee
Under Any Other Business Duncan Kay asked whether there could be some relaxation of the ‘No Parking’ rule under the crane in the winter and in the evenings. Adrian Fluker, as Chair of the Premises and Moorings Committee, said the matter was already under consideration.
Kit Cole asked for details of the costs of the new boat shed. He was informed that it appeared as a fixed asset on the Balance Sheet.
John Barker asked whether there had been any progress on the provision of a lift for the disabled. The Commodore reported no progress at present because of difficulties with locating a suitable position and the attitude of English Heritage. He pointed out that the stair-climber had proved to be a useful addition to our facilities.
Duncan Kay asked whether the provision of a second hand rail for the main staircase was still in hand and was informed that an application had been made and that Phil Shanahan would look into it.
There being no other business, the meeting closed at 11:35.